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A Cote, Oakland, CA

A Cote

4.7
4.7
2668 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
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. We are currently offering outdoor seating and limited indoor seating, with reservations highly recommended. Takeout is also available via Doordash and Caviar.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    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

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What 2,668 people are saying

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. AR

    ArleneR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary there because A Cote is one of our favorite restaurants, and we’ve had so many stellar meals and celebrations there over the years. Our go to place for visitors from far and near, and everyone asks to come back. Great place!
  2. c

    catk

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The mussels and fries are wonderful, and if you plan your visit for T-Thurs 5-7pm they are a terrific deal as well. Our dinner was great, two of us had the mussels and one had the beef daub. The food was great and the service easy and friendly. Great for a party with friends or a date night.
  3. J

    Jamil

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delicious, warm, romantic, friendly.... enjoyed myself thanks.
  4. HB

    HallyB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    This was very disappointing. My dinner partner was delayed so I was alone, which was not a great thing on New Year's Eve, and my wait person completely neglected me ignored me to the point where I had to go up to the bar to ask for things, even though I'd asked another waitress to get my waitress. At least the other wait person did help me but it left a very bad taste in my mouth literally because the food she recommended that I wanted to try, she said it was good and it was really terrible for $28 vegetable pot pie had basically no taste and seemed like something you could heat up from the frozen section. This whole experience was a huge disappointment because I've had very good meals at A Cote in the past.
  5. V

    Viejo

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent variety, presentation and 4 memorable dishes. Relaxed atmosphere. Attentive food service.
  6. LJ

    LianneJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I have enjoyed this restaurant many times in the past, but they fell a bit short on the menu tonight. Pasta was undercooked, and deviled eggs underwhelming. My husband's steak was delicious however. Eating in the parklet out front does feel like you are little left out of the party happening inside.
  7. Y

    Ybbihc

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Like everywhere, prices make it harder to justify. Cheapest glass of red wine is about $20. Nice Cab Franc, but. Flatbread was good but 1.25 for the container to take the last piece home. And it was $24. So good. But we will probably go elsewhere.
  8. NP

    NPdiner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food was pretty good, although a bit overpriced, which I expected for New Year's Eve. However, big disappointment because I specifically made a reservation for inside--because I get cold easily and because I wanted to hear the live music. Instead we got a table outside in the back, where I was cold the whole night and we could not hear the music at all.
  9. WD

    WhoDat

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The A Cote experience never disappoints. Excellence across all measures! And, I am one picky customer. Thanks!!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The New Years menu was very poor. Not enough vegetables in the pot pie and the potato pancakes were thin, soggy and tasteless. Wedge salad was quite good. Overall there were no grilled fish dishes, only one appetizer and only one meat - steak which I don’t need to eat. Menu was very, very limited. There were four pages to the drink menu, and one to food.
  11. OD

    OakDoggie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the ambience, food, and service here. Not too noisy, at least in a booth. One of my favorites!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fantastic-one of our favorites!
  13. E

    Ebyfoodie

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    There’s a reason why A Cote has been around for this long. Had a really nice time. Super cozy in the colder months, food and drinks were excellent.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    All in all great food and a fine time had by all.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were great. Started with Frito Misto, it had shrimp, squid, and fennel that are battered and fried. There were shishito peppers on the side that were awesome. Hearts of Romaine with buttermilk herb dressing was very good. I had the Boar over creamy polenta which tasted very good and was rich. My husband had the mussels because I never had them before and he wanted me to try one. I didn’t know what I have been missing. The mussels are amazing! We ended with chocolate mousse which was just ok. It did not taste chocolatey. Our server was very friendly l, knowledgeable and did not rush us. We ate outside on a cold evening but the fire lamps kept us toasty warm. It was a wonderful date night location for me and my husband.
  16. M

    Midmodgal60

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always! Love the atmosphere, staff, and the food. It’s a true gem and we love it.
  17. JM

    JerryM

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wow ! Amazing Food just perfect in every aspect. Mussels over the top ! Cocktails 🍸 we tried many ….. wine 🍷 a few bottles Flatbreads- main dishes over the top , We brought friends from Sonoma County they loved it all Staff is Amazing. We will be back next month 🍷🍷🍷
  18. T

