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Lovely Day Interior - Lovely Day, Oakland, CA

Lovely Day

4.5
4.5
79 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Elevated Comfort Food. Craft Cocktails. Friends.

Hidden inside a 150-year-old former Street Railway brick building in the Longfellow neighborhood of North Oakland, Lovely Day is where friends reconnect. The collective vision of Owner Jen McKay and Executive Chef Eric Cross has produced ingredient driven menus and a warm inviting experience. The 25 foot vaulted ceilings inside meet with a courtyard outside to give locals and visitors a place to relax and enjoy the best of Oakland.

When making a reservation, if we have tables outside available they will specifically be listed as an option for your reservation. If you do not see outside seating as an option it means those tables are already booked.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 523-1600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Eric Cross

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Cross street

    47th Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 79 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    Fit for Foodies

  • East Bay

    Healthy

  • East Bay

    Neighborhood Gem

  • East Bay

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a group of 15 and our experience was wonderful. The overall ambience is gorgeous, inside and outside; the service is outstanding, and the food is all so delicious! The cocktails are creative and pretty too! A beautiful summer night outside with old friends. Just perfect!
  2. GW

    GraceW

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was an awesome first date location, although the host did seat the party at different tables at first. It was easily corrected though
  3. j

    joan

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Lots of space outside, great for kids. Staff were very friendly and food was good. Will definitely come back.
  4. JM

    JenniferM

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a family with 4 celiacs, we were so excited to see the many gluten-free options on the menu at Lovely Day. We weren't disappointed either because everything was delicious. The chicken schnitzel was especially good. In addition, there were great craft cocktails and wine. As a party of 8, we sat in what felt like a private party room. The room was set off from the main dining room and beautifully decorated. The service was great even with a large party. We with definitely go back and maybe try the nice outdoor seating next time!
  5. S

    Soph

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    This is my second time there. The food is wonderful. The presentation is spot on too. The cocktails are fun. It's the service. If they could just get the timing down. I had to look for our server a few times to order appetizers and then the entrees. If they can not make the customer wait so long between courses then I'd give them a 5.

    Lovely DayResponded on June 21, 2022Thanks for trying us again. We've been working on this. Hope to see you one more time, and get it right!

  6. O

    Oaklandd

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm a long-time fan of Grace Street, and and wanted to check out their new restaurant for a celebratory dinner I'm planning. It's perfect! The servers were all both incredibly friendly and efficient and the outdoor courtyard is casual and fun, with a distinct Oakland vibe. Oh, and the food was dee-lish! Reasonable prices. Can't wait for the event!
  7. SB

    SandieB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Truly a lovely experience. Fine wait service, decadent foods. Only thing could use improvement is the seating. Cheapo picnic-type tables and benches were uncomfortable and looked like Ikea specials.

    Lovely DayResponded on June 21, 2022Thanks for the review! And we are working on the seating situation! As we've been growing and changing we are still figuring things out! We purchased new chairs this week and searching for more tables!

  8. o

    oliviaa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came to Lovely Day for a special going away dinner and everything we ordered was so good! We ordered most of the entrees to share and each had a seasonal cocktail. The presentation of everything was gorgeous, the patio was lovely for the weather, and our server was really friendly:)! Definitely recommend for special occasion or just a night out
  9. AR

    AshleyR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, attentive service in a beautiful outdoor patio.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely servers pretty place not crowded delicious food. Tables outdoors are nice, benches could be more comfortable. Overall an awesome experience.
  11. r

    rocky0

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit. Great drinks and food. Reasonable prices. Relaxed and friendly service.
  12. NE

    NETraveler

    New England

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Add some plantings along edge to separate patio from road
  13. a

    andrew

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Wasn’t a great experience. Everything was ok but nothing noteworthy. Setting was a bit sterile (an event space feeling). They seemed understaffed. Food was below par. Could have been a off night for the place.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique new NOBE venue with great food.
  15. HH

    HaileyH

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Good backyard space but all the food was subpar - under cooked/bitter Brussels sprouts, watery/not good flavor drinks, overly salted fries, only average burger
  16. JB

    JessicaB

    Portland

    58 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience1
    The server was great, but the food was subpar to greatly flawed. The patio eating is next to a freeway, busy street, and BART.
  17. RP

    RayP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting cocktails, great food, wonderful friendly staff. Will definitely be back!
  18. MC

    MartinaC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely Day has a really cool vibe and decor and the food was mostly great. I had the trout dish and my husband had the pork. Both were delicious! The table shared the polenta bites, pupusas and brussel sprouts for apps - all highly recommend. This was a bday dinner and the server brought out ice cream with a candle which was fun. The brownie sundae was on point but the vegan ice cream was meh and someone else at the table ordered the pound cake which was really dry (flavor was great just poor texture). All in all it was a fun time and our server was truly lovely. We will dine there again!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was excellent, as was all the food and drinks we ordered. The only thing that may put off some people is the walk under the freeway to get here from Temescal, with a homeless enclave, but fine once we turned the corner.
  20. DN

    DortyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The staff was friendly, professional, and concerned that we had a good experience. The food was excellent!
  21. J

    Janel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful environment, great ambiance, amazingly friendly and welcoming service, and outstanding, well-plated food. A lovely dinner at Lovely Day. Will definitely be back!
  22. CR

    ChristinaR

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved this place - the trout with beets and lentils was delicious. The staff were attentive and helpful, and the decor is gorgeous. Highly recommend!
  23. M

    Mbk333

    San Francisco

    175 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    175 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We sat outside with our golden doodle with heaters away from the outside speakers/annoying music. Staff lovely and accommodating. The star food: polenta bits. Crisp, well seasoned and plentiful. Caesar salad, just ok, needed anchovies and s larger portion for the price. Spaghetti bolognese fine, nothing exceptional. The bummer was the rip off of the drink. My husband, who normally doesn’t drink, asked for something sweet. The waitress, Chelsea said he would like what she likes: a sparkling wine with elderflower. When the bill came they charged $16 for it! The bartender used J champagne—a waste for a mixed drink. I am truly offended that they did this. My drink, Paloma Royale was costly at $14, but delicious.
  24. M

    Msjuju

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very fun venue, great food, cocktails, lovely all around. Kinda wild sitting outdoors given the setting but recommend this place
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience. Terrific ambience, outstanding service and delicious food. Will be back.
  26. SS

    SusanS

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was a bit chilly because we were seated by the door. The food was excellent and the place had a great elegant/casual vibe.
  27. KC

    KarenC

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful! This was our first post-Covid meal outdoors and we wanted it to be “worth it”. Food was timely, hot, and delicious! Service was attentive and friendly. We sat outdoors and the tables were spaced apart comfortably. We will be back!
  28. SS

    SimoneS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were able to reserve the main room for our small (24 person) wedding reception. The food was fantastic, and the ice cream sundae bar was a big hit with our guests (ages 10-75). The staff went above and beyond to set up a large table with linens and candles that made the space feel intimate for our group. My mother-in-law called our reception "elegant, but comfortable", which is exactly the vibe we were going for. Service was friendly and helpful, and not intrusive. Jen and the staff did a great job of accommodating needs and requests (picky eaters, nonalcoholic sparkling cider toasts, access to sound system). The bartender has been super attentive and skilled every time we've been in, and did a great job of helping guests find drinks that they would like. We highly recommend Lovely Day for private/semi-private events and look forward to celebrating here in the future! We would definitely use the space again for small/medium events.
  29. KL

    KellyL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Food was ok, but service was quite slow. Good to try once.
  30. s

    stefaniek

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and cocktails were delicious, and I loved how many items on the menu were marked gluten-free, and how accommodating the server and kitchen were to my companions other dietary restrictions. We ate outside and the heaters were pumping, the patio is lovely, and the elevated BART tracks nearby add ambiance — although that last one probably isn't for everyone.
  31. A

    julieA

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely birthday dinner with a friend. Wait staff was super friendly and helpful. The outdoor patio was a lovely spot. Will be back!!
  32. MC

    MichaelC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in a beautiful space! Get the polenta bites and fries!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Burger was great. Our server was delightful. We had a lovely evening.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite place to go with friend and spend a relaxing evening. And also the place my 12 year all always want to go to as they have the best French fries we have ever have
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood spot with fun outdoor ambiance. Food was fantastic in every respect. We had appetizers, salads, and entrees and everything was cooked to perfection and had interesting flavor combinations. Surpassed our expectations. Cocktails were great too!
  36. JP

    JayP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was great, cocktails were tasty. Nice to have a full bar in the neighborhood. Excited to come back for one of their karaoke nights.
  37. K

    Kiki

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    I’m not sure why this place has 5 stars. The food was not that great and the portions were small. It is across the street from the freeway, sitting at a large intersec
  38. A

    Amanda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This new restaurant is thriving! They were packed on a Friday night so I recommend making a reservation. The indoor space is spacious and elegant, while the outdoor space is more cozy and casual (each table has a heater which is great!). Each staff member was attentive and welcoming. The food was all delicious and came out hot and relatively quickly (read: not too fast). Will definitely return to Lovely Day and support this blossoming new business.
  39. TA

    TheresaA

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was very good but smaller portions. Unfortunately we were celebrating two birthdays and they did not have our reservation although they did sit us. Then I reminded them we were celebrating two birthdays and they never acknowledged this.
  40. A

    Anony52

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Nicely renovated warehouse-type space. Very comfortable inside with round tables (always a plus imo). Plenty of tables with space heaters outside. Eclectic menu. Good bar. Personable staff.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Lovely Day offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 523-1600.

Lovely Day is rated 4.5 stars by 79 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Lovely Day

4629 Martin Luther King Jr Way Oakland, CA 94609-1821

Additional information

  • Cross street

    47th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Eric Cross

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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