Fave Bars & Restaurants near Jack London Square
With everything from storied local haunts to cutting-edge cuisine, the bar and restaurant scene at Jack London Square has something for everyone. Even better: You can walk from Fourth Street East to the square in less than 15 minutes, making it a favorite destination for our residents. Here are a few of our go-to spots:
Jack London Square Farmers’ Market - Taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday, the market hosts local vendors selling fresh produce and ready-to-eat specialties like tamales and pastries. Bonus: It’s right on the water, so you get fantastic views along with your fresh fruits and veggies. Crowds flock to this market every Sunday year-round for local produce and ready-to-eat specialties like tamales and pastries. Bonus: The market is right on the water, so you get fantastic views along with your fresh fruits and veggies.
Plank - Overlooking the waterfront, this massive gathering spot offers 50,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor space dedicated to dining, activities, and more. Challenge friends to bowling, bocce, or arcade games, mingle in the outdoor beer garden, or rent the event spaces for private gatherings.
Chop Bar - This popular West African bar and restaurant is loved by locals for its dedication to local growers, ranchers, brewers, and winemakers.The seafood stew serves 2 to 4 and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser, and the Tcho Chocolate and Banana Pudding can’t be missed.
The Fat Lady - Owned by the same family since 1970, this art-nouveau-inspired restaurant has been a local hot spot for more than 50 years. Come for the cocktails, steaks, and seafood, stay for the happy, familial atmosphere.
Yoshi’s - Originally a small sushi bar in North Berkeley, this jazz club and Japanese restaurant expanded to a 17,000-square-foot space in Jack London Square and earned a reputation as one of the world’s best jazz venues. Reserve a table at the restaurant to sample their Japanese and fusion-style menu, or book tickets for a show in their 310-seat venue.
Heinold’s First & Last Chance Saloon - Jack London was such a valued regular at this saloon that the original owner, Johnny Heinhold, lent him money for tuition at the University of California (where London stayed for just one semester). Originally opened in 1884, the saloon is still thriving today, serving craft beer, cocktails, and wine.
Noka Ramen & Bar - Using their signature Hakata Tonkatsu-style ramen broth and house-made noodles as a base, this Japanese eatery takes ramen to another level. Local favorites include Lobster Shio Ramen, featuring a 1.5-pound Maine lobster, and the Ikari Steak Ramen, with slow-cooked beef-rib confit.
More About Jack London Square
Steeped in history, Jack London Square first came to life in the mid-1800s as the heart of Oakland’s port operations. Perhaps even more famously, the waterfront hub was also the stomping grounds of author Jack London, whose adventures there inspired much of his writing. Today, the square is a thriving destination, boasting restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, and outdoor activities. Best of all? It takes less than 15 minutes to walk to the bustling square from your apartment at Fourth Street East.