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Amazing views of the bay and incredible food!
The best place to show off the loveliness of Oakland's urban nature, the eclectic-chic Oakland fashion scene, and the happy diversity of her residents.
Always a fun stop on the bike, been going since the kids were young. They liked running down the haunted apartments hallway above, at least that's what we told them. Good BBQ, and the bands always sound good.
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Neat kitschy place. Food is pretty good as well. Later in the evening the place gets eclectic, and a bit trashy. One quote I heard last night was, "It's like a drunken WalMart in here." Great beer selection, but only in bottles. Their drafts are just the usual suspects.
Service was fast food grade left something at the table for 5 minutes and it was gone Be careful!
I've eaten everywhere, and I love Marica's. They do wonderful fish, are fairly priced, and have a wonderful wait staff who make the dining experience terrific. Zagat rates them a 27 on food, which is only one star less than chez panisse and stars ahead of Oliveto, Bay Wolf, etc. It is a great local place to eat.
I loved the clams and mussels at happy hour. And the Margharita was sweet and potent. Long live happy hour. Seeing sailing and motor boats as well as birds and people gliding by on their gliding apparatus was a wonderful plus.
The service is the worst we've ever experienced. Of course it was busy, but everyone seemed to be eating, so we thought we'd try our luck. It took 30 minutes after being seated just to have our order taken. We ordered 3 dishes - noodles, vegetables, and fish - nothing complicated. 40 minutes later, the waitress comes back to tell us that they are out of the Pea Sprouts we ordered and to pick another vegetable. OK, fine, we'll do the Bok Choy. 10 minutes go by and we watch as a waiter delivers an order of Pea Sprouts to a nearby table that came in well after us. Strike 1. Another 10 minutes roll by, still no food. The waitress comes by again to tell us, unapologetically, that they are now "out of chow fun". Strike 2. Fine, the birds nest noodles it is. Another 10 minutes pass, we finally get our bok choy. 5 minutes later, the 2 other dishes arrive. Everything was good, but maybe it only seemed that way because we waited SOOOO LONG for it.
After we ate, we asked for the manager to complain and and all he could say was "sorry" to each of our gripes. Just "sorry". Strike 3.
DO NOT EAT HERE if you expect great service or a friendly attitude. Not sure why they treated us so badly, but I will never eat there again (or maybe only if it's takeout). If you are trying to catch a movie afterward (and we were), DO NOT EAT HERE. They get to you when they feel like it and, dang it, they lied to us.
Maybe if you are in a big group, they will give you a higher priority, but this experience just plain sucked.
Try the fried oyster salad for lunch or an appetizer. It's great!
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