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Southern / Soul Food Restaurant, Whisky Bar, and Lounge$$$$
Koreatown-Northgate, Oakland
  • The Southern food at Picán is a can't miss
  • Stacy T.
    "Fried chicken and shrimp and grits are always delicious."(7 Tips)
    "Get the Fried Chicken! ...and the Gouda Mac & Cheese is to die for."(3 Tips)
    "Picán beignets tossed with cane sugar and cinnamon""(3 Tips)
    Hailey C.
    "Highly recommend the meatloaf, short ribs, and fried green tomatoes."(4 Tips)
78 Tips and reviews
  • shrimp and grits
  • fried chicken
  • bourbon
  • mac & cheese
  • cocktails
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  • Angela L.
    Angela LFebruary 4
    Been here 25+ times
    Fried chicken is out of the world @picanoakland
  • Stacy T.
    Stacy TangJanuary 12
    Best quality Southern food in Oakland. Fried chicken and shrimp and grits are always delicious. This place never disappoints!
  • Jon P.
    Jon PariseOctober 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Bourbon Bacon Bloody Mary is amazing.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BJuly 27, 2016
    Fried chicken of course. Service, music, atmosphere chill yet fun.
  • Jean L.
    Jean LApril 10, 2016
    Southern breakfast, coffee, .:-):-).just pick anything
  • Libby L.
    Libby Lee-EganDecember 22, 2015
    Get the truffle honey on your fried chicken you won't regret it
  • Sergio A.
    Sergio AOctober 4, 2015
    We got seated right away on a busy Friday night. Service was lacking. Our waiter could have cared less about us and might as well have thrown the check at me at the end. Food was expensive, only ok.
  • Helen Z.
    Helen ZhangSeptember 14, 2015
    Fried chicken with honey drizzle. Shrimp and grits. Collard greens with brisket.
  • Sherea
    ShereaJune 1, 2015
    Michael was NOT a good waiter. Wasn't attentive at all. The food looked good but didn't taste as good as it looked.
  • EastBayLoop K.
    EastBayLoop Keep it in the Loop!April 30, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Everything is Delicious from the Hand crafted cocktails to the honey drizzled Fried Chicken!
  • Patti M.
    Patti McBrideApril 21, 2015
    Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Marshall S.
    Marshall St. ClairApril 2, 2015
    Louisiana Blue Crab & Lobster Thermidor
  • Ashley K.
    Ashley KemperMarch 12, 2015
    Start with beignets. Order grits. Leave happy.
  • Jodie S.
    Jodie SteinbergFebruary 16, 2015
    Not healthy but who cares. Big whiskey selection and the Mac and cheese is to die for and the fried chicken.
  • ry b.
    ry bDecember 19, 2014
    Jan 2013- Restaurant Week
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanDecember 7, 2014
    Amazing bloody Marys. Get an Uber home.
  • Mrinabh D.
    Mrinabh DuttaNovember 29, 2014
    Fried chicken with truffle honey is in my bucket list.
  • SFGate
    SFGateNovember 20, 2014
    Cocktails are a strength in this southern style restaurant. Stop by after work tonight and take the edge off of your day with a margarita made with bourbon. Read more
  • Marian E.
    Marian ElbertNovember 20, 2014
    Shrimp and grits, fried chicken, and the bourbon tart. Do it!
  • Dennis M.
    Dennis MuellerOctober 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fried chicken is so yummy.
  • Helene S.
    Helene SimsSeptember 28, 2014
    I highly recommend the cheese grits. I'll defiantly be back.
  • Jason J.
    Jason JamesJuly 30, 2014
    Creative Californian takes on Southern moms' home cooking beloved by locals and visiting foodies alike.
  • Sondi H.
    Sondi HenryMay 10, 2014
    The Hurrican.....awesome, don't drink it to fast it will knock you back!
  • Ruth S.
    Ruth StroupMarch 18, 2014
    Awesome bourbon selection
  • Emir P.
    Emir P.February 23, 2014
    Nice place, romantic scenery. Food was good but expensive....
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SandovalDecember 10, 2013
    This brisket dip sandwich is amazing.
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BalanceNovember 17, 2013
    Best meatloaf I've ever had! Delicious!!!
  • Hart P.
    Hart PerezNovember 16, 2013
    Best Mint Julep in West Oakland.
  • Maria M.
    Maria MarianoNovember 15, 2013
    The Gouda Mac and cheese was perfect. For dessert get the banana cream with raspberry dessert.
  • Les W.
    Les WNovember 8, 2013
    Try the Deep South Shortcake Cream Puffs
  • Les W.
    Les WNovember 8, 2013
    Try the Hurricane Lemoyne
  • Les W.
    Les WNovember 8, 2013
    Try the Corn Bread
  • Les W.
    Les WNovember 8, 2013
    Try the Voo Doo Shrimp and Grits
  • Hayden P.
    Hayden PadgettNovember 6, 2013
    Pork shank...get it.
  • Les W.
    Les WNovember 6, 2013
    Try the Deep South Shortcake Cream Puffs -
  • Shalockie T B.
    Shalockie T BurgerOctober 28, 2013
    Food was excellent, the taste I was looking and.craving for.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LyonsOctober 7, 2013
    Amazing catfish!
  • Les W.
    Les WSeptember 19, 2013
    Try the flat iron steak -
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussSeptember 1, 2013
    It kinda was... Uh... Not good.
  • Hailey C.
    Hailey CrowelJune 9, 2013
    Classed up southern food. Highly recommend the meatloaf, short ribs, and fried green tomatoes. And save room for the pecan tart!
