Oaklands waterfront neighborhood - named for the famed American author who grew up here - is a mix of stunning scenery, fantastic food, and lively events. It doesn't matter the time, day or season Jack London Square is always the place to be.



55 Webster St

Pull up a seat along the water and dive into (not literally) this Pan American favorite. The menu features tantalizing dishes packed with Mediterranean, Central, and South American flavors. The duck quinoa salad is something everyone needs to try.

Chop Bar

247 4th St

In West African culture, a chop bar is a restaurant that serves as a gathering place for the community. Chop Bar certainly feels that way inside with a perfectly cozy interior and patron-packed bar.

Home of Chicken and Waffles

444 Embarcadero West

Craving some comfort food? Craving some comfort food late night? Home of Chicken and Waffles has you covered serving up a number of mouth-watering combos you didn't even know you needed. Jack London Square is one of the most popular spots to dine in Oakland so be sure to check out the full list of restaurants.


USS Potomac

540 Water St

History buffs hop on board FDRs presidential yacht and head for out for a ride around the Bay in this historic vessel, affectionately dubbed the Floating White House.

California Canoe & Kayak

409 Water St

Lessons and guided tours await at this shop on the estuary. Grab a kayak, paddleboard or canoe and be sure to ask about the moonlight tour.

Bay Area Bikes

427 Water St

Rent a bike and explore Oakland’s waterfront, Lake Merritt or the Urban Winer Trail.  Located on the estuary, just a short distance from the Jack London Square ferry landing.  Bikes are available for the whole family, including tandems and cargo bikes. 


Heinolds First & Last Chance Saloon

48 Webster St

Open since 1883 this is your chance to drink where Jack London himself drank! You might notice a slight tilt (read: it is literally impossible to not notice) in the structures foundation, thats from the 1906 earthquake that struck. It adds to the fun and charm of the place, we swear.


98 Broadway

You could actually come here during the day or at night but FYI no kids after 9pm. Come for the arcade, bowling, bocce, and/or beer garden, theres 50,000 sq. ft. of fun to be had.


10 Clay St

An urban winery on the water, hop right on or off the ferry from here after you've enjoyed some California zinfandels and the tranquil atmosphere.

Where to Stay

Waterfront Hotel

10 Washington St

Sit poolside while you're bayside at this nautical-themed hotel. Also, this Joie de Vivre property is right next door to the ferry if you need to make a trip to San Francisco.

Inn at Jack London Square

233 Broadway

One of the friendliest staffs in Oakland awaits you at this quaint property. Within walking distance to everything Jack London Square has to offer you'll be perfectly situated for your adventure.