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
176 reviews since May 26, 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 (127)neighborhood gem (107)good for groups (65)special occasion (60)great for brunch (42)notable wine list (30)hot spot (28)romantic (26)kid-friendly (15)vibrant bar scene (13)great for lunch (5)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • We had a very positive dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/4/2008
    We had a very positive dining experience, informal but sophisticated and welcoming dining room. Wonderful service, really pleasant surroundings and an interesting, varied and good menu. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu was far too limited and
    MenloVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2008
    Menu was far too limited and included no chicken or beef. Bar served drinks but did not even have olives for a martini. There was a sense that the owner or chef was willing to only do it his way, and the customer either went along or didn't come back. There was nothing appropriate on the menu for my ten year old finicky granddaughter to eat at all. I had the fish, which I normally don't choose to order, but there was really nothing else of interest. The fish was ok, but not memorable.
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  • Gets better every time we've
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/29/2008
    Gets better every time we've been there (3 times now). It seems like they've really found their way and we love the freshness of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The look of the place is still
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 11/28/2008
    The look of the place is still a bit spartan but elegant, with a welcoming feel. Service was attentive and the food, marvelous. It's a small menu,and we ate nearly everything on it. My only complaint is while the restaurant advertises itself as using local products, the wine list included no California bottles at all - and we make some awfully good wine here, with a much smaller carbon footprint that wines from Europe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • great cocktails, solid food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 11/24/2008
    great cocktails, solid food, and personally I don't mind the long, communal tables or the limited menu each night. would rather that they focus on a great menu than try to please everyone... will definitely go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food at Camino was fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/24/2008
    The food at Camino was fabulous! The menu changes daily, so be prepared to be surprised! The signature appetizer (a wood-roasted half-crab) was succulent, and the garlic sausages served atop a kabocha squash puree with cabbage and roasted artichokes were absolutely scrumtuous! and the Honey-Almond Nougat Frozen Mousse was the perfect ending. No question, we will become regulars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic meal. Waiter really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/24/2008
    Fantastic meal. Waiter really went out of his way to help us with the right wine choice. We ordered the entire menu to share among six people, and everything was wonderful. Love the long plank redwood tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This place was packed! While
    blooms21
    Dined on 11/22/2008
    This place was packed! While we enjoyed the food immensely, the service was slow and inattentive. It was very loud which made it much less enjoyable for us as well.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was simply prepared and
    GourmetPenguinVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2008
    Food was simply prepared and excellent as expected. Our waitress was very attentive, quick to react. a rare finding these days. The choices however was quite limited. I like simple menu. I don't like to spend time to read through pages of menu. But when you have only one fish, one vegetarian dish, one kind of meat (that night was GOAT!), we were left half hungery. We ordered everything we could eat, all bar menus, appetitizers, middle menu, and one fish. We even ordered desserts (which is really not worth ordering. we did only to fill up our tummies). Coctail shine including the non alcochol ones. since we have aversion to anything goat, no other meat available (duck salad has 3 tiny slice of meat).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Camino is not only a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/21/2008
    Camino is not only a great neighborhood restaurant but one that I'd drive to for a delicious dinner. The quality of the ingredients is superb and the kitchen does them justice. Their style is simple, almost a comfort food style but it's really more refined than that would imply. The menu is not long but it's clear they are only using what's seasonally available. The staff are welcoming and attentive, constantly surveying tables as they walk around to make sure everyone has what they need. It's not a restaurant for an intimate dinner as most of the seating is at one of several very long tables, family style. They have tried though to give enough space between place settings so that you are not on top of your neighour. Good bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall, had a very good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/21/2008
    Overall, had a very good experience. However, the cheff's refusal to serve decaf-coffee is just plain dumb!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Be prepared for communal dining.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/19/2008
    Be prepared for communal dining. LOTS of the seats are at communal tables. You may find yourself involved with your neighbor's conversation, whether you want to be or not.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our party of 4 enjoyed our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/19/2008
    Our party of 4 enjoyed our dinner immensely. Three of the 4 of us have already been to Camino several times; the 4th thought it was lovely and would be back. The open fire not only is used for cooking but also lends a warm, cozy feeling to the entire room. And although the room is huge with tall ceilings, the noise level is remarkably low. We talked comfortably, never feeling like we were competing with a din. Our food selection -- appetizers to a main course to a couple of desserts, which we all shared -- was delicious, and we enjoyed every dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the food. And don't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/19/2008
    Go for the food. And don't much else. Service is distracted. Furniture is not comfortable. And the NOISE! Wine list has been changed for the better.
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  • The food was great - well-executed,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 11/17/2008
    The food was great - well-executed, interesting (and local and sustainable) ingredients put together in a new way, and very tasty to boot! Too few entree choices and too few non-alcoholic beverage choices, but what can you do. The honey nougat mousse with candied orange was the best dessert I have had in a LONG time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good but not memorable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/17/2008
    Food was good but not memorable ... not much choice, either. Service was good, but room much too noisy and even though it was late and not crowded, feeling was not warm and welcoming. Other diners were friendly, but staff was thinking more about their own issues and ready to leave! Particularly put off by surprise $3 charge for olive oil requested in place of butter for bread!!! Probably won't go back, even though it's 2 blocks from home.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Prixe Fixe meal was not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/17/2008
    Prixe Fixe meal was not great -- seemed like sauasage and beans was a way to hold the cost down! The service was slow and inattentive in general, alhtough the server was friendly when she came tot he table. We were seated at the communal table when we had a reservation, without being asked if it was okay, and we were told that "this is the way we do it at Camino", although we were then told we could move. It turned out to be fine, but there should have been some dialogue before seating us.
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  • The focus at Camino is definitely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 11/17/2008
    The focus at Camino is definitely on the food. Short menu, exquisite ingredients with simple treatments and careful execution, the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts. The ambiance is rustic but refined, a very open dining room plan with tables arranged in long rows give it a communal dining feel. A foodie lodestar in the East Bay. On my short list of must-returns.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu and wine list are quite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2008
    Menu and wine list are quite eclectic, but everything our group had was quite good. We were at a group table and the chairs were uncomfortable, which will give me pause before rebooking.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've been wanting to try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/15/2008
    We've been wanting to try Camino for quite some time and finally had the chance this weekend. It was well worth the wait and was one of the best dining experiences we have had in quite some time. The space is lovely, the service is friendly and attentive, and the food and wine were spectacular. We particularly enjoyed the farro and the chanterelle mushroom crostini. We plan to return again very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Camino is the first restaurant
    Mark
    Dined on 11/15/2008
    Camino is the first restaurant in Oakland's Grand Lake neighborhood that I didn't feel like was trying too hard -- to be trendy, to be sheik, to complicate its cuisine to reflect the latest trends (and doing it poorly). Keeping with its Chez Panisse pedigree, the menu is sparse and simple, but elegant, sophisticated, and reflective of its regional influences. Some diners might be turned off by the very limited menu -- three appetizers and three entrees the night we were there -- but every dish was a gem. The ambience is equally reflective of the spartan menu: long row tables and two-tops with simple wood chairs and brilliant overhead fixtures. Camino is a great Friday night out, but also a warm, comfortable Tuesday night meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • A person would have to appreciate
    CoramackVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2008
    A person would have to appreciate food to enjoy this place entirely. It is not fit for all-comers. Quality is excellent, options are limited and preparation unusual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall dinner was good. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/14/2008
    Overall dinner was good. The restaurant was pricey and my date and I both left hungry because the portions were small. The side dishes sounded amazing and were very well presented, however they lacked the flavor I was hoping for. Our waiter was great and gave us a wonderful recommendation on the wine. I would go back for a special occasion but would eat a small snack before dining there.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a really great meal. Limited
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2008
    Had a really great meal. Limited selection, but everything was excellent. Had the grilled persimmon salad to start, followed by a delicious lamb entree. Our server raved about the Lemon Verbena ice milk and she was right - it was a total star! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The menu is a little limited
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/10/2008
    The menu is a little limited but what's on it is outstanding. I had the duck and it was spectacular. Camino is NOT to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Menu is too limited and heavy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/9/2008
    Menu is too limited and heavy on the non-meat side.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We enjoyed our meal very much.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2008
    We enjoyed our meal very much. Loved the offerings and enjoyed every bite. Service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Limited menu, especially since
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/9/2008
    Limited menu, especially since I wasn't in the mood for goat that night (or any other!)Sardine appetizer tasted fishy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent ambience with candles
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 11/9/2008
    Excellent ambience with candles galore and simple, rustic decor. Fantastic, creative drinks available at the bar. Simple, well-cooked food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good. The
    Steve
    Dined on 11/8/2008
    The food was very good. The main problem was the erratic service. We had to wait 30 minutes after showing up on time for our 8pm reservation, and were essentially ignored by the servers during that time, except when they brought out a small plate of cheese gougeres at 8:20 (which we assumed was by way of apology for the wait) and then came back five minutes later and seemed annoyed that we had eaten it (apparently they'd brought it to the wrong table). Eventually we were seated at the long tables in the dining room but the service continued to be erratic - the timing of the arrival of the dishes was off, and we had difficulty attracting the attention of our server. Also my wife's water glass smelled like mildew.
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  • We were disappointed with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/7/2008
    We were disappointed with our dining experience at Camino. While the menu sounded unique and exciting, the food came out tasting bland. The artichoke entree was too salty. We can say the bread was good. We will not be returning here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate