What we’re about…
actual cafe is a neighborhood-minded restaurant & cafe located in the Golden Gate neighborhood of North Oakland. Since 2009, we’ve been serving excellent coffee and breakfast, lunch & dinner, and weekend brunch. We also serve excellent (mostly) local draft beers and a small wine and cocktail selection. Our menu changes weekly, and our weekly offerings are based on farm-direct seasonal produce from some great local farms that we love.
Our Afternoon Delight happy hour, from 3-7 every day, with half-price draft beer pitchers and specials on Urban Legend Cellars wines by the glass.
We’re open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, and dinner. We serve coffee and espresso, delicious pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other specials.
We stand by our values…
We like simple food and drink, prepared from scratch with a bit of love
We know our customers care about price, so we work hard to keep ours low, even in the face of increasing costs
We spend every dollar that we can on local staff, local vendors, and local producers, because we think that a thriving independent local economy builds real and sustainable solutions.
We support fair wages for our own staff and for all restaurant workers. We campaigned for Oakland Measure FF, and continue working at the city and state level on restaurant wage issues.
We like art, music, bikes, and all the fascinating people around us
We have laptop-free weekends because we think although technology has given us great tools, we also need lively places to come together
Some of our Sources
Red Bay Coffee . Acme Baking (rolls & bread) . Clover Stornetta Dairy (milk, eggs, ice cream) . Oaktown Spice Shop . Dirty Girl Produce, Riverdog Farm, Full Belly Farm, and more (produce for our weekly specials) . Five Dot Ranch (beef) . Beeler’s Pork (bacon) . Mary’s Chicken
What folks are saying…
We’re an Alameda County Green Business, and a member of the Green Cafe Network
We’re a member and supporter of Oakland Grown and the Sustainable Business Alliance
We were voted Bike-Friendly Business by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition in 2010
We were named Best Cafe by the East Bay Express in 2012
The SF Chronicle selected us as their Bargain Bite in February 2014