Jack London Square
Chef Daniel Patterson got his Michelin stars at the super-refined Coi in San Francisco, but he's putting those stars to work in Oakland (where he also lives). After a few years of finding its groove among Jack London Square’s rapidly changing and improving restaurant scene, Haven has has earned its seat at the adults' table with food that’s both familiar and inventive, all of which you've had before... and yet you haven’t. Even the burger gets special treatment with aged beef, scallion aioli, and a homemade, seeded bun.
Because you shouldn't need to cost four-$$$$ to make a best restaurants in Oakland list, Ba Le totally doesn't, and... does! Armed with perfect bread, generous heaps of pickled veg and jalapeño, and higher quality meats than you’ll find in other shops, Ba Le has all the classic options, plus about 20 others to keep banh mi fans sampling for years to come. Eel banh mi? Why not? Vietnamese meatball and egg? Most definitely.