Located along a stretch of Washington Street in Old Oakland, Caffe 817 — under the ownership of Scott and Emily Goldenberg — offers a European cafe experience with meals worth the relatively high prices. Loyal customers come back for the delicious Italian flourishes in breakfast and lunch offerings, with daily specials that appeal to the palette. The service, though sometimes slow, is solicitous, and the baristas make impressive coffee art, as worthy of display as the latest art show on the walls. On a sunny day, sidewalk seating under umbrellas perfects the experience. Bottled beer and wine selections vary with the season.
Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Sat.: 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, cash, ATM/Debit
Extra Info: Acme breads; Niman Ranch meats; Hobbs smoked meats; the restaurant says most of its produce is organic. Participates in the Community Alliance for Family Farmers' "Buy Fresh, Buy Local" campaign.