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Boot & Shoe Service

Boot & Shoe Service

Pizza Place, Bar, and Café$$$$
Lakeshore, Oakland
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  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsOctober 16, 2016
    Order two appetizers, a pasta and a pizza. If you're still hungry order more. The cocktail menu is fantastic, if you just feel like boozing it up there's a bar out the back. Cafe is also open at 7am.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • SFGate
    SFGateJanuary 13, 2015
    This hip Italian hot zone gets very busy during peak times. The bar in the back is quieter; rich pork confit hash with hot and sweet peppers or potato wedges and a poached egg are great options. Read more
  • Ronan F.
    Ronan Flynn-CurranJuly 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pricier than many other local cafe / pizza / bar spots, but for a good reason. The food quality is high, there's a lot to love here. Great drinks and coffee to boot (har har).
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussOctober 31, 2014
    Love the Sicilian-style eggs pizza for brunch. My wife and I like to come here after dinner at Penrose across the street. The desserts are better here and the vibe is more intimate for a nightcap.
  • Christian W.
    Christian WilliamsAugust 6, 2014
    A delicious menu, divine cocktails and a gorgeous space. Also a great beer list! A gem for the area and perfect for romantic dinners. The music can be a bit loud. Worth the wait.
  • Taka T.
    Taka TFebruary 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is one of the most reliable restaurant in terms of providing the top notch qualities in both food and drinks. There aren't many places like that when you ask for consistency. Umparalleled.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarkhamFebruary 22, 2015
    The potato and rosemary pizza is delicious. And leftovers (if you can manage it) make for a awesome breakfast the next morning
  • Alex K.
    Alex KimSeptember 24, 2014
    You wouldn't think Oakland over Chicago or NY for pizza but this spot and Arizmendi on the other side on Lakeshore sure do compete for thin crust. Not as cracker crisp but still a great margherita
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary Reiss-DavisApril 10, 2013
    When they are crowded (which is always) and have a long wait, the very large bar area serves the full menu without reservations or putting your name down, just grab a seat or two.
  • K G.
    K GaOctober 14, 2014
    Vegans: they have a chef's special pizza called the Pizzaiolo. It's always different ingredients but always yummy. I always order "the vegan pizza" just to be sure.
  • John B.
    John BobeldykAugust 26, 2013
    Order a Rkatsiteli orange wine with a wood-fired al pizzaiolo. It's natural phenols and tannins balance the char on the pizza crust.
  • Simon G.
    Simon GdogMarch 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Always hits the mark. Friendly and profesh staff. For a wide range of reasons one of my top 5 in the world
  • Brian F.
    Brian FuhrOctober 26, 2014
    I enjoyed not one, but two #dailycortado. Great coffee, fantastic eggs, amazing drinks. Can't wait to return.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 9, 2012
    For breakfast, get the pièce de résistance: an earthenware cazuela containing chickpeas and greens, topped with eggs and chile oil, all baked in the wood pizza oven. Read more
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionMarch 6, 2012
    If you're in the mood for a new twist on an old cocktail, try the cosmo here -- made with fresh-squeezed juice and creme de cassis. Refreshing!
  • D Ki K.
    D Ki KatoJuly 1, 2012
    Try the Spicy Tripe From The Wood Oven With Pancetta, Tomato, An Egg And Toast - Ask for extra bread to sop up the sauce!
  • Elsa K.
    Elsa KaminskyDecember 29, 2015
    Everything is good. Get one of it all. If not, reco is: two salads, a ragu or something, and a pizza.
  • Paula W.
    Paula Wirth / Eat Drink OaklandJuly 5, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Selected as one of the 2012 Bay Area's Top 100 Bars by the SF Chronicle, in the Food-centric category. http://www.sfgate.com/wine/article/Top-100-Bay-Area-Bars-Food-centric-3674577.php
  • Gabby H.
    Gabby HMay 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Cocktails always interesting as are salads. Pastas come Al dents every time. We always have a good, unhurried, fresh meal.
  • Mercy
    MercyJune 10, 2012
    Long wait for a table for 4(30min), but pass the time with yummy cocktails! Get the Snaggler--gin, mint, spumante, and mmmm.
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionMarch 6, 2012
    The avocado and pickled beet salad is a flavor explosion. Try it -- sounds strange, but you'll likely love it. We did!
  • Paula W.
    Paula Wirth / Eat Drink OaklandOctober 14, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Not only is this a great thin crust pizza place at night with a full bar, enjoy sight glass coffee and brunch items.
  • Gabby H.
    Gabby HMay 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get blankets if you're on the patio at night. It gets chilly and the heaters are ineffective for the booths.
