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Chef Rico reopened Penrose Restaurant as Almond and Oak in December of 2018.

Rico Rivera was born and raised in Oakland, California. After graduating from Skyline High School, he attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

Rico returned to the Bay Area and began his cooking at the Lark Creek Inn. This is where he developed a passion for local and sustainable cooking. Trips to the markets became an essential element in influencing his cooking sensibilities and intuition.

Rico moved to Boston to assist James Beard award winning chef Michael Schlow open the Great Bay Restaurant in Kenmore Square. It was here where he worked with amazing seafood caught by local fisherman.

After 3 years in Boston, he moved to New York to further his culinary education and worked at the famed Gramercy Tavern under chef Tom Colicchio. This is where he developed a love for cooking with live fire.

Longing to return to his roots, he moved back to Oakland and began working at the then, newly opened, Pizzaiolo. After 5 years at Pizzaiolo, Rico was ready to take on the opportunity of running a kitchen of his own. He became the Executive Chef at Flora Restaurant in Uptown Oakland, where he spent 8 years developing and nurturing relationships with neighborhood farmers.

Rico now takes on the helm at his own restaurant, Almond and Oak in his hometown of Oakland. The cuisine is California New American, focusing on a seasonality with a market-driven menu.

 
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Some of Our Favorites —

 
 

House-made Gnocchi

Potato gnocchi with beef & pancetta ragu

 

Flatbread

Grilled flatbread with beet purée, eggplant purée, yogurt & herb salad

 

Fried Brussels Sprouts

Pears, frisée, calabrian chile, garlic oil, pomegranate seeds & grana

 

 

 

Burrata

House made burrata, san daniele prosciutto, marinated rapini & grilled levain

 

New York Strip Steak

12 oz. New York Strip Steak with potato & beet green gratin, bread crumbs, and red wine reduction

 

Barley Risotto

Maitake mushrooms, cauliflower, broccolini, carrots, radish & grana

 

 

 

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COCKTAILS

Jon has worked in bars in the Bay Area for over a decade. Many might know him from his long tenure at Bar 355.

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COBRA KAI

mezcal, casis, citrus, cardamom

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House TONIC

mystical mix of herbs, spices and secrets

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Mendel

gin, snap pea, sherry, lime,