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Camino Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.caminorestaurant.com
  • Email: info@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 (510) 547-5035

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sunnyslope Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "We've gone to many Little Bird Mondays (pre-fixed 3 course meals) and it just keeps getting better every time. They serve the best ingredients and any fowl they grill in their open fire is going to be delicious. It is like having a limited menu Chez Panisse Cafe right near my house. Their cocktails are always good, and make sure to order their appetizers that use local ingredients that I've never heard of or found at Berkeley Bowl. The service is always good with the same staff."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Fit for foodies, limited menu. Hard and angular, uncomfortable wooden chairs, "too cool for you " vibe. Waitstaff indifferent, cool, not warm. Not on my list to return. Not a good choice if you are seeking a cozy place. Good choice if you are looking for unique dishes combined in creative ways."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The three of us could no be happier. We were seated at the end of a communal table and were able to watch the food prepared in the open kitchen. The first thing we noticed was how much we loved the atmosphere. We felt instantly at home. Our server was knowledgable, relaxed but professional. Our food was fantastic, every single bite. We each opened with sheepsmilk ricotta salad. Two of us had the pork ragu and one had the mushroom parcel. The wine recommendation 2011 Montirius Cotes du Rhône “La Muse Papilles”, Rhône was fabulous. We made sure to save room for dessert...Grilled fig leaf ice cream with wood oven-roasted rhubarb and buckwheat cookies. We cannot stop talking about it. Thank you so much Camino. We will be back."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "As always, a delicious dining experience at Camino, roasted oysters and "pig head & trotter" fritter were remarkable; decided to vary from the norm (my norm) and had the sardine entree, was not disappointed and a very tasty huckleberry bread pudding for dessert. Oh yes, the Moscow Mule cocktail was spot on. Never a complaint when I eat there."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Rustic food - perhaps a bit more rustic than Chez Panisse even. Very good overall, though: the lamb rage was outstanding, and the pork entree was a true gem. Everything from the actual pork to the potato were flavorful and perfectly cooked. I would recommend this place for lovers of rustic, down to earth food."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Wifey and I went Friday night, parking was a snap, place was awesome on all fronts. I did see table neighbors struggling with de- boning their fire roasted sardines, so my ONLY suggestion would be to have the server do it versus give instructs to the diner every time on how to do it. Keep up the good work!!!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "After reading the NY Times reviews by Mark Bittman i was expecting a memorable meal. The food was very good, service very courteous but the food was not stellar.The flat bread with beet spread was delicious and well balanced in its Indian inspired seasonings, citrus salad was too small a portion to savor and hold on to the taste. The main course with hen of the woods mushroom and the king fish with lentils were delicious.The disappointments of the day were the cocktail ' Rum Drink' where rum and citrus flavors did not marry. The oyster stew was bland and briny. The decor and the atmosphere were wonderful. All in all we had a great time."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Really appealing space. One long table for group seating which is not my favorite thing but they provide enough space between parties so okay. Cocktails are very cute, tasty, and tiny. Oyster soup delicious - clear broth was a nice surprise. Food overall quite nice. Problem only was service. Twice they delivered the wrong food to me so we didn't begin eating our meals together. I didn't want my partners meal to get cold! Had to ask for the bread and they charged me for an extra drink. I actually suggested they comp my second drink due to the service snafu. They comped my appetizer instead. In summary, really nice ambience and food, friendly staff. But they don't quite have the kinks worked out yet."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "What a find! We read a rave review of Camino in last week's NY Times Magazine and just had to go. the food and ambience did not dissapoint. The short menu changes daily and while the combinations may seem a bit out there at first glance, the dishes are perfectly executed and balanced flavour-wise. I'll be recommending this place a lot in future!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "After a glowing review in the NYTimes we had high expectations. The dishes were not as described in the menu, and were somewhat disappointing."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Long wait for food. Oyster stew, consisted of a couple of chopped oysters in an ok broth with mushrooms and parsley. Hardly worth $15. Entree for $25 dollars consisted of some tasteless mashed beans, salty greens with mushroom, two halved artichokes and an egg. For $25? It was more of what you would expect from a $6.99 vegetarian buffet."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Would go again in a heart-beat. Amazing food, nice ambiance."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It was an experience that I looked forward to with such great anticipation, that when I left with my wallet so much lighter I was left looking for that "take away memory" and could find only one: our server was excellent. The food just left me feeling like something was missing. There were elements that we enjoyed, like the tempura smelt and the sauerkraut with the grilled rockfish, but the chicken and rockfish needed something to make you wish for more. It's really a beautiful space, but our overall impression was merely ambivalence."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My first time to Camino. The whole family enjoyed the experience."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The menu is limited but the food is excellent. There is probably some logic in ordering and sharing several items."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Loved the decor and open feel. Food was delicious. We ordered the oven baked eggs, chicory salad, duck fat potatoes and savory plate. All were great."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "it was great to watch the kitchen and see everything come out of the fire...and the food was really imaginative and good! lovely combinations, local and seasonal and organic and politically correct use of seafood! nice servers, well paced...a fine family meal."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Thoughtfully executed food that represents what is best about CA cuisine with use of local fish and meat with combination of vegetables and garnishes that make each dish a treat. Three of us who cook appreciate the restaurant for making going out to eat the experience it should be: one that will be repeated because it is more than we can do at home. Love the tongue on crostini with sauerkraut."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We had a very nice birthday brunch for my mother, and she really enjoyed the meal, especially the backed eggs. The drawbacks were that it was a very long time before our food arrived (slower than for tables that arrived after ours), and orders for second cups of coffee/lattes were forgotten altogether."