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“Depends on timing”
Review of Fat Lady

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Ranked #17 of 1,283 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, European
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
170 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Depends on timing”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We've gone to the Fat Lady for years. Love their corn beef & cabbage on St. Patrick's Day. Recently had a fabulous brunch, so took our daughter-in-law the following week. And learned an important lesson, maybe. Our second brunch visit was before a holiday weekend, and late in the serving day. The service was slow; my corn beef hash was inedible -- too dry, practically tasteless -- was it left under heat lamp too long? was it too long in preparation??. The server didn't charge for it, for which I was thankful. But I realized that timing is important -- the week before we had come earlier in the serving day and totally loved the experience. Food was super. So, my advice, come to Fat Lady, but to optimize your chances, reserve ahead of time, make sure you are their mid cycle, not close to closing time.

  • Visited May 2013
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Albuquerque
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great Brunch, Nice little cozy place!”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

We had brunch there. The food was very good and well priced. The service was friendly and efficient. If you are in the area, you should give it a try.

  • Visited September 2012
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Georgia, USA
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Really delicious dinner, elaborate food, well priced”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

We had one of our best dining experience in the USA at the Fat Lady. The food was really elaborate, tasted really excellent, with special care to enhance the taste of the fish (meat is on the menu but we didn't have any) or seafood with delicate herbs and spices, rather than with loads of salt, sugar or sauces.
We enjoyed their Clam Chowder and shared a Cheese Plate, then all praised the taste and deliciousness of our entrees: fresh fish of the day (sea bass cooked to perfection), crab raviolis, grilled salmon. Wine list is rather short, but adequate and reasonably priced. For the quality of the cuisine, everything was priced right. We finished dinner with perfect desserts, for once not too overwhelmingly sweet: Creme brûlée, chocolate torte, apple pie. Everyone was sampling the others' desserts and complimented their choice.
Making a reservation was easy (and necessary for 7). We were seated in the room at the back, which seemed quieter than the main room, where conversation might be difficult. We loved the ambiance, music and decor.
There were several couples dating, but Marie our server was fantastic with our three kids: she accommodated entrees and even a dessert for them. She really cared about our experience and smiled, seemingly enjoying working there. The cuisine and our server really made us want to come back.
One possible improvement? That the restaurant gives a coupon for the public parking lot across the street, and advertises it on their website.

  • Visited June 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Excellent experience”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

We stumbled upon this restaurant and it has become one of our favorites. The atmosphere is great and the food was exceptional. Service was so accommodating! They have a great bartender who makes wonderful black cherry margaritas!

  • Visited May 2013
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West Palm Beach, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Very Cozy Ambiance”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Have had dinner at the Fat Lady many times. It is a small restaurant with a good size bar. Dinner is seafood/continental and plenty of good choices. Service is good, definitely worth having dinner here.

Visited March 2013
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