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About A Cote


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.

5478 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,



Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Lawton

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 655-6469

Website:
http://www.acoterestaurant.com/

Public Transit:
Rockridge Bart station 3 blocks north of the restaurant

Executive Chef:
Matthew Colgan

Private Party Facilities:
Please call the restaurant for details.

Additional:
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

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A Cote Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (31)
Good for a Date (30)
Fit for Foodies (29)
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Cozy (26)
Romantic (23)
Special Occasion (23)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Casual (17)
Tapas (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Authentic (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Fun (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Seasonal (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Healthy (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Came here for Galentine’s day. Great ambiance - very Parisian with low lights, cozy atmosphere. Staff are friendly. I had the cassoulet and the meat was falling off the bone and delicious! My friend had a pasta dish and the sauce was very rich and the noodles perfectly aldente! Large selection of European wines that can be a bit overwhelming but our server was very knowledgeable. I would definitely come back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Many, many visits and we've never been disappointed!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 12, 2018

I truly have never had a more pleasant dining experience. The staff, the food, the ambiance.... truly wondeful. i will absolutely be returning and will recommend this place to everyone i know!!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Cozy, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Date with bae

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Fabulous food, loved the back patio with the heater!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We love this restaurant and the staff. Our 7 year old daughter constantly asks to go here. It is not easy to find a place that we all feel comfortable at and enjoy so much. 5 stars without hesitation!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We just love this place, and have gone back repeatedly -- first, the great staff is welcoming, helpful and go out of their way to help on wine selections and food. Then there's the ambiance -- the back patio is wonderful in summer, the inside is lovely and you can actually hear conversations! And the food: the idea is to order dishes, and share with the whole table, and they also offer wine flights, which are really creative. Great variety -- awesome flatbreads with toppings, mussels are amazing, flat iron steak, and excellent range of choices, vegetarian and otherwise. And great wine selections. All around, a favorite, especially if you have a group of friends or family to share those dishes with..

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Outstanding service and great food. This was a wonderful meal in every way

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

A friend and I dined at A Cote on SuperBowl Sunday, as our husbands have a long-standing tradition of a gentlemen's gathering.

The cocktails were delicious, as was the wine. The salt cod fritters were wonderful, and I enjoyed my flat iron stake greatly. My friend didn't know the pork tenderloin was in a batter, and would have preferred that be noted on the menu, but enjoyed her meal.

We had only one issue -- with the dark walls and early sunset time, it was very difficult to see our food -- and we nearly started a fire with the candle when trying to read the bill! That said, we're in our 70s! Next time I dine at A Cote, I'll go during daylight savings time and the darkness will be a non-issue.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was delicious and our server was very accommodating. A friend in our group is Vegan and while there are many vegetarian options on the menu, it was challenging to find anything Vegan. However, our server worked with the kitchen to change a dish by substituting a vegan pasta.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was delicious. Our waiter's recommendations for wines were right on. She sort of forgot about us for a while, she recognized it and she comped a glass of wine. Overall, we were very happy.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Fabulous food—will be coming back with family.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Fabulous food. Only note was that they bring out the entrés as they are made so you have some people eating before others. This is planned but a head’s up would have been nice.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The food was lovely and our server was excellent. I went to dine for my birthday with my parents and it was just right. The restaurant was very busy for a Sunday night but it seemed they were used to that. The place is small but doesn't feel cramped and overall I felt it was the perfect place to celebrate.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, People Watching, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

A small menu with good food.
We had to remind the server a couple times that we were ready to order the drinks.
Our server was slow and ignored us.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Everything (mussels, steak, spinach salad, salmon) was excellent except the cassoulet: the beans were half cooked and the sausage was strangely over spiced; the duck confit was average/ok.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Thé dessert was catastrophic: frangipane drowned in chocolate (never mix the two!), slices of pear lost their taste (if any), cake spongy.
Mussels very good.
Gravelox fine, but buckwheat blini soaked in cream....