    Tamar

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, and our server (on 12/14 outside) was great -- super knowledgeable about the menu and the wines. Just the right amount of attentiveness and letting us have our space and time to chat.
  19. f

    foodietraveler

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is amazing. First, their food is excellent. We all ordered different things, and every one of them was terrific. The menu is also so creative - there are some good standards, but also always an unusual item or two (I had a flatbread with cheese inside and an egg on top, kind of hard to explain, from the country of Georgia. It was beyond fabulous. The pear and castelfranco (like raddichio) salad was also unbelievable. They have some unusual wines, too, and some creative cocktails. The service is also so attentive but not overweaning. Really, an excellent experience. We had an end-of-year business dinner there, but it's also great for a date night. I'll be back!!!
  20. AB

    AmelieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food in an intimate setting. Attentive staff that did not intrude on our conversations.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely intimate outdoor seating - amazing service and delicious food.
  22. M

    Matsf

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Everything was perfect except for the lightning… too dark, we had to pull out flashlights to read the menu…or see our food in our plates. Other than that… very good food!
  23. s

    smeep

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great waitress. Great food. The only thing I would change is how close the tables were - on both sides we got looks from the other diners when we moved our chairs in and out
  24. s

    slssf

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is outstanding; even on a rainy night the parklet is kept warm and cozy with standing heating units. This is my go-to destination in Rockridge.
  25. N

    Nativebayarear

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing food
  26. g

    gingembre

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite go-to local restaurants. Does not disappoint. Especially if you love garlicky mussels with hot crispy fries and a glass of wine.
  27. AC

    AlanC

    San Francisco

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience. Friendly, welcoming staff, accommodating our wishes for seating and anticipating our next request. Malia was a genuinely friendly and helpful server. The steak was superb, pre-sliced, with wonderful whipped potatoes and flavorful spinach. The sauce was especially well done. We had to compete with each other when dividing up the last morsel of steak. The mussels were, as “advertised” in reviews, excellent. Plump and fresh, in a fine sauce, I believe it was Pernod. The golden cauliflower soup was also tasty and satisfying. We ordered more than we could safely consume, lol. Take home box was anticipated. We seriously struggled with the desire to order the cheesecake dessert. We really couldn’t do it physically. But it took all of our mutually shared fortitude to resist. Next time, and we order dessert as a starter, ha ha ha! It was a little loud in the back patio, but it wasn’t overbearing, and easily became background sound. It’s been too long since our last visit.
  28. O

    Opensesame

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best mussels!
  29. PA

    PatrickA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Happy Hour Dinner special is always a great call.
  30. JR

    JonR

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    My review is not intended for the general public— I prefer to leave the review for the restaurant only
  31. AB

    AgiB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. Consistently great over 20 years. A favorite. A real treat.
  32. RF

    RoyF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service and ambience.
  33. d

    delightindining

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous bargain....mussels and pomme frite, plus 2 glasses of wine for $40 between 5-7 p (weekdays?) Delicious, perhaps the best mussels I've eaten. Sope it up with sliced baguette. I highly recommend this dish. Overall, a good experience. Will go again.
  34. YR

    YRob

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are never disappointed by A Cote. The food is always excellent, the back patio is cozy, and the service is wonderful.
  35. M

    Mike

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've eaten here for special occasions several times. The food and cocktails have never failed to be anything less than delightful and are often amazing. Nothing about this restaurant has ever been mediocre or disappointing. The atmosphere is somewhat lively with a low-light ambience , the service is very attentive, warm, and friendly, and the dishes/cocktails are reliably creative and just awesome. I sincerely hope they keep it up because we will keep coming here for these experiences.
  36. L

    Localdiner

    New York Area

    223 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    223 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our anniversary. I had the boar and my wife had the branzino. Both were excellent. But what made it a really special meal was the service provided by Maria. Absolutely will return
  37. GG

    GabyG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Soup and entrees were delicious. Steak is outstanding and also the creme bruelee.
  38. Z

    Zinman

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EVERYTHING was outstanding! We had the mussels and frites during Happy Hour. The house wines were decent too! Zinman
  39. l

    lovetoeat

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We sat outside on the street and were well protected from the weather and warm. We enjoyed our choices but were told that they would be paced more slowly and they ended up being served all at once. That said, our server was very patient with us as some ordered dessert while others ordered mains. The branzino and beans is fabulous! Mussel broth is still as good as I remember but the mussels themselves were inconsistent - some super small and others full and flavorful as I recall from years past. Still a place I would recommend for a relaxed meal with friends.
  40. J

    Justin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love A Cote! The food and wine were excellent, but the star of the show is the environment which is perfect to host friends and loved ones. We celebrated a birthday and loved every minute of it.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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

A Cote is rated 4.7 stars by 2668 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for A Cote

5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lawton

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Cuisines

    French, Italian, Mediterranean

  • 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

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