"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

HOURS

Monday: 11 am – 2 pm (Lunch Only)
Tuesday-Thursday:  11 am-11 pm
Friday: 11 am to Midnight
Saturday: 5 pm – Midnight (Dinner Only)
Sunday: Closed

MENU

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(All Prices on Menu are Subject to Change)

LUNCH MENU

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DINNER MENU

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BEVERAGE MENU

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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.

 

 

 

Loring Design

“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 Design/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.” – Abby McLean

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Loring Ambiance

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Loring Food

“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.” – Abby McLean

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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 The 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.

Sincerely,
Abby McLean

 

HOURS

Monday: 11 am – 2 pm (Lunch Only)
Tuesday-Thursday:  11 am-11 pm
Friday: 11 am to Midnight
Saturday: 5 pm – Midnight (Dinner Only)
Sunday: Closed 

LOCATION

37 Grand Avenue ~ Oakland, California 94612

The Loring Café is located Grand Avenue between Broadway and Webster Street in the Uptown region of Oakland.

DIRECTIONS

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Driving

From the West — San Francisco: Take I-80 East to I-580 East to Exit 19C (Downtown Oakland/I-980 West). Keep right at the fork in the road, follow signs for 27th St / Grand Avenue and merge onto Northgate Avenue. Turn Left onto Grand Avenue and continue on Grand past Broadway. The Café is on the right side of the street between Broadway and Webster Street.

From the North — Berkeley: Go southbound on I-580 East to Exit 19C (Downtown Oakland/I-980 West). Keep right at the fork in the road, follow signs for 27th St / Grand Avenue and merge onto Northgate Avenue. Turn Left onto Grand Avenue and continue on Grand past Broadway. The Café is on the right side of the street between Broadway and Webster Street.

From the South and East — Oakland Airport: Take I-880 North to the Broadway exit. Take a right and head North on Broadway to Grand Avenue. Turn right on Grand Avenue. The Café is on the right side of the street between Broadway and Webster Street.

Public Transportation (BART)

The 19th Street Oakland BART Station is the closest stop to the Loring Café. From the station, walk North on Broadway 4 blocks to Grand Avenue, and turn right. The Café is located on Grand Avenue between Broadway and Webster Street.

Uptown Area

Nearby attractions Coming Soon!

Our Minnesota Locations

Minnesota. Land of 10,000 Lakes. And home to our sister businesses…

The Loring Pasta Bar

The Varsity Theater

MUSIC & EVENTS

The Loring Café has live music Tuesdays – Saturdays starting at 6pm.

Please call the restaurant at 510.839.3700 to see who is playing on The Loring’s stage.

For additional updates, please follow our Facebook page.

Music Booking

The Loring Café is always eager to receive submissions for music and entertainment not only during dinner, but possibly for late-night events as well.

For Dinner: We are looking for more acoustic-leaning music to compliment the romantic dining experience we are giving our dining guests. Anything from vintage jazz (pre-60′s), foreign flavors, Classical (piano, violin, cello, guitar), Flamenco guitar, French Boulevard, Chanteuse, minimalist beatnik, down tempo Indian ragas, even a bit of Rock-a-billy works for us…

For Late Night: In contrast, for late night entertainment, we’re looking for something a little more louder and fun. Anything from rock to blues, live to DJ, and everything in between will be considered.

WHAT TO SUBMIT
Send us a link to your website/electronic press kit along with samples of your work (be it MP3s or streaming links) that we can listen to and a list of recent/upcoming gigs in the Bay Area. While electronic submissions are preferred, we will accept submissions via mail.

Please send submissions to Jason at Jason@LoringCafe.com

Contact:

Send to varsitymanager@gmail.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 varsitymanager@gmail.com or Jason@loringcafe.com; Please contact us as well for Large parties requests. Thank you ! The Loring Team.


Reservations for Loring Cafe