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Nice ambience, but please know that most of the seating is communal. The drink options were excellent, but cocktails are served in small glasses which was kind of surprising. The portions were also on the small side. The food was farm to table, fresh, light, but I had higher expectations given other reviews. I'm a foodie and can't say that I would rush back. It could have been the specific menu for the evening I went because the menu is changed daily."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Camino is fantastic. Great food and great vibe! Enjoy!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Service was slow. They mixed up orders. Food was not consistently good"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Benches r a little unfriendly/uncomfortable ergonomically speaking"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food here is cooked over wood to perfection. Our 1/2 crab first course was divine! The drinks are always well-prepared. I wish the seating was a little more comfortable. How about some cushions on those church pews and chairs?"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Small menu only 3 main courses to choose from, fortunately very very good smoke quail, but it took 50 min for the mains to come after 2 follow ups with the wait staffs."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "While I appreciated the fresh, high quality ingredients, my meal did not live up to the high expectations I had based on the good reviews Camino has received. The menu has limited, off-beat choices. The Kabocha squash salad was well-prepared and had generous portions, but the grilled rockfish entree was a big disappointment. It consisted of 5 tiny odd-shaped bites, was over-cooked, salty and had numerous bones for such a small serving. At $27 it was ridiculously over-priced. Given the very limited menu choices and expensive entree prices, Camino cannot afford to be so off on a dish. My test of whether a restaurant is good is whether I would want to return. Camino does not pass that test."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Going to Camino is always an adventure because of the creativity of the relatively limited menu. This visit was Camino at its best; Crab, Lamb and Rock Fish entrees were each excellent as were the salads and desserts. Restaurant was crowded with good energy."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Great food, Small small appetizers wines were consistently bitter, (the taste the owners like) Dessert needed a normal chocolate or brulee decaf coffee weird."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "nice people, excellent service, every dish very tasty-- a bit of salt in the salad--place has a real buzz"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Best dining experience in a while. Even though the menu was limited it was interesting (changes daily so go on line before you go). We pretty much had one of everything on the menu and all items were very creative, fresh and flavorful. There was really nothing predictable even in the desserts. You felt like you were eating fresh from the farm. No over-use of butter and salt and sauses, just wonderful food. Loved the rustic open kitchen and grill and the long, communal tables. Great place for couples or large groups. Highly recommend and am looking forward to going back."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "As always, crab Monday was a success, every course delicious as usual, I'm going to miss these weekly get togethers with East Bay crab lovers."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Party of four for the first time at this restaurant. We tried and enjoyed most of the appetizers and main dishes and found them all to be excellent. The menu is limited and changes often according to available ingredients. The food was creative and well seasoned and the wood fire imparted a very pleasing flavor. We also sampled 2 desserts - one excellent (the orange cake) and the other just OK. Service was relaxed and well paced for a leisurely meal. Server helpful and made good recommendations. The dining room was pretty noisy during the busiest part of the dinner hour when the restaurant was full. Reservations necessary. We found this restaurant in the 2013 issue of the S. F. Chronicle's list of 100 Best Restaurants in the Bay Area."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Went for Valentines with another couple. Fantastic service. Fixed price menu was full of delightful surprises imaginatively prepared and very tasty. Duck was perfect and the smoked quail was the best I ever had, smoked or otherwise. Creative cocktails and off beat wine list. One of the best in Oakland. Feels like eating at a friends house, who just happens to be a fantastic chef."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I at at Camino when it first opened and I found it arrogant and over-priced, but they seem to have worked out the kinks. My family and I joined them for a weekend lunch recently and it was great eating experience. Here's what I liked about it: 1. The fire-roasted dungeness crab was, frankly, the best I've ever had. It was nothing short of stunning: smokey, herbal, and perfectly salted. 2. The salads we ordered were amazing. 3. The restaurant was not very crowded (lunchtime, weekend) which was great for the kids. Here is what kept it from being a 5 star: 1. Some of the dishes didn't feel like I was getting a great value. 2. The seats are not very comfortable. I would wait in line for more of that dungeness crab."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Incredibly sweet crab, excellent pork shoulder, duck breast app to die for, very good chocolate cake for dessert. Major negative was the wait for a table. We had an 8:15 reservation, but didn't get seated until almost 8:45. Staff gave us really good olives to make up for the wait, though."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Camino has a nice ambience and good service. The food was well presented, but some of the flavors didn't live up to the hype. My favorite was the squash salad, which although didn't look like much of a salad, had great flavors and texture. I was very disappointed at the limited selection of wine by the glass. It's definitely worth the experience, but I think once is enough."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Had the Prix Fixe w/ wine paring. All courses and wines were superb, competitive with the best SF restaurants. Only concern was price -- dinner for two + wine + tax + tip came to over $300 for a casual Oakland venue!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I have an annual anniversary dinner. This year it was at Camino. It was one of the best anniversary dinners we ever had."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great! Great food, ambience, service. Valentine's Day menu wonderful. Looking forward to bringing family & friends!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Fixed menu was good, but dessert was AWFUL in terms of flavor, richness, texture, & presentation. What were they thinking: merengue, bay leaf ice milk w/ a drizzle if cranberry granata? Absolutely boring. It appeared as a pastery's cook experiment gone awry! Really dreadful. We hardly touched it! One taste was enough! I can't imagine that the chefs or staff actually tried it before making all these desserts? Uninspiring for sure & what a dusappoint compared to previous three dishes!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014