A Cote

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean

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.

Specials

$2 OYSTER WEDNESDAYS

Come by for $2 local oysters
Every Wednesday throughout the evening

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 29, 2019

Ends: October 30, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-6:00PM

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MG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience3

This was the second time i've visited this restaurant and unfortunately, the service was terrible. Plates were delivered to the table without share plates and the proper silverware (we had to share a spoon for our soup, and eat off the same plate for our salad). Then our entrees were delivered at the wrong time and not coordinated, so that half of us were eating while the other half waited quite along time. The server was rude about the whole thing and at one point even said "i'm done". When the manager came over, i didn't find her to be appropriately sympathetic. The server who took over for the rude man was wonderful, but by that point, our experience was ruined. For a meal that costs nearly $400, i'd expect a much higher level of service. We definitely won't go there again.

MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Felt rushed to leave and to order the moment we sat down even though we had a reservation. Mussels were also over cooked which was pretty disappointing. The salads were the best part of the meal.

OF
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I've been going to this restaurant for years and it has been one of my favorite restaurants. So, I was surprised by my experience tonight.. I found the restaurant changed. The service was marginal, the food was OK and it's expensive. I'm bummed; this was my favorite restaurant.

r
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to A Cote. This is a cozy place, and everyone was friendly. We ordered and split the chicory/persimmon salad, fried cauliflower and chicken fricassee. Also, had a dessert to die for. This was such a nice and tasty evening. Thanks, A Cote!

M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice evening. Staff were extremely pleasant. Efficient but did not rush you.
Good food and wine.

We will be vzvj!

B
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A Cote is one of our local favorites and tonight’s meal was especially delicious! The small plates were fun to share, the wine a good value and paired. The steak and fries were especially tasty and the staff was knowledgeable, professional and friendly. We always recommend A Cote!

OC
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food is still quite good. Particularly the mussels and frites. Also the Georgian rice dish is delicious. But the service was so very slow. It took us over three hours for sharing 5 dishes. There was no time for dessert or coffee.

LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was delicious and our server was attentive. The prices were high though, and the Host left much to be desired.

When we arrived, it took maybe 10 mins for him to notice us - and that was only after we asked a waitperson to let him know we were there for our reservation (he was at other end of bar not paying attention) And later he chided my friend for moving her chair to a side of the table that wasn't as cramped. We had a table for 3, so a table of 4 would have had a chair on either side. He shouldn't scold guests.

B
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting food and wine list - Something beside the ordinary. We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere.

A
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to share multiple plates. Wine list is a bit difficult.

J
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I booked this restaurant for my birthday, and much to my dismay, would not come back.
The service was terrible. The restaurant had 3 parties including myself, and I still had to walk over to the waiter for my bill, water, and wine requests.

LG
Yosemite
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our experience at A Cote was great. We split two appetizers (pomme frites and cauliflower fritters), the main fish dish and a desert. Everything was fantastic except the fish dish, which was too bland, though hardly inedible. The bar service was terrific with outstanding specialty drinks, the service was first class and the ambiance in the front dining room where we were seated was perfect. The back room seemed a little too strongly lit up, but we were not there so only noticed this from a distance.

ES
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience1

While I would certainly eat the food at Acote again, it is excellent, eating in a dark noisy cave, while being ignored by staff, and paying over $100 with no alcohol or coffee or dessert, for the privilege, doesn’t exactly inspire me to recommend it to friends or want to go back.

WW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Generally one of our favorites. However, they didn't have their A game going this night. Pasta cooked too Aldente. Service was slow. Food cooked inconsistently.

O
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and somewhat quiet when out the n the cozy backyard.

N
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and wonderful service.

RA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent pomme frites, mussels and steak. Pasta was uninspiring. Server was very attentive and helpful.

B
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly neighborhood gem
The food, service & ambience were all top notch

T
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here - fabulous food, service, and atmosphere. I was hesitant to choose it because I seemed to remember they served primarily small plates, and I was afraid it wouldn't be enough food. We ordered two entrees and a side salad, and we got plenty to eat.

A
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Another excellent experience! Upbeat, peppy waiter. Allowed to choose the table we wanted. Quiet ambience on the patio under a heater. The main courses (cod and steak frites) were excellent, desserts delicious. The Flamiche appetizer was scrumptious. Only quibble is with the crocque monsieur appetizer. We overheard the waiter describe it as a grilled ham and cheese sandwich and that was all too accurate. A restaurant that has such creative recipes can do better than that, even if the dish in question conforms to an old tradition for simplicity.

C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Finally ate here after all the years of walking past it when I worked down the street! Celebrated my birthday with my family (hubs and two kiddos, ages 8 & 10). My son commented on how we got the best (and only booth) seat in the house - which he loved. Staff was attentive and really nice! Portions were larger than I had expected for tapas style and the food was delicious.

q
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was spot on. Service was extra slow.

BC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

A favorite for a quiet neighborhood dinner when tucked away in the back. Wonderful food, but we did get forgotten about and had to find someone to pay.

