"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."
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.
11:00 – 2:00
11:00 – 8:30/9:00
Dinner: 5:00 – 8:30/9:00
Loring Cafe is located at the intersection of Grand + Broadway in Uptown 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!
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.
Nearby attractions Coming Soon!
Visit us in the Land of 10,000 Lakes!
Wednesday, March 5th, 7:00-7:45, Holly on piano
Friday, March 14th, 7:00/8:00ish, Celia Harris, violin and guitar
Thursdays in March, 7:00 PM, Silivio Correia, Brazilian guitar and sauve crooning