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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

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (37)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Good for a Date (33)
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Creative Cuisine (29)
Special Occasion (29)
Cozy (26)
Romantic (25)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Notable Wine List (24)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Tapas (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Casual (13)
Fun (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Authentic (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Hot Spot (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Seasonal (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
People Watching (6)
Worth the Drive (5)
Great Beer (4)
Healthy (4)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Always like coming to A Côté. Service was fine but could use a little more knowledge and energy. Still look forward to coming again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I've been going to A Cote for about fifteen years, and I must say, they've kept up with the times. A neighborhood gem!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Fun
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

I really enjoyed the restaurant for a birthday celebration it was very festive the offerings were very mixed and all the licious prices were a little higher than I anticipated. The dessert was fabulous

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great selection of food and wine. Service is excellent - everyone is so friendly and helpful!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Lovely back room which was much more quiet and intimate than the front side of the house. Service was a bit slow and somewhat rushed - but still polite and attentive.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Acote never disappoints! Always bring my nephew when he is in town.

Tags: Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Good food and service. Very intriguing atmosphere. Quite dark, and you need candles to read the menu. Interesting and different wine list. We liked the Italian white that our server recommended.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Neighborhood gem. Cozy, popular. Food really delicious.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Nice place, decent food. Seemed overpriced for what you got and where it is. But still a good meal.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great Beer, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Delicious food - yummy pomme frites, unique flatbreads , comfortable setting, helpful friendly service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Lovely place. Service is very attentive but not at all stuffy. The food is a great synergy of classic things such as steak and pommes frites together with innovation and creativity. I love everything I eat here and the wine list is just fantastic.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I like the mussels and frites and they were delicious, as always.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

A Cote is a long time favorite of ours. The food and service is predictably spectacular. We have spent many special times with our friends and family here as well as quiet celebrations for just the two of us.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Been going there over 10 years. Very dependable quality establishment!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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!

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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).

Tags: Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Enjoyed the restaurant and the service. The menu has small plates and regular entrees so you order what is right for your you or your group. Mussels are a nice starter.

Tags: Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Particularly enjoyed patio dining area. Excellent suggestions by the waiter

Tags: Tasting Menu, Healthy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

A great little spot in Oakland. The variety of small plates was impressive and everything we shared was very tasty. Enjoyed the cocktails and wine selection.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Tapas
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

A very enjoyable experience. Good food, good service. They would do well by turning up the lights a little. It was fairly dark even with candles on the table.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We ordered the mussels and cobb salad to start. The salad was really great. We both had the steak --- it was amazing. It's a cozy spot.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful meal. Every dish delivered, and the pacing and variety were great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Fun evening

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I wish pate were a staple on their menu, it’s a shame b/c we go there crossing fingers hoping that it will be on the menu but sadly we have to wait until another season. Love the cocktails and mussels. My favorite place in Rockridge.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The dish I carefully vetted as gluten-free was not. I was ill the next day and tested my left-overs with the NIMA, which resulted in a GLUTEN FOUND report.

The food tasted good; the service was good, but the representation of the food was not good.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Came to celebrate my birthday. Never do they disappoint here. Delicious as always.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Delicious roast quail and a lovely Georgian wine to go with. Delightful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

A Cote is our favorite neighborhood spot for consistently delicious food, great drinks, and friendly, professional service. 5 stars!

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Á Cote is a great spot for fine dining and a deliciously unique wine list!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Terrific service. Great food
Creative, wine from Hungary was very good
Desert was terrific

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

À Côté never fails to impress, even with the simplest of dishes. They make dining an experience for the senses. Let the skilled waitstaff help you choose from the very eclectic wine list and linger over your food. This is not a place where you're rushed out the door. I adore it.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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