Oakland >Food & Dining > The Gingerbread House
741 5th St, Oakland, CA | Directions 9460737.800855 -122.281999
Neighborhoods: West Oakland, Acorn Industrial
Very weird place, overpriced – This place is way overpriced and the food is ok, but not really anything to write home about. Further, the waitress (daughter of the owner) was very weird. She was way into herself and though she was some sort of goddess or something. She was very nice and friendly to the children in our group, and totally short and cold with the adults.
I feel like this place should close. It's never that busy and is a bit strange as if they are pretending to have a lot of personality but they are just faking it.
Fabulous dining after SF the Cosmopolitan City – Anyone who believes this place matches the prices of a three star restaurant needs to go back to McDonalds. Besides, this is a four star resturant.
Overpriced! – For the price of this place, you could go to a nice three-star San Francisco restaurant. The lemonade tasted like that cheap powder you mix with water, the jambalaya was mediocre at best, desert was plain vanilla ice cream (with an okay cookie), and the salad was 8 pieces of fruit. Our waitress was also very strange. The best thing the place has going for it is the decor, which is very kitsch. Also most of the items on the menu weren't available, which left the jumbalaya, gumbo, lobster and two others.
Like Visiting Home – The food is amazing and always warms the soul. Coming here is like being at home. This isn't your typical, sit down, order, eat, pay and get out! restaurant. The Gingerbread house is warm and low key. You should not come here in a rush to get some place else. It is refreshing from our busy world. Ms. Noel is one of the most wonderful people on this planet and if you are lucky enough to get her as your waitress, you will be enchanted. Order in advance and know that your food is being purchased that day.If you are in a rush or like to be done with dinner in 45 minutes, then do not come here. If you are ready to relax to some home-style soul food and love from the family that owns this gem, then this is a new tradtion for your family to begin.
Very bad food and super expensive! – From the menu it sounded good, but when we got there we only had a few things to choose from. When I go out I don't expect to order my food in the morning or hours prior, as is necessary for many of their entrees. The food was the worst I've had in years. I'm not usually very picky, but the food was disgustingly bland. Fish, bland, fruit salad, from a can (seriously the pineapple chunks didn't taste like anything), cornbread tasted like the meat cooked in the oven from before and was soaked with grease, the tea was Trader Joe's Bedtime Tea but named Louisiana Blended Starry Eyed Tea. The food was also extremely expensive. We paid $50 for two fish entrees! Almost asked the waiter to stop before the desert because I didnt want to eat any more. A terrible dining experience, minus the cookie and ice cream.
It's GREEAT – I enjoy everything about this restaurant. When we want to have a quiet private dinner, this is the place!! There aren't too many tables and Ms. Noel is always personable...what more could you ask for. The food is hot and spicy and down right GOOD for the soul!!!
Great Good...you people are crazy – the ribs, hmmmmmm
if you get there late, you might have some runny jumbalaya...so make reservations...
some of the best corn bread in the world
Never again! – The service... My boyfriend and I had reservations and ordered our food in advance as suggested. We were seated at 6:00 in a room with 3 other tables who all came in a bit after us. Our appetizer didn't arrive until 2 hours after being seated!! Keep in mind that our appetizer was a tiny bowl of Jamabalaya which should be sitting a pot ready to go. Also, another table seated shortly after us got the Jamabalaya as an entree and received it before we did. We waited an additional 45 minutes and after listening to the waiter claim that our entrees would be coming "in a minute", we finally left in disgust.
The food... what I was able to taste was pretty tasty, but not worth the price of admission.
The decor... seen better days. The knick-knacks on the walls look like they could use a good dusting.
don't waste your time – This was the worst dinning experience ever. First it took 15 minutes just to be seated, We were squeezed in the corner and not to be seen for another 25 minutes. We ordered apps. and they took 1hr and 45 mins. to arrive.we would have asked but we did'nt see the waitress for that amount of time. The food came out about 3 hrs later and one table that arived at the same time got up and left after 2 hrs. Now about the food we brought a lady from LA. and she said this was not cajun or creole food this tasted mor like food from a can, I did'nt know campbell's made cajun/creole food. Even at 1/2 price it's not worth the time.. save your time and money and go to McDonald's.
Gingerbread House will enchant you! – This place is surreal--a real melting pot they have the most diverse and interesting clientele and waitstaff, and occasionally have jazz or piano lounge music to accompany the slow but very attentive service. Make a reservation and order 24 hours in advance for the best selection from the menu, as most of their best dishes need notice to prepare. It looks like an inverted wedding cake inside the dining area--very roccocco. There's a warmth here that is sincere, and a real obvious concern for diners happiness and satisfaction. The cornbread is delicious and a cup of chicory and hot plate of bread pudding makes a very nice end to to your meal.
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