Shakewell Review: A Must Visit for Brunch (Oakland)

I honestly can't believe that it has taken me this long to finally visit Shakewell, a cozy and stylish Mediterranean restaurant in Oakland that's been open for two years. Patrick and I were invited over for brunch on Sunday and we can't stop raving about all the outstanding food we ate. 

Their menu stands a part from your standard brunch spot with options like shakshuka (Moroccan baked eggs), falafel cakes, fried chicken and churros, smoked salmon flatbread, and my favorite mushroom toast with red hawk and truffles. If you're a traditionalist, you'll be happy to see typical options as well from local bagels from Authentic Bagel Co. to eggs, bacon and crispy potatoes. Patrick and I shared three dishes and loved them all: 

A visit to Shakewell is worth it for this mushroom toast alone. It is one of the best things I've ever put into my mouth. Rich and indulgent mushroom toast with funky creamy and oozy red hawk cheese, Himalayan truffles, melted leeks, and chives. Each bite is full of bold flavors. It's buttery, nutty and subtly sweet from the melted leeks and caramelized mushrooms. It is to die for. 

So many places offer chicken and waffles, but I've never seen any place offer chicken and churros. You'll want to order this because it's pretty remarkable. The chicken breast is marinated in yogurt, rubbed in spices then deep fried. Served with crispy airy churros that have just the right amount of dough in the middle, drizzled with a sweet buttermilk syrup. I only wish I had more buttermilk syrup to dunk my churros in. Also, you should know that I absolutely hate chicken breast, but their breast was so freakin' moist that I couldn't help myself from loving it

The mac and cheese is cheesy, gooey, and creamy. Full of rosemary ham, brussels sprouts, bechamel and parmesan, topped with crumbs and scallions. It's well worth the food coma that put me to sleep. 

I must not forget to mention their cocktail options. I absolutely loved my mango-passion agua fresca (really was more of a spritzer) and Patrick loved his Lakeshore Cooler, a concoction of hanson cucumber mint organic vodka, cocchi americano, lime, and dill syrup. 

Shakewell makes the kind of food that we both love to eat and are willing to travel for. Simply fantastic food with bold flavors, beautiful and bright spacious dining room with quick and friendly service to boot.

Shakewell is truly one of the best brunches I've had in Oakland. I can't wait to come back for more, especially for dinner (their wood-oven paella sounds incredible!). 

By the way, Shakewell is offering some awesome weekday deals:

Family Style Tuesdays: Served every Tuesday night, the Fried Chicken Dinner feeds four to six people, and includes two buttermilk-fried organic 38 North chickens along with two sides, pickles, cornbread, and three sauces. For those who arrive before 6 p.m., churros with buttermilk syrup are on the house.

We Drink Wine Wednesdays: Every Wednesday night, diners receive 20 percent off every bottle of wine, and the corkage fee is waived.

Buck a Shuck Thursdays: Every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., shucked oysters are only $1 apiece at the bar.

Thank you so much for having us as your guests, Shakewell team! 

Visiting Shakewell


3407 Lakeshore Ave. Oakland, CA 94610



(510) 251-0329


  • Brunch Saturday & Sunday   10:30a.m. - 2:30p.m.

  • Happy Hour @ bar Tuesday - Sunday   4:00 - 6.00p.m. 

  • Lunch Wednesday - Friday   11:30a.m. - 2:30p.m.                 

  • Dinner Tuesday-Saturday   5:30 - 10:00p.m.              

  • Dinner Sunday   5:00 - 9:00p.m. 

  • Closed Monday

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