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First Bite: Sláinte Brings Good Cheer to Oakland

An authentic Irish pub anchors at Jack London Square.


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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