5478 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618Neighborhood:
MediterraneanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.acoterestaurant.com/
- Phone: (510) 655-6469
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
- 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, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access
- Private Party Facilities: Please call the restaurant for details.
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.Continued
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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- Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
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A Cote reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since July 26, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (102)neighborhood gem (89)romantic (61)notable wine list (61)special occasion (60)great for outdoor dining (31)good for groups (29)vibrant bar scene (28)hot spot (15)late-night find (7)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
- Is A Cote changing?EastBaycouple2Dined on 8/18/2014My husband and I have been going to A Cote for the past 6 years. While the food is still incredible, the overall experience feels like it has changed. The past two visits we were seated in the back room (we had reservations) which would be a wonderful spot on a warm night. Unfortunately, we don't get many of those so it is either too cold or stuffy when they draw the curtains (and then it feels a bit claustrophobic). The front room's ambience is better. We were helped with wine selections and loved our results. Our first choice of wine and cheese were both unavailable but the alternatives were both good. Our overall experience was not as exceptional as our first time but we will return-with different expectations.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Mostly amazing!curlitoDined on 8/16/2014Beautiful space, great service, and almost everything was amazing-- surprising and delicious flavors. The mussels, rabbit sausage flatbread, Georgian wine in a clay bowl were all off-the-charts. The only mild disappointment was the chanterelle pasta: fine and with a nice texture to the noodles, but fairly bland with no discernible mushroom flavor.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One bad nightOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/16/2014I've been to A Cote many times and have always enjoyed the place. But this time I was a bit disappointed at the service and the food. We ordered mussels, fries, halibut and sausage with clams. Overall the food was a good but when we got our sausage and clams, I was upset. They gave us five clams and one tiny piece of sausage, not even enough for my six year old son to enjoy. The dish was $18, I expected at least a couple more pieces of sausage. The service was not that great also, we had a 5:45 reservation so it wasn't that crowded. Our server was lack luster, he hardly ever checked up on us or ask us how our food was. We waited forever for our food and cocktails. This could have been just a bad night for us.Special Features:
- It's Rockridge, so you pay moreOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/12/2014There's nothing really wrong with this place but there's nothing special either. You're essentially paying a premium because the restaurant is in Rockridge. In my personal opinion, the food was just average. I ordered their Albacore Tuna Nicoise which didn't exactly knock my socks off. I have no complaints about the service. It met expectations. It wasn't especially warm but I wasn't offended by anything either. I really wanted to like this place. The setting is nice and I reservations were easy. So, overall the place is an average place to get okay food. I probably won't go back because frankly, I can go to other places that I prefer. Competition is stiff. Sorry, A Cote.
- Nothing SpecialgolfkatVIPDined on 8/12/2014Seems like they are just going through the motions. Nothing so clever or creative. Too much dressing on salad, too many fried items on menu, not enough healthy options. Limited wine per glass as well. Need a total revamp of menu and the space!!!Special Features:
- A Cote has Changed for the worsealamedagalDined on 8/9/2014My hubby and I have been going here for years, and sadly will not return. It used to be a neighborhood gem, with excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Our male waiter had long hair that was not pulled back and he kept brushing it out of his face. The food was terrible- we had to send back two salads that were wilted (they must have been dressed hours before). Our $20 chicken plate was dry and unimpressive. We then heard that the original chef just left 2 weeks ago, which must explain the drastic change for the worse. I hope they get their act together soon, or they will continue to lose many loyal customers like us.
