California – Mediterranean Food Oakland, CA
he best Mediterranean cuisine restaurants in the Oakland Bay Area. Oakland Mediterranean food restaurants are listed in order from distance from Executive Inn Oakland Hotel.
Bocanova • 1.7 mi
55 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607, (510) 444-1233
One of the first restaurants to land in the new Jack London Square last September, it is run by the chef Rick Hackett, one of those Chez Panisse alumni. Unlike MarketBar, Mr. Hackett’s Mediterranean restaurant in the recently revamped ferry building in San Francisco, Bocanova looks south. The menu, it turns out, was inspired by a family meal – the restaurant staff dinner shared before service – at MarketBar. A couple of staff members made dishes from their South American homelands; Mr. Hackett was impressed and Bocanova was born.
The long menu divides the tapas-sized dishes into sections based on kitchen provenance: the pantry, the raw bar, the fryer, the stoves, the ovens, the grill, the rotisserie. I ordered a glass of Argentine malbec from the mostly South American wine list and dug into the first plate that landed on my table: deviled eggs (one of the most popular dishes on the menu, according to my waiter) stacked high with Dungeness crab and topped with chipotle aioli, giving it a refreshing yet mildly spicy kick. Scallops from the Sea of Cortez followed, perfectly seared, wading in a shallow pool of rich, brown Brazilian curry. The sweet potato and chipotle gratin arrived last, offering a blend of subtle sweetness and bold smokiness.
Asena Restaurant • 1.9 mi
2508 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 521-4100
Asena features fresh, elegant Cal-Med cuisine and our menu changes every season. Our bread, soups, and most pastas are made by hand, everyday. Our wine list is one of the most comprehensive in the East Bay, and also changes seasonally. We are proud to offer a boutique bar, with many of our own specialty cocktails to compliment your dining experience. We hold annual “meet the winemaker” dinners (which sell out early) and have recently featured Kenwood, Flora Springs, and Alameda’s own Rosenblum Cellars. Serving lunch and dinner.
Verbena Restaurant • 2.2 mi
1111 Broadway, Oakland CA 94607; Tel. 510.465.9300
Located in the atrium of the Shorenstein Building in Oakland’s city center lies one of the warmest, most sophisticated restaurants that we have to offer. Verbena does Californian-Mediterranean cuisine like no other, utilizing strong techniques and the freshest ingredients to bring you the best possible dishes. And the menu choices are staggering, everything from simple pizza and burgers give way to dishes like braised lamb shank and salads that definately eat like a meal. Verbena Restaurant is a must for any diners culinary excursions; for lunch, when it’s packed with Oakland biz pros, be prepared to take a little longer than you expected, but, hey, you deserve it.
Bay Wolf Café and Restaurant • 5.4 mi
3853 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611; Tel. 510.655.6004Californian, Mediterranean. Established in 1975 by chef/ owner Michael Wild, this East Bay staple never misses. Located in a converted Victorian home, Bay Wolf Cafe offers Mediterranean-inspired dishes. The menu changes with the seasons, but Wild’s signature duck dishes are always available. The service, like the food, is impeccable and the ambiance is unforgettable.