Now through Jan. 20, Oakland Restaurant Week is celebrating its 10th year with more than 100 restaurants offering every manner of meal, from brunch to dinner, and at just about any price point.
Looking for a $10 lunch deal or an $80 prix fixe with wine pairings? You’ll find it in Jack London Square, Rockridge, Temescal, Fruitvale and the other neighborhoods that have put Oakland on the national culinary map.
Our six picks feature some of the best deals, be it at one of the city’s newest restaurants or an old favorite presenting an off-menu special. Some restaurants require advanced booking, so check the Oakland Restaurant Week website. Note that restaurants marked with an asterisk are donating a portion of their proceeds to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
This margarita paradise near Jack London Square opened in 2019 and is offering lunch for $10 and a pre-fixe dinner for $30. Lunch includes garbanzo fritos, two tacos with rice and beans and an amaranth candy bite for dessert — what a deal, eh? Four-course dinner features optional mezcal pairings for another $20. 104 Oak St.; www.backyardoakland.com
Fans of James Beard Award-nominated Reem Assil’s Arabic comfort food, get ready to geek out. The Fruitvale counter-service spot is offering an off-menu dinner: Mashawi plat, slow-roasted leg of lamb on smashed spicy garlic potatoes with flatbread, green shatta, yogurt cucumber salad, pomegranate harissa and pickles for $20. 3301 E. 12th St., Suite 133; www.reemscalifornia.com
Three food-friendly wines — red or white, you choose — will be paired with bite-sized appetizers for $30 at this Thai resto in Jack London Square. We suggest you go white and enjoy a prosecco (paired with Kumamoto oyster and Thai spicy sauce), gruner veltiner (sesame-crusted ahi tuna and seaweed salad) and chardonnay (curry-battered crispy calamari). 336 Water St.; www.farmhousethai.com
Longtime Chez Panisse chef Cal Peterson opened this fine-casual Old Oakland eatery in 2019 and is churning out some delightful dishes, including a “very crunchy” vegetable salad with his signature anchovy dressing. The Lede is offering it with the pasta of the day — let’s hope it’s the rigatoni with pork ragu and fried sage — for $20. 906 Washington St.; www.theledeoakland.com
Here’s your chance to experience this modern Japanse-inspired dinner series without breaking the bank. Located at downtown’s Gastropig, Abstract Table presents an inventive three-course menu: Scallop crudo with pickled baby beet, bacon jam and sea urchin creme; braised short rib with smoked maitake, edamame puree and fish sauce caramel; and flourless chocolate torte with red bean fluid gel and chestnut chantilly cream. $40. 2123 Franklin St.; www.abstracttable.com
Piedmont Avenue’s newest fine dining restaurant — from former AQ chef Mark Liberman — is offering a three-course lunch ($20) and four-course dinner ($40). Lunch deal: Braised kale and cheddar melt with za’atar-tinged cauliflower soup and winter citrus olive oil cake with warm sabayon? Sign. Us. Up. 3762 Piedmont Ave.; www.magorestaurant.com
Source: Thanks https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/01/13/oakland-restaurant-week-the-best-deals-for-40-or-less/