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

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 29, 2019

Ends: October 30, 2118

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

What 2387 People Are Saying
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OT
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.

1
San Francisco
92 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!

M
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!

OT
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!

FB
San Francisco
86 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.

OT
San Francisco
6 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.

A
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.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Very simple. Surprised because no big deal. Candle on a plate.

e
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love this nice cozy place close to home! The mussels are wonderful, especially with the Pommes Frites! The salads are delicious too.

HW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A cote is absolutely the best! It’s our favorite restaurant for celebrations as well as for strolling in to enjoy an exotic glass of wine and a bowl full of delicious mussels. We love the intimate setting, the intriguing wine list, the delicious menu and the knowledgeable staff.

N
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good. We love this place!

M
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was delicious; the service was also very good. However, 6 people at a very table very close
To ours were exceptionally loud and boisterous. It was difficult for our group of 4 to carry on a conversation. when they pulled out their party hats,it t was a sign that they should have been in a different place. They really disturbed us!

FB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I usually love A

EH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu varies by week. The mussels were excellent along with the goose confit flatbread. Definitely will return.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly atmosphere, outstanding service great food

SL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience is lovely and festive in the front but also in the back area (heated and beautifully lit). Our server was super professional and pleasant. The food is fantastic and beautifully plated with substantial portions. They kindly waive the $20 corkage fee if you buy one bottle from their menu and bring one bottle from home.

D
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Customer service was adequate but not outstanding. Food was very good. Patrons should be aware that this restaurant specializes in unique cuisine and that the wine list is heavily slanted toward European wines with attention to Eastern European wines.

JB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very diverse small plates. Desserts were disappointing.

MH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience4

A very disappointing experience. First, service was very slow; my wife had to wait 50 minutes from the time we were seated to get her first food (her glass of wine came promptly). When her mussels finally came, she ate a few of them and found them all sandy. She rejected the dish, and then dined on the French fries she'd also ordered, and on tiny bits of my soup and fish. My sole dish was spoiled for me by the sharp sauce it was covered with -- sole is a delicate fish, and the pesto was too much for it; the sole was completely blanketed by the over-aggressive sauce. We may not return to A Cote.

B
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Great food, great service, interesting wine list!

C
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We consider A Cote among the very best restaurants in Oakland. The food is always outstanding. We went with friends and shared appetizers and entrees. We even got dessert, which we usually don't do, and this was also terrific. This is the restaurant for those special occasions or when you just want excellent food.

BP
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Excellent food but inattentive service and quit loud

N
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Unfortunately the service was a bit below par: not very helpful with the menu, felt we had inconvenienced server when we weren’t ready to order, and had to ask for check.

Food was good as we’ve had before but the service left a bit of a bad taste.

MG
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
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 on December 5, 2019
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
21 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
84 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
3 reviews
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
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Wonderful food and wonderful service.

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

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