About District - Oakland
District is a wine & whiskey bar and restaurant located in Downtown Old Oakland. We offer an eclectic menu of small, shareable plates, house made charcuterie and pizza that pair well with our extensive list of wines and whiskeys by the glass and craft beers.
Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 4:00pm - Close
Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
$30 and under
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District is located at the corner of 9th and Washington and is only 3 blocks from the 12th St. Bart station.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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District can accommodate semi-private and private buyout events for groups ranging from 8 to 200 guests. Every aspect of your event can be customized, from food service to specific wine pairings.
District - Oakland Ratings and Reviews
Food is really good for bar food. We did ...
Food is really good for bar food. We didn't order drinks so our waitress ignored us, never once checking on us and we were out of water far before our meal was over and they just cleared our glasses without even asking if we'd like more.
Was great food. Unfortunately service no ...
Was great food. Unfortunately service not so great. We had a reservation but somehow the restaurant did not know. When told them we had a reservation the host did not believe we had made one. Finally seated us at a tiny table under the TV and then asked to see our reservation on my phone. After that it seemed like they had wished we didn't have a reservation. Again the food was great price was right. They just made it awkward.
We arrived at opening time and the crew ...
We arrived at opening time and the crew seemed very confused. Rain was predicted all day yet they did not seem to have a plan to seat reservations without their patio.
Once seated at a high top, which was not really comfortable, we had great service. Mimosas were fine but the food was just okay. Most items on the buffet were not hot and nothing was memorable.
Came here for the first time for bottoml ...
Came here for the first time for bottomless mimosas (part of brunch!) -- and was not disappointed! The food was fresh, flavorful and they had a wide variety! We sat outside - weather was great -- people were very friendly!
My second consecutive Sunday brunch at ...
My second consecutive Sunday brunch at District did not disappoint. The food, while not a lot to choose from was very good and fresh which is more important. The bottomless mimosas were terrific with a variety of juices to choose from....and our server Madison was very attentive and accommodating. A good solid choice for brunch.....I'll be back!
Hanging out with my sister and she said ...
Hanging out with my sister and she said she heard The District was a great spot, I was more than happy to go since I had been there 3 times before. It did not disappoint. Great peach mimosa; great buffet with pancakes, eggs, cheesy grits, BACON and more.
Overall good but being told three times ...
Overall good but being told three times about the 90 minute brunch limit made me feel rushed. I came for brunch with girlfriends that I've known 30+ years so more time would have been nice. I understand that they want to make it clear but I would say don't come here for a leisurely meal.
Went for the brunch. The buffet is decen ...
Went for the brunch. The buffet is decent, especially if you like grits. The best part though is the bottomless mimosas and the staff. The staff is very attentive for a buffet brunch service and really friendly. They made brunch a really good experience and I would go back in the future!
We were celebrating a birthday and we ha ...
We were celebrating a birthday and we had a nice time over drinks and great food. The dishes were tasty and the service was outstanding. Our server was attentive and nice. My only comment was we were cramped sitting next to another party behind us. They needed a lot more space and we were already squeezed into our tables and it was still not enough room for them. It made for a very uncomfortable evening and sadly there weren't any other four tops that evening.
Brunch here is the worst I've had since ...
Brunch here is the worst I've had since returning to the Bay Area over a year ago! The only positive experience was the service and atmosphere/ambiance. The food...AWFUL!The eggs, pancakes, potatoes, and meats were cold, collard greens needed seasoning and to be cooked a tad longer. Worst of all the chocolate bread pudding was mushy/soggy. The mimosas were pretty good, but how can you really mess them up?!
I'd come back for happy hour but never for brunch!
We had been to District several times an ...
We had been to District several times and really enjoyed the experience on prior occasions; our family had considered it one of our top 5 restaurants. Tonight, however, the service was so poor that the entire meal felt like a struggle. After getting seated, we waited 15 minutes for someone to come to our table and finally flagged down the hostess to take our order. She apologized and indicated that they were experiencing a rush, although the place was only half full and no other parties had entered after us. Most of the food came very quickly, actually so fast that all of the appetizer and entree dishes arrived at once and there was no way to put them all on the table. Then it took about 20 minutes to get someone to resolve a simple issue with one of our drinks (we ordered a Sprite and instead got plain soda water), although three separate servers seemed to be working on it. Inexplicably, one of our dishes came about 40 minutes after everything else arrived. The pacing was so uncertain that we felt compelled to ask for the check as soon as we had all our main dishes, whereas in a better situation we'd have stayed for dessert. The food wasn't as good as we remembered from before, and with the service problems I really doubt we'll return. Maybe in a couple of years we'll try again if they are still there.
Thanks for a fantastic night out, Distri ...
Thanks for a fantastic night out, District! We wined and dined in style. Super easy reservation and check-in process, the waitress was accommodating and gracious with our questions and requests. Good value on the wine on tap, and interesting tapas-style dinner.
Noisy and raucus, but food and drink were nice
We had picked this place to eat and meet and get up to date on our mutual interests. Expecting a typical Friday night crowd, but with the Warriors playoff game on two big screens, it was particularly packed. Our server was pleasant, though there was some difficulty understanding her. Food was very good. Will come back again.
