Camino
Camino

Camino

  • 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

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Camino reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (122)neighborhood gem (107)good for groups (71)special occasion (59)great for brunch (42)romantic (31)notable wine list (30)hot spot (26)vibrant bar scene (14)kid-friendly (12)great for lunch (6)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • One of Our Favorite Places
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The 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:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real treat
    ecovegetarian
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    When 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Almost, but not quite
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Good points: two of our four dishes were quite good, the other two okay. Food was inventive in three of four dishes. Bad points: very limited menu, and chairs that were so uncomfortable, we decided to have dessert elsewhere. Sadly, we won't be in a rush to come back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food is the best part
    ebaydiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was quite good, and on that part alone I will come back. We were late for the reservation due to car problems. They were very gracious about it, but there were also a decent number of empty tables so it wasn't a stretch to seat us when we arrived. The wait person and service was a big disappointment. Everything was slow in coming, and we had to hail our waitperson several times. The bench seats and hard wood chairs are cute, but not very comfortable I hadn't been to Camino in quite a long time. While my experience wasn't stellar, I will keep it in mind for future dining.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Delicious combination of flavors in my vegetarian dish! Love the freshness of their food and how they combine the different ingredients to make is flavorful. I also love that every time I visit Camino I find a new menu to choose from.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recommended and loved it !
    izumi
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Food is good. People are nice. Love the interior, too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Love Camino
    JayGupta
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great restaurant. One of the few places in the Bay Area that I return to. If you are into food that sports layers of surprising, sometimes unusual flavors, go here. Our waitress was a little dense this time around, but hey, that's ok.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple and superb
    ItaloPhile
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    True, unpretentious "California cuisine". For most of us a splurge, but you know that you are getting seasonal ingredients of unsurpassed quality, skillfully prepared and served by a knowledgeable staff who clearly enjoy what they are doing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie paradise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Fantastic place for inventive but by no means frivolous food and cocktails. The menu is built on a solid base of classic French cookery, but with a California twist. I know that sounds like a lot of Bay Area restaurants, but few do what they do this well. The service is friendly, knowledgeable and efficient, and the wine list is extremely well vetted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dynawrite
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The servings were smaller than I expected especially given the price. I imagine this is a California cuisine type restaurant. The food was good, but not outstanding. The dessert however was excellent. I had Tunisian orange cake. I think this restaurant is appropriate for a high energy evening, not a quiet romantic one. I had trouble hearing the person across from me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RE: Decent but not great Restaurant
    rockytonyVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    First time here. Reservation resulted in timely seating. No intimacy here as it looked like a room full of picnic tables, eliminating an intimacy because conversations could be overheard by people sitting virtually at the same elongated table. Sound seemed to echo all around where you were seated. Server was pleasant, efficient and a good sense of humor making the evening enjoyable just for that. Menu was varied but not many entrees from which to choose. My fish was tasty but luke warm. Wine and beer but no mixed drinks. PLenty of parking even though on a main street. Overall decent restaurant but not worth the trip across the bridge.
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  • Always Interesting at Camino
    AussieDiner
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was only our second visit to Camino, and we enjoyed ourselves a lot. The long tables, interspersed with smaller tables for four, give the dining room the look of communal dining, but the vibe is friendly, energetic and fun. Food was really wonderful, though one of our dishes was forgotten until we asked about it. It was then brought promptly with a friendly and sincere apology. Noise level is a bit too high for comfortable conversation, which is always a little disappointing, and the had surfaces exacerbate the problem. Still, it's a lovely place with lovely food and we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food and entrees. Apps ok.
    Respect
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great entrees. Accompanying sauces, broths and veggies were licked up with bread. Service and attitude can be a bit precious. (No vodka cocktails on cocktail menu) Just wanted a Mannattan like I had had there twice in the past. (Best Manhattan of my life). But after sending one drink back we drank the second even though everyone at the table agreed that it tasted like straight bourbon. At that point I figured it will get me drunk. Other cocktails and wine were great. Changing menu is irritating. Sometimes the menu barely changes over a few weeks and other times you will be excited to try something only to learn that it was replaced. We were barely able to get a bite per person out of 7 apps that barely provide enough food for 6 people.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treat yourself
    Eat2live
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    A wonderful all around experience, food excellent,service kind,friendly and professional dessert fantastic. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a quality dinning experience. I don't do dairy and this place wasn't scary......! Fresh,clean,healthy food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 110 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1671 reviews are from the Camino reviews archive.
  • Great Intentions -- medium success
    Diner
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I loved how warm, nice and relaxed the waiters and cooks were, how beautiful and pleasant the ambiance was, and how imaginative and fresh the salads were. But being a pescaterian (so I can't talk about meat and poultry), the actual entrees were quite weak, as were the desserts.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Over Priced and Under Fooded
    EastBayRoVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I don't mind limited menus- it allows the cook to focus on doing a few things really well. But this place charges $26-29 per entree and the portions are very small. The drink portions are small, the appetizer portions are small- everything is small but the tables. And the flavors are not unique enough to warrant the prices. It is a very diverse crowd and obviously caters to the Lake Merritt trendies.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodies loved it.
    Renny1VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Our Chicago guests, who always seek out the best restaurants, said this was the best meal of their recent SF trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always friendly and creative
    lovenuance
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    This is a place we visit for great food, great service and great ambience. We love the long wood tables and the open fire, where the chef works at such ease and with so much evident love. Very good cocktails as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Camino Real
    AlExVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I haven't been here in a long time and it was nice to come back. I'm always worried about feeling hungry when I leave here but that wasn't a problem this time. The squid salad and eggplant salad were delicious. The sole was huge and tasty although the almonds were bitter. The salmon was spot on. The duck was perfect as was the salad. The desserts were so so. The fig leaf ice cream had too much of a fluffy texture like Breyers. The flavor reminded me of young coconut. The apricot tart had this delicious cream along with it. And finally the cookies are some of the best I've ever had anywhere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service blew our night.
    Colleen1234VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our food was good , not special but ok. The service was very uneven, 40 plus between clearing our apps and our entree .Plus 3!tables that came in after us were served before us! with I may add the same dishes That was after 30 mins for our apps. It's a restaurant with a good concept but very poorly executed.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rich510VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Limited menu. I visited several times years ago, but was disappointed on return. Interesting food but not as good as in past. Despite excellent write up in NY Times. Service also OK but disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Father's Day Brunch
    nephewsbirthday
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was our first time eating at Camino. The layout of the restaurant was nice. We ordered a coffee and a peach brandy drink. The $3 coffee came in a glass with no handle. My husband said it was too hot to hold and then it was too cold to drink. I asked him how it tasted. He said it was nothing special. My peach brandy drink was a one-note alcoholic drink. We ordered sausages, donuts with huckleberry sauce, butter lettuce with light dressing. They were all good. The chicken ballotine dish had only two pieces in it, which was a disappointment. The lamb ragout was a little gamy for my husband's taste. Overall, the place has very good ambiance, but the food was nothing memorable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good
    slim35
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Noisy as in the past. Knew enough to bring a cushion. Food well prepared but duck, beautifully cooked, was too salty and peppered. Service good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    Beth
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Food never disappoints - it is always a treat. Duck sausage and kebabs are amazing.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely surprise
    1moretime
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Joined out of two friends and choose the restaurant initially as a good "half-way" point. Was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and atmosphere. Entire party said "we would come here again". Attentive staff, amazing preparation. Not the usual menu. Great for the group of foodies at dinner. Only one caution -- the portions are very small so try multiple items on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MferVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great mixed drinks. Super service. Dishes have creative blends. Can't wait to ho back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quite wonderful
    csfegp
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    on every level, a gem, and much improved over the years too.. includes smaller dishes for smaller pocketbooks as well.. and larger portions easy to share.. (and remember to add a bit to the gratuities).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, too loud
    HersheyKiss
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We enjoyed our meal, but it was so noisy that we couldn't really converse, and we had gone with friends we wanted to catch up with. Might go back for brunch or lunch, but not again on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2hijasandmaxVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food was great and enjoyed by all. Our friends from Marin would come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Linds
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food was good, but was over-priced for size of portions and taste. Meal was oil-heavy, but without enough spices or much flavor. We tried 3 different dishes, and none of them were "blow your mind" delicious. On the up-side, my cocktail was superb, and the ambience was delightful, airy and light. Glad we tried it, but with all the other great restaurants in the area, we won't go back to Camino.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dependably Wow!
    MeMe
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Among the five of us we ate eight of the offerings on the menu, and we agreed we'd all do all of them again. Fresh local ingredients, innovative combinations, and perfect preparations make Camino a dependable place to go when you must have great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Camino
    CBloves2eatout
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We had a reservation, took 10 minutes to see a waitress and 30 more before our drink order arrived. Must every drink come in the same small juice glass? Once the waitress gave us the food and drink menus, she disappeared again. Water was filled often by the bus staff, which was appreciated. Eventually our food order was taken, but then the waitress took the drink menus away and never asked if we wanted wine with dinner. So we all drank water. I also would like to have a clean fork with my entree, not my dirty salad fork, which the bus person set down on the table. We also asked for more bread and never got any. My daughter says she thinks that mediocre service is the norm these days, I am hoping she is wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy but tiny portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Delicious but the portions were laughably tiny. Like when people make fun of fancy restaurants for having microscopic food -- that tiny. And no one warned us that the frittata was really a "fritatta sample", in which case I would have ordered more food. But it took so long for our food to arrive that I got discouraged and decided not to. Also I wanted a side order of pickles from the bar and they hadn't made enough so couldn't spare three pickles?! I wanted to love this place but I won't go back:(. Very nice ambiance though.
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  • DELISH
    fallonVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The menu is simple - and everything on it is absolutely perfect. We tried salads, apps, mains and dessert, and every single bite was balanced, fresh and delicious. The service was uneven; our server was either inexperienced or overwhelmed, but the rest of the wait staff was pleasant and helpful while filling in. I would go back to Camino anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Couldn't hear myself think...
    Camino
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Another noisy, pricy, wood grill place, with hard wood bench seating. Only 4 entre choices (squid, quail, mushrooms, or salmon). Bland butter lettuce salad as starter. The salmon was delicious, but I was still hungry after, and there are no sides. The server had to explain that I had to remove an aromatic herb on my fish. (I probably would have figured that out, but, just take it off then. Seemed a little pretentious.) Also was not impressed by the single slice of carrot they served as a complimentary appetizer. Are you kidding me? a slice of carrot? Would not endure the discomfort again for a couple of yummy bites of salmon.
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  • Solidly good food
    Lasca
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    I always enjoy the food at Camino. I wish the chairs were more comfortable though. I also wish I could hear my dining companion. Still, the food and the service are reliably good so I will keep going back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food inconsistent
    DFresh
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Have been her twice before. The two prior visits, the food was excellent to outstanding. Last night was just so-so. In general the food lacks nuance.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food - great for veggies
    IsraelVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This is a great place for good vegetables. The care they put in their vegetarian dishes is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh and local
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Unbelievably fresh, seasonal menu. A must-eat for any foodie or wanna-be foodie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood gem
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Delicious food and excellent service! Creative menu for brunch. We will be back and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet