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Brown Sugar Kitchen

2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607-1727
+1 510-839-7685
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (15 reviews)
“beignets” (20 reviews)
“waffles” (98 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 am - 3:00 pmAll hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607-1727
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very enjoyable but the flies were annoying! The restaurant needs to invest in some flytraps. The chicken was crispy, seasoned well and moist.

Thank Michelle J
Reviewed 5 days ago

Get there before 9 am to get a table; we arrived at 8:45 am and by 9:15 the wait for tables started. We began with the beignets topped with powdered sugar and served with blackberry jam. Oh my! As a starter, it serves 2. Good...More

Thank D O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the best chicken and waffles I've ever had. Be prepared to wait, but it is definitely worth it.

Thank TengKiat
Reviewed 2 November 2017

On my first visit, it was easy to see why Brown Sugar is so popular. The food is exceptional, the staff friendly and attentive. I went with a friend for Saturday brunch. I had the organic cheddar cheese grits with poached eggs. So good that...More

Thank Judith D
Reviewed 1 October 2017

On a recent visit to Oakland, we ate at Brown Sugar Kitchen. The food was delicious and tastefully prepared. The fried chicken and waffles were the best and that apple cider vinegar syrup is a treat. The waffles are light and fluffy, made with cornmeal....More

Thank JeannetteMinnesota
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

A little out of the way = easy parking at least. The fried chicken and waffles lived up to legendary reputation. Shrimp & grits, pork hash also terrific. Coffee drinks excellent. Service friendly & knowledgeable but it (or the kitchen) can be slow. But the...More

Thank ProfDRS98
Reviewed 17 September 2017

We have breakfast and lunch and it has been outstanding every time. The chicken was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Waffles are killer. The barbeque was great. Everything was brought to the table, hot.

Thank rjalterman1
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

We came here during our anniversary vacation. We found it very easily, as it is nestled in a chill little industrial area in Oakland. Parking was easy AND FREE!! We came in and we're greeted immediately. We were sat within seconds even though it was...More

Thank Sholdon D
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

After having tried 900 Grayson in Berkley on my last visit for chicken and waffles, I had to try this place. At $18 the chicken and waffles are a little pricey but not necessarily out of reason for this area. The place is popular and...More

Thank pilotman06
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Went here for Brunch - was a one hour wait but totally worth it. Chicken was tender and full of flavour - but the waffles were to die for !

Thank J4DYD
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607-1727
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 510-839-7685
  • E-mail
Brown Sugar Kitchen is a full service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch & brunch. We have a Zagat score of 26, which is the highest score for a soul food restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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