Style Over Substance

OakTown Cafe

Restaurant as Fashion Trend: OakTown Cafe's offerings are uneven.
Anthony Pidgeon
Restaurant as Fashion Trend: OakTown Cafe's offerings are uneven.

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Oaktown Cafe

499 9th St.
Oakland, CA 94607-4047

Category: Restaurant >

Region: Jack London Square


499 Ninth St. (at Washington), Oakland, (510) 763-4999. Lunch served Monday and Tuesday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; dinner served Wednesday through Saturday 5:30 to 9 p.m. Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Parking: possible. AC Transit: 51, 58, 72, 73 (all one block away). Noise level: normal.

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The wine list is impressively eclectic and reasonably priced, with vintages available by the 5-ounce glass (27 from $3 to $7), the half bottle (29 from $9 to $20.50), and the bottle (32 from $17 to $37.50), many of them from the trendy vineyards of Oregon. Among the notables are Rex Hill's '98 pinot gris ($5 per glass, $12 per half bottle, $24 per bottle), Caibourdin's '97 pouilly fumé ($17.50 per half bottle), Rivetti's '98 moscato ($27 per bottle), Willakenzie's '97 gamay noir ($5.50 per glass, $26.75 per bottle), Seghesio's '98 sangiovese ($20.50 per half bottle, $37.50 per bottle), Rosenblum's '92 cab ($30 per bottle), and Kiona's '97 late-harvest white riesling ($4 per glass). There are also two hard ciders -- Daron Normandy ($11) and Sonoma's Rhyne ($12) -- as well as 10 kinds of beer (including Ommegang's delicious Trappist-style ale at $4 and Mendocino's sublime Black Hawk Stout at $3.75) and a nice, refreshing house-made lemonade ($1.75 including refills).

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