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Brown Sugar Kitchen



2534 Mandela Pkwy
Oakland, CA 94607

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(510) 839-7685

  • Sun - 8:00am - 3:00pm
  • Mon Closed;
  • Tue - Sat 7:00am - 3:00pm

Cuisine: American Restaurants, Breakfast and Brunch

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4.6 of 5.0 from 155 reviews


price range:$11 to $25

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Brown Sugar Kitchen Reviews

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  • Nicole P.Believe the hype. Get the chicken and waffles.

    33333 by Nicole P.


  • Kat C.Their beignets give most a run for their money -- way better than Brenda's. And my god, the waffle with brown butter and apple cider sauce!

    55555 by Kat C.


  • Marta T.The waffles The Waffles The waffles. The chicken is ok. I had the granola and it was delicious as well. Great spot!

    55555 by Marta T.


  • Franklin M.Placed my order...waited 45 min. No food. I'll have to think about going back again.

    22222 by Franklin M.


  • Brian S.Been here three times and each visit did not live up to the hype. Good coffee. My fried chicken was undercooked.

    33333 by Brian S.


  • Mike SFried chicken and waffles boyyyyy

    55555 by Mike S


  • Kindred S.There are a number of items on the menu that are worth trying... bring friends and everyone order somethin' different & share...!

    55555 by Kindred S.


  • Tammie CWaffle chicken

    55555 by Tammie C


  • Marc E.Food Network's Top 5 Soul Foods: #3 Chicken and Shrimp Combo

    55555 by Marc E.


  • Ricky S.This is a nice place to grab breakfast during the week. I am a big guy & appreciate their large portions. Very good grits, eggs, & breakfast meats. Go early and enjoy.

    55555 by Ricky S.


  • Robert RGet the chicken and waffles, with Apple cider syrup!

    55555 by Robert R


  • Joey C.The wait isn't that bad when you realize you get unlimited BICYCLE COFFEE refills while you wait! Are you kidding me? So awesome. Also the chicken & waffles are amazing.

    55555 by Joey C.


  • Macho AWaffles are good

    55555 by Macho A


  • Krista marie I.THE WAFFLES ARE DELICIOUS! The chicken was good. But next time, I'm ordering just a bunch of waffles

    55555 by Krista marie I.


  • dedi h.I can take or leave the chicken and waffles, but I would go out of my way to have their grits and biscuits.

    55555 by dedi h.


  • Alice O.Chicken & waffles is a must - it's not too heavy which I really liked. Also the egg tart was suuuper good.

    55555 by Alice O.


  • Morgan KObviously the chicken and waffles. Incredible coffee

    55555 by Morgan K


  • Neil BuckmanThe chicken & waffles are the best in town.

    55555 by Neil Buckman


  • Shawna MWent here for lunch and was disappointed. Ordered the Grilled Pork Hash, bad idea! It was so burnt. We were sat at the counter and saw the cooks use the same grease over and over to cook the chicken.

    22222 by Shawna M


  • Siddharth V.Amazing fried chicken and really light waffles. Perfect combination for a brunchy Sunday.

    55555 by Siddharth V.


  • Sara AThough the skin of the fried chicken is not crispy as I expected ( actually is sort of soggy), but the flavor and texture is soooo good!

    33333 by Sara A


  • Shelly ZordichThe BEST fried chicken and waffles you will ever have. The beignets are also really tasty!

    55555 by Shelly Zordich


  • Dayna S.Try the Chicken and Waffles. They are awesome!

    55555 by Dayna S.


  • Dai ShiThe chicken and waffles live up to the hype. Gotta get em.

    55555 by Dai Shi


  • Vanessa N.Perfect breakfast: 1 pc chicken, side salad, buttermilk biscuit.

    55555 by Vanessa N.


  • D L.The fried chicken was really bad. No flavor at all. Had to use the hot sauce. Coming from LA, I made the mistake of thinking all chicken and waffles were created equal.

    33333 by D L.


  • Karsten McVayChicken and waffles are amazing, but the ribs are pretty damn good too

    55555 by Karsten McVay


  • Paul M.Chicken and Waffles are the bomb

    55555 by Paul M.


  • Going XWow! This little cafe is amazing! The waffles are mouth watering and the customer service a super plus. Brown Sugar Cafe you Rock!

    55555 by Going X


  • Malcolm GinAlways a grand breakfast option!

    55555 by Malcolm Gin


  • SFistPeople don't only go to Brown Sugar Kitchen for their chicken and waffles, but almost. Both truly are perfect.

    55555 by SFist


  • Sloane G.What's good here? ?? Everything. Try the chicken and waffles. Crispy chicken. Buttery waffles with apple reduced syrup. The grits. Creamy cheesy and heavenly. Gotta go. My food is coming.

    55555 by Sloane G.


  • heathr g.The dirty rice is as good as the waffles. Insane. Do it.

    33333 by heathr g.


  • SFGateThis cheery restaurant is always buzzing with conversation and the sound of sizzling. The food is both straightforward and lush. The light cornmeal waffle with a sweet-sour cider syrup is famous.

    55555 by SFGate


  • Anthony SAsk about reservations the wait can be over an hour ....

    33333 by Anthony S


  • Sugar Society SFObviously the chicken and waffles are a must when you stop by. In particular the waffles, should've order more waffles with the apple cider syrup. Regular waffles will no longer cut it.... Smh

    55555 by Sugar Society SF


  • Maddie Mae R.Get a side of macaroni and cheese and the seasonal vegetable. Chef will plate them together for you!

    55555 by Maddie Mae R.


  • Nick F.fried chicken & waffles are soooo good

    55555 by Nick F.


  • Sean G.Since everyone has already left plenty of tips about the waffles... how about some love for their beignets? Equally amazing as a starter to share.

    55555 by Sean G.


  • Don HolmCoffee waffles fried chicken biscuits yummy. But ya get some "tude".

    55555 by Don Holm


  • Alex K.The best chicken and waffles I've had thus far and no I haven't tried Roscoe's yet. Gumbo was great too but that chicken and waffles. Goodness.

    55555 by Alex K.


  • Payton MillerAs other people have said DO believe the hype. Fried chicken and waffles is out of this world

    33333 by Payton Miller


  • Grace ChaungGrits are straight up butter and I love it.

    55555 by Grace Chaung


  • Darrin REverything

    55555 by Darrin R


  • Kyle YoungblomTheir biscuits are heavenly.

    55555 by Kyle Youngblom


  • Kim DThe waffles address the best.

    55555 by Kim D


  • Alayna R.The potatoes are amazeballz.

    33333 by Alayna R.


  • Ru ChungChx n waffles, no failing! I've had this combo on many cities and I always recommend this to any traveling to the bay!

    55555 by Ru Chung


  • Best ofBrown Sugar Kitchen in West Oakland is the place to go if you love waffles, & fried chicken. Chef Tanya Holland's Organic buttermilk-fried chicken and cornmeal waffles are a delight in every bite.

    55555 by Best of


  • Paul GarlingtonExcellent Southern Soul Food.

    55555 by Paul Garlington


  • James K.My fav spot in Oakland . Prepare to wait 30+ mins for a table

    55555 by James K.


  • zippyGumbo comes out quickly, even on busy days, and is delicious

    55555 by zippy


  • Jodie M.For first timers make sure to get the infamous chicken n waffles! Hits right the spot :) The pairing of light cornmeal waffles drizzled w/ apple cider syrup and fried chicken was divine!

    55555 by Jodie M.


  • SalKay A.Super packed...more than an hour wait😱

    33333 by SalKay A.


  • Loraine T.weekend brunch!

    55555 by Loraine T.


  • Deny K.Try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Cornmeal Waffle With Brown Sugar Butter & Apple Cider Syrup

    55555 by Deny K.


