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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
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.
Food was excellent, wine list is all old world and includes many Georgian selections- we really enjoyed this. Service was really nice but so so on a few things- delivery of meals from kitchen was as ready rather than for the table of 6 of us (odd- would be more understandable for a larger table) and pacing of taking order was very very slow. On the other hand, server was very knowledgeable about wine and generous with tastes to allow us to make a selection.
Overall I think this restaurant is a great find and worth the quirky service for the great food, wine and ambiance.
Our server Paul was the best we have had for a while. So considerate. When we ordered Georgian wines he came with wine bowls from Georgia for us to drink out of. What a kind gesture. The food was amazing and the service even better, all for very reasonable prices. So happy that we came here tonight.
I love this place the food is exquisite, well prepared and presented , it's very dark and romantic and you have a real sense of privacy, European feel. Feels casual and expensive at the same time. I love tapas style restaurants , sharing food is an intimate thing to do
We came to celebrate our Anniversary, and A Cote didn't disappoint! The food was just perfect, the waitstaff was helpful, knowledgeable about their food and drink menus, and super attentive! Great time, very cozy and warm atmosphere- the cocktails are amazing.
An enjoyable Sunday night dinner. Chicory salad was light and lovely. Pork Osso Buco with Polenta Verde was very tasty, as was the skirt steak. Chocolate pear dessert was a dude- very heavy pastry, and almost non-existent pear. Two excellent wines by the glass recommended by the waiter.
Perfect for a get-together with an out-of-town friend! When friends visit, I always want to show off the best of the Oakland dining scene. I had not been to A Cote for years, but it used to be one of my favorites. And I was looking for somewhere closer to home rather than the trendy Uptown area. A Cote fit the bill. The atmosphere was ideal for conversation; we felt very comfortable and inclined to linger at our table. The service was attentive and the food delivery well-spaced, which doesn't always happen at small-plates type restaurants. Some of the food was quite creative - my friend loved the sweet and spicy chutney that topped the butternut squash soup - and it was all very well-prepared. I had a lovely glass of an unusual wine from the Greek Islands, and my friend had an excellent cocktail. I will bring more people here soon!
I have been to A Cote several times and have always had a pleasant experience. But this time was such a disappointment. I had a reservation at 5:30pm and had noted that we'd arrive around 5:20pm, 10 minutes before the restaurant opens. In fact, we did arrive at 5:20pm, but the girl who was working at the bar almost threw us out! She said that they weren't open yet and that they were still preparing as she was drying the glasses. It was cold outside and I asked whether we should leave and the answer was, "yes." Although she later realized that she had revealed her true self and had been rude to us and said that we could wait at the door until 5:30pm, we chose to leave and come back later not to have to look at her face for 10 minutes. Then, when the food was served, although my friend had requested no fried side, half of the plate was filled with fried potatoes! When we asked the girl who brought the food about how the potatoes were prepared and that we didn't want anything fried, she dismissively replied, "This is what you ordered." and left without even waiting to see if we have anything else to say. I'm very sorry for A Cote management for making such poor choices in hiring their staff and failure in training them on how to treat the customers.
Wonderful neighborhood spot! My first visit on the recommendation from a friend. Not disappointed! Wonderful small plates and larger plates to share (or enjoy alone)! Eclectic wine list with some fabulous choices. Allowed our server to guide us through menu and choices were fabulous! Great energy. Excellent service! Would come back again!
Reason I only gave 3 for service was not because the service was slow - quite the opposite. The waiter was very knowledgable and entertaining. However, we seemed to get too much attention and I personally felt pressured into finishing my meal. Too may waiters and busboys milling around while we were trying to hold a conversation, interrupting us all the time.
Its a really good restaurant, great vibe with excellent food. please just let up a little on the service.
This was my second time here, and I must say, our food was a little better on our first visit. I'm not sure if that was just because we ordered better or what.
The french fries are amazing as is the aioli that comes with them (this is a must order!) However, our other items were hit and miss this time. Not horrible, just not amazing. The steak was delicious, as was the pork chop but the squash soup was pretty bad as was the Croque Monsieur sandwich my daughter ordered. We didn't order dessert.
The service was good, and our food came very quickly (even though it was a busy Friday night).
The dish I carefully vetted as gluten-free was not. I was ill the next day and tested my left-overs with the NIMA, which resulted in a GLUTEN FOUND report.
The food tasted good; the service was good, but the representation of the food was not good.
À Côté never fails to impress, even with the simplest of dishes. They make dining an experience for the senses. Let the skilled waitstaff help you choose from the very eclectic wine list and linger over your food. This is not a place where you're rushed out the door. I adore it.
We came to A Cote during 2017 restaurant week and had a top notch delicious dinner with great service, great cocktails, and great wine (one of the best gnocchi dishes of my life). I came back last Friday, the 6th, hoping for a similar experience for my boyfriend's 36th birthday and we both left feeling underwhelmed. I had the Martini Napoletana, which was just ... not good or balanced in any way. Maybe it would've benefited from using olive juice, instead of olive bitters, and a bit more tomato-y tasting tomato water. We RARELY send things back (X is a bartender and we're not picky eaters), but that drink ended up going back to the bar.. I forgot to check if it was charged on our $170 bill. X had the Queen of Thorns cocktail, which he said just reminded him of an unbalanced old fashioned instead of a unique cocktail in its own right -- not TERRIBLE.. The mussels broth was extremely salty, but our server gave us 2 white wines to pair with it that we both enjoyed..Little more butter, garlic, and lemon would've made it just right.. My rigatoni was bland, but well prepared, and while his flat iron steak, greens, and potatoes were very tasty (especially the buttery potatoes), we both found it odd that his meal came served crammed onto such a tiny appetizer-sized plate. The red wines that were brought out to pair with our main dishes were also very good. The host was very nice. Our server was great. She was accommodating, patient, and made good suggestions. At the risk of sounding bratty, I was also sort of hoping that my mentioning X's birthday to the host and to our server (plus the birthday gift bag sitting on the chair next to me) would result in a surprise dessert and candle brought out to our table, but I guess closed mouths don't get fed!
Been there 20+ times over many years Eclectic menu, consistently delicious. We always order the mussels in pernot broth, flank steak, pomme frit, and fish. Suggest you go with friends so you can share all the wonderful dishes. STILL one of the very best restaurants in the Bay Area. Oh, great bar and superb service.
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