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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.
Oakland, CA 94618
Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Rockridge Bart station 3 blocks north of the restaurant
Private Party Facilities:
Please call the restaurant for details.
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
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!
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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