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    Boot and Shoe is known for its pizzas, but stands out because of the fresh ingredients used in all its dishes and drinks.
  • SaBean A.
    SaBean AAugust 31, 2011
    Try the heirloom toast antipasto & olive oil, sea salt, froyo with baked apricot dessert. Phe-nom-nom-enally tasty.
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorSeptember 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Brunch is much better than dinner. Dinner serving sizes are a little too small, esp considering price. Service is spotty at best.
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    We’re going to be honest – we came for the pizza but we were more obsessed with everything else (there was not one morsel we put in our mouths that we didn’t love) – the pastas, salads, and apps.
  • Patty A.
    Patty ALMay 24, 2010
    The calamari pizza here is amazing! One of the best pizzas I have ever tasted. The calamari were tender, with just the right amount of spice. Highly recommend it! Read more
  • Steven W.
    Steven WirtOctober 22, 2014
    Artisan cocktails, tasty wine list, pizzas made to perfection. What's not to like?
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissJuly 28, 2013
    East Bay's Flour & Water... But with superb cocktails and without the crowds. A winner!
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimNovember 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cocktails here, the burrata is damn good, love the pizza with anchovies.
  • Trevor G.
    Trevor GilbertSeptember 1, 2015
    Sufficiently pretentious. Fresh ingredients and delicious food. Didn't make up for the unbelievable long wait. Coffee was unremarkable.
  • Darlene L.
    Darlene LeeMay 16, 2012
    Our server recommended adding arugula to the tomato sauce, sausage, hot pepper and panna pizza. Spot on.
  • Virginia M.
    Virginia MurdochJune 15, 2016
    Pretty soggy bases for such a high-rated place. Good cocktails though.
  • Sean N.
    Sean NarvasaApril 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Look out for the secrets tucked away in between the brick scribbled on old receipts
  • Leonardo D.
    Baratta appetizer, and off menu old timey cocktails.
  • Stu M.
    Stu MaschwitzApril 17, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Step 1: Order anything. Step 3: Lick the plate. There is a Step 2, but you won't remember it.
  • Stu M.
    Stu MaschwitzNovember 3, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    A café during the day (except Monday!), serving delicious Sightglass coffee.
  • Dave t.
    MUST try the G&T with the house made tonic!
  • Megan Allison
    Megan AllisonJune 5, 2016
    Cool spot for a starchy brunch. Cocktails on point.
  • Jay C.
    Jay ColinghamMay 9, 2014
    The hosting is awful and much of their food seems preprepared and cooked upon order. We ordered pizza and it came out in <5 minutes. The hostess let us wait for a table at the bar and forgot us.
  • Adriano C.
    Adriano CastroAugust 8, 2014
    Quinoa porridge. A brilliant breakfast that'll set you up for the day.
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyOctober 24, 2015
    Aaaaamazing. That's all. This place is amazing. Everything is good.
  • Vic B.
    Vic BJuly 20, 2014
    Awesome brunch, the oven ratatouille was perfect!
  • William F.
    William FilesOctober 22, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    If they have it on the menu, try the Monterey Bay squid pizza. Tastes like the Amalfi coast. Mmm.
  • Paula W.
    Paula Wirth / Eat Drink OaklandAugust 27, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Have a glass of Sightglass coffee and a ratatouille baked in the wood oven with an egg for breakfast.
  • SFGate
    SFGateApril 13, 2010
    It may be the little sibling of Charlie Hallowell's Pizzaiolo, but it's just as good. When burrata is on the menu, order it. Read more
  • Flynn M.
    Flynn M.January 17, 2011
    House made tonic. The table olives are ridiculously good. I could eat multiple bowls.
  • Mario P.
    Mario PDecember 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab a coffee, head to the back patio and write on your journal.
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorFebruary 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The serve brunch too! It's amazing!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BlockJuly 17, 2016
    Great food. Great drinks. Great service.
  • Nate R.
    Nate RacklyeftSeptember 8, 2013
    Asked for a gluten free option and the kitchen made me something special.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongNovember 12, 2014
    Try the pizza with a fried egg on top!
  • Joe 🐘 L.
    Joe 🐘 LencioniFebruary 2, 2013
    Quite possibly the best pizza AND best service I've had.
  • Petko M.
    Petko MinkovApril 15, 2016
    I got margherita with an egg and it was so good!
  • melissa t.
    melissa taJune 11, 2014
    Lame "kitchen" rules to only seat people when whole party is there. They will give you table away gladly.
  • Melon L.
    Melon LAugust 17, 2015
    Don't miss out on the drinks here. I'd come just for cocktails.
  • Charles C.
