encuentro cafe and wine bar opened in December 2009.
encuentro is the latest addition to the New Jack London District dining scene. This intimate and casual café is the collaboration between Eric Tucker (executive chef at Millennium Restaurant in San Francisco), Lacey Sher (former owner of Down To Earth Restaurant in Red Bank, New Jersey), and Linda Braz.
Encuentro means “to meet, gather, encounter” and encuentro will embody exactly that – a neighborhood wine bar and café featuring an eclectic mix of organic/sustainable wines from small, local and old world vintners. Our menu will highlight simple, flavorful, organic and local, vegetarian cuisine in the style of enotecas and tapas bars including bocadillos, hearty salads, local cheeses, small plates, artisanal chocolates and sweets utilizing seasonal and market driven ingredients. In addition to an extensive wine menu, we will serve small brewery beers, organic teas, coffee, and artisanal non-alcoholic beverages.
A simple décor utilizing recycled materials and a bamboo topped bar creates an inviting, casual and friendly environment. Small tables and cozy bench seating further emphasizes an intimate atmosphere to linger over wine and conversation.
Conveniently located ¼ block from the Oakland Amtrak station, a short walk from the Lake Merritt BART station and just a few blocks from highways, 880/980/580 makes encuentro a great place to grab a drink, have a light meal or take something delicious, organic and healthy to enjoy at home.
Meet with friends and make encuentro your night.