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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

Fit for Foodies (39)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Good for a Date (35)
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Creative Cuisine (34)
Special Occasion (30)
Romantic (28)
Notable Wine List (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Cozy (25)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Tapas (18)
Casual (15)
Authentic (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Fun (12)
Seasonal (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Healthy (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
People Watching (6)
Great Beer (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Organic (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Business Meals (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (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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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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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We came to A Cote during 2017 restaurant week and had a top notch delicious dinner with great service, great cocktails, and great wine (one of the best gnocchi dishes of my life). I came back last Friday, the 6th, hoping for a similar experience for my boyfriend's 36th birthday and we both left feeling underwhelmed. I had the Martini Napoletana, which was just ... not good or balanced in any way. Maybe it would've benefited from using olive juice, instead of olive bitters, and a bit more tomato-y tasting tomato water. We RARELY send things back (X is a bartender and we're not picky eaters), but that drink ended up going back to the bar.. I forgot to check if it was charged on our $170 bill. X had the Queen of Thorns cocktail, which he said just reminded him of an unbalanced old fashioned instead of a unique cocktail in its own right -- not TERRIBLE.. The mussels broth was extremely salty, but our server gave us 2 white wines to pair with it that we both enjoyed..Little more butter, garlic, and lemon would've made it just right.. My rigatoni was bland, but well prepared, and while his flat iron steak, greens, and potatoes were very tasty (especially the buttery potatoes), we both found it odd that his meal came served crammed onto such a tiny appetizer-sized plate. The red wines that were brought out to pair with our main dishes were also very good. The host was very nice. Our server was great. She was accommodating, patient, and made good suggestions. At the risk of sounding bratty, I was also sort of hoping that my mentioning X's birthday to the host and to our server (plus the birthday gift bag sitting on the chair next to me) would result in a surprise dessert and candle brought out to our table, but I guess closed mouths don't get fed!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Been there 20+ times over many years Eclectic menu, consistently delicious. We always order the mussels in pernot broth, flank steak, pomme frit, and fish. Suggest you go with friends so you can share all the wonderful dishes. STILL one of the very best restaurants in the Bay Area. Oh, great bar and superb service.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and good service. The perfect place to share a variety of dishes. Good options for gluten free and vegetarians

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

If this was my first visit I would not be returning. Wait staff "our waiter" was more than a little "spacey". The food was definitely sub par. I used to look forward to dining here. Not anymore .

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Had a lovely birthday meal. The food was outstanding, but I really have to mention how great the service was! Our server was great at suggesting dishes, and all the staff were extremely helpful and attentive without being intrusive. We will definitely be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Everything worked well. We had a reservation and they were ready for us. Had a lovely seat by the window. Waiter very nice and helpful….I asked too many questions but he didn't act at all like he thought so. Food was delicious -- really good. Wanted to try dessert but too full. I'll be back.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Fun, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great food and welcoming atmosphere. The food was great but we couldn't enjoy the presentation fully cuz it was so dark!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great experience from the start. The host was accommodating to us arriving early for our reservation and welcomed us to have a drink at the bar while we waited. The food and drinks were excellent! Our server's recommendations were perfect, including the wine rec. Definitely recommend sitting on the patio if you can, the ambiance is great. Stand out dishes: chanterelle and corn fritters, and the Coupe A Cote for dessert!

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

As always, we ordered the mussels and pomme frites right away. And then some other stuff, salads, the gazpacho (excellent!), white bean soup.

The mussels didn't come. They still didn't come. Finally after both tables beside us had consumed their mussels and departed, we inquired.

"Oh, the kitchen is busy tonight." Yeah, right. He just forgot to put in the order. So he got a nice tip because we had a big meal, but he gets ZERO kudos online. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. PS. The Vespolina was nice. Thanks for the suggestion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

A Cote is a hidden gem in the Bay Area dining scene. You don't hear much a out it but it is a very, very good restaurant. The food is first rate. I've never had anything but a great meal there. The mussels are outstanding and so we're the meatballs and the sea bass. The only thing I'd change is that it is incredibly dark in there. Highly recommended!

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·Dined on September 12, 2017

It was the perfect place, for a perfect date! My husband's birthday! I love the fact that we were seated in a cozy little corner! It was certainly romantic and fun! We shared our food together and we agreed that we will definitely be back! After so many years of being married...we still enjoy our cozy and romantic dinners together! Thank you for making it an even more special night!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We took my nephew and his new wife out to dinner. They live in San Francisco and eat out frequently so I wanted a place that would impress them. A Cote was perfect. The service was lo-key, the food fantastic. We really appreciated how quiet it was on the back patio so we could enjoy talking. We did not feel rushed to clear out. It was a perfect evening and my nephew was impressed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Have been to A Cote periodically over the years and had always counted on it for decent food, reasonable prices and good atmosphere. Unfortunately I won't be back after the last visit. The food was mediocre and in small portions. I also thought the wine and cocktail listings a bit limited. Sorry to say goodbye to what had been an easy option for dinner in the past.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Excellent service and food. Recommend that you request a table at the back patio. Much nicer than the noisy front room. Delicious mussels and hanger steak.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Really nice place for a date. Have a lot of different natural wines that change often. Will be going back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Enjoyable experience. Very friendly wait staff. Some problem with the kitchen ..?? Service was uneven/slow. Wine list um... eclectic. Featuring wine from Slovenia, etc. Who knew, Slovenian wine? Not me. Anyway, we had fun and food was v. decent. Will def be back

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

It was a warm night. We wanted to restaurant with good outdoor dining and a cozy ambience; A Cote filled the bill. Our waiter was knowledgeable and in obtrusive. The food was very good. The high points were the muscles and the lobster mushroom flatbread. The only slight initial "miss" was the caprese salad- The tomatoes were tasteless. The wine list is very interesting with offerings you seldom see.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great food with great service. It was a bit dark but that was what they were trying to achieve.

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