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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
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Camino reviews from OpenTable diners
165 reviews since June 22, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (121)neighborhood gem (108)good for groups (70)special occasion (60)great for brunch (44)romantic (31)notable wine list (30)hot spot (29)vibrant bar scene (14)kid-friendly (13)great for lunch (6)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
- 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 MealOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined 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 menuOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined 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:
- WonderfulOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined 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"OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined 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.
- We loved it.stephDined on 8/17/2014The service was good, everyone was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. There wasn't much vegetarian on the menu, so I ordered the eggplant gratin, expecting it to be all heavy with cheese or something. It wasn't; it was much better than that. Very flavorful, and the wild nettles were perfectly cooked and seasoned. My wife had the roasted chicken and enjoyed it very much. I also had a rum cocktail that was pretty amazing. We really liked everything except the dessert list; more chocolate options would be appreciated.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 8/16/2014So, the menu is rather limited. When we dined, the 3 entrees were a duck dish, an eggplant gratinee dish, and a sardine dish...which for most diners, left out a meat, and a more viable fish than sardines. Two in our party of four opted for the primi of sliced beef salad, only to be advised that all the beef salads were gone, only to be substituted with chicken. We ended up with a beef salad + bean and broiled tomato, a chicken salad + bean and broiled tomato, a duck, and an eggplant gratinee. The wine list was not as extensive as we would have like; we brought a red, so a $20 corkage fee, and added a bottle + 2 gasses of the Verdicchio. We'll probably go back one more time to see if they have added more variety to the menu.Special Features:
- AAAAVIPDined on 8/16/2014Good but limited menu if you have dietary limitations.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Paella MondayMhsulliDined on 8/11/2014Great vibe, long wood tables where guests sit near others. Beautiful wood ovens are centerpiece as we watched the staff cook up a huge dish of the day's special. Food quality overall was good though the paella (main course) was weakest. Just might have been off night...Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food and excellent servicebrowngDined on 8/9/2014I was very impressed by the professional, friendly and prompt wait staff. The food was excellent as well.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I erred on my previous review.Renny1VIPDined on 8/9/2014Last time, I mistakenly gave Camino "ones" when I had intended to rate it as "excellent." Enjoyed our second visit just as much.
- who knew toast could be so goodgoodeaterDined on 8/7/2014Who knew that toast with tomatoes and salmon could taste so good. The chef made a pickled red celery and shallot crumble for the top of these appetizers. Both main dishes were delicious. This is the kind of place that makes you want to both hoard and share your meal because the flavors are so special.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Love CaminooutforfoodVIPDined on 8/4/2014We come about once every other month to eat on Mondays. There is always a great fixed menu. We had the seafood paella this time, and it was delicious with the garlic mayonnaise and grilled red peppers and romanesco cauliflower. We loved the different flavors provided by the beautiful tomato salad with roasted eggplant and yogurt sauce. My favorite dessert which I would love to have a recipe for is the hazelnut meringue. I've had it with previous kebob Mondays and I'd love to perfect the meringue cookie which I've tried a few times.Special Features:
- foodfordiscerningdinersDined on 8/2/2014There are always lovely surprises with the food, yet local, in season, and hits all the right notes. Our favorite 'special' place to dine. We bring all the out-of-town guests here. Continues to be a winner!Special Features:
- Foodies: Run, don't walk...Awesome!Back9BarbVIPDined on 8/1/2014Chef Russell Moore is a hands on chef who creates new menus each day. It's a treat to watch him work in front of the open fire pit, which sets this restaurant apart. Our table of four foodies enjoyed every bite. Run, don't walk to enjoy a special occasion. Camino's a treasure; Chef Moore, the diamond in its rough. It was our first visit to Camino, but surely not our last!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointing Servicelinda94705VIPDined on 7/31/2014Food was overall good, but our Thursday evening meal stretched over 2 hours due to incredibly SLOW service -- long delays between courses and between visits from our server. Also, when we asked about help deboning our whole petrale, we were told they don't do that -- unless customer "has a fit".Special Features:
- Very limited menuMusicMajorDined on 7/31/2014Camino presents an often changing, inventive, but very limited menu, as well as a wine list with unusual offerings. For starters my husband and I shared two dishes. Both were nicely prepared and presented, but the only "wow" ingredient was the small puddle of smokey eggplant. Only three main courses were offered, a poultry, a fish, and a vegetarian. My husband ordered the whole roasted sole, which was served in a lovely broth. Even though he had a lesson in de-boning the fish from our helpful server, he spent the meal spitting out bones. My shell bean ragout was lovely, but not exceptional. Our server recommended very nice wine by the glass. We did not stay for dessert because the noise level had gotten unpleasant.I would recommend this to a friend.
- PerfectpahlkadotVIPDined on 7/28/2014The food here is just really freaking good, but in a not show off ish kind of way. My favorite restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great place for good foodHappydinerVIPDined on 7/27/2014We celebrated our wedding anniversary with dinner at Camino. Service ambience and food were all top notch. Friendly knowledgable attentive waitstaff. Eclectic menu with unique choices. Appetizer tomato and toast and pecorino and toast we're tasty and fun. Quail entree and eggplant entree we're clear winners. Comfortable relaxed environment for a feel good evening. Clearly a new favorite we will return.Special Features:
- One of Our Favorite PlacesOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 7/23/2014The experience at Camino is akin to eating in the most inviting living room, with the best food, and the finest service. The food is always spectacular, and the seasonal menus offer wonderful culinary surprises. The relaxed environment and great bar keep up coming back again and again.Special Features:
- A real treatecovegetarianDined on 7/21/2014When we were seeking a special place to take a guest, Camino was recommended to us as a place with really good food and pleasant ambiance, and not outrageous prices. We are vegetarians and our guest is a carnivore. All of us were delighted with the delicious fare and the relaxing environment. Service was fast and just right. I'd recommend it for a lovely night out any time.Special Features: