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The 10 Best American Restaurants In Oakland

Updated: October 6, 2021

Hankering for a hamburger or a tasty hot dog? These are the best Oakland restaurants for American cuisine. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. So if you have decided on some deep dish pizza or BBQ as your next meal try one of the Oakland eateries below.

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Commis

American, $$$$, Piedmont AvenueAmerican, $$$$Oakland, Piedmont Avenue
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
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Chop Bar

American, $$, Produce & WaterfrontAmerican, $$Oakland, Produce & Waterfront
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
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Grand Lake Kitchen - Dimond

American, $$, Upper DimondAmerican, $$Oakland, Upper Dimond
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
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Marica

New American, $$$, ShafterNew American, $$$Oakland, Shafter
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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World Famous Hotboys

American, $$, DowntownAmerican, $$Oakland, Downtown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Grand Lake Kitchen - Lake Merritt

American, $$, Adams PointAmerican, $$Oakland, Adams Point
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
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Mua

American, $$, WaverlyAmerican, $$Oakland, Waverly
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
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Brenda's Oakland

American, $$, TemescalAmerican, $$Oakland, Temescal
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
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Kitava - at Buck Wild

New American, Produce & WaterfrontNew AmericanOakland, Produce & Waterfront
Google: 5.0
Yelp: 4.5

Masabaga

American, DowntownAmericanOakland, Downtown
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

What gets a restaurant into the top 10?

Figuring out the best American restaurants can take awhile. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 3104661 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 28808 restaurants, and 1901 lists and articles from top sources like Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life, Visit Oakland and Eater. Yes, we even looked at Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - Top Sunday Brunch Spots in SF's East Bay, Visit Oakland - Best Brunch Spots In Oakland and Eater - The Hottest Restaurants in the East Bay Right Now to pull this list together. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Drink pairing tips

  • Margarita and grilled burger


    When enjoying grilled burger, it’s suggested you pair it with a glass of sweetMargarita, a cocktail that balances the spice and salt of the burger

  • Pair heavy meat dish with Vieux Carre

    To elevate your heavy meat dish experience, we recommend some Vieux Carre to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this cocktail cuts through the heaviness of the dish.

  • The best drink pairing for fried chicken

    Finding the ideal drink pairing for fried chicken can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some cocktail, particularly a glass of Kentucky 75. This, vibrant, cocktail balances the fatty fried chicken.

Interesting facts

  • July = American festival

    Pittsburgh, The United States is the proud home of the annual Picklesburgh Festival, held every July to celebrate everything that is good about American.


  • The origin of chocolate chip cookies

    Ruth Graves Wakefield is widely recognized as the first person to ever make the now-famous chocolate chip cookies.

Parking in the area

Getting a good parking spot in Oakland can be tough, and it’s worse if you’re hungry. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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