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Flora

Map1900 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA
(510) 286-0100
    Categories:
  • American
  • Brunch
  • California

Description:

The owners of the ever-crowded Temescal Mexican eatery Doña Tomás have headed in a new direction with Flora. The restaurant, located in a 1920s building in Oakland’s Uptown district, exudes a retro cool—an art deco bar outfitted with swivel chairs wraps around the kitchen. Cocktails are precisely prepared throwbacks such as the wonderfully tart, absinthe-kissed Corpse Reviver No. 2. Caramelized shallots and black truffle vinaigrette lend deep flavor to a little gem lettuce salad (pictured). And we enjoyed a decadent, if salty, small plate of braised short ribs paired with crisp potatoes topped with cheddar cheese béchamel. Lively sautéed spinach complemented a juicy Niman Ranch strip steak, but burned eggplant ruined the pasta Norma. Service is a dream. At dessert, don’t miss the spumoni, with its brandied cherries. Lunch Tues.–Fri., dinner Tues.–Sat.; brunch Sat.

Diablo Review

Flora, located in a 1920s building in Oakland’s Uptown district, exudes a retro cool—an art deco bar outfitted with swivel chairs wraps around the kitchen. Cocktails are precisely prepared throwbacks such as the wonderfully tart, absinthe-kissed Corpse Reviver # 2. Meanwhile, the food has stepped up its game as the restaurant has aged, making it an ideal stop before a show at the nearby Fox and Paramount theaters. Caramelized shallots and black truffle vinaigrette lend deep flavor to a little gem lettuce salad. A delectable Piedmontese New York strip steak with herbed butter and hickory smoked salt managed to live up to its eyebrow-raising price. Service is a dream. Lunch Fri., dinner daily; weekend brunch.
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Additional Information:

Price: $$$
Additional Info: Full Bar
Late-night dining (service after 10p.m.)
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