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A Cote

4.5
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2421 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
À Côté is a small-plates restaurant in Oakland’s charming Rockridge district. Currently providing outdoor dining at socially distanced tables in our parklet on College Ave. Small plates reflecting the best of seasonal Mediterranean cuisine are served family-style by a friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Fresh, seasonal cocktails and a unique wine list pair with the Mediterranean menu and lively atmosphere.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2421 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
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4.5
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4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JoanneH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The warm evening that I outdoor-dined in their parklet, coupled with the French-leaning menu, swept me away to Paris. Dining on the perfectly balanced broth of the mussels and moist and tender meatballs was a delight! Even with the masking protocols (ie; you must don your mask when the server comes to your table) was handled with an easy and relaxed nature from the staff, that I didn't feel 'put out' or made to feel like I was an imposition. You felt welcomed and that your patronage matters to them.

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RayW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining was as pleasant as sidewalk dining could be. Food and service was exceptional!

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LaurieK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single dish we ordered on this menu was nothing short of exquisite. Service was attentive and not intrusive. Servers were in good spirits as were we. The wine list was also wonderful. It's a fabulous place for a special meal!

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SusanS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

It was a unique experience to eat in an almost dark room. We couldn't tell what we were eating, except by taste. The light level is much too dark. The food was very good, and the service was fine. The wine list was unusual; none of the wines and none of the grapes were familiar.

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Avenuer
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another wonderful experience at À Côté! The actual menu offered fewer choices than the website indicated, but everything we had was delicious. We enjoyed being encouraged to share our dishes. The waitperson Maria was cheerful, had a ready smile, and gave good advice, especially on the wine. The assistant backing her up was less accomplished, hence a dip from 5 to 4 stars under "service." The Happy Hour Special of mussels, fries, and a glass of wine was a big hit. The room was not crowded, so the noise level was just right. We'll keep celebrating here. (Note from a previous visit: the crocque monsieur is way too plain. Just grilled ham and cheese. Not up to your level, folks.)

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vipLinda
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably good.

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Zzmarco
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food is generally very good but some is very overpriced like small flatbreads (pizzas) for over $25 or small bowl of soup for $12. Server was wonderful and ambiance is lovely.

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Griff2
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Acote is just a bit too pretentious. Typical of a restaurant like this, they try too hard to make it chic. Food quality is great but they should stick just a little bit more to fundamental dishes.
I have been here multiple times and am only able to find 10% of the menu worth ordering.
I keep coming back because of the ambience, the convenience and the drinks. But this place is usually my 4th or 5th on the list of restaurants I select.

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vipAnonymous
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, accommodated food intolerances wonderfully, friendly and timely service. I love this place. I came 2x in 1 week and will be back more frequently.

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Sac45
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great,

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vipHeatherfeather
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Fun wine list focused on the Balkan region and Greece, etc. Great oysters and mains.

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michaelD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Our out of town friends were impressed with the food and ambience, but the service was slow.

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Eastbayeats
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Service was very poor.

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GregR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of our consistent go-to spots for 15 years. Terrific mussels.

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LisaH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Sadly they ran out of their special right before I ordered.

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vipRichK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance. Service was great and the drinks and food done well. We had a great time and will be back.

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JenniferL
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

NIce experience at A Cote. The waiter was excellent, as was the Armenian wine. The Mardi Gra specials were pretty good, but didn't meet my expectations.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We had a pasta dish that truly lacked seasoning. The fried chicken was just the opposite; too much spice. Oysters, pommes frites, and dessert were fabulous.

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vipBentonG
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service and fine value. We had 3 people, split a salad, an appetizer special, 2 entrees and a dessert. All of the food was top notch! and our waiter was very helpful.

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vipJillC
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here for our sons birthday. Everything was wonderful from cocktails to dessert ! We had the mussels, seared Opah (amazing !), papperdele with wild mushrooms, chicory salad, artichoke flatbread - everything delicious and we would order them all again. Banana bread pudding and mousse au chocolat for dessert - perfect!

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Maruchan
Baja California
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We loved the Apple Hazelnut Salad and the Pork Chops but the Seared Opah was a little plain. The ambiance is nice and cozy, and they do a great job converting the outdoor patio space into indoor space, but we still felt draft coming through the seams of curtains.

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HarrietS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always appreciate the food here and the servers. They know exactly what is included in each meal and all about their amazing wines.

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vipDMJ13
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Valentines Day! The food was wonderful. We love A Côté

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EdwardM
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

We go there for the amazing food. We only wish the service would be better. It feels like we are bothering the waitstaff for service and the constant eye rolling gets old. And let me be clear it not the entire waitstaff just a few that have, let’s call them regulars. So if you’re a fixture there you’ll get good service. But, if your not just enjoy the few hours you’ll be there while you get served.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The food was mostly tasteless. My date had chicken that was almost inedible because it was so dry.

The service was actually horrible, boarding on hostile. We had to beg for bread or drink refills. The pour on the first glass of wine was tiny (2 oz). We complained and the server added about a tablespoon more of wine.

