Levende East

★★★☆☆
  • 827 Washington St

    Oakland, CA 94607

    Cross street: Eighth Street

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  • 510-835-5585

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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 &

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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 &

Pros: Bacon & Sage Mac n Cheese

Cons: Service can be sloooooooow on busy nights

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Food was just OK. I left my Credit card at the restuarant by mistake (they didn't put in the check folio) and the owner was a total Jerk about it, never called me back and gave me some lame story that she could not mail my credit card back

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Food was just OK. I left my Credit card at the restuarant by mistake (they didn't put in the check folio) and the owner was a total Jerk about it, never called me back and gave me some lame story that she could not mail my credit card back

Pros: OK food

Cons: Really nasty owner, snooty hostess, bad customer experience

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The live, and good music, without a cover, made the trip from SF to Oaklnd worth the trouble.The chicken was tasty, with sides of vegetables made a meal large enough not to have to buy extra sides. Our waitress was a treat. Most of all, we

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The live, and good music, without a cover, made the trip from SF to Oaklnd worth the trouble.The chicken was tasty, with sides of vegetables made a meal large enough not to have to buy extra sides. Our waitress was a treat. Most of all, we

Pros: the music by T-Wrex was excellent, service good, food too

Cons: some patrons talked too much during the music

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A byte of life

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A byte of life

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FANTASTIC :)

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FANTASTIC :)

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This location is the East Bay version of Levende in SF's Mission District. The food was good but not great and the service was mediocre. They have live music some nights and a brunch on Saturdays. Prices are reasonable.

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This location is the East Bay version of Levende in SF's Mission District. The food was good but not great and the service was mediocre. They have live music some nights and a brunch on Saturdays. Prices are reasonable.

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The service was awful and the food was worse. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. I was very disappointed and I will never go back to this establishment again.

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The service was awful and the food was worse. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. I was very disappointed and I will never go back to this establishment again.

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Wow, some bad reviews here... but my experience was OK... they could smile more and give prompter service, but I did not get treated as badly as the other reviewers here.

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Wow, some bad reviews here... but my experience was OK... they could smile more and give prompter service, but I did not get treated as badly as the other reviewers here.

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I don't know what that last person is talking about. I live near the old Oakland area so spend a lot of nights at Levende. All the of the owners have never been anything but polite and friendly. Recently there was a Salsa band playing and the owner was definitely having some drinks, and was nothing but happy, smiling and dancing. I spend at least 2 or 3 nights a week, and many lunches there and have never been witness to anything even close to that type of conduct from anyone involved with Levende or its patrons. Great service, tasty food, good music and friendly owners!

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I don't know what that last person is talking about. I live near the old Oakland area so spend a lot of nights at Levende. All the of the owners have never been anything but polite and friendly. Recently there was a Salsa band playing and the owner was definitely having some drinks, and was nothing but happy, smiling and dancing. I spend at least 2 or 3 nights a week, and many lunches there and have never been witness to anything even close to that type of conduct from anyone involved with Levende or its patrons. Great service, tasty food, good music and friendly owners!

Pros: Location, food, and atmosphere

Cons: A little too busy fridays

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On this particular night two friends and I went to the bar and my friend bought the first round on her credit card. The bartender filled half the glass and walked away. When she returned she gave us the total and I politely asked if she didn?t mind filling my glass. She then stated that 3 inches from the top of the glass is their standard pour. I told her that I ordered the same drink from this restaurant for the last several weeks in a row and never have I received a half full glass. Her response in a very condescending tone was that she has been with the restaurant since the beginning and that?s how they are always served and that if I wanted she could take the drink. She proceeded to help other customers and 5 minutes later I had to flag her down for the refund which she said that she had already done, so I asked for the receipt. She began to fast talk me and say that they can only reverse the card at the end of the night as a cash out transaction (contradiction to the previous story). I then told her she can either void the transaction or give my friend the cash. The bartender went to the cash register pressed a coupe buttons and walked over with a paper that she presented as the void receipt. I glanced at the receipt and it was clearly a duplicate receipt of the initial transaction. My friend saw the owner near the bar with a beer and pointed him out to me. I walked over and explained the situation, he was visibly incoherent, but I told him that it is definitely not about the money, yet how much I frequented his restaurant and that this was the first issue I had ever had. He reached in his pocket and handed me a $10 bill which I handed over to my girlfriend who had paid for the drinks. I thanked him and proceeded to walk away and the OWNER said ?AND DON?T COME BACK?. I told him that he did not have to worry about getting my money, business, or recommendation EVER again!

