Join us in celebrating our 3RD BIRTHDAY on Sunday, October 30th!

Details on our Events page!


Penrose is inspired by my great-great-great-grandfather, Norwood ‘Penrose’ Hallowell, a “Fighting Quaker” who traded pacifism for a rifle, and led the first all-black regiment against the Confederates in the American Civil War. With this restaurant, I celebrate his radical spirit and Quaker values—who he was as a man infuses everything from the décor to the menu. I wanted the space to be rowdy, but refined, like Boston’s Union Club, of which Penrose was a founding member. I also wanted the food to honor my roots. The eclectic flavors of North Africa, Sicily and Andalusia reflect the Moorish influences of Pen’s “Black Irish” heritage, while my ‘elemental’ approach to cooking embodies a deep Quaker simplicity. Every bite is a tribute, here’s to you, Penrose.


November 6th, 2016


Live music and dancing from Fanny Ara & Melissa Cruz 9-11pm!

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October 30th, 2016

Three Year Anniversary Party!

Music from Rupa and the April Fishes, Tory Teasley, dancing with Hipline + snacks and cocktails!

No cover, cash bar!

Party starts at 6pm!

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October 6th, 2016

Special Menu & Book Signing with Andrew Tarlow

Join us on Thursday, October 6th for a book signing and special menu inspired by
Andrew Tarlow and Anna Dunn’s new book,
Dinner at the Long TableMake your reservation now!

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September 16th, 2016


Live music from Fanny Ara and La Tania starting at 10p and a special menu inspired by Andalucia!

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September 10th, 2016

Celebrate Oakland Pride with a Drag Brunch at Boot & Shoe Service!

Head to Boot & Shoe Service for brunch from 10am-2pm with the oh-so-fabulous VJ, who will be queening it up throughout Brunch!

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August 3rd, 2016

August Summer Movie Nights at Pizzaiolo

Be sure to check out the final summer movie series of the summer at Pizzaiolo, Forbidden Love! Every Wednesday night at sundown on the patio!

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July 5th, 2016

July Summer Movie Nights at Pizzaiolo

Be sure to check out the Spaghetti Westerns summer movie series at Pizzaiolo, every Wednesday night at sundown on the patio!



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July 27th, 2016

Comedy Night with Irene Tu and Friends!

Join us for a night of stand up comedy with comedian Irene Tu and friends Andrew Orolfo and Karinda Dobbins. Starts at 9pm!

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July 17th, 2016

Sunday Suppers with Planting Justice

Join us on July 17th in supporting Planting Justice with our Sunday Suppers dinner. Tickets are $60-$100 on a sliding scale for a multicourse, prix-fixe meal with wine included. All profits will be donated to our featured non-profit.

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June 19th, 2016

Flamenco Night at Penrose!

Live music from Fanny Ara and La Tania from 8p-10p and a special menu inspired by Andalucia!

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Sunday 8:30 - 10:30

Tony Peebles

Grammy award winner Tony Peebles leads the People's Session on Sunday nights, when we invite local musicians to join in the open jam. Equal parts jazz, blues, funk & soul.

Saturday 10-12


Come prepared to hear all your favorite jams, everything from Drake to Stevie Wonder, sung by the incomparable Tory Teasley.

Friday 10-12


Friday night it's all about brass & blues, led by Oakland native Raffi Garabedian.

Thursday 8:30-10:30


Amethyst brings her own spin to sweet silky jazz standards, with lots of love songs sprinkled throughout to carry you through the week.


SUN-THURS 5:30-10pm
FRI-SAT 5:30-11:00pm


SUN-THURS 5:30-10:30pm
FRI-SAT 5:30pm-12:00am


SAT-SUN 10am-2pm

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Website Design: Juli Shore Design
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