Chop Bar: A User's Guide
Local Ingredients | Seasonal, Gourmet Menu | Local Wine on Tap | Stylish Design with Reclaimed Materials | Custom Cocktails
Weekday breakfast: housemade gravlax on a bagel with red onion, capers, and cream cheese
Weekend brunch: chorizo scramble
Lunch: grilled-pork bánh mì
Snack: house-pickled vegetables, or Rocky Point oysters
Dinner: charcuterie platter, followed by oxtail poutine or butternut-squash risotto with kale
Cocktail: Ginger Greyhound with Rain organic vodka, grapefruit juice, and a float of ginger beer
Vocab Lesson: Sit and stay a while—"chop bar" is not another term for a steak house, but rather, a West African slang term for the type of roadside eatery that doubles as a neighborhood hangout.
When to Visit: In the summer or fall for the annual pig roast.
The ingredients: From seafood to bread to coffee to wine, everything comes from nearby. At Chop Bar, if it's not housemade, it's from a local farm, creamery, bakery, or roaster.
The artwork: Every piece on the wall is an original, and it comes from the hands of an artist in the community.
The impact: When you purchase an organic cotton Chop Bar T-shirt, all proceeds go to support Oakland schools.
One Check, Please! Bay Area reviewer was initially drawn in by the extensive, local wine list, and raved, "If I lived in a loft around the corner I would probably be at Chop Bar night and day." Another praised the atmosphere and said, "The cocktails are a must," while the final reviewer
described the environment as "cozy" and the cuisine as "comfort food at its best."
SF Gate called Chop Bar "communal," "refined," and "comforting yet casual," lauding the signature burger and the oxtail poutine in particular.
SF Gate, in a review titled "Chop Bar is a Treat in Jack London Square," said, "The wait staff is a combination of laid back and attentive. The chatter and eclectic music layer in a warm vibe. It's inviting. It's comfortable. And it's got style … But the best part is the food is good, too."
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Check out the state's science, history, and art at the Oakland Museum of California (1000 Oak Street), located just a 10-minute walk away.
After: Catch a new flick at Regal Jack London Stadium 9 (100 Washington Street).