All we hear about beautiful Oakland is all the murders. But for those that venture out into the revitalized streets of Oakland we find places like Levende East. This wonderful restaurant really surprised me when it came to food, music & atmosphere. Oakland is not full of thugs. You will find professional, laid back folks in there. It has become one of our ""places to meet"" spots for most of my friends. They keep a classic menu, but are not afraid to try new things. I would recommend the mini burgers,(lamb or tuna)as well as, the some of the best mac and cheese I've had in a restaurant. Need music? Some nights there is a live DJ. If you feel the urge to dance, no one will stop you. As for their bar, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the damrak basil gimlet when made correctly.(had to send it back twice, cuz one bartender was clueless) Other than that, it usually is a relaxing night out in Oakland.
Pros: Bacon & Sage Mac n Cheese
Cons: Service can be sloooooooow on busy nights