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Brown Sugar Kitchen

#11 of 1,060 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607-1727
+1 510-839-7685
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had the waffles and fried chicken! Wonderful. Coffee was great. Came on a rainy Saturday so the wait was short.

Thank Steve H
Berkeley, California
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290 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

I had been wanting to go to Brown Sugar Kitchen for several years. It is only open for breakfast and lunch, and we just prefer eating breakfast at home. Finding a day on which my wife and I could go there for lunch had been a hang up. We finally made it a few days ago, and we now both... More 

Thank Andreas G
Berkeley, California
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016

This busy out of the way restaurant is worth the wait. The waffles are to die for--quite different from the usual fare, light crispy corn waffles with a bit of tang. A plus for early risers, they open at 7. Everything that I have had was delish. Biscuits, beignets, yummy

Thank sarahlala0514
San Francisco, California
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57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

Came here on Sunday and thankfully didn't have to wait too long for a seat. My group had planned to order coffee and a pastry while waiting since we called before and was given a 45 minute estimate wait time. We were sat before our pastries were given to us which was great since we were starving. We all ordered... More 

Thank hungryhipp0s4
Oakland, California
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99 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016 via mobile

I'm partial to this place but it is by far the best breakfast around. Friend chicken and Waffle and the Smoked Ham Hash are my favorites. The coffee is good so grab some while you wait the hour to get a table. It could be longer. Get there early.

Thank Neville V
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

We frequent this restaurant for brunch monthly at least. The food is superb. Two of my favorites are the pork hash & poached eggs and the chicken & waffles. There is a bit of a wait most Saturday's but for me the food is worth the wait.

Thank Orlando D
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

Wow!!! Loved their fried chicken!!! Yummy!! If you want to taste a southern food without going to southern state... visit Brown Sugar Kitchen... you won't be disappointed and make sure you get there on-time.... but it's worth waiting...

Thank minhee63
New York
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59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

My first time to this restaurant, and I must say I give them a 4 out of ten. I waited 2 hours to be seated, then I ordered the gumbo and it tasted more like stew, wasn't good. The fried chicken was ok but too greasy, the Mac and cheese was devine. FYI Please watch where u park your car.... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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190 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

This was such a lovely place with great food! We came on a weekday so, no long lines and we were seated right away. For a first timer, best to order what is the best on their menu: butter milk fried chicken & cornmeal waffle with brown sugar butter and apple cider syrup! The waffle was so different. It was... More 

Thank mimabama
Oakley, California
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

This restaurant has been open for awhile and Im bummed I'm just now going to this place. We came on peak time and so we have to wait for almost an hour. But we made do, ordered our chai latte and had their incredible light biscuit while waiting. Finally had their famous chicken and waffles and was not dissapointed. The... 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
Average prices
$10 - $15
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Parking Available
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607-1727
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 510-839-7685
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?