    Charles ChenNovember 19, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Manila Clam Pizza...f@#$in amazing! Ultra-rich, savory, taste of the sea
  • Ola
    OlaOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong with the cocktails here!
  • Yve F.
    Yve FontileaSeptember 11, 2011
    William was right - the Monterey squid pizza is divine.
  • Lam A.
    Lam AnhNovember 27, 2013
    If you order the dungeness crab prepare for a salty experience.
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 11, 2010
    Cool bar in the back. Cool cocktails. -Tim Nugent, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • Tim H.
    Tim HarrisonSeptember 24, 2016
    Fantastic pizzas, if a bit pricy.
  • Julia P.
    Julia PivnickMarch 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Now open for breakfast at 8am in the cafe! Good pastries
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtDecember 12, 2014
    Food is great here! Even better than Pizzaiolo
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Bill Corbett, chef of The Absinthe Group (Executive pastry chef), eats here on his nights off. He loves the Potato pizza. Read more
  • Jason J.
    Jason JamesJuly 30, 2014
    Longtime favorite pizza shop Pizzaiolo's rowdier little brother of a restaurant.
  • Angela Y.
    Angela YokotaDecember 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Rapini and housemade sausage
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RedfieldDecember 27, 2014
    Exquisite French toast ad sumptuous cocktails.
  • trina d.
    trina dikitananJanuary 10, 2012
    Awesome bar in the back! Great vibes.
  • Kamil J.
    Kamil JaniszewskiJuly 27, 2012
    Great pizza and exceptional squid.
  • Jordan F.
    Jordan FineJanuary 22, 2016
    Try an egg on your pizza
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah GoerzenAugust 29, 2015
    Their brunch was fantastic
  • Steven W.
    Steven WirtMarch 17, 2014
    Four words: Bittersweet Chocolate Caramel Tart
  • Taylor D.
    Taylor Dolezal5 days ago
    The margarita pizza is PHENOMENAL
  • mcldiebel
    mcldiebelJune 13, 2012
    Try the Burrata With Tomatoes
  • Josh W.
    Josh WentzSeptember 21, 2014
    pizza, by Adam Airbnb from Grand Lake
  • Bob L.
    Bob LeeSeptember 19, 2011
    Great pizzas, but you'll have to deal with the noise.
  • Beau S.
    Beau SmithJune 16, 2013
    Squid pizza. Nom.
  • Mark M.
    Mark McGregorAugust 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Now serving breakfasty things, and Sight Glass, the Bay's best coffee.
  • Simon G.
    Simon GdogMarch 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Lemons pickling I think
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeishmanMay 14, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Latest wifi pass "meatball"
  • Taylor L.
    Taylor LorenMarch 30, 2015
    weekend brunch! only open 10-2 though
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussOctober 31, 2014
    Pizza in a boudoir atmosphere.
  • Raoul B.
    Raoul BaddeNovember 29, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    john is long haired bar tender in the back. say hello sometime
  • Paula W.
    Paula Wirth / Eat Drink OaklandJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Now serving full brunch sat. and sun. 10am-2pm!
  • Simon G.
    Simon GdogMarch 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Master at work
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MilmoeJuly 19, 2010
    Don't want to stand around waiting for good food? Head around the corner to Mimosa Cafe for AWESOME Ethiopian food.
  • Ian S.
    Ian ShakilSeptember 26, 2012
    They don't allow you to use your laptop here .... even if it's a dinner meeting ... and they're quite rude about it
  • Rich N.
    Rich N.December 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Add an egg to your sausage pizza!
  • Viva M.
    Viva MogiMarch 4, 2012
    For a refreshing drink: go with the new Orleans buck!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DermodyJuly 8, 2015
    Seating is difficult to come by
  • Sebastien S.
    Sebastien SahucAugust 6, 2014
    Amazing pizza and cocktails
  • Don K.
    Don KnoxJanuary 15, 2010
    Do not miss out on the potato and rosemary pizza. You won't be sorry.
  • Simon G.
    Simon GdogMarch 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This picture is worth 1000 words
  • Eric S.
    Eric SNovember 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Housemade tonic with gin!
  • mcldiebel
    mcldiebelJune 13, 2012
    Try the Beef Tongue Fritters
  • Hello K.
    Hello KymmieApril 13, 2010
    The Manila Clam with Aioli Pizza is really good!
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChoiSeptember 10, 2013
    House made tonic- yum!
  • Anndee F.
    Anndee FranciscoJuly 20, 2013
    Love the Pana pizza!
  • Michael L.
    Michael LandeNovember 3, 2014
    Cocktails, pizza, pasta
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