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Brown Sugar Kitchen

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2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607-1727
510-839-7685
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7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Brown Sugar Kitchen is a full service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch...
Brown Sugar Kitchen is a full service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch & brunch. We have a Zagat score of 26, which is the highest score for a soul food restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 53
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
chicken the right way

omg the waffle and fried chicken is by far the best i have EVER HAD this restaurant is the type you come back often to taste every item on the menu. the service is fast and very attentive in spite of the place being constantly packed. and clean clean clean

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Anastasia G
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Oakland
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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Oakland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

omg the waffle and fried chicken is by far the best i have EVER HAD this restaurant is the type you come back often to taste every item on the menu. the service is fast and very attentive in spite of the place being constantly packed. and clean clean clean

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Service was slow. Staff acted as if they were too cool. What's that about? Weirdly off putting. 30 minutes waited for food. Ribs great. Chicken weak. Not crunchy at all. Waffle great. Cole slaw and black out peas bland, bland. Expectations exceed reality.

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I got the pulled pork BBQ sandwich. The pork was great and the collards I ordered were incredible. The bread on the sandwich was soggy, though. Next time I'll order the chicken and waffles, now that looked like food perfection.

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Oakland, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A very hip restaurant with outstanding food. The way is long on the weekends. We have been there for brunch and loved the food and aptmoshere.

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Hawaii
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Went with friends, so got to taste several menu items. Cornmeal waffles really light and delicious, though wasn't crazy about the chicken. Good flavor, but not crispy enough for me. Cheesy grits and eggs - yes! That was my favorite! The coffee was not that great, but I like mine really strong, so consider that it may be fine for... More 

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Missoula
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Outstanding service, efficient and friendly staff. Most importantly, absolutely delicious chicken and waffles; worth the inevitable wait.

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Rio Rico, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

What a place to eat, everything is outstanding the service and the food. The Waffle with Fried Chicken was amazing, and the Egg and Vegetable Tart incredible! One of the best places for a meal.

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Oakland, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I was there on 10/31/14... Ok, so had heard some much hype about this place, I finally had the opportunity to check it out for myself. It's in a up and coming area of Oakland, so don't get turned off by the location--it's very diverse area now...:-) The outside of the restaurant looks like just another whole in the wall,... More 

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Oakland, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

It's been a while now and I'm craving to go back! I've always disliked long lines, but will expect a line when I decide to go back. They are THAT good! =) the waffles are light, airy and crispy. The fried chicken....YUM! And their Mac N Cheese....great flavor! As I am thinking about that now,....looks like I'll be returning tomorrow!

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Oakland, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Grateful for the urban pioneers who have the guts to branch out into new areas of Oakland. And glad that's it's worked out well for Tonya Holland et al. High quality product. Super great breakfasts and baked goods. How can you go wrong with a GREAT biscuit. I really appreciate the higher quality of ingredients ... the free range eggs,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607-1727
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: 510-839-7685

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

Brown Sugar Kitchen is a full service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch & brunch. We have a Zagat score of 26, which is the highest score for a soul food restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?