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Our Story


What we do

Good Luck Gato is an izakaya cantina, a term we use to describe our collective heritage, our professional experience, and the fact that Japanese and Mexican drinking and food cultures naturally coalesce in the strong traditional recipes that are passed down generationally. Both cuisines highlight fresh ingredients with umami-forward flavors and both have renowned street food cultures that we work into the cocktails and small plates of this drinking establishment. We serve small plates with big flavors, thoughtful cocktails, beers + shots, and laidback vibes.

Our Story

Who we are

Good Luck Gato is the product of Matthew Meyer, Daniel Paez, and Kyle Itani, who worked together at Oakland’s Hopscotch restaurant. Matt leads the food program, drawing upon his Mexican heritage and his experience cooking Japanese food as Kyle’s sous chef at Hopscotch. Daniel produces easy drinking cocktails and is responsible for the brand’s creative design. Kyle ensures everything is on track as the team’s seasoned restaurateur. The trio also owns and operates Low Bar, and Kyle’s portfolio includes Yonsei Handrolls, Itani Ramen, and Hopscotch Catering.



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Media Contact

Lisa Nourse


1915 San Pablo Ave

Oakland, Ca 94612


*Perfect for pre-show dinner & drinks - only 2 blocks from The Fox Theater and 4 blocks from The Paramount Theatre


Tuesday - Sunday

5 pm – 10 pm

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