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On this particular night two friends and I went to the bar and my friend bought the first round on her credit card. The bartender filled half the glass and walked away. When she returned she gave us the total and I politely asked if she didn?t mind filling my glass. She then stated that 3 inches from the top of the glass is their standard pour. I told her that I ordered the same drink from this restaurant for the last several weeks in a row and never have I received a half full glass. Her response in a very condescending tone was that she has been with the restaurant since the beginning and that?s how they are always served and that if I wanted she could take the drink. She proceeded to help other customers and 5 minutes later I had to flag her down for the refund which she said that she had already done, so I asked for the receipt. She began to fast talk me and say that they can only reverse the card at the end of the night as a cash out transaction (contradiction to the previous story). I then told her she can either void the transaction or give my friend the cash. The bartender went to the cash register pressed a coupe buttons and walked over with a paper that she presented as the void receipt. I glanced at the receipt and it was clearly a duplicate receipt of the initial transaction. My friend saw the owner near the bar with a beer and pointed him out to me. I walked over and explained the situation, he was visibly incoherent, but I told him that it is definitely not about the money, yet how much I frequented his restaurant and that this was the first issue I had ever had. He reached in his pocket and handed me a $10 bill which I handed over to my girlfriend who had paid for the drinks. I thanked him and proceeded to walk away and the OWNER said ?AND DON?T COME BACK?. I told him that he did not have to worry about getting my money, business, or recommendation EVER again!

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I wanted to celebrate my Cousin's 27th birthday, and she heard this place was GREAT, the one In SF was so nice so we desided to have the party in Oakland..BIG Mistake. 1st our waiter was no were to be found half the night, our food took alomst an hour to get and they were not even crowded. The menu was not pleasing at all. And their food was not great at all either. Not to mention when we got there their was another group of people at our Reserved table. Then on top the gratuity was 18%, which we dont mind paying but the service was horrible, and when I spoke to the manager, he also had an attitude.. If you want to have a good time and good service do NOT go here. It Is not worth It at all.

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I wanted to celebrate my Cousin's 27th birthday, and she heard this place was GREAT, the one In SF was so nice so we desided to have the party in Oakland..BIG Mistake. 1st our waiter was no were to be found half the night, our food took alomst an hour to get and they were not even crowded. The menu was not pleasing at all. And their food was not great at all either. Not to mention when we got there their was another group of people at our Reserved table. Then on top the gratuity was 18%, which we dont mind paying but the service was horrible, and when I spoke to the manager, he also had an attitude.. If you want to have a good time and good service do NOT go here. It Is not worth It at all.

Pros: Very Nice Stting

Cons: Bad Service, rude Manager, Not Appealing Menu

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I have to words to describe this place:BAD SERVICE!
I have pretty much nothing nice to say about this restaurant...the service was poor,the waiter was rude(he would make an "appearance"every 40 minutes or so believe it or not),the food was not only overpriced but took forever to get to me(approx.one hour!),the drinks were nasty(and also took forever to arrive) and the manager could not care less about customer satisfaction.And what confuses me the most is that the place was half way empty(now i know why)!!!I have this 18% gratuity figured out...i guess they have to MAKE you tip because if the tips were based on service i can guarantee you that he would be receiving zero dollars from unhappy customers. We had to take our business across the street after a couple of hours of neglect and rudeness. DON"T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY AT THIS PLACE...IT IS NOT WORTH IT!!!

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I have to words to describe this place:BAD SERVICE!
I have pretty much nothing nice to say about this restaurant...the service was poor,the waiter was rude(he would make an "appearance"every 40 minutes or so believe it or not),the food was not only overpriced but took forever to get to me(approx.one hour!),the drinks were nasty(and also took forever to arrive) and the manager could not care less about customer satisfaction.And what confuses me the most is that the place was half way empty(now i know why)!!!I have this 18% gratuity figured out...i guess they have to MAKE you tip because if the tips were based on service i can guarantee you that he would be receiving zero dollars from unhappy customers. We had to take our business across the street after a couple of hours of neglect and rudeness. DON"T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY AT THIS PLACE...IT IS NOT WORTH IT!!!

