"I was walking down the street tonight and saw your cafe. It was already closed. I stopped dead. I couldn't believe it. Your cafe looked just like the place I'd spent many a night while I was a law student at the U [of Minnesota] in the late 90s in Minneapolis. I started jumping up and down and telling my husband about the hours I'd spent listening to music, smoking ( indoors! ), and drinking red wine at a place that felt like a lush architectural ruin. Then I went to your website when I got home only to find out it was the SAME Loring! That is so amazing. Some of the best memories of my young adult life were there. I'll be by for a drink soon."

-Sarah O., Oakland. CA

Monday 11 am – 2 pm

Tuesday-Thursday  11 am-11 pm

Friday 11 am to Midnight

Saturday 5 pm – Midnight

Sunday Closed

(Prices on Menu are subject to changes)

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(all prices on menu are subject to change at anytime)

Bohemian Dining

The Loring dining experience is both casual and enchanting, characterized by an unpretentiously delicious and affordable menu, live music programming, friendly service, and an imaginative background. Our take on Bohemian dining combines the elegant and the everyday, on the menu and otherwise. Don’t be fooled by some of the fairytale finery. This is not uptight fine dining.

The Culinary State of the Union

New American food is not afraid to combine great Mexican dishes, European bistro food, Asian flavors and nicely-done diner favorites-not all in one dish, but all on one menu. You’ll find that diversity in your city, your home cooking, and also at the Loring. Like in your home, the culinary state of the union also includes a turn to sustainable, local goods, and recycling, without that being advertised in every instance. What you will certainly notice is our commitment to pocketbook sustainability.




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Loring Ambiance

The Loring Design and Build Guild has been laying crooked bricks for Jason McLean productions since ’86. Using a variety of support mechanisms, the walls and arches are suspended in unlikely ways and topped with finishes and a few treasures.


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Welcome to the Loring

Once upon a time in ’86, the “Old Loring” opened on Loring Park in Minneapolis, attracting a mix of artists, writers, actors, and musicians from the local arts scene. From a hole in the wall to a full city block, a few sister venues later (Loring Playhouse, Loring Pasta Bar, Kitty Cat Klub, and Varsity Theater), and a few decades of friendships and folklore later, we’re taking the show on the road, residing in West Oakland, and ready to serve you favorite dishes from our home test kitchen.

When people ask what kind of cooking we serve, I say, “American, like at home.” My husband, Jason, calls it the “new culinary state of the union,” the state of great American home cooking today. It’s not high concept, but it’s not diner food. It’s American cooking that’s not afraid of vegetables or herbs and spices. It’s delicious. Affordable. You’ll find a mix of global flavors-not all in one dish, but all on one menu.

The industrial arts staging is a Loring signature style, invoking the comfort, history, and romance of the European cafe scene with a twist of surrealism. Jason designed the bells and whistles, built out of nuts and bolts with the help of the trusty carpenters, brick masons, and steel workers of the Loring Build Guild, each with their own distinctive mark. The enchanting handiwork and the warmth of longstanding friendships are at the heart of the Loring. Imagination, friendship, home cooking.

We hope you find a home away from home here. I look forward to your good company.


Abby McLean





11:00 – 2:00

Tuesday – Thursday :

11:00 – 10pm

Friday :

11:00 – Midnight !!


Dinner: 5:00 – Midnight !!



Loring Cafe, 37 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Loring Cafe is located at the intersection of Grand + Broadway in Uptown Oakland.

Driving directions to Loring Cafe | Oakland

From the West — San Francisco: Take I-80 East take the I-580 E to the Downtown Oakland exit 19C. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for27th St/W Grand Ave and merge onto Northgate Ave, turn Left onto Grand Ave, Continue on Grand past Broadway. The Cafe is on the right side of the street.

From the North — Berkeley: Head South on I-580 E to the Downtown Oakland exit 19C. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for27th St/W Grand Ave and merge onto Northgate Ave, turn Left onto Grand Ave, Continue on Grand past Broadway. The Cafe is on the right side of the street.

From the South and East — Oakland Airport: take I-880 N take a slight right onto I-980 E take exit 1B (17th Street) and continue north to Grand Ave. Turn right. The Cafe is on the right side of the street.


Parking information Coming Soon!

Take the B.A.R.T.

The 19th Street Station is the closest stop to our location. Head North on Broadway upon exiting and continue 4 blocks north to Grand Ave. Take a right and we are nestled between Broadway and Webster. Approximately a 6 minute walk from the BART station.

Uptown Area

Nearby attractions Coming Soon!

Minnesota Locations

Visit us in the Land of 10,000 Lakes!

- loringpastabar.com

- varsitytheater.org


October 3rd Dennis on Piano

October 4th Vic and Group !! and Octoberfest !!

October 7th : Tomasso on Piano

October 8th : Michelle Guitar / Vocalist

October 9th : Dennis On Piano

 We try to have an event almost every night of the week, we now open until 11pm and Midnight on Friday and Saturday !!

Artists, Singers, Music players, all performers, amateurs, please contact me at stephan.loring@yahoo.com or Jason@loringcafe.com for info on how to join our stage !!!



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Send to info@loringcafe.com AND Jason@loringcafe.com

Reservation Online (*):

(*)Reservations for Loring Cafe available up to four month online, any later date, please call 510-839-3700 or email the restaurant at info@loringcafe.com or Jason@loringcafe.com; Please contact us as well for Large parties requests. Thank you ! The Loring Team.

Reservations for Loring Cafe