Hopscotch Opens Friday in Oakland

We haven't yet had a peek inside.
We haven’t yet had a peek inside. Photo: iStock Photo

A little while back we told you about Hopscotch (1915 San Pablo Avenue), a new Oakland restaurant serving “creative interpretations of global bistro fare” with a slight Japanese bent from a former Yoshi’s cook. Now the place is ready to open this Friday, June 15. Chef-owner Kyle Itani has spent time traveling in Japan, in addition to work at Yoshi’s and at New York’s Meatball Shop, and he hopes to bring a Japanese sensibility to both the service and the food at the new restaurant. Today we bring you a preview of the menu, including some signature cocktails and the by-the-glass wine list.

The small, 40-seat restaurant is just two blocks from the Fox, and features a new Carrara marble bar, a natural cork checkerboard floor, and schoolhouse light fixtures.

The full menu below.


Chips and Dip duck fat potato chips, yuzu aioli
Little Green Salad little gems, tomatoes, sea beans, cucumber, tarragon croutons
Heirloom Tomatoes marinated in dashi, pickled king trumpet mushrooms, tatsoi
Beer Steamed Clams Savoury clams, lamb, duck fat potato chips
Oyster on the Half Shell daily oyster, Schramsberg mignonettes
Yonsei Oyster sea urchin, salmon roe, citrus soy
Duck on Toast foie gras mousse, shitake duxelles


Sweet Potato Gnocchi king trumpet, hen of the woods and shitake mushrooms, sage crème frâiche
Corvina Sea Bass pea shoots, salt cod stuffed squash blossom, cedar aged miso
Roasted Chicken Loin ginger stuffed, kabocha squash risotto, treviso
Three Little Pigs braised belly, prosciutto meatball, ham hock kale, apple-celery root mash, black garlic
Uptown Burger Black Angus chuck, pickled onions, sesame miso aioli, kennebec chips
First Base Burger Black Angus chuck, griddled beef tongue, pickled onions, sesame miso aioli, kennebec chips


Death in the Afternoon cremant rosé, absinthe, bitters, sugar cube
Maple Old Fashioned rye, pure maple syrup, bitters
Domino scotch, amaro, blackberry, jalapeño, lemon, up
The 8th gin, elderflower, cucumber, lemon, tonic
Kentucky Daiquiri rye, strawberry, lemon, honey, gingerbeer
Agricole Mule agricole rhum, lime, ginger syrup, mint
Bourbon Red Hook bourbon, punt e mes, maraschino liqueur, bitters
El Ernesto en Español reposado tequila, maraschino liqueur, grapefruit, lime

Draft Beer

Asahi Extra Dry
Fukuoka, Japan

Wine by the Glass

Allimant Laugner Rosé Cremant d’Alsace, France NV

Darcie Kent Grüner Veltliner Rava Blackjack Vineyard, Monterey CA 2010
Colle Dei Bardellini Pigato Liguria Italy 2010
Anglim Roussanne Fralich Vineyard, Paso Robles CA 2007

Rickshaw Pinot Noir Napa Valley CA 2010
Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba Piemonte Italy 2008
Banshee Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley CA 2009
Rockwall Zinfandel Jesse’s Vineyard, Contra Costa CA 2009

Hopscotch - 1915 San Pablo Avenue at 19th - 510-788-6217 - Open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

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Hopscotch Opens Friday in Oakland