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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 been consistently good every time I've been there. In mild to slightly bracing weather, the semi-outdoor patio in back is an intimate feeling and aesthetically pleasing dining space. The bar is lively, but not too loud or raucous, and the main dining space does not feel cramped. The service is excellent, and the "wine flight" wine menu is fun and an easy way to explore wines from less well known sources. The food is good, but not stellar. I appreciate that the chefs are always doing something a little different along with their standard menu items. For me, this is a good spot for a more casual date or dinner with friends. I value the comfortable setting, relative quiet that allows conversation, and quality service.
Wednesday night, the restaurant was slow at first (6:30), then picked up. SErver was friendly and happy to let us set the pace for our meal. Recommended an interesting bottle of wine (of course, they have nothing but interesting bottles at A Cote). Meal was good, but I've had better nights at A Cote. Cheese board was lovely. Overall, this is one of our favorite neighborhood places.
Not being carb loaders, we skipped the fries and flatbread pizzas in favor of soup, salad, and meats. A Cote's 'small plates' are generally on the large size altho a few are truly starter-sized. Soups are always good and arugula salad was lovely. Croquetas were fab, the meatballs so much better than Marzano's version (but a starch is needed for that lovely sauce). Gnocchi was very good, croque monsieur average. Merguez w/lentils would have been a winner but sausage had no heat. Flatiron steak was a disaster-poor quality, gristle-y meat ruined the dish. Desserts too heavy for such hearty food, and quality is so-so (ice cream had ice crystals but no flavor). Pick your way carefully thru the menu and you'll be happy.
We have eaten here twice and had excellent experiences on both occasions. They have a very unusual wine list and I have easily found something I like and never tasted before. Myself and 3 others shared a variety of small plates which surprisingly leaves one satisfied and not stuffed. I am a big man and usually I like quantity as well as quality but here I find that quality and variety satisfies. The mussels are outstanding. Also the flatbread and the meatballs. The only thing we ordered that disappointed was the chopped salad which was tiny for the price and lacked character. The atmosphere is pleasant and unhurried. The wait staff varies, that is to say there is a main person and different people may serve you. I will surely return.
Menu: Limited, but a fair range of choices - e.g. there's one entree with red meat to choose from, one with fish, etc.
Food: Perfectly prepared.
Ordered: Mussels and pommes-frites to start. Mussels were nice, great sauce (lots of garlic) - wish they'd given us some more bread to sop it up. Could probably have asked for it, didn't. Pommes-frites were crispy, well-seasoned, the aioli was also very good. Entrees: Bacon&apple flatbread, flat-iron steak. Flatbread was great (good bacon made it), and the steak was perfectly cooked. The sauce accompanying the steak (porcini) was stellar, as were the green beans (some special variety), and marble potatoes.
Dessert: Pumpkin seed cake. Great.
Atmosphere: Found a romantic corner.
Very good food and service last Saturday night. Mixed greens with pomegranate was refreshing; meatballs were excellent and was the swordfish; I thought the lamb skewers were so-so,but I was in the minority at my table. Be sure to save room for dessert, so delicious.
We were running early and the staff at Acote was able and willing to accomodate us -- and still give us a great table. The food was great! The wine list is always very interestingly different from other restaurants. Our server was able to help us identify a wine we had enjoyed there several months ago. I recommend this restaurant highly.
A Cote was good. Wine list was eclectic, but our wine was good. Food was good. Perhaps a tiny bit overpriced, we ended up spending quite a lot. But I would certainly go back there if invited. One nit with opentable: I tried to get a table for six at a cote and could not through your site. But once we were there I saw that there was plenty of empty space. The restaurant even sat our table of four at a table of six. If our third couple had been able to come I would have had to switch restaurants, even though there was plenty of space in reality. Wasting my time and losing A Cote some business.
The food was great (altho the famous frites are overhyped), the service professional and friendly, the wine list is always interesting (good place to put yourself in the waitstaff's hands for a recommendation), and the street-front tables with the windows open were great.
The ambiance was terrible, It is very badly lit with black walls. I felt like I needed a flashlight to see my friend across the table from me. The server was not knowledgable nor friendly, when we asked if the flatbread was a good portion for sharing he told us some people could but some couldn't!!?
When I asked him about a medium to full bodied red wine like a rioja, he told me he recommended one saying it was comparable to a Pinot noir, now any wine drinker will know a Pinot is like water compared to a Rioja! Besides all this the food was okay and
nothing wow'd us. The "fig flatbread" was basically an overbooked oily pizza, the gnocchi was bland and the rest was not even memorable!
After we finished our meal my wife and I simultaneously said the meal was "tasty". As understated as that may seem it is very appropriate. One might go so far that it is "eloquently tasty". The sauces were just right; neither over bearing or wanting; just right.
The service too, was "just right". We never had the feeling of "neglect" but neither were we over coddled.
Robert C. Lang
Wow. Wow. Wow. Great food. Wonderful little gems salad. The mussels in pernod is a signature dish and not to be missed. The guinea hen is really good and the cherry tomato salad that comes with it is remarkable. The menu changes regularly but the quality of the food is a constant.
Everything we ordered was just OK. The fries were fine, but the dipping sauce was kinda gross. The lentils were unremarkable, the eggplant pizza was again, unremarkable. We also shared a lobster appetizer, but honestly did not even taste the lobster- such a waste!
The cheese was wonderfully tastey but only 4 tiny slices of cheese really was disappointing. Everything on the cheese plate was plentiful, too bad we ran out of cheese to taste with.
The service was excellent.
Overall, my exerience was just eh. I wouldn't bother coming here again.
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