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“Good food, small selection”

Boot and Shoe Service
Ranked #103 of 1,265 Restaurants in Oakland
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Hayward, California
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good food, small selection”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We could not make a reservations (they do not accept them), and we ended up waiting ~30 mins.

The food was good (not great), but the selection was really small. You have the choice of 5 pizzas or 3 entree's beyond appetizers. Of the 3 entree's, only 1 was not pasta.

Also, the wine list was small and offered few glass options.

Finally the service was pretty slow. We ordered 2 drinks - one came really late and the other didn't come (although at least they didn't charge us).

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank cardott
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English first
Concord, California
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291 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“great food and service worth the wait”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

This is a very charming place, in a trendy hipster sort of way. The interior is brick and wood, and rather dark, but there a couple of window tables that are great. It is a very popular place, gets crowded, and doesn’t take reservations. So either come early or understand there will be a wait. The food is excellent. At the server’s suggestion, we had one appetizer (asparagus and prosciutto with almond salsa), one dish from the primi menu (duck) and one pizza (rapini and house-made sausage). This was plenty of food for the two of us, but of course we had dessert too (lemon cake and a tart). There is a full bar and a cocktail list with some inventive creations. The servers are very friendly and very knowledgeable about the food. The clientele is also very friendly.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank dragonrees
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Laguna Niguel, California
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272 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“A very different kind of pizza place”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

Boot & Shoe Service is very popular. Our party of five arrived at 5:10 p.m., ten minutes after the restaurant opened for dinner, and we still had to wait to be seated. It was worth the slight inconvenience of waiting. Two things stand out. First, the special cocktails are both interesting and delicious. Second, the handmade artisan pizzas are fantastic. They offer vegetarian options, and easily accommodated a request for a vegan pizza. We left feeling stuffed and happy. I must point out that most of the seating is at "community tables," large platform tables that seat eight or more. But who is looking for privacy at a pizza place?

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Dave F
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Marblehead, MA
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 18, 2012

listen my son and daughter and law love this place, me not so much. We had two pizzas to go and one salad. Pizza was not ready on time but they threw in a piece of chocolate cake, I was ok with that. Pizza was ok, I have had better, I have had worse. I found the salad to be almost incredibly salty, but others said there portion was tolerable. 42 bucks for a salad and 2 pizzas I had better love the pizza. I would move on to other places myself.

Visited October 2012
Thank Greyrider
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San Francisco
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264 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Always good but crowded”
Reviewed July 28, 2012

The food here is always really good. They don't take reservations so its often a wait unless you go early. Menu is mostly pizza with some nice starters and a few desserts. Not inexpensive for pizza and sides but probably appropriately priced for the quality of the food. Great cocktails and a sweet little bar area in the back. Love that they kept the rustic ambiance of the old brick walls and beams.

Visited July 2012
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