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542 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610-3515
510-452-9500
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A wonderful dinner

Had a wonderful dinner there the other night. Their hamburgers with fries were excellent. The chicken thigh dish was just OK. The chicken had been stewed which is not my favorite way. The profiterole dessert with coconut ice cream was fantastic

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
Way2Fastt
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Santa Barbara County
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  • Late Night
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Santa Barbara County
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Had a wonderful dinner there the other night. Their hamburgers with fries were excellent. The chicken thigh dish was just OK. The chicken had been stewed which is not my favorite way. The profiterole dessert with coconut ice cream was fantastic

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Stamford, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We were taken to Sidebar by my brother and girlfriend. It's one of their local favorites and I can see why. It's a comfortable place bustling with people and activity. The menu was interesting with some comfort food as well as some more innovative choices. All the food seemed fresh and well made. Great bar in the center...would be fun... More 

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Oakland, California
Top Contributor
204 reviews 204 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Sidebar is a restaurant I love going to for lunch with friends...this last time my friend ordered a fresh trout salad which she loved, and I had the delicious fish sandwich, fries, and the butter lettuce salad. Dessert special that day was a flourless chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream...we finished everything!

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San Francisco, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We have probably been to sidebar 25 times. Great burgers, steaks, gougeres, salads. Nice engaging bartenders, great drinks, & fun bar design. A great wine list, and selection of beers ... Love the St. Peter's organic pale ale. The headwaters have always been great, most of the waitresses are attentive and professional. We love the room, nice art, open kitchen,... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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133 reviews 133 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Visiting Oakland, a local took me to Sidebar. I had no idea that Oakland had such a quant area as this lake, that seemed like an Oasis in the sometime challenging city. I have been to Oakland many times, but always downtown or at a sporting event. Not my favorite city. Sidebar has a very nice calming view of the... More 

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Rockville, MD
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Enjoyed our late lunch at this wonderful cafe and bar by the lake. Possibly the best Reuben I've had. Very friendly, attentive and relaxed staff.

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Berlin, Germany
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148 reviews 148 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This restaurant does not have even one vegan option on their menu (that's the bad news). The good news is that they are flexible enough to improvise and to create vegan options. Their food is good, but their drinks are a bit expensive.

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Oakland, California
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199 reviews 199 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

My friends and I are always looking for new places to try so we decided to give Sidebar the taste test and the food was delicious! We ordered the Fried Pollack (tasty but a little dry), Cuban Pork Sandwich, Hamburger and Monte Carlo which were all good! And we saw the table next to us sharing a salad, some wine... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

My wife and I took our daughter out to dinner the other night. We were headed to the Grand Lake Kitchen but found it closed on Tuesday night, so we walked into Sidebar. A Big Mistake. My wife ordered a Portabello Mushroom Sandwich. What showed up was a tiny mushroom dwarfed by grilled bread(and not good bread) and a mixed... More 

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chicago IL
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40 reviews 40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013 via mobile

Four of us enjoyed dinner in a relaxed informal restaurant in downtown Oakland. Wines are pricey, but good quality. Two of us enjoyed hamburgers; two liked the salmon served on a bed of kale. All the meals were well prepared and tasty. Both the salads and entrees were generous portion sizes. Acoustics are decent which permits conversation at a normal... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 542 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610-3515
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: 510-452-9500

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?