We’re selling our own homemade jam, granola, and chicken stock.

Come check ‘em out and take some home.

Lunch Specials for Friday October 24 in Downtown Oakland

Kale and onion soup with prosciutto broth and croutons 6.75

Arugula and green bean salad with roasted cherry tomatoes and house-made ricotta 9.75

White bean and chicken stew with saffron and herbs 10.75

Chocolate chip cookie 2.50

Lunch Specials for Wednesday October 22 in Downtown Oakland

White bean soup with tomato and spinach 6.75

Roasted eggplant and summer squash salad with arugula and salsa verde 9.75

Caffe 817 meatball sub: pork meatballs in tomato sauce with mozzarella and Parmesan on a deli roll 10.75

Chocolate chip cookie 2.50

Local artists showing at Caffe 817

We keep our walls vibrantly decorated with the works of local artists who have roots here in the Bay Area. For information about how to be a participating artist, please contact us. Our art shows rotate every two months and we are always on the lookout for new and inspiring art to adorn our walls.

To purchase a piece currently being shown at Caffe 817, please contact us.

Now Showing:

Chris Roche


September-October 2014

artist Chris Roche
artist Chris Roche

I’ve been actively doing photography for over 40 years. In that time I have developed several different groups of work. Most are out in the literal world.

In my travels, I collect objects that are unusual or that seem to have a presence of their own. From time to time I go through them and create assemblages that are purely visual. The intent is for the images to be enigmatic. To that end I call the series “Non Sequitur” meaning literally – “it does not follow”.



In the upcoming months:

Mary Tarango


November- December 2014


Abstract of Greek Urns

This exhibition will consist of monoprints from three different series. The “Still Life” series, pictured here, came from a study I did about the History of Still Life. They also make reference to the “Hard Edge Abstraction” style of painting of the 1960s.


BFA degree from California State University Long Beach
Major: Printmaking with emphasis in Metal and Fiber Arts

AA degree from El Camino College, Torrance, CA
Major: Fine Arts


Skylight Studio, Manhattan Beach, California

Gary Burgess


January-February 2015

artist Gary Burgess

The paintings in this exhibition involve the use of simple brush strokes that project a feeling of movement across the paper.  Color always plays a key role in my work, with each painting using multiple colors juxtaposed next to each other. There are the translucent qualities of aqua media in conjunction with the brush strokes that give a sense of depth and texture to the painting.  In terms of my process, I work rapidly so as to create a feeling of spontaneity in my work.  Finally, it is the random “accident” that is important to my process because it adds a sense of serendipity and surprise to each painting.

Owen Brown

Drawings and Paintings

March-April 2015

We are drawn to stories, and story telling, so much that we find it difficult to luxuriate in a place without stories. Can we strengthen our understanding of the world beyond narrative? Use our imagination to pair ourselves with the fox in the wood, a moon of Jupiter, or the brief life of a cloud? Or just with silence?

 With these works I hope to find a deeper quiet.  The drawings are taken from my series “Unknown Numbers.”  The paintings are from the series “Antique Circassian Languages.”

I paint and draw, and live in San Francisco.

The drawings were done with prismacolor pencil, usually on Strathmore paper. The paintings are done with acrylic on gessoed cold press watercolor paper.