We complained to the manager and he took one entree off the bill, but seemed to not care at all about the service.

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vipGrahamD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you very much for a wonderful night and great food!

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AdamB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The fish at the table next to me was undercooked and we watched the story unfold... it wasn't our plate but made us wary. My steak was ordered as medium rare... and it arrived extremely rare - I didn't mind and I didn't send it back but it was not cooked as ordered. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about the very eclectic wine list and provided me with the perfect accompaniment to my steak. Salad was great. The main dish was great. Dessert mousse was great as was my americano. We were sat at a table on a temperature challenged outdoor patio despite having reservations. Again, the server made it all just fine and I would have much preferred to be on a dinner date with her than the person I was with. Haha!

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ChristinaR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A bestie and I celebrated our birthdays here and loved every minute of it. The steak was scrumptious, the French fries were to die for, the hazelnut salad was tasty, the pear and pancetta flatbread was out of this galaxy, and the cup a cote was absolutely delectable. On top of it all, the service went above and beyond. I’m giving five stars overall and four to the food, service and ambiance each as they were all excellent. But the experience in all was more than the sum of its parts. Thanks for a lovely evening A Cote!

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vipmartyd
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding waiter, Damion, offered excellent advice re meal and wine. Food was excellent

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AnnaA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It’s a bit loud in the front room for conversation. The bartender and waiter were terrific,

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abrador
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

I had been to A Coté in 2016, when I hosted a very successful group dinner. Returned now, 2020, with my wife for a date night. We were seated in the back room, which is far less atmospheric than the front room -- no music, "tent-like" decor, and under-heated, yet low noise. The menu was such that, somehow, there was nothing attractive among the entrees -- there were two pizzas (aka flatbread), pork, steak, fish, and pasta, and none of those tickled our fancy. We landed up getting a bottle of Spanish red wine (prominent cherry flavor) and yummy house olives, by which we whiled our wait for moules and pomme fritte (both excellent). Then came a terrine which one of us liked very much, while the other thought 'meh.' For desserts we had tea/espresso and banana-bread / cheeses. After tax but before tip, this all came to about $162, which -- what with no entrees -- feels over-priced. The next day we both agreed that the best bites of the entire evening was dipping the baguette into the moules' pronounced spicy sauce. We will try coming back, making sure to reserve the front dining room, but only if, in advance, we see online some entree to salivate over.

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vipChuck
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had not been to A Cote in over a year. The $2.00 oysters on Wednesday brought us back for an outstanding meal. The oysters, mussels, wine, and cocktails were all quite good. In the past the mussels were in the oven so long they were dry and the shells disintegrated when I tried to pry them open. This visit the mussels were perfect. A lovely restaurant for any occasion.

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vipOpentable
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as usual. We ordered a selection of things from both sides of the menu and shared everything. Fries are always a big hit. The fish and white beans were excellent (those beans were magic!). Star Wars themed cocktails were fun and delicious. Made a special night perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time . It was my husband’s birthday. Everything was amazing. Can’t wait to go back.

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vip143sfo
San Francisco
96 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time diners. Had always wanted to dine here but you know the saying, ‘too many restaurants, too little time’.
Our reservations were at 5:30 on a Friday night & the place filled up quickly. It was obvious that this is a neighborhood gem as the host recognized many of the folks with gracious greetings & cheery conversation.
I had their famous mussels & pomme frites, began with the little gem salad & ended with the warm banana bread pudding. Needless to say, I was in heaven! My dining partner started with the cauliflower soup & her entree was the pork tenderloins. Both delicious as well, I know because I snuck in a taste or two!
Finally, I want to make mention about how exquisite the service is. Very efficient, not obtrusive-just terrific teamwork that accentuated a wonderful meal.
Paola took great care of us & will certainly see if I can request her at our next visit.
Thank you A Côté’ for a memorable evening & for taking our minds off of this crazy world we now live in, even for a few hours!

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Markwlms51
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was fantastic! Great vibe to the place... hadn't been there in awhile but will go back again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequent this restaurant, but it’s always special to celebrate my birthday there as well!

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vipFoodBug
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was very interesting, and quite tasty. Since we only ordered 2 meals, I'm not sure if everything on the menu was spicy, but our two dishes were. We really enjoyed the food, but if everything is spicy, it can get old after a while. I look forward to trying it again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came out for restaurant week and we will definitely be coming back! Portions were more than adequate and the food was absolutely delicious. Our server was very attentive and everyone working seemed to be alert and very helpful. Great experience all around.

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Albert
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Came in for restaurant week. Had everything on the pre fixe menu with my girlfriend which was soooo much food. Excellent service and friendly waiter who helped recommend some unique and interesting wines. The starters were a bit of a miss with the salad, though the soup was decent. Mussels were amazing, as was the pasta. Couldnt finish the desserts, but they were tasty for sure. Would highly recommend a reservation as there was a huge crowd at the door, even on a Tuesday evening.

FAQs

A Cote offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 655-6469.

A Cote is rated 4.5 stars by 2421 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.