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Spinning Bones, Alameda, CA

Spinning Bones

4.5
4.5
107 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Spinning Bones is a California rotisserie restaurant that specializes in roasted meats with bold flavors. The focus of the menu is slow roasted meats: poultry, pork and beef, rotating on spits over high heat, and basting in their own natural juices. The rest of the menu is comprised of shareable appetizers, vegetarian side dishes, and healthier salads with vegan dressings. The principle of the menu is straight-forward: quality products that are prepared minimally and cooked thoughtfully. Spinning Bones is a brunch and dinner spot for Alameda people by Alameda people. It is a casual neighborhood restaurant open 6 days-a-week for sit down dining, take-out, and large party catering. Spinning Bones strives to be a common area for the residents of the East Bay to come together and engage in conversation and comradery over great food and drink.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Meat, Rotisserie Chicken

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 263-9290

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Email: danny@spinningbones.com for inquiries

  • Private party facilities

    View website for details

  • Neighborhood

    Alameda

  • Cross street

    San Jose Ave.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Intersection of Park St. and San Jose Ave.

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 107 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The food was very good. What irritated me was the service. I realize it’s difficult to get adequate help these days. But at this price point, I expect better. First off, the waiter forgot to write one of our meals down so three of us got our meals and then the fourth waited while he put her order in. We were all half finished by the time hers came. There were still appies left and we each gave her a taste of ours while she waited but still, he “forgot” to write hers down? Uh, I believe that’s his job. Strike one. Then he never came by during dinner to refill or be attentive in any way. Strike two. Then when I did flag down a waitress at a table next to us and put in a dessert order, he came by to take the order and, once again, couldn’t either remember 4 desserts, 2 of which were the same, or couldn’t be bothered to write them down. Strike three. Now, in a fast casual place for $15 bucks a head, I’m not gonna complain at all but this place is not that. I paid $155 for our meals. One cocktail, one soda, two appies, three sandios, a bbq plate and 4 desserts was $155. Plus tax and tip, that’s $200. That ain’t cheap. With even adequate service, I’d be giving these guys a higher rating because, although the chairs outside on the patio are beastly to sit in for over an hour, the food was very good. What I’m saying is for this kinda money, I expect attentive service and adequate seating. I’m willing to spend more even, no need to twist my arm, as long as I’m comfortable and well attended. Upsell me, please. I’ll pay for a good time. I’m just thinking twice about doing it here again.
  2. g

    guest

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is all so good — definitely worth the drive to Alameda!
  3. SC

    SarahC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Spinning Bones soooo much. Always delicious, with new additions to the menu. Great wine. Kid friendly but still has top notch food. and service is lovely. It's one of our forever favorites.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food is not that great for the price. This is my second time dining here. Underwhelmed
  5. HM

    HildaM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. The Caesar Salad was the best.
  6. DB

    DonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The potato salad was weirdly bland but no points off because everything else was outstanding. Unique spin a several of the dishes and garnishes. Will certainly be back.
  7. SJ

    SarahJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Really great and innovative menu and extremely generous portion sizes. I have been for dinner and brunch and good experience both times. Lots of nice outdoor seating!
  8. RM

    RonM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We started with the chips and dip … such a simple thing, but it was finger licking good dip! It was an artichoke dip tonight- they change it up - and oh my we enjoyed it. We shared the Prime Rib and a side of cauliflower. The meat was done perfectly. So tender, we cut it with the regular knife, and flavorful. The twice backed potato it came with was great. The Au Jus and horseradish sauce were amazingly as well. Lauren, Mike and team do a great job!
  9. T

    Type0

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Christian was are waiter and very nice. Food was really good. Portions were pretty large...lot of food. We sat outside which was really nice.
  10. G

    Gastronaut

    San Francisco

    78 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Ordered their steak and thought it was pretty skimpy for the price. As we were leaving, noticed the next table with the same order had more than twice the amount of meat than mine did. Not cool.
  11. FL

    FrancineL

    Yosemite

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fun place to eat. We all loved the appetizers, sides and desserts. Several people felt the entrees were too salty. Worth a try.
  12. MB

    MiguelB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food is really good and potion size is satisfying.
  13. n

    neighborhoodgem

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A neighborhood Gem!! Outstanding food and drinks!! My friends were impressed!!
  14. MH

    MathewH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there and it was amazing. Great food and service. Will be back.
  15. k

    krwalsh

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This place is great. The outside seating is really good, and despite the non-descript store front, the food is excellent. Three Little Pigs is my favorite, the cauliflower is so good, and the pickles are so spicy!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was incredible. We tried most of the meats on the menu!
  17. P

    carmenP

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I had the Fried Chicken Sandwich, which was very good... seasoned well, crispy and generous. The potato salad was not what I am used to, so didn't like it, but ordered the fries, which were very good.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great fusion dining experience. Nice atmosphere outside and in.
  19. t

    thegardeningbar

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The burger was delicious but I wish they had pickles. The service was great however all our food came out lukewarm and pretty salty. I wish they had more acid to cut the saltiness of the food. We showed up at lunch time almost at opening maybe it was an off day or maybe we got leftovers from the night before but food should be hot. We order their 3 little pigs and everything was barely warm. My son had their bento chicken box and the rice was so hard it wasn’t edible. He only ate the cucumber since the chicken was really dry and didn’t have a sauce. We know it wasn’t the wait staff that let our food sit and get cold it was the prep. We sat inside and watch our food being prepared, they weren’t busy and the food took a really long time to heat up, it should have been hot. Again burger was very tasty and it was hot.
  20. VK

    VictoriaK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I had the Fried Chicken Sando. It was OK. If they had French fries as the side rather than the potato salad, it would have been a better combo.
  21. ND

    NetteD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were looking for a place to eat, near the airport, and to wait out traffic. We went on a Wednesday, late afternoon and scheduled a reservation, but arrived earlier than expected. They were very accommodating and allowed us not to wait till our scheduled time. The food we selected was great and portions were the right size. Definitely will go back.
  22. AC

    AgnesC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful neighborhood spot with terrific food and friendly staff
  23. GK

    GraceK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, very tasty, the chicken nuggets appetizer, the best, all main courses are superb! We always love to eat here and order to go, a little pricey but it’s worth it! Not to mention, service is always on top, this is the only restaurant that asked if you have any allergies. The chocolate cake dessert is to die for.
  24. JM

    JessicaM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was delicious. Bacon edamame, chips and dip and the peppered beef! Yum Not a fancy establishment. The prices are a little high for such a laid back establishment though.
  25. N

    Nominati

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Table for three, we started with the chicken liver paté (AKA chopped liver), VERY good. We each had a different meat plate, Double Dutch, St. Louis Ribs, and Black Pepper Beef. They were all super tender and really delicious. The portions are surprisingly big--not coming out hungry from there. We ordered a side, the slaw, which was OK but a bit watery, and also, I didn't realize that the Pepper Beef already comes with the slaw, which the waiter could have mentioned. I'd order a different side next time. But overall, had a really good time with some very tasty food.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience3
    Loved the food, but our server was not very attentive.
  27. N

    Nimo

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    The service here is great! I've been here a couple of times for the burger, meats, and restaurant week special. My favorite thing here is the burger with fries. It's delicious, high-quality, and the fries are amazing. The meats are tasty but don't stand out as much as the price tag.
  28. e

    erynr

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everything was good I will definitely return! The meats were super tender and tasty and all of the sides were fresh and flavorful.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantanstic food! Defly will come back again and try other things on the menu
  30. OH

    OakHillfolks

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting menu with a different take on rotisserie style food. Great service and well-balanced wine list.
  31. DK

    DianeK

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food & service
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was spectacular, as was the food. We had the chips and dip of the day as well as the corn fritters (omg, so good I got an extra order to go). For our mains we had the Three Little Pigs (pictured) and the Peppered Beef (tri-tip) and it was all cooked tender and tasty. The pulled pork was my favorite, mixed with cabbage and onions (I think), and the flavors were really good with the bbq sauce they make.
  33. MM

    MajaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service. Will definitely be going back.
  34. B

    Bobo

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was very good and beautifully presented. We tried the exceptional tofu salad, rainbow rice and the tres meats platter. Rotisserie chicken was a stand out. Kitchen was kind to send us complimentary chips & dip due to wait. Our server was the only person working during a very busy lunch; she was fantastic and kept her sense of humor despite being slammed. As with many restaurants these days, we relaxed and enjoyed being able to dine outside. Hope this place will be able to hire more help to support our gem waitress!
  35. N

    Nilly

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really enjoyed our meal - prime rib special was cooked to perfection! Will be back to try other dishes.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful post-Valentine’s Day date :)
  37. DS

    DeirdreS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is at the top pf my favorite Alameda places. Pepper Beef, Corn Fritters with Strawberry Jalapeno Jam, Crab with anything (in season), Prime Rib with Bone Marrow Butter and the Ever Elusive but always Amazing Fish Sandwich. I adore everything here!
  38. J

    Jessticulate

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    Well first the prime rib was exquisite and huge and the mushroom bread pudding I could live on for the rest of my life. The corn appetizers were also splendid. There were a few glitches. The server quite adamant that one of the non alcoholic beverages didn’t have sugar/sweetener when it clearly did. (A lot, even.) Another drink that was meh as it somehow came up with a melon flavor even though the ingredients were lemon and cucumber. An unfortunate combo of ingredients? or a bartender who made an oopsie. Not enough to make a fuss but unexpectedly poor on the mixed drink side. The edamame wasn’t beloved either. So overall it was well worth it and I’ll go back for sure, was just a bit surprised that anything wasn’t perfect!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I love Bones. They have always thrown down some consistent amazingly delicious food.
  40. SV

    SarahV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amaze balls as always!

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You can order delivery directly from Spinning Bones using the Order Online button. Spinning Bones also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 263-9290.

Spinning Bones is rated 4.5 stars by 107 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Spinning Bones

1205 Park St Alameda, CA 94501

Additional information

  • Cross street

    San Jose Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Alameda

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Meat, Rotisserie Chicken

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Intersection of Park St. and San Jose Ave.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 263-9290

  • Catering

    Email: danny@spinningbones.com for inquiries

  • Private party facilities

    View website for details

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