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Review of Z Cafe & Bar

Z Cafe & Bar
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Ranked #123 of 1,261 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Bar, Pub, American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 27th street
Transit: 19th St Oakland BART Station
Oakland, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“I'm a regular here”
Reviewed May 17, 2013 via mobile

As the website will tell you this place really is mellow and unpretentious. I have never been disappointed in either the food nor service. Fresh and well prepared dishes and friendly but not overbearing service.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Susan M
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English first
San Mateo, California
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78 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great Lunch”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

The cafe was very busy, but the service was excellent. My Crab Salad Sanwhich with Fresh Spring Mix and Spinach Salad was excellent. The Blue cheese dressing was very creamy.
I ce tea was very good also.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Ipswitch00
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San Leandro, California
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82 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Our Favorite Spot”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Z Cafe is an unusual restaurant in an unusual setting. It's in part of an old and elegant car dealership in Oakland's "Auto Row." There's plenty of street parking, and both indoor and outdoor seating on a nice little plaza.

The menu is eclectic, with both comfort foods (coq au vin, pasta) and more elegant fare. Prices are reasonable. The real star is the cocktail menu, which is wild and varied and includes both old favorites and some specialties I have not seen elsewhere.

This is our favorite spot because our wedding brunch was at Z's. Mehdi, the proprietor, is easy to work with. We had a lovely meal with choices for our guests at a price we were happy to pay.

The one drawback to Z's is that while the restaurant is architecturally stunning (high ceilings, huge windows on the city, black and white REAL tile floors) it is an extremely "Live" space and can get pretty noisy on a weekday night. For an intimate tete-a-tete, go after happy hour is over at 7 - in fact, go about 8 (they're open till 10 many nights.). The later evening here is wonderful.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Ozma
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Richmond, CA
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85 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Mellowville”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

I stopped in for lunch and a cocktail. The waitress was very friendly and attentive. Since I'm a vegetarian she recommended that I make a meal with some of their sides. Turned out to be a great idea. I also had a nice Irish coffee. I was a happy camper, as the saying goes.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank Shonda D
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Concord, California
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282 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Unexpected find and amazing cocktail list”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

This restaurant is located in a car dealership on the edge of Oakland's new Uptown dining and night clubbing area. We much enjoyed dinner and the food here. But, for those of us that like to imbibe, the cocktail list is amazing including more that 30 different martinis. They also have 100+ different vodkas and vodka flights. During happy hour the drinks (and wine) are at HH prices ($5-$7). The food "California Bistro fare" was quite tasty. Our large dishes were Grilled bone-in pork chop and Coq Au Vin. Small plates ordered were white mac and cheese and seafood tomato cocktail with blue crab meat. For dessert we had warm blueberry-lemon bread pudding and Roasted Banana Pudding (both wonderful) Our server (Angie) was very friendly and efficient but not hovering. we had a great table by the window. Decor very nice -high ceilings in former car dealership The dealership is still adjacent. Quiet.

  • Visited April 2012
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1 Thank dragonrees
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