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542 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610-3515
510-452-9500
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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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 8
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  • 12
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good, but a bit pricey

We enjoyed an air conditioned dinner here on a hot, July evening. The food was good, but not as great as the prices might lead one to believe. The drinks were the standout here.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
timjstark
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Whitefish Bay, WI
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Whitefish Bay, WI
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126 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We enjoyed an air conditioned dinner here on a hot, July evening. The food was good, but not as great as the prices might lead one to believe. The drinks were the standout here.

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Oakland, California, United States
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250 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Nestled right next to Lake Merritt, Sidebar is a great restaurant with excellent food! I frequent this place, and am never disappointed by the food. I always get their duck liver crostini, when they have it! It's rich and delectable! Their burgers are killer, and most every other main dish is great! They do their proteins justice, whether it be... More 

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Lomita, California
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83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I was taken out to dinner at the Sidebar in the upscale part of Oakland the other night. I was really surprised Oakland has such a nice upbeat part of town. Even at 8:00PM on a Wed. night the place was full so we chose to seat at the famous copper topped bar and eat. The craft beer selection was... More 

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Santa Barbara County
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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
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51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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
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134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 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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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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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151 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 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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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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123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 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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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?