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Spinning Bones, Alameda, CA
Award-winning

Spinning Bones

4.7
4.7
253 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Spinning Bones is a California rotisserie restaurant that specializes in roasted meats with bold flavors. The focus of the menu is slow roasted meats: poultry, pork and beef, rotating on spits over high heat, and basting in their own natural juices. The rest of the menu is comprised of shareable appetizers, vegetarian side dishes, and healthier salads with vegan dressings. The principle of the menu is straight-forward: quality products that are prepared minimally and cooked thoughtfully. Spinning Bones is a brunch and dinner spot for Alameda people by Alameda people. It is a casual neighborhood restaurant open 6 days-a-week for sit down dining, take-out, and large party catering. Spinning Bones strives to be a common area for the residents of the East Bay to come together and engage in conversation and comradery over great food and drink.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Meat, Rotisserie Chicken
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (510) 263-9290
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Email: danny@spinningbones.com for inquiries
  • Private party facilities
    View website for details
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2023
    2. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Alameda
  • Cross street
    San Jose Ave.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Intersection of Park St. and San Jose Ave.
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 253 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
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    Innovative

  • East Bay

    Neighborhood gem

  • East Bay

    Great for outdoor dining

  • East Bay

    American

253 Reviews
  1. RonM

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oh let me count the ways we love Spinning Bones and the crew there! Welcoming friendly environment. Always willing to chat and dig deeper into their specials. Specials - You always need to ask about the specials!! Last night we had two + Sticky Rice ... so so good. Nice level of heat and so so tasty. Then Surf N Turf Skewers - Shrimp cooked perfectly and has the steak. We also ordered Ribs off the regular menu .. their specials are so good we do not often get back to the day in and out items, but we did last night. So tender and flavorful. Then we had special chocolates and cookies ---- perfect ending to the meal. Thank you Mike, Lauren, Patrick and crew. You always make our time their special!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious! We ordered the corn fritters, trips triple and double Dutch. The meat was juicy and tender. Cute ambiance and the workers were kind.

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  3. Louise

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great. Unfortunately we didn't have time to finish our starters before the main course came. We felt very rushed.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spinning Bones has been amazing, as always. Great specials on the menu for the occasion and very cozy atmosphere.

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  5. BobL

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was exceptional. The special Valentines menu had great choices normally not available on weekdays, such as crab noodles, shrimp & beef skewers, and prime rib. Hard to believe that such a great restaurant is in our small town of Alameda.

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  6. CathyH

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brussel sprouts are off-the-chart great, veggie burger really good, spicy chicken sando is spicy but incredible.

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  7. Golfers4ever

    San Francisco

    100 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food. Large portions seem the norm. Other customers enjoying their meals as well.

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  8. JohnF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Christian, was very attentive. The food was excellently prepared, with unique flavors. We sat outside.

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  9. JudyL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service, and value! The menu is eclectic in addition to offering specials so there is something to choose for all different tastes, including non meat eaters. Two bonuses as well-the house wine was very good and really reasonably priced. And, the Choco PB torte was excellent.

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  10. KarenV

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had no idea what to expect. We were the first table at 11:45. Two others filled shortly after and I could see it getting noisy when full. Food was AMAZING!!! We tried several dishes and enjoyed them all. Stand outs were the chicken fat noodles, the chicken cabbage salad (so fresh), the smashed potatoes and the chicken lickin. Super reasonably priced. Very fresh. Hot. Delicious. Can’t wait to go back! Looking for excuses to hit Alameda.

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  11. Maxey

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience and fun trying different items on the menu. Home made potato chips are always a fav with any new item! The menu and ingredients are so creative! As always food and service is over the top!

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  12. SandraT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    AMAZING! We came here because of the amazing review we read on YELP. The food was so delicious! The staff was mellow and kind. The atmosphere was quiet, toasty warm, and comfy. We will for sure be going back!

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  13. Delightful

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Quality ingredients, well prepared. Friendly staff. Good beers on tap.

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  14. RonM

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined in their parklet as we brought our little puppy (well 10 year old puppy) with us. We started with Corn Fritters and Shishito peppers - so tasty and warm! Then the three of us shared 2 prime rib dinners. came with creamed spinnich very good too. The prime rib cooked to perfection. Great service - great food - great people!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time here and everything was absolutely delightful! The food was incredibly delicious! The staff was wonderful! They made a special evening even more special. I can't wait to return! 10 out of 5 stars!

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  16. RaquelY

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service. They really do their chicken well, super juicy!! Highly recommended. Drinks were okay.

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  17. toutvabien

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Another great meal at Spinning Bones! Everything here is done here well, high quality ingredients, simple but thoughtful dishes, with good execution. The roast chicken is particularly good. If you are looking for a nice dinner, with healthy-ish (and some more indulgent) options, that won’t break the bank, this is the place. Also great that they have a nice heated outdoor patio!

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  18. Maxey

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I love Spinning Bones not only for the creative food but the great staff as well! AND We have now put Prime Rib Sunday on the must do more often list! It is soooo fantastic! Don’t miss it!

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  19. Janikins

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We ordered 3 starters and 3 main dishes. The starters ok - the chicken lickin was the best dish. We got the special of the night which was the short ribs. We thought it was braised short ribs with like wine sauce but it was like beef stroganoff - it was terrible. We also got the 3 Piggies - ribs were colorless and dry, pork loin was ok and the sausage was the best out of the 3. Nothing was seasoned well. Last of all was the Koji chicken. Again not seasoned well. Probably not coming back for a while.

