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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A Cote reviews from OpenTable diners
161 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (111)neighborhood gem (100)notable wine list (77)romantic (73)special occasion (72)great for outdoor dining (44)vibrant bar scene (32)good for groups (25)late-night find (15)hot spot (15)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • I'm very pleased with the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    I'm very pleased with the level of service and the food at A Cote. I took my mother there for Mother's Day dinner and she usually doesn't like to go out to eat because she is a great cook and thinks she can do it herself. Fortunately, we were both very pleasently surprised with the taste and quality of the food. We also had a very nice table outside in a quiet part of patio (just like i specified when placing a reservation) so I was very pleased with that as well. I would recommend this place to all my friends. Thank you for a memorable dinner. Kate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun, hip, casual. Great cocktails.
    DineWellVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Fun, hip, casual. Great cocktails. The fries were a fun and tasty appetizer for the group. Very busy, a late 8:00 p.m. reservation worked perfectly. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was horrible.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    The service was horrible. It took about 10 minutes to be acknowledged by our waiter and then another 10 minutes to get water and then another 15 minutes before we got our drinks. I could have understood if it was really busy but our reservation was at 5:45 and it was not busy. He was very absent. He also came back at one time to ask if we wanted to order more and we told him that we had not actually received a flat bread that we had ordered. We had to go to an 8:00 show at Berkeley Rep and we thought eating at 5:45 would allow us enough time to have a leisurely dinner and dessert. We had to skip dessert and coffee because the service was so delayed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The back garden was quiet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    The back garden was quiet and serene, while the indoor room and bar was vibrant and buzzing. Best of both worlds!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was perfect!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    Everything was perfect!! The salads were incredible and meat and swordfish were great and the service was outstanding. The wine list was different and we tried wines that we had never tasted before at a very resonable price. We will return very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    The food was delicious and came out quickly. The menu had complex flavors, but was presented in a simple way. The service was great and they were very knowledgable about the wine and beer selection. Some great beers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I guess the best sign of how
    BerkeleyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    I guess the best sign of how much I enjoy A Cote is that while there is a plethora of restaurants on College Avenue, I always end up there. They have great food at prices lower than just about any other place. Great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas are their specialty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Tapas are their specialty and they make each one of them so flavorful and enjoyable! My girlfriends and I were in for a surprise when we were led outdoors; it was unexpected! Gorgeous and an ambiance to beat. We had a blast, the staff were helpful and service was excellent! Truly unforgettable.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I go to A Cote late in the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    I go to A Cote late in the day because I like the ambiance without the noise. Whether you go for a snack, or the full meal, you will always get something great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Place in Oakland, good
    CofOAK
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    Best Place in Oakland, good food and nice ambiance
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wait staff was overly attentive.
    Parents
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    Wait staff was overly attentive. Asked to remove plates although we still had food on it. I got the impression that they needed the table and were trying to move us on. I did not like the rushed feeling.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The hostess was such a sweet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    The hostess was such a sweet lady. She welcomed us and gave us free fries since that was our first time there. I thought that was a sweet gesture.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It would be great if the wine
    Neveagain
    Dined on 4/21/2008
    It would be great if the wine menu can ve printed in larger fonts! It is simply impossible to read the list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have been regular customers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    We have been regular customers since the restaurant opened in our neighborhood and always brought out-of-town guests here. But this last time both the food and the service were very disappointing. We were seated in a cold, drafty, unappealing corner outside near large groups of loud, boisterous drinkers. We waited ages for our food, which was, at best, undistinguished. The new Assistant Manager comped us on a couple of dishes, but overall we were sorry we had come. I will think hard before coming back and probably make the trip across town to the Chez Panisse Cafe.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • While the food and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    While the food and atmosphere were both pleasing, it was the outstanding service that made dining at A Cote a real pleasure, particularly since it's a tapas menu, which required our server to bring several small courses throughout the evening. The stuffed pheasant and Crouque monsieur were my favorite tapas, and the lamb sausage pizza and cauliflower fritters were also excellent. The spinach and ricotta ravioli was only OK, and is not something I would order again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • For the second time, A Cote
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    For the second time, A Cote failed to share the information from Open Table with the hostess. She had no idea that we had a reservation. My guess is the problem results from Open Table reservations being on the office computer while the hostess works from a hand written pad. The problem was even more strange this time since I received an Open Table notice that the reservation that I had made wasn't made after all. When I called A Cote, I was told that they had received the reservation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've been to A Cote several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    We've been to A Cote several times and each time it is fresh and exciting. The food is great and the environment makes you feel comfortable. It's there whenever you need something special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service was fantastic and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2008
    service was fantastic and waitress was very knowledgable about the wine list. had a fantastic experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place is one of my husband
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    This place is one of my husband and my favorite. Whether it's for special occasion, for last minute good eats, or just to stop by to meet a friend for a glass of wine... this is the place for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, but too heavy,