  • JohnChicken & waffles = thumbs up

    55555 by John


  • breena bChicken and Waffle is to die for

    55555 by breena b


  • Rosanne Chancornmeal waffles are like clouds, light and fluffy.

    55555 by Rosanne Chan


  • Christle A.shrimp and grit

    33333 by Christle A.


  • Keith Y.Don't underestimate the awesome black eyed pea salad.

    55555 by Keith Y.


  • Jill B.Best waffles in America

    55555 by Jill B.


  • christa e.The apple cider syrup tastes like candy! No non-fat milk; only 2%.

    33333 by christa e.


  • adam b.Line is long, food wait often longer.. waffles come cold prices too high for quantity, can takeout anything BUT chicken and waffles ("theres a lot of factors.." - wtf?) Home of C&W instead!

    33333 by adam b.


  • ToastReally really good!

    55555 by Toast


  • Holly R.Chicken and waffles. That's all I can say.

    55555 by Holly R.


  • Erica S.Get there early on Sunday, like 8am when they open...

    55555 by Erica S.


  • Chuck S.Try the Brown Sugar Pineapple Glazed Bbq Baby Back Ribs (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Chuck S.


  • Chuck S.Try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Cornmeal Waffle With Brown Sugar Butter & Apple Cider Syrup - This was wonderful. Probably the best Chicken & Waffles I have ever had. (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Chuck S.


  • Shahid C.Start with a fresh hot beignet and a cappucino, followed by a cornmeal waffle and Tanya Holland's special deep fried chicken, here you will find food cooked and served with LOVE!

    55555 by Shahid C.


  • Sasha K.great americano !

    55555 by Sasha K.


  • Sukhjit G.The chicken and waffles are the best I've ever had.

    55555 by Sukhjit G.


  • Jessamyn W.Be prepared for a loong wait.

    55555 by Jessamyn W.


  • Brittney C.Fried chicken and waffles. Must have!

    55555 by Brittney C.


  • John B.I come here frequently for the cheese grits with poached eggs. If you come early on a week day, there is no wait.

    55555 by John B.


  • Giovanni B.They will tell you to wait 1 hour and 30 minutes and you will listen.

    22222 by Giovanni B.


  • Lola W.FYI They do take credit cards. We thought they took cash only and it delayed us checking this place out.

    33333 by Lola W.


  • Dave S.45 minute to an hour wait at 10AM. Get here super early or don't go.

    33333 by Dave S.


  • Christopher F.Fantastic ... slow food (but well worth the wait). Big portions, and definitely go for the specials.

    55555 by Christopher F.


  • Michael C.The chicken & waffles here are no joke

    33333 by Michael C.


  • Sissy M.YOU MUST GET THE CHICKEN AND WAFFLES HERE! MUST.

    55555 by Sissy M.


  • Michael C.Get there first thing in the morning because this place fills FAST.

    55555 by Michael C.


  • Carol C.Always has lines. So the food must be good. Trying Pinot pork sandwich. My mom trying catfish

    55555 by Carol C.


  • Amy G.Beignets are delicious and could be a meal.

    55555 by Amy G.


  • Diane A.Get here when they open. Got here at 8:45 am on a Sunday and it was a 30 minute wait for 2.

    33333 by Diane A.


  • JesseIf you need to eat here on weekends abandon your friends and go alone. Usually you'll be seated immediately at the counter.

    55555 by Jesse


  • Chris C.Amazing chicken and waffles. Seriously good home cooking style soul food.

    55555 by Chris C.


  • Julie C.Shrimp and grits is a must.

    55555 by Julie C.


  • Anton S.Try the chicken and waffles.

    55555 by Anton S.


  • Melanie W.The smoked pork hash was excellent. I liked the cornmeal waffle, but the fried chicken is a little dry.

    55555 by Melanie W.


  • Ira S.Yum! Sooo good!

    55555 by Ira S.


  • Ira S.The chicken & waffle ...always

    55555 by Ira S.


