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Mockingbird, Oakland, CA

Mockingbird

4.7
4.7
652 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

Mockingbird, located in the heart of downtown Oakland features a menu "Inspired by Italy, Made in California": a shareable, dynamic menu with its soul in Italy and feet firmly planted in our home of California. Mockingbird is a place with a vibrant, informal atmosphere with great service and stellar food and drinks; a spot to grab a drink and catch up with a few friends, as well as a place to celebrate life's milestones with the entire family.

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Booked 5 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Sat 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 290-0331

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Melissa Axelrod

  • Catering

    We offer off-site catering. For more information please contact events@mockingbirdoakland.com

  • Private party facilities

    Mockingbird is available for large parties, cocktail gatherings, private events, and full restaurant buyouts. We have a beautiful mezzanine overlooking the main floor that can seat up to thirty people, while the complete restaurant can seat up to one hundred. For more information please contact events@mockingbirdoakland.com

  • Private party contact

    Melissa Axelrod: (510) 290-0331

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Cross street

    Between Broadway & Franklin

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    We are located just steps away from 12 S. BART.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

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What 652 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Healthy

  • East Bay

    Great for Brunch

  • East Bay

    Fit for Foodies

  • East Bay

    Healthy

  • East Bay

    Italian

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  1. ES

    EddyinSF

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great drinks, great food, great service, and great atmosphere!

  2. LY

    LocalYokel

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was very special..attentive and detailed. They didn't just slap things down. Atmosphere excellent and interesting design. And OMG the coffee is so good! The rosated vegetables were divine...but the breaded chicken and vodka pasta were ordinary. A little work on themenu to get itto roasted veg quality would make it totally amazing!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food Amazing service Never disappoints!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everyone was so nice and accommodating! The food and drinks were absolutely delicious!

  5. J

    James

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tasty and Trendy - brought our elderly mother for Mothers' Day brunch and it was a delightful experience. As native Oaklanders, we love the local artwork and vibe. Our server PreJean was pleasant and patient (mom took awhile to order). Service was great across the crew: hostess, busboy, bartended and waiter. The food was great; moms had Baked French Toast and I enjoyed the poached eggs on potatoes with asparagus.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place. Get the Brussel sprouts

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Parents meet my boyfriend for the first time!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were attending a show at the Fox and looking for a restaurant nearby. Mockingbird had a table available and we are so glad we gave them a try. The food, the cocktails, and the service were all so good. We can’t wait to go there again, and we’ll be bringing friends next time!

  9. B

    Bmsig

    Atlanta

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great place for an after work event or a dinner date!

  10. a

    annlikestoeat

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The menu wasn't super extensive, but varying enough where there was something for everyone with different dietary restrictions. The food was fresh and absolutely delicious.

  11. MM

    MollyM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff was incredible! Warm and welcoming and friendly. And somehow the food was even better. Can't wait to go back again!

  12. O

    Omnidiner

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Every single dish was not just delicious but perfectly prepared and better than similar dishes at other fine restaurants. This place deserves a Michelin star.

  13. NG

    NG11

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food here is always, always fantastic. Inventive and very consistently good, no matter what you order. Love the service and this place!

  14. S

    Sean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Booked a reservation for a company dinner. The reservation had be adjusted multiple times, and the staff was extremely accommodating and professional, never sounding put off or irritated. Received multiple bits of feedback about the delicious food. Thanks, Mockingbird!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Staff is very attentive, and accommodating. Food tastes great. We had fried brussels sprouts, cacio e pepe and pasta carbonara. Everything tasted really authentic. Asked the bartender for white Negroni and vesper Martini and they were perfection even though not even on the menu. Good times.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and great food!

  17. B

    Bree

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We got the Burrata to start and then the meatballs, carbonara and the lasagna and literally every single thing was amazing! The meatballs were some of the best I’ve ever had and the carbonara was straight up addictive. The cheese crust on the lasagna was so crunchy and delish and the portion size was perfect. 10/10 will be back soon.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome staff and delicious food!

  19. SD

    SumeetD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Ordered food and it took about 30mins to get lasagna. Server was well aware and provided complementary brussel sprouts. Lasagna was bit burnt on top layer but overall food and service was good. Tables are close to each other so person on next table seemed to be speaking directly in my ears.

  20. PK

    PeterK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The brussel sprouts are enough for the trip by themselves.

  21. TT

    TimT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I took visiting clients to Mockingbird along with two execs from my company for dinner. The food is exceptional. Rebecca's recipes take certain dishes and put enough of a twist on them that they are magnificent. I had the Carbonara pasta and the sauce and meat in it was perfect. There's a bit of a zesty spice in it that makes it SO enjoyable. I strongly recommend getting the garlic bread and Brussels sprouts they are phenomenal. The burrata was also perfect in consistency and lightly spiced. The servers were attentive without being overbearing. The setting is lovely and lively which is a good combo for business dinners and a personal celebration upstairs. My guests had the flank steak and also loved it. I strongly recommend Mockingbird!

