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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.


January 29th, 2016

Live Music With Raffi Garabedian Blues Group


March 20th, 2016

Sunday Suppers with City Slicker Farms

Join us on March 20th in supporting City Slicker Farms 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.

Buy your tickets here!

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January 25th, 2016

Sonoma County Distilling Co. Cocktail Night at Penrose

Sonoma County Distilling Co. Cocktail Night at Penrose!
Monday, January 25th from 5:30pm-10:30pm.

Join us for 3 featured specialty cocktails created by our bar manager Matthew Harrison, each using a different expression of Sonoma County Distilling Co. whiskey.

There will also be a tasting at Alchemy Bottle Shop from 5pm- 6:30pm and anyone who purchases a bottle of SCDC will get 50% off of your first cocktail at Penrose.
Alchemy Bottle Shop: 3256 Grand Ave, Oakland

January 14th, 2016

Our Oakland Restaurant Week Menu

Join us every night from January 14th-24th:

$30 per person:

Winter Citrus with spring onions, black olives & cilantro

Penrose Merguez, farro salad & flatbread with sauces

Chocolate pot de creme with pimenton pistachios & whipped cream
Glass of house white or red wine


*Exact menu may change daily

December 31st, 2015

New Year’s Eve 2015!

Come dance into the new year with us!

Live music by Zongo Junction, snacks and drinks for purchase.

Click here to buy your tickets now!

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November 22nd, 2015

2 Year Anniversary Party

Come celebrate Penrose turning 2 years old on Sunday, November 22nd.


$25 at the door includes live music from Andre Thierry and snacks throughout the night. Cocktails for purchase. Doors at 5pm, music starts at 6pm.

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October 27th, 2015

Capurro Pisco Dinner

Please join us on Tuesday, October 27th for a 3 course family style meal celebrating Capurro’s newly released single varietal Pisco series.

Hosted by the granddaughter of the master distiller, Romina Puente-Arnao, dinner includes two cocktails and tastings of Capurro’s newly released single varietal Pisco’sl from the Nazca Desert in Southern Peru.

Seating is at 6pm with limited seats available.

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August 1st, 2015

August Music Schedule

Join us for live music at Penrose!
Music from 8:30pm-10:30pm
Every Sunday: The People’s Jam Session with Tony Peebles
Every Wednesday: Amethyst Bickham
Every Thursday: Smith Dobson
Please see below for our Friday and Saturday schedule
Music from 10:00pm-12:00pm
Fri. 8/7: Jeremy Sherman with Caligraphunk
Sat. 8/8: Ollie Dudek (jazz duo)
Fri. 8/14: Raffi (horns and drums jazz)
Sat. 8/15: Jeremy Sherman (jazz trio)
Fri. 8/21: Terrence Brewer (jazz guitar)
Sat. 8/22: David Vidal (blues guitar and vocals)
Fri. 8/28: David Seriff (organ quartet)
Sat. 8/29: Steve Nelson (jazz quartet)

July 28th, 2015


Located in Santa Cruz, CA and founded by Sean Venus, Venus Spirits is currently producing organic small-batch whiskey, gin, aquavit and blue agave spirits.  Join us for a $75 three-course dinner, which includes cocktail pairings with Venus’ gin, aquavit, and tequila!

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July 19th, 2015


This month, we will be supporting HACK the HOOD!  Sunday Suppers are back with our second season and a new format!  Guests may pick what time they dine, and are welcome to order from the entire menu available.  Make your reservations for July 19th now!

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SUN-THURS 5:30-10:00pm
FRI-SAT 5:30-10:30pm (late night menu til 12am)


MON-THURS: 5:30pm-10:30pm
FRIDAY: 5:30pm-midnight
SATURDAY: 10am-midnight
SUNDAY: 10am-10:30pm


SAT-SUN 10:00am-2:00pm (no reservations)

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