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Mua Oakland Bar & Restaurant

Mua Oakland Bar & Restaurant

American Restaurant and Lounge$$$$
Central Oakland, Oakland
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    Leah S.
    "Mac $ cheese, lamb cheeks and quinoa salad were great."(5 Tips)
    Nathan J.
    "Bone marrow and fried chicken are fantastic."(6 Tips)
    Alicia Z.
    "Cheeseless Mac n Cheese will make you sing to the heavens."(4 Tips)
    Margot B.
    "Duck Confit to die for."(3 Tips)
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  • Bommyheart icon on user image
    BommySeptember 12, 2016
    Huge, 2-story space with a DJ upstairs and random art all over the walls. Vegetarian burger is fine but highly recommend the cheeseless mac n cheese.
  • Barry K.heart icon on user image
    Barry KwokAugust 19, 2016
    The mussels and ribs were some of the best food I've had in a while. The vibe of this place is very energetic and lively. It turns into a club late. A place that rivals the best that SF has to offer.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BoboJuly 22, 2015
    The burger is where it's at! Add provolone and avocado and have it cooked medium rare and you will keep coming back for more. Love the vibe here with the DJ upstairs and high ceilings.
  • nancy t.heart icon on user image
    nancy t.September 21, 2017
    Recommend getting a reservation, or arriving not at peak times to grab delicious cocktails and small plates. A bit on the expensive side.
  • Divya M.heart icon on user image
    Divya MulanjurApril 12, 2016
    We were here on a Friday for lunch. Good selection of beer and great food. Loved the loft style layout of the place. The cheeseless Mac n cheese, Brussels sprouts and sandwiches were all excellent!
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    cami j.April 23, 2018
    the mussels and fries are my favorite meal in oakland. the broth is rich and flavorful. also-all of the cocktails are magical,but the pimms and needles has a special place in my heart.
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    The Taste SheriffDecember 10, 2017
    Awesome spot. Pretty lively, with cool crowds and great food. Try the ribeye, the chicken Milanese, and the tuna appetizer.
  • David R.heart icon on user image
    David RJuly 14, 2017
    My favorite restaurant in Oakland. It's all about the apps: mac n cheese, bone marrow, padron peppers, garlic prawns...all served in a super trendy space.
  • RayE
    RayEAugust 10, 2013
    First time there and loved it. Huge former car showroom but very intimate at the bar. Bar staff very professional and friendly. Drinks great. Bar food excellent. Great vibe. Will definitely return.
  • Maggie S.heart icon on user image
    Maggie SheldonJanuary 29, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The no-cheese mac and cheese is so good! I also love their bread pudding. Get a cocktail, share some small plates. I stick to the small plates vs. the entrees.
  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsDecember 18, 2015
    Big restaurant that I'd imagine is great for parties. Tried the Blackened Catfish with dirty rice and was not disappointed. Great for grabbing a bit at the bar too.
  • Fionaheart icon on user image
    FionaJanuary 7, 2015
    Attentive service, unpretentious environment, and good food. My vegetable ragout was surprisingly spicy - the menu did not mention it at all - but I did have cheese puffs to help it along!
  • Katie M.heart icon on user image
    Katie MillerAugust 18, 2015
    The vegan mac n cheese was AMAZING. We were sort of bummed that some of the other most popular items were out of stock, but I guess that proves that they're really really good. Will be returning.
  • Byron W.heart icon on user image
    Byron WilkesFebruary 9, 2016
    Mua has an incredible interior space and a breadth of menu options. I highly recommend. Moscow Mule was the best drink I had during the night.
  • Lucas G.heart icon on user image
    Lucas GardnerDecember 7, 2019
    An amazing space, great food and cocktails. Highly recommended.
  • Marta T.heart icon on user image
    Marta TapperoNovember 19, 2016
    The ambiance and music are great. The food is just ok, we got the ribs, the Mac n cheese, and some drinks. I don't think they know how to make good drinks. Or what tapas mean.
  • Michelle A.heart icon on user image
    Michelle AlexandriaAugust 28, 2015
    Calamari is great to share (avoid eating the peppers unless you like spicy). Fried chicken and the po'boy crab sandwich are a must try!
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZissouMarch 13, 2013
    I suggest these wide array of plates, good Lamb cheeks, delicious Bone marrow, crispy Fried calamari, a Blackened cat fish and the always enjoyable Brussels sprouts.
  • Emmy A.heart icon on user image
    Emmy AliceMarch 21, 2013
    Fun trendy spot with rich, creamy foods and urban art. We had cheeseless mac n cheese, crab cakes, lettuce wraps, and calinari... All yummy. Nice ambience.
  • Ronan F.heart icon on user image
    Ronan Flynn-CurranFebruary 3, 2016
    This place is huge. Great cocktails, great food. Always have a great time - it's a party vibe in the back, dine out front if you want to chat over dinner!
