The Bay Area’s next great dining destination is just a BART ride away. Here, our station-by-station guide to Oakland restaurants.
Northern California’s bustling port city is also a foodie haven. Head to College Avenue for creative comfort food, whether you’d rather be slurping up hot noodles at Ramen Shop or noshing on burrata-laden pizza at A16 Rockridge. Meat-centric bites at Box and Bells include country pork rillettes, while the fried chicken at Miss Ollie’s is sure to brighten up any afternoon. Next stop is Broadway for pumpkin-ginger cupcakes at Sweet Bar Bakery—but don’t let this culinary crawl end on dessert. Hop back on BART and read on for more of Oakland’s top restaurants.
1 Ramen Shop
Proof that Oakland has NoCalâ€™s buzziest restaurant scene? Its new nickname: Brooklyn West. Honoring Alice Watersâ€™s ethos is Ramen Shop, owned by three Chez Panisse alums. Creative noodle soups spotlight homegrown produce such as Meyer lemons and chanterelles. BART stop: Rockridge
2 A Rockridge
San Franciscoâ€™s hottest pizza joint has expanded with A16 Rockridge, which turns out chewy pies from a hand-built oven. We love the Montanara Rockridgeâ€”lightly fried dough, smoked tomato sauce, burrata, and basil. BART stop: Rockridge
3 Box and Bells
Meat-centric small plates reign at Box and Bells, the latest from chef James Syhabout of Michelin-starred Commis. Try the country pork rillettes and blood pudding poutine. BART stop: Rockridge
The retro diner Hopscotch puts a Japanese spin on hearty American dishes. Take the soba ragÃ¹, with buckwheat noodles, braised pork, Manchego, and shiso. BART station: 19th Street/Uptown Oakland
At Duende, chef Paul Canales channels his Basque heritage into pintxos and paellas in a whimsical setting (colorful murals; fence posts as floorboards). BART stop: 19th Street/Uptown Oakland