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#23 of 1,049 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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5301 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1416
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is a hidden gem. Not much room inside, but the food is outstanding!! We had the scallops, steak, and lobster. All were incredible! We also were given some mussels for our first visit and they were phenomenal! We tried one of every dessert and you can't go wrong! Staff were very friendly and the atmosphere was great. Not... More 

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Tracy, California
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56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a reservation for 3 people and the table that they gave us was perfect.We have been to this restaurant a few times, the service was good as before but now they have too many people walking around doing nothing. The signature drinks were perfect, we had oysters,mussels and calamari for appetizers and were very good,then for entrees we... More 

Thank dartmanbull
Berkeley, California
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182 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Where is it written that restaurants have to be loud? This one is small, with hard surface walls (brick) and flours (cement) and the noise level becomes such that you have to shout to be heard across the table. The restaurant is obviously very popular - don't even think about coming on a weekend night without a reservation - but... More 

Thank nevertooold53
Oakland, California
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74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Unpretentious little gem restaurant with very good service. All their appetizers and entries are excellent, so much attention to detail. The place is usually tightly packed and tables are fairly closed to each other. Walk-ins possible but you may end up waiting a bit, the place is very popular.

Thank Olasek
Lakewood Ranch
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

This is an outstanding little restaurant. We brought a bottle wine with us. Two of us enjoyed the seafood stew. One had the mussel appetizer and I had a salad. The other party had salmon. The presentation was wonderful and the taste excellent. The varieties of fish in the stew were cooked to perfection and the broth was memorable. Worthy... More 

Thank Scott M
Berkeley, California
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62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Summary based on one dinner: --host seated us promptly for our reservation although the original table wasn't yet available --loud enough that we had some issues getting our order understood. All worked out fine, though. --very good starters and mains --ok prices for the area and quality --good service --challenging street parking

Thank Richard H
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016

Not only was the food spectacular and elevated, but the service was out of this world. I came in on a whim with my boyfriend just a few hours before our flight back to Boston. The kitchen was able to expedite our order, still allowing for customizations, and the staff was warm and welcoming even knowing we likely wouldn't be... More 

Thank Amanda C
Ithaca, New York
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78 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

We arrived on a friends recommendation no reservation. When they say they open at 5:00 they mean it. Food was a delight to see and eat. Waiters were informed and helpful Bar drinks were outstanding. About $50 per person w/o tip but excellent.

Thank ken8572
Moraga, California
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61 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

Our party of 4 enjoyed very good food, excellent service and a very nice setting. The environment is very comfortable with an interior brick wall and simple decor. There's a nice energy (albeit a little noisy) in the space. They specialize in seafood -- our muscles and salmon was excellent. The prices are reasonable for a Bay Area restaurant with... More 

Thank Silver996c
Austin, Texas
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112 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

On Yelp, I asked for the best clam chowder in the Rockridge/ Berkeley area and the restaurant at the top of the list was Marica. When we arrived, we told our waiter this and he said it is one of their rotating soups of the day but not today. We were disappointed to not have their chowder which we were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5301 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1416
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: 510-985-8388

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