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    Food was good, but too heavy, too sauced. It's not nearly as good as wonderful Oliveto, Bay Wolf or even Rivoli. Thanks for asking. We wouldn't bother going back, with so many other wonderful places to choose from.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we were sitting right near
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    we were sitting right near a speaker, and was loud for my mom. but they turned it down a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very helpful service staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    Very helpful service staff - both attentive and knowledgable with regards to wine recommendations. Great food and an interesting take on Ceasars salad with asparagus (very fresh and delicious).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I always love A Cote but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/14/2008
    I always love A Cote but the night I went the service was really what knocked my socks off. My dearest friend and I were sharing a last meal before she headed back home - I probably won't see her for another year. Our server and her assistants seemed to always be there when we needed them, and to disappear when we were deep in conversation. We never felt inconvenienced or interrupted. It certainly caused us to linger longer (and spend more $ on food and drink) because we knew we'd be so comfortable. Thanks! Katie Hines-Shah Berkeley CA
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I like the fact that everything
    MenumavVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    I like the fact that everything on the menu is in the "small plates" category. This means everyone can try a lot of dishes and that the final tab is reasonable. All the dishes we had were very good, especially the mussels and the cauliflower fritters. Nice atmosphere; not too formal. Our waitperson was helpful and friendly but didn't hover.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I called 30 min. before we
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    I called 30 min. before we arrived to ask if it would be OK if we arrived a little late.The hostess replied with a very arch,"And when does Madame intend to arrive?"I think it was an attempt at humor, but very off-putting. I almost hung up and canceled. I let the remark hang in the air a few seconds and then said,"15 minutes,"and I was assured it was fine.All went well, and on the way out my husband asked the chefs how a dish he enjoyed was prepared.The hostess swooshed by and said, "Now we can't give away all our secrets."She lingered, clearly trying to inhibit conversation, and when she finally left, a chef told us what to do. I've dined here a few times, but with an odd person like that, I wouldn't bring clients or have a special party.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I am unable to tell you what
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    I am unable to tell you what I enjoyed most, all was GREAT! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful service and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Wonderful service and delicious food- we will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was taking my husband out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/8/2008
    I was taking my husband out for our 18th anniversary and let A'Cote know ahead of time that I wanted the quietest table. They gave us complimentary glasses of champagne and antipasta dish with our meals. When the time came to pay, they said it was on the house! Our jaws must have dropped to the floor. We could not believe it! Not only was the service superb, but the food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The small plates allowed us
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    The small plates allowed us to enjoy multiple items on the menu, all were delicious. Great service. Good place to go before a show at the Paramount.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Although we had reservations,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    Although we had reservations, we were sat at a very undesireable location. I asked that we be moved to another table inside. They were pleasant and accomodated my request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I am a long time food lover
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    I am a long time food lover and i went to A cote for my anniversary and i found all that there was to see in this restaurant to be with out flaw, not quick and sharp so much as real and pleasant with out a doubt one of the best meals I've ever had. thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We celebrated our engagement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/30/2008
    We celebrated our engagement at A Cote. It was our first visit. The staff were great and attentive to every need...they surprised us at the end of our meal with complimentary dessert and champagne for 2! Yum. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The mussels are still my favorite
    Laura
    Dined on 3/28/2008
    The mussels are still my favorite A Cote item! Our server was amazing... she was incredibly patient with me while I agonized over my wine choice.... all in all, one of the best service experiences I've ever had! (and I can be quite critical of even mediocre service) We actually ordered too much food thinking that plates would be small but I ended up taking home the leftover mussels (which were just as good for lunch the next day!) and the entire fish entree which was also delicious. I'll definitely be back for more mussels!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The ambiance and service are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/27/2008
    The ambiance and service are always excellent at A Cote'. The food, on small plates, is excellent as well. I enjoy the food more when the menu changes. Their choices are always creative, thoughtful, interesting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good atmosphere, high quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/27/2008
    Good atmosphere, high quality food. Good for people who are really into food, who like a variety of small, creative, high quality dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great cocktails, love the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/27/2008
    Great cocktails, love the string fries, very creative menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little pricey but I have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/6/2008
    A little pricey but I have been there a few time when celebrating.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The changing menu, always
    MarcVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2007
    The changing menu, always delicious food and amazing service make this one of my all time favorite "Tuesday Night" restaurants. It isn't necessarily special or amazing or memorable, just consistently fantastic and enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love this place for dates.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/14/2007
    We love this place for dates. Service before getting seated is not great, but once you have a table, it is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is my absolute favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/1/2006
    This is my absolute favorite restaurant in Northern California! The only downside is that they don't take reservations, and sometimes it gets so crowded that it takes what seems like forever to get a table! But once seated and served, all troubles are forgotten. Of course, the food and assortment of wines and spirits are absolutely wonderful. The best! The best mojito I've ever had! :-)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic