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

Come check ‘em out and take some home.

Lunch Specials for Wednesday April 23 in Downtown Oakland

Potato soup with cilantro 6.75

Crunchy salad with arugula, radish, snap peas, carrots, and cumin 9.75

Caffe 817 meatballs: pork meatballs braised in tomato sauce over polenta 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:

David Platford

Contemporary Landscape

March-April, 2014

Suzhou Bonzai on canvas by David Platford
Suzhou Bonzai on canvas by David Platford
Nothing Lasts Forever by David Platford
Nothing Lasts Forever by David Platford

The innovative mix of digital & organic, old & new, urban & natural is my expression of the world today.  By juxtaposing ancient and modern subjects, a new timeless reality is explored…

In the upcoming months:

Momoko Sudo


May-June, 2014

LineScaping by Momoko Sudo
LineScaping by Momoko Sudo

LineScape art, previously shown in the summer of 2012, is back at Caffe 817, with a fresh mixture for 2014. Momoko is an Oakland based die-hard, full-time artist, specializing in abstract art. Although she is known for her minimalist op art called “LineScaping” (http://linescaping.com), her work also includes mixed media collage, reson art, and recycled art (http://momokosudo.com), revealing the opposite side of her orderly linescaping art – funk, chaos, and artistic mess.


Mixed Media

July-August 2014

shesaidred combines analog photographic methods and techniques with mixed media to create conceptual artworks.

Her works directly respond to the surrounding environment and use everyday personal experiences as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. With a conceptual approach, she tries to create works in which the actual event still has to take place or has just ended: moments evocative of atmosphere and suspense or response that are not part of a narrative thread. The drama unfolds elsewhere while the build-up of tension is frozen to become the memory of an event that will never take place.

Space gives her works context. By situating subjects in either indoor or outdoor spaces in a nostalgic way, she investigates the dynamics of environment and space, its effects and limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what open spaces and indoor spaces mean to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.

A little about her photographic process. She uses “outdated” analog techniques, capturing in–camera paper negatives with her 4×5, 5×7, and 8×10 field cameras, and using expired celluloid film with her other analog cameras. She creates chromogenic darkroom prints, filtering or fogging them, then scratching, and burning to create unique pieces. She plans on continuing her investigations of isolated places, spaces, learning how the work affects viewers, in hopes of triggering an emotional response or resonance.


Caroline James

Drawings on paper

September-October 2014


Caroline James is a sixteen year old native of the Oakland area. She draws inspiration for her unique creations from colorful children’s shows and modern Japanese culture. Her preferred mediums are pen, marker, and ink on vellum surface paper. Join us as we venture into the most colorful recesses of this young artist’s mind and discover the unseen world of a mysterious and miniature species.

See more in her Etsy Shop