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    Feast Your Way Through the East Bay During Oakland Restaurant Week 2023

    Visit Oakland has announced the return of its popular Oakland Restaurant Week (ORW), which this year will take place March 16 to March 26. Featuring specially-designed dining experiences, great deals, and a range of options from Michelin-starred restaurants to food trucks to newly opened eateries—it will be 10 days of lunch and dinner specials, and infinite possibilities of deliciousness.

    Diners are invited to support local restaurants, many of which are owned and operated by members of our LGBTQ community and people of color. The San Francisco Bay Times is proud to serve as a media partner, particularly during a year when numerous small businesses are striving to stay afloat and financially recover after the tremendous challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the restaurant sector hard.

    Here in the Bay Area, we have also experienced an unusually wet and inclement winter. A lot of us have been staying home more and ordering takeout or delivery as a result. With spring starting on March 20, though, the days continue to grow longer, helping to fuel pent up desire to enjoy a meal out with friends, family, and colleagues. It seems like this year’s ORW could not be coming at a better time.

    Launched in 2010, ORW is an annual dining promotion presented by Visit Oakland, a nonprofit organization marketing Oakland, California, as a travel destination. The 10-day celebration highlights the flavors of Oakland and is designed to support local establishments, enticing diners with menu offerings and experiences made available only during ORW.

    “Oakland Restaurant Week is about celebrating our diverse collection of restaurants and the talented chefs that give our culinary scene its vibrancy,” said Peter Gamez, President & CEO of Visit Oakland. “With more than 100 restaurants participating, it’s a great opportunity to come to Oakland and stay for a day or two. There is so much to see and do in Oakland and we look forward to welcoming everyone to The Town.” 

    ORW is offered at no cost for any and all Oakland restaurants to participate. Participating restaurants create new and unique offerings from family-style dinners, special menu items, prix fixe menus, ingredient-driven tastings, and more. It’s an invitation for the community, locals, and visitors alike to eat, drink, and repeat!

    The community and fabric of Oakland are made up of culturally-distinct neighborhoods, inspiring an incredibly creative food scene of unexpected pairings and fusion-style flavors. Favorite foodie hot-spots include Jack London Square, Temescal, Uptown, and Fruitvale, to name just a few.

    All Oakland Restaurant Week participants will feature lunch and/or dinner menus at six different price points:

    • Lunch: $15, $25, $35 
    • Dinner: $35, $45, $65

    As of this writing, the ORW participants include:

    À Côté
    ABURAYA Japanese Fried Chicken
    ACRE Kitchen & Bar
    Agave Uptown
    Asmara Restaurant
    Bar César
    Barcote Ethiopian Restaurant
    Bardo Lounge & Supper Club
    Beauty’s Bagel Shop
    Bellanico Restaurant & Wine Bar
    Bird & Buffalo
    Brotzeit Lokal
    Buck Wild Brewing Co.
    Burma Superstar
    Cactus Taqueria
    Café Colucci
    Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Bar
    Chef Smelly at AU Lounge
    Chop Bar
    CoCo Noir Wine Shop
    Communitē Table
    Daughter Thai
    District Oakland
    Earheart’s Tavern at Hilton Oakland Airport
    El Huarache Azteca
    El Malecon
    Ethnic Ties
    Graffiti Pizza
    Grand Lake Kitchen – Dimond
    Grand Lake Kitchen – Lake Merritt
    Grand Lake Social Club
    Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
    High 5IVE
    Home of the Chicken and Waffles
    Horn BBQ
    Hornitos Cafe
    Ikaros Greek Restaurant
    Iron & Oak Restaurant and Bar
    Italian Colors Restaurant
    Jo’s Modern Thai
    Jollof Kitchen
    Kitchen Story
    La Frontera Mexican Restaurant
    La Mexicana Restaurant
    Left Bank
    Lion Dance Cafe
    Los Cocos Salvadoran Restaurant
    MAMA Oakland
    Mela Ethiopian Bistro
    Nido’s Backyard
    Noka Ramen and Bar
    Odin Mezcalería
    Oeste Bar and Cafe
    Otaez Mexican Restaurant
    Otto’s Uptown Kitchen
    Parras Restaurant
    Perle Fine Wines & Cocktails
    Persian Nights Restaurant
    Petit Cafe
    PinToh Thai Street Food
    RBG Grill
    Saucy Oakland
    Seabreeze on the Dock
    Smokin Woods BBQ
    Sobre Mesa
    Sovula’s Kitchen – Taste of Sierra Leone
    Spinning Dough
    Square Pie Guys
    Taava Kitchen
    Taquería El Paisa
    Taqueria El Tio Juan
    Taqueria La Gran Chiquita
    Taqueria Reynoso
    The Cook and Her Farmer
    The Melt
    Town Fare Café
    Vegan Mob
    Wahpepah’s Kitchen

    Some of the restaurants have already posted the specials that they will be offering, so we encourage you to check out the ORW website to see them and for updates:

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    Published on March 9, 2023