- First Time, Won't Be The Last!fooddudeattitudeDined on 8/8/2014As an out of towner from Portland, Oregon, I had some high expectations for this place. It was my girlfriend and I wanting to have a special lunch with her grandmother and cousin, so we chose this place. As a native Portlander where we are known for our wacky and gastronomically exquisite cuisine, I can safely say this place knows what they're doing. Friendly server, great atmosphere, and the food was heavenly. I ordered the mussels and the broth alone was worth ordering, let alone the rest of their wonderful food. Will come back if I'm ever back in Oakland!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 8/2/2014Disappointing. Over the last couple years quality of food and service has gone down. We used to go there all the time but we won't be going back after this last experience. Shrimp plate looked and tasted like something my grandmother would make. Even the fries that you could usually count on weren't even crispy- as if they had been sitting in the kitchen for awhile. We also had only our fries midway of 5 dishes, and we had to wait about 20 min for our next dish.Special Features:
- A delightful find !CVThomasDined on 7/31/2014A Cote is delightful! The food was inventive and fun; the wine list was very eclectic and the staff was wonderful and helpful; the wine/food parings suggested were excellent! We spent our time listing friends and who to bring back next time!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Enjoyable evening on patioPatRVIPDined on 7/30/2014Have been going here for years and we just discovered their outdoor patio. You can't beat their mussels they're super good and cooked perfectly. Great cocktails and small platesSpecial Features:
- MusicteamVIPDined on 7/26/2014Everything was great except the music being played seemed terribly inappropriate for a classy location and a Saturday night - something more mellow would be appreciated.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect Birthday CelebrationBirthdaygirlDined on 7/26/2014It's hard to know where to begin with this restaurant. Our evening at A Cote was flawless. We were celebrating 2 birthdays, and our expectations were exceeded by impeccable service, outstanding food, and wonderful atmosphere. The wait staff never interrupted our conversation to clear plates or fill water glasses (we thought ghosts were doing it!) Our waiter was awesome, and made a really tough dance look easy. His timing, knowledge of the food and menu, and how he pampered us was what makes a great waiter GREAT. The food was not only artistically presented, it was DELISH. AND the bonus at the end of the meal were two desserts with candles. They remembered it was a birthday celebration! This is our new go-to special occasion spot.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/26/2014We had ordered the squash blossom stuffed with carrot puree and goat cheese, mussels and rabbit flatbread. The flavors of each dish complemented each other. We sat in the patio on a warm summer afternoon which was very nice and refreshing. Especially coming from the south bay.Special Features:
- The following 1326 reviews are from the A Cote reviews archive.
- First timersFlavornatorDined on 7/21/2014We live in the neighborhood, and wanted to check out a place with a great reputation. Everything was executed very well. The staff was friendly and accommodating. No complaints.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unusual wine list & delicious foodMonicaDined on 7/21/2014I thoroughly enjoyed my first meal at A Coté. They were very flexible when we needed to move our reservation at the last minute. The wine list is full of unusual European wines, so it's a fun place to try something new. Small-ish plates were fine for 2 to share. We had 3 & dessert & it was plenty of food. Squash blossoms were lovely & different from the usual presentation. Flatbread with lobster mushrooms was decadent (drizzled with truffle oil). I'd definitely recommend & will visit again.Special Features:
- Always fun to go hereOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/20/2014I like the vibe at A Cote. The bar is pretty and very comfortable for dining, and the bartender was great. It is a small plate kind of place (which I like), and although most of our food was delicious, some dishes seemed like they were trying too hard - like the clams and sausage. I do recommend the cheese plate for dessert - fabulous!! At the end of the evening I felt like we had had a great time but that the cost was a little high.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I loe John!DiamondDined on 7/18/2014We decided to go in for appetizers, dessert and drinks. John, our server, was excellent! He listen to what we liked and gave perfect recommendations. He was relatable and relaxed. I loved eerything we hae and can't wait to go back.Special Features:
- As wonderful as everarlenizuchiniDined on 7/18/2014My husband and I have been eating at A Cote for a long time and consider it one of our favorite, if not very favorite, restaurants. The food is consistently terrific: their longtime signature dishes (pommes frites, mussels in Pernod, flatbreads, crogue monsieur) are still reliably delicious, and they always have seasonal specials that are creative and yummy. We had bacon wrapped salmon with fresh corn the other night that was perfectly cooked and a scrumptious ode to summer. A Cote is great for a romantic dinner for two, for larger parties, special occasions, or a casual meal at the bar. It's also kid friendly -- and our son has enjoyed it since about age 4. We're thrilled that A Cote still delivers. Great wine list, too!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- This is one of my favoritesJaniceStewartDined on 7/17/2014So what else is there to say. I tried the squid, and it was outstanding. The cheese plate is a great dessert.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Acote' - Rockrodgehungry4foodDined on 7/13/2014Although the food was good for my taste , it was too spicy for my wife. The portions were quite small and very expensive. I would feel comfortable recommending this restaurant only to those who want a unique taste experience.Special Features:
