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Brown Sugar Kitchen

#11 of 1,051 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
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2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607-1727
+1 510-839-7685
07:00 - 15:00
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All hours
Sun 08:00 - 15:00
Tue - Sat 07:00 - 15:00
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San Francisco, California
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Came here on Sunday and thankfully didn't have to wait too long for a seat. My group had planned to order coffee and a pastry while waiting since we called before and was given a 45 minute estimate wait time. We were sat before our pastries were given to us which was great since we were starving. We all ordered... More 

Thank hungryhipp0s4
Oakland, California
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95 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm partial to this place but it is by far the best breakfast around. Friend chicken and Waffle and the Smoked Ham Hash are my favorites. The coffee is good so grab some while you wait the hour to get a table. It could be longer. Get there early.

Thank Neville V
Level Contributor
22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We frequent this restaurant for brunch monthly at least. The food is superb. Two of my favorites are the pork hash & poached eggs and the chicken & waffles. There is a bit of a wait most Saturday's but for me the food is worth the wait.

Thank Orlando D
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow!!! Loved their fried chicken!!! Yummy!! If you want to taste a southern food without going to southern state... visit Brown Sugar Kitchen... you won't be disappointed and make sure you get there on-time.... but it's worth waiting...

Thank minhee63
New York
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

My first time to this restaurant, and I must say I give them a 4 out of ten. I waited 2 hours to be seated, then I ordered the gumbo and it tasted more like stew, wasn't good. The fried chicken was ok but too greasy, the Mac and cheese was devine. FYI Please watch where u park your car.... More 

1 Thank danity50
Quezon City, Philippines
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189 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

This was such a lovely place with great food! We came on a weekday so, no long lines and we were seated right away. For a first timer, best to order what is the best on their menu: butter milk fried chicken & cornmeal waffle with brown sugar butter and apple cider syrup! The waffle was so different. It was... More 

Thank mimabama
Oakley, California
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This restaurant has been open for awhile and Im bummed I'm just now going to this place. We came on peak time and so we have to wait for almost an hour. But we made do, ordered our chai latte and had their incredible light biscuit while waiting. Finally had their famous chicken and waffles and was not dissapointed. The... More 

Thank extrakimchi
Jacksonville, Florida
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134 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Their chicken and waffles are the absolute bomb! I had he barbecue shrimp and grits but my friends had the chicken and waffles. I couldn't stop eating their food. My meal was real good as well. The restaurant is in a seedy part of town but it's not horrible.

Thank defazeo f
La Habra, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Brown Sugar Kitchen is an amazing restaurant. Great breakfast/brunch food selection with coffee that's just amazing. You will be amazed with their waffles and specially made syrup.

Thank harryb447
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Worth the 45 minute wait on a Saturday morning. Slightly hungover from overconsumption at a concert at the greek theater in Berkeley last night, the logical option for the four of us was mimosas and waffles. This place was pretty much the perfect manifestation of said desires. Fluffy perfect waffles, moist and crispy fried chicken, cheesy grits and poached eggs... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 15
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607-1727
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 510-839-7685
Brown Sugar Kitchen is a full service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch & brunch. We have a Zagat score of 26, which is the highest score for a soul food restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?