  • The Bold ItalicOn the weekends they have an awesome piano player outside to serenade you while you wait.

    55555 by The Bold Italic


  • Cameron W.Obviously the C&W are the signature, but the real surprise at Brown Sugar Kitchen is how terrific the other menu options are as well. The seasoning here is exceptional. Expect wait times.

    55555 by Cameron W.


  • Cristina d.The only waffle I'll ever eat! Best waffles ever! Happy Birthday Dad! #yum #lifeisgood #goodfood

    55555 by Cristina d.


  • Deanna M.Nice ambiance good gumbo.

    55555 by Deanna M.


  • Brittany K.Staff is amazingly nice. The wait is long but the food and staff make it all worth while.

    55555 by Brittany K.


  • Mario C.The chicken and waffles are out of this world. That alone is worth the wait

    55555 by Mario C.


  • bastylefilegirlThe waffles (made with corn meal) will not get you full and if you don't like hard or crunchy waffles avoid avoid avoid.

    33333 by bastylefilegirl


  • Pacific Union InternationalLong waits on the weekend -- show up early! (It's worth it.)

    55555 by Pacific Union International


  • Mario C.The Chicken and Waffles here are out of this world! A must order!

    55555 by Mario C.


  • Danalynne W.The waffle is good plain, but when you add the apple cider syrup it becomes amazing! We only had to wait 15 minutes and were served coffee while we were waiting - the staff were all very nice.

    33333 by Danalynne W.


  • Lynn C.I dream about the waffles (with the brown sugar syrup) and chicken. I'm pretty sure it doesn't get better than this!

    55555 by Lynn C.


  • CrillmaticTry the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwhich w/ Slaw - And a side of smoked mashed yams. (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Crillmatic


  • Lateah B.Friendly staff but this place is super overrated...we ordered the chicken & waffles along with shrimp gumbo. Id give this place a 4/10.. My taste bud deprived boyfriend thought the chicken was great

    55555 by Lateah B.


  • Tony O.Triple B breakfast - bacon, buttermilk biscuits and beignets!!

    55555 by Tony O.


  • Julie T.Try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Cornmeal Waffle With Brown Sugar Butter & Apple Cider Syrup (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Julie T.


  • Lynn H.Come early because the wait is extremely long!!! But totally worth it!

    55555 by Lynn H.


  • George D.If it weren't for the rude wait staff. Our experience would have been very pleasant since we've heard the chicken is amazing. But the wait was really quite unbearable.

    33333 by George D.


  • NeeCee 🌈 K.Chicken and Waffles are amazing

    55555 by NeeCee 🌈 K.


  • Alastair T.Just get the cornmeal waffles, they are superb and light. It's unlike waffles you've had.

    55555 by Alastair T.


  • T E.Save yourself the $15 the chicken and waffles are not worth it. Chai Latte is really bad.

    33333 by T E.


  • Martha H.Love the rotating goodies in the pastry case.

    55555 by Martha H.


  • D Ki K.Try the Fried Chicken And Beignets - Ordered a la carte! (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by D Ki K.


  • Gustaf A.Amazingly good!

    55555 by Gustaf A.


  • Abie H.Top percentile waffles. Crunchy and light. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu)

    55555 by Abie H.


  • Casey P.Please try the hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows. MOUTHGASM!

    55555 by Casey P.


  • Dominique P.Fried chicken and buttermilk waffles! Serious stuff!

    55555 by Dominique P.


  • MicheleThe foursquare "special" is unknown to owners. Possible spam.

    55555 by Michele


  • Rudy R.Awesome place for Chicken and Waffles. Be sure to ask for the pieces you want (ie) breast, thigh, leg... If you have a late brunch past 12:00 Noon seating is quicker.

    55555 by Rudy R.


  • Xande M.The white cheddar grits with two poached eggs is phenomenal!

    55555 by Xande M.


  • David V.Best Chicken and Waffles in all of Oakland. And that apple butter stuff they serve with it is like crack. As for extra.

