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Lovely Day Interior - Lovely Day, Oakland, CA

Lovely Day

4.8
4.8
144 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Elevated Comfort Food. Craft Cocktails. Friends.

Hidden inside a 150-year-old former Street Railway brick building in the Longfellow neighborhood of North Oakland, Lovely Day is where friends reconnect. The collective vision of Owner Jen McKay and Executive Chef Eric Cross has produced ingredient driven menus and a warm inviting experience. The 25 foot vaulted ceilings inside meet with a courtyard outside to give locals and visitors a place to relax and enjoy the best of Oakland.

When making a reservation, if we have tables outside available they will specifically be listed as an option for your reservation. If you do not see outside seating as an option it means those tables are already booked.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, American

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 523-1600

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Eric Cross

  • Neighbourhood

    Oakland

  • Cross Street

    47th Street

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 144 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Contemporary American

  • East Bay

    Great for outdoor dining

  • East Bay

    Lively

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  1. j

    jamme

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    i do not understand the noise level. Quiet or to noisy. how the question is asked is confusing
  2. JS

    JoyS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Staff was attentive and professional. Food and presentation were superb. Decor was smart and sleek. Just perfect! But, and this is beyond my comprehension, the ambiance was such a miss and all it would take to go from bad to great would be to dim the darn lights! You know that feeling at last call when the lights go up in the bar? Yep, that’s what it felt like. I felt so exposed! Dim those lights and you’ll have the loveliest restaurant to make that lovely decor, that lovely staff, and that lovely food into a true Lovely Day.
  3. RA

    RosemaryA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and food and just a great dining experience. We are definitely going to return soon.
  4. R

    Reviewer

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so good we were tempted to lick our plates. The staff was very friendly and the drinks were delicious. Absolutely recommend!
  5. E

    Emcat

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic birthday celebration in Lovely Day private room! We will not forget!! Scott, Byron, and the crew took great care of us. We will be back!
  6. SS

    StStephen

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Looking for a place to eat near MacArthur BART and discovered Lovely Day and it was, err, lovely. Food was delicious (we shared the squash soup, croquettes, chopped salad, and beef bourguignon), bar offerings plentiful, and the service was outstanding. Will go back for sure!
  7. P

    Peel2

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They did a wonderful job here. Deserve to he busier than they were.
  8. A

    Annika

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don't know why more people don't know about this place! We had the Miyagi oysters, Japanese yams, and Koji steak and lobster, which I think was a special menu for New Year's Eve. Everything tasted amazing, and our server Ben was very nice and attentive. Drinks were good too! Would definitely come back :)
  9. R

    Rick

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Very cool restaurant in a loft type setting. Original brick and timber interior from this converted old building is combined with some cool lighting and imaginative interior design. Table spacing was generous, not a single table was too close to others. Food is beautifully presented. A full bar with a tasty cocktail list compliments an interesting menu. During our December visit the outside temps were chilly. My only critical comment was that almost everyone in the restaurant was wearing a sweater or jacket, as it was a little chilly in the restaurant. Management might want to make it a little more comfortable and cozy up the place by turning up the heat a few degrees.
  10. w

    winespaniel

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice neighborhood place with eclectic menu and a good vibe. They had karaoke the night we went.
  11. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious It was a fun night of Christmas carol Kareoke
  12. KD

    KateD

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! What a find! This place is an absolute gem -- great food, super friendly, fantastic for outdoor dining. We will definitely be back!
  13. DO

    DamiO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved it. Perfect vibes. Great food. Awesome staff. Family feels but also great date night.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service, and good food. Nice little hidden spot.
  15. MB

    MaryB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful, delicious food in a lovely, unique atmosphere. A wonderful experience overall.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fantastic service and food.
  17. u

    underpickled

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and interesting cocktails, plus a helpful and friendly staff. Interior is quite beautiful, but it still feels accessible (i.e. you can dress casually or fancy and still fit the ambiance).
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! The food was amazing. I had the pork with mole sauce. We were going to order a certain wine and the server recommended a different one he liked better and was cheaper! That never happens! It was great! And we got free bday dessert. The servers were fun, friendly, and on top of things!
  19. l

    luv2dine

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely Day is a fantastic place to get together with friends and enjoy the scrumptious food and excellent drinks. Or go by yourself and enjoy the calm beauty of this space. Beautiful interior, and in the summertime the outdoor space is hopping too! Go check them out!
  20. VW

    VicW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    There's a lot to like about Lovely Day, but.... I'd characterize the dishes our party of three sampled as "comfort food". The portions were ample, but the sole main dish we had was fairly bland in terms of seasonings. Our favorites were the amply sized starters we shared- Buffalo Cauliflower, Fried Polenta Bites and Roasted Brussel Sprouts. Each of this dishes was well prepared and the sauces provided added a nice bit of much needed spice. The soup we ordered was quite tasty on its own and the Caesar salad was fine and dandy. However, the one main dish ordered- Fresh Linguine with Scallops & Prawns- was about as boring and tasteless as one could imagine and needed quite a bit ground pepper brought to us by the ever attentive wait-staff to perk it up to edible standards. We also enjoyed their cocktails which were well conceived and delivered. The best part of our dining experience were the wonderfully friendly and attentive wait staff. Those folks were AAA+++ and really went out of their way to accommodate us as the chilly night air motivated us to ask to be moved from outside to inside ((two of whom didn't dress appropriately for outside dining and they do have lots of heaters near the outside tables). They often came by to ask if we needed anything and made us feel very welcome. Plus, I found the ambience of the restaurant to be quite delightful with ample space between tables both inside and out and a very low noise level. I will be coming back... and test out other main dishes hopefully offering a bit more flavor than the pasta dish we tried.
  21. P

    Prju

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing. Food the ambiance , the service.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lots is space outside. Friendly service. Heaters and delicious food.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and staff. Would recommend to friends and colleagues.
  24. l

    luv2dine

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolute GEM off the beaten path in Oakland! Spacious outdoor area and beautiful indoor space, connected by large open doors. GREAT FOOD, SERVICE and AMBIANCE! Go, go go!
  25. HR

    HonestReview

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Horrible experience. Service - where was it? A skinny boy came up (finally) and asked for our orders and then fiddled with (but didn’t light) the heater. He then proceeded to disappear until we were paying the bill, when he sprang out of nowhere. We had to go in and ask about the heater and service. The person at the front was nice - she gave blankets for my older friends who were freezing. Unfortunately there was no propane for the heaters. Who does that? Food was mediocre at best. Fries tasted like frozen. Burger was supposed to be dry aged but had a sour taste associated with wet aged or a bit off. Tomatoes were soggy. Finally note - RATS! Yes we were eating outside but no one expects to see at least half a dozen rodents scurrying about the eating area. Disgusting! Between all that and the BART shrieking by and the cops making fun of drivers over their speakers and multiple vehicles running by with music up to the max we will never return to this dump.
  26. k

    ksks

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening, warm, funny and friendly staff!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely day is so great. Check it out!
  28. T

    Topchoice

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great new find. We will return. Ample outdoor eating space
  29. B

    Buddha

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Undercooked food, took >1/2 hour and us having to go find a waiter to get our order in.
  30. DB

    DavidB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a charming edition to dining in Oakland. we loved everything about it.
  31. AA

    AlexA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place, lovely outdoor area Good overall was great,the chicken Milanese and the papardelle pasta were the two standouts!! Very attentive and nice service.
  32. AL

    AmyL

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance both inside and on the patio.
  33. CC

    ChristinaC

    Miami - Dade

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed my time at this restaurant! Service was great (thank you Jess!), food/dessert was on point! We had a slight hiccup on the cooking of the pork loin, but the manager fixed the situation right away! It was a whole vibe! We will definitely be returning!
  34. t

    trigirltri2014

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great spot! It was our first time and.we loved it. Good drinks, good apps, good food with excellent service!
  35. c

    carmela

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fantastic service, friendly, fast, kind, always with a smile. Only my 2nd time there but they’re making me feel like a regular. Special shout out to Scott -thank you! Above and beyond!!!
  36. CH

    CHend

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal. Amazing food. Perfect service. It could not have gone better. We will be back.
  37. M

    Menumav

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely dinner and service. Food well prepared and lots of nice choices. Well priced wine list and good cocktails. We ate inside on this cool evening--well-spaced tables and quiet enough for conversation. Outside space looks great too. We appreciated the relaxed pace of the meal! Will return.
  38. BD

    BerkeleyDave

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food on the pleasant patio. The servers were slammed but relentlessly cheerful and happy to accommodate us.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful staff, lovely ambience, great food. Wish they had more vegan/vegetarian options.
  40. e

    erikal

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a delicious meal in a beautiful spacious patio that is both perfect for families and date night. Our server was very attentive and we had a wonderful anniversary dinner

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Lovely Day offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 523-1600.

Lovely Day is rated 4.8 stars by 144 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Lovely Day

4629 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94609-1821

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    47th Street

  • Neighbourhood

    Oakland

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Eric Cross

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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