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was excellent as usual.
Our favorite place to eat in the east bay.
Only thing was,we had a reservation for 8 pm and didn't get seated until after 8:30.
But that was the only time that has ever happened.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Casual, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was excellent as always. They were a little overwhelmed tonight and took them a little bit to bring out the food. Otherwise it was great

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Loved the flat bread, which actually looks like a pizza. Wine list was filled with unknowns (to me), but the waiter made an excellent choice.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Our server seemed green. Only one dish was very good: the Steelhead. The pork tenderloin was dry and unremarkable, the salad was no better than my everyday salad I make at home. Overall a pretty disappointing meal compared to past experiences there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I made a reservation for 8PM, didn't get sat at our table until 8:45. Even after watching the host seat a 4-top WITHOUT reservations that walked in off the street. They brought out the two of the three dishes we ordered, but forgot the third completely. Ultimately they comped us a couple of dishes and a dessert, but as this was a celebration dinner I felt robbed at the end of the meal. Pull your stuff together A Cote.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Chris was our server and he was great. The food was good. The wine was expensive.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The restaurant has a very unique and different wine menu. Our server was great and recommended a couple of good ones. I ordered lamb chops. It was over cooked and not as good a I expected. The dessert was great, can't remember the name but it was chocolate ice cream with chocolate chunks.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Wonderful restaurant with consistently great food and service. It unapologetically flies under the radar of those who flock to the new best thing. A place where foodies come to eat rather than be seen.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very good neighborhood restaurant

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Initial drink service could be substantially improved, pupus need to arrive same time as initial drinks, or very shortly thereafter.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We were pleasantly surprised at how good dinner was at this restaurant that we chose randomly. Everything we had was excellent and tasted like it had been prepared with care: the ribs, the lambchop, the pate and cheese plate with loads of accoutrements. It was also very easy to order gluten free and the kitchen didn't balk at substitutions. I felt good after the meal, and though I do take gluten enzymes to reduce effects of restaurant gluten contamination, it seemed cross-contamination was negligible enough to be completely subdued by the gluten enzymes. Service was a bit slow, but overall highly recommend dining here.

Tags: Tapas, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Another successful New Year's Eve dinner at A Cote! We love it there. Delicious food, great wine/cocktail menu, amazing service. Couldn't be more pleased.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went on New Years Eve and had a splendid time. Very attentive waiters and excellent service. The food was really really good! Cocktails were on point. Will be back!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I especially enjoyed my recent visit to this restaurant, having been to quite a few in the city and East Bay over the holidays. The service was very good, but the timing of the dishes (which are designed to be shared) was too fast. The wait person was attentive. The food was outstanding relative to other top places in the East Bay, very good compared to the Michelin starred spot I dined at a higher price, mind you. Definitively worth the trip.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant. They never disappoint. Love the changing menu and eclectic wine list.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Superb food, service. We were a party of eight and regret that there are no round tables for larger parties. We should have changed places each time they cleared the tables to facilitate conversation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent food, great service. A lovely evening.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I’ve been here a few times over the years and have always had a wonderful time. The only reason for a 3 Star on service is that they seemed to be a little busy the night I went and service was lagging a bit and it seemed the kitchen wasn’t keeping up as one of our orders took forever to come out. We we ended under cancelling it as we had a show to get to.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We had a very good dinner. Started with mussels, always good at A Coté. We split the entrées, scallops and short ribs. The scallops were done perfectly and I enjoyed the red beet risotto (much to my surprise!). However, there were only four small scallops and four small pieces of broccoli, so the value for this was, in my opinion, below average. The short ribs, with an excellent sauce on the puréed potato and turnip was very good. We had a couple of glasses of an interesting French viognier with the mussels and scallops, and a class of a very interesting red from Palestine, very much in the Italian style.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food was average but expensive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I enjoyed the meal... but I'm afraid that too many of the dishes just slightly missed the mark. For example, the fries-with-aioli had all the ingredients to be great, but the fries were not crispy, so the overall experience came in as a "B+" instead of an "A". Likewise the Croque Monsieur: the ham was good, but the cheese lacked character (as in, "didn't taste like gruyere") and the bread was forgettable... so the thing was more like an American grilled cheese-and-ham sandwich than the French dish that the name suggests. Not that that's bad, but it's not great, either.

So certainly worth another try, but slightly disappointing because it could have been great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Always like coming to A Côté. Service was fine but could use a little more knowledge and energy. Still look forward to coming again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

A Cote has consistently delivered excellent menus --food, cocktails, wine, dessert. It's been around forever relative to the high turnover and openings of Oakland restaurants over the past 3-5 years, but remains a strong contender both for ambiance and taste. I choose it whenever someone from out of town comes--good for health nuts and meat eaters alike. Beautiful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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