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Champa Garden

2102 8th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94606
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Ranked #53 of 1,047 restaurants in Oakland
Cuisines: Asian, Thai, Vietnamese
Most recent review
- Apr 1, 2014
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29 reviews from our community

82% Recommend
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English first
San Francisco, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

It was busy, but seats at the bar are almost always available it seems. I ordered the Thai-style papaya salad, as well as Laotian sausage and the fried banana dessert. The papaya salad was large and amongst the best I've had anywhere. Took a third of it home with me and it was just as good the next day! The... More

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San Francisco, California
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126 reviews 126 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is a great local eatery local in transition neighborhood. I go to different type place to try out local food and food that reflex a cultural bias. I provide rating based on the style and type of restaurant that I happen to be in. I don’t expect fancy seating and super service from a local neighborhood establishment. This is... More

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Rutherford, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Our Oakland friends took us to Champa Garden for dinner and we made it before the dinner rush/line. The place was filled when we arrived at 5:15 PM, but there was a table for 4 in the back under the mounted TV. Each dish was fresh and tasty; the curry wasn't too hot/spicy/sweet. The company of good friends and fabulous... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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95 reviews 95 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Our son and his girlfriend took us to this restaurant when we were visiting from the east coast. It is worth the drive. We ate appetizers at the small bar, while we were waiting for a table. The place was packed. The spring rolls fried in rice wrappers were very good. The appetizer tray arrived with plenty of fresh herbs... More

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Oakland, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Champa Garden is one of the best "Cheap Eats" restaurants anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area. But don't let the low prices fool you. This is Southeast Asian cooking at the highest level. Recognized by Michelin every single year, and for good reason.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is in a sketchy neighborhood in Oakland, a little east of Lake Merritt in a residential area across the street from a barred-up convenience store, yet it's always overfilling with patrons, even at 3:30pm on a Saturday. This is due to their low prices, good service (after adjusting for degree of difficulty due to the jam-packed house) and good... More

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san francisco
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Drove all the way to Oakland to try this restaurant for lunch only because it was mentioned in the Michelin Guide of SF 1013 edition. First of all, after seeing the neighborhood, I wouldn't go there at night. The place was relatively packed on Saturday afternoon. I ordered seafood pad thai and thai iced tea. Both were just average. Okay... More

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Oakland, California, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Take if from someone who has spent over 4 months in Laos & Thailand- This is THE PLACE to go in Oakland. If you are looking for fine dining, then why would you bother with a place in this neighborhood? However if you want great SE Asian fare at an incredible price, well, check it out. There is a line... More

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Berkeley, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

If I had written this review a few months ago it would have been very different. I have been to Champa Garden many, many times times; taken there at first by a Thai friend. I used to love it. Sadly, I can't say that anymore. I went with a friend a few weeks ago and we felt that both the... More

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

We've visit this restaurant after reading the reviews on this site. It was just 2 miles from our hotel, so we got in the car. It's in the middle of a neighborhood, all decorated with lights. I had my doubts, but definitely not necessary. It was busy, but luckily for us, one table still free. We ordered a red curry... More

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