Full Days at The Half Orange


I’m happy to announce that, starting today, The Half Orange is open until 8pm every weekday. Our full hours are 11:30am to 8pm, Monday through Friday.

We’re still waiting on our beer and wine license, and we’ll probably hold off on weekend hours until that comes through. But in the meantime we’re really happy with how the food is coming out, and we’d love for you to come enjoy it.

We’re Open!


It’s a been almost a year since we’ve gotten to do what we love most — making and serving food to our neighbors. But we’re back at it again today at The Half Orange, in the heart of Fruitvale.

For now, we’re open M-F lunch only (11:30am-2:00pm), with dinner and weekend service coming soon. You can see our menu here.

Thanks for all your support in years past, and in the times to come.

Fruitvale 1878


We were at Alameda Flea yesterday searching for the perfect host stand (which we found, thank you very much vendor at stall Q21) and we stumbled up this map of downtown Fruitvale from 1878. Right in the center (block 111 of the Levy Tract, in the green polygon) is the current location of The Half Orange, our restaurant which opens tomorrow, 136 years after this map was drawn up.

Fruitvale’s a bit different now: The Oakland, Fruit Vale & Mills Seminary Railroad is long gone, but we do have BART and we’re getting a Bus Rapid Transit line, too. We also have one of the strongest concentrations of delicious restaurants of any community in the Bay Area, which sets a high standard for The Half Orange as we do our thing. We hope to contribute something personal and authentic.

We’ll have the map framed and on the wall somewhere, too, if you’d like to check it out.