There’s no question that food brings people together, and here in Oakland, that’s truer than ever. With over 125 languages spoken within the city, Oakland is one of the most diverse cities in the country, a boast-worthy accolade that is evident in the city’s incredibly vibrant and drool-worthy culinary scene. Oakland’s plethora of unique restaurants are topping “Best Of” lists from coast to coast, as the city’s high-profile chefs have made it their mission to build a restaurant scene as diverse – and delicious – as Oakland’s culture.
Hosting an upcoming event in Oakland? Let Visit Oakland help you bring people together by sharing some of our favorite bold and innovative local restaurants perfect for an unforgettable group dining experience for your next meeting. Share the creative creations of Oakland’s renowned chefs while sharing stories, brainstorming ideas and hosting a meeting as inventive as the food itself at one of these unique Oakland restaurants.
East meets West at Yoshi’s – an experience not to be missed by anyone looking to soak up some San Francisco Bay Area culinary history. Yoshi’s got it’s start in 1972 as a small, North Berkeley sushi bar and has since transformed into one of the world’s most respected jazz venues, as well as earning the reputation as the Bay Area’s premier location for authentic Japanese cuisine. Impress your meeting guests with a visit to Yoshi’s award-winning 310-seat live performance venue, located just a five minute drive from the Oakland Convention Center, where they’ll enjoy modern Japanese cuisine made with fresh, seasonal ingredients delicately combine with traditional spices set to the sounds of some of the best jazz performers in the world. For private events for group sizes ranging from 20 to 300, book one of the club’s lavish private rooms, such as the 18-seat Sushi Bar or the newly renovated Claremont Room, which can accommodate up to 80 guests.
Meeting planners, meet your new obsession: The Annex at Hopscotch. Located just one door down from the restaurant’s main dining room and a just six-minute drive from the Oakland Convention Center, the Annex is a premier private event space complete with a full bar, cozy banquettes and décor that is uniquely Oakland – funky yet elegant. Whether you’re hosting a lunch, dinner, brunch, cocktail reception – or anything in between – the team at Hopscotch will work with you to customize the space and event details to match your needs. The Annex can accommodate 30 people for a seated dinner, or 40 for a standing reception, and provides customized menus for either a pre-fixe experience or more casual family-style feast. Sample menus include wow-worthy dishes like roasted pork loin and soba mafaldine, accompanied by artisanal cocktails and hearty dessert options. Yum!
Lake Chalet is the perfect place to dine with a view. Located along Lake Merritt, this restaurant serves delicious California cuisine serving fresh seafood, specialty cocktails, and more. The multi-level restaurant offers options to dine directly over the water out on the Dock, stunning views of Lake Merritt in our Lake Dining Room, an 80-foot marble bar complete with floor to ceiling windows, and more. Lake Chalet is the perfect place to wine and dine your group right in the heart of Oakland.
PC: Bardo Lounge & Supper Club
Located in Oakland's historic Grand Lake District, Bardo Lounge & Supper club is a neighborhood lounge and restaurant inspired by the comfort and camaraderie of a mid-century dinner party. You'll feel like you've thrown into the set of Mad Men with their fantastic hand-picked décor. Their shared plates are the perfect way to bond over conversation and food. Bardo's is a great lounge to make anyone feel right at home. Enjoy their incredible drinks, food, and music, and by the end of the night, you'll feel like an old friend.