Join us for Sunday Supper! April 21 5:30 - 9:30pm Breakfast for Dinner!

discover lovely day

Hidden inside the 140-year-old Key Route Railway car barn in the Longfellow neighborhood of North Oakland, you’ll discover Lovely Day. A collective vision of Owner Jen McKay and Executive Chef Eric Cross. With an ingredient driven menu and a commitment to culinary innovation, gracious service, and thoughtful design we bring a warm and personal experience to each of our guests.

a little history

Built in 1891, the railway barn was used for maintaining electric train cars of the Grove St. line (now MLK jr. way) which was operated by the Oakland Consolidated Street Railway Co.


The building, including the steel-clad portion, are all part of the original structure and is one of the earliest and most substantial examples of Oakland’s electric railway system in existence.

After the consolidation of Oakland’s rail systems in 1906, the Grove St. hub would join the 51st and Telegraph hub, leaving the building vacant.

The building was then purchased by Yosemite Laundry with only minor changes to the structure and the addition of a deep well sunk into the northeast corner of the property (where the Acacia tree now stands).

After a fire destroyed the interior of the building in 1914 it was rebuilt and it was at that time the exterior was extended down 47th st. as it is now.

The building has seen a lot of tenants over the years, but in 2006 the building was purchased and renovated as the new home of Grace Street Catering and now, Lovely Day.

Site Credits


We would like to thank our photography friends at Olivia Smartt Photography, The Restaurant Project, Bruk Studios, sharpstick studio, Matthew Lawson, and Rachelle Derouin for providing the great images on our site.

Plant and Garden Design

sharpstick studio created our Lovely botanical sculptures throughout the restaurant and designed our garden and exterior planters.

Website design / development: j.kulp


20% gratuity added for parties of 6 or more



  • Fieldwork Hills & Valleys 9

    American Pilsner (draft) Berkeley

  • Fieldwork Pulp 9

    Hazy IPA (draft) Berkeley

  • East Brothers 9

    Red IPA (draft) Richmond

  • Scrimshaw 7

    Pilsner (bottle) Fort Bragg

  • Sierra Nevada 7

    Pale Ale (bottle) Chico

  • Almanac Off World IPA 8

    West Coast IPA (16oz can) Alameda

  • Almanac Love 8

    Hazy IPA (16oz can) Alameda

  • Almanac Peach Cobbler 8

    Peach Sour (16oz can) Alameda

sparkling wine

  • Bouvet Brut 9/34

    St. Hilaire, France

  • J Cuvée 65

    Healdsburg, California

white wine

  • Sancerre, Dominique Crochet 15/65

    France, 2022

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek 12/53

    Dry Creek Valley, California 2021

  • Rosé, Pedroncelli 13/59

    Sonoma, 2022

  • Albariño, Cadre Sea Queen 12/53

    Edna Valley, California 2019

  • Chardonnay, Cuvaison 11/48

    Carneros, Napa Valley 2015

  • Vin Gris, Bouchaine 65

    Napa Valley, 2021

  • Chardonnay, Bouchaine 65

    Napa Valley, 2019

red wine

  • Rabble Red Blend 12/53

    Paso Robles, California 2019

  • Pinot Noir, Ken Wright Cellars 12/53

    Willamette Valley, California 2021

  • Cabernet, Eberle 12/53

    Paso Robles, 2020

  • Heritage Zinfandel, Dry Creek 15/60

    Sonoma, 2021

  • Pinot Noir, Bouchaine 65

    Napa Valley Carneros 2019

  • Pinot Noir, Twomey 125

    Russian River Valley, Sonoma 2021

  • Cabernet, Scattered Peaks 65

    Napa Valley, California 2020


happy hour 6pm


sweets 9pm

  • Almond Cake with Caramelized Pears (gf) 12
  • Lemon Custard Tartlets 12
  • Persimmon Pudding (gf) 12
  • Brownie Bites (gf) 12

dinner feast 7pm

  • Vadouvan Brussel Sprouts

    roasted with grapes, almonds, vegan goddess (vegan, gf)

  • Kale Salad

    beets, avocado, vegan goddess, pepitas, pickled onion, egg (vegan, gf)

  • Vegan Cassoulet Stew

    white bean, black eyed peas, roast parsnip & carrot (vegan, gf)

  • Pork Belly Fried Rice

    kimchi, house cured pork belly (gf)

  • Stuffed Pork Loin

    apple, garlic, herbs, dates, quince compote (gf)

  • Dry Aged Ribeye (gf)


late night bites 11pm

  • Impossible & Flannery Sliders (gf)
  • Baked Oysters (gf)
  • Honey Garlic Shrimp Skewers (gf)
  • Chicken Milanese Strips (gf)
  • Fries

Calendar goes here

private event inquiry

please let us know desired dates / times, number of guests, and a little about the occasion.

or contact us below

Please note that we will not be offering our regular à la carte menu this night. Wine pairings, cocktails, and other fun additions are available to purchase during the event.