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“Definitely worth a trip to Oakland! Great, "high class" comfort food”
Review of Pican

Ranked #53 of 1,275 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $40 - $50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Grand Avenue
Transit: 19th Street BART, Oakland
Berkeley, California
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Definitely worth a trip to Oakland! Great, "high class" comfort food”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

I hadn't been to Pican for at least a year, and had almost forgotten how good it is. Very nicely laid out and designed restaurant, not far from Oakland's 9th street BART station. A sophisticated, well-dressed somewhat older crowd that is fun to watch--a great mix of black, white and "other"--who are enjoying some of the best comfort food in the Bay Area. Not one of the dishes we tried tonight were less than delicious. The southern fried chicken was moist and perfectly fried, with just the right amount of seasoning. The jambalya risotto was amazing....smooth, a little spicy, but loaded with shellfish. I'll come back again soon.

  • Visited April 2013
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English first
New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Excellent southern food”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

As a friend described it, Pican is "fancy southern food." The food, service and the atmosphere are very good. A very classy place.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank EPH9810
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Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Classic southern meets organic California”
Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

Very classy and welcoming restaurant on Broadway! The staff go the extra mile when it comes to service. They know the menu and specials are are very willing to accommodate nutritional preferences and will allow substitutions. If you love bourbon,southern comfort foods and pecans this is a special event choice for y'all! My husband had a Classic mint julio like he was at the Kentucky derby. I had the peach squeeze-yum! My husband chose the classic fried chicken-served with delicious mac n cheese. Had collards as a side which were done to perfection. I had the Mt Lassen trout on Brussels and purple cauliflower /lovely. The atmosphere is elegant and the music inviting. Highly recommend this gem!

Thank CatCalifornia
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Oakland, California
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Elegant and Welcoming Southern Cuisine”
Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

This is a special place. Like a bit of Virginia, Louisiana and a bit of Charleston. Excellent food, happy warm staff , innovative drinks. No southern restaraunt in San Francisco can touch it !! Another sign of the East Bay rising.

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Thank Mando Z
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Castro Valley, California
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great service, wonderful birthday dinner”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is a lovely place that completely evokes the warmth and hospitality of the South, but with a bit of California twist to it. The staff are so charming and knowledgeable and clearly take pride in their establishment, services, and your pleasure that you are pretty much guaranteed an excellent experience. The Pican Punch was delicious and potent but it was pretty hard to select a drink from their choices. Best advice: talk to the bartender and wait-staff--they'll figure out the best fit for you and they will check back to make sure you're satisfied.

Our meals were delicious, filling and share-able--I had to try the mac and cheese even though the lamb was absolutely scrumptious. And who would have thought a raw collard greens salad would be so very tasty? Indulge yourself and a few good friends; you'll all enjoy it.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank n4mal
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