Clarion Hotel Downtown Oakland City Center
371 13th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 279-1700
Fax: (510) 279-1701
In a world filled with carnivores, Golden Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant stands out. Featuring vegetarian versions of chicken, beef, fish, shrimp and more, Golden Lotus is one vegetarian Vietnamese (and Chinese) restaurant that local veggies and carnivores alike swear by. Especially amazing are the "chicken" drumsticks, and the vegetarian pho. Golden Lotus aside from not using meat, also does not use eggs in any of their dishes, however not all dishes are Vegan. There is, however, a fair amount of vegan selections also.
Being in the Bay Area, its hard not to miss the abundance of Asian cuisine that surrounds you. From the melting pot that is Oakland, Ba Vo stands out from the rest with its competitive prices and its wide range of Vietnamese cuisine. With items such as the ever-popular Imperial Rolls, marinated Lemon Chicken, and Pan fried snapper, it will be close to impossible to find something you won't enjoy. If you're in the mood for a drink, authentic items such as the Jackfruit Smoothie and Vietnamese Coffee are sure to win you over.
Karibbean City is a popular Caribbean restaurant and bar that is not only visited by the local community but also those who love to explore regional food. From starters to the main course, from drinks to desserts, every dish featured on the platter pampers your palate with its distinct taste and flavor. The bar on-site features a plethora of events including DJ sessions, theme parties and live musicals. Concerts taking place at the bar include performances by popular Caribbean artists/bands. If you wish to transpose yourself to the Caribbean plane, then a visit to the Karibbean City is highly recommended. Call ahead to know more.
As the name would imply, Nature Vegetarian Restaurant specializes in vegetarian cuisine. More specifically, the cuisine is Chinese vegetarian, and Buddhist/vegan-friendly to boot! The sesame "chicken" is a big favorite, as are the various dim sum options. The $6.50 lunch special is popular and comes with tea, brown rice, an egg roll and your entree.
Abura-Ya is a Japanese style restaurant that located in downtown Oakland. (In Japanese, Abura-Ya means "oil shop".) It serves authentic Japanese dishes such as teriyaki, onigiri and Japanese BBQ. Boneless, skinless and non-greasy fried chicken is Abura - ya's signature dish, and is highly recommended.
This lunch cafe in Chinatown is a particular favorite of vegetarians and vegans as the whole cafe is specifically geared towards them. Not only is everything on the menu either vegetarian or vegan, but they even make their own vegetarian meatballs, turkey and bacon. All of the desserts at Breakroom are completely vegan. The real favorites here are their different sandwiches, but they are all loved equally by faithful regulars, so you can't go wrong. Meat-eaters need not be wary, they won't even miss it at all.
This highly popular Oakland-based food tricks slings one of the best burgers around. With accolades from Oakland Magazine, East Bay Express, Zagat, and Grub Street, Fivetenburger features a menu that is small but executed well. Order the Loaded Burger, which comes with cheese and the standard toppings; for an extra $1.75 top with bacon and a fried egg, or upgrade to a 100% grass-fed patty. Fivetenburger travels to several Bay Area locations. Follow Fivetenburger on Twitter to see where they're headed next.
Fresh fish at low prices seems to be the motto at Ichiro. Unlike most Japanese restaurants, the portions here are very generous. Try the massive Titanic Roll - you definitely won't leave hungry. It comes stuffed with shrimp tempura and topped with tuna, salmon, spicy crab masafo and green onion. Don't forget to order a glass of sake to pair with your meal; the restaurant has a large selection to choose from. Ichiro is a popular spot for takeout as well, especially since the restaurant is so small.
Shan Dong Restaurant located in Oakland's Chinatown specializes in Mandarin cuisine. Especially popular are the fresh, homemade dumplings, pancakes and rolls, as well as their tasty hand-made noodle dishes. Try the special Shan Dong dumplings or the always delicious sesame noodles. Shan Dong also offers an extremely affordable lunch special, all lunch entrees served with rice. If you live nearby, they offer free delivery for dinner within one and a half miles.
Cam Huong is locally renowned for having incredible food. You will only hear raves about the Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwiches), which are made of meat on a french bread roll with pickled daikon and carrots, cucumber, cilantro and dressing, for a price that won't even begin to dent your wallet. In fact everything on the menu is budget friendly, as well as rich and tasty in all kinds of good ways.
A Hong Kong style banquet hall that is well known for its dim sum, shark fin soup, whole suckling pig, crispy duck, and live seafood. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner.
The menu at this restaurant includes baja quesadillas, roasted veggie sandwich, New York steak, and fresh fish. They are open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.