Private Events

We have a variety of party and private event options at The Octopus Literary Salon, including live performance. Located in Uptown

Oakland, on Webster Street (at 22nd), an easy walk from the 19th Street BART station.  Check out our private party menu (below) for all of the details. 

Our chef, Ian Patton, caters in-house and we accomodate up to 50 guests.

We feature four local beers on draft and a thoughtful selection of amazing wines for the value.

We specialize in making your party intimate, memorable and unfussy.  We make our own ice cream and our punk rock bakers are the best in the land. Check out this strawberry cake with edible flowers!

We are ADA accessible and always all ages.

For additional details and information about booking a special night with us please email 



Hello! Thank you for your interest in a catered private party! Let’s confer about your culinary dreams.  Below are popular favorites for private parties.  We’re also available to meet/call about additional possibilities and themes. 



$150/hour during non-peak hours

$250/hour from 11:30a-2:30p on weekdays and 7:00p-10:00p on weekends (Friday-Sunday)



The deposit for private parties is due upon receipt of the estimate.  It is equal to the space rental fee and reserves the time and date.  In the event of a cancellation, 50% of the deposit is refundable up to one week prior to the party.  The deposit is non-refundable if a cancellation occurs the week of the party date/time. 




Caprese salad on a stick (tomato, mozzarella, basil, balsamic glaze…$4/person

Bacon wrapped dates ...$3.50/person 

Baked goat cheese in tomato sauce with crostini...$3.50/person 

Cajun roasted shrimp w/ remoulade...$4/person

Deviled eggs w/smoked salmon/shaved prosciutto ...$4/person

Jerk chicken salad in endive cups…...$4 /person

Spiced roasted carrots with curry yogurt dip….$4/person

Roasted seasonal vegetables with house made hummus $3.50/person 

Marinated roasted pepper bruschetta $3.50/person

Baked brie in tomatillo salsa with toast $3.50/person

Andioullie sausage, jalepeno, cheddar puff pastry $4/person

Pulled pork sliders $5.5/person

Pizza $25/pizza


QUICHE (serves 8-10)

Seasonal vegetables and cheese $55

Seasonal vegetables, cheese, plus meat $65



Kale Caesar salad with croutons and parmesan...$7/person

Braised farro, roasted brussels sprouts, butternut squash, spinach, goat cheese, pickled red onion….$7/person

Thai-style cold tofu salad with shredded cabbage,carrots, peppers, herbs, peanuts, red curry peanut dressing...$7/person

Mixed greens, candied pecans, blue cheese, pickled red onions, balsamic vinaigrette...$5/person.

Field greens with balsamic vinaigrette...$4/person

Apple, brie, and mustard on a baguette...$4/person...Add ham, $4.50/person.

Mozzarella and tomato with pesto aioli…$4/person...Add capicola, $4.50/person



Baron de Seillac Brut Blancs de Blancs sparkling wine, NV, $28.

Rive Sud Rose (pinot noir), 2016. $28.

Sean Minor Chardonnay, 2015. $28.

Sean Minor Sauvignon Blanc, $28.

Sean Minor Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015. $28.

Easton Zinfandel, 2014, $28.



Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc, 2016. $28

Old Soul Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2015. $28



Blackberry buckle + crema $4/person

Chocolate cake  $4/person

Chocolate chip cookies platter  $35

Lemon bars $4/person

House made ice cream (various flavors)  $3.50/person

Our bakers will work with you to create the perfect dessert for your event