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Centouno
Centouno

Centouno Details

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.centouno101.com
  • Phone: (510) 433-5030
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily 11:00am-3:00pm

    Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: There is a private room that seats up to 20 people with a closure for privacy. In this room there is a also a HD TV monitor that has the ability to connect to a laptop for business meeting and presentations.
  • Private Party Contact: Bob Hemmer (510) 433-5030

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Embacadero
  • Public Transit: BART 12th Street/Civic Center stop. Catch the free shuttle to Jack London Square and get off at Jack London Square across the street or get off at 3rd street and walk west 2 blocks.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: While there is ample street parking, there is also a paid parking garage directly across the street in Jack London Square.
A word from Centouno
A rustic yet homey feel that is evocative of eating in Nonna's kitchen back in Parma, Italy.
The food is simple and delicious.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Fabio and his staff have done a great job. The restaurant has a cosy feel with its leather and wood booths in the first half of the space opposite the long bar. The food was great. I recommend the calamari (the yellow sauce is wonderful) and the signature torta fritta. For pastas, we had the carbonara and the bolognese - both were fantastic. The ossobucco was okay and they had a special for the evening of trout, which was excellent. Finally, the wait staff were great - both welcoming, knowledgable and not fussy. Bravo Tommaso. I look forward to our next time at Centouno."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Centuono was a fabulous surprise. I'm a very picky Sicilian and I was blown away by this restaurant. The Torta Fritta w/salumi was FABULOUS. Perfectly salted and delicious. The Caesar was great, Caponata Sicilian delicious and when I saw Mama made the sauce with San Marzano tomatoes I had to have the Penne. EVERYTHING WAS SO GOOD, I wanted to skip the concert and try everything on this menu. Sara our waitress was informative and helpful and Fabio the owner was fun and a great guy. Met "Mama" but sadly my Italian is limited but Fabio told her how much I enjoyed it all. I have been talking about this place since I left and promise to return again and again and again. DO NOT MISS THIS GEM."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "A new place for me to go to. Oakland is the middle place to meet for me and my girlfriends. This place is a must the next time you are in Jack London Square. The food was great. The atmosphere was nice. The waitress was very helpful and attentive. They let us hang out in the restaurant while we talked and waited out the rain."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The atmosphere here is nice and the staff is very attentive and desirous of pleasing. Of course, it was a slow night so they didn't have too many patrons. The food is spotty but good enough for the price. The fried dough is a highlight as were the desserts. The fresh pasta was good and the sauce average. This place would do better with a full bar. We'll try it again to see if it can find a spot in our rotation."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Service was very welcoming, but the food (other than the appetizer) was nothing special. The appetizer -- torta frita with cured meats -- was yummy and unusual. But, no one loved their main dishes. My friends ordered a variety of salads, the spaghetti, and the pasta carbonara. Really hope they improve as it would be nice to have another fun place in this location."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We had a seven o'clock reservation. Centouno gave our table away. We arrived at seven, and we were told that another table would be available shortly. We were seated at 7:30. Our waiter did not take our drink order for 15 minutes. He forgot one order of wine, and one appetizer. Wine eventually came, appetizer did not. Food was decent. We got our bill at 9:20."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This is a new and happening scene with great food, attentive service and wonderful atmosphere. I recommend it highly if one wants authentic Italian food from Parma."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The person waiting on us was very inexperienced. Dreds piled on the top of her head are simply gross to look at while eating. Clearing the table prematurely and recommending dessert and while some members of my party were still trying to finish dinner was obnoxious. I wanted an appetizer, I was considering he soup, however, the server did confirm the soup portion was big so I ordered a salad as an appetizer. My entree, was a steak with the balsamic sauce. Never was I told the steak included salad. I ate equal two 2 heads of lettuce that night . The lemon sorbet, frozen like a ROCK. While trying to eat it, it was spinning in a cup of ice. Seriously, why not cut the tip, make it a flat bottom serve it on a plate and be done with it."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Do not miss the Caponata Siciliana! It's a side that could be the best eggplant dish ever. I only wish I had saved some of the lovely Torta Frita to eat with it. The Osso Buco was excellent, as was the eggplant parm, though it was not breaded and fried in the form I'm used to from NY. Wish I had room to try the gnocchi, but we'll be back for that. Service was gracious, noise level low for easy conversation, and the rustic atmosphere just right."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I learned about Centouno opening from Open Table and thought I'd take my wife for Valentine's dinner. We had the prix fixe special. The starter was was delicious. My wife's wine arrived with cork floating in it - not a good sign. The second course was red wine risotto and beet gnocci. The risotto was quite tasty, but the gnocci lacked flavor. For the main course the eggplant parmasan was delicious but unfortunately barley warm. We had a long wait between courses and the eggplant was probably waiting to be delivered. I had the sausage with onion stew and sauce. There wasn't much of any sauce, but the sausage was delicious. Dessert was very good. All in all the meal was OK, but there was some room for improvement."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Friendly, knowledgeable service. Osso Buco was salty, but otherwise delicious"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Food was excellent but I had the feeling it was overpriced. Although it was lunch and it was not crowded, service was spotty -- we asked for bread and although the waiter "ordered it" it never came. We had to ask the other waiter about it and also for our check. The original waiter was also covering a "large" (8 people ?) party in another room."