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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BG
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

JC
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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!

M
Baja California
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

HS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

DM
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

EM
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.

OT
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.

GD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

AB
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!

CR
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!

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

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

AA
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,

a
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.

C
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.

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.