Host 'lost' our reservation, every detail was missed: wasn't clean, food came out with major issues (bad fish, old salmon patties, cold meals, etc.), dirty bathrooms, unapologetic/aggressive server... Unfortunately just a really rare and bad eating experience in the Bay
The Chop Bar recently moved to a wonderful new location in the same area of Oakland. The menus (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are extensive with nice specials in addition to the regular fare and all three of us had very good meals. The staff is both very friendly and professional and the atmosphere is excellent. We will return soon!
We had lunch and were able to sit outside. Made for a nice, relaxing meal. Lunch choices are pretty limited but varied enough to satisfy everyone. Pear crisp dessert was very good.
Excellent Embarcadero community location! Great owners ! Great Oakland Economic Development Partner !!!
Menu was wrong so we ordered something which came out with totally different ingredients (pork vs fish). They said they'd comp for the issue but instead only comped for the original meals which were incorrect-until we objected. Service was friendly but slow. Ordered two drinks which were on menu but also not available. If the menu is printed each day - how can it be so wrong?
Customer service was really bad. Felt like they were all over the place
Awesome guacamole and margaritas! Food not so much. Huge group at a communal table and we could not hear each other 20 feet away.
I think they kept forgetting us and our order. We kept having to ask for everything and everyone else's table were eating long before we got our food. Two old ladies not drinking maybe.
Service was atrocious, and it doesn't feel like it's a one-off, just more how they are normally. Our waiter seemed more interested in his man-bun than any patrons, and it was a combination of highly condescending and highly incompetent service. Won't be returning.
I’ve been here before and enjoyed it, but this time there was a black hair in my food...(and none of the friends eating with me have black hair)
A very friendly place—we had brief but pleasant chats with the occupants of our nearby tables—but very slow and uninspired service, and average food, very short on vegetables and salads, in particular. The pickled veggie appetizer was bland with grey, over cooked green beans and hard as rocks carrots—nothing else. Mussels ok and pork ribs seemed good. Bar made a smashingly good old-fashioned!
Oh how I miss the lovely ambience of the former location !
Our waiter the young student was great but food is just OK.
Needs a round table for groups. Current seating is essentially picnic tables. Not as cozy as the prior place. Moreover, they lost the indoor/outdoor ambiance. Food is still great.
Went there with a group of friends for brunch. None of us were impressed by the food. I was hungry again shortly after we left the restaurant. I would have ordered the huevos rancheros but they don't serve it with extra tortillas so had pork belly hash. Pork was tasty but there wasn't much of it. They did a nice job with the strong Coffee. I would not recommend for breakfast / brunch.
Got together with friends. Everything was decent. We have fond memories at the old location and the new location doesn’t quite measure up.
I took my real estate clients who had just sold a home with me so we could celebrate. It was their first time at Chop Bar and they loved the food & the ambiance. Neither of them is a drinker so the bartender concocted a wonderful mocktail for them. I was thrilled with the new space and will return again soon to have more of the mussels. They were out of this world, as was the heirloom tomato salad!
Chop Bar is a real favorite of ours. We’ve been going there for years- we live a block away- and we’re never disappointed. Great staff.
It SO LOUD inside and we had to move outside. Our party of 5 ordered 4 different meals and all except for one had no favor. However, drinks were delicious and I thought it was okay priced for the amount of food on my plate. I hear they are doing something regarding the noise but hopefully the seasoning for food will also improve.
Very LOUD. Need some sound baffles or something. Hard to have a conversation. Otherwise very nice.
Good good. It uneven. Very loud, not good for visiting with family.
Love the new space and brunch menu
We loved the old Chop Bar! The new location lacks the lovely, funky ambience that made Chip Bar what it is (was). The food and staff is still outstanding, but we miss the funkiness. Maybe they will find a way to break up the big, really boomy room, too.
I think they are adjusting to their new location. I hope that’s what it is... I had a burger which is usually good but was presented well done (ordered medium), came w/out a bun but I ordered it w/out bacon and I had fries for extra$$ but not a single fry was longer than 2 inches.
Just a bunch of small mishaps with service too that made it less than satisfying. This may have been a result of service by committee- I think we had 5 or 6 different people tending to us.
I’ll wait a few months and try again
Everything looked and tasted like it was prepped three days before.
When the food is poor, as in oysters are not fresh and the hamburger bun disintegrates not good. I very rarely give bad reviews but this poor dining experience calls for it.
I didn’t enjoy the new place. I like the old place better. Service wasn’t that great today. And they don’t serve the oxtail over fries, which was the reason we came, for lunch anymore. But my mussels are yummy!
And there was a server who kept passing by our area and she was really stinky! I had to hold my breath every time!
Horrible service. Took 2 hours for burgers
We sat outside as I had my pups with me. The initial greeter was a bit stand-offish but our waiter was fantastic. The menu has a few price increases post move to the new location making drinks a bit expensive during regular service but at happy hour there are select cocktails for $6 about 40% off the regular price. We had a few appetisers including the happy hour sampler. Very good as always. Pricier now though for regular meals so if you are on a budget this is a special occasion place and happy hour is a better deal.
I have been to Chop Bar before they moved and I really liked the food. But we tried it again right after it moved, some of the same menu as we ordered before, but we were not so impressed this time. The pork ribs weren't as tender as before, and it almost felt like the cooking was rushed. Maybe it was just a super busy day at a new location. Will go again and hopefully will have better luck next time.
We have loved Chop Bar for years. Nothing has changed with their move,except we now have to walk an extra block to get there!
Nice spot for a casual dinner.
Sat outside. Great relaxed neighborhood. Well selected inexpensive wine. Loved the house made gravalox and pork belly hash.
The beauty of being THE BIG KAHUNA is that despite my journalistic training I am free to disregard the rules. But homage to my former news director at KPIX, Dan Rosenheim, with background in print and television broadcast our meal was comped. I first reviewed Chop Bar nearly 6 years ago during Oakland Restaurant Week when it was 4 years old. And yes the co-owner Chris Pastena and I have become friends. But trust if the meal was not superb I simply would not have done a write-up much less a podcast and gone live on Facebook. So "chop bar" is a West African term and as you might have already peeped it's a gathering space, a community space for folk to chop it up, eat, drink, and hang out. Just a block away from it's original spot in Jack London Square rests the new Chop Bar where not only did my dining companion Élan Lambert and I "chop it up" we ate and drank beyond the point of being satiated and had leftovers. Here's what we had to eat: guacamole and chips, pork belly tacos, ribs, oxtail poutine, salmon, rose marinated summer melon,banana split, chocolate on the side. And to drink water, meche please, lo-fi spritz, Oaxacan old fashioned, Grahm's Tawny Porto and another alcoholic beverage I cannot remember. The value of dinner eaten by two but could have easily fed 5, $250. We tipped our wonderful server Ricardo 20%. Thanks for your suggestions on your opening night Chris and congratulations to you and co-owner Lev. And thanks to hostess Jessica for the Open Table Reservations. It was good to see Jana Pastena, Chris' wife and my friend, there too. I will be going back on my dime and will have my post-wedding brunch in the private dining room upstairs. It's spacious, seats 75, has outdoor seating, 3 all gender bathrooms, a bar, and is on the corner of 4th and Jackson in my favorite city and hometown, Oakland. Go, "eat more bacon", drink enjoy. A culinary experience as it should be: fun.