A modern-classic Asian restaurant, our kitchen focuses on an array of Chinese Regional dishes, Japanese and South-East Asian flavors. We create bold flavors through casual dishes. A full bar serves craft cocktails inspired by Asian ingredients.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: T-Su 11:30am-3:00pm
Dinner: T-Su 5:00pm-10:00pm
$30 and under
Plentiful street parking
Three blocks from Rockridge BART
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Osmanthus Ratings and Reviews
It's possible that I just ordered the wr ...
It's possible that I just ordered the wrong thing (spare ribs), but my meal was actually pretty lousy. I really like the location, the atmosphere, menu, and the service was fine, but my dish was too sweet, too salty, and there was actually a real shortage of meat. I may go back, just to try something else, but I was actually disappointed.
My husband and I have dined at Osmanthus ...
My husband and I have dined at Osmanthus twice and both times have loved the food, ambiance, and service. We took our friends here who were visiting from out of town on our most recent dine, and they loved it as well.
We have loved Osmanthus for a long time, ...
We have loved Osmanthus for a long time, and this is the only time I was disappointed. Most of the dishes were better in previous visits, although our friends who go there less often were happier than I was. It was also noisier than I remembered it. I'm hoping it was an off night, as it is usually our first choice of where to eat.
I have eaten here several times over the ...
I have eaten here several times over the past few months without issue. The servers were attentive and the food was good.
When I ate there on June 28 for dinner the service was horrible. Our waiter was super attentive while taking our drink orders. After that, we never saw him again. We were left sitting there well over an hour after we had finished our food. I had to ask 3 different people for our check before someone finally brought it. Tables on either side of us cycled through 2 parties each before we were able to pay our bill and leave. The food was good as always, but it did not make up for the lousy service.
Not sure I will be back.
This Asian fusion restaurant had excelle ...
This Asian fusion restaurant had excellent food, service, ambiance and was well or the the price. The waitstaff were careful and tried to give us a great experience. the food was creative as well as delicious. The cocktail I ordered (Snow white) was very good. We ordered the braised beef, the eggplant, green tea salad and rice. The portions are larger than typical small plates and we did not finish our food. We took home the rest and they wrapped it carefully to avoid mixing things that should be kept separate. Overall it is a lovely restaurant and we will definitely be back.
I'd go back in Minute. Simplicity and fr ...
I'd go back in Minute. Simplicity and friendliness of place and staff really appealed to my wife and me. The noodles were delicious! Small scale menus equals food well cooked in a homy atsmosphere. Glad this noodle house is in the neighborhood.
Best Brussels sprouts ever (if you like ...
Best Brussels sprouts ever (if you like and eat salt pork). Our other favorites are: tuna tartare (with extra won ton chips to scoop up all the sauce), eggplant, basa fish, and garlic noodles. I've eaten here three or four times now and never have I had a dish I didn't love.
I had a Ms Grant cocktail and loved the sourness with a hint of sweet. Two of us ordered the Osmanthus cocktail and didn't like it. The server took both of our bill and promptly offered to replace them with another cocktail.
We love this restaurant!!!!!
Came here to formally ask my best friend ...
Came here to formally ask my best friends to be my bridesmaids. The waitress was amazing! Really attentive nice and really knew her menu.
Now the reason for my 3 star rating is the manager or supervisor whoever her role is was there first brought the wrong type of chicken wings to our table and then visibly got mad because she made the mistake and stormed off like my 3 year old.
Secondly we were a small group only 5 of us and my 9 month old daughter. Because of this we asked if they could split the tab amongst us and we calculated tip. Well according to the manager or whoever the red haired lady was it wasn't enough tip and she made it perfectly clear she wasn't sure why we were tipping like that. We were still chatting and could hear her perfectly throwing another tempertantrum.
Well to make a long story short. We won't be coming here again. The food was delicious but the red haired staff member ruined my bridal luncheon with her unprofessional behavior.
My friend and I like to try new restaura ...
My friend and I like to try new restaurants for little dining adventures. The web site looked intriguing so we made lunch reservations. We didn't need them, the place was practically empty. We each ordered an item from the lunch menu. The plates were lackluster...each dominated with a huge serving of white rice, seasoned with a few dozen small hot peppers. There was nothing special or appealing although since we were still hungry the dessert we ordered ( dark brown flan) though very sweet was satisfying.
Acoustics is horrible despite the high ceiling. Our server was really inexperienced despite eager to please; she needed to familiarize herself with the simple menu. The tab could be very high if you pile up on the small plates. We paid over $190 for two for (plenty of) food and drinks.
The food was fun , unique. The staff was ...
The food was fun , unique. The staff was right on point!! Good Job! Enjoyed the flavors of the Basa fish with the smoked trout rice. The salmon with purple yams and bright yellow mild curry sauce was a colorful treat for the eyes and pleasing to the pallite
Wonderful in every way.
