A Cote
A Cote

A Cote

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.acoterestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5106556469x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,



    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Colgan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call the restaurant for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lawton
  • Public Transit: Rockridge Bart station 3 blocks north of the restaurant
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from A Cote

À Côté is a small-plates restaurant in Oakland's charming Rockridge district. Cozy tables surround large communal tables in both the main dining room and on the sunny patio to create a festive atmosphere. Small plates reflecting the best of seasonal Mediterranean cuisine are served family-style by a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Menu items are paired with a carefully chosen selection of over 40 wines by the glass as well as a highly diverse bottled wine menu. Specialty drinks featuring fresh fruits, rare botaniques and fine liqueurs are featured at the bar.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
A Cote reviews from OpenTable diners
156 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (107)neighborhood gem (97)romantic (75)notable wine list (73)special occasion (69)great for outdoor dining (43)vibrant bar scene (29)good for groups (26)late-night find (15)hot spot (14)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great variety for your pallet
    Gilbert
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    The mussels with Pernod were great with the french fries. The lamb tagine with the flatbread were amazing and shouldn't be missed. I brought a party of 11 and you managed this group beautifully - thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not what it used to be
    biofire
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    My wife and I met here 7 years ago and have gone back every year to celebrate our first date. The food is great as always, but the service has really slipped. Drinks arrived habitually late. Servers brought food we didn't order. Our own food took rather long to arrive. But the worst thing was that the general manager was acting as host that night. He greeted us with a head nod and barely managed a "hey". He hung out with his friends at a table in the bar by the window doing a "wine tasting"--4 guys, 6 bottles. It must have been fun because he didn't pay attention to anything going on out on the floor. Honestly, it reminded me of a bad episode of "Bar Rescue". I'm glad I met my wife there, but we won't be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall excellent evening at A Cote
    Ninafel
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Friends of ours from Vancouver were visiting, one a master sommelier who teaches wine. She was absolutely wowed by the diversity of the wine list; said she wished her students could come for tastings. We had two bottles of red, one a Corsican one and one that had an earthy, almost mushroomy flavor that I loved, but can't remember the name of. Server was charming, attentive, and friendly. Food overall extremely good, especially the olives (every one a winner), the duck breast (pizza-style) flatbread and the ravioli. Only quibbles: - Fries overdone, almost burned, though still kind of soggy - Amount of cheese on cheese plate infinitesimal--hard cheese tiny 3 slivers and soft, about an inch square.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Server Immaturity
    SJSeattle590
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    My mom and step-dad were visiting from out of town, and a friend recommended A Cote. Since we just moved to Rockridge, we were very excited to try it and hoped it would become a special occasion spot for us. However, very early into our experience at the restaurant, I was disappointed to see the the two servers working with our table were clearly gossiping about my parents. My folks can be very particular and come off as rude. Believe me, I know it's hard not to take it personally. It was surprising to see the two servers looking at our table and rolling their eyes, commenting on my folks within ear-shot of us. It was disappointing, not to mention unprofessional. While the food and drinks were outstanding, I'm not sure we'll go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cocktails but food not worth
    MSF2
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I always like bringing friends here once a year to taste the yummy drinks but every time I'm more and more disappointed with the food. I mean… its OK but for the price? A small flatbread is $16 and burnt fries are $6. I think you get better value elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Night
    JMackVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The food and service at this spot are very top notch. Our server offered to let us taste several wines she had recommended until we found the right one. I also highly recommend it for a date because the noise level is very comfortable. (You can actually hear your date!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was unexceptional
    Italophile
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    The food was unexceptional for the price. The interior is very dark.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    BaseballRich
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Nothing to complain about. Everything was spot on!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of our go to restaurants.
    BayCVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We have been eating here for years and always enjoy our evenings out at A Cote. We most often bring our own bottle of wine & the staff treats it with interest, decants if asked & gives us appropriate stemware. When we don't bring a bottle, the wine list is excellent as well as the cocktails and available hard & after dinner drinks. We have an established pattern, cheese plate, salad, followed by several dishes usually including a flat bread. We are still speaking wistfully of the confit flat bread we enjoyed during our last visit. The deserts are sometimes hit or miss. When it's one of those nights when we just feel like we need to get out, relax, have a great bottle of wine paired with really good food, A Cote immediately comes to mind.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for anytime casual or special
    fran
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We were a group of 4 celebrating a birthday. Our waitress picked up on that from hearing our conversation and with dessert brought a candle for the birthday girl…without our asking for it. We thought that was great! We had fun choosing our dishes and loved every one of them. We especially enjoyed the duck flatbread and the Mahi Mahi. Service was done with cheerfulness, timely-ness, and helpfulness. I would so love to return to see what interesting dishes are on the menu then.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable...
