A Cote
A Cote

A Cote

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.acoterestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5106556469x
  • 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.

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
A Cote reviews from OpenTable diners
138 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (95)neighborhood gem (84)notable wine list (63)romantic (58)special occasion (58)great for outdoor dining (35)good for groups (30)vibrant bar scene (29)hot spot (14)late-night find (9)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Back of the House
    DennyS
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I made a reservation for 5:30pm thinking our table would be in the front of the restaurant. Instead we were seated in their make shift back of the restaurant which clearly lacked the ambiance of the front and was rather disappointing. I mentioned that I didn't prefer sitting back there to two different staff members, neither of which offered to move us to the front - instead they proceeded to explain some elaborate protocol for why we have to sit there. The server was also rather rude. Both things overshadowed the food and wine...overall very disappointing experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I'd heard such wonderful things about A Cote but unfortunately after Friday, I will not be going back or recommending this restaurant. We arrived early for our reservation and after 5 minutes finally spoke to the hostess to then be told, they weren't sure if our reservation would be ready on time. Not a problem but there was a table that sat empty for the next 15 minutes that they then finally sat us at. We saw our waitress 4 times over the course of the next hour. We wait over 25 minutes to order our second dish, our first dish was already gone before she ever came back. She did have friends that came in for dinner and she spent a majority of her time at their table. I left highly disappointed at the terrible service.
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  • Neighborhood gem
    JenniferC
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great food, interesting wine list (and knowledgeable servers that can recommend great wine pairings!). Kitchen a little inconsistent...sometimes food comes out too fast, but often, too slow. Last visit, ricotta fritters took forever to come out...than felt pressure to finish quickly (servers hovering). Will still come back - best mussels and fries in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely dinner with friends
    camy1000
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We sat in the back (outside) part of the restaurant which has been enclosed in heavy curtains for the coming winter weather. The drinks, food, service and ambience were all first rate. The Coupe a Cote dessert was especially yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    parbake
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My wife and I went here for our wedding anniversary. The food was all excellent: the lamb skewers were perfectly seasoned, and the Moroccan chicken was wonderful. My wife's Pot de Creme was spectacular for dessert. Our server recommended a good red wine, and the whole experience was noteworthy. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood Gem
    JenniferC
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great having "A Cote" right nearby. Great food, great wine list! The mussels and fries are a must order - best fries on College Avenue!! The fig & speck flatbread is heavenly - another must order. And save room for dessert - the ricotta fritters are beyond delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    JanH
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We love this restaurant. The menu on the particular night we dined there was a little carbohydrate and red meat heavy. No poultry options. We have had better meals there but we will always go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finetaste
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Everything was outstanding! The mussels were fresh and plentiful, the watermelon/arugula salad refreshing, and the Greek Panna Cotta dessert was incredible! It is a beautiful setting, especially the semi-outdoor patio seating in the back. Many great wines to choose from and the staff were friendly, knowledgeable and very attentive. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Cote was good value
    Martyp1
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We were seated and had a lovely server, Cecilia. She was attentive , helped with our wine questions and was knowledgeable about the menu. We had a superb meal, started with the fab mussels, ratatouille(sic)gnioccchi in a creamy pesto sauce that was beyond delish, and finished with the Hanger steak, which we could not finish. For desert I had the yogurt pannacotta with figs. I loved the pannacotta and gave my wie the figs a...she had the pot du creme, and loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    Claire
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere, great food, good service (even on a busy Saturday night). All of the staff were friendly and collaborated very well. The parking wasn't too bad either. Will definitely return and recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Food in Rockridge
    BerkeleySue
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Fantastic food at A Cote. It's a place where you order a number of fabulous smallish plates and share them amongst you. Every dish was well prepared and delicious. The front of the restaurant is very noisy, but once you move into the back dining rooms it is far quieter, a need for me with hearing problems. The service is terrific, very attentive. We went with another couple to celebrate a 60th birthday, and it was just perfect. And desert was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MferVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We come for the mussels and stay for everything else. The lamb and fries were both cooked perfectly. Service was a little spotty. Timing of our dishes was off and the explanation was lame. A simple I'm so sorry would have been better. Coming back for the food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun ambiance but food was average
    ConD
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The place itself is really well put together, with a cool hip vibe. The staff was very friendly but did not seem to know much about the extensive wine list. We tried several different flights and left without knowing anything about the wine except that the reds (all 3, really?) were "earthy" and the white was "the typical wet stones flavor". We shared the soup, Lobster fritters, mussels, watermelon salad and lamb. Everything was just okay, we were disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Cote: Wine List with Great Food
    CollinCasey
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Wine list is the main event, but the warm service, handsome space and the clean, simple and delicious food all make for a great meal. Killer spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A OK
    wink
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Overall a very nice experience. The waitress was very helpful and knowledgeable assisting us with our wine selection. We had three plates: 1) Arugula salad - yummy, however for the price, it really should have been larger. 2) Mussels - excellent, a good portion, and if you ask for more, they will bring you more bread for dipping up the sauce at no extra charge, 3) Fried Potatoes - very good, and super dipping sauce. I'd probably come back for another special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place
    Omnom
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    A Cote was lovely! We had a nice dinner sharing our plates. The steak was divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maria
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My friend highly recommended this restaurant. A Cote' was just OK. It was disappointing in that the food didn't come all at once. We ordered 7 dishes. The dishes came in twos; once we were done eating the first two dishes, we had to wait another 15 minutes for the next two dishes to come. I found it frustrating.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I have long been a devotee of A Cote and my latest experience there was no exception. How DO they make such tasty food! We had the outdoor seating and it was like being in a garden We had the mussels (of course) and they alone are worth the destination but everything else was exceptional as well. I think this is a more intimate type of restaurant--I would no go there with a crowd as I think the sharing would be confusing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date night
