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A Cote
A Cote

A Cote Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.acoterestaurant.com
  • Email: acote@acoterestaurant.com
  • Phone: (510) 655-6469
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,

    Wednesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Colgan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call the restaurant for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lawton
  • Public Transit: Rockridge Bart station 3 blocks north of the restaurant
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from A Cote

À Côté is a small-plates restaurant in Oakland's charming Rockridge district. Cozy tables surround large communal tables in both the main dining room and on the sunny patio to create a festive atmosphere. Small plates reflecting the best of seasonal Mediterranean cuisine are served family-style by a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Menu items are paired with a carefully chosen selection of over 40 wines by the glass as well as a highly diverse bottled wine menu. Specialty drinks featuring fresh fruits, rare botaniques and fine liqueurs are featured at the bar.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • " The ambiance in the front part of the restaurant is quite nice and very romantic with candles and nice music,though pretty crowded, especially if you are waiting for a table while at the bar. Soon we were brought to our table which was in the back patio/tent of the restaurant. As we got closer to our table, we got further away from the ambiance and romance. The back tent lacked the candles, music and very much the romantic feel of the front. Reservations were made over a week in advance and I was disappointed. The food was alright- the portions were "medium" as we had been told-- but of the three dishes we order the lack innovation and presentation, especially for the price. The service was the one good thing, but I won't be back."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Excellent subtle service. Great selection of savory "small plates" which are more like "medium plates." Dessert...meh. but the cheese course selection makes that kind of a moot point. Interesting and unusual wine and beer selection. We tried 4 . All very good. Full bar a nice added value. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Tasty food and friendly service made our recent dinner here a delight. Getting our server involved in our food and wine selections was a very good move. She knew the menu well and made some excellent suggestions. Overall, we had a great evening and will return soon."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We were seated in a west facing booth late afternoon and blinded by sunlight every time the front door opened which was frequently. Spring onion soup was thick and undistinguished. Mussels were salty and too firm. Server was attentive and helpful."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Beautiful place and great ambiance. We were so excited when we arrive but left Disappointed. Overpriced, terrible and rude service and food was just ok. We won't be back."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My wife and I met here 7 years ago and have gone back every year to celebrate our first date. The food is great as always, but the service has really slipped. Drinks arrived habitually late. Servers brought food we didn't order. Our own food took rather long to arrive. But the worst thing was that the general manager was acting as host that night. He greeted us with a head nod and barely managed a "hey". He hung out with his friends at a table in the bar by the window doing a "wine tasting"--4 guys, 6 bottles. It must have been fun because he didn't pay attention to anything going on out on the floor. Honestly, it reminded me of a bad episode of "Bar Rescue". I'm glad I met my wife there, but we won't be back."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The mussels with Pernod were great with the french fries. The lamb tagine with the flatbread were amazing and shouldn't be missed. I brought a party of 11 and you managed this group beautifully - thank you!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The food and service at this spot are very top notch. Our server offered to let us taste several wines she had recommended until we found the right one. I also highly recommend it for a date because the noise level is very comfortable. (You can actually hear your date!)"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Friends of ours from Vancouver were visiting, one a master sommelier who teaches wine. She was absolutely wowed by the diversity of the wine list; said she wished her students could come for tastings. We had two bottles of red, one a Corsican one and one that had an earthy, almost mushroomy flavor that I loved, but can't remember the name of. Server was charming, attentive, and friendly. Food overall extremely good, especially the olives (every one a winner), the duck breast (pizza-style) flatbread and the ravioli. Only quibbles: - Fries overdone, almost burned, though still kind of soggy - Amount of cheese on cheese plate infinitesimal--hard cheese tiny 3 slivers and soft, about an inch square."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "My mom and step-dad were visiting from out of town, and a friend recommended A Cote. Since we just moved to Rockridge, we were very excited to try it and hoped it would become a special occasion spot for us. However, very early into our experience at the restaurant, I was disappointed to see the the two servers working with our table were clearly gossiping about my parents. My folks can be very particular and come off as rude. Believe me, I know it's hard not to take it personally. It was surprising to see the two servers looking at our table and rolling their eyes, commenting on my folks within ear-shot of us. It was disappointing, not to mention unprofessional. While the food and drinks were outstanding, I'm not sure we'll go back."