Owner and Chef Nigel Jones was raised in Kingston, Jamaica, and he blends the bold, aromatic flavors (garlic, ginger, cinnamon) of his native island with Oakland’s organic ingredients to create a uniquely bracing menu in this airy, colorful Uptown space. The lineup features standouts like jerk chicken that’s marinated and smoked for hours before being paired with sweet plantains. The rich, slow-simmered curried goat is a must-try and, while it’s only prepared from Thursday to Saturday, worth planning your reservation around. Pair your pick with a Caribbean cocktail like the Cuba Libre with Angostura white rum and Mexican coke.
When Kingston 11 chef and owner Nigel Jones was growing up in Kingston, Jamaica, he spent a lot of time in the kitchen with his grandmother (“Miss Gwen”) learning about local ingredients and balancing flavors. Today, you can taste these bold, aromatic flavors in his bustling restaurant that’s known not just for being a destination for healthy versions of Jamaican favorites like jerk chicken, oxtail stew, and curry goat, but for being a welcoming spot where everyone is greeted with a genuine and friendly smile. The restaurant is also home to the largest selection of rums in Oakland, serves up lots of vegan options, often has live music, and has a charming patio that’s the place to be for Saturday brunch with bottomless mimosas.
How to enjoy: Make a reservation online. Call 510-465-2558 or order online for takeout and delivery.