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Spinning Bones, Alameda, CA

Spinning Bones

4.6
4.6
129 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 5 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

  • 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

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What 129 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    Outdoor Dining

  • East Bay

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Excellent food! Worth the trip over to the Island. Inventive flavors and excellent value.
  2. KM

    KMercado

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The chicken was amazing and the rainbow rice was the perfect companion dish to go Lo f with it. Oh, try their sangria. 🙂
  3. SM

    SusanM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Celebrated a birthday with a party of 7 outdoors- the food was amazing and the service was kind and attentive. All the meats were tender and flavorful, tofu and beet salads were a hit as well as mochiko chicken and rainbow rice! Very reasonable for the portions and quality of the food! Highly recommended!!
  4. RM

    RonM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had wonderful 'standard menu' items this trip to Spinning Bones. If you go, always ask for the secret menu items, and be prepared to have a hard time choosing what to order. It was a busy night for them, but we sat down right at our reserved time! We started with a Cucumber Cooler and Strawberry-Watermelon slushee ... why not, right? Both have shochu as their 'additive' which made delicious cocktails, and an order of Chips & Dip We had the prime rib (normally a Sunday item, but surprise it was spinning tonight!), and the Trip's Triple - comes with rotisserie steak, pork shoulder and chicken, so you get some of each! The prime rib was serve with a potato gratin that was layered heaven, and their horseradish creme. Don't tell anyone, but I love the creme as a dip with their house made chips!! The meats are always so tender and flavorful, as they were tonight. Sometimes we get caught up in their specials that we forget about the standard menu items ... It truly is a place where if something sounds interesting you should give it a try - have never been disappointed with the meals. Christopher was our charming server, but the whole crew helps out and again gave great service. So good to see Mike, Lauren and crew ... wonderful meal and experience.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Almost didn’t get to sit inside despite reserving indoor table. But they came through :)
  6. FF

    FoleysFeast

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Overall we had a fabulous experience at Spinning Bones, our server Josh was very knowledgeable, helpful and personable. I will definitely go back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very delicious food 👍good service,100% I will go back
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was fantastic. I ordered the kalua pork and pork ribs. I was impressed by how perfectly cooked and delicious the meal was. I would go again but the prices were a bit high for the portion size.
  9. N

    Nina

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place will not disappoint you. The food and drinks are awesome and big enough to share with two people. Their homemade chips are amazing.
  10. HE

    HealthyEater

    Los Angeles

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We discovered Spinning Bones by accident, just searching through OpenTable for a place close by to where we are staying, reasonably priced, with a good menu and good reviews. When we arrived, we were promptly seated and the server brought us menus right away, explaining some of the dishes that are popular, and answering our questions. We decided on the chicken salad, St. Louis pork ribs, and the Goodie Sampler. The food came out promptly, everything was delicious, and the service was really good. Too bad we don’t live in the area because we would definitely add this restaurant to our favorites list! Their menu is eclectic, too, so there’s something for everyone. Give it a try……you won’t be disappointed.
  11. 3

    356tub

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. My only ding Wouk’s be me asked for water and the young waitress forgot it.
  12. CE

    CaEducator

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We were a party of 5 and ordered quite a variety of food and enjoyed everything we ordered. The 3 appetizers, although they were all delicious they were but a bit pricy. The bone marrow although dit was wonderful had very little marrow. Next we ordered 4 different entrees all were delicious and good portion size. We finished off with 3 different desserts and everyone was a hit. We will definitely return for another dinner.
  13. S

    Sammy

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    ordered the Sunday special -- prime rib. worst prime rib i've ever had. ordered medium rare, got well done. the waitress did not care
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience4
    Returned here for the 2nd year to celebrate my birthday. Food was spot on fantastic, fresh, delicious, & perfectly prepared. However, we found some aspects disappointing this year. 1st, $17.00 for a cold appetizer made of 2 oz ball of fresh cheese, 1/4 of a peach, & some arugula is highway robbery! A seasoned server would have listed the prices of the daily specials along with the descriptions; but it's on us for not thinking to ask! Nearly fell outta my chair when I saw that on the bill!!😱😱 Lesson learned! Do yourself the favor of saving your $$ & skipping this item! 2nd, While their kitchen used to be far more flexible with dietary-driven changes & substitutions, this time was far harder to get the same. Only when realizing the potential loss of a $40 sale did they find a way to change out a veggie option for a different veggie option! I mean... really?!?! I know supplies are tight, but is it REALLY all that hard to sub out broccalinni for arugula?!?!😱😱😱 Anyway... And 3rd, while here for a past birthday dinner and offered a complimentary dessert item of choice, no such offer was mentioned this time. True, they were sold out of the best dessert item they have (banana pudding❣❣), but they could have offered another item instead. This IS why we go out to celebrate special occasions, for the moments of "making a big deal" outta events; ESPECIALLY when we've been unable to do so with big groups for now the *3rd* year running! And for an $80.00 meal you'd think a birthday dessert would be a given! Oh well.... We'll probably go back eventually because we like the food. But it'll be a while again before we do, because the disappointment for the cost isn't the value we need.
  15. JC

    JoshC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I was pleasantly surprised - admittedly I did not research the menu. Based on the name I assumed it was a BBQ spot - I was very happy to find out it was fusion! I definitely recommend this spot. The food was very tasty and the service was fun and efficient.
  16. C

    Corina

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The corn was amazing! Everything else wasn’t great, the meat and ribs were served a bit cold, took a very long time and the flavor wasn’t quite there. Ambiance was cute, great structure.
  17. S

    Samurai6

    San Francisco

    478 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    478 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On the south end of Park St in Alameda, this funky BBQ joint is good enough for me because of the ice cold Sapporo draft on tap. There is an Izakaya element to the menu, their Chicken Lickin’ tots is the best Japanese style yardbird karaage I’ve had in a awhile. Enough to share for two, the marination is evident and pairs well with the Japanese style potato salad. Their burger is also very juicy and seasoned, no extra sauces necessary. Next time with an entourage, will definitely try their chicken and pork BBQ which looked incredibly appetizing slowly grilling on the rotisserie behind the counter. Service by dude named Tod was pretty cool but dining solo, would have preferred a young gal in a maid’s outfit………
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious fresh food with wonderful flavors. Great service and so pleasant.
  19. RN

    RobertN

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good food. Good service. 2 out of the 3 entrees we ordered were good.
  20. AK

    AbbeK

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lunch First time going and had the beet salad added chicken. Was very good. Had the chicken appetizer also tasty. Prices seemed pricey for entrees.
  21. c

    calala1

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    3 of us all enjoyed the chicken salad and the corn fritters; they have a great selection of food and a pretty good selection of beer and wine
  22. r

    rufshod

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Everything well prepared, easy to share. Good balance of rich and light. Meats excellent. Service leisurely, seemed to be a "green" server, but pleasant.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was very good. What irritated me was the service. I realize it’s difficult to get adequate help these days. But at this price point, I expect better. First off, the waiter forgot to write one of our meals down so three of us got our meals and then the fourth waited while he put her order in. We were all half finished by the time hers came. There were still appies left and we each gave her a taste of ours while she waited but still, he “forgot” to write hers down? Uh, I believe that’s his job. Strike one. Then he never came by during dinner to refill or be attentive in any way. Strike two. Then when I did flag down a waitress at a table next to us and put in a dessert order, he came by to take the order and, once again, couldn’t either remember 4 desserts, 2 of which were the same, or couldn’t be bothered to write them down. Strike three. Now, in a fast casual place for $15 bucks a head, I’m not gonna complain at all but this place is not that. I paid $155 for our meals. One cocktail, one soda, two appies, three sandios, a bbq plate and 4 desserts was $155. Plus tax and tip, that’s $200. That ain’t cheap. With even adequate service, I’d be giving these guys a higher rating because, although the chairs outside on the patio are beastly to sit in for over an hour, the food was very good. What I’m saying is for this kinda money, I expect attentive service and adequate seating. I’m willing to spend more even, no need to twist my arm, as long as I’m comfortable and well attended. Upsell me, please. I’ll pay for a good time. I’m just thinking twice about doing it here again.
  24. g

    guest

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is all so good — definitely worth the drive to Alameda!
  25. SC

    SarahC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Spinning Bones soooo much. Always delicious, with new additions to the menu. Great wine. Kid friendly but still has top notch food. and service is lovely. It's one of our forever favorites.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food is not that great for the price. This is my second time dining here. Underwhelmed
  27. HM

    HildaM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. The Caesar Salad was the best.
  28. DB

    DonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The potato salad was weirdly bland but no points off because everything else was outstanding. Unique spin a several of the dishes and garnishes. Will certainly be back.
  29. SJ

    SarahJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Really great and innovative menu and extremely generous portion sizes. I have been for dinner and brunch and good experience both times. Lots of nice outdoor seating!
  30. RM

    RonM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We started with the chips and dip … such a simple thing, but it was finger licking good dip! It was an artichoke dip tonight- they change it up - and oh my we enjoyed it. We shared the Prime Rib and a side of cauliflower. The meat was done perfectly. So tender, we cut it with the regular knife, and flavorful. The twice backed potato it came with was great. The Au Jus and horseradish sauce were amazingly as well. Lauren, Mike and team do a great job!
  31. T

    Type0

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Christian was are waiter and very nice. Food was really good. Portions were pretty large...lot of food. We sat outside which was really nice.
  32. G

    Gastronaut

    San Francisco

    80 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Ordered their steak and thought it was pretty skimpy for the price. As we were leaving, noticed the next table with the same order had more than twice the amount of meat than mine did. Not cool.
  33. FL

    FrancineL

    Yosemite

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fun place to eat. We all loved the appetizers, sides and desserts. Several people felt the entrees were too salty. Worth a try.
  34. MB

    MiguelB

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food is really good and potion size is satisfying.
  35. n

    neighborhoodgem

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A neighborhood Gem!! Outstanding food and drinks!! My friends were impressed!!
  36. MH

    MathewH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there and it was amazing. Great food and service. Will be back.
  37. k

    krwalsh

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This place is great. The outside seating is really good, and despite the non-descript store front, the food is excellent. Three Little Pigs is my favorite, the cauliflower is so good, and the pickles are so spicy!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was incredible. We tried most of the meats on the menu!
  39. P

    carmenP

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I had the Fried Chicken Sandwich, which was very good... seasoned well, crispy and generous. The potato salad was not what I am used to, so didn't like it, but ordered the fries, which were very good.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great fusion dining experience. Nice atmosphere outside and in.

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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 4.6 stars by 129 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 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Spinning Bones

1205 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

Additional information

  • 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

  • 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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