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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.
Oakland, CA 94607
Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 4:00pm - Close
Saturday: 5:00pm - Close
Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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
We came here in the late afternoon after a local concert and were blown away by the delicious dishes. Everything was tasty and inventive. We like small dishes. Among the ones we got were fennel salad, Brussels sprouts, beef sliders, lamb meat balls.
We ordered the house wine (1 white and 1 red) but were good.
We came in around 6pm on a Saturday evening and the place was mellow. It's a good space and I imagine that it's jumping later in the evening!
Wonderful, lively, eclectically diverse restaurant with a gorgeous bar, a FABULOUS wine/cocktail/beer selection, amazingly varied and comfortable seating, and delicious food. We were there during brunch, so it was a bit over-the-top regarding noise levels (LOTS of very happy people!), but the loud environment wouldn't deter us from going back for more delicious food & drink...see you again soon, District!!!
District was great as always. It is our go to restaurant before the warriors games. They have a big screen tv for the nights that the Dubs are on the road. The craft cocktails are always good but the bar can get busy so order two when you first get there so you don't have to wait for your second drink! All the food is consistent, but the pizza is the Best. The crust can't be beat. My wife is a pizza afficianado and this is her favorite pizza place-note: we have had pizza all over the bay area and this pizza is the Best. Sliders are delicious. This is a fun place if you go with a group and like to share food. Go enjoy, love the atmosphere!
There seemed to be some conflict with whether District is a bar with a restaurant or a restaurant with a bar. There was no dining room, the 2 top that we were at was wobbly and we were surrounded by bar patrons. There was a extremely long wait for drinks, the food was mediocre at best and we left after 2 small plates.
this is a bar not a restaurant.
Brunch was fun although they should've pre-planned for a larger than usual Sunday brunch crowd given it was the day before a holiday. Brunch is served buffet style and there was never a time when all of the food was available at one time (with over 1 hour prior to the end of brunch). WHO RUNS OUT OF BACON???? Uggggh. Both times that I went for a plate, I was left scraping for the left overs. The food is really good by the way. What made it tolerable is that the host doesn't mind pitching in and he made sure our table had plenty of mimosas (which always makes everything alright), and he does it with a smile. Our actual server....not so much. She was probably overwhelmed, but after seating us, she only stopped by our table to say that brunch was almost over (last call), and to drop off/pick up the check. All in all though, it's a fun spot and I'll definitely be back.
The food was good, but the restaurant was slammed, and so our server was overwhelmed, and didn't take our food order for over 30 minutes, then forgot a few second-round cocktails that were ordered. It wasn't her fault, but our service was lacking, and the restaurant was clearly short-handed.
I can't believe we haven't been here before. We loved the decor, ambience, service, etc. Specifically, we had many of the dishes and all were wonderful - ceviche, grilled avocado, lamb meatballs, very best potato fries, bread, burrata, tuna poke, wine cocktails, mocktails, sparkling water - ALL STELLAR. Our waitperson was delightful. We eat out a lot in our neighborhood (Grand Lake), but I'm ready to go back to District every night.
A group of friends wanted to experience a new place for restaurant week in Oakland. The scene was vibrant and energetic - a good place to hang out and have a cocktail. Not sure if it was the food that was offered for restaurant week or that was the consistency of the food on the norm. The beets in my salad were under done - al dente beets are not a good thing. The pork loin was overdone - dry. The sauce was alright but did not make up for the dry pork loin. Pot de creme is suppose to be firm, silky and custard-like in texture - theirs was runny, almost like melted ice cream. We were not impressed. I was not turned off by anything, and might be willing to give them another chance. However, there are so many other places in Oakland to try, it might be a long time before we get around to giving District another go around. I'm on the fence for recommending this place. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great at the same time. I guess that's what restaurant week is all about - being able to try new places without breaking the bank.
We made a reservation on a Monday night for Oakland Restaurant week. We waited at the door for at least 5 minutes. The server appeared to be the only one on the floor, and busy, so we can't blame her. A busser came up to help us find a table. We sat for at least 10 minutes until I went to the bar to get a menu. After another 10 minutes of no attention, water, word or anything, we left.
Great food every time I go there. This time, I discovered the bread pudding. I like bread putting, but typically I view it as another meal after the main meal, so I don't order it very often. But my friends insisted, and the portion was quite large. Amazingly, it was very light, not heavy, and extremely delicious. We ate the whole thing. And I did not feel over-stuff by it. The chefs grand charcuterie is a real delight, Great to split with friends. We loved the brussels sprouts, and the stuffed mission figs were fantastic. We did the happy hour half dozen oysters, and they were fresh, cold and delicious. You really can't beat this place. And the drinks were excellent too.
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 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.
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!
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