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Bittersweet Chocolate Cafe

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5427 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1502
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 17, 2016

The current owner (the 3rd or 4th one?) needs to learn customer service skills or get rid of this place. Used to be one of our favorite- go to places for pastries, meetups, coffee and of course chocolate. Now a paltry offering of its namesake and seemingly judgmental stares the last few times we have come in asking questions about... More 

Thank hastacar
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

I liked the ambiente a lot- with it's old chairs (squeaky) and sweet bar. Yummi cake and service and they also have a nice bathroom.

Thank Nina D
Oakland, California
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61 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2015

I hate to dis a place so neighborly and chill! If you are looking for a place neighborly and chilly, well, here you are! I'd like to see more options food-wise. The muffins are quite satisfying and not crazy oversized as I find to often be the case in places like this. Coffee beverages were adquate; haven't tried the chocolates.... More 

Thank Robert L
sunnyvale, ca
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2015

I had the salted caramel hot chocolate and my love Michael had the chocolate chai. Both were intensely flavorful... the chai had beautifully complex Indian spices, and the salted caramel was just comfort in a cup. The energy is easygoing and warm, and it is a wonderful place to play Boggle and have deep conversations. The bench outside to cuddle... More 

Thank geri w
Oakland, California
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282 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2015

I explained the kind of (spicy) chocolate drink I'd like over ice and it was made to order. Delicious! Not more I can say, just a yummy place for chocolate drinks.

Thank GPToak
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

I walk by and wonder what the attraction is to his place? The drinks are way too sweet. I tried this place several times and even asked them if they could tone down the sugar but no dice. Chocolate does not equal sweet.

1 Thank Tom S
Piedmont, California
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2013

When you visit the cafe, you must try Bittersweet's Salted Caramel Cocoa. I loved it so much, that I bought the mocha cocoa and a jar of the salted caramel as holiday gifts for friends and family to enjoy.

Thank FOODandTRAVELfan
Oakland, California, Usa
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Any type or flavor of chocolate your heart desires , ambience is passive with the smells of the kitchen in the background. Great chai latte's . My favorite cafe in Rockridge to chill

Thank Carlos A
Daly City, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Local coffee shop. simple and nice. give u a very chilled feeling, variations of coffee and cake. should check it out

Thank Hang D
San Francisco, CA
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21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

If you're looking for yummy hot chocolate or a rich milkshake, Bittersweet should be your first stop. Hot chocolates are made with melted chocolate instead of cocoa powder and you can have it with milk to make it an especially delectable treat. I tend to come here when I'm having a rough day and need a pick me up. Mission... More 

Thank Nel O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
$20 - $35
Cafe, International
Open Hours
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5427 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1502
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: 5106814456

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