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A Cote, Oakland, CA

A Cote

4.8
4.8
2554 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean

À Côté is a small-plates restaurant in Oakland’s charming Rockridge district. Fresh, seasonal cocktails and a unique wine list pair with the Mediterranean menu and lively atmosphere. Known for our wood oven fired mussels and pommes frites that are offered year round.

Plentiful outdoor seating and socially distanced tables provide a COVID safe environment.

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Booked 27 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 655-6469

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Elaine Osuna

  • Private party facilities

    For details about private dining, please email acotemail@gmail.com.

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Cross street

    Lawton

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available, and all metered spots are free after 6pm. Parking in BART parking lot is free after 3pm and is a three block walk to the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Rockridge Bart station 3 blocks north of the restaurant, AC Transit line 51 runs along College Ave. and stops across the street from the restaurant heading South.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Firsts

  • House Marinated Olives$8.00

    • Pommes Frites$8.00

      with Aioli

      • French Onion Soup$15.00

        Croutons, Gruyere & Parmigiano-Reggiano

        • Di Stefano Burrata$14.00

          Baby Lollo Rosso Lettuce, Roasted Delicata Squash with Semi Dried Tomato Vinaigrette & Grilled Levain

          • Hearts of Romaine Salad$14.00

            Crispy Garlic Croutons, Persian Cucumber, Pt. Reyes Blue Cheese & Herbed Buttermilk Dressing

            • Winter Chopped Salad$14.00

              Fennel, Napa Cabbage, Castelfranco Endive, Cara Cara Oranges, Fresh Herbs, Toasted Walnuts & Red Wine Vinaigrette

              From the Wood Oven

              • Mussels$22.00

                Cooked in Pernod from the Wood Oven

                • Prosciutto and Porcini Flatbread$23.00

                  Porcini Crema, Roasted Porcinis, San Daniele Prosciutto & Scallion Persillade

                  • Khachapuri Adjaruli$21.00

                    Cheese Flatbread with a Pasteured Egg and Adjika

                    Mains

                    • Short Rib Sugo with Pappardelle$22.00

                      24 month Parmigiano-Reggiano & Fresh Herbs

                      • Tagliata di Manzo$44.00

                        Grilled Painted Hills Ribeye Steak, Wild Roccola, DOP Balsamic, Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano & Grilled Lemon

                        • Pesce alla Puttanesca$24.00

                          Pan Seared Local Rockfish in Tomato and Olive Sauce with Cauliflower-Potato Puree

                          • Duck Leg Confit$27.00

                            Lentils du Puy with Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Fennel, Greens & Frisee-Satsuma Petite Salad

                            Happy Hour Special

                            Tuesday - Thursday 5-7pm (Available for Dine-in Customers only)

                            • Mussels And Pommes Frites$35.00

                              A full order of our Mussels and Frites, with two glasses of house red or white wine or draft beer

                              Last updated: February 3, 2022

                              What 2,554 people are saying

                              Overall ratings and reviews

                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                              4.8
                              4.8 based on recent ratings
                              • 4.7Food
                              • 4.8Service
                              • 4.6Ambience
                              • 4.5Value

                              NoiseModerate

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                              • East Bay

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                              1. VT

                                VoiceoverTalent

                                San Francisco

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 2 days ago

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                A Cote is always a great experience! Service, food, ambience are all great! Collier is a wonderful server - he always remember my vodka martini drink. Keep up the good work!

                              2. AL

                                AndreaL

                                San Francisco

                                1 review

                                vip
                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 6 days ago

                                overall3food5service2ambience5

                                The food was great but the service was slow and not timed well. We ordered a few dishes to share and they all came at the same time, so we were eating some of our food cold. When I asked for a taste of the wine the waiter was recommending, he refused and sold me a 1/2 glass instead, which I have never experienced at this restaurant before. Also, we waited more than 25 minutes for our second set of drinks, essentially finishing most of our food before we got them.

                              3. SK

                                ScottK

                                New Orleans

                                6 reviews

                                5.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                It was delicious and great for a party of 4. Not too loud. Inventive cocktails.

                              4. q

                                qqqq

                                San Francisco

                                12 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                12 reviews

                                Dined 7 days ago

                                overall4food3service4ambience4

                                Mussels too strong, frites too soggy, steelhead and beet salad excellent

                              5. CR

                                ChristopherR

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 20, 2022

                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                Beautiful small plates to share. Back patio is quiet and welcoming.

                              6. g

                                gingembre

                                San Francisco

                                56 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                56 reviews

                                Dined on May 19, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Up to its usual standards. Festive sidewalk seating out front. Really delicious food. Recommend mussels cooked in wood oven, pomme frites, lamb patty with yogurt and orzo, any pasta dish, any salad. Enjoyed a wine flight of Italian roses. Just a really classic ly delicious A Cote dinner to share with a friend.

                              7. d

                                dede

                                San Diego

                                13 reviews

                                5.0

                                13 reviews

                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Nice, relaxing atmosphere. Good wine by the glass.

                              8. MF

                                MF22

                                San Francisco

                                349 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                349 reviews

                                Dined on May 14, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                The burratta and beet salad is a must

                              9. f

                                foodiefamily

                                San Francisco

                                5 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined on May 12, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                it was great!

                              10. JS

                                JoanS

                                San Francisco

                                2 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent food and service!

                              11. m

                                margon

                                San Francisco

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                I have only heard great things about A cote, and dined there for the first time with my sister visiting from NYC and a friend. The food was outstanding, the wines were very interesting and the sangria was perfect. Our server couldn't have been more charming-she was sweet and gave great recommendations and always had a smile. My only criticism was the decor. It was a bit outdated and felt kind of dingy. To my fault, I'm an interior designer so I tend to judge. With a modern refresh, I bet there would be a waitlist. That's how great we thought the food and service were! Hopefully this doesn't come across badly...we all loved it and will be back no matter what!

                              12. s

                                smitty

                                San Francisco

                                26 reviews

                                5.0

                                26 reviews

                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                As usual, great mussels and pommel frites (a little too salty I think). Delicious salads and lamb patty too. Wonderful server. Heaters kept us nice and warm outside on a chilly night.

                              13. GH

                                GailH

                                San Francisco

                                8 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                8 reviews

                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent food, and great service served outside on back patio. Was able to get gluten free food also.

                              14. LM

                                LizM

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                Waitstaff was amazing. This was a long overdue dinner meeting with staff and everyone had a great time.

                              15. LL

                                LouiseL

                                San Francisco

                                5 reviews

                                5.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Very friendly staff. I hadn’t eaten in the park let in front of the restaurant before. It was much more comfortable than I thought it would be. Food and drink is always excellent. Great to have A Coté in walking distance from my home. Happy Hour special is a great way to gather with friends mid-week.

                              16. RB

                                RobertB

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 1, 2022

                                overall3food3service2ambience2

                                Food was all delicious. Pommes Frites were good, but entire plate seemed like from bottom of fry basket. All small broken little bits. Problem was our server who was a little full of herself. Kinda gave off a you’re in My House vibe. She never came over to say goodbye or thank you. She saw us getting up, which meant she knew whatever cash we left required no change. I felt regret for leaving over 20% tip.

                              17. S

                                Scotty

                                San Francisco

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Been going to a cote for many decades. The food continues to be terrific (seems to get better) and the service is always super friendly and efficient. There is a reason it’s a neighborhood staple.

                              18. E

                                Emily

                                San Francisco

                                24 reviews

                                5.0

                                24 reviews

                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                So exquisite this food. We had the burrata with radishes, the mussels, and the trout and shared everything. It was divine, and the service was attentively kind. I love this place. We had a three hour catch up in the most elegant and quiet atmosphere.

                              19. ED

                                ErinD

                                San Francisco

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 21, 2022

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                I've never had anything but incredible service, food, and wine! This is one of my favorite spots to sit at the bar, order a handful of plates, and let the staff recommend varietals I've never heard of or experienced before.

                              20. CL

                                CameronL

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 21, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                This place is lovely and the $35 happy hour mussels and fries is unmatched for date night.

                              21. SF

                                SFGreek

                                San Francisco

                                21 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                21 reviews

                                Dined on April 14, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                This place never disappoints! It's always deliciously consistent. We love that the menu changes often/seasonally. The spring flatbread was delicious with the asparagus and lemon ricotta. And we love the changes to the wine menu.

                              22. MF

                                MF22

                                San Francisco

                                349 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                349 reviews

                                Dined on April 13, 2022

                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                Never disappoints. Brought friends who had never been here. They will come again

                              23. e

                                ellaschris

                                San Francisco

                                145 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                145 reviews

                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                overall4food3service3ambience3

                                Great vibe like you were at someone’s home with great music . Pass on the mushroom fritters , over fried and greasy . Steak and mussels were great !

                              24. Z

                                Zoe123

                                San Francisco

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Our waiter selected an excellent wine to go with my dinner. I couldn't have done that on my own.

                              25. CL

                                CynthiaL

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                overall4food1service5ambience5

                                This is so hard because the atmosphere and the service were outstanding, but the food was barely edible for me. I really, really wish they would work on the food or get a new chef or something, because if the food were good, I would run back soon! I doubt I’ll return at all because it’s a lot of money for great service and ambience but food I really don’t enjoy eating. I actually even sent one dish back because it was so terrible. I haven’t done that since I was pregnant 30 years ago!

                              26. LA

                                LuisA

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Wonderful food, staff and ambiance. Absolutely would recommend and return.

                              27. m

                                maureena

                                San Francisco

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 7, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                This is our neighborhood "go-to" place and A Cote never fails to deliver. One person in our party ordered a cocktail which was not to her liking and they graciously exchanged without nary a glance. The service was impeccable. There was one person for the room, who handled all requests with aplomb and a smile (how she did that was amazing). The room was full. The runners and bartenders and all others were also excellent. Thank you for making a fun evening even more delightful.

