Restaurants for Budget Travelers in Oakland 

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    Everett & Jones BBQ - Jack London Square

    126 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
    7 reviews

    This is hands down the best barbecue restaurant in the area. Don't pass up on the ribs, Mac n Cheese or corn bread! If you're still hungry after your meal (which I doubt because the portions are huge), try the sweet potato pie.

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    5301 College Avenue, Oakland, CA, United States
    3 reviews

    I work up an appetite to eat well at Marica. Thanks to M knowing his hood and his five stars restaurant, we end up here for a lovely dinner. Prix Fixe Menu: - Buttermilk Shrimp Corncake = Two grilled shrimp atop two buttermilk shrimp corncakes, drizzled with chipotle butter, organic mixed greens. Refreshing and tasty! - Soup du Jour = ...

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    1900 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA
    8 reviews

    Fancy cafe in Oakland city center. They had very nice food but a bit on the pricey side.

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    Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe

    1805 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612, United States
    3 reviews

    A great location and affordable prices. They have daily specials and good food.

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    Lush Gelato

    4184 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA, United States
    2 reviews

    What I like about Lush Gelato: 1) Make from scratch 2) Use organic and local ingredients 3) No line 4) Friendly staff 5) Banana, Salt & Caramel gelato! This place is a cute hidden gem. I prefer getting gelato from here than going to Fenton's for their sundae. Real talk!

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    Aunt Mary's Cafe

    4307 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
    4 reviews

    A great weekend brunch spot in Temescal. Started off with some coffee and grapefruit juice (they forgot my grapefruit juice) so I drank water instead. We got huevos benedictos consisted of cheddar masa cakes w/poachers & mole negro, served w/house-made Niman Ranch beef chorizo. Everything was tasty except for the mole negro, which was bitter and overwhelming. The sweet potato ...

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    Sam Won BBQ House

    2600 Telegraph Avenue
    1 review

    I've been on a Korean kick lately, and so here is another K-Resto in the KoNo district of Oaktown. (KoNo= Koreatown/Northgate) You know, I have been to many Korean restaurants, in L.A., O.C., San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, Honolulu and San Francisco. And it is very disappointing that for a major foodies heaven, San Francisco is not known for their ...

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    Fentons Creamery & Restaurant

    4226 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

    Fenton's has been popularized ever since it was featured in the movie UP, but on its own I still consider it a great place to grab a classic ice cream sundae. This place is different than most places in the Bay Area because it's not trying to be "artisan" or crazy. It's more like a classic ice cream shop and ...

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    Champa Garden

    2102 8th Avenue, Oakland, CA
    4 reviews

    Lao Cuisine. How rare. I don't think I know of another Laotian restaurant in bay area. My exposure to Lao dishes is extremely limited to the occasional offerings from Thai or Cambodian restaurants. What an unusual location for a restaurant. It didn't seem like there were any other restaurants (or businesses) within 5 blocks radius. Champa Garden certainly stood out ...

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    Authentic Bagel Company

    200–258 Broadway, Oakland, California
    2 reviews

    Authentic Bagel Company makes their bagels using a Polish recipe from the 1800s. Unlike other bagel places in the Bay, they use a sourdough starter. They also make all their meats and other items in house! It's a bit of NYC in Oakland!

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    Taqueria Sinaloa

    2138 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606
    3 reviews

    As a native San Diegan who grew up less than ten minutes from the U.S./Mexico border, I am very picky when it comes to Mexican food. This taco truck is my favorite in the bay area. They serve street tacos, so think smaller tacos that fit in the palm of your hand. My favorite is the al pastor (pork) taco ...

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  • 12

    Beer Revolution

    464 3rd Street, Oakland, CA
    7 reviews

    This unassuming little shack down by the railroad tracks and warehouse district in Oakland is the place where beer geeks come to hang out, argue about hoppiness and one-up each other with their knowledge of obscure West Coast regional craft brews. Totally laid-back atmosphere, though, and a great place to unwind at the end of a long day.

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    Pho Ao Sen Restaurant

    200 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606
    3 reviews

    Pho Ao Sen is better than any pho that I've had in San Francisco! It's so good in fact that I still have dreams about this place. The broth screams flavor. It's so flavorful in fact that I did not need to color my broth red and brown or ask for more lime. That's a first! Notes & Tips: 1) ...

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    Gum Kuo Restaurant

    388 9th St, #182, Oakland, CA 94607
    6 reviews

    The porridge was nice. They weren't really thick and tasty like those real good ones I had in Asia but still pretty decent in Bay Area standard. We ordered a few bowls of porridge to share and I liked the Preserved Duck Egg with Pork and the Sliced Fish ones best. Beef Rice Roll was not bad but the Rice ...

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    Little Shin Shin

    4258 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
    2 reviews

    Good Chinese foods. Great prices. Great meeting place for large tables.

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    Shan Dong Restaurant

    328 10th St, #101, Oakland, CA 94607
    1 review

    Shan Dong is a no-frills, small restaurant in Chinatown that is known for hand-pulled noodles and dumplings. Although the restaurant is small and plain, they keep it very clean. Try the sesame noodles and their signature dumplings. If you stick to that, the check will be less than $20 after tax and tip. Cash only.

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  • 17

    Geta Japanese Restaurant

    165 41st St, Oakland, CA 94611
    2 reviews

    Geta is an incredible value, but that's about it. The fish is fresh and inexpensive, but the restaurant is pretty drab and crowded, so you should expect a wait. They also close pretty early and aren't open on Sundays. Many people call in for to-go orders.

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  • 18


    400 40th Street, Oakland, CA
    15 reviews

    Do you like Mac and Cheese? Then this place is for you! It's mac and cheese heaven. From classic mac and cheese to creative mac and cheese specials, you won't leave hungry. The hubby and I ordered roasted brussel sprouts, a pitcher of beer, garlic mac and cheese, and the weekly special "butter me up" made with butternut squash. We ...

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    Ozumo Japanese Restaurant

    2251 Broadway, Oakland, CA
    6 reviews

    Trendy, modern Sushi place - dark lit - cool design. They also have a big bar area.

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    Heinold's First & Last Chance

    48 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607
    8 reviews

    I prefer the dark and cluttered interior of this bar over the light and airy beergarden atmosphere of the outdoor drinking patio, but I'm and indoor drinker... This bar has a lot to offer, from well poured drinks, interesting and friendly staff, and historical decoré. One of the things I like most about it though is that the floor lists ...

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