    MissJ
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A'Cote has always been consistent and fantastic every time we go. I especially enjoy the variety on the wine list and the servers who are so helpful in picking out the right one. The food is amazing, we had a cheese plate, pomme frites, halibut, and fig/prosciutto flatbread...all very well executed. I love the easy pace that the food comes out, there is no rush but it's not so slow that you're looking for the waiter. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely atmosphere
    Bebe
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a lovely dinner experience at A Cote. Since the plates are shared and if you're with a large group, you need to order multiple orders of the same dish. I think this place is better suited for smaller groups. The prices are a little pricey for the size of the dish you are getting, but everything was tasty and up to par with quality. We would definitely go back. Service was great. The waiter was very nice and friendly. He checked on our table a few times and made sure we enjoyed our experience. Kudos!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place has changed
    My1stcommentonOP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I decided to bring an out of town guest to dinner at the tried and true...No brainier. Wrong. Something was terribly wrong with the service , the servers were completely checked out and didn't seen to care nor offer an apology for drinks taking20 mins, our wine which we paired came or did not arrive with the paired plate. Food order was over 33 mins, rush rush throw the food on the table, mumbled if we needed anything further as they walked off, when I kept having to repeat myself 3 times that I needed another napkin.... The list of wrongs is too long. The worst ...I left a note on the comment card that came with the bill asking management to call me re:my experience and the service.... No call back. Too bad, this used to be a good spot :(
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  • Memorable!
    BrokenLCD
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Visited A Cote on a recent business trip to the Bay Area. Location is a few blocks from the BART in a nice walkable neighborhood. Really enjoyed the food and service, and their were many more in the restaurant who also seemed to be enjoying it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it
    BirthdayNightDate
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We made reservations to ensure we had a spot. We were seated right away and the service was spot on! Our server knew the wine list and helped us make a great selection based on what we were seeking. Food was served quickly and was what we ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small Plates
    ValleyVisitor
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We arrived expecting the same total small plates menu we had experienced in the past. While the food and preparation were excellent, we preferred the old approach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food..service lacks
    Luv2EatVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We've been to this restaurant many times. The menu is limited but good. The consistent issue here is service. It lacks attention and gratitude. Hey, you can check on your drinks and "do you need anything else?" at least once. The servers seem to lack experience. Happy to say that there are a lot of other "new" and "hip" places to eat in the area. Won't be coming back for a long time. Bye.
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  • kathy
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We chose A Cote to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary, and asked for a table with a little privacy. We had a wonderful table, a wonderful server, attentive staff of many, and the food couldn't have been better. Our server just took care of us - and it made all the difference with the result of having a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outdoor Diners: Ask for Table 21
    joiedevivre
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Upon arrival, I asked if my party of two could be seated outdoors, and the hostess was happy to accommodate. A waitress seated us at a wonderful table facing a picturesque garden. Then less than five minutes later, another server came and told us we would have to move to another table as that one was reserved. We were moved to an outdoor adjacent table, with no view of the garden, where even the natural light was blocked by dark drapery. While it was a disappointment, worse was that our server for the night was noticeably annoyed with us for being so. The food was so-so, less quality and smaller quantity than I would have expected for the price. A more enjoyable dining experience can be had elsewhere for less investment, I'm sure.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Changes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It's sad to see but acote used to be so good. The salad had very little flavor and wasn't well mixed, the mussels were quite good, the fries were over cooked, the steak was tough even though it was rare. The service was decent. Consistency is key and a restaurant near Alcatraz has it and nails it every time.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PaloSolo
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My GF and I chose A Cote for her birthday celebration. Food was excellent. Halibut with assorted veggies was really good. I liked the al dente pasta which we got. Food quantity was just right. Desserts were amazing and alone worth the trip to this restaurant. Service could have been friendlier and more responsive, but was fine. Ambience was energetic, sometimes noisy when the grad students at the table nearby started arguing about some inane point. Overall, highly recommendable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting.
    luvlafayetteVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I liked A Cote...The food was good (nothing exceptional but good). What was strange I would say was the the pasta dish "Tortellini" which was $17 comes with about 6-7 pieces of tortellini, basically enough for a toddler. Yet their appetizer dish of Mussels $16 was enough to fill a VERY hungry man. We also ordered the flatbread $17. It was OK, good as an appetizer for 2 but nothing special. I do like their wine flight options and the service wa good but what made it exceptional was that they didn't rush you. EXCELLENT. Will be back for wine & Mussels.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as always
    Dannygirl
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    A Cote always shines. The menu is always changing so you may not be able to have the green gazpacho, chicken and panzanella, and merguez with clams that we had. But all the food is great. And ask your server about wine pairings! Their huge wine list, offers of half glasses, and extremely knowledgeable staff means you can try different ones with different dishes, which is a lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is A Cote changing?
    EastBaycouple2
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My 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:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mostly amazing!
    curlito
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Beautiful 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One bad night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I'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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's Rockridge, so you pay more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    There'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.
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  • Nothing Special
    golfkatVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Seems 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:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Cote has Changed for the worse
    alamedagal
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My 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.
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  • First Time, Won't Be The Last!
    fooddudeattitude
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    As 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:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Disappointing. 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.
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    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A delightful find !
    CVThomas
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    A 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.