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“Average food, confused service” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Mezze Restaurant & Bar

Mezze Restaurant & Bar
3407 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA 94610-2307
510-663-2500
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Ranked #286 of 1,116 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Trestle Glen Road
San Francisco, California
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14 restaurant reviews
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“Average food, confused service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2010

We bought a Groupon for this restaurant despite my girlfriend's instistance that "just because it's cheap, doesn't mean it's a good value." Much as it pains me to admit it, she was right. We joined another couple there and although our table was ready before our reservation (nice), that was where the experience exceeding our expectations ended. Both the server and bus staff were just "a little off" in their service delivery despite the fact we were one of 4 tables occupied in the establishment. They presented awkwardly and interrupted in the middle of discussions. We ordered the cheese plate (which was pretty good and delivered right away) and then the server came by after we had demolished it to tell us what everything was. She told us certain things were out of stock before we ordered, so we took that into account and requested something different, only to be told that some of those items were unavailable too. Main courses were pretty good. I had the Risotto and my gf had the steak (as part of prix fixe menu). Both were presented nicely and portions were generous, but I got the feeling the chef was trying just a little too hard with the flavor mixtures. We also got "Creme Brulle" which gave new meaning to creme as it was like soup. Almost seemed like it had been sitting out for a while. While we were enjoying some after dinner conversation, server came by to ask "if we needed anything else" in an obvious attempt to get rid of us (lights had been turned off in the back of the room), but she hadn't brought the check yet! Price was $155 for 4 with one drink each. Might be worth it with some better wait staff and quality of food being focused on a little more than quantity.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Monica, California
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69 restaurant reviews
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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
“Loved this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2010

We were in Berkeley for the weekend, and received lots of good recommendations for dinner places in Oakland, but most were not open Sunday evening. Mezze had good TA reviews, so we tried it. It's in a charming neighborhood near Lake Merritt, and we saw lots of locals going there. Our server was a friendly young woman, and the owner was sitting at the bar with a local patron. We sat at the window which was totally open to the summer evening, very nice and relaxing. I ordered the roasted pepper and tomato soup, which was delicious, but fairly filling. Watch out! Next, I had the lamb sausage pizza, which was excellent, crisp flat crust, lots of mint, great! My hubby had a nice green salad just lightly dressed, perfect as a starter, and then he had the duck breast entree, which he loved, loved, loved. Wines by the glass are interesting and well priced. This is a perfect relaxing neighborhood restaurant. Who needs the snooty reservations policies of a place like Commis?

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Pizzas are good. everything else is average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2008

Pizzas are good. everything else is average

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“This place can be really...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2008

This place can be really inventive with middle eastern food, or just so-so with some "interesting" service. Worth a shot though.

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“Mezze would be an icon on the other side of the bay. Innovative dishes wlle prepared in a casual and relaxed atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2008

Mezze would be an icon on the other side of the bay. Innovative dishes wlle prepared in a casual and relaxed atmosphere

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