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First Bite: Sláinte Brings Good Cheer to Oakland

An authentic Irish pub anchors at Jack London Square.


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Courtesy of Slainte

My first bite of crackling cod in Sláinte’s homey plate of fish and chips sold me completely, especially when paired with a perfect draught of Guinness.

Sláinte (slahn-cha), which means “cheers” in Irish Gaelic, opened earlier this month in Jack London Square, bringing a bit of Ireland to Oakland. The restaurant’s two-sided bar, exposed brick, deeply grained wood, and well-worn tavern-style seats and tables exude a timeless feel. The moody fireplace room invites contemplation, while the brighter entrance area provides a cheerier atmosphere with its cathedral-style windows.

The cozy pub is a Dubliner’s dream, offering a traditional Irish breakfast that’s available all day—a particularly smart option for bleary-eyed late-risers (make sure to pair it with a gin fizz or a Bloody Mary). Don’t leave without a slice of the Guinness ginger cake, which comes spiked with whiskey cream.

131 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 823-2644, slainteoakland.com. Dinner Tues.–Sun., lunch Fri.–Sun.  


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