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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Osmanthus Ratings and Reviews
Good crowd on a Sunday night. We ordere ...
Good crowd on a Sunday night. We ordered 4 dishes, and waiter asked if we had a certain order in mind, or whether we would take them however they came out of the kitchen. We said we'll take them in whatever order. Turns out they all showed up on the table within 2 minutes of each other. While that was OK for us, if you're looking for a more leisurely dining pace (we were out of there in under an hour), you need to stipulate that. Sake selection was limited but good. Eggplant, prawn rice and Basa fish were all quite good; dry cooked green beans OK.
Good for a quick dinner in the area - not a destination spot.
The food at this Asian fusion spot, form ...
The food at this Asian fusion spot, former home of Nan Yang, is OK, some dishes good, but many of the sauces are exceptionally heavy and/or overly sweet. We were also surprised, given their Oakland/Berkeley location, that they only offer plain white rice, which isn't even mentioned on the menu. When we arrived, our service was slow, and proceeded to get even slower as the evening went on. The only thing they were prompt on was bringing the food out. But it was almost impossible to get the wait staff's attention, for things like water or dessert, clearing the table, and getting the bill. Oh yes, they were attentive when it came to picking up the credit card!
Many of our out of town guests request ...
Many of our out of town guests request we eat at Osmanthus when they come to visit. It's our family favorite in the neighborhood. The food is ALWAYS spot on and when I get a craving, I love that I can satisfy it by going to Osmanthus at lunch or dinner! Osmanthus is great for a lunch out with a friend when you want to catch up since it's usually quieter at lunch versus dinner and it's easier to get a table!!! Great spot for excellent food and creative cocktails.
It's a great lunch spot, not overly busy ...
It's a great lunch spot, not overly busy so it's not difficult to get a table (more crowded at dinner). So much flavor! Great menu, choices for vegetarian and meat eaters alike. Tea leaf salad is superb. The bench seating against the wall has odd built-in dividers so the seating feels strange for a large party. But the good food definitely outweighs the inconvenience of not being able to cozy up to your companion beside you.
I have eaten at Osmanthus at least a hal ...
I have eaten at Osmanthus at least a half dozen times, and it has been very consistent for the most part. The stand out dishes include the hamachi, flat-iron, mouth-watering chicken, Brussels sprouts, eggplant, and smoked trout fried rice. On this last visit they were out of the hamachi so we had the tuna tartar. This was a big disappointment because instead of the tuna being diced into little raw cubes like it used to be, it was minced up into a past-like consistency with bits of stringy tuna tendon. The mouth-watering chicken was not nearly as spicy hot as it once was, but it was still good. The flat iron steak was in very short supply in this mostly rocket salad, but I have to say it was very tasty just the same. The Brussels sprouts were deliciously addictive, as was the eggplant. We also ordered the mapo tofu and the kiang ton spareribs but I can't recommend either with great conviction.
The space isn't anything special, and if you are planing to order many dishes to share, as you should, try to get one of the larger 4 person booths, as the two person booths are a little cramped.
Osmanthus offers very unusual Asian dish ...
Osmanthus offers very unusual Asian dishes, such as salmon curry with purple yams and brussel sprouts with salt pork and honey-sriracha. The variety will satisfy any group trying to eat together with a range of dietary needs.
Not a pleasant experience. We ordered th ...
Not a pleasant experience. We ordered three dishes a few minutes after being seated and they brought one dish 20 minutes later, or second dish 25 minutes after that, and then an hour into being seated, we just asked for the check and our third dish cancelled. They didn't check on us once and we noticed that other guests seated after us received their food much quicker.
It has become a local personal favorite ...
It has become a local personal favorite for delicious Asian fusion and a delghtful cocktail. I'm fond of the chicken wings with the kick of red pepper, all the ribs, the dry cooked green beans. Actually after 5 visits, I've enjoyed every item. Order and share and enjoy.
Some of the meat dishes might benefit fr ...
Some of the meat dishes might benefit from a few vegetables thrown in. We asked and added green beans to the garlic noodles, which would have been very plain without them. That did make an $11 dish be $14. The chicken with szeshuan pepper corns was awesome. Will return for that and to try some other things.
And they might have been a bit understaffed, as service was slow.
Excellent food (as always) in a varied " ...
Excellent food (as always) in a varied "Asian" menu. The ambiance is pleasant. We've usually had dinner here -- lunch was just as good, but the service was slow, even though there were few guests. Probably understaffed. (By the way, Osmanthus is also an excellent source of food to go.)
Always delicious! My favorites: garlic n ...
Always delicious! My favorites: garlic noodles, prawns in coconut milk, brussels sprouts and plum manhattan! Just discovered the tea leaf salad which was very good. Honestly, I love everything that they have on their menu. Their staff is very friendly and I always look forward to my next trip to Osmanthus :)
Some of the food was awesome in presenta ...
Some of the food was awesome in presentation and taste. Hamachi appetizer and tea leaf salad were amazing. Other food was just ok as in the smoked trout fried rice and basa fish. The brussel sprouts sounded good but was way to sweet. Cocktails were also very good. You need to know what to order to make tastier choices.
I went with a friend for the third time, ...
I went with a friend for the third time, and I liked the food and the service! The waitress was super nice, and we both loved the honey chicken so we're definitely going back to get the chicken entree which was super satisfying. Looking forward to it!
Osmanthus was everything I wanted it to ...
Osmanthus was everything I wanted it to be and then some. With fruity, Oriental cocktails and delicious plates and sides perfect for sharing, Osmanthus was a great place to meet up with friends I haven't seen in months.
We LOVED our dinner at Osmanthus. I hadn ...
We LOVED our dinner at Osmanthus. I hadn't been there in a while, and was thrilled with the food and the service. We had 6 or 7 dishes, and every one of them was delicious! We especially enjoyed the Tea Leaf Salad, the Brussels Sprouts, the Salmon with Purple Yam and Curry, the Prawns with Coconut Milk and Curry and the Garlic noodles...really ALL winners! We will return very soon!
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.
Great neighborhood restaurant that serve ...
Great neighborhood restaurant that serves up better Chinese food than most Chinese restaurants here. It is any day go to place. Good drinks , excellent food. Tapas bar vibe.
Good for family or friends meeting or solo dinning. We went there when they just opened. It is still our go to place.
Lunch time done dishes could be off. Dinner time are mostly consistent.
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.
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