MAMA Oakland was built as an homage to your old-school Italian-American grandmother. The original Mama, specifically, is Maria Germano Stacionis, an Italian-American who emigrated to Rockford, IL, from the Abruzzo region and lived her life as the consummate hostess, mother and grandmother. Mama was always the first to pour you a drink, pull out a chair, and serve you up a huge bowl of pasta, laughing with a wink of mischief and absolutely delighted by your company. MAMA Oakland exists to honor her legacy and extend the same sense of hospitality, to nurture the same sense of warmth and community—even family—that we found in her home. We believe in building relationships with and between our guests, in the power of sharing good food and beverages, and in their capacity to create opportunities for our guests to share experiences, stories, skills and laughter.
Hotboys in Oakland, renowned for its flavorful spicy chicken, offers a variety of heat levels, including the extreme "Hot One Tender Challenge" for those daring enough to tackle their spiciest sauce.
In the heart of the Laurel District, Everett & Jones BBQ, founded by Dorothy Everett in 1973, stands as an Oakland landmark. With roots tracing back to Westpoint, Alabama, and a dream fueled by determination, this BBQ haven serves dishes steeped in rich history and flavor.
At Korner, they host a dynamic mix of rotating vendors in they're outdoor courtyard, serving up diverse cuisine, along with a bar featuring craft cocktails that won't break the bank.
The Alley stands as one of the city's few remaining piano bars, a vibrant beacon from a rich era that began in 1934. Located near the famed Grand Lake Theatre and the serene Lake Merritt estuary, The Alley boasts an interior that transports you back to the 1920s, part saloon and part vintage alley.
Viridian, a unique Oakland bar and eatery founded by industry veterans, pairs locally-sourced, Asian-inspired plates with sustainable cocktails and eco-conscious wines.
Whether you're a seasoned lover of West African cuisine or new to the flavors, Ruth's Buka is a must-visit destination for those seeking an authentic taste of African culinary heritage in Oakland.