Picán Experience

California-infused Southern Cuisine? Yes! Gourmet Fusion? Yes! Innovative NOLA “soul,” sprinkled with global awareness? Yes!

As an independent operation, Picán has the flexibility to explore its Southern heritage and evolve its brand of Southern-inspired California cuisine while honoring its roots. With an amazingly diverse population in the Bay Area, guests are often as passionate about what’s on the plate as they are about how it got to the plate. Our guests experience culture through food, through the sensory experience of that food — the flavors, textures, colors, scents and all the combinations thereof. They care about the story the food tells, they care about what they drink with it — from perfectly prepared Southern Sweet Tea, to wine pairings to how a cocktail is built.

Picán offers a melding of Southern Foodways — Cajun, Creole, Gullah and other historic traditions — with the ideals of the San Francisco Bay Area food movement. It’s a fusion of Southern sensibility with the sophistication of California cuisine. The freshest, seasonal ingredients, local sourcing and sustainability, branded meats and specialty ingredients come together using time-honored culinary techniques, slow-food philosophy and practices…all in the context of Southern hospitality.

Picán recreates a “Taste of the South” in Oakland’s booming Uptown District, fusing Southern tradition and foodways with the sophistication of California cuisine

Picán has a comprehensive Bourbon Portfolio and a substantial list of Reserve Spirits, an important part of the restaurant’s personality and one which has earned it the reputation as being the “Westernmost Point on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

With a stack of rave reviews, critical acclaim from Zagat, Gayot, back-to-back Michelin Bib Gourmand awards and “Best of” Restaurant and Bar Awards from Diablo Magazine and Oakland/Alameda Magazines, Picán has earned its stripes from food critics as well as a place among the Bay Area’s discerning diners. “We have a loyal following,” says founder Michael LeBlanc, “and are constantly being ‘discovered.’ We never stop innovating, evolving our offering, sharing our enthusiasm for bringing culture, history and tradition — with our special brand of twist — to the plate, to the glass, to our restaurant for the enjoyment of our guests. We don’t stop until “WOW!

We invite you to explore the foodways of the South, bite by lovely bite, through our bourbons, through a specialty cocktail at the bar. To enjoy the art, the music, the ambiance that is inclusive, welcoming. All served with the warm, friendly hospitality that makes the South special; and a restaurant in Uptown Oakland a place to relax and enjoy.