Someone wrote that the soups here are not to be missed. Based on the vegan winter squash with fennel and ginger, I'd have to agree.
This was a rich, decadant soup full of squash goodness and layered with complexity and flavor. Who would have thought that the word decadant and vegan would ever be paired together.
It came with a warm cheese breadstick from Feel Good Bakery. This was a thing of beauty , seeded on the outside, soft within and with a nice cheese flavor.
The Uncle Eddie’s Wild Hen Devilled Eggs where two egg halves filled with a creamy mustard-based filling with a little devilish kick from maybe jalepeno?
Coffee is by Flying Goat. There are both bagged and loose leaf teas.
The wine list is interesting with more than a dozen glasses ranging from $6 - $10.
The feeling is relaxed, inviting and casual. There is a small bar area and scattered bistro tables. Large floor to ceiling windows give lots of light. Technically it is in the Waterfront Warehouse Distraict almost across the street from the Oakland Amtrack station.
One of the co-owners and chefs is Eric Tucker (executive chef at Millennium Restaurant in San Francisco),
The website says "Encuentro means “to meet, gather, encounter” and encuentro will embody exactly that – a neighborhood wine bar and café featuring an eclectic mix of organic/sustainable wines from small, local and old world vintners"
This small inviting space with a warm staff and tasty food, really seem like a perfect spot to gather with friends and enjoy a glass of wine.
Encuentro Cafe & Wine Bar
202 2nd St, Oakland, CA 94607