Pros: Pleasant hostess

Cons: BAD:food,drinksand overall service!!!

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I decided to celebrate a friend's birthday at lavende in downtown oakland and boy do i regret that decision...i don't even know where to begin thats how bad the service was.The waiter had an attitude problem and was acting like he was doins us all a favor by servicing us...it would take him forever to come around to take the orders and even longer to bring it to us.The drinks were terrible and the food was okay but overpriced.I got my food after 45 minutes and when we asked to speak to manager it did not help...and i came to find out that he was the co owner which makes it worse...he came over to our table and had the same attitude as our waiter...he claimed that the drinks were being made and the food would be "right out"(of course that didn't happen)...he never apologized for the poor service nor offered a discount.An 18% gratuity was already include(which i found absurd) and we were a large group (25 people).I would say that this wasmy worst dining experience.I left the restaurante pretty frustrated and aggravated and I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE TO ANYBODY AND I WILL NOT BE COMING BACK...EVER!

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I decided to celebrate a friend's birthday at lavende in downtown oakland and boy do i regret that decision...i don't even know where to begin thats how bad the service was.The waiter had an attitude problem and was acting like he was doins us all a favor by servicing us...it would take him forever to come around to take the orders and even longer to bring it to us.The drinks were terrible and the food was okay but overpriced.I got my food after 45 minutes and when we asked to speak to manager it did not help...and i came to find out that he was the co owner which makes it worse...he came over to our table and had the same attitude as our waiter...he claimed that the drinks were being made and the food would be "right out"(of course that didn't happen)...he never apologized for the poor service nor offered a discount.An 18% gratuity was already include(which i found absurd) and we were a large group (25 people).I would say that this wasmy worst dining experience.I left the restaurante pretty frustrated and aggravated and I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE TO ANYBODY AND I WILL NOT BE COMING BACK...EVER!

Pros: The ambience was cool and the hostess was nice

Cons: bad food,bad service,rude waiter,rude manager,overpriced,bad drinks

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I recently had a birthday celebration at Levende East - I was promised the larger portion of the restaurant for my guests. Upon my arrival most of my guests were seated in the bar area. I was told that a portion of the area promised to me had been reserved for another party (who never arrived). When they served my birthday cake - it was sliced and placed on napkins w/ no utensils - I had to go to the manager - who then had the cake (still on napkins) placed on plates. Some of my guests said they felt unwelcome - my DJ mentioned they were very inconsiderate of him as well. When I contacted the manager via email - I received no response, no apology, nothing. Beautiful venue, drinks so-so, no customer service - very disappointed.

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I recently had a birthday celebration at Levende East - I was promised the larger portion of the restaurant for my guests. Upon my arrival most of my guests were seated in the bar area. I was told that a portion of the area promised to me had been reserved for another party (who never arrived). When they served my birthday cake - it was sliced and placed on napkins w/ no utensils - I had to go to the manager - who then had the cake (still on napkins) placed on plates. Some of my guests said they felt unwelcome - my DJ mentioned they were very inconsiderate of him as well. When I contacted the manager via email - I received no response, no apology, nothing. Beautiful venue, drinks so-so, no customer service - very disappointed.

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My friends that I hadn?t seen in 6 months decided to meet at Levende's to catch up. We arrived at our 5pm resv. The restaurant was completely empty. After 30 minutes of chatting over our drinks, the waiter told us that we needed to order and that we could not sit at our seat all night. We advised that the restaurant was completely empty. He said continued to verbally harass us about and virtually ruined our evening.

We spoke to the owner who gave us unsympathetic apology. I wouldn't recommend this restautrant. I have never experienced such rude staff.

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My friends that I hadn?t seen in 6 months decided to meet at Levende's to catch up. We arrived at our 5pm resv. The restaurant was completely empty. After 30 minutes of chatting over our drinks, the waiter told us that we needed to order and that we could not sit at our seat all night. We advised that the restaurant was completely empty. He said continued to verbally harass us about and virtually ruined our evening.

We spoke to the owner who gave us unsympathetic apology. I wouldn't recommend this restautrant. I have never experienced such rude staff.

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