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Encuentro Cafe and Wine Bar

202 Second Street, Oakland, CA
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Ranked #13 of 1,064 restaurants in Oakland
Cuisines: Vegetarian
Most recent review
- Jul 1, 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Oakland, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Their menu is amazing - Loved their bruschetta with spicy jam and avocado! And the swiss chard rolls were amazing. But its too pricey to come back to this restaurant. I wish their prices were a little less so I could revisit.

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Salem, Oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

This is the spot to go for inventive vegetarian fare in the Jack London Square area. Food and service was excellent. The only downside is that they only take reservations for groups of 3 or more, and it's pretty small. So for a couple, you want to get there early, because there's really no place to wait.

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Camarillo, California
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437 reviews 437 reviews
355 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Excellent food and wine. Service is nice too. This is a very small restaurant with maybe 5 tables and a bar that seats another 15 people or so. Close to Jack London Square and worth the extra steps. Price is reasonable for what you get. Not all the dishes are vegan. I definitely reccomend.

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49 reviews 49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

If you have been thinking of trying vegan, this is the place to start. I had the stuffed dates, apple pomegranate salad with vegan cheese, satay and bruschetta one with goat cheese and one with vegan cheese. All were fabulous. Good wine selection. I had sparkling lemonade. Cute little place near the harbor. This could possibly turn me vegan.

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Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Tucked away on Oakland is this very pleasant bar/restaurant. It is upmarket vegetarian with plenty for vegans on its small but perfectly-formed menu. We turned up late and sat at the bar - it is quite a small and popular place so would recommend reserving a table. It was difficult to select as it all sounded delicious, but in the... More

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Lompoc, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Encuentro helped make our first visit to Oakland a great visit. We stopped in for drinks and appetizers and was happy with the visit. Food, drink and service were great, probably the best humus ever. We will return.

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Oakland, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

When you encounter Encuentro you will be in for a real treat. For those who speak Spanish, I did that intentionally. The food is fresh and local and has extraordinary flavor. I went with friends for my birthday (they chose it) and when I got there I remembered, some of the others joining are big carnivores, OMG what do we... More

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Sebastopol, California
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96 reviews 96 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

We went to Encuentro due to the persistent insistence of a friend who also isn't vegetarian but now eats there twice a week. The food was sensational. We ordered a bunch of small plates and here were the results: deviled eggs were good, the dates stuffed with macadamia nut paste were absolute heaven (my friend had no interest in the... More

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Oakland, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

I've been to Encuentro I think four times now and hands down it is one of the hidden gems of Oakland dining. Sweet little place tucked away in a cool part of Oakland (it's nice to take a stroll around Jack London Square water before dinner). The food has been consistently tasty, with surprising flavor / ingredient combinations and fantastic... More

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Oakland, California
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160 reviews 160 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

I've been wanting to try Encuentro for a few weeks now and I decided to go on my own Sat night. The host was welcoming and gave me my options for sitting at the bar or having take out. I had a delicious Prosecco while waiting for my absolutely wonderfule choices. I tried a starter ,a salad , and the... More

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