About Bissap Baobab - Oakland
Bissap Baobab Oakland brings the savory, succulent flavors of Senegal to Oakland, California. Our menu consists of traditional Senegalese cuisine and West African-California fusion specialties.
Choose from a full range of gourmet African dishes, including avocat créole, yassa, mafe, ceebu jen, and dessert crépes. Our newest addition, Afro Wraps, are our version of a West African burrito. Then wash it all down with one of our homemade juices: hibiscus, tamarind, or ginger. We also squeeze our own juice blends, so drop in to see the flavor of the day!
More than just a restaurant, Bissap Baobab Oakland is a community center, with a laid back, yet distinctly cosmopolitan, worldly vibe which upholds the concept of an African village.
Our name is a tribute to the meaningful symbol of life, community, and culture in Africa -- the Baobab tree.
Hours of Operation:
Mon 11:30am - 2:30pm
Tues 11:30am - 2:30pm
Wed 11:30am - 10pm
Thurs 11:30am - 10pm
Fri 11:30am - 2:00am
Sat 5:30pm - 2:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
12th Street Oakland BART
Private Party Facilities:
Private dining available, 2-week preferred notice.
Private Party Contact:
Christy Osorio: 4154836217x
Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Bissap Baobab - Oakland Ratings and Reviews
This West African bistro, with mildly bu ...
This West African bistro, with mildly but richly spiced food from Senegal was a real lunch-time treat for my friend and I . We both had the Chicken Mafe, which was a wonderful peanut-based stew with braised chicken. The walls and tables are a funky, brightly painted folk art that speaks to the modern West African culture. Highly recommended. Can't wait to go back.
Love this place. I'm not a vegan but I ...
Love this place. I'm not a vegan but I can have lunch with one here and we both can be happy. The tofu made from black eyed peas is just dang good; doesn't matter if you are vegan or not. There are chicken and fish options as well. The fruit drinks are tasty but a bit too sweet for my taste. And the fried bananas are a fine dessert. Haven't had any alcoholic drinks here but they do have beer. The waitresses are really pleasant and clearly like their jobs. It is a no stress place to have a meal and a chat.
Birthday in a Culturally Appealing Setting
My wife and I LOVE to stay connected with the culture and people of our roots. This spot is a Pan-African heaven for us! I took my wife for her 40th; just a small group of friends and relations. SCORE!! Not only was the atmosphere nice and the service great, but the 3 lady servers (Asna & crew) that were working that evening went above and beyond to make my wife feel loved and appreciated on her special day. I will make it a point to return everytime I visit Oakland. NIcely done!!
community gathering spot
This Senegalese restaurant is special because it adds community involvement to the basic menu which is quite simple but well-prepared and served. We went because it was the monthly flamenco night and we were not disappointed. The 4 flamenco performers were terrific.
I really enjoyed the flavor of the dishes. The one thing that I would change is using drumsticks in the main course. For me entrees served with chicken are best when served with chicken breast. A drumstick is not appropriate for saucy dishes and has very little meat.
Excellent food and service
We went here for my birthday recently and it was an overall great experience. I had been to the one in SF so wanted to try the one close to home and it was so convenient. The food was as tasty as I remembered it. The plantain and the yucca fries appetizers were great and there were plenty for our party of 4 (plus two kids). Our drinks were also good (I got the coconut rum and yes, like other reviews, it is fabulous! The second one was just as good). The other drinks were good but they ended up ordering different ones for the second round. We ordered 4 entrees (the curry shrimp, the spicy curry fish, the lamb onion dish, and the black eyed peas dish) and everything was really good. We cleaned our plates, for the most part. The server was extremely nice and helpful with our questions.
I ordered Dibi - onion sauce with black eyed pea tofu and fried plantain. It was one of the best things I've ever eaten, full of flavor, but not too spicy. I look forward to trying their other dishes.
The restaurant plays fairly loud music, so it's a fun place but not necessarily good for intimate conversation.
Fun and friendly
A friend and I had a nice relaxed lunch. The service was so friendly and accommodating and the food was tasty. Since it was lunch we didn't try the cocktails, but the non alcoholic home made drinks (hibiscus, ginger or tamarind) were delicious. I will definitely go back and have already recommended this restaurants to friends for a family lunch or dinner.
Everything about the place was charming. To those who complain about service being slow: ours was neither rushed nor slow. Remember that some cuisines are meant to be enjoyed at a relaxing pace. If you're in a hurry, go to some other kind of restaurant, and save this for when you're willing to relax. That said, I have no complaints about the service and would go back in a minute. The food, if not outstanding, was very good.
Deliscious trip to Senegal
I had lunch with a group of 8 here recently. Service was friendly and good. Nice ambience. The Yassa wrap (grilled chicken, beef or tofu with marinated onions, served in a lemon, garlic, mustard sauce with greens, tomato, and avocado.) was very delicious. Tamarind juice was very good, ginger was spectacular, and the plantains were perfect. I'm looking forward to coming back i teh evening for the music (apparently they have african drummming)
The food was amazingly delicious and the ...
The food was amazingly delicious and the customer service was spectacular. It was my birthday and our server informed the live band and the whole restaurant paused to sing and it was wonderful. The restaurant was clean.
Ok food and service
Asked for grilled chicken kabobs, got 3 chicken legs not grilled. My friends liked their food ok. Never got hot sauce we asked for. My meal was supposed to come with plantains and side salad, and I didn't get either. They didn't have 3 different items listed on their menu. One main dish, one desert and a drink. It's a piece of paper printed at the corner copy shop, it's not a leather bound laminated menu, how hard is it to correct it? The waitresses were overly attentive when we first arrived but by the time we left, had kinda disappeared. They also tried to charge us for the desert we ordered, but then they were out of. And it is VERY loud.
For $25 a person I really expected better.
Doen't Life up to the City Location
I love Bissap Baobab in San Francisco. The food is great and it's a fun atmosphere. I'm not sure how long this location has been open but it was pretty much empty. The server forgot about us. The shrimp was over cooked and nothing seemed very fresh.
Fun, tasty and unique
Been a fan of the SF loc so I've been eagerly waiting for dinner service to start in Oakland. 6 for dinner - there were some tables left at 7:30 on a Murmur Friday, but apparently we just beat the rush. Eclectic music on the Mac Book. Food was great. Shared the shrimp, yucca fries with guac, and the meat and the veg pastelles appetizers. All very tasty. Def get the veg pastelles again. Yucca fries are too addictive - good if there are enough people to share with. For my main, had the Niebe Thies with house-made bean cake - loved! All other dishes around the table got raves as well. Very nice folks. They got our first set of drinks a little mixed up s they got us a second round on the house to make up for it. Ask for the hot sauce!
Bissap Baobab offers very good food, service is as welcoming as can be and reminiscent of my experience in West and Central Africa, decor is very warm, patrons add to the relaxed feeling of the ambience, and when there is music, one is transported. Everybody who works there seems to enjoy what they do.
Best of Africa
It's long overdue that this joint comes to Oakland, with a vibrant, colorful ambiance that complements each plate. The chicken with marinated onions literally melted off the bone, and the rich spicy coconut gamba sauce was so delicious we were scrambling to scoop up every last drop. I'm a plantain junkie and these were perfectly fried, slightly blackened and caramelized. Each plate game with a small green salad so there was no need to order one as a side. The fresh ginger drink was warming and generous enough to share between two people. Service was solid, and the World Cup on the big screen was a welcome break from the work-day, with the volume low enough so as not to be distracting if you were deep in conversation. I will be back often!
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