  • Monica M.
    Monica MillerJune 7, 2013
    The fried chicken and smoked Gouda Mac & cheese are amazing!
  • Maria
    MariaMay 15, 2013
    During brunch: the BBQ Bourbon Bloody Mary garnished with bacon and shrimp. Because why the hell not.
  • P J.
    The fried chicken & Mac n cheese are great, good portion...but $2 for a drizzle of honey is ridiculous!
  • Crillmatic
    CrillmaticFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the Georgia Pecan Tart - Créme fraiche gelato, bourbon caramel, whipped cream
  • Crillmatic
    CrillmaticFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the Key Lime Icebox Pie - Key lime custard, graham hazelnut crust, Marion berry red wine sauce, candied ginger.
  • Crillmatic
    CrillmaticFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the Southern Fried Chicken - With Mac and cheese.
  • Crillmatic
    CrillmaticFebruary 9, 2013
    Try the Cornbread
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimDecember 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Jamar M.
    Jamar MooreDecember 2, 2012
    The meatloaf with sweet sauce is very good. The fried chicken is good also.
  • Xian X.
    Xian XianNovember 17, 2012
    Saturday brunch: catfish w cheese grits and eggs, yum
  • Xian X.
    Xian XianNovember 17, 2012
    "sexy" bacon - Sooooo gooooood!!!
  • R B.
    R Belen JrNovember 11, 2012
    Try the Coriander glazed lamb ribs
  • Brian D.
    Brian De La TorreJuly 30, 2012
    You must try the Picán Old-Fashioned. All you need to know is that it is bacon-infused.
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    It may be known for its fried chicken, grits and bourbon pairings, but Picán also makes an exceptional artisan cocktail.
  • Paula W.
    Selected as one of the 2012 Bay Area's Top 100 Bars by the SF Chronicle, in the Spirits Curators category.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveJune 8, 2012
    Food Blogger Laura of Kitchen Illiterate recommends Picán. "Favorites include the biscuits and gravy, the fried chicken Benedict, and the Picán beignets tossed with cane sugar and cinnamon"
  • Jon M.
    Jon MerripenMay 25, 2012
    Happy hour drinks at 5 fog city cooler rocks hard
  • Matt H.
    Matt HuntMay 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour prices are ~alright, but the regular menu prices are nowhere near worth the quality just yet. A+ Southern food though ~
  • Janet C.
    Janet ChungFebruary 2, 2012
    Best old fashioned!!
  • Divadelta33
    Divadelta33January 19, 2012
    Being from South Carolina, I must admit the shrimp and grits were great!
  • Laura K.
    Laura KrierJanuary 15, 2012
    They make the best collard greens.
  • Melorra G.
    Melorra GreenNovember 20, 2011
    Try the catfish and grits...
  • BlackboardEats
    BlackboardEatsSeptember 8, 2011
    The Crawfish “Louis” alternates between bites of romaine tossed in vinaigrette, crawfish salad in Louis dressing, cool deviled eggs, and crisp crawfish beignets.
  • Zennie A.
    Zennie AbrahamAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pican's food is awesome. But the owner, Michael Lablanc, owes me an apology. So when you see Michael say "Apologize to Zennie."
  • Mark M.
    Mark McGregorMay 1, 2011
    For your Sunday spiritual pilgrimage, come for brunch and get lost in a bowl of ettouffee.
  • Janis
    JanisDecember 13, 2010
    I met the coolest guy here, love ya RB !
  • AskMen
    AskMenDecember 9, 2010
    Picán has just made bacon-infused bourbon drinks part of its regular menu. It's worth the short BART ride for fried green tomatoes & one of the bourbon or rye classics that your grandfather drank. Read more
  • Miracle J.
    Miracle J.December 9, 2010
    yahoooo ^^" damn it's cool !
  • AskMen
    AskMenDecember 9, 2010
    Some places only offer bacon-infused bourbon once in awhile, but Pican, embassy of Southern food & drink in the East Bay, has just made bacon-infused bourbon drinks part of its regular menu. Try one.
  • Paula W.
    Try the Shrimp and Grits
  • robert E.
    robert ENovember 7, 2010
    Got the fried chicken w/gouda mac & cheese. Not very good food presentation for such an upscale place. Our waiter was horrible, constantly had to get his attention and flag him down for anything.
  • Cynthia F.
    Cynthia FungSeptember 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Show night special!
  • Brian K.
    Brian KillenSeptember 12, 2010
    Fried chicken os off the hook.
  • Quiera M.
    Quiera MartinezAugust 1, 2010
    Pretty good food...fried chicken and mac n cheese was very good..service was crappy...the venue and music are very cool!
  • scott a.
    scott andersonJuly 10, 2010
    This place simply rocks. Michael LeBlanc is a creative genius. Get the jumbalaya, the hot brown, the pimento cheeseburger, and a flight of bourbon! Read more
  • Madeline M.
    Madeline ManogueApril 16, 2010
    This is my favorite place to eat in Oakland! Cornbread, and pecans, and fried green tomatoes...oh my!!!
    GABBYiSACTiVEMarch 14, 2010
    Get the Fried Chicken! ...and the Gouda Mac & Cheese is to die for.
  • Seana M.
    Seana MickolsMarch 5, 2010
    Order everything on the menu, seriously you cant go wrong. Highly recommend the Shrimp and Grits and if you get the Fried Chicken you HAVE to spend the extra $2 for the truffled honey
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