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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: Lunch, 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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Visitor rating
  • 59
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    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
a perfect breakfast!

We've been wanting to try Brown Sugar Kitchen for ages, but were daunted by the wait. Today we were up early and, despite the fact that Father's Day spelled crowds, we decided to give it a try. Perhaps because we arrived close to opening time, we waited only 15-20 minutes for one of the best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
Kathryn A
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Berkeley CA
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Berkeley CA
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We've been wanting to try Brown Sugar Kitchen for ages, but were daunted by the wait. Today we were up early and, despite the fact that Father's Day spelled crowds, we decided to give it a try. Perhaps because we arrived close to opening time, we waited only 15-20 minutes for one of the best breakfasts we can remember. The... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Food was OK, not worth the wait or rudeness. Will never go back and will make sure friends don't waste their time or money.

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Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Once in a while I would get a craving for Brown Sugar Kitchen and nothing else would do. So sorry to see that some diners felt unsafe and/or had their cars vandalized. I frequented this place regularly when i lived in Oakland for 4+ years and didn't have a problem and never heard that any of my friends did either.... More 

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Fremont, California
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I took a friend who just arrived from Minnesota for the weekend to the Brown Sugar Kitchen for breakfast since I had been a couple times before, enjoyed the food, and wanted to support the local chef. We arrived around 11AM on a weekday and waited around 30 minutes for a table, but ended up taking seats at the counter.... More 

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California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Categorically my favorite breakfast I can remember. The waffle was so light and tasty it practically floated up to my mouth. Opted for the maple syrup and it was spot on. My chicken surpassed expectations and was more than generous in size. Great cups of coffee rounded out a perfect breakfast. Service was attentive and timely throughout my visit. Parked... More 

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Oakland, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Delicious! Their standards are fab: corn waffles, fried chicken, beignets. We bought a signed cookbook too and the recipes turn out great. Watch West Oakland hood, leave no valuables in the car.

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Au Train
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Sublime cornmeal waffles, best ever; exquisite apple cider syrup. Chicken is good, too. Creative parking, long wait, recommend sitting at the counter. Nice to see the plantings growing up along Mandela Parkway in West Oakland. There's a successful cook book with great, familiar recipes: "Brown Sugar Kitchen," too.

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Oakland, California
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Go on a weekday, when the line's not quite so long (but beware, they're closed Mondays)! The fried chicken is the best I've ever had anywhere. The waffles come with a unique cider-based syrup, but pure maple can be ordered a la carte as well. Add the poached eggs over (superb) cheddar grits for a full understanding of why this... More 

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Emeryville
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86 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

...though I hate to cook, my food is SO MUCH BETTER! Plus, the owner & the waiters were rude! Hey! It's just a GREASY SPOON, IN THE GHETTO! We were totally invisible to them! It was a long wait to finally be assisted, and an even longer wait for totally underwhelming food. I bike, or drive by here daily, to... More 

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Oakland, California
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43 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

By far the best fried chicken and the best waffle I've eaten anywhere. The hash is also out of this world and the coffee is perfect. However, the menu prices are ridiculous--hardly a good value for the kind of food they are serving (it's breakfast for goodness sake!). $15 for fried chicken and waffles? You get two small pieces of... More 

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Additional Information about Brown Sugar Kitchen

Address: 2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607-1727
Phone Number: 510-839-7685
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Family Fare

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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: Local cuisine, Families with children

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?