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Centouno is a wonderful addition to downtown Oakland's dining choices. The food is delicious, the service is attentive and friendly, and the decor is charming. I felt as if I were dining in an affluent Italian friend's ancestral home in which the cook was a whole lot more skillful than any of my ancestors (but then, they were Scots, and we all know that any Scot who was born with actually functional taste buds emigrated)."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "the waiter pretty much recommended everything we ordered including pairing our wine for us. the osso bucco was to die for. and grandma's gnocchi was perfect. my favorite was the eggplant that our waiter suggested we use to stuff the side of fried ravioli puffs with. delicious. we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We were once again blown away by the generous welcome of Fabio, Bob and the team at Centouno. They ALWAYS make it special and take extra care to give us more than we ask for. It's one of our favorite spots and we are so glad it's in Jack London, close to home and work."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "We went to Centouno about 8 days after it opened, and it was so great and full of promise. The waiter was hysterical, one of the owners was very welcoming and even introduced us to his mother! We were eager for a return so when we had friends visiting from out of town, we went for dinner on a Monday night. The service was so-so. We ordered a bottle of Proseco, but they didn't have any champagne glasses - just fairly large wine glasses. We were not greeted by the staff that had been so friendly the first time we were there. To be fair, the food is very good. I had lasagne that was the "real deal." However, I am not sure I will be returning any time soon."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Centouno is a great location and has a good bar. The food menu is good (and limited). The service is over the top wonderful."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Okay, they're new, but...................the cabbage salad had no taste, and the sausage and onion stew was small and mediocre. The interior is odd for an italian restaurant with a white picket fence, and wagon wheel chandeliers. On the plus side, the bartender was most welcoming, and the (real) Italian waitress could not have been more charming and helpful."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "We went for my husband's birthday dinner. He ordered the steak and LOVED it! The Bolognese is also a great choice. For dessert, we shared the apple rings - very light and delicious! Menu is not extensive, but we highly recommend for those looking for delicious food."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We were excited about trying a new restaurant near Jack London due to all the yelp reviews. However after trying it out this place turned out to be a disappointment. First of all their phone number is wrong on the website???How does one open a restaurant and not get their own phone number correct? Ordered Margarita Pizza a few appetizers, eggplant on the side. We were told the pizza comes in slices (2 slices for $10) and not a whole pizza. Have they not heard of Forge or Lungamare a few minutes away??? The 2 slices looked and tasted like cardboard. The eggplant cutlet was rubbery and not edible. Although I did not try any of the pastas myself my dinner companions seemed to enjoy the pasta dishes. Will not be returning."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We waited about 15 minutes before anyone came to take our drink/food order. Maybe 10 minutes later the appetizers came out, and we asked if our wine was coming. She ran to the bar and got the wine, proudly telling us that she had poured it herself. The problem was that I had ordered a red wine and we got a rose. I called another waiter over and told him, and his reply was "and this isn't it?" I explained to him that the wine should be red and he got the right wine. Finally, our food came out. I had ordered the fettucine with pesto sauce, and it was probably the most disappointing pasta dish I've eaten. It was completely bland, without any taste of pesto, and very small. So in summary: terrible service, and really bland food."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We went to Centouno excited about a new Italian restaurant in Oakland and were bitterly disappointed. The drinks were slow in coming, the food was not only slow in coming but also terribly bland, and the employees were embarrassing. In fact, one who called herself a "quality control" person insisted on a group hug as we left - hardly what we looked forward to as the culmination of a bad dining experience. I know new restaurants need to get the kinks out as they develop, but this one was not really ready to begin and gave no signs that it ever would be anything other than mediocre or worse."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "We are so excited to have such a great restaurant in our neighborhood. The decor is outstanding, the menu has a nice variety, the portions are not too large and the prices are just right. The wait staff and management are very friendly."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Centuono has a great comfortable ambiance; very tasty food (the owner's mother came into the kitchen at dawn to make the osso bucco); attentive and delightful wait staff. It had only been open for 5 days when we were there but service was smooth and food quite tasty. They have a regional specialty appetizer with a puffy, crusty breadlike thing and salumi...quite wonderful! Only downside: limited vegetarian selections. Hope they expand that part of the menu."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "i wanted to love it but it was mediocre at best. if you are looking for pizza, what they served (at lunch) were 2 large slices. the portion was ok, but it"s really a sicilian pizza-thick, focacia type crust very little sauce or cheese. since its new & the food had potential to be good, i'll give them a 2nd shot"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Centouno is a great new addition to Jack London Square - excellent food from the Italian region of Parma. A delight from start to finish. Also a warm receptive wait staff."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Food was phenomenal. Great new restaurant. Can't wait too see what it grows into!!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Not too upscale, not too downscale. Still brand new, so not a lot of menu items yet. And the service needs improvement. For starters they bring a housemade gardineria that is delicious. The ragu was very good, and so was the arugula salad. The torta frita with cured meats is interesting. The server never offered something to drink while we looked at the menu. And they were in a rush to take away empty dishes -- even though we were still eating and sharing. Plus she asked if "we were still working on our salad". Who is this 'we'? And no, it's not 'work' -- it's enjoying. Also, they whisked away our starter plates when our entrees arrived, so we had no plates for our bread. Service will need to improve for this to be a regular spot for us."
    Dined on 12/20/2013