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A Cote
A Cote

A Cote Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.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
  • "What 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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere and good food and service. Parking was easy early in the evening."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We 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...."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Been 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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "While 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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We'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!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Nothing 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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Took 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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Enjoyed a delicious meal at A Cote; a diverse menu that provides a lot of choices; everything was delicious and service was great."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I 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!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • " We'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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "À 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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "For the first time in many years, A Cote played loud music. Very loud. The reason I go there so much is that you don't need to shout at your dinner companions. Last night was dreadful. We asked twice to have the music turned down, they didn't, and the server noted that this is oftne requested but they never turn it down. It's a shame. Always my go-to restaurant, but a twitch on the volume knob would keep it as the #1 place in terms of quality of food, service, and ambiance."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I'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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I took some folks to A Cote for a business dinner recently since my husband and I just moved to the neighborhood. The service was wonderful and attentive. The wine recommendations were great. They seemed very proud of their collection. The flat-iron steak and the beignets at the end of the meal were my favorite parts. The olives were also very tasty. We were seated in the outdoor area, where it got a tad cold. But the heater helped. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Interesting shared dishes. Wine selection from soviet Georgia were unique"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Service was outstanding, food was beyond impressive. Don't be fooled by the small plates. Three plates, plus cheese plate, plus one shared dessert was enough for the three of us. Given the quality of food, the service, the selection options - the price was reasonable."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Our meal was fantastic. We started with the calamari and artichoke salad and the duck pate, and let me tell you...I'll be returning just to have that calamari artichoke salad again. The calamari was so tender, plentiful, and the dressing was just amazing. It'd make a great lunch dish all by itself. We also got a variety of cheeses (buffalo, sheep and cow/sheep blend) which is always delicious. The fruit and candied nuts make for a great pairing. For a main dish we shared the scallops plate, which was also delicious. The scallops were perfectly cooked, which is the most essential part of getting a scallop dish right. We finished with Coupe a Cote - a perfect rich finish. Can't wait to go back! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I was a repeat diner and this was one of my very favorite places to eat but this last experience was very disappointing. 1hour between service of appetizers and dinner plates and the Waite had the audacity to say that it was because we asked them to spread out time plates would be served. Another server had a very snooty attitude. Just a really bad experience. Don't know if I'll return. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I absolutely adore this restaurant and the intimate setting, great service and the great seafood options. I enjoy the oysters and quail ( which I tried here for the first time) while she loves the mussels because it comes with a sauce that's great for dipping the bread in. We always enjoy this place when we stop by."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Came here for a double date with my pregnant friend. The food was delicious, but definitely on the pricier size. The waiter said the food is meant to be shared, but with the plates being on the smaller side by the end of the night we weren't feeling full. I guess if you were willing to spend more money you could. Needless to say the food was delicious, but definitely come prepared to put a dent in your wallet. Of course we ordered the mussels and they were cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Pizza, chickpea hummus and scallops to we're fabulous. Waiter was very knowledgable about Italian wines. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We've been to A Cote a few times and we always expect good food and good service. They always deliver great food and great service. The wine flights here are interesting, unusual and even educational. This time they featured wines from Croatia, Hungary and the Republic of Georgia. We had a couple of Hungarian reds that went well with our meal of shared small plates. Everything was tasty and served promptly and graciously. We had a carrot-parsnip soup, arugula salad, scallops and bucatini. Each item was beautifully presented and creatively prepared. The soup was very thick. The bucatini was served last which was a good thing. It's strong flavors would have drowned out the more subtle scallops. They just seem to know how to do things right."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Took my wife and father-in-law for an early dinner (earliest seating), as we needed to get to airport later. Not only was service superb, but food was delightful as well. The smaller plate sizes really allowed the table to order 5 separate dishes and share....making our choices easier, since we all got to try enticing things from the menu. I highly recommend the home-made pasta dishes, which were completely savory! My wife tried a new cocktail and didn't like it. Our server replaced it with something else at no charge. We greatly appreciated that gesture. While not inexpensive, you get what you pay for: ambience, service, excellent food choices and preparation. What's not to like! Kudos to A Cote."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "A Cote is as good as ever. They actually paid attention to my special request since it was our anniversary - they provided a bottle of pink bubbly that was quite good. Food and service were terrific, and the recommendations of our server were spot on. We knew the hostess,and she took the time to visit with us when she wasn't busy. All in all a great meal experience. It was a Sunday night and we closed the place down."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I can always count on A Cote for a delicious dinner. I love the ambiance, kind of dark and a bit of an old school feel. Food is always spot on and they've got some great specialty drinks. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "truly a neighborhood gem. interesting food choices. service was excellent. servers very professional. prices most reasonable."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "The food was wonderfully prepared, the staff was charming and attentive without being overbearing and the back garden area was perfect. Take a note: Just get the bottle ...you're going to keep ordering their fabulous wines anyway and we could have bought two for what we paid for all those glasses!!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "I wanted to take my wife somewhere somewhere special for her birthday and Acote was perfect. Thanks. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We were a group of 5 old friends together for a good meal and catching up on the past few years since our last outing. We were seated in the booth in the back which, except for being a little on the dark side, was perfect for the catching up without disturbing our neighbors. The food was excellent especially the mussels. I do wish, for sharing, some of the plates were a little larger. I admit 5 is awkward for sharing, a little too many people for the entrees which would be fine for 4, and not enough people for doubling orders. Perhaps offering the dishes in 2 sizes, small and large would accommodate sharing a little better. All in all though, the overall experience was good and I would recommend A Cote."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We most enjoyed the wine and the cremini mushroom flatbread. Delicious !"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Intent was to have an intimate dinner experience, which was realized; when making a reservation indicate a preference for intimacy. Not a large menu, but well diversified. Plates are of moderate size well suited for country style sharing. Presentation was very good as was quality; mussels are outdistancing as was the Coo Au Vin. Well diversified and eclectic wine offerings. Service was great, attentive but not rushed - stayed for nearly three hours. Decor was very pleasing with a mix of modern and tradition well blended. Will most definitely return."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • " 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