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I always like bringing friends here once a year to taste the yummy drinks but every time I'm more and more disappointed with the food. I mean… its OK but for the price? A small flatbread is $16 and burnt fries are $6. I think you get better value elsewhere."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Always delicious food in the prettiest place to dine in the East Bay! I choose A Cote for all family celebrations."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We have been eating here for years and always enjoy our evenings out at A Cote. We most often bring our own bottle of wine & the staff treats it with interest, decants if asked & gives us appropriate stemware. When we don't bring a bottle, the wine list is excellent as well as the cocktails and available hard & after dinner drinks. We have an established pattern, cheese plate, salad, followed by several dishes usually including a flat bread. We are still speaking wistfully of the confit flat bread we enjoyed during our last visit. The deserts are sometimes hit or miss. When it's one of those nights when we just feel like we need to get out, relax, have a great bottle of wine paired with really good food, A Cote immediately comes to mind."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The food was unexceptional for the price. The interior is very dark."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "If you like natural wines, A Cote has you covered. This has become my favorite birthday spot because of their old world wine selection, coupled with a wood fire oven. Leave the kids at home if you have them, don't ruin everyone's dinning experience with your ill behaved children, this place is cozy and intimate."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Nothing to complain about. Everything was spot on!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We were a group of 4 celebrating a birthday. Our waitress picked up on that from hearing our conversation and with dessert brought a candle for the birthday girl…without our asking for it. We thought that was great! We had fun choosing our dishes and loved every one of them. We especially enjoyed the duck flatbread and the Mahi Mahi. Service was done with cheerfulness, timely-ness, and helpfulness. I would so love to return to see what interesting dishes are on the menu then."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Haven't been back here in a while but very consistent and good. Wish they had more veggie options and would identify their sourcing of meat and veggies...."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Small plates were distinctive and every one was good. One of our partyy was stuck on the BART for 45 minutes, but the restaurant personnel didn't turn a hair."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "A Cote is a unique little find, that includes an extensive wine list from wines around the work. For the evening we attended, our server accommodated us in picking a few smaller plates and a perfect bottle of Croatian wine that spoke to all of us at the dinner that evening. If only the menu would last longer than a few weeks, I'd love to be able to try all the different types of wines and specialty plates over time. The ever changing menu is perfect in its own way though - it provides a nice pick me up and catered approach to compliment the revolving wine and small plates selection."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "The food was interesting and of outstanding quality. There are both small plates and larger ones for sharing. The staff was good at timing food delivery so you could enjoy each dish without being overwhelmed. Had us taste a couple of wines before ordering a bottle. Good for small groups but is too small for large ones.."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "mussels are a must - super delicious. Both our cocktails were great. We also ate the shrimp and crab cocktail - which was unique and very tasty."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have been to A Cote several times and the food is always very good. It is served family style and the service matches the family style as well. They have an eclectic bar so you can find just about anything your looking for. I recomend this resuraunt to all my friends."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great service, food pretty good. Too pretentious, overpriced. Don't order the grilled ham and cheese which was like a kids grilled ham and cheese sandwich for a high price for what you get. Seemed like most people were ordering the French fries. Guess I should have tried that. Review page should have a way to rate value, that's what really sucked here."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We picked a great place to celebrate Valentine's Day weekend. The food was absolutely delightful & service was great. Thank you!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "A small plate (bigger than tapas) restaurant. Cosy atmosphere, too noisy. Spinach salad was ok, needed just a bit of salt, A hanger steak was wonderfully tender and savory accompanied by fresh white canelli type beans and spinach, quite enough for two to share. Ordered french fries (w/aioli, forgetable) which were very tasty, crisp , but a bit over done. To stay with meat we had a pork osso bucco (never had that before) that was succulent and delicious. The food was very tasty, I would return but on a slow nite. On Monday night 8pm, it was moderately crowded but still too loud , so on week ends it must be havock. We had a very good draft beer from Oakland. Wine R too $$$, IT IS possible to get a decent wine for under $40"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite Bay Area restaurants, hands down, and we've been going there for years. It always thrills with new choices and old favorites, a great bar and Belgian beer list, and friendly and knowledgeable servers. Atmosphere is jovial but usually not too horribly noisy. Sitting on the back patio in the colder months can be a little cold and drafty sometimes, but you can always ask the staff to crank up the heat."