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“Atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fat Lady

Fat Lady
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Ranked #16 of 1,220 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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93 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012 via mobile

The atmosphere inside is rich and relaxing, we had dinner and a very good time, the inside of the place is rich on colors, paintings and interesting decor. I had the seafood risotto special and or was perfect. I would go again, and it's worth the trip.

    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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English first
SF Bay Area
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85 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Better at lunch than dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Fat Lady is one of those very old fashioned restaurants that are slowly disappearing, more's the pity. There's some dishes they do very well, especially at lunch time. We prize this, as it's actually more difficult to find a good place for lunch downtown than it is to find a good dinner restaurant.

The calamari steak 'abalone style' is a disappearing classic, which is a shame because Fat Lady does a great job demonstrating why it should remain on more menus. The Australian lamb "lollipops" are excellent, as is the old-fashioned housemade bleu cheese dressing on the basic green salads. All the beef dishes, lunch and dinner, are excellent, and the occasionally-offered chimichurri sauce is outstanding.

During a hot spell I had the vegetable salad Nicoise as my entree, with an addition of a perfectly cooked 6-oz filet of salmon added, and it was outstanding. We don't like a lot of dressing on our salads, and this one was perfectly done.

Service is brisk, cheerful, and efficient. Decor is old Victorian, deliberately campy. Chairs are tortuous; tables a bit crowded in. Upstairs has more daylight than downstairs.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank jeane00
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Concord, California
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222 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great outdoor dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

This restaurant has been around a long time and the inside décor is reminiscent of an old speakeasy. It is dark and perhaps a bit over the top, but has a lot of character. However, we dined early on a weekday night and were seated, by preference, at one of the outside tables that border the sidewalk on two sides of this corner building. The restaurant is very near to Jack London Square, but there was not a lot of foot traffic. The server was great and very accommodating with spot on recommendations. We started with the cheese plate and an appetizer of baked scampi with a sauce of organic toy box tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta cheese. Delicious! Our entrees consisted of the halibut special and rack of lamb, two couplets with dried cherries and apricot port wine sauce. There is an excellent cocktail menu and wine list. I had the rob roy royale with scotch, vermouth, and Peychaud bitters. I also tried a glass of Greek red wine, an Atlantis Mandalaria from Santorini. It was bold and quite nice.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank dragonrees
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Huntington, New York
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372 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“Much more than just food....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

This is a fascinating restaurant, steeped in history with an atmosphere that brought you back to the roaring twenties. We were welcomed in warmly and seated immediately. The décor included antique chests, a wine rack, chandeliers, an enormous gold cash register and, of course, a portrait of the fat lady, herself. We soon learned that the restaurant dated back to the time of Prohibition and functioned as a speakeasy and a brothel. We arrived there just in time for brunch (if we wished) or lunch. The service was incredible with a friendly wait-staff and the food was excellent. We chose steak and eggs. The steak was cooked perfectly and the proportions were just right. Our kids, who are extremely picky eaters, wanted to go back the next day.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Nez D
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Toronto, Canada
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“For After-Concert Drinks - Pricey But Great Little Bar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

We've been there twice and have had a nice time at the bar. A little bit hipster the last time we were there, but lots of character and a nifty little joint for an I-don't-want-the-night-to-end drink after a concert at Yoshi's just steps away. I haven't eaten there and don't plan on doing so. It's dark and would not appeal to me as a restaurant.

Pricey.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank brasskitten
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