Oakland’s Jack London Square

Oakland Jack London SquareJack London Square

Sitting on the water at the end of Broadway street is where you’ll find Oakland’s historic waterfront; Jack London Square.

Known for hosting family fun events, concerts, fine dining, art galleries, farmer’s market and more, Jack London Square is perfect for all ages.

This central location is heavily populated which makes looking for a parking space as difficult as finding waldo. However, there are public parking garages nearby that are walking distance from everything Jack London Square and the nearby eateries have to offer. If you wish to skip the headache of parking, riding a bike is an excellent alternative as there are numerous places to lock up a bike.  Uber, Taxi and the train are also feasible options for fighting with traffic.

Jack London Square Favorite Restaurants

Jack London Square is home to some of the most talented chefs that are known for their mouth watering meals.  Wherever you choose to eat in Jack London Square, your taste buds will thank you for such exquisite food.  A friend who owns a garage door repair San Jose company recently recommended a few places to eat and drink with friends, and he surely didn’t disappoint.


This is by far the most entertaining place to go in Jack London Square.  This is the most recent restaurant that’s been added to the square that is designed as a restaurant, beer garden and entertainment hub.  Plank is for ages 21 and older and is a perfect place to go, whether you are with friends watching the game, business associates, or spending time with family.

Plank has an outdoor experience unlike any other as there is a large outdoor patio with fire pits, bocce ball courts, and plenty of seating with over 50 beers on tap.  If you want to move things inside you’ll find 18 bowling lanes and over 40 HD TV’s so you won’t miss any action of your favorite team.

Plank should be first on everyone’s choices to eat.  Whatever the reason for dining out, Plank will have you captivated for hours with some of the best entertainment around.


Forge has one of the best views in the house as it is located just off the water.  It’s home of wood-style cooked pizza that will convince your taste buds that you’re in Italy.  It’s open for lunch and dinner and offers over 20 local craft beers on tap.

Forge is known for using fresh, local and and organic ingredients in every dish that will have you eating something you’ve never tasted before.  Chef Jeff Amber is known for creating mouth watering flavors in his Neapolitan style pizza and other American classics.

Whatever the occasion, Forge is a perfect location to indulge in your favorite food with a beautiful view of the bay. It’s open 7 days a week and welcomes family with little ones.


If you’re looking for American classics and a prime time view, then Kincaid’s is the place to go.  At Kincaid’s you’ll have a chance to enjoy your favorite view of the ocean along with a tender cut of prime rib, or fresh seafood that is prepared perfectly.

Kincaid’s is open seven days a week and also offers a brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday.  Happy hour is Monday- Friday from 3pm-6pm.

Yoshi’s Oakland

Yoshi’s is a Jazz club and Japanese restaurant.  There’s not a bad seat in this house as it’s modern feel and elevated rows of seating make for a perfect view of the nightly performers.  Yoshi has a seasonal menu which makes for some of the best Japanese cuisine that you’ll ever taste.  You’ll have to make a reservation in this intimate restaurant if you want a chance to try the delicious food and witness some of the most talented artists that Oakland has to offer.

Yoshi’s is opened for dinner only with a bar and lounge along with private event space for large parties and open table for local artists.


If you’re not one for crowds then there are plenty of other options just outside Jack London Square.  Find a place to park, if you can, and walk around Broadway for local bars, dives, and delicious cuisines.  Most restaurants have world renown chefs that will have your mouth begging for more.

Whether it’s Jack London Square, or a local restaurant nearby, you’re going to enjoy this side of Oakland.  The people are friendly, the beer is cold, and the food is delicious.  What more could you ask for?

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