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Brown Sugar Kitchen

#10 of 1,047 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
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2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607-1727
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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Oakley, California
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank extrakimchi
Jacksonville, Florida
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122 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Their chicken and waffles are the absolute bomb! I had he barbecue shrimp and grits but my friends had the chicken and waffles. I couldn't stop eating their food. My meal was real good as well. The restaurant is in a seedy part of town but it's not horrible.

Thank defazeo f
La Habra, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brown Sugar Kitchen is an amazing restaurant. Great breakfast/brunch food selection with coffee that's just amazing. You will be amazed with their waffles and specially made syrup.

Thank harryb447
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the 45 minute wait on a Saturday morning. Slightly hungover from overconsumption at a concert at the greek theater in Berkeley last night, the logical option for the four of us was mimosas and waffles. This place was pretty much the perfect manifestation of said desires. Fluffy perfect waffles, moist and crispy fried chicken, cheesy grits and poached eggs... More 

Thank Bigsuralicia
Orange County, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

No words. Just chew and enjoy. Sit at the bar and watch a well run kitchen. The chicken was flavorful to the bone! The only pause was realizing that we had to pay extra for maple syrup.

Thank DoctorB-dub
New York City, New York
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Good food, decent value. Deafeningly noisy, impossible to converse. The wait is very, very long. The vibe is hipsterish and casual.

Thank mahler5
Danville, California
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Chicken and waffles were just ok,, not maple tasting but too heavy on the brown sugar. My date had the special of pork hash and it was really good. Bit pricey and not sure i need to hurry back.

Thank carmelarose55
Fairfield, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

My family of six paid this place a visit on a Wednesday afternoon and waited about 20 minutes. We ordered: - Chicken and Waffles: Delicious. Belgian Waffle was crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. Chicken was good too but the waffle was definitely the star. I had to order an extra one. - Smoked Chicken... More 

1 Thank MKenoly
Accra, Ghana
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56 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

This is a great stop for breakfast and/or brunch. But it fills up quickly so make sure you have enough time to wait if necessary.

1 Thank ymeroe
Alameda, California
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

This is a small, bustling, always busy restaurant with a terrific staff and great food. But there is always a wait. The food is Cajun and down home southern: Jambalaya, blackened fish, Mac and cheese, chicken and waffles. All good, served quickly (with the exce[ton if waffles when they are busy -- but there is a "warning" on the menu... More 

1 Thank Terrie K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
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: 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?