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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Pizza Place
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“Delicious thin crust pizza with other great options. You can either have dinner in the front, or hang out at the bar in the back. I believe they're also open for brunch. ”
  • 136 locals recommend
Cemetery
“I know it’s weird, but locals know this is a great place for amazing views, a quick run, catching July 4th fireworks, etc. Landscape design by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley’s master plan. Local treasure. Featured in Blindspotting. ”
  • 83 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“This place changed its name to Walnut & Oak recently, but it’s still the same great restaurant with the same menu (which changes a bit with the seasons). It’s very expensive! The dinner is amaaazing, make a reservation ahead of time or eat at the massive bar. I’ve also been for brunch twice and it’s meh (but you can usually get a table then without a reservation).”
  • 52 locals recommend
Garden
“If it's the season, you can follow your nose to the garden and stay for the vibrant colors. Easy walk and good, quite spot to do some reading or art work.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Some of the best pizza around. Try the deep dish cornmeal crust! Also, delicious gluten free crust.”
  • 36 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Hands down one of my favorite restaurants in Oakland. Small menu but everything is tasty. Cocktails are perfectly balanced. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
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“Fun local bar where people post up to sing karaoke with a live piano. I believe this place is only cash, FYI! ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Tiki Bar
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“Lively neighborhood bar within walking distance. This is our neighborhood go-to!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bookstore
“This surprisingly voluminous bookstore has thrived for more than 40 years. That's partly because the staff prides itself on really knowing its stock and being the original recommendation engine before Amazon ever existed. Located on Grand Avenue and surrounded by a variety of restaurants, you'll often find customers waiting for their tables browsing the aisles. The kid's section has a handmade feel and the rare book room is gorgeous and full of first editions and other treasures.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“quaint wine spot to sit outside during the day or early evening and take in the local scene”
  • 23 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Great place to find yourself Sunday mornings. Shop for fresh produce and other goodies while you listen to live music and enjoy all the shops and cafes in Montclair village.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Popular Japanese eatery serving classic and creative sushi rolls, traditional entrees and bento boxes.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Fun, festive atmosphere with excellent fresh food. Great cocktails and wine list.”
  • 12 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great local place to stop in and have a drink. There is a restaurant as well, but I enjoy it to have a beer and hang out with the locals.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“This fun gastropub has wonderful outdoor seating in the front on Grand Avenue and on the back patio. They specialize in rare wines and beers and American cuisine bursting with international flavors. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great local spot for breakfast and lunch. Sneaky outdoor seating area in the back. ”
  • 10 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pizza Place
“Delicious thin crust pizza with other great options. You can either have dinner in the front, or hang out at the bar in the back. I believe they're also open for brunch. ”
  • 136 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“This place changed its name to Walnut & Oak recently, but it’s still the same great restaurant with the same menu (which changes a bit with the seasons). It’s very expensive! The dinner is amaaazing, make a reservation ahead of time or eat at the massive bar. I’ve also been for brunch twice and it’s meh (but you can usually get a table then without a reservation).”
  • 52 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Some of the best pizza around. Try the deep dish cornmeal crust! Also, delicious gluten free crust.”
  • 36 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Hands down one of my favorite restaurants in Oakland. Small menu but everything is tasty. Cocktails are perfectly balanced. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
“Fun local bar where people post up to sing karaoke with a live piano. I believe this place is only cash, FYI! ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“Popular Japanese eatery serving classic and creative sushi rolls, traditional entrees and bento boxes.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Fun, festive atmosphere with excellent fresh food. Great cocktails and wine list.”
  • 12 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Great local place to stop in and have a drink. There is a restaurant as well, but I enjoy it to have a beer and hang out with the locals.”
  • 13 locals recommend

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