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Camino - Permanently Closed

4.6
4.6
2658 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
After working at Chez Panisse for over 20 years, Russell Moore opened this warm and rustic restaurant in the Grand Lake area of Oakland. Inspired by traditional home cooking in France, Italy and Spain most of the dishes served at the restaurant are cooked at the restaurant’s prominent fireplace or wood burning oven. A small, decisive, daily changing menu reflects the seasons, the region and the restaurant’s commitment to small farms. Camino offers a specialized cocktail menu using the same carefully sourced ingredients as the kitchen.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday, Monday, Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

  • Phone number

    (510) 547-5035

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Russell Moore

  • Private party facilities

    We accommodate parties up to 30 at a single table. We also offer the option to buy out the restaurant for special occasions.

  • Private party contact

    Allison: (510) 547-5035

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Cross street

    Sunnyslope Avenue

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,658 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Goodbye Camino
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Camino has been my go to restaurant several times a year, it was close to my home, the food service drinks all of what they offered remained consistently excellent year over year never had a bad meal there will miss it very much
  3. W

    Will

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’re so sad that our neighborhood favorite is closing. We had such a special evening and everything - from the special gin drink to the sesame seed ice cream with medjool dates - was delicious.
  4. NB

    NancyB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So incredibly sad that Camino is closing. It's been one of our favorites for years. So classy, so unique and unusual. A decor that lifts your spirits no matter what. It will be GREATLY missed.
  5. CC

    CaseyC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food here was so incredible I'm so heart broken that they're closing. The Dungeness crab was so mindblowingly good!
  6. ML

    MartinL

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Camino is a restaurant I passed by on my way to work and about which I had read a bit. I kept telling myself I should try it some day, but given the prices, I waited for a special occasion. When I learned it was closing, I realized it was now or never. It was the best meal out I've had since moving to the Bay area two and a half years ago. I arrived ahead of my booking and had a one of their excellent cocktails at the bar while waiting for my table. The food and the service were exceptional. Food enthusiasts should hurry before it closes!
  7. GW

    GabeW

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Order everything on the menu.
  8. RS

    RobinS

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Treated like royalty
  9. LW

    LizW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of Oakland's finest. Sad to see it go but really grateful for my experiences there over the years.
  10. MS

    MSAB

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Disappointingly bland. Very expensive for what is offered. Not impressed.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pork loin was incredible but the octopus has fewer pieces than desired. Overall the seasoning was incredibly well done! Really tasty well prepared food with the unique oven experience and flavors.
  12. JK

    JasonK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Just an amazing, creative, vibrant restaurant. . .been going frequently for 10 years and can honestly say I've never had a bad experience
  13. MW

    MikeW

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very good experience, warm, friendly people, good cocktails, food, etc. Really liked the community style dining.
  14. PK

    PaulK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu was like a Greatest Hits!! Crab and Lamb were fantastic. So sad to see the run end but thanks!!!
  15. c

    carpaccio

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I went for the first time a couple weeks before the restaurant closed, and it was amazing, particularly the cocktails and baked oysters. I went a second time before it closed, and it just wasn't as amazing as the first time around. Regardless, this place will be missed!
  16. D

    Dontwantanickname

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So sad they are closing. We had the crab dinner which is always so delicious, and the aioli really compliments the crab. Cocktails were delicious as was the dessert.
  17. c

    cathys

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous place - so sorry that they are closing. We will miss Camino - especially the Monday dinners. Crabby Monday in particular, Steak Monday and others. They were quick to host wonderful fundraisers when the political climate tanked with the current presidential administration and they were leaders.
  18. C

    Chase

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The Camino cookbook was such a refreshing read and completely inspired me to want to check this restaurant out. You can tell this Chef does not compromise with regards to the quality of his ingredients. Happy to have had the opportunity to dine here and it’s unfortunate that this place is closing soon, that fire will be missed.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    So sad that Camino is closing! We had to get one last meal in. Will remember Camino as one of my all time favorite restaurants. Fare thee well.
  20. J

    Jackie

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2018

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Great unique place, will be a huge loss to lose it. This night food served not quite hot enough. Staff seemed distracted. I ama regular.
  21. SF

    SFgrayhair

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A one of a kind restaurant, where the chef touches every plate (aa opposed to jetting in once a quarter). High concept, high execution food, good value for the quality offered. Interesting well curated wine list. I regret they plan to close.
  22. l

    lovepickles

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    The food was not as amazing as I remember it being, perhaps indicating that after 10 years it is time to hang it up. It was still quite good, but relied too heavily on bitter greens for flavor and in some cases (escarole paired with mushrooms) the bitterness overwhelmed subtler flavors. We were seated next to an extraordinarily self indulgent and loud-mouthed old Berkeley woman (guessing based on her self-presentation) who was so obnoxious she nearly ruined my meal.
  23. L

    Lilees

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The restaurant is beautifully decorated. Love the dried fruit chandeliers and tinned ceilings. Also the long tables. The cooking area with wood fire is amazing. Food was delish though a couple of things were unusual - the pork loin “salad” LOL w/no greenery. The giant pork crackling was too much. The squid, duck confit, trumpet mushroom packet were wonderful. The petrale sole was lacking something. The wait staff was great. There when you wanted them and not when you didn’t. Helpful and attentive. Really like that the tip was included in the prices.
  24. JE

    JaneE

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've always liked Camino for its ambiance, grill and knowledgable service. I am really sorry that it's closing in December.
  25. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2018

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    When making reservation I mentioned the evening was a celebration and stated the reason for the celebration. NO ONE at Camino mentioned the Celebration at all! Near end of meal I mentioned this to the maitre de, who checked at Reception and said they forgot. Terrible!
  26. MK

    McKFCbellbox

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    They had tasty quail on the menu.
  27. SP

    SactoPerson

    Sacramento

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my birthday and said farewell to this lovely restaurant which we have all attended many times in the years it has been open. We will miss the daily menus and always innovative and fresh food, as well as the pleasant setting and excellent service.
  28. s

    sss135

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2018

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    It was my first visit to Camino but I wasn't impressed. We arrived earlier than our reservation time but weren't seated until 15 minutes after the reservation. Once seated, service was very slow. We ordered, were given a 'snack' of 2 half radishes, and then waited & waited for our meal. The food itself was good, but nothing outstanding.
  29. NJ

    NancyJ

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Sorry to hear that it's closing! I've enjoyed it for years.
  30. P

    Parttimelocal

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about Camino is wonderful. Too bad they are closing the restaurant in December. Go before then!
  31. B

    Brian

    San Francisco

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great! We will miss Camino but still have The Kebabery !
  32. A

    Am243am

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The most amazing and delicious food I have eaten in a long while. It was fresh, cooked just right to let nature shine. I am so sad that they are closing - I love Camino
  33. LG

    LetsGoNancyJo

    Central Coast

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Will miss this place! Thank you for 10 great years of dining experiences!
  34. j

    johns

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m going to miss it when it’s gone. Food was perfect. We got everything on the menu for four of us.
  35. e

    epernay

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Why are you leaving us? Camino has been around for 10 years and we loved coming here for creative food. I loved the matches too.
  36. C

    Candidabell

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Adventurous and absolutely delicious. Will be sad to see this place go