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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Camino reviews from OpenTable diners
176 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (128)neighborhood gem (104)good for groups (62)special occasion (60)great for brunch (43)notable wine list (28)hot spot (25)romantic (24)kid-friendly (15)vibrant bar scene (13)great for lunch (6)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Foodies loved it.
    Renny1
    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
    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    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
    • Food
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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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
  • tasty/pleasant
    lolo
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Came here for the first time, had a very pleasant evening. The cocktails stood out - loved the rye drink and the mint julep. The server we had was great, very nice and attentive. The atmosphere was great, loved the open fire in the back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 111 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1644 reviews are from the Camino reviews archive.
  • Amazing duck
    Beth
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    The duck kebabs were the best imaginable and the entire dinner and service were excellent. We love the food at Camino - it continually exceeds expectations. With their limited menu they can excel at everything. Same with the drink menu .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Joke
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Having read rave reviews of Camino, took visiting relatives there for dinner. Service was non-existent. Menu was absurdly precious and extremely limited. Food was unimpressive. Impossible to converse because of noise. Worst dining experience in recent memory.
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  • Not worth the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The menu is pretty inventive, but the food was not worth the price and the portions are small for the price we paid. The drinks were good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • thank you!
    Range
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Been here before and still not a dissapointment. The food was really good and the noise level was just right. Will come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, 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.
  • The Emperor's New Clothes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Yes, Mark Bitman raved. Yes, my friends seem to like this place. I've been three times now, and this time, I finally realized I won't be going back. It was probably the "packages" the mushrooms were served in. Baked in parchment, we were meant to open them and pour them over the lentils and veg. Well, my 76-year-old mother and I had a hell of a time with the strings, baked and stiff as they were. Should this be served with scissors? I say yes, or not served at all. Good lord. How precious. The egg on that dish was the only thing to remark upon, and you know what? I can buy good eggs at Berkeley Bowl and make them at home. So Camino and all who enjoy you, enjoy. And try not to notice you are paying a lot for mushrooms, eggs, and lentils.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mothers day brunch
    rosie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    loved it. food was really good and different than the standard brunch. service great..will be back for more
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite restaurant!
    Alexandra
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    It is the second time I dine at Camino and my experience was blissful. 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 simply perfect. My only complaint is that the dishes come in fairly small portions for the price tag.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievably amazing food
    ajewiroiawer
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I came with my kids, 12 and 14, to celebrate my birthday and it was an incredible treat. We were utterly amazed by every single dish. Every dish was beautifully presented, and had amazing flavors and textures. Our server was terrific. She was knowledgeable but casual and treated us well even though it was just me and my kids. That said, I wouldn't bring kids younger than 12.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Use of herbs
    Herbyguy
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We have been to Camino many times and every dish has been really good, some great. The flavors of all elements are always distinct and then come the herbs... The use of herbs is unbeatable, just great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I seem to be becoming a regular
    Gemmama
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I find myself wanting to go back to Camino again and again. I love the three-course, thematic Monday night dinners: Kebabs! Crab! Little birds! Every time I dine at Camino there is a dish that lingers in my food memory.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    sourdough
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I'd heard great things about Camino and was surprised at how underwhelmed I was. Needless to say, I was underwhelmed. The service was in the way, constantly interrupting us to remove plates, or ask us if we wanted to order more items, and yet our meal came out in very long intervals, leaving us to sit with empty plates for long stretches. While the food was tasty, the servings were so small that I spent more time wondering if it was worth the expense. The seating was cramped and my date and I were constantly having to repeat ourselves as our conversation was drowned out by the neighbors nearby.
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    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • How to make it even better
    PyrodougVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Russell Moore's Camino serves unique dishes using only the freshest ingredients. But because they are often unusual combinations or ingredients it's hard to choose what to order. Our experience has taught us that the least desirable on paper is often the most desirable to the palette. To fix that, we now just order one of everything and share. This has the effect of creating our own 12 course tasting menu. This works well with four people. Two people would find the entire menu a bit expensive and a bit too much food, but still the idea of sharing should be considered. The menu is always changing, so go often, be bold, and try everything. You'll be glad you did.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was OK
    OTrjf
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Very limited menu. Not very exciting or inovative food the night we were there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DISAPPOINTED!!!
    highexpectations
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Refused to seat our party at a separate table for 6!!! Claimed our reservation was made too late! Our res. was at 6pm. when the resturant was vertually empty!
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  • Camino very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Our first time there. Very innovative, good food. Nice ambiance. Will definitely return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate