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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.

5478 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,



Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Lawton

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 655-6469

Website:
http://www.acoterestaurant.com/

Public Transit:
Rockridge Bart station 3 blocks north of the restaurant

Executive Chef:
Matthew Colgan

Private Party Facilities:
Please call the restaurant for details.

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Tapas (16)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2010

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2010

I enjoyed the food but the noise level in the restaurant by 6:30 pm was really loud. Aren't there any good restaurants where you don't have to shout at each other without having to pay outrageous prices?!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2010

A definite gem of a restaurant find that should be a part of any foodies Bay Area gastronomic odyssey

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2010

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2010

A return diner many times. Loved every meal and have not been disappointed yet. Also love their beer selection, esp Delirim Tremens Belgium beer.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2010

Service far better than in the past. Food a bit uneven but still good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2010

Delicious foods and interesting selection choices Hard to pick three or four. Dessert, coupe a cote, was scrumptious.
Will definitely go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2010

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2010

Love our neigborhood find. Great feel and yummy food. If you are in the mood for French without the fuss, then a perfect place.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2010

Food was fabulous! Extensive wine list, server very knowledgeable of wines. Have done large client parties out on the patio with GREAT food and flawless service. A must!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2010

Very nice. Lots of dishes that were easy to share. Service was excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2010

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2010

We had a fantastic tapas style dinner after a very long day of traveling! Thanks so much for a fantastic meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2010

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2010

The food was spotty. The crab cake was ok, a bit pasty. The swordfish EXCELLENT, but the tapenade was nothing special, and the potatoes tasted instant. The ricotta fritters were great.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2010

For the first time in over eight years it was not as good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2010

A fabulous 10th Anniversary celebration.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2010

Consistently a great experience in the wonderful Rockridge District.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2010

Most excellent meal and great service. Very enjoyable evening.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2010

The menu is too limited. Food overrated.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 8, 2010

Very good overall, limited menu, but small plates concept grows on one after experiencing. Good assistance with choice of items.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2010

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2010

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2010

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2010

A Cote is probably our favority RockRidge restaurant. Great setting: intimate, somewhat romantic. Great food; never been disappointed and have been there many, many times.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2010

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2010

Very good food and service. One of my favorite places to eat.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2010

We ate out back, so it was not noisy. Indoors the rating would be a "energetic". Our waiter was fabulous. He steered in in all the right directions and hence we had a wonderful meal where you could taste everything. Highly recommend!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2010

Lovely== sat outside at the end of a large table. Excellent food, nice European wine list.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2010

Food was okay (nothing to brag about) but I thought the service was really good. Great location!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2010

Lovely bites of food. We will be going back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2010

Tiny little neighborhood joint. Our meal was memorable. The mussels were OUTSTANDING! Worth going out of your way for...but if you do, call ot make sure they have some cuz we tried to go again and they were all out.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2010

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2010

A Cote is a dineing experience like no other. The alure of the friendly and vibrant bar scene is mixed with secluded dining locations throughout the main floor. A must for foodies and do try the backyard outdoor dining scene.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2010

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2010

The outdoor dining was terrific, really a fun dinner. Food and wine were very fine. We were a group of 8. Service was thoughtful and quick. The food is great too.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2010

Always one of my favorite places. Between the food and the friendly, efficient staff, a Cote never disappoints.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2010

Every dish was excellent, service was solid, and atmosphere was appropriate to the food - sophisticated but friendly and flavorful.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2010

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2010

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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