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Haven't been back here in a while but very consistent and good. Wish they had more veggie options and would identify their sourcing of meat and veggies....
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting food and accommodating
    Jeanne
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Small plates were distinctive and every one was good. One of our partyy was stuck on the BART for 45 minutes, but the restaurant personnel didn't turn a hair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite wine list
    Jpdeveer
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    If you like natural wines, A Cote has you covered. This has become my favorite birthday spot because of their old world wine selection, coupled with a wood fire oven. Leave the kids at home if you have them, don't ruin everyone's dinning experience with your ill behaved children, this place is cozy and intimate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for sharing
    judyo
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    The food was interesting and of outstanding quality. There are both small plates and larger ones for sharing. The staff was good at timing food delivery so you could enjoy each dish without being overwhelmed. Had us taste a couple of wines before ordering a bottle. Good for small groups but is too small for large ones..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    Woodpecker
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I have been to A Cote several times and the food is always very good. It is served family style and the service matches the family style as well. They have an eclectic bar so you can find just about anything your looking for. I recomend this resuraunt to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We picked a great place to
    RN97
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We picked a great place to celebrate Valentine's Day weekend. The food was absolutely delightful & service was great. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, food pretty
    CharlesFromTexas
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great service, food pretty good. Too pretentious, overpriced. Don't order the grilled ham and cheese which was like a kids grilled ham and cheese sandwich for a high price for what you get. Seemed like most people were ordering the French fries. Guess I should have tried that. Review page should have a way to rate value, that's what really sucked here.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mussels are a must - super
    JandE
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    mussels are a must - super delicious. Both our cocktails were great. We also ate the shrimp and crab cocktail - which was unique and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Rockridge Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    A Cote is a unique little find, that includes an extensive wine list from wines around the work. For the evening we attended, our server accommodated us in picking a few smaller plates and a perfect bottle of Croatian wine that spoke to all of us at the dinner that evening. If only the menu would last longer than a few weeks, I'd love to be able to try all the different types of wines and specialty plates over time. The ever changing menu is perfect in its own way though - it provides a nice pick me up and catered approach to compliment the revolving wine and small plates selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasant change of pace
    lepetitgourmand
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    A small plate (bigger than tapas) restaurant. Cosy atmosphere, too noisy. Spinach salad was ok, needed just a bit of salt, A hanger steak was wonderfully tender and savory accompanied by fresh white canelli type beans and spinach, quite enough for two to share. Ordered french fries (w/aioli, forgetable) which were very tasty, crisp , but a bit over done. To stay with meat we had a pork osso bucco (never had that before) that was succulent and delicious. The food was very tasty, I would return but on a slow nite. On Monday night 8pm, it was moderately crowded but still too loud , so on week ends it must be havock. We had a very good draft beer from Oakland. Wine R too $$$, IT IS possible to get a decent wine for under $40
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a thrill
    bayareavisitor
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    This is one of my favorite Bay Area restaurants, hands down, and we've been going there for years. It always thrills with new choices and old favorites, a great bar and Belgian beer list, and friendly and knowledgeable servers. Atmosphere is jovial but usually not too horribly noisy. Sitting on the back patio in the colder months can be a little cold and drafty sometimes, but you can always ask the staff to crank up the heat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very good with a few glitches
    pmk19
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We had a great meal last night. We aked the waiter for his recommendation on the wine, as he chose the most expensive one, which was vey good but not worth $80. This was a bit surprising, as the $40 wine we usually get is very good. Also, our waiter took down our order wrongly and then charged us for the wrong order. We were too embarrassed to complain,as he was very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Cote
    Leslie
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    A Cote has an amazing wine list including fabulous choices for wine by the bottle. First time I have seen Lebanese Syrah on the West coast. Server was super knowledgeable about the wines and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very interesting and diverse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    A very interesting and diverse menu and wine list. Our salads were ok, but I would have preferred more flavor to the salad dressings. Wine choices were very good. The mahi mahi dish was delicious. We ordered the pork loin dish and did not realize it was fried. Our server graciously offered us another entree, no questions asked. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. I've always had a good experience here and will give it another try next time I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration at A Cote
    Darby
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We were there to celebrate our son's 28th birhday. The lights were very low, creating a cozy, comfortable environment. The food was all excellent, especially the butternut squash raviolis, the hanger steak, and the rabbit sausages, and were enough for the four of us. The prices were reasonable, and the service superb, attentive, yet non-intrusive. Will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful place and great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Beautiful place and great ambiance. We were so excited when we arrive but left Disappointed. Overpriced, terrible and rude service and food was just ok. We won't be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We enjoyed our evening very
    Sandy
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We enjoyed our evening very much. Everything was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey!
