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Lovely Day Interior - Lovely Day, Oakland, CA

Lovely Day

4.5
4.5
69 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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Booked 13 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

Menu

Mains

  • Classic Caesar*US$11.00

    romaine hearts, shaved parmigiano reggiano, crouton, fried boquerones

    • Chopped SaladUS$14.00

      County Line little gems, cured pork belly, cherry tomatoes, avocado, creamy tarragon dressing

      • Ancient Grains & Shiitake SliderUS$14.00

        pickled kale, piquillo pepper chermoula, avocado, flatbread

        • Mt. Lassen TroutUS$20.00

          french lentils, roast beets, sauce verte

          • Pork Shoulder PlateUS$18.00

            chile pork broth, cabbage, avocado, lime, served with a cheesy sopa

            • Heritage Chicken & GigantesUS$16.00

              tomato, cauliflower, Castelvetrano olive, crispy Floriani polenta

              • Spaghetti Beef Bolognese*US$16.00

                Flannery beef, parmigiano reggiano, garlic toast

                • The BurgerUS$12.00

                  1/4lb Flannery Beef or Impossible Burger, aioli, mustard, lettuce, sweet pickle, Starter Bakery brioche bun. served with fries or nom salad

                  Noms

                  • Sliced Salumis & OlivesUS$11.00

                    • Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue CheeseUS$7.00

                      • Fried Polenta Bits & Tomato JamUS$6.00

                        • Baby Lettuces with Balsamic VinaigretteUS$6.00

                          • Pupusa with AvocadoUS$7.00

                            • Chipperbec FriesUS$6.00

                              roast garlic aioli

                              Sweets

                              • Cara Cara Orange Marmalade CakeUS$8.00

                                whipped crème fraîche

                                • Scoop of Granddad's Vanilla Ice CreamUS$4.00

                                  • Brownie SundaeUS$10.00

                                    bourbon caramel, whipped cream, almonds, sprinkles

                                    Today's Specials

                                    below are examples of our weekly specials; because you're specials

                                    • Durst Farms Asparagus SoupUS$7.00

                                      mint, olio verde first press olive oil

                                      • Flannery Hanger SteakUS$28.00

                                        asparagus, sugar snap pea, peach salsa

                                        • Apricot-Peach Hand PieUS$8.00

                                          Granddad's vanilla ice cream

                                          Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                          What 69 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                          4.5
                                          4.5 based on recent ratings
                                          • 4.5Food
                                          • 4.5Service
                                          • 4.5Ambience
                                          • 4.3Value

                                          NoiseModerate

                                          Loved For

                                          • East Bay

                                            Fit for Foodies

                                          • East Bay

                                            Healthy

                                          • East Bay

                                            Neighbourhood Gem

                                          • East Bay

                                            Outdoor Eating

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                                          1. r

                                            rocky0

                                            San Francisco

                                            14 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            14 reviews

                                            Dined 4 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            First visit. Great drinks and food. Reasonable prices. Relaxed and friendly service.

                                          2. NE

                                            NETraveler

                                            New England

                                            88 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            88 reviews

                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience2

                                            Add some plantings along edge to separate patio from road

                                          3. a

                                            andrew

                                            San Francisco

                                            13 reviews

                                            vip
                                            2.0

                                            13 reviews

                                            Dined on April 21, 2022

                                            overall2food2service3ambience3

                                            Wasn’t a great experience. Everything was ok but nothing noteworthy. Setting was a bit sterile (an event space feeling). They seemed understaffed. Food was below par. Could have been a off night for the place.

                                          4. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 21, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Unique new NOBE venue with great food.

                                          5. HH

                                            HaileyH

                                            New York Area

                                            1 review

                                            vip
                                            1.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 17, 2022

                                            overall1food1service2ambience3

                                            Good backyard space but all the food was subpar - under cooked/bitter Brussels sprouts, watery/not good flavor drinks, overly salted fries, only average burger

                                          6. JB

                                            JessicaB

                                            Portland

                                            58 reviews

                                            vip
                                            3.0

                                            58 reviews

                                            Dined on April 16, 2022

                                            overall3food2service5ambience1

                                            The server was great, but the food was subpar to greatly flawed. The patio eating is next to a freeway, busy street, and BART.

                                          7. RP

                                            RayP

                                            San Francisco

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 16, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Interesting cocktails, great food, wonderful friendly staff. Will definitely be back!

                                          8. MC

                                            MartinaC

                                            San Francisco

                                            2 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on April 10, 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Lovely Day has a really cool vibe and decor and the food was mostly great. I had the trout dish and my husband had the pork. Both were delicious! The table shared the polenta bites, pupusas and brussel sprouts for apps - all highly recommend. This was a bday dinner and the server brought out ice cream with a candle which was fun. The brownie sundae was on point but the vegan ice cream was meh and someone else at the table ordered the pound cake which was really dry (flavor was great just poor texture). All in all it was a fun time and our server was truly lovely. We will dine there again!

                                          9. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Francisco

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Our waitress was excellent, as was all the food and drinks we ordered. The only thing that may put off some people is the walk under the freeway to get here from Temescal, with a homeless enclave, but fine once we turned the corner.

                                          10. DN

                                            DortyN

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 3, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience3

                                            The staff was friendly, professional, and concerned that we had a good experience. The food was excellent!

                                          11. J

                                            Janel

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 3, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Beautiful environment, great ambiance, amazingly friendly and welcoming service, and outstanding, well-plated food. A lovely dinner at Lovely Day. Will definitely be back!

                                          12. CR

                                            ChristinaR

                                            San Francisco

                                            9 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            9 reviews

                                            Dined on March 19, 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            Loved this place - the trout with beets and lentils was delicious. The staff were attentive and helpful, and the decor is gorgeous. Highly recommend!

                                          13. M

                                            Mbk333

                                            San Francisco

                                            173 reviews

                                            vip
                                            3.0

                                            173 reviews

                                            Dined on March 12, 2022

                                            overall3food3service5ambience5

                                            We sat outside with our golden doodle with heaters away from the outside speakers/annoying music. Staff lovely and accommodating. The star food: polenta bits. Crisp, well seasoned and plentiful. Caesar salad, just ok, needed anchovies and s larger portion for the price. Spaghetti bolognese fine, nothing exceptional. The bummer was the rip off of the drink. My husband, who normally doesn’t drink, asked for something sweet. The waitress, Chelsea said he would like what she likes: a sparkling wine with elderflower. When the bill came they charged $16 for it! The bartender used J champagne—a waste for a mixed drink. I am truly offended that they did this. My drink, Paloma Royale was costly at $14, but delicious.

                                          14. M

                                            Msjuju

                                            San Francisco

                                            7 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            7 reviews

                                            Dined on March 12, 2022

                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                            Very fun venue, great food, cocktails, lovely all around. Kinda wild sitting outdoors given the setting but recommend this place

                                          15. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Francisco

                                            2 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on March 12, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            What a great experience. Terrific ambience, outstanding service and delicious food. Will be back.

                                          16. SS

                                            SusanS

                                            Exclusive

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on March 12, 2022

                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                            It was a bit chilly because we were seated by the door. The food was excellent and the place had a great elegant/casual vibe.

                                          17. KC

                                            KarenC

                                            San Francisco

                                            39 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            39 reviews

                                            Dined on March 12, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Absolutely wonderful! This was our first post-Covid meal outdoors and we wanted it to be “worth it”. Food was timely, hot, and delicious! Service was attentive and friendly. We sat outdoors and the tables were spaced apart comfortably. We will be back!

                                          18. SS

                                            SimoneS

                                            San Francisco

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 6, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We were able to reserve the main room for our small (24 person) wedding reception. The food was fantastic, and the ice cream sundae bar was a big hit with our guests (ages 10-75). The staff went above and beyond to set up a large table with linens and candles that made the space feel intimate for our group. My mother-in-law called our reception "elegant, but comfortable", which is exactly the vibe we were going for. Service was friendly and helpful, and not intrusive. Jen and the staff did a great job of accommodating needs and requests (picky eaters, nonalcoholic sparkling cider toasts, access to sound system). The bartender has been super attentive and skilled every time we've been in, and did a great job of helping guests find drinks that they would like. We highly recommend Lovely Day for private/semi-private events and look forward to celebrating here in the future! We would definitely use the space again for small/medium events.

                                          19. KL

                                            KellyL

                                            San Francisco

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 5, 2022

                                            overall3food3service2ambience4

                                            Food was ok, but service was quite slow. Good to try once.

                                          20. s

                                            stefaniek

                                            San Francisco

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on March 2, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            The food and cocktails were delicious, and I loved how many items on the menu were marked gluten-free, and how accommodating the server and kitchen were to my companions other dietary restrictions. We ate outside and the heaters were pumping, the patio is lovely, and the elevated BART tracks nearby add ambiance — although that last one probably isn't for everyone.

                                          21. A

                                            julieA

                                            San Francisco

                                            6 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on February 26, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Lovely birthday dinner with a friend. Wait staff was super friendly and helpful. The outdoor patio was a lovely spot. Will be back!!

                                          22. MC

                                            MichaelC

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on February 24, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food in a beautiful space! Get the polenta bites and fries!

                                          23. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Francisco

                                            8 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            8 reviews

                                            Dined on February 19, 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            Burger was great. Our server was delightful. We had a lovely evening.

                                          24. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on February 19, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            My favorite place to go with friend and spend a relaxing evening. And also the place my 12 year all always want to go to as they have the best French fries we have ever have

                                          25. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Francisco

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on February 17, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great neighborhood spot with fun outdoor ambiance. Food was fantastic in every respect. We had appetizers, salads, and entrees and everything was cooked to perfection and had interesting flavor combinations. Surpassed our expectations. Cocktails were great too!

                                          26. JP

                                            JayP

                                            San Francisco

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on February 13, 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            Food was great, cocktails were tasty. Nice to have a full bar in the neighborhood. Excited to come back for one of their karaoke nights.

                                          27. K

                                            Kiki

                                            San Francisco

                                            6 reviews

                                            1.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on February 12, 2022

                                            overall1food1service3ambience2

                                            I’m not sure why this place has 5 stars. The food was not that great and the portions were small. It is across the street from the freeway, sitting at a large intersec

                                          28. A

                                            Amanda

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on February 12, 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            This new restaurant is thriving! They were packed on a Friday night so I recommend making a reservation. The indoor space is spacious and elegant, while the outdoor space is more cozy and casual (each table has a heater which is great!). Each staff member was attentive and welcoming. The food was all delicious and came out hot and relatively quickly (read: not too fast). Will definitely return to Lovely Day and support this blossoming new business.

                                          29. TA

                                            TheresaA

                                            Palm Springs

                                            5 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on February 6, 2022

                                            overall3food4service2ambience3

                                            The food was very good but smaller portions. Unfortunately we were celebrating two birthdays and they did not have our reservation although they did sit us. Then I reminded them we were celebrating two birthdays and they never acknowledged this.

                                          30. A

                                            Anony52

                                            San Francisco

                                            29 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            29 reviews

                                            Dined on February 5, 2022

                                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                                            Nicely renovated warehouse-type space. Very comfortable inside with round tables (always a plus imo). Plenty of tables with space heaters outside. Eclectic menu. Good bar. Personable staff.

                                          31. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Francisco

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on February 5, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Food and ambience was great

                                          32. R

                                            Rette

                                            San Francisco

                                            15 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            15 reviews

                                            Dined on January 30, 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Wait staff was super nice but a little behind- waited a while to greet us once seated, appetizers delivered without napkins and silverware- though very quick to rectify. A salad was forgotten. Food was good- space is really nice!

                                          33. SO

                                            StephanieO

                                            San Francisco

                                            9 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            9 reviews

                                            Dined on January 30, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We discovered this gem on OpenTable and chose it based on past reviews. What a great find! The venue is great - exposed brick walls and high ceilings with a cool bar and lounge area and a funky sculptural light fixture. (There is also a large and inviting patio dining area but it was a bit too cold for us to eat outside.) The staff was so friendly and the service was great! Best I have had in a long time (such a challenging time for restaurants and wait staff right now!). The food and drinks were also great - I had a wonderful spicy cocktail and the "chipperbec" fries (a type of potato) which were some of the best I have ever had. And the trout was cooked perfectly and served with just the right amount of lentils. We were a party of five who had a great evening. We will be back!

                                          34. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Francisco

                                            2 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on January 30, 2022

                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                            Our server and food were great. Unfortunately, we had gone on the last Saturday of the month to hear live music which is no longer being offered.

                                          35. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Francisco

                                            1 review

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on January 23, 2022

                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                            Good for outdoor seating, heat lamp at almost every table

                                          36. J

                                            Jules

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on January 22, 2022

                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                            The food and ambience is wonderful! Sitting inside or outside are both desirable and have a magical feel. We went on a Friday night and it was pretty much full but they were definitely understaffed. Our server was sweet and charismatic and did a great job, my only feedback was it took a long time to get our drinks and that they need bussers and food runners so the servers aren’t so slammed. We had celery root and pear soup that was heavenly and the Caesar salad is pretty next level. Everything we had was delicious and we will definitely we going back!

                                          37. AL

                                            AmyL

                                            San Francisco

                                            14 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            14 reviews

                                            Dined on January 22, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Delicious food, great prices and fabulous ambiance. We ate outside and every table had a heat lamp. Servers are awesome too.

                                          38. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Francisco

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on January 22, 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            Really large outdoor space with a lot of room for kids (who they give chalk to to keep them occupied). We’ve been twice and had a good experience each time.

                                          39. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Francisco

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on January 15, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We booked a table here on a whim because we hadn’t been out to dinner in forever and they were one of the few places with available outdoor seating. I was not prepared for how outrageously delicious everything was. I had the trout and my husband had the burger, both were delicious but the burger was 100% the best burger I’ve ever had. Wait staff was incredible, so sweet and knowledgeable. I almost didn’t want to write this review because I want this place to stay a secret but I also need them to stay around!!!

                                          40. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Los Angeles

                                            4 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on January 13, 2022

                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                            The space is super cool and warm. The service was outstanding as was the Trout! Looking forward to seeing this spot evolve over time.

                                          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 4.5 stars by 69 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                          Booked 13 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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