- Tres Bon!SFNICADined on 7/12/2014Once again the good food, good service, and good environment of A Cote wowed us. We have been to this restaurant a few times and I must say that every time the experience is excellent and thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend to just focus on the small dishes OR order the larger ones with the purpose of sharing so that you can get a good array of all the excellent tastes. Do not skip on the mussels an the frites!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/12/2014Service was excellent. Food was adequate. They overcharge for small plates.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Terrific 'Bistro'RobertDined on 7/7/2014This is a warm, rustic venue with a very nice bar and a sheltered outdoor seating area in the back (no view, but it is 'outside' which can be pleasant on a summer night). The spirits list is impressive (rum is in) and the food blends comfort with creativity. A very tasty kale salad accompanied by superb oven-baked mussels hit the spot. The stuffed calamari was well executed (tender) but the filling was a bit bland. Desert was decadent. Returning any time with pleasure. (note: we rated it 'quiet', but we were outside and it was not crowded).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 7/6/2014Been here many times, usually great. This time we were seated at a cramped table very close to a party of four boisterous, drunken people who talked so loudly that I actually got a headache. The server apologized that they were short-staffed, but we got ignored in the noise. I should have asked to be relocated, and didn't. This is usually a romantic, intimate spot: this time it was exhausting. The food was a bit hit and miss, too. Excellent soup and flatbread, mussels tasty but lukewarm and the salad and sides seemed unseasoned. I realize that the restaurant is at the mercy of customers too, but all in all it was so disappointing. I will go back, but what was my favorite table in my favorite spot is no longer. We were uncomfortable.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not a good night at A CoteOakdinerDined on 7/6/2014We have been going to A Cote for at least 15 years. Last night they weren't on their game. The food was not very good, fries soggy and then when brought back after complaining were overcooked. The rest of the food was average and forgettable. The one highlight was the wine list with lots of wonderful wines by the glass from all over Europe. Will probably go back and give them another chance as we are hoping this was a one off....Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 7/5/2014Nice atmosphere and good food and service. Parking was easy early in the evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- No longer greatGriff2Dined on 7/5/2014What once was great is now mediocre. First after telling the server how I wanted my martini she told me they don't make them that way at Acote. What!? Service went down hill from there. I have been going to Acote for years but never again. Food was mediocre at best. The mussels and frites, their claim to fame, were awful. Flatbread was awful. I am so disappointed in what this place has become. If you want a restaurant that comes close, try Sidebar in Oakland, Lake Merritt. Someone needs to tell the emperor he has no clothes.
- Too long between courses!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/26/2014While the atmosphere and food were great. We could only sit there together for so long before we realized the small plates we had been continuously ordering had stopped coming for about 15 minutes. While the waiters didn't seem too concerned about it (frustrating!), it was more than long enough to become uncomfortable sitting in front of my clients/dinner guests while we stared at dirty, empty plates.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful!OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/20/2014We loved this restaurant, would DEFINITELY go back and highly recommend it. Our server, the manager, Heather, was so knowledgeable and fun and the food was creative and delicious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AmazingelnicDined on 6/15/2014Took my dad here for father's day, it was so good. Everything we ate was incredible - you can't go wrong on the cheese plate. The calamari, kale salad, the atmosphere - really great. Will absolutely be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious food at A CoteSJfoodieVIPDined on 6/15/2014Enjoyed a delicious meal at A Cote; a diverse menu that provides a lot of choices; everything was delicious and service was great.Special Features:
- BarbaraDined on 6/15/2014We have eaten at ACote a few times in the past and have had a very good meal. This time it seemed everything was off. We had reservations and they put us in the way back room which had flies flying all around the table. We asked to be moved and it took them awhile to move us even though the restaurant was not even full yet. The Martini that was ordered came in a champagne glass instead of a Martini glass and the olives were just plopped in the glass with no scewers. The waitress told us they ran out of scewers. They also charged $2.00 more for a Martini then what was listed on the menu. I also felt the food wasn't as tasty as it had been in the past.