  22. k

    kmakma

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing. The ambiance is warm and inviting. Great art on the walls. Mocking bird just feels so comfortable. The appetizers were a great start. I am so glad they still have their amazing Brussels sprouts. We ordered all the pastas and shared them. Each one was delicious. We also had the branzino smothered with salsa verde. Amazing. The service was spot on. We never felt as though we had to wait for anything. Hope to go back soon

  23. FG

    FoodieGirl

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a late lunch here on a Saturday. The menu was more breakfasty-brunch items than lunch-brunch items. We shared a chopped salad, a meatball sandwich, and had some rose wine. The staff was super friendly and wonderful, and the food was delicious. The chopped salad had some delicious spice (possibly cumin) on it that really brought out amazing flavors. We were happy to find this place and would be back again - the staff really made our lunch delightful!

  24. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The food was delicious and the service and atmosphere very welcoming.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mockingbird has not lost any of its charm or deliciousness through the pandemic. We had a great evening!

  26. JT

    JanetT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I'll be back for the branzino, brussel sprouts and bread pudding. Delicious!

  27. EL

    EliseL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Brunch was delicious. Make sure to order the binets! Service was very friendly. Atmosphere was tastefully trendy. (Watch the parking though. I didn't notice I was in a metered area and got a parking ticket.). I'll definitely recommend this restaurant and visit again.

  28. CH

    CarolynH

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Annual visit during Oakland Running Festival. We’re never disappointed here. Started with very well-crafted cocktails. Server, Fatiah, was charming, knowledgeable, and made us feel truly welcomed…never rushed us. Started with the ever-so-fabulous Brussel sprouts. To die for. I had grilled Branzino and my partner had hangar steak, and both were delicious. Cooked perfectly. Will always return.

  29. L

    Linda

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good bar. Everyone friendly and professional. Carbonara and sprouts were great. Definitely one of my new-fav spots.

  30. m

    melanieb

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Last night I had the perfect meal before our show at the Fox theatre. We had the scallop crudo, burrata and peas with nettle pesto, Caesar salad (best one I’ve ever had) and risotto verde. Wine list is short and sweet! Delish, our server was a sweetheart and we had a ball. Will come back again!

  31. SS

    StephanieS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    This is a cute place across from the Tribune building. I was taking my 16-year old daughter to her first real concert and wanted to make it a special night. I've taken one star off because we were the second party in the door at 5:30, with a reservation and were seated at the closest 2-person table to the door/hostess desk, where it was louder and busier than anywhere else in the restaurant. Why give the first people to get there the worst seating? And, it wasn't as though the place was going to entirely fill up by 6:30. It didn't make sense, and when I asked the servers about possibly changing tables they kind of blew me off, basically saying to talk to the hostess. They should have approached her for us, in that case. So, I gave up, because it was hard for them to hear me and they all seemed a little stand-off-ish. The menu is promising. We enjoyed the fried mushroom app. Though, there was a lot of breading, which kind of diluted the flavor of the mushrooms. The pasta dishes were just okay, to be honest. The carbonara was sort of pasty/grainy in texture. The penne a la vodka was really very basic, but not in a good rustic sort of way. Not for that price. My daughter didn't complain, of course. But, all in all, I was a little let down and will look for another spot the next time I'm in town.

  32. G

    Globetrotter

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    It was one of the most horribly overpriced meal I’ve ever had!! $45 for two eggs (Benedict) & coffee!! though the restaurant was virtually empty, we were sited behind the hostess stand, next to the door, as if unwanted?!!! WHY??? Was busy catching up with a friend but left feeling “taken”!! Worst experience using OpenTable!!

  33. KO

    KarlO

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Menu was promising. Food took a long time to arrive, and all of the two egg dishes only had one egg. Ambience is solid and staff were engaging when we got to talk with them. They seemed busier than they expected, so issues were mostly about that.

  34. K

    Kichan

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    It’s Very chic restaurant and busy after work people- My friend & I thought foods are very good and Service was pretty good too. The restroom door had a problem to lock. Definitely needs to fix that !!!!

  35. PW

    PhilW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The atmosphere, service, menu options and food were all extreamly good. This was my third time for lunch and I have never-ever been disappointed. My aim is to now test their evening food and drink selections.

  36. CL

    CatherineL

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Great food and service, wish the tables were just a little too close!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was great! Good food and food wine.

  38. RS

    RachelS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Nice spot for Vday! Brussel sprouts are outstanding! Also quiet here for brunch. Very delicious!

  39. SH

    SusanH

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As usual I had a lovely lunch. The food is great and this is my favorite downtown Oakland restaurant.

  40. C

    2Canucks

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Great California comfort food. Super tasty, great portions and excellent price point!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mockingbird using the Order Online button. Mockingbird also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 290-0331.

Mockingbird is rated 4.7 stars by 652 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

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Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Mockingbird

416 13th St Oakland, CA 94612-2602

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Broadway & Franklin

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Sat 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    We are located just steps away from 12 S. BART.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Melissa Axelrod

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 290-0331

  • Catering

    We offer off-site catering. For more information please contact events@mockingbirdoakland.com

  • Private party facilities

    Mockingbird is available for large parties, cocktail gatherings, private events, and full restaurant buyouts. We have a beautiful mezzanine overlooking the main floor that can seat up to thirty people, while the complete restaurant can seat up to one hundred. For more information please contact events@mockingbirdoakland.com

  • Private party contact

    Melissa Axelrod: (510) 290-0331

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