Food was spot on - unique and delicious. Noodle bowl with ground pork sauce, cilantro, cucumber, etc.; braised short ribs with kabocha squash and savory jus/sauce; honey ginger chicken wings - perfectly crispy and not too sweet ( a real feat!)..all dishes were perfect. Staff was lovely, helpful....decor simple but inviting.
Loved the garlic noodles, honey glazed c ...
Loved the garlic noodles, honey glazed chicken, coconut prawns. Snow White drink a bit bland. Not as into the trout fried rice as others. The tea salad was not as good as Burma Superstar's. Portions were good size- others have noted that they were small. There were 3 of us and we ordered 5 dishes which was more than enough.
Easy to get reservations on a Thursday night. Had the green beans, trout rice, prawns, and brussels sprouts. Four options were just about the right amount of food for the two of us. All was prepared nicely and were delicious. Wait staff was professional and gave good recommendations and checked on us frequently. We'll definitely go back again.
interesting flavors, friendly service
I'm surprised to hear people complain about the service! We thought everyone at the restaurant was cordial and friendly and did their jobs admirably. Most of the food was wonderful -- well prepared, very tasty and nicely presented. The garlic noodles are to die for. The only two real disappointments were the ma po tofu and the chocolate tart. The tofu dish is something we've ordered many places, and this one was just, well, off. (Was that paprika in the sauce? Very odd). And the chocolate tart is just plain mediocre. With so many fabulous chocolate recipes in the world, it's hard to fathom how they missed on this. But Osmanthus is a place we'll definitely go again; we'll just stay away from those two items!
Although they offer an eclectic menu and the ambiance is ideal, the food and service fall well below the price point. We waited for 15-20 minutes too be greeted by our waitress only to have her return five minutes later and have us repeat our order as she forget. She blamed the hectic Valentine's Day for her mistake although there were many open tables during the time we dined. She later served us food we did not order and again blamed Valentine's Day. The food was underwhelming so I ordered a Manhattan hoping for some bright light to this dining misadventure and that too was forgotten. I only received the drink by flagging down another waitress ten minutes later. The Manhattan was good; the food, the service, and the bill was not.
We had been here when they first opened and were not impressed, but decided to give it another chance. The food reviews seemed to have improved even though the service reviews were still not very good. We were expecting that the servers would be untrained and that was definitely the case. We had no more than two sips of our cocktails when they brought the first of the food. Based on what other reviewers had liked, we ordered the basil eggplant, mouthwatering chicken, and garlic noodles. The chicken was so salty my husband who usually finishes all the platters, couldn't eat the last of it. The eggplant was overcooked to mush and swimming in a big puddle of oil. That was also true of the garlic noodles. Maybe there are better things to order but we won't be back. There are too many great Asian restaurants in the Bay Area to give them a chance for a third strike out.
Good food. Bad Attitude
When we arrived and claimed our reservation the hostess insisted we sit at a table by the bar, even though there were several tables open that were farther from the bar area. We asked if we could be moved to another table and were told several times that was not possible and that the owner did not allow tables to be changed once they were reassigned. I can't recall ever being in a restaurant before that refused to change a table. But the food was good!
Craving Asian in a cozy atmosphere
Great place when you want an intimate dinner with upscale service but not the heaviness of Western food, which for me often is craving Asian without the cacophony. Palate is very familiar to one having an ethnic background, so while the finishing touches are a delight, the cuisine may not be so far out-of-this-world to justify the price for regular dining. What makes it worth the special occasion is ordering a fun cocktail concoction to round out an overall romantic night-out.
Second time around is better than the first
I have been to Osmanthus twice now, and tried different dishes each time.
Nothing I had either visit disappointed.
If anything, on my second, the servings seemed a bit larger, but that is hard to be objective about.
Drinks and wines are well chosen. Veggie options are a bit limited, but are doable.
The main strength of this establishment, to my mind, is the totally different take the chef has on Asian/Fusion cuisine. Nothing I've eaten there is any way similar to anything at other eateries in the east Bay, and it's all well made. Experimentation is rewarded, and the dining experience is so much the better for the excitement of discovering a new flavor.
A must have is the salad with fermented ...
A must have is the salad with fermented tea leaves- it is amazing!! The flavor of all the ingredients are out of this world! Brussels sprout with the siracha sauce are delicious. Enjoyed the ribs and the curry eggplant. Service is outstanding!! They explain what each dish has. Will definitively come back!
Good food. Service needs help.
Our server, though very nice, needs more training. We had our food before she brought our wine. After bringing it, we never saw her again. We had to flag another server to order an additional dish. The food was very good but the portion size could be a little more generous.
Good for sharing: big groups or romantic setting
the dishes were quite tasty, and easy to share and pass around a large table OR if you're with your honey and would like to eat the same things. If you like to order your own stuff and not share, it's not the place for you.
I gave a low rating for service since the servers don't keep up with busing tables. We had piles of empty dishes, and had to ask them to clear us since they didn't ever offer to. Also - our drinks took forever. In fact, we almost were ready to leave before our second round showed up.
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