    Larry
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    While the food was good, it was pricey given the portion sizes. I would recommend a 25% price reduction if the portions remain as is. If this restaurant were in San Francisco, it would not survive at these prices/portion sizes given the competition.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    AllAppetite
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    BF and I went here at 9 PM on a Wednesday to celebrate our romantic occasion. The food was EXCEPTIONAL! "Small plates" portion sizes allowed us to taste and share everything. Our server was attentive but not naggy at all - the perfect balance. While the dim lighting was pleasant, I have to admit that the ambiance isn't necessarily romantic. It was a little on the louder side, and the crowd was mostly 20- and 30-somethings in groups of 2-4. This place is much better suited for drinks and a light bite with a couple of girlfriends. We had a fantastic evening and paid $120 out the door (including tip). For drinks, dessert, and plenty of food to satisfy our large appetites, I think we certainly got our money's worth. I'll definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friends night out
    LizO
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Two good friends and I had a wonderful time here. We shared two small plates and an entree between us. The food was wonderful and our server was able to zero in on wines which would appeal to our three individual palates. We spent a lot of time catching up but did not feel hurried (even though we did not order a lot of food). Our table was in an alcove so the noise was very manageable. On another night I met a friend for drinks and snacks at the bar, same great food and service. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Even my mom was happy
    CCleis
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    My husband and I agonized over where to take my elderly, judgmental, picky mom for a birthday dinner. And she has a walker. And she is super sensitive to noise...etc., etc. I am so glad we settled on A Cote. We sat in the back "outside" room which was cozy and quiet. The food was a huge hit. They let her taste her first thought about wine, which she disliked, and the server suggested a rose which she loved. We had mussels; the duck pate; pommes frites; and two cheeses for dessert (with candied walnuts, Marcona almonds, etc.). Everything was great--her fave being the pate. She raved during and after the meal! Oh, and we enjoyed it very much, too. We had not been there in several years and now I can't think why!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food quickly.
    FoodManVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    The small plates are great for sharing at this place. Everything shows up quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A long time favorite, but..
    Suzi
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Having been a regular diner for about 10 years (many times each year), my husband and I love A'cote. The food and the ambiance are great for a date. Quiet, romantic.....And we love the fact that the kitchen is open late. While the cocktails are also outstanding, recently they have become stingy on size. A martini glass filled to half of its vertical height translates to only about a quarter of a glass, if you understand physics. 2 sips and the entire drink disappears.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nothing special.
    docdeb
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    First time here. Expected more. Very limited menu. Salad was blah. Entree enjoyable. Disappointed overall.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Does restaurant week justice.
    SpendsMoneyonFood
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I'll be quick since A Cote isn't one of those restaurants that really needs reviews. But they did such an excellent job of restaurant week with excellent dishes that I have to say 'Bravo.' It is a restaurant that lives up to its repute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and wine to match
    IslandBruin
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The servers really know their wines. We had the special tasting menu for Oakland Restaurant Week. With so many flavors, the wine pairings seemed to be impossible (we did not want to follow the printed suggestions), but our server came through. The scallops with red beet risotto were another highlight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a romantic dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We attended during Oakland restaurant week. The butternut raviolis were delicious as were the ricotta fritters. The onion soup had a tad too much cheese but tasty nonetheless. The tuna tartare and pork milanese were also great. We'll likely go back to try some of the other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated Variety
    Gust
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    A Cote hosts a truely unique wine list; varieties not found elsewhere. We tried almost everything on the food menu, all delightful. Contrast, quality and served perfectly. I dined with a dear friend who was heading out of town the following day; a perfect send-off !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food great deal
    DeeEats
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    I dined here during Oakland Restaurant Week, and it was such a good deal. The service was wonderful and the food was great. A little dark/underlit for my taste but still a great experience. I'd definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I haven't been in a while
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    I haven't been in a while because of all the new restaurants popping up, but my friends and I decided to go to A Coté during Restaurant Week. Even though we ordered from the Prix Fix menu, we still topped off with their mussels and pomme frites - that alone was worth the visit. That's always been my favorite dish, and reminded of it, I think I will make another visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.