- DisappointedeatwellVIPDined on 6/14/2014We've eaten at A Cote many times and liked it. This time, the food was very mediocre. The stuffed calamari was tasteless. Service was confused and rather slow. Will wait to go back!
- Amazing Dining ExperiencesfseashellDined on 6/14/2014I recently brought my parents to A Cote for dinner. It was an amazing experience. They seated us at a table in the back adjacent to the beautiful garden. We really enjoyed the fresh air and beautiful view of the garden. I really enjoyed the food, and despite the fact that they were "tapas" style dishes, they were very generous portions. I am a pescetarian and there were tons of options for me to choose from with fish and veggies. We all enjoyed the experience very much. The service was friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere of the restaurant was casual enough not to feel uptight and nice enough to feel special. We really enjoyed it and we will definitely be back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- longtime favoritelocalregularsVIPDined on 6/14/2014We're always happy with a visit for an innovative cocktail, great selections of small plates to share, knowledgeable suggestions on glasses of wine from unknown wineries, and good service.Special Features:
- Excellent as alwaysgnocchiDined on 6/12/2014I don't think I've ever had a bad time at A Coté. The food is consistently inventive and delicious. The wait staff is pleasant, attentive, and very knowledgable about the menu and wine list. The server heard us mention "birthday" and our desserts showed up with candles. This is why A Coté is always my first recommendation for people wanting to celebrate in the East Bay.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food, good servicegenselecusDined on 6/11/2014Nothing much of note to really write about here. The restaurant was a solid four stars and comes with all of the things that you would expect from a nice restaurant.Special Features:
- Don't plan on going backLongtimeMemberVIPDined on 6/9/2014The reviews of outstanding service is why I chose A Cote for my daughters 24th birthday dinner. The food was fine,nothing special and not hot enough. The fact that an employee propped the door open 3 different times on a very windy, cool evening at the exact same moment our food arrived,did not enhance the experience. Each time no one was around and I had to go close it myself. Our server was painfully inexperienced and for a place that boasts a wine list with the prices A Cote does, one would think there would be a sommelier on hand or at least a server trained to serve wine. Our server spilled some into the candle and never replaced the candle. Although I mentioned it was my daughters birthday when I reserved, nothing was offered or done.Special Features:
- A Favorite PlacegryphongirlDined on 6/8/2014I've been to A Cote many times. My husband and I often come and sit at the bar because it is fun to watch the patrons. We often end up chatting with folks who are also having dinner at the bar. The format of small plates is great! This enables us to share several dishes. It is particularly enjoyable when you have a larger group. The flatbread is always excellent, as are the empanadas, salads and charcuterie plate. You really can't go wrong here. My husband often enjoys the wine flights. The service is very good and I love the ambience in the evening. Be sure to have a reservation if you don't plan to arrive at 5:15 to sit at the bar when it opens at 5:30.Special Features:
- Consistently excellentGinPawsDined on 6/7/2014À Côté consistently delivers outstanding food that changes seasonally, unique and delicious wine options, and an atmosphere that lends itself to long, intimate conversations. The servers are knowledgeable about all menu items and provide wine pairing recommendations that will satisfy everyone from the neophyte to the adventurous connoisseur. While the wine list is exemplary, the cocktails also deserve recognition for being both innovative and well-balanced. Our most recent dining experience was the first time out on the patio, which is a gorgeous space. It is worth noting that it can get a little chilly on the patio, but the staff are very accommodating with turning on heaters and closing the awning over the space.Special Features: