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“Still hungry” 2 of 5 stars
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I squared
5403 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1502
510-658-4400
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Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Persian
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Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Manilla
Transit: Rockridge BART station is about two blocks away, and AC Transit bus number 51 stops just in front of the restaurant.
Bay Area, CA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Still hungry”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

The ambience of the restaurant is tranquil. The tables have candles which sit on a simple set table. The restaurant itself is small. The choices on the menu are interesting, which leaves the diner curious about the dining experience. As one antinicpates the arrivial of the meal, its easy to wonder how the ingredients will come together and leaves a satified taste in one mouth. When the dinner arrived, we instantly noticed that portions were quite small for the price of a meal. Presentationis everything and sadly presentation lacked. The flavors, typical, did not come close to the expectations that I was hoping for. With so many restaurants to choose from on renowned College Avenue, I was left dissappointed and still hungry.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Oakland, California
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23 restaurant reviews
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“The best of Iranian and ITalian cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

I squared (or I2) is run by Sadri Madjlessi & Tanya Anderson, who bought the next-door Hudson Bay Caffe some years back and turned it around, then began work on this lovely restaurant. Typical Iranian dishes include delicious kabobs and lamb shanks, and Italian cuisine brings shrimp scampi, eggplant parmigiana, and delicious, melt-in-your mouth roasted fish. My favorite is the fensenjen, a walnut-pomegranate sauce over chicken and rice. Service is warm and friendly and the settling is simple with smooth wood tables. Come to Oakland for one of the most unusual cuisine combinations you'll ever experience.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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