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
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Osmanthus Ratings and Reviews
Here's my issue with Osmanthus: While th ...
Here's my issue with Osmanthus: While the food was very good and the ambiance nice they did something that is pretty unforgivable. There were four of us. We ordered drinks. My husband and I had Grey Goose on the rocks. When we ordered a second round I switched to wine and my husband ordered another Grey Goose. What came was NOT Grey Goose. Since we were with friends who had just dropped their son of at Cal he chose not to make an issue. Of course, it was billed as GG.
So, while I enjoyed our meal and would have gone back there many times more, I will never go there again. To save pennies they lost a customer.
Neighborhood gem! The honey glazed chick ...
Neighborhood gem! The honey glazed chicken wings are to die for, and I don't even care all that much for wings typically. The green tea salad and tuna tartar are other standouts. Friendly staff with great bar service and cocktails.
Food was good but several sauces were th ...
Food was good but several sauces were the same, such as that on the salmon and the prawns. Only white rice is offered, when brown and black/ forbidden rice would be so much more interesting. Service was slow and spotty and very understaffed on evening we were there.
The tea leaf salad was superb. Smoked Tr ...
The tea leaf salad was superb.
Smoked Trout Fried rice delicious.
Women's WC was out of order.
They let us linger long - didn't rush us
At first it was a little noisy, but as other diners left it was great.
They have ceiling fans - and if you sit directly under them, there is a strobe effect from the light behind the fan. They accommodated us by letting us switch tables.
Popular, and with a hip feel. Fusion in ...
Popular, and with a hip feel. Fusion in that the food did not have much personality overall (and not that much dish by dish either). But it tasted pretty good--deep-fried ribs maybe the best, string beans were fine.
We still sorely miss Nan Yang, the Burme ...
We still sorely miss Nan Yang, the Burmese restaurant that used to be on this site, but Osmanthus is a worthy successor. Tables are set up in booths for parties of 1-4 mainly, so a larger group would be a little difficult to sit. Pan Asian cuisine has something for most every taste, though they have nor yet responded to requests for brown rice on menu. Drinks/cocktils are fairly good, too.
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!
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