Picán burst onto the Uptown scene in 2009 and has been lauded both locally and nationally, from the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle, to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. A frequent recipient of a number of prestigious dining awards ― Zagat, Michelin’s “Bib Gourmand,” Diablo Magazine’s “Best of” Awards, KQED’s Check Please!, San Francisco Chronicle’s “Top 100 Restaurants” and “Top 100 Bars” ― the restaurant continues to garner accolades and has earned a reputation as “The Westernmost Point on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.” But, as restaurant owner/founder Michael LeBlanc notes, the “best award is the reward of a smile on a guest’s face!”
Oakland Magazine Picàn Celebrates Black History Month: The Uptown restaurant is serving historically inspired special dishes throughout February – Anneli Rufus, February 7, 2017
Oakland Magazine Summer Stars Corn at Picán! A close-up of Picán’s Maque Choux in a star turn for summer! Interview with Executive Chef Jerome Fressinier. – Joanna Della Pena. July issue, 2016
TechCrunch Dining and Tech Live Side-By-Side at Oakland’s Picán!
Oakland Magazine Jill Ifshin, Picán’s server extraordinaire, named “Best Server” in Oakland by Oakland Magazine, July 2015.
SFGate “Inside Scoop” Ethan Fletcher writes about new Executive Chef Jerome Fressinier. June 18, 2015.
With KTVU @Mornings On 2! Michael LeBlanc and Executive Chef Robert Sapirman @Mornings On 2. Segment host Pam Cook, anchors Dave Clark and Tori Campbell, meteorologist Steve Paulson and traffic reporter Sal Castaneda join in for a morning dish of Picán’s Jambalaya! Nothin’ quite like sautéed garlic, Benton’s bacon, prawns, a whole lot of other goodies and Trinity to get you goin’ – and to make new friends!!
Oakland Magazine – An “up close” and personal profile of Pecans, the fabulous fall “nut.”
Tasteable California Restaurant Awards 2014! Picán named one of the Top 5 “Soul Food” Restaurants in the First Annual Viewers Choice Awards!
Oakland’s Picán Wins Lamb Jam – San Jose Mercury News, July 21, 2014
Oakland Magazine “Best Of 2014” – Oakland Magazine, July 2014. “Picán’s whiskey selection is top-notch from the top-shelf to the well. The Uptown, upscale Southern and soul food restaurant stocks the bar with selections from across the United States.” ― Matthew Craggs, Oakland Magazine
Check, Please! – KQED, May 2014. episode 905 Check Please! “Contemporary Southern restaurant in Oakland. Find out about the magic of Picán’s Fried Chicken and Truffled Honey and several other menu items, the extensive 100+ brown spirits collection served as flights and cocktails…all served in beautiful surroundings with genial Southern hospitality.”
iSante Magazine, February, 2012. “African American Women Chefs “Stir It Up” Through the Centuries; Oakland’s Picán Celebrates With Tribute Menu Dedicated to Famed Chef Leah Chase” – Julia Lehman, Black Ink
iSante Magazine, January, 2012 “Acclaimed Bay Area Restaurant Picán Readies For Its Next Up-and-Coming Chef; Owner/Founder Michael LeBlanc Heads to the South” – Julia Lehman, Black Ink
Oakland Drinking Guide Thrillist “…excellent happy hour and excellent-er whiskey cocktails make this pretty much a must.”
Nosh February 19, 2013 “…menu offerings at Picán are described as “Southern Infused California Cuisine,” and that Southern influence is present behind the bar as well.“
SFEater September 9, 2010 “Picán’s Chef Dupuis Off To NOLA In The Name Of The Gulf”
Diablo Magazine September 18, 2009 “…at Picán’s opening party last spring, staff greeted every attendee warmly, the bar turned out expertly made drinks at a timely clip, and tables throughout the dining room groaned with food…”
East Bay Express May 13, 2009 “Oakland’s striking yet sultry new soul-food destination puts the uptown in Uptown.”