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Mockingbird Oakland, Oakland, CA

Mockingbird Oakland

4.6
4.6
705 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 3:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 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, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 705 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SH

    SaiedH

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Three words: Bruss. El. Sprouts. The best I’ve ever had.
  2. JL

    JoeyL

    Tahoe

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and one of the best lasagnas I’ve had.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food - excellent service
  4. CJ

    CamaraJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Everyone was very nice, but there was a disconnect on service. It was a full 30 minutes and a reach out on our part to place a drink or food order. It seemed unclear who was working which section, although there was staff on the floor at all times and we arrived before the place was full. The food was quite good, but the lack of attention was not great. The table next to us also had to flag for service. Very responsive when issue was raised and I would come again, because it may have just been an off night.
  5. PM

    PatriciaM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food. Would definitely go again.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Appetizers were great. Entrees’ were average.
  7. SB

    SusanneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A gem in Downtown Oakland! Had dinner with a friend last night and our experience was top notch. Their wine list on the smaller side, but very thoughtful which I actually prefer. We ordered three great appetizers, then Risotto, followed by a salad and whole Branzino, which was divine! Our server was great right from the start and read the table well throughout the evening. With so much bad food and service out there in the Bay Area at the moment, Mockingbird really stands out as a class act. It is obvious that the owners really care about their menu, wines and their guests' overall experience. I will make a point to go more often and recommend it to as many people as I can!
  8. RB

    RobinB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GREAT FIND. What a wonderful spot in downtown Oakland. Friendly staff and delicious food. A bit expensive but worth the splurge.
  9. e

    eileenm

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mockinbird's food is outstanding and the staff is attentive and friendly. It's got a great Oakland vibe.
  10. CT

    CherylT

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We looked for a restaurant within walking distance of the Paramount Theater and found this treasure! We came early so it was fairly quiet but looked like people were coming in as we were leaving around 7:00. We wanted a bottle of wine with dinner but we were unfamiliar with the Italian Reds on their menu. Our waitress, wish I could remember her name, was very helpful with getting us some samples. We settled on one and ordered a few appetizers, olives and a Burrata crostini. Both were very good! I had the butternut squash and mushroom risotto and my husband had the branzino. Both were amazing! Our waitress suggested the bread pudding for dessert and we split that, again, quite yummy! We don’t get to Oakland very often from the South Bay, but when we do, we will return to Mockingbird.
  11. SE

    StaceyE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We sat outside, so the noise was from the street on Halloween, but the place was SO cute and charming. The food was fantastic - the mushrooms and brussel sprouts were a standout appetizer, and the risotto and hangar steak entrees were so delicious!! Service was wonderful! Only issue was that the salad was served at the same time as the entree - otherwise, a fantastic experience with wonderful service!
  12. K

    Kay5171

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, PreJean H was amazing. Everything we needed was anticipated before we asked. The food was delicious and the drinks were great.
  13. KB

    KaraB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great spot. Excellent food and cocktails. The Brussells Sprouts are amazing!
  14. SD

    SusanD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    With a cocktail under our belts, we had a wonderful dinner and savored the dishes. The Stuffed Shells and hamburger really satisfied with a lot of comments about the stuffed shells. The desserts were just right, sweet and creamy. The scene was lively with its share of noise, but it wasn't too much. It felt good to be part of the group rejoicing on Friday night.
  15. L

    Lynsey

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Had a reservation that not only did I need a credit card to secure but with a strict “90 minute” time limit. We were going to a show at the Fox theater so that time limit would have been perfect if our service had actually been that quick. Getting drinks took FOREVER! They arrived and our server said “you guys aren’t in a hurry right?” To which we said, well actually yes we are going to a show…ordered the Brussels sprouts (blue cheese on the side), burrata, Cacio e pepe, meatballs and the steak. Brussels sprouts came out with cheese, had to send back but then were delicious when they arrived twenty minutes later. Burrata was lovely. Meatballs tasted like plastic, cacio e pepe not only looked like a kids meal but tasted like boxed Safeway spaghetti tossed in some cheap butter and shaker parmesan….the steak was SO tiny and was just ok. We had to remind our server multiple times that we had ordered more drinks…she apologized over and over that the kitchen was backed up. Ummm it’s Friday night? You aren’t prepared to be busy but you made me put a credit card down and gave me a time limit? Also you can’t bring some bread or something to smoothie things over until the food arrives 45 min later? Overall I spent like $120 for some burrata, cheap spaghetti and two glasses of wine. I won’t be back.
  16. a

    aburke20

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The new iteration of Mockingbird is fantastic! The space is beautiful, the bar is incredible and the food is delicious. The menu is certainly Italian-leaning, but with an interesting California flare. I can recommend the Caesar salad (plenty of anchovies in the dressing!), the stuffed shells, and the whole grilled Branzino. There are plenty of tables for 2 and 4, but they can also easily accommodate groups of 6 - 10. An excellent addition to Oakland's downtown.
  17. a

    architectfoodie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    took my wife for birthday with my daughter. we loved the food. Cocktail was not good but the semil famous brussel sprouts made up for that. we were first seated at a table next to the service area which was odd since its disconnected from the main restaurant and smelly and busy. We liked the new seating. Wait staff was amazing. Loved the meatballs without pasta for us low carbers. Noise level way to high.
  18. KS

    KristinaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious! Outstanding cocktails (Tequila Thyme was killer) & fresh, perfectly prepared food (we had brussels, salmon & the lemon risotto). Cool decor & ambiance, great service. Highly recommend!
  19. F

    Frencher

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It had been several years since our first visit and we were so glad we came back. The staff was attentive and friendly, the food was delicious. We had the burrata, fried mushrooms, olives, and the market salad to start between four of us. For entrees, crispy skin salmon (perfection), carbonara pasta, and a burger. We still had room for dessert and that was the delightful bread pudding, caramelized creamy perfection. We will be back sooner than later.
  20. W

    Waiters

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First visit. Good food, friendly staff
  21. GM

    GeeMeeDee

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    The service was poor. A friend and I were there early evening when tables were empty, and I watched three servers chat for 15 minutes before one looked up. (Friend waited 30 minutes before that!) The fried foods (mushrooms, fries, Brussels sprouts) were a big hit. The garlic bread (dry, with a weird-tasting topping), hamburger (nondescript and dry) and budino dessert (bland) were not. Once the place gets going up you have to near-yell across the table at each other; either don’t discuss private topics or sit outside. With the wealth of dining options available, friend and I agreed we won’t return.
  22. MC

    MCOakland

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was good, service was okay but didn't seem too focused. Carbonara was excellent!
  23. DR

    DeniseR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The staff was friendly and the the food was very good. I especially liked the Farmer Market salad, very fresh.
  24. r

    riffilee

    Sacramento

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was great, especially the whole branzino and pasta norma, mushroom appetizer and both desserts. Our server recommended the stuffed shells -those were the least good of our dishes. We ate outside, which was comfortable and had heaters if needed. The menu is small, but I suspect just about everything is great. Definitely will return and recommend to friends.
  25. AH

    AngelaH

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good! The food was fantastic. Service on point. Beautiful restaurant!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Placing order was a bit disorganized….we first ordered nibbles and drinks, they took forever and we were asked for dinner order before our drinks arrived. Staff weren’t sure when our olives and watermelon salad would arrive… I asked for a clean plate after brussel sprouts….my main courses sat there for 5 minutes before somebody came back with my plate, didn’t seem like a priority and the restaurant wasn’t busy. Food seemed good, but it sat outside getting cold for 5 minutes, so hard to say
  27. s

    samson44145

    Cleveland

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very rustic, delicious food, wonderful staff.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks- salad and entrees. Seating inside due to the cool breeze, albeit many did sit
  29. AS

    AdamS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Food was average except for the brussells sprouts. Service was kind but very poorly orchestrated with things coming out at the wrong times and going to the wrong tables.
  30. AF

    AnnieF

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wonderful first visit to Mockingbird! Lunchtime was not too crowded - great parklet outside, really nice, open and breezy inside. Great building and space. Cocktails were amazing and the brussels sprouts to die for. The fries were better than fries. They were....FRIES. So good. Definitely will be back. Loved the street view of the Oakland Trib building, clean and open street with a great Oakland feel. Service was attentive, friendly and on it. Looking forward to returning to try the dinner menu.
  31. LZ

    LaurenZ

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely space and excellent food with fresh produce throughout!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wonderful rustic food with Italian influences, very tasty.
  33. WS

    WendyS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had a lovely meal at Mockingbird, and the service was super friendly and warm. The bartender made a really pretty little kids cocktail for my daughter.
  34. u

    unnamed

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The food was interesting, unusual and good but not excellent. The waitress was pretty uninformed about the orders and what was on the menu. the decor was very pleasant.
  35. SC

    SCIskyyguy

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent ambiance, food and cocktails.
  36. M

    Mandy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Food quality is very poor. Wont recommend anyone . Too costly
  37. MZ

    MelissaZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service, lively energy, great spot downtown; we'll be back for sure!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to mockingbird before the Chris Rock show. The place did not disappoint. Has one the best old fashioned I ever drank. All the food was very fresh great portions and really tasty. Service was phenomenal even made sure we got our orders in speedy fashion so we could make that show. Will definitely go back
  39. EH

    EmmaH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Our server and the atmosphere were awesome! Drinks were really good as well. Food was not good. Over cooked and cheap. Again, everything else was really good.
  40. YJ

    YaJo

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food! Nice ambience.

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

FAQs

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

Mockingbird Oakland is rated 4.6 stars by 705 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Mockingbird Oakland

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 Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 3:00 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 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, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, 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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