  • Shagun A.heart icon on user image
    Shagun AulakhNovember 22, 2014
    My favorite place in Oakland. Really good food (try the tuna tartare) and hip and diverse crowd to boot!
  • Aron S.heart icon on user image
    Aron SchindlerAugust 1, 2015
    Very cool vibe and somewhat upscale clientele. Come for the drinks and atmosphere - food is better (and more reasonably priced) else where. Plus they charge 20% gratuity for party of 5 :(
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    ScottAugust 19, 2018
    Variety of small plate choices. Mac no cheese. Creative drinks. Fun atmosphere. Excellent service.
  • Andréa C.heart icon on user image
    Andréa CecilMarch 3, 2017
    Things that were good: bone marrow, duck confit, pecan tart (not too sweet). Disclaimer: Ambiance is pretty hipster.
  • E S.
    E SuligaAugust 16, 2013
    Where to start? Mac N Cheese, Fried Calamari, Brussels Sprouts and the Crab PO Boy are a few great ideas.
  • Alvin W.
    Alvin WAugust 30, 2011
    Must try Mac & Cheese, Shiitake mushrooms and their special popcorn crawfish if it's available. Get the house manhattan if you're there for happy hour.
  • Craig V.heart icon on user image
    Craig VillamorMay 22, 2016
    Fried chicken & cornbread! Brussels sprouts in brown butter. A bit of a scene, but fun. LOUD!!
  • Nic N.heart icon on user image
    Nic NeinkenNovember 22, 2014
    The mussels with that sauce and the French fries were so good.
  • TheDL
    TheDLNovember 15, 2014
    4 of us shared many apps. Standouts included Ahi Tuna, No Cheese Mac, Carpaccio, Ribs and Wings.
  • Marcela E.heart icon on user image
    Marcela ErazoFebruary 17, 2016
    Burrata and crab cakes were delicious. The Thai chicken wings were out of this world!
  • Joseph L.heart icon on user image
    Joseph LeMay 26, 2018
    Get the no-cheese Mac n cheese!
  • Nathan J.heart icon on user image
    Nathan JJuly 20, 2019
    Been here a few times. Music is a bit too loud. Seems like they are trying too hard. Bone marrow and fried chicken are fantastic. Not impressed with any of the other entrees.
  • Nate R.heart icon on user image
    Nate RAugust 18, 2013
    "Burger Joint" it is not. Had wonderful mussels and catfish. Ask for the gluten free menu if need be.
  • Ronald T.heart icon on user image
    Ronald ThompsonDecember 18, 2014
    Great small plates! No cheese mac and cheese! Bone marrow! Ribs! Good drinks too
  • J T.heart icon on user image
    J TJune 2, 2017
    The veggie burger is good. Comes with a lot of fries.
  • Neil
    NeilMarch 21, 2015
    Great food, drinks, ambiance, and service! The flourless chocolate cake is smooth and yummy.
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The 24-hour BBQ spare ribs are simply to die for, went back there just for those.
  • Eugene Z.heart icon on user image
    Eugene ZakharenkoApril 28, 2018
    Duck Confit the best.
  • Duane E.heart icon on user image
    Duane EdmondsApril 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    get the fried chicken (and cornbread) and save room for the bread pudding. trust me.
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian StraussOctober 25, 2015
    Great for drinks. That Po Boy is fantastic after a cocktail or five.
  • Tânia R.heart icon on user image
    Tânia RaposoAugust 4, 2013
    Best to go with a bigger group so you can have a taste of all the delicious food.
  • Navin
    NavinDecember 13, 2012
    Highlights were the lamb cheek, Mac & cheese, and the fried chicken.
  • Carmen d.
    Carmen da SilvaMay 29, 2012
    Great happy hour at the bar w/ $6 cocktails, $4 beers and $5 apps all night on Mondays!
  • Eve R.
    Eve Rickles-YoungMarch 17, 2013
    Delicious food, cool atmosphere, eclectic decor. Try the crispy tofu appetizer!
  • Navin
    NavinDecember 13, 2012
    Great cocktails like the Bismarck (belvedere vodka and pear liquor)
  • Leah S.heart icon on user image
    Leah SchatzAugust 17, 2015
    Mac $ cheese, lamb cheeks and quinoa salad were great. Skip the ribs.
  • April A.heart icon on user image
    April ArliaJuly 14, 2016
    Food, great menu, small plates to share, great bar!
  • Becky D.heart icon on user image
    Becky DempseyMarch 27, 2016
    Great date night spot- split a few small plates!
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimJuly 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The BBQ spare ribs were unbelievable, heaven in every bite.
  • Julie C.
    Julie ClaytonSeptember 6, 2014
    Wonderful, crowded great food dinner, clay, Kristi, Bing and Cutter
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