3917 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610Neighborhood:
CalifornianPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.caminorestaurant.com/
- Phone: (510) 547-5035
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Californian
- Executive Chef: Russell Moore
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Private Party Facilities: We accommodate parties up to 34 at a single table. We also offer the option to buy out the restaurant for special occasions.
- Private Party Contact: Allison 5105475035
A word from Camino
After working at Chez Panisse for over 20 years, Russell Moore opened this warm and rustic restaurant in the Grand Lake area of Oakland. Inspired by traditional home cooking in France, Italy and Spain most of the dishes served at the restaurant are cooked at the restaurant’s prominent fireplace or wood burning oven. A small, decisive, daily changing menu reflects the seasons, the region and the restaurant’s commitment to small farms. Camino offers a specialized cocktail menu using the same carefully sourced ingredients as the kitchen.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
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Camino reviews from OpenTable diners
170 reviews since July 31, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (137)neighborhood gem (112)good for groups (80)special occasion (60)great for brunch (47)notable wine list (35)romantic (33)hot spot (28)kid-friendly (16)vibrant bar scene (15)great for lunch (7)late-night find (4)scenic view (1)Show More
- Great food with a cool feelOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 11/21/2014First everything about the place was great except trying to find parking. Everything we ordered was great and brought out in a timely manner. My only complaint would be the limited menu, which is not a real issue. The service was timely. The seating was a little weird with the long community tables, but I think that's the vibe they were going for. The lady next to us was a little off and kept trying to koi our conversation but that's not a restaurant issue. Overall if I'm in the area I would definitely go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The best dungeness crab of my life.ManicmainahDined on 11/19/2014Dungeness crab roasted with black pepper in the wood fire, perfumed with hints of fennel and coriander. To die for! Each dish so inventive -- not through trickery of technique, but with an artist's understanding of the colors of flavors and textures. Because of the open-flame cooking techniques, the food is enhanced with spices, not herbs--which wouldn't hold up to the heat. The result is food of much deeper complexity than average American cuisine. I ate one of the best meals of my life here. I will never forget it! Run, don't walk, to Camino!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- snap up crabby monday!OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 11/17/2014The prix fixe menu for Crabby Monday snapped us up! Crab broth (essence of crab!), roasted crab with salad, faro, yacon and garlic mayo, and for dessert, roasted pear with burnt nut ice cream - what's not to love?? The main event is not to be missed. The crab is coated in herb mix before roasting in the fire, and the combination of salty and herby goodness with the smoky roasty flavor is good enough to overcome my serious reluctance to dig in to a whole crab (usually not worth the effort). The salad was a perfectly dressed handful of tender red and green lettuces, and the garlic mayo was perfect with the crab (any leftover was swept up by bread - too good to be left on the plate). If you love crab, go! (BTW, we had the sparkling wine cocktail with the crab and it proved a very refreshing citrus-y foil, maybe better than the recommended wine - try it!)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fave Oakland restaurant EVERabarnettDined on 11/17/2014Freshest ingredients possible. Chef came from Chez Panisse (need we say more?). Most things cooked on open wood fire. Farro, for instance, is ordered fresh from a specialty grain co., and the taste and texture are mind-blowing. Everything I've had at Camino has been almost a religious experience gastronomically. Even before the food arrives, you notice the care put into the overall ambience: the space is a cross between Knights of the Round Table, a sacred church, and a restored Crafstman bungalow. The bread, butter and salt combo served on request, especially with one of their herb tisanes: that combo right there is astonishing. Interesting background music (one night I heard Johnny Cash covering Neil Young). Sit close to the open wood fire kitchen if you can, so you can watch the food preparation. Wonderful dinner every time, start to finish. Of note: Crabby Mondays. Oakland has finally arrived on the food scene.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Little choice.BKB38VIPDined on 11/17/2014Perhaps because it was Monday and crab night, the menu was extremely limited - something we didn't anticipate. You could have crab or crab (which would require a lot of work) - or possibly pork - which I had, feeling lazy, and it was good. I like a smallish menu of great food, but this was well on the other side of smallish. The service was nice and the space is really beautiful, but I can't really recommend it - at least not for a Monday night dinner.
- Feel great food.OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 11/9/2014Smallish plates and small menu, but I wanted everything on the menu. Food is simple and perfectly prepared and it feels good eating it. Cozy space with a wood fire stove. So comforting.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best French toast EVERMunchmunchVIPDined on 11/9/2014Wow, wow, wow! Served with a fruit compot that soaks into the bottom of the fluffiest yummiest French toast. Too much for one person, but I did my best!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food but not a great valueSybilsSuitor1Dined on 11/5/2014I thought the food quality was great but the portion size was a bit small considering the cost. $28 for a single sausage with some grilled pork was a bit much. 2 drinks and 2 glasses of wine 2 salads and 2 entrees at $160 out the door. No bar seating so the restaurant was missing that festive feel.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great spot!FoodsnobDined on 11/1/2014I am so lucky to be within walking distance of this great restaurant. Great addition to our suddenly thriving neighborhood... The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable...... Dinners are superb as is the brunch. Highly recommend. Full disclosure...I must be a wuss...coffee a little strong for me.Special Features:
- A very special placephoebeDined on 10/29/2014My dining partner and I were treated to a unique experience. From the style of cooking to the freshness of each dish, we were fascinated by Camino's approach to making good, fresh food. The staff graciously answered our questions and invited us to look at their process in the open kitchen. Many thanks to them.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DeliciousfoodloverVIPDined on 10/26/2014Just a few items on the menu, done to perfection. Yum.Special Features:
- DennisDined on 10/26/2014Love Camino...................we use it for special occasions and this was a "zero" birthday for my wife. I only wish the lights were not dimmed so much as with my eyesight it can be a challenge sometimes. We drive 15 miles to Camino and are never disappointed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The food was fantastic, not cheaplarrycsonkaDined on 10/24/2014The food was amazing, everything was delicious and well prepared. The service was on point as well. All in for an app, 2 entrees and 2 glasses of champagne we ran about $115. It wasn't cheap but it was worth every penny. This is a fantastic spot for a date or celebration dinner.Special Features:
- Great food, ambiance a little bigMLB5Dined on 10/22/2014The food here is really good but it is a really big space which makes it not feel intimate or cozy which the food implies it should be. The large scale also shows how empty it was on a Wed at 8p. So the ambiance lacked a littleSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I am still hungryConnieVIPDined on 10/18/2014The menu is very stark with few items and very small servings. When I asked for the head and tail to be taken from my fish, it was, but all of the bones were left on my plate leaving too much work for the effort. The burnt ice cream tasted just like you would expect...burnt.Special Features:
- Great Brunch!cmartdudeDined on 10/18/2014We had an amazing Brunch at Camino! From the homemade sausage and doughnuts to the dreamy French Toast and yummy cocktails could not have been happier!Special Features:
- Loved the foodmccalmoVIPDined on 10/17/2014It's all about the food, right? That's why you should goSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Flawless MealchocomomDined on 10/17/2014We've been here three or four times now, and every meal as been impeccable. The service this time was fabulous. We've cleared each and every plate on all our visits. The menu is always so creative, and because there is a limited selection, I end up ordering something that I otherwise would never try and my palate is so pleasantly surprised. LOVE IT! Maybe my favorite special occasion restaurant now.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Limited menuSailor123VIPDined on 10/16/2014We came here with a group of six. There were only three choices for main entrees so many of us opted for two small plates. The service was very slow even though the restaurant was not full. The pork entree meal was served hot, but given the time it took to get food we didn't send them back. The food is interesting, but the lack of choice certainly limits the desirability of Camino. With such a small menu, the attention to every detail is critical.Special Features:
- WonderfulKzapDined on 10/16/2014Everything was absolutely perfect. This was a special evening for us and everything was fantastic, food, drinks, service , ambiance .Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- "Meh"chillbrobaggins420Dined on 10/15/2014Overall Camino was a little underwhelming. The restaurant had a very nice ambiance but the food was surprisingly bland considering the price and pomp.
- Greatness & good is hard to bridgeTravelingJoeDined on 10/9/2014The restaurant exceeds all expectations. And I was pleased. But was it great? I say no with appologies to all who try to make it so. Hard chairs. Clueless wait staff. Loud. Ok menu. No vegan fare. Greatness address these things. Again, better than good and almost great. Try it and share your opinion.
- good, but.....HungryHowardVIPDined on 10/9/2014Coffee in a water glass seemed a little odd. Stew was fantastic. Steak salad without any greens was interesting and very tasty.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- WonderfulAredubVIPDined on 10/6/2014We happened to be at Camino for one of their Oktoberfest Monday dinners and opted for the German-style prix fixe menu. We had a cold beet & sauerkraut soup; grilled duck sausage and quail with spaetzle and a pretzel; and a dessert of sorbet and ice milk with an apple syrup. Everything was delicious. The room is lovely, the service was great, and the drinks were perfect. We live in SF and it was worth totally driving to Oakland just for this dinner.Special Features:
- small portionFoodieDined on 10/5/2014overall food was very good....i was surprised at the very small portion of frittata that my friend was served...i had the ling cod potato....and there was much more potato and a taste of ling cod every once in a while....the others enjoyed their food.Special Features:
