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Italian Colors

4.2
235 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

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About

In 2013, we celebrated our 20th year! Our offerings are made from scratch using fresh, local in-season ingredients. We serve wine from some of the best local California vineyards, big and small, as well as carefully selected vineyards from Italy. We are constantly undergoing culinary evolution so our menu changes quite frequently. We love what we do! Our menus are posted online and are updated daily! Our website includes video recipes and image galleries of menu items!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Italian, Contemporary American
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Phone number
(510) 482-8094
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Alan Carlson
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Neighborhood
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Entertainment
Every Wednesday - Saturday after 6:30 pm Italian Colors proudly hosts live music! Featuring Mike Wollenberg, best known for his work as a fingerstyle solo guitarist. www.mikewollenberg.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.3
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4.1
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

The spaghetti and meatballs were delicious! I was with 5 other people and everyone found their food tasty. The live music added to the environment. The service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Neighborhood restaurant gem. Live guitar playing by Michael Wollenberg most nights adds a nice touch.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2017

This is one of our 'go-to' places for many occasions - pre-concert dinners, get togethers with friends and special occasions with family. Food is consistently delicious and well portioned, and they have a clever menu, with long-time standbys everyone loves, and fresh, inventive dishes that show they are plugged into the current food scene. Warm, inviting interior, and staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Interior is warm and inviting and the whole ambience makes it a happy, comfortable place to come.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2017

We, like so many others, we know, just love this restaurant. It's as good today as it was 25 years ago. Always a home run with out of town guests or as regular patrons. Excellent food and service always.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2017

As it has been for the last 23 years that have dined here, the food and service are right on and authentically Italian - a very good standard seasonal menu augmented by creative and varied daily specials. It is a go to place for us.

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2017

Food was OK - not great. Nice interior decor and a strolling guitarist provided an interesting touch but parking is extremely difficult in a strip mall style lot. Would not drive all the way to Piedmont just to eat here but a serviceable option if you happen to be in the area.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2017

Italian Colors has been our favorite neighborhood restaurant for over 25 years. We like the relaxed open setting. The staff is friendly and helpful. The menu is constantly changing, so we get a chance to try new and different entrees. On sunny evenings, we enjoy eating outside. It is a wonderful place to relax and to have a delicious meal at a reasonable price.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

The dining experience starts with breads, vinegar and olive oil for nibbling while you peruse the menu. Food choices are especially good for those who enjoy sea food. Although tables are expertly compacted to include as many tables as possible, hearing your dining companions is not difficult. One can easily hear the guitarist's wonderful music. We had one of the most enjoyable Valentine's Day meals we've had in our decades of such celebrations.

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2017

We had not been to Italian Colors for years because it was extremely noisy back then. What an improvement! Noise level was comfortable. We arrived at our reserved time & had to wait for a table along with another party. Big plus...we were offered drinks on the house while waiting. The only minus...the main course dishes were brought to us before we had finished our salad. Food was very good.

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2.0Dined on February 12, 2017

My husband and I dined here tonight for an early Valentine's Day dinner. Not what I expected after all the ranting and raving about this place.

To start on a positive note, the host (I think he was the manager, not sure) was super friendly and greeted us with a smile. He sat us quickly but took the waitress 20 minutes to come up to us to place our drink orders. I asked for the wine list and she then said she'll come back in a couple of minutes. Took her 10 minutes to get the wine list dropped it on the table, left us and another 15 minutes passed. By that time we already knew what we wanted so we ordered. She placed our order 45 minutes after being seated. After our food was delivered didn't see her until we were done eating and asked if we wanted to see the dessert menu. Then...took 25 minutes after asking for the check to get it.

Food was okay - not a 5 star rating like I've seen. The fettuccine alfredo with smoked chicken was just ok. The alfredo sauce was too smokey for my liking. I didn't think the chicken would come diced or else I would have ordered something else. I hate diced chicken and definitely was not in the description. I was under the impression I would get smoked savory chicken slices, but looked like pre made diced chicken that came from Costco. My husband ordered the spaghetti and meatballs. That was okay too. Sauce was too thick and cheesy. I took a few bites of my food and that was it. I ended up giving my food to a transient underneath an overpass who appreciated the meal more than I.

Ambience was mediocre - the photos on yelp made it seem super nicer.

Will I go back? No...first impression was not good...only good thing about this place tonight was the friendly man that greeted us tonight...that's about it.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2017

Our whole experience was good. One of our party is a vegan and the waiter went back and checked with the kitchen and then he helped figure out an entree that wasn't on the menu but could be assembled from items on the menu and she was very pleased. My entree, called light, was excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

The only reason I lowered the food rate to good was because the special tasted fun - like wine that had turned. We sent it back and they credited us with no problem

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

We love going here for family dinners. Great food, great staff.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2017

The service was excellent, food was yummy, especially the crane brûlée. We were running late yet they were able to hold are table for an hour. I would recommend to a friend.

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3.0Dined on January 28, 2017

Asked for a quiet table and we were seated in the middle of the restaurant - not really quiet.
Waitress was harried, didn't let us order appetizers w/ drinks, brought wrong soup for 2 of 3 soup orders (although did bring 1 order of the right one when we mentioned it). We must have sung Happy b'day 4 or 5 times which was ironic as we'd mentioned 2 of our 4 were celebrating b'days, but nobody sang for our guys. Food was pretty good - porkchop moist, pastas fresh, lemon cake very tender and tasty. 3.5 out of 5, but nice and relatively quiet overall.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2017

We went to Italian Colors during Restaurant Week Oakland. The food was outstanding! I savored every bite of their lobster pasta plate & my husband loved the short ribs. Some of the best flavors from delicate to bold. We'll definitely return!