BD
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One dish, a purée made primarily of beans, was too bland and pasty. But everything else was quite good

DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very reliable night out. Informal but very skillful; very unusual wine list

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I have eaten at A Cote many times over the years, and this is the first disappointing experience I've had there. The mussels and frittes are favorite, but this time the frittes were a bit soggy. The chicken dish was heavily breaded and not tasty. The waiter was new to the job, and did try to be helpful, but he interrupted our conversation a few times in ways that were annoying. Finally, the restaurant has only a few places for parties of 2, and they are crammed near the front.

B
San Francisco
86 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Generally the service is exceptional but for some reason the wait staff seemed off that night. Food I’d always a+

TW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

A Cote used to be a wonderful date spot, but it's clearly gone downhill over the past five years or so. The service and the ambiance are great, but the food simply isn't. The restaurant's attempt to incorporate more unusual European cuisines is admirable, but it doesn't mean much when the food is subpar. High prices plus poor quality is not a winning combination.

On our most recent visit, we were served seared tuna that was cold and tough, served over a bed of bland hummus-like sauce. The croque monsieur was soggy, and the ham wasn't very good; it tasted like packaged lunch meat. It wasn't all bad, though. The pommes frites were excellent, as was the sausage flatbread.

We've been going to A Cote for 15 years, but I think our last visit was our final visit. A shame, as it used to be a jewel in the Rockridge dining scene.

JB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was very "meh" I should have checked Michelin and not just yelp. Green Goodess salad was heavy pile of lettuce with peas on top (?); Pork chop was fine; profiteroles with ice cream well intended but enormous. 3 hockey puck size profiteroles filled with ice cream. way too big. Almond cake dessert with blackberries was nice and light. Server and busser seemed stoned.

f
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday occasion.
The waiter was outstanding. Not at all arrogant - instead informative. A tricky balance when dealing with the obscure wine list. Great recommendations! Attentive service overall.
Only improvement- more salt on most of the dishes. Unanimous from all four diners, two who are food professionals (Resataurant and specialty).
Always a fantastic option in Oakland.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seasonal menu. Excellent wine. Patience with my questions about ingredients (there was a word I didn’t recognize, turns out it’s an amazing cheese stuffed inside of focaccia!). Go here; it’s a real treat.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

This was my husband's and my first time at A Cote. We were looking for a french restaurant, and while the menu overall is more "European" as they say, this fit. The food was very good--we had the mussels and french fries, a sausage flatbread (pizza), ceviche to start and ricotta fritters for dessert. All really delicious, and fairly priced. The staff was all very friendly and helpful, but we were rushed from the time we sat down, and our reservation was at 6:30 on a Monday night, so the restaurant wasn't full or very busy. They brought all the food at once before we were done with the first thing, brought our bill before we'd asked or even finished dessert, and the server nearly took the dessert menu out of my hands while I was still deciding... it was a little odd being so rushed in a half empty restaurant. The restaurant is pretty dark too, but I guess that's the ambiance they're going for. Overall I would still recommend as it's a nice neighborhood spot for a good meal. They also have a bar (and full bar service).

SP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I brought a large group from out of town so most had never dined at A Cote. They enjoyed the flavors, the ambience, and the freedom to try many dishes at an outstanding value. The wine is always an adventure - with unexpected choices. Delicious!

AB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The mussels were fantastic- a good dish to share. The king cod was a bit dry but very nicely spiced and presented. The cocktails are interesting variations on standards such as the white Negroni - overall a pleasant fine dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere.

VJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My son and I joined my wife to celebrate her birthday. It was an exceptional dining experience. The food was very good and the service was excellent. We especially appreciated the number of different people servicing are table.

T
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to A Cote since it opened. It remains my favorite restaurant, fall, winter spring or summer. Best food. Best bar. Best service.

SW
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love A Cote for a special occasion dinner. The small plates, which change seasonally, are always tasty and a bit unusual. Those small plates add up quickly though. You can easily spend more than you'd planned. The service is always great, and the outside deck is a quiet place to dine.

FO
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. It's hard to give a review of the food because we always order the same thing...mussels with pommes frites. Both are perfection...definitely the best mussels around. We discovered that from Mon. to Thurs. they have an early bird special that includes mussels, pommes frites and a glass of wine. The portion size of the mussels is smaller than a regular order but with a few shared appetizers and a shared dessert it was plenty and is a really good deal. The three of us shared two appetizers. The stuffed squash blossoms were very good. The antipasto platter was not bad, but not up to the standard of the rest of the meal. For dessert we shared a brownie topped with ice cream and caramel sauce. We all agreed it was yummy. We sat out on the patio and the heaters kept us very comfortable. I think it is quieter on the patio and that the ambiance is better.

MB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We sat in the back area and that was very nice; the server, who had only worked there a month, was good. We liked the flat bread filled with cheese accompanied by a salad. The other 2 items, squash blossoms and cauliflower with wheatberries were ok.

WB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful wine, lovely ambiance and friendly, informed servers. Loved it!