                              28. 4

                                4diningout

                                Central Coast

                                9 reviews

                                5.0

                                9 reviews

                                Dined on April 7, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We shared the mussel special for two from 5-7pm. It was excellent. Reasonabley priced. Generous portion. And the wine was great too.

                              29. WN

                                WedNightDrinks

                                San Francisco

                                7 reviews

                                5.0

                                7 reviews

                                Dined on April 3, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The food was interesting and delicious.

                              30. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 3, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We absolutely loved the food and the outdoor patio!

                              31. 5

                                510florita

                                San Francisco

                                2 reviews

                                3.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 3, 2022

                                overall3food2service5ambience4

                                so disappointed. this was our favorite place pre pandemic. The mussels were great but the steak and romanesco salad were mediocre

                              32. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                San Francisco

                                2 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 2, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Staff was charming, great salads and their famous mussels. We sat out in the park let so not too loud

                              33. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 31, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We had the happy hour special of mussels, fries & wine. Excellent!

                              34. SH

                                SusanH

                                Denver

                                17 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                17 reviews

                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Our party of four were delighted to eat at A Cote again and the food was as wonderful as we remembered it!

                              35. r

                                riffilee

                                Sacramento

                                9 reviews

                                5.0

                                9 reviews

                                Dined on March 26, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                This was our first time back since Covid. We were not disappointed. We were lucky enough to be seated in the back section, which is nicely lit and cozy. There were five of us, and we decided to share everything. Of note, the smoked mushroom fritters, lemon/ricotta pasta, flat bread and trout. Presentation was as good as the actual taste. We will be back and so appreciate that the wait staff really did a great job.

                              36. RY

                                RandallY

                                San Francisco

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on March 25, 2022

                                overall5food4service5ambience3

                                The wine they helped me select at the bar was exactly what I described I would enjoy. The pork tenderloin extremely tasty and moist. I also enjoyed the strawberry souflet to wrap things up.

                              37. JN

                                JudyN

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 25, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Nice outdoor dining. Always excellent service and great food and wine selections. Good for special occasions, and the mussels and pommes frites happy hour special is a nice midweek treat. Always delicious and plentiful.

                              38. v

                                vmc427

                                San Francisco

                                15 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                15 reviews

                                Dined on March 25, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                We were seated almost immediately. The menu was explained and how the food will arrive was explained. Everything was done perfectly. We'll be frequenting this establishment.

                              39. s

                                sonyaviolet

                                San Francisco

                                19 reviews

                                5.0

                                19 reviews

                                Dined on March 24, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Wonderful experience again. Fantastic servers and tasty moules frites avec vin rouge.

                              40. b

                                bonnefourchette

                                San Francisco

                                26 reviews

                                3.0

                                26 reviews

                                Dined on March 23, 2022

                                overall3food3service3ambience4

                                OK, but disappointing and overpriced. On the whole we eat better at home. We ordered as starters a decent but unexceptional flamiche, an ill-conceived and tasteless salad with seemingly raw sliced beets (what was the chef de cuisine thinking?), and the grilled pork tenderloin, good but slightly overdone, accompanied by spinach that was perfectly cooked and delicious (one of the two best things we ate) and a UPO, an unidentified plated object that seemed to be a cross between a leek timbale and bread pudding and was, to put it charitably, not a good idea. We ended with a dessert fruit parfait that was perhaps the best thing on the menu and an ice cream coupe that could have been assembled from Safeway ingredients. We drank a Georgian wine that was reasonably good and had the earthy taste of the terra cotta amphorae used to make it, but at $80 cost about a third more than it should have. We see no reason ever to return to this restaurant, since there are far better ones around. Service was OK but typically American and unprofessional, with the waitress periodically asking "Is everything tasting delicious?"

                              Safety precautions

                              • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                              • 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
                                • Staff is vaccinated
                                • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

                              FAQs

                              A Cote offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 655-6469.

                              A Cote is rated 4.8 stars by 2554 OpenTable diners.

                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                              Booked 27 times today
                              Google Map for A Cote

                              5478 College Ave Oakland, CA 94618

                              Dining areas

                              Additional information

                              • Cross street

                                Lawton

                              • Neighborhood

                                Oakland

                              • Hours of operation

                                Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                              • Cuisines

                                Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates

                              • Dining style

                                Casual Elegant

                              • Dress code

                                Smart Casual

                              • Parking details

                                Street parking is available, and all metered spots are free after 6pm. Parking in BART parking lot is free after 3pm and is a three block walk to the restaurant.

                              • Public transit

                                Rockridge Bart station 3 blocks north of the restaurant, AC Transit line 51 runs along College Ave. and stops across the street from the restaurant heading South.

                              • Payment options

                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                              • Owned/operated by

                                Women

                              • Executive chef

                                Elaine Osuna

                              • Additional

                                Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                              • Phone number

                                (510) 655-6469

                              • Private party facilities

                                For details about private dining, please email acotemail@gmail.com.

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