Oakland >Food & Dining > Le Cheval Restaurant
1007 Clay St, Oakland, CA | Directions 9460737.802861 -122.275413
Mon: 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Tue: 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Wed: 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Thu: 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Fri: 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Sun: 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Downtown Oakland, Old City
Grossly overrated! – Okay, I've only gone once. But that was enough! The bowls of food must have been sitting waiting to be picked up for hours cause they were all cold and the noodles were one massive concrete-like mess. Everything tasted fishy and that ain't nice. I've heard the Walnut Creek restaurant is better but I'd rather not make the trip when there are some really excellent Vietnamese restaurants on this side of the hills!
cheap, quick and good for business lunches – snappy service during weekday lunches combined with a very reasonably-priced lunch menu make this a great place for business lunches.
Best Vietnamese Comfort Fodo in Town! – I love Le Cheval because of one dish: the birds nest. Imagine stir-fried vegetables, chicken, shrimp, and calimari, in a great savory sauce, over a salad-bowl-sized noodle bird's nest. It's fantastic. Reminds me of the crispy noodles at the Slanted Door. Anyway, you can order this for take-out, and it's a GREAT meal after a long day. I've had some other dishes here, and they were so-so. But this dish, my friends, is fantastic.
Best Vietnamese and Seafood in the East Bay – This restaurant and their cuisine is the best I have found for the quality and price. I love the ginger crab when it's available and the calamari salad is excellent! I have tried clay pots at other restaurants and Le Cheval's is by far the winner! The food always comes out very quickly which is great for me as I have children who also love the food! Another treat for me and my kids is the impressive flaming bananas dessert with their yummy vanilla bean ice cream..always a crowd pleaser! The parking is usually very easy and within close walking distance. This restaurant should be a regular for those of us who enjoy different and delicious food!
Great food, ok service – Have been coming here for 15 years now, and the food has been consistently great. We always get the cube beef steak, which is tender and just on the medium side always. Other dishes I love are Singapore noodles (w/ chicken), claypot prawns, and the mussels. Drinks are funny: the Thai iced tea is kinda an alarming orange color, but good, and so's the Vietnamese coffee. Skip that soursop drink - nothing soursop in it. Could just stick with the pitcher of water they leave at your table, which is really cool. It's definitely the place to drop by for a bite if you don't feel like cooking. Casual place, good prices. Service is always punctual, food, bill, etc comes promptly, but the friendliness factor is sometimes low depending on the waitress. We've had both very friendly and brusque servers, but none rude.
Serving boisterous diners family-style Vietnamese dishes in downtown Oakland since 1985. – In Short
A raucous dining room holds dozens of tables, many with chatting groups sharing plates of spring rolls, beef or seafood courses, noodles and vegetables or piquant firepot soups. The multipage French-colonial-inspired menu guarantees everyone--adults and children alike--will find something to like. Diners choose from Vietnamese standbys such as lemon-grass chicken, cubed beef steak or the adventurous salty prawns, a favorite of many regulars. Vegetarians have a choice of more than a dozen tofu and vegetable dishes.
Good food. Bad waitresses. – When I eat at Le Cheval, I usually order barbecue pork & fried rice. It's delicious & the price is great. The restaurant is attractive, with a bar to have some drinks at if your group hasn't arrived yet. What the restaurant is lacking in is service. The waitresses speak little English, uncomfortably shove your plate in front of you, & never check on your table. That could be embarrassing if you were on a date. I've always eaten here with people I know very well, so it's not as bad. I'll sacrifice customer service for the yummy food when I'm craving it.
1 Star Horse in a 5 star town – Unfortunately Le Cheval time has come as a long time diner at this restaurant on 7/24/2007 we had dinner there. The calamari salad was awful loaded with a slim green color curry no lemon grass at least that I could see lots of what appeared to be not properly cook calamari but the taste of the onions made it palatable. We also order the beef lemon grass dish alas no lemon grass to be found and again overpowered with a slime green curry. I think they are using a cheaper form of curry powder to reduce cost. While the beef was tender given that it had a slime green color it was not appetizing at all. Alas our favorite dish which was the red snapper in coconut milk which is usually white surrounded by large purple delicious chunks of eggplant and okra was a foul tasting breaded fish probably frozen and reheated in once again an overpowering slime green curry not the light delicate coconut milk texture we are so familiar with. When we brought this to the attention of the waiter he did nothing and when we asked to speak to the manager she eventually came over but we certainly did not feel they made any attempt to offer us another selection. Unfortunately Le CHEVAL has become a 1 star horse in a 5 star town and the chef has to cut back on that curry. Both me and my date left with grumbling stomachs not because we were still hungry but because we were both waiting for the deluge.
Excellent food and good prices! – Le Cheval is one of my favorite restaurants! My entire family and all of my friends that I've taken there LOVE Le Cheval. I've read a couple of reviews complaining about the service. I think what they dislike is there are no servers asking you if you're doing okay or need a refill, etc. The food is served quickly all the time. Sometimes within 5 minutes!
I'll recommend a few dishes: The snapper in coconut milk, the cube beef pepper steak, and a snapper in clay pot dish.
The place to be in Oakland – If you're looking for a place that's affordable, great for dinner with friends / family, and perfect after a crazy day after work...this is place to go. The food is incredible, and the portions are hefty. It's probably not ideal for a romantic date, but other than that...the definite shining star in Oakland.
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