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The 10 Best Soul Food Restaurants Near Oakland

Updated: October 6, 2021

Craving some Southern comfort food? These are our favourite soul food restaurants in Oakland. We analyzed the top restaurant review sites and leading food blogs for the best soul food spots in Oakland. So if you're after the best sweet potato pie, fried catfish and grits visit any of these amazing venues.

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Brown Sugar Kitchen

American, $$, OaklandAmerican, $$Oakland, Northgate
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5
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Lois the Pie Queen

American, $$, OaklandAmerican, $$Oakland, Santa Fe
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Home of Chicken and Waffles

American, $$, OaklandAmerican, $$Oakland, Produce & Waterfront
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5
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Souley Vegan

American, $$, OaklandAmerican, $$Oakland, Produce & Waterfront
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Vegan Mob

American, $$, OaklandAmerican, $$Oakland, Lakeshore
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
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Dixon's

$, Oakland$Oakland, Highland
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

DeVaughn's Cajun Kitchen

American, $14 avg. main dish, OaklandAmerican, $14 avg. main dishOakland, Havenscourt
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken

American, $$, OaklandAmerican, $$Oakland, Redwood Heights
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.0

J J Fish and Chicken

$$, Oakland$$Oakland, Fitchburg
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Lola's Chicken Shack

American, $, AlamedaAmerican, $Alameda, Central
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

How does it work?

We know how tough it is to find the best restaurant in Oakland. We analyzed 28808 Oakland restaurants on Yelp and Google, 3104661 Oakland restaurant reviews, and 1901 lists and articles – looking closely at what Eater and Infatuation had to say – and applied our boam magic. The restaurants you see have been featured in Eater - The Hottest Restaurants in the East Bay Right Now, Infatuation - San Francisco’s New Restaurant Openings and Eater - Where to Eat and Drink Near Jack London Square. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their available services, so you can stay safe on your terms. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

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