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Oakland Restaurant Week FAQs

What is Oakland Restaurant Week?

Oakland Restaurant Week (ORW) dates have been set for January 11-20, 2019. This year will mark the 9th edition of ORW and we are excited for another year of highlighting the incredible culinary offerings throughout Oakland. This program allows Visit Oakland to drive attention to all of our restaurants, and encourage both locals and visitors alike to explore new dining options, or revisit some of their old favorites to enjoy special menu offerings. Below are a few things to consider as you get ready for Restaurant Week.

What are the ways my restaurant can participate?

  1. Develop a special prix-fixe menu. Create menus for lunch, dinner, or both! You are not limited in the number of menus you can have, and can create different menus for different price points or meals. The price points are set at $10, $20, $30, $40, $50, $60 & $70 to ensure consumers can easily search through menus on the website. 

  2. Cocktail, Wine or Beer Pairings. To accompany your prix fixe menu, you can develop a beverage pairing menu for guests to add-on to their meal.

  3. Progressive Dinner. We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in participating in progressive dinners in each neighborhood. We'd be partnering you up with neighboring restaurants and helping you coordinate a cohesive, multi-stop culinary experience.

  4. Host an Alameda County Community Food Bank Fundraiser. We've partnered up with The Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) and are looking for ways to raise funds for them throughout the week.  From donating a portion of sales of a specialty cocktail available only during ORW, to hosting a happy hour where a portion of proceeds go to ACCFB, to collecting cans at your venue throughout restaurant week, we want to work with you to benefit ACCFB. All restaurants who commit to donating to the ACCFB during Oakland Restaurant Week will receive a special call out on the ORW website.

How do I register my restaurant for Oakland Restaurant Week?

This year we will be utilizing the Oakland Partner Portal for all ORW registrations and menu postings. Once you create a Oakland Restaurant Week listings, you will automatically be registered for ORW 2019. By utilizing the Oakland Partner Portal you will be able to upload your menu as soon as it is finalized, which will streamline the process, ensuring your information gets in front of the consumer as quickly as possible. Step-by-step instructions on how to add your Oakland Restaurant listing are posted in the “Partner Bulletins” section of the Portal.
If you have not previously had log-in access to the Oakland Partner Portal, please reach out to Destination Development Coordinator Jaymee Rayford (jaymee@visitoakland.com).

Will the Alameda County Community Food Bank be partnering this year?

Yes! We are excited to once again work with the ACCFB and support the incredible work they do in our community. From donating a portion of sales of a specialty cocktail available only during ORW, to hosting a happy hour where a portion of proceeds go to ACCFB, to collecting cans at your venue throughout restaurant week, we want to work with you to benefit ACCFB. All restaurants who commit to donating to the ACCFB during Oakland Restaurant Week will receive a special call out on the ORW website.

Are sponsorships available?

Yes. Get additional exposure and marketing value when you become a sponsor of ORW.  With a sponsorship level to fit every budget, we help maximize your participation and get your business in front of customers that matter most to you. Please contact Raquel Navarro (See.Eat.Love., a Visit Oakland Partner) for more information.


More questions? Please contact Raquel Navarro with See.Eat.Love., a Visit Oakland Partner.