“When we are empowered with food, language and culture all while our bodies are strengthened from traditions that make us full, we can achieve a whole lot."
Café Ohlone – Café Ohlone is a unique dining destination located in Berkeley, California. Named after the indigenous Ohlone people who have lived in the Bay Area for thousands of years, the café serves traditional foods and contemporary fare. Café Ohlone offers interactive learning activities and workshops to teach guests about the Ohlone people. If you are looking for a truly special and meaningful dining experience in Oakland, Café Ohlone is a must-visit.
Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone), and Louis Trevino (Rumsen Ohlone), co-own the mak-‘amham/Café Ohlone in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay area. mak-‘amham (mahk-am-haam) means “our food” in the Chochenyo Ohlone language.
Cafe Ohlone’s latest iteration is located outside the Hearst Museum of Anthropology on the UC Berkeley campus, at Bancroft on College Avenue. Our food is representative of a continuum of Ohlone culinary traditions; dishes loved by our family in all periods of our history — from the days prior to colonization to certain, specific foods embraced by our family on our own terms in later periods. Every dish we share at Cafe Ohlone has a reason for its place and represents our living culture.