The Scoop

The Scoop is your resource for all the latest and greatest events, restaurant and bar openings and retail news happening in Downtown Oakland! Explore the features and categories below to get local insights about the best places to eat in Downtown Oakland, best venues to enjoy live entertainment, Oakland’s hottest retail shopping, live music, and more! To truly experience Downtown Oakland in all of its authentic glory, you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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Events

From First Friday street fairs to summer music festivals, from pop-up restaurants to the hottest nightlife performances, Downtown Oakland offers events for all occasions! There are so many great things to do in Oakland, the hardest part is just choosing which events to check out! Click on the events below to learn more and don’t miss out on our Happenings page for a more comprehensive listing of events!

Flyaway Productions presents: The Right To
The Lot 1100 Broadway October 6 & 7, 2017, shows at 8pm & 9pm Apparatus-based dance in a vacant lot
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Art&Soul Oakland 2017
Insider Guide to Making the Most
Art & Soul is this weekend showcasing Goapele, Los Rakas, neosoul artist Angie Stone, and other amazing artists, vendors, food,
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Kev Choice
3rd Thursdays at Latham Square 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017 5pm-8pm Come out, kick back and enjoy the beautiful outdoor space, local Oakland talent, Off the
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PIC 217 Photo Contest
PIC Oakland 2017 Photo Contest
PIC Oakland Photo Contest 2017 is a month-long event accepting photo submissions of anything Oakland from local amateur and professional
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The BOX Layover Oakland DJ Kimani
The Layover: The BOX featuring DJ
All your favorite MUSIC VIDEOS from the 80's, 90's and choice 2000's presented to you on the big screen by
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Foodies vs Chefs Steel Rail Jan 27, 2017
Foodies vs Chefs a Steel Rail
Make your reservation for this one of a kind event! Steel Rail has teamed up with Eat Play Events &
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Oakland Ballet Nutcracker
Oakland Ballet – The Nutcracker
Oakland Ballet Company's spritely and colorful version of The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition that is fun for the entire
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Off the Rails Jack London Square Oakland
Off the Rails at Steel Rail
Make your reservation for this one of a kind event! Steel Rail has teamed up with Eat Play Events &
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Uptown Farmers Market
Uptown Farmer’s Market Ordway
Farmer's market featuring locally grown organic produce, fresh baked goods, and a variety of lunch options.
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Real Future Oakland Museum
Real Future Fair November 15, 2016
The Real Future Fair is a day full of creative conversations about how technology is changing our lives.
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Dining

Oakland is buzzing with energy from a thriving restaurant and Café scene, so much so that it’s almost impossible to decide where to go – almost! Going local is important to Oaklanders, so it’s no surprise that the newest restaurant on the scene, LocoL, is a huge success. Quick, wholesome food and community empowerment are served here along with breakfast, lunch and dinner – try the chicken nugs and a green juice! For some afternoon coffee head over to Hive Oakland, a beautifully renovated former auto dealership that is now a shopping, gathering, working and living space and the home of the Red Bay Coffee Box. Order some locally roasted coffee from the stylishly converted shipping container and support this crowdfunded project that puts profits back into the pockets of its employees. That’s how Oakland rolls. When it’s dinner you’re looking for, there are some serious choices to make – a fine dining experience like the art deco elegance of Flora or Belly for casual California-Korean fusion? Maybe some tasty vegan eats like gluten-free cauliflower tacos at Hella Vegan Eats? Whatever you have a taste for, downtown Oakland has endless dining options to choose from.

Be sure to check out out our business directory for a comprehensive listing of the best places to eat in Downtown Oakland, from Uptown to Jack London Square.

Max's Diner & Bar Oakland City Center
Max’s Diner & Bar Oakland City
Max's Diner & Bar is a cornerstone in the Oakland City Center, recognized for its outstanding Classic American cuisine.
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Octopus Literary Salon Oakland
The Octopus Literary Salon Oakland
The Octopus Literary Salon is a café/bookstore/performance space supporting local musicians, writers, and performers.
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NomNom
NomNom is an online community designed to help you discover handcrafted meals from local startup food-makers. All of our meals
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Red Bay Coffee Grand Opening
Red Bay Coffee is a wholesale specialty coffee roasting company based in Oakland, California. We serve Beautiful Coffee to the
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James and the Giant Cupcake
We offer gourmet cupcakes (minis, full size, and giant), baby cakes, and cakes for walk-in or custom order. We change
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ITANI RAMEN
Itani Ramen is the expression of Japanese ramen culture now open in Oakland.
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Downtown Wine Merchants
We are a Wine Bar & Retail Shop specializing in European & Domestic small producers, practicing as natural and hands
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Farley's East
Farley’s East
Farley’s is a family owned and operated, community oriented café, offering an inviting casual social environment. Local organic sustainable ingredients
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Spice Monkey
Spice Monkey
Spice Monkey Restaurant & Bar is one of the most unique restaurants in downtown Oakland. They created handcrafted spice-blends and
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Punchdown Oakland
The Punchdown Wine Bar and Bottle
The Punchdown is a natural wine bar and kitchen with a temperature controlled retail wine shop in Oakland.
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food truck
Food Truck Pod at Snow Park
The Food Truck Pod hosts 2-3 rotating food trucks based in the Bay Area every Wednesday from 11am-2pm.
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Haven Oakland kitchen dining in Downtown Oakland
Haven
Haven's dining room offers a family-style menu that changes every night. Sunday through Thursday the menu is three courses for
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Qulture Collective
Part cafe, retail shop, gallery, and shared workspace, Qulture Collective is an inclusive space with multiple businesses operating together under
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food and drink tours at Dogwood in Downtown Oakland
Edible Excursions Uptown Food & Drinks
Uptown’s best restaurants, cafes, and bars in this arts-oriented district have helped the area earn its acclaim as “America’s Best
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Oakflakes
Flakes are a delightful and healthy frozen dessert that tastes like fresh fruit with the texture of real snow. We
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Sweet Bar Bakery
Sweet Bar is a bakery ~ café that opens with both sweet and savory in the morning.  Coffee of course,
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Bissap Baobab
Since the opening of our first restaurant in San Francisco in 1997, Bissap Baobab has promoted a community embracing environment,
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Tamarindo bartender - Dining and nightlife in Downtown Oakland
Tamarindo
We offer traditional Mexican cuisine that represents the different states of Mexico with flavors from street food to classic cultural
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Chris Pastena
Calavera, Lungomare and Chop Bar
Our newest restaurant, Calavera, will be offering regional Mexican food, utilizing the great ingredients of the Bay Area. We will
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Woods Bar and Brewery, craft beer in Downtown Oakland
Woods Bar and Brewery
Woods Beer Co. is a small brewing company with locations in San Francisco and Oakland. We make adventurous beers for
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Eating Liba Falafel salad in Downtown Oakland
Liba Falafel
Liba Falafel features a Falafel Bar with 20 salads, sauces, and pickles that customers use to dress their meal, highlighting
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