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.
Our first time . It was my husband’s birthday. Everything was amazing. Can’t wait to go back.
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!
Food was fantastic! Great vibe to the place... hadn't been there in awhile but will go back again soon!
We frequent this restaurant, but it’s always special to celebrate my birthday there as well!
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.
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.
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.
Birthday. Very simple. Surprised because no big deal. Candle on a plate.
Love this nice cozy place close to home! The mussels are wonderful, especially with the Pommes Frites! The salads are delicious too.
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.
Food is always good. We love this place!
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!
I usually love A
Menu varies by week. The mussels were excellent along with the goose confit flatbread. Definitely will return.
Friendly atmosphere, outstanding service great food
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.
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.
Very diverse small plates. Desserts were disappointing.
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.
Love this place! Great food, great service, interesting wine list!
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.
Excellent food but inattentive service and quit loud
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Very nice evening. Staff were extremely pleasant. Efficient but did not rush you.
Good food and wine.
We will be vzvj!
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!
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.
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.
Interesting food and wine list - Something beside the ordinary. We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere.
Great place to share multiple plates. Wine list is a bit difficult.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Always delicious and somewhat quiet when out the n the cozy backyard.
Wonderful food and wonderful service.
Excellent pomme frites, mussels and steak. Pasta was uninspiring. Server was very attentive and helpful.