Holiday Hours

Wednesday December 24th: Closed

Thursday December 25th: Closed

Friday December 26th: Open


Wednesday December 31st: Open


Thursday January 1st: Closed


*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 Friday December 19 in Downtown Oakland

Beef and farro soup 6.75

Arugula salad with red peppers, fennel, endive, roasted polenta, and porcini relish 9.75

Slow-cooked chicken and white bean stew with saffron and herbs 10.75

Homemade chocolate chip cookie 2.50

Lunch Specials for Thursday December 18 in Downtown Oakland

Caramelized onion soup with Parmesan and black pepper 7.00

Arugula and farro salad with beets, feta, and oranges 9.75

Risotto al vino rosso with fresh porcini and walnuts 10.75

Homemade chocolate chip cookie 2.50

Lunch Specials for Wednesday December 17 in Downtown Oakland

Roasted butternut squash soup with Parmesan broth 6.75

Crunchy salad with arugula, cabbage, fennel, walnuts, endive, and hard-cooked egg 9.75

Caffe 817 meatballs: pork meatballs braised in tomato sauce over polenta with Parmesan 10.75

Homemade chocolate chip cookie 2.50

Lunch Specials on Tuesday December 16 in Downtown Oakland

Roasted tomato soup 6.75

Fresh porcini and arugula salad with pine nuts, lemon, and Parmesan 10.75

House-made pastrami “reuben” with potato salad 11.50

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:

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

In the upcoming months:

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.