Opened in early 2023, Parche is a welcome new addition to the Uptown neighborhood. The atmosphere is lively, abuzz with people from all walks of life. You'll find those stopping by the bar after work, friends gathered to celebrate birthdays—and plenty of date-goers. The contemporary Colombian restaurant is the first personal venture for Paul Iglesias, who had previously managed Canela Bistro & Wine Bar in San Francisco. Going out on his own, Iglesias wanted to showcase his heritage by featuring the various flavors and cooking techniques of Colombia.
The family-style menu starts with a selection of ceviches before offering smaller shared plates that include various empanadas, arepas, yucca fritters, and vegetables. If you have room, several larger dishes round out the meal. Parche's cocktail menu is as lively as the atmosphere, with the house specialty being a Spanish style of gin & tonic. Colombian touches aren't only found in the food, but in every decor detail: handmade balays, a form of a wicker basket, hang above the tables and boldly colorful historical Colombian prints line the walls. Overall, Parche represents the best of what Oakland embodies—a place to honor the family heritage and build community.