*New Permanent Hours*

OPEN til 5:30

every Monday-Friday


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

Come check ‘em out and take some home.

Lunch Specials for Monday July 6 in Downtown Oakland

Eggplant-tomato soup 8.00

Arugula and farro salad with cherry tomatoes, Parmesan, and fennel 11.00

Slow-cooked chicken with summer squash, potatoes, and tomatoes 12.25

Homemade 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:

Arthur Aravena

“Johnny Pump”
July-August, 2015

Artist: Arthur Aravena

As kids growing up in Brooklyn in the 1950s, we were thrilled when some older kid on the block opened a fire hydrant and sent water cascading down the street. The heat in New York in July and August can be oppressive, and playing in the stream of water from the hydrant was our only relief.  It didn’t matter if you were a big or little kid; you could play in it with total abandon and cool down. And it was so much fun!  We couldn’t wait to be old enough to be the one who got to open the hydrant and direct the torrent of water at all the neighborhood  kids—you cut off the ends of a coffee or soup can, and you could direct the stream in an almost 120 degree arc from the hydrant, high enough to just hit the building across the street. It was Old Faithful on your very own block! Bad luck for any car that happened to be parked on the other side of the street that afternoon—but so what!
Some sixty years later, I continue to appreciate the many merits of fire hydrants, the beauty of their design, and their function. Additionally, street artists have often painted hydrants and transformed them.
Generally, I love taking commonplace objects out of their habitual contexts and creating something greater, more beautiful or different from what they originally were. I have tried to do this here, emphasizing the shape and colors of what we called, back in Brooklyn, a “Johnny Pump.”
Arthur has worked as a Print Production Manager, Lighting Director, Gaffer, and photographer.  Studying photography at Berkeley City College, he is also a Teaching Assistant at BCC in the Multi Media Department.

In the upcoming months:

Richard Cammack


September-October 2015

Richard Cammack painting

A dance major graduate of Butler University, Richard Cammack began his artistic career in the field of classical ballet.

As a dancer, Richard performed internationally with the world-renowned companies American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet before taking on the role of director of the San Francisco Ballet School. In 1978, Richard moved to the East Bay and became the owner and director of the Contra Costa Ballet Centre in Walnut Creek where he continues to work with a faculty of international stature in serving over 450 students.

Richard has always had a passion for the visual and performing arts and finds dancing and painting a source of great joy and inspiration. The focus of his work is primarily on color and abstract expressionism, and it is often said that there is a strong sense of movement and rhythm in his work which he believes can be attributed to his experience as both a dancer and percussionist.

Richard Cammack’s paintings are featured at several art galleries, shows and private residences in the bay area.