Definitely Your Average Birthday Dinner
We reserved a table for our friend's birthday get-together & made a note of that when making the reservation. She's a huge foodie, owns her own pastry shop + loves a well-stocked bar. There was a Warrior's game on that night so we knew it would be busy & noisy but the fact that we were ignored for a good 5 minutes standing at the door when we walked in was a bit rude. A few members of the staff were standing around just talking to patrons (not serving or taking orders - just chatting) so we awkwardly stood waiting at the entry to see which table we could sit down at that might not be reserved. In the end they put us in the furthest darkest corner, but hey at least we had a table. We wanted to order from the Happy Hour menu since we still had about 20 minutes of time to do so when we arrived. But since we were ignored for a good 5 minutes when we walked in & then for another 5 minutes once we were seated we only had 5 minutes left to order before we knew they would cut off those offerings. We flagged down a busboy to order who told us they would grab a waitress to take our order so by the time she came we could really only put in 3/5 drink orders for our party and 2 food items (which as a FYI the HH menu bites are super tiny & usually come in pairs so order more than 1 for parties of 3 or more) with her before she promptly walked away even before we were finished ordering. Also if you as an establishment don't offer a particular option it's usually courteous to suggest a few other options you do carry at the bar instead of saying "we don't have that" & just walking away from your customers. In the end I would say the food was delicious & pricey but the poor service (except for one of the female waitresses who we flagged down on our own/mostly manning the other side of the room was absolutely helpful in our ordering choices) is just not worth coming back for. My friend enjoyed the food for her birthday meal but was noticeably disappointed in the service.
Horrible customer service from the bar to table.
I originally booked a table online for my friends and I to enjoy cocktails and bites because I've been here several times before during happy hour and trying to find a place to sit was next to impossible. I arrived early and thought I'd enjoy a cocktail and although it wasn't quite busy just yet I could only get the attention of the bus-boy to order a cocktail. When we moved to the table I was immediately told by the waiter that we would have to give up our table by 7:30 to accommodate another dining party. Say what?! I've never been to a restaurant where I've had a reservation and have been told there was a limit. What if we were still eating...? We asked to speak to the manager since this major detail had not been spelled out on the reservation confirmation; I don't think the waiter appreciated this because we spent the rest of the evening chasing him down for drinks and food. It took 45 minutes for an order of sliders to arrive after three inquiries. The waiter purposely ignored us when we asked for the check before seven trying to keep to the table time limit as if he were gonna force us to stay until 7:30 since we initially complained about it. Poor service is an understatement but I won't be going back and had considered the District for a graduation event I'm planning later this year.
Bottomless Mimosas & Brunch Buffet
For a place that's primarily a bar, their brunch buffet is AMAZING!
Looking at the items listed on their menu, your initial thought may be that it's standard or generic but don't be fooled. Every single item was done to perfection and their bread pudding with bourbon caramel and chantilly whipped cream was to die for. The only thing kinda lacking was their sausage sadly enough.
Who doesn't love bottomless mimosas in the morning?? They have a good selection of different flavors as well as a solid drink list for variety. They emphasize their 90 min brunch limit which doesn't sound so great at first, but you probably won't need more than 90 min anyways and it's just so popular, I can sympathize with the 90 min turnaround.
Friday night fun
My cousin was visiting from out of town and I suggested we enjoy some tapas and cocktails for a fun Friday night together....District was the perfect venue to catch up. All the dishes we tried were each fantastic...but the tempura avocado! We both couldn't get enough of it.....so simple, yet it stood out! Definitely will be back.....
Great dinner, great ambiance
We had a great time here on a Wednesday night before the Van Morrison concert at the fox theatre. I didn't know old town Oakland is so quaint and buzzing! A great scene, and District was pleasantly packed but had our reserved table ready. I got a great wine flight and we enjoyed each of the small plates we got! It had a great, fun feel and I loved the design and ambiance. Perfect Wednesday date night!
Very nice place/find. Food was very good - tapas style. Only complaint was that it took awhile to get waited on (short handed?) but once the order was in the drinks & food came very fast. Servers were friendly. Also very nice happy hour selection.
I have enjoyed the brunch at District on several previous occasions. I am grateful for making a reservation as it was very crowded. If you're looking for an intimate, quiet space, this is not time to frequent District. The football game was thankfully televised and given the bottomless mimosas on the brunch menu, the noise levels will rise. The food was replenished at the buffet making it a great value and for an easy afternoon of grazing. I look forward to returning.
Good quality, poor value
I went with a larger group of 7. The quality of the food was good, but I was expecting much larger portion sizes for the price. The prices on the menu are deceptive. The dates, for instance, came with only 3 for the order. For a tapas place I was expecting more generous portions for sharing, or at least a more explicit menu to set expectations. '$30 and under' will not be enough for a complete dinner.
The service was also slow, but friendly enough. This would be a better place for light snacks, more special occasions, or a date night.
The food was great. Service was friendly ...
The food was great. Service was friendly. Was a bit loud, with football on the telly and intoxicated 20-somethings using their outside voices. I absolutely hate communal tables. Would go back for the food though.
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