East Bay politicians and business people flock to this restaurant for its traditional American cuisine and central Oakland locale.. In Short Dark wood paneling and beige upholstery highlight the decor, while the menu focuses on classic meat and potatoes dishes. Entrees include marinated hangar steak with salsa verde and braised short ribs with mashed potatoes. For dessert, indulge in a fruit crostata with vanilla ice cream and a classic creme brulee with shortbread cookies.
Give it a try!.
I've been to Verbena several times for business lunches. The food is always delicious and well-presented. I particulary enjoyed the chorizo pizza and seared gnocchi - the desserts are wonderful as well. The wait-staff has always been attentive and helpful. I also went to Verbena for a margarita happy hour - very tasty...
Service with a grimace.
While it's a convenient business meeting place in Oakland, this restaurant has some severe blemishes that make it hard to recommend. I would not return here. The service at lunch the other day was catastrpohic. When the waiter knocked over a wine glass spilling wine on the table and on me his comment was 'good thing it wasn't red wine!'. We were left to mop up the mess with our napkins. Unfilled water, coffee that was never refilled, wine that was delivered after the first course arrived all also marred what should have been a pleasant dining experience. The food was hit and miss. Fried calamari and a fritto of artichoke were light and tasty. The chicken salad was soggy, overdressed, and very light on the chicken. Desert was good with the strawberry shortcake being delightful.
Worth a try.
The zucchini salad offered fresh and delicious produce - very seasonal. Service is prompt and polite, and we sat in a booth rather than a table after requesting it upon arrival. Mushroom pizza is divine with its thin, crisp crust, and "shiny fresh fish of the day" doesn't disappoint. Too bad there aren't more things happening closeby after work in the area - this is a fun dinner spot for large groups and co-workers.