Destination Dining: Uptown Oakland’s Kissel HotelAug 07, 2022 05:02PM ● By Photography by Julie Soefer & Joseph Weaver
With its grand architectural details, the new seven-story Kissel Uptown Oakland hotel is a visual marvel, adding a new level of sophistication to the arts and entertainment district. One of only three hotels to open in Oakland during the past 15 years, a stunning lobby lounge, rooftop bar, and ground floor French restaurant by acclaimed chef Paul Canales’ are turning the area into a neighborhood, business, and tourist destination.
Situated atop the Kissel complex, High Five offers an expansive rooftop terrace with ample space to spread out, take in the city views, and sip craft cocktails. Open late, it’s the perfect spot to grab drinks and appetizers before or after a show. (437 25th Street)
Vast arched windows, dramatic artwork, and a curved ceiling greet guests in the main dining room of Occitania where Chef Canales is at the helm—reknowned for his food at Oliveto and Spanish eatery Duende—of this stunning space. “With Occitania, I feel like I’ve really come full circle,” explains Canales, “pulling threads of inspiration from Piemonte or Spain and weaving them into a menu that reflects the incredible diversity of southern French cuisine.”
At dinner, the seasonal menu begins with escargot and house-made charcuterie followed by steak frites and Bourride Provencale petrale sole. Classic French favorites like crème brulee and multilayered tourte aux crêpes star on the dessert menu. A comprehensive wine list focuses primarily on French wines and aperitifs. (422 24th Street)