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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
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.
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).
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