- Wonderful ExperienceDailyDined on 10/3/2014Camino was an amazing dining experience. From the beginning, the hostess was so welcoming. Our waiter was incredible, she know so much about all the dishes as well as the history of the resturant. The decor is so beautiful. It's so simple, yet every detail has been thought out. Finally, the food was perfect. The quality of the ingredients and execution of the dishes was one of the best meals I have ever had!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Real Gem!ElleDixVIPDined on 9/29/2014The food is one of a kind and the service is friendly and unpretentious. We love the special they do on Mondays, like the Paella Mondays and the Steak Mondays. A real pleasure to go to Camino for great food and an enjoyable experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Decent but expensiveOutfordinnerDined on 9/26/2014The food was very tasty. Though you have a limited menu, it is all very savory. I'm not a fan of Duck, however, one of my guests ordered duck and I had a taste...it was the best duck I have ever tasted...juicy, tender, and it was not greasy...which is what typically turns me off about duck. I wish the portions were a little larger (not too much), but aver all the experience was good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Small portionsAlexandraDined on 9/20/2014It is the 3rd time I dine at Camino and my experience was almost blissful. It could easily warrant a 5 star status if it was not for the small portions... and I have a small appetite! I had a thin slice of ricotta with a tablespoon of ratatouille for $12 as an appetizer, followed by a fish stew that barely had 1oz of fish for $15. Aside from that, the food is prepared with quality ingredients and care, the wine list is organic/biodynamic, the service is friendly and professional, and the atmosphere relaxed. Our dinner was close to perfection. My only complaint is that the dishes come in small portions for the price tag and leave you rather famished if you cannot have bread/gluten to supplement your meal with.Special Features:
- My favoriteOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 9/19/2014My favorite restaurant! Never disappoints. Every dish and drink was great.Special Features:
- Imaginative DishesOakFindDined on 9/8/2014We have been to Camino 3 times in the last 60 days. Each time was a unique and pleasurable experience. We have tried many different and imaginative dishes there and enjoyed them all. Last experience was on Paella night. Three course fixed price meal which was very good. Great gazpacho, Paella was fish and sausage which was very tasty and nicely spiced, dessert was a sorbet - not notable. Other dishes that were great were the duck, squid pasta, and cucumber salad. Would highly recommend giving it a try.Special Features:
- AmazingOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 9/5/2014Every meal we have at Camino seems to get better and better. From the delicious cocktails to wonderful wine selection. The meal was spectacular. Each course was outstanding. We had a full five course meal, including cheese and dessert. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and made this special occasion absolutely perfect for us. From the cocktails at the bar as we waited for our table, to the duck liver and shallot toast and grilled duck wings, the delicious wine from the Russian River valley, to the burnt nut ice cream and cobbler with cold cream for dessert with accompanying small batch scotch, every bite and sip was delightful. Truly an amazing meal for a special occasion at our favorite restaurant. Thank you.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AnonymousDined on 8/31/2014This review is for brunch. Camino is a good restaurant that could be much better. Everything, other than the excellent grilled pork sausages, was served lukewarm or cold. One of our entrees, poached eggs with farro and peppers, came lukewarm with one perfectly cooked poached egg and a second egg that was cooked through. The wood-oven baked eggs were very good, but also overcooked and lukewarm. The basket of grilled bread, which we expected would be warm, was stone cold. All of this was served in a room in which one wall was dominated by a wood-burning hearth, which created expectations of smokiness and warmth that was never delivered. Service was efficient, but not very warm.Special Features:
- Great Brunch - skip the frittata!!FoodieVIPDined on 8/31/2014With so few choices for a great breakfast in the entire Easy Bay, Camino is a gem. The only huge disappointment was the frittata. The waiter warned me that it was not a typical fluffy egg dish. Well, he was right. It was completely bizarre; like it was inappropriately named. It wasn't a frittata. It was vegetables on a plate with two pieces of a flatbread like substance on top. So please go but SKIP the frittata.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good, but not greatMaryRaeDined on 8/31/2014Bread or toast with cheese or other sides dish was ridiculously small (plate of condiments, that is...there was plenty of bread). French toast was good. Eggs were tasty but nothing special. Quail was tasty but a chore to eat given all the bones. Most dishes could use some salt. I'm surprised this place made the chronicle top 100 list. Super-long communal tables weren't great, but we managed to get all 4 of us at the end of a table, so it worked out okay. My friends hated the creepy pig masks on the wall. Please take them down. On the other hand, the service was great. Very friendly and knowledgable blonde tatooed waitress.Special Features:
- Great meal, excellent serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/28/2014Heavenly: crunchy toast with herb jam and sheep's cheese (thinly sliced, to keep the balance and not overwhelm the herb jam) -- we had to order a second. The other dishes were excellent too -- tomato salad, delicately seasoned, eggplant on beet puree, mushrooms with potatoes. Only the sea bass disappointed a little as the fish was a little dry, but only marginally. Service was great too -- attentive but non-intrusive, efficient, and very genuine/sincere somehow. We took our time, and nobody hurried us at all. Recommend utterly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- poor selectionCrockVIPDined on 8/27/2014Camino's food preparation is quite good, except that the grilled corn ordered by two of our group was not soft as they would have liked it instead it was "tough" but my main complaint is that the menu selection is too slim. On our visit no red meat or pork. One of our group is a fan of them. All in all not grabbing enough to return. As for wine... slim list too and way heavy mark up. A Sicilian wine of very good quality was twice the price of the same wine at my local wine shop.Special Features:
- Always deliciously unexpected!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 8/27/2014Every time I visit Camino, I am surprised at the combination of flavors of fresh local ingredients in a dish. Love to eat there!Special Features:
- Always excellentdinereviewVIPDined on 8/23/2014Limited menu that ALWAYS is good....have dined here 15 times and never disappointed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great foodMartellDined on 8/20/2014My dinner companion and I completely cleared our plates of the salad and the main course, and the portions were not small!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.