We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Encuentro Cafe and Wine Bar

Vegetarian, Wine Bar
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
550 Second Street, Oakland, CA 94607
5108329463
Website
Today
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 21 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 16
    Excellent
  • 5
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Karma for Vegetarian from India

I have a very dear older Indian friend who worked with me for many years in Shanghai. The Chinese food is fantastic in Shanghai but not for vegetarians most of the time - I am Chinese American and always felt badly that he would only have a plate of garlic sautéed greens. He now retired... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Margaret H
,
Oakland, California
Add Photo Write a Review

21 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Oakland, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I have a very dear older Indian friend who worked with me for many years in Shanghai. The Chinese food is fantastic in Shanghai but not for vegetarians most of the time - I am Chinese American and always felt badly that he would only have a plate of garlic sautéed greens. He now retired part-time in India where I... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

My friend and I ate here after walking around Jack London Square one evening. The food was delicious and filling and the service was really great. I would definitely recommend eating here if you're in Oakland, whether you're vegetarian or not. It was busy but not at all too loud for a conversation.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oakland, California, United States
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I've taken multiple non-vegans here and they loved it as much as I did. It's a friendly neighborhood eatery... very approachable for vegans and non-vegans alike! It's my go-to spot when friends agree to sample my vegan lifestyle :)

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Good vegetarian food. For a meat eater, I didn't miss the meat! Very tasty - I had the mushroom sandwich - far better than most. The wine, we had by the glass, was just ok. Excellent salad. Portions are not large - so you spend money here. The best thing was the goat butter that came with the toasted sourdough... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

What a wonderful little place in Jack London Square! As a longtime vegetarian who occasionally dabbles in seafood, I've explored places everywhere ad nauseam for herbivores, particularly in NYC. Encuentro is absolutely on par with the best veg dining on my home turf. Think of the caliber of food quality in the vein of Pure Food + Wine, Blossom, Candle... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Northern CA
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Rarely do we find a restaurant (let alone a vegetarian one) that combines creative and delicious food with great service, but Encuentro Café exhibited this and more on our recent Friday night dinner in the Jack London Square neighborhood of Oakland. Although several menu items we ordered were vegetarian (not vegan), most items on the menu are vegan items or... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sanibel Island, Florida
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 via mobile

I am not vegan but went to Encuentro recently with others that are vegan. The food is excellent, fresh ingredients, great taste combinations and friendly staff. We ordered entrees as small plate tasters and the wait staff was helpful and patient. We wanted a slow pace and the waiter never hurried us even though the restaurant was full and busy.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Oakland, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Salem, Oregon
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Camarillo, California
Top Contributor
539 reviews 539 reviews
439 restaurant reviews
190 helpful votes 190 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Encuentro Cafe and Wine Bar also viewed

 
 

Been to Encuentro Cafe and Wine Bar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 550 Second Street, Oakland, CA 94607
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: 5108329463

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Wine Bar
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Encuentro Cafe and Wine Bar staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?