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  20. AlamedaDad

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our party of 5 enjoyed some of EVERYTHING we like and it was all so very DELISH: starters: chips 'n dip, corn fritters, chicken lickin', brussels, and rainbow rice; beet salad and tofu salad, finally, a Trips' Triple and Double Dutch....literally a very well-deserved FEAST...!!! Been here several times and NEVER disappointed with the quality and freshness AND taste of the food, plus the wonderful and attentive service....!!!

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  21. Maxey

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It is always great dining at Spinning Bones.! Their menu is over the top creatve! Not only is it a fav ‘go to ‘ for us, but we take all guests who visit us there for the culinary experience!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great customer service and awesome food. Would definitely recommend going on a Sunday and trying the Prime Rib.

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  23. KarenM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff and fantastic food. I appreciate how accommodating they were for a bigger group for my birthday celebration. They were extremely patient and still efficient. Would definitely come back here.

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  24. Joel

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an interesting menu! Found so many things on the starter menu alone that we wanted to try that we will have to come back several times. My companion's trip-tip was tender, cooked perfectly, and accompanied by a chimichurri sauce that I ate with a spoon. My ribs were meaty and totally satisfying. Not a romantic or quiet restaurant, but well worth it for the superb food, excellent service, and amazingly reasonable prices.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Reasonably prices and a nice atmosphere with both inside and outside (with heaters( seating.

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  26. FlorenciaP

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went there for lunch. Salads, appetizers, were great. Our tri tip was supposed to be medium and arrived well done. While still good, it would have been delicious if it had been less cooked. Nobody came to check and it seemed not worth pointing it out so we ate it. Those sort of mistakes should not happen at a place as highly rated at this one. Other than that, we enjoyed it.

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  27. KarenC

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Happy 4th Birthday! Had another great dinner here and have decided that Trip’s triple is our favorite dish (chicken, pork shoulder, tri tip - what could be better?). Everything we ordered was great - Brussels sprouts, corn fritters, chicken licken, and the special lumpia (yes we were hungry!)

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. It was quiet on a Sunday afternoon. It was comfortable and casual. Will definitely be going back.

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  29. MarilynP

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was ok. We ate in the street side of the sidewalk and it was noisy . Lots of fire trucks bc it is close to a fire station . Asian chicken salad didn’t have much chicken. I found a few pieces of bone in mine . My companions had the ribs which I sampled and thought pretty dry. I’m not much of a meat eater so I had a salad . Maybe a mistake

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  30. NewNorthBerkResident

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our bookclub lunch was wonderful! Park Street was noisy, but Spinning Bones's food and service made up for the motorcycles and sirens. Compliments to the chef, server (in a vintage Beatles t-shirt), and fellow diners who put up with our extended conversation and laugher.

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  31. Tigra

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    i like this little restaurant very good food good service

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot to have dinner with friends or on a date. Food is awesome and don’t forget to checkout their social media to see the secret menu. Service is friendly and attentive. Highly recommend.

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  33. EMEF

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    One of the best restaurants I've been to in Bay Area in months. I'm leaving the country soon for Europe and trying to eat at as many spots as possible. This one is at the top of the list. Excellent!

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  34. Anonymous

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great asset in Alameda! Diverse menu choices. Dressing on chicken salad quite tasty. Low-key, attractive setting. Courteous and efficient service. Definitely will go back.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went on a mom’s dinner outing in town. Excellent service, delicious food, and we’ll definitely be back!

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  36. KateK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    We went for lunch outdoors. The noise level from the street was incredibly loud. We ordered the the corn fritters that were delicious. We also ordered salads. The chicken salad had a sesame vinaigrette, but a little toasted sesame oil would have made it more flavorful. The prawn salad green goddess dress had no flavor. We ordered three of the four desserts and they were all delicious. I only eat outdoors due to Covid risk, so Due to the street noise level I will not return.

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  37. Sharemymeal

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly staff, delicious chicken and prime rib on Sunday, we loved it!

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  38. KarenC

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    3rd weekend in a row! Love this place. Tried the Double Dutch (chicken and ribs), slaw, Chicken Licken, and cauliflower. Would order them all again!

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  39. EugeneE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    I booked us a restaurant, because one review gave it a Michelin star. They do not deserve a Michelin star. It was Sunday, but the menu was very limited. They had no bread service. There was not a fish option which would’ve been good and the outdoor patio is pretty weak and the chair is not comfortable. I would not go again the only thing OK really was the service.

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  40. KarenC

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining here and it won’t be our last. Great menu with lots of options. It was Sunday so we got the Prime Rib special, plus bacon edamame, chicken salad and Trip’s Triple (chicken, pork shoulder, and tri tip). Our favorites were the pork and chicken and will get the full entrees next time. Too full for dessert but going to save room for the chocolate peanut butter torte next time. 😋

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Spinning Bones using the Order Online button. Spinning Bones also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 263-9290.

Spinning Bones is rated 4.7 stars by 253 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 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Spinning Bones

1205 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2023
    2. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross street
    San Jose Ave.
  • Neighborhood
    Alameda
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Meat, Rotisserie Chicken
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Intersection of Park St. and San Jose Ave.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (510) 263-9290
  • Catering
    Email: danny@spinningbones.com for inquiries
  • Private party facilities
    View website for details
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