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2017

The host asked us to wait even though we had a reservation and arrived on time. I ordered the veal which was really good, but my boyfriend's duck confit is not as good.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2017

This is always the place to go to when you just want to have good food, prepared well, very good service and bar. With an environment that is cozy and inviting> the two of you, a group or even by yourself......

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2017

Nothing wrong except small parking area. Food , service etc just OK. There are many better Italian restaurant . just OK place

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2017

Great friendly wait staff. We loved the musicians!

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2017

Starting with the good: the live music was great and our server was very sweet.

My complaints: I went for restaurant week and ordered the prefix meal offered for $40 (the cost was not advertised). This included a cup of soup, braised short ribs, and a dessert. My date ordered the braised short ribs from the menu (so we would each have our own entre). The soup was great, hearty, delicious! Now, our meals arrive and we notice that the short ribs ordered from the menu were beautiful, lean, and delicious! The short ribs from restaurant week menu were not only ice cold but they were mostly fat and accompanied by veggies and sweet potatoes that were so awful I couldn't believe it. My thoughts: the short ribs from the menu were $27. If I ordered each item from the restaurant week menu individually I would have had a quality meal for the same prefix price. Why serve terrible food during restaurant week? That is the best way to advertise your menu. I'll never go back.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2017

I really loved their wine and the guitarist that played the background music. Service was excellent and the food was good, but not mind blowing authentic type of food. Overall, great date night!

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3.0Dined on January 15, 2017

I was disappointed. Components of the fish stew tasted "fishy". There was supposed to be polenta on the bottom of the stew and the waiter came several minutes later and said the kitchen forgot. He put a plate of tasteless polenta on the table. It tasted terrible. When I mentioned this to the waiter, he was unapologetic and did not offer to discount the meal. When I brought this to the attention of the restaurant host, he did not offer a discount for the meal but rather a free dessert the next time we go there. I doubt I will ever return.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2017

Italian Colors is back! For awhile there, they had a different chef and the food suffered, but the original chef and menu are back and the food is excellent. It's a go-to place close to home. Love it.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2017

This restuarant is warm and friendly -they had live music which was unexpected and really enjoyed! The food was excellent. Prices reasonable. Kind of reminds me of an old school Italian place. Will definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on January 4, 2017

Very good food with excellent service! Short ribs prepared differently but outstanding!

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2017

We had two daily specials - del giorno seafood with homemade pasta, and wild Alaskan salmon on a bed of spinach with butter sauced ravioli. Third entree was spaghetti with Neiman Ranch meatballs which were excellent. A Homey relaxing restaurant in Montclair Village. Was visiting the area and will return on my next visit.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Siri, Steve, the duck and steak -- all were great!
We are frequent diners at Italian Colors, have been for as long as it's been open.
Count-on-able, always.
Our visit was on NY Eve -- also something we've done more times than we can count -- and it never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2016

Had a delicious dinner on New Year's Eve. Our server was friendly and unrushed. Food came out fast. Brussell sprouts and tuna appetizers were excellent as was main course. The restaurant is unpretentious and serves tasty food at reasonable prices. Very positive dining experience.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2016

Overall, our meals were quite good. We were a group of 6 with reservation, so I was disappointed to have a table so close to the kitchen and service pathway. Other than that, it's a little pricey, but it is Montclair. Service was very good.

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3.0Dined on December 6, 2016

Salty! I ordered the sea bass; it was dry. The risotto was more like overcooked rice than the creamy wonderfulness I expected. The greens were so so. The kitchen could not tell me what was in the accompanying salsa verde since the chef on duty did not make it. My husband ordered the beef with mashed potatoes and it was also too salty.
On a prior visit, all of our dishes were great so maybe this was just off night.

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2016

This is a great neighborhood restaurant. The salads in particular have always been good. Great thin crust pizza. The daily specials are almost always great. Friendly service. Tends to have an older crowd, but that's Monclair.

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2016

Went with friends, looking for a quiet place. Noise level was OK. Service was very attentive. Easy to share dishes; they brought extra plates without asking. Food was good. We lingered talking and they did not rush us. Recommend for group.

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3.0Dined on November 26, 2016

The service was lovely but the food was not the quite the authentic Italian food I was expecting.
It was a nice cozy environment on a rainy Sunday evening but I am not sure I will make it a weekly stop.

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2016

We have been regular visitors to Italian Colors for as long as it's been in existence.
We love the food (the Caesar salad has been a mainstay of our dining from the beginning - it's superb, especially with the added anchovies which we always order.
The duck confit is marvelous! Steve, the owner, is wonderful, warm and hospitable.
We highly recommend this marvelous neighborhood restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2016

This is the 2nd time I dined here in less than 3 weeks. The dishes are always great. I loved my Lobster Americana. The fried calamari was very delicious too. The service was pretty good, but it might feel slow if you're hungry! LOL! The reservation on google map was surpringly easy.

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3.0Dined on November 7, 2016

Food was fine. Not too noisy. I probably won't go there again.

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3.0Dined on November 3, 2016

Filet was mediocre

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2016

Great food in a good friendly atmosphere. A great neighborhood restaurant and bar.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2016

This is not our first time and it won't be our last. We brought friends who were first timers and they were very happy with their dinner. My husband had the short ribs and loved them, our friend had the duck confit and enjoyed it and our other friend and I had the Brodetto which is always excellent. The appetizer, fried calamari, was a bit over cooked. I'd skip it next time.
The service is friendly and excellent - you always feel welcome!

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