White Oak - Brooklyn

4.1
39 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
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  • Outdoor Eating
  • Brunch
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White Oak in Brooklyn serves up a fusion of French and American cuisine. It has a comfy, casual setting that features a fireplace in the dining area. French onion soup, crab cakes with root vegetable slaw and gnocchi with black truffle butter make wonderful appetizer choices at White Oak. An entrée of trout with a celery puree or duck breast with roasted brussel sprouts will satisfy the palate. Freshly tossed salads and hearty sandwiches can also be chosen from the menu.

White Oak provides brunch on the weekend with tasty bites, mimosas and more. It has a bar that serves a variety of drinks. This restaurant hosts private events for business luncheons, receptions and more. Reservations are welcome and its patio garden area can also accommodate groups up to 40.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French American
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Hours of Operation
Wednesday to Saturday 5PM to 12AM
Sunday to Tuesday 5PM TO 11PM
Saturday & Sunday brunch 11AM TO 3:30
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(718) 858-8130
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Casual Dress
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Cross Street
Between Dean & Bergen
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

White Oak is an establishment with a vibrant evening atmosphere and adult fare. Portions are substantial and delicious; the bar serves creative specialty cocktails and the dining area is both relaxed and sophisticated. Generally speaking, it is not a place to bring your kids (at least in the evenings). The service is attentive and personable. While I dined here in midwinter, I remember the space from former restaurant owners. The backyard dining area is an incredibly uplifting space for warmer weather. I wish the new establishment great success!

b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In my efforts to court a very sweet girl, I decided to take a chance and take her to White Oak for our second date. Upon arriving, the wonderfully friendly bartender (Mark) easily identified me as someone taking out a girl and did a great job of making me feel incredibly welcome while I waited for her to arrive. This guy, it's hard to explain just how awesomely friendly he was.

Once she arrived we quickly grabbed a seat. We both got the mushroom ravioli - which we both loved, and that was it. We were there for 4 hours talking and at no time did we ever feel that we were rushed or treated with any less attention or respect despite the fact that we did not order much. The place was fairly empty, but I feel we would have received the same level of service even if it was packed. This is definitely going to be a place that I come to over and over again.

Needless to say the date went great, I like to think the setting helped out with that. This is a great spot and while I would normally regret not knowing about it earlier, I feel that my first visit was the ideal first visit.

Thanks for a great night!

FL
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a nice brunch at White Oak. The duck omelette and the duck with waffle were both outstanding.
One thing that bothered me, though, was that they don't serve decaf coffee. I found that odd at a restaurant that serves brunch. Other than that, though, it was a very good brunch.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pretty good spot.

DM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waiter let us know ahead of time people did not show up for work on New Years Day. Although the wait was long, the servers did their best to accommodate on a day where they were understaffed. They handled the delay in service very well with constant updates, comps, and apologies. Way to overcome adversity.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Intimate and cozy, warm and inviting service, ideal for a romantic dinner. The oysters are excellent!

JS
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

we had a lovely greeting. the restaurant was almost empty, with only one other table. They had our reservation and sat us promptly, but as the night went on, the service got worse and worse. Our water glasses were never refilled, and the waiter never came to check on us. We had to ask for the food twice. once the food arrived, the duck was almost rare and my medium hanger steak was rare also. Since we had waited over an hour to eat, i didn't want to send it back, bc i didn't know how much longer the food would take. The brussel sprouts was the best thing there.

l
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The steak sandwich was delicious. The grilled cheese had a funk that I just couldn't get past. And I like a good funky cheese. Salad was good. No one was there on a Sunday night. If I had to eat there again, I would be able to handle it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to hit it up again.

D
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very bad business to put us at front table by door - it was freezing and no one at back of restaurant while we were there. large parties showed up later, so we did NOT have to be cold!

G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience

Very fast service - great crostini chicken liver mousse & pulled pork sandwich

MS
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

From the Rose, to the brussel sprouts and the to-die-for mussels, this was a pretty pleasing experience. It was a relatively quiet Thursday evening which picked up eventually but didn't impact our girly catch-up. The waiter was uber-attentive without being pushy. We managed to share the profiteroles (the plate and their display made them almost too pretty to eat) which were quite scrummy. Looking forward to a return visit.

j
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2015
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

There are too many charming places on Smith Street to waste your time here. The restaurant was virtually empty for brunch, which should have been a sign. The food was alright, although they were out of several items, e.g., yogurt parfait came without granola. No personality to this place. Stumble into one of the many other options along Smith that don't take reservations and you will be far better off!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Duck and Waffle sandwich was extremely delicious. The waiter was nice enough to even complement my choice and said this is the best breakfast/brunch dish in the house. He was right, I couldn't have asked for a more satisfying meal. The service was very good, however the busses seemed to be new and took 15 minutes to bring us milk for our iced coffees after repeated requests. Not a big deal though, probably just inexperienced. Other than that, it was a great brunch and I'll definitely be back!

AR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner at 6pm on Nov. 6th.Very accommodating staff and management. We were a party of seven and heading for area theater. Lovely relaxed meal.. Praise all around, a nice find. The east coast (Maryland) oysters were fabulous. All praised.

FO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Disclosure: I'm becoming a regular, so Sharif, the owner, comped my table a round of drinks.
Review: I came here several times this summer since the garden is so nice. Had hoped to eat there again, but it was getting brisk, so garden was closed. (Sharif offered to let us eat there, but it was chilly.) Upstairs is noisier -- it's getting more popular. But conversation was easy at our table.
The food is very reasonably priced for how good it is. The menu is eclectic: everything from oysters to pulled pork. I have tried to recreate the potato puree with fennel at home and not been able to get it nearly as good. My foodie companions pronounced the flight of profiteroles the best they had ever had.

d
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food with friendly service in attractive surroundings

OT
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time here. The food was wonderfully creative. Very low key place. Enjoy the stunning patio weather permitting.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

What a find. Tiny little place with a beautiful garden area in the back. Service was impeccable, we were treated royally.... Amazing for a place we'd never been to.

We'll be back.

j
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While I frequent White Oak for dinner and drinks, this was my first brunch experience. I had the eggs benedict with crab cakes, my date had the pulled pork sandwich. The eggs were poached to perfection and complimented the crispness of the crab cakes very well. The salad on the side had the perfect tartness to compliment an otherwise decadent dish. The pulled pork was very juicy and tender. Service is always on point here, and the backyard patio is beautiful. I would highly recommend taking advantage of it while you still can before winter comes!

s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2015
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Brunch service was horrendous. Very lovely restaurant w/ good brunch menu. Please improve your service!

k
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an early dinner on a summer night outside in their garden. It was a lovely atmosphere, very friendly service, and the food was very good.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Really really good food! It's also a great atmosphere. I've eaten both at their bar at outdoors on the terrace, both in a group and on a date and this place was great for both. The service was a little patchy when we were a big group, with a forgotten order and an extra charge on our bill, but overall everyone was friendly and we didn't wait too long, and the mistakes were corrected appropriately. Will be going back, definitely enjoyed my evening there!!

B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fresh and healthy. The service was impeccable. This is definitely a neighborhood gem

HK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

great table up front. friendly service. food was delicious. no pressure to leave. overall a great experience.

SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing mushroom gnocchi starter and incredible burger! Our server was really fabulous too. We appreciated that he didn't pressure us to drink more etc.

VV
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not my first visit ~ Brunch was excellent we sat outside great area looking forward to Spring!
Recently went for dinner was just as nice sitting in back of restaurant by window
Our friends in area go often they said food always great a "true neighborhood gem"
Service was wonderful

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed dinner quite a lot. Food was very good. Actually my steak was excellent. Good portion size and cooked perfectly. Nice menu selection. Something for everyone. Price was excellent and the service was fine. I have no complaints at all. I recommend White Oak and will definitely go back again.

HL
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch menu-we enjoyed a spicy well balanced Bloody Mary-a generous size! Perfectly poached Swedish eggs, poached duck eggs on waffles with duck sausage, polenta with shrimp,
and almond French toast. All of our entrees were perfectly seasoned. Service was great! Delicious full bodied coffee. Wish they had freshly squeezed orange juice. Charming patio for warm weather dining.

j
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service here is amazing. There is not a single member of the staff here that is anything less than kind and hospitable. In the summer the backyard patio is so beautiful and they have happy hour oysters throughout the week. The owner specially chooses the craft beers seasonally and it's always on point. Great ambience, great music, friendly faces! Can't ask for more!

s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2014
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

My daughter and her husband went to White Oak when it first opened and liked it. The menu has shrunk and the food was meh.

SM
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a nice brunch here last Sunday - this quaint Tavern is lovely! Exposed brick walls and gorgeous refinished oak floors with a sweet brick patio out back for outdoor dining. The brunch menu is small but the dishes are delicious! Their version of eggs benedict has smoked salmon instead of Canadian bacon and is spectacular! The bloodiest are also delicious!

LA
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is my second visit to this restaurant and I was glad to find that the food was again delicious and the welcome staff and bartender were really friendly and attentive. Our waiter (different from first visit) was also friendly, but he was not particularly attentive. My last visit there I felt like our waiter was distracted, I'm not sure that this was the case this time. I guess the food prep and location of the kitchen make the arrival of the food take a bit longer, which is okay. But it would be nice if the waiter checked in on us more frequently and gave updates so we don't feel forgotten.

LA
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

From the host to the bartender to our waiter, the service was friendly and welcoming. The service with the food was fine but a little sluggish. The food was absolutely delicious, great portions, and there was a wonderful drink menu. I will be back there for sure.

IM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2014
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Read good reviews and was expecting exceptional meal. Food was good however server was a bit strange as everything we ordered he indicated was light with a lot of salad? We asked him what the alternative was and he had no response. When we first got there, the a/c was blasting and we had to ask them several times to shut it off or we would have to leave as it felt like a meat locker. They finally were able to control the a/c temperature.
Again food was good but two in our party complained about the amount of pepper (in pasta and chicken). The server asked whether they would like him to "wipe it off"??

RE
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The garden area for brunch is a great setting. The food was excellent and the wait staff and management were very welcoming. I would recommend this restaurant highly!

G
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service from the host to the waiter to the bartender. Our waiter, David, took the time to walk us through the entire menu and make recommendations. The food was delicious and the staff could not be more welcoming. I can't wait to go back!

b
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2014
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

All in all, this was promising in the reviews...but it really failed to deliver. The location and back garden itself is really charming. But that's where it stopped. The service was lackluster at best. The menu was limited and relatively uninspired. The wine list is pedestrian. Furthermore, the tables in the garden seating were - not kidding - card tables. My wine and water glasses kept sliding to the middle of the table. They were unstable.

There were very few tables occupied. Just a few doors down at another French bistro there was standing room only.

LG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Came here Friday night for dinner with two friends. Sat inside but did notice there is a lovely outdoor backyard eating area.

Got the gnocchi app to start which was to die for!! We actually ordered two servings it was THAT good. For entrees my friend and I each ordered the NY strip. It was cooked to perfection, juicy and full of flavor. Other friend ordered the fresh fettuccini which looked great and she loved it.

Overall everything was perfect and I will certainly return especially for brunch in that great outdoor space.

G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch appetizer - worth the detour on the way home for that generously portioned dish - steak cooked to perfection - great beer selection