Jack London Square

The following old postcards, photos, menus, matches, ashtrays and other items, provide a great visual look back at the history of Jack London Square in Oakland, California. The Sea Wolf Restaurant was located at the site where Scott’s Restaurant (which opened in 1976) is today. The Grotto Restaurant was open from 1936 to 1990 and was at the site where Kincaids Restaurant is today. Other restaurants that have been at Jack London Square include: Showboat, Showboat 2, Showboat 3, Planters Dock, Bow & Bell, London House, Elegant Farmer, the Castaway, Mikado, The Mast, Il Pescatore, Marco Polo, El Caballo, Gallagher’s, Emperor, Simon’s Square.

Bow and Bell
Grotto Restaurant

The Grotto Restaurant was at Jack London Square in Oakland, California was open from 1936 to February 1990. It was located at the site where Kincaids Restaurant is today. The original Grotto Restaurant opened in 1936 and was called “Oakland Seafood Grotto”.  The Restaurant was rebuilt in 1966, right behind the original location, and the name was shortened to “Grotto.” Thanks to Michael Stipic for sharing these great images from his personal collection. Michael is the son of Mike Stipic, who along with Andy Franicevich and Tony Markovich owned and operated the Grotto.  Michael grew up in Alameda, California and graduated from Alameda High School. If you have any Grotto Restaurant images or memorabilia not seen here, please contact Michael Stipic who is an active collector. He is especially interested in trying to locate a Grotto ashtray.

Grotto Restaurant Menus
Sea Wolf Restaurant
Sea Wolf Restaurant Menus
Showboat Restaurant
Castaway Restaurant
Elegant Farmer Restaurant
London House Restaurant
Mikado Restaurant
Villa De La Paix Restaurant
Other Restaurants and Bars, Jack London Square