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "A Cote has an amazing wine list including fabulous choices for wine by the bottle. First time I have seen Lebanese Syrah on the West coast. Server was super knowledgeable about the wines and food."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We had a great meal last night. We aked the waiter for his recommendation on the wine, as he chose the most expensive one, which was vey good but not worth $80. This was a bit surprising, as the $40 wine we usually get is very good. Also, our waiter took down our order wrongly and then charged us for the wrong order. We were too embarrassed to complain,as he was very nice."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "A very interesting and diverse menu and wine list. Our salads were ok, but I would have preferred more flavor to the salad dressings. Wine choices were very good. The mahi mahi dish was delicious. We ordered the pork loin dish and did not realize it was fried. Our server graciously offered us another entree, no questions asked. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. I've always had a good experience here and will give it another try next time I'm in town."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "We were there to celebrate our son's 28th birhday. The lights were very low, creating a cozy, comfortable environment. The food was all excellent, especially the butternut squash raviolis, the hanger steak, and the rabbit sausages, and were enough for the four of us. The prices were reasonable, and the service superb, attentive, yet non-intrusive. Will go again."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "While the food was good, it was pricey given the portion sizes. I would recommend a 25% price reduction if the portions remain as is. If this restaurant were in San Francisco, it would not survive at these prices/portion sizes given the competition."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Two good friends and I had a wonderful time here. We shared two small plates and an entree between us. The food was wonderful and our server was able to zero in on wines which would appeal to our three individual palates. We spent a lot of time catching up but did not feel hurried (even though we did not order a lot of food). Our table was in an alcove so the noise was very manageable. On another night I met a friend for drinks and snacks at the bar, same great food and service. Highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening very much. Everything was wonderful."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "BF and I went here at 9 PM on a Wednesday to celebrate our romantic occasion. The food was EXCEPTIONAL! "Small plates" portion sizes allowed us to taste and share everything. Our server was attentive but not naggy at all - the perfect balance. While the dim lighting was pleasant, I have to admit that the ambiance isn't necessarily romantic. It was a little on the louder side, and the crowd was mostly 20- and 30-somethings in groups of 2-4. This place is much better suited for drinks and a light bite with a couple of girlfriends. We had a fantastic evening and paid $120 out the door (including tip). For drinks, dessert, and plenty of food to satisfy our large appetites, I think we certainly got our money's worth. I'll definitely come back!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "My husband and I agonized over where to take my elderly, judgmental, picky mom for a birthday dinner. And she has a walker. And she is super sensitive to noise...etc., etc. I am so glad we settled on A Cote. We sat in the back "outside" room which was cozy and quiet. The food was a huge hit. They let her taste her first thought about wine, which she disliked, and the server suggested a rose which she loved. We had mussels; the duck pate; pommes frites; and two cheeses for dessert (with candied walnuts, Marcona almonds, etc.). Everything was great--her fave being the pate. She raved during and after the meal! Oh, and we enjoyed it very much, too. We had not been there in several years and now I can't think why!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Having been a regular diner for about 10 years (many times each year), my husband and I love A'cote. The food and the ambiance are great for a date. Quiet, romantic.....And we love the fact that the kitchen is open late. While the cocktails are also outstanding, recently they have become stingy on size. A martini glass filled to half of its vertical height translates to only about a quarter of a glass, if you understand physics. 2 sips and the entire drink disappears."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The small plates are great for sharing at this place. Everything shows up quickly."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "I'll be quick since A Cote isn't one of those restaurants that really needs reviews. But they did such an excellent job of restaurant week with excellent dishes that I have to say 'Bravo.' It is a restaurant that lives up to its repute."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "First time here. Expected more. Very limited menu. Salad was blah. Entree enjoyable. Disappointed overall."
    Dined on 1/25/2014