    55555 by David V.


  • David V.Get the Chicken and Waffles, and than try the Gouda Mac and Cheese

    55555 by David V.


  • Dustin C.Chicken and waffles are as good as their claim. Good eats.

    55555 by Dustin C.


  • @CarlThaCoachAnything here is good!

    55555 by @CarlThaCoach


  • Charles C.Go for a late lunch, post 2:15pm, and the wait usually isn't too bad.

    33333 by Charles C.


  • Cec L.Waffles are great, but try the gumbo when you get a chance too.

    55555 by Cec L.


  • Faith W.Grits are off the chain!

    55555 by Faith W.


  • ScottySauceGet the Chicken & Waffles! Two cornmeal waffle halves with brown sugar butter, and apple cider syrup. they also gave me 2 pieces of chicken including a breast and a leg and I love those! :)

    33333 by ScottySauce


  • Ira S.Yes - the waffles are astonishing - get them with some of the best fried chicken you've ever had!

    55555 by Ira S.


  • Ira S.I just got to meet the mayor - he looks just like his photo!

    33333 by Ira S.


  • AmérediaSouthern, but very hip-style rosemary fried chicken and waffle with apple cider syrup - yummy!

    55555 by Améredia


  • LanThe best chicken and waffles I've ever had!

    55555 by Lan


  • ToropokiEverything is great here! Friendly helpful staff. :-)

    55555 by Toropoki


  • Dilcie P.The waffles are wonderful!!

    55555 by Dilcie P.


  • SoulfulintuitionGotta get the shrimp n grits!! The BEST. hands down!

    55555 by Soulfulintuition


  • John B.you can skip the wait for chicken & cornmeal waffles if you arrive before noon.

    55555 by John B.


  • Toni SBucket list these waffles!

    55555 by Toni S


  • Nino E.Grits with 2 poached eggs with a side of bacon, crush bacon and sprinkle on grits, your welcome.

    55555 by Nino E.


  • VictoriaYou're in for a wait. Wait for a table, wait for the food.

    33333 by Victoria


  • FoodspottingTry the Ribs

    55555 by Foodspotting


  • ScottySauceTry the Sticky bun

    55555 by ScottySauce


  • ScottySauceTry the Chicken and Waffles

    55555 by ScottySauce


  • Sara H.Ribs were AWESOME!

    55555 by Sara H.


  • Ira S.Had waffles and chicken - It's breakfast, it's lunchIt's breakfast, it's lunchIt's BOTHLooks great and WAY better than it looksReally!

    55555 by Ira S.


  • Ryan J.Get the Veggie Scramble and add sausage. It will be awesomer.

    55555 by Ryan J.


  • Paula W.This is the best breakfast in Oakland! Try the cornmeal waffles and fried chicken - you will thank me.

    55555 by Paula W.


  • Paul S.the pulled pork hash with bell peppers and two poached eggs on top was fantastic.

    55555 by Paul S.


  • Paula W.Oh my god, the cornmeal waffles are a religious experience - get them with the chicken, you will thank me personally - this is what food is supposed to taste like. Worth the wait.

    55555 by Paula W.


  • Roger C.The shrimp and grits rock my world. Damn! Thanks Tanya.

    55555 by Roger C.


  • Pete B.The fresh whole wheat toast here was ridiculously delicious. I mean, how often is the TOAST good enough that you would post about it? Get some!

    55555 by Pete B.


  • richard levittgive yourself a good 2 hours-plus. wait can be long ... but the food comes pretty quickly

    55555 by richard levitt


  • Jeremy C.always difficult to stray from my usual egg tart with salad. Perfect blend of fresh veggies and cheese, just the right size for breakfast.

    55555 by Jeremy C.


  • Marise P.grab some blue bottle coffee to go

    55555 by Marise P.


  • Mikeal Abelieve the hype, fried chicken and waffles

    33333 by Mikeal A


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