A Cote

4.5
2440 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 and patio 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2440 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LeslieR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience! Sadly, I don't eat out much these days for obvious reasons. From host to server, service is warm and friendly. They have a wine list that has unfamiliar-to-me wines, so advice and tastes were helpful in making decisions. The short rib beef bourguignon was one of the best dishes I've had in ages - the portion and value were great. I wasn't keen on eating "outside" but they have created a tent structure over their back patio that fools you into thinking you are indoors when they are following all the required safety rules. They have also built a structure out front that is dramatic with lighting and heaters.

I can't recommend them highly enough and can't wait to go back!

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DianaFW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was superb, very attentive! This was my first time eating here as well as my first time eating dinner out since SIP began. The outside space was very well planned with tables spaced apart, heaters running, well lit, and an overall cheery space.

The food was scrumptious! Their pomme frites were to perfection, crispy and not greasy. The short ribs were tender and tasty. I will definitely be back!

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EugeneLee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! The mussels and mains were delicious.

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ElizabethL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We have been to A Cote many times and always enjoy it. We refer to it as our “happy”’place. However, it was very surreal to be there and not have small plates and a cheese plate. It felt like a regular restaurant experience instead of the unique experience that has always been A Cote. Looking forward to when things go back to normal and we can enjoy A Cote again.

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Kcharm
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We love going there. Everything was great except my meal
Couscous alla trapanase. That Entrée need to be re worked.The seasoning was off and I really should’ve had my waiter take it back. Will go back but I will never order that again hopefully they’ll take it off the menu.

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vipRony
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had an okay experience. Not a lot of vegan items to choose from.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was my husband’s 60th birthday (coincidentally, the night the election was called)! We had a beautiful spot at the back of the patio against the little garden and drapes. Never has the outdoor seating felt so special as in a pandemic and on that particular post election night. Our server was sweet as could be, helpful with wines, attentive, but let us savor the moment as we sipped a tasty champagne and allowed ourselves a sense of relief and celebration as we watched speeches on our glowing rectangles in candlelight along with the others at this early seating. Perfection. Thank you!

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Roberta
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening for our first ‘pandemic’ dinner out. Social distancing etc all adhered to.
So glad you’re up and running.

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CTLF
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wear layers, but same delicious menu.

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LaurenC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A Cote is my favorite restaurant! All of the food is absolutely fabulous and everyone working there are extremely friendly. I go there for my birthday every year. I’m so happy it has reopened with the COVID virus. I always start with muscles and Pommes Frites. The cocktails are all delicious and the desserts as well.

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JonK
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Paola was awesome! The food was great as always. So glad you guys are back!

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saxo
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is my go to neighborhood place for quality dining, so I was happy to see them put out physically distanced tables with heat lamps. Our attentive, cheerful waitperson was delightful. Super fresh delicate salads, and my date was very pleased with the Ling cod. But not much in the way of plant-based options; everything all cheese and cream.

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AJacks
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really nice. Mussels were fantastic. Service was good. The wine list was interesting. We ended up enjoying a red wine from a region we had never tried. Worth it. They spacing was good. Well thought out.

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JasonR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic craft. Unique wines. Professional safety protocol. Great dining experience during our "new normal."

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Conversationalist
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

In these different times, one seizes onto the important things when dining out. So I will limit myself to saying that the food was really, really delicious; the welcome was warm and the service as attentive as could be hoped for in the circumstances; the wines by the glass were as diverse and unusual as ever. Overall, even the passing traffic on College Avenue did not obtrude. À Côté is doing its very best, and that is considerable.

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vipwendyg
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We have been to Acote many times. We were super disappointed that the cheese plate had been eliminated from the menu. The other food was all quite good, but we had all been looking forward to the cheese plate as Acote had previously had the best cheese plate around. The server was kind of unenthusiastic (maybe an off day.) All and all the ambiance out back (outside) was great and the tables outside in the front looked like good ambiance as well. Bring back the cheese plate!!

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TimothyH
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Like most businesses, they're having a hard time adapting to Covid-19. The wait staff was great, especially Brian. The food is decent and overall enjoyable.

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vipMarianH
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back patio is delightful - and food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Alonzo. Treated us to dessert for the birthday guest. Great food! A little chilly outside but we enjoyed the night!

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JoanneH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
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 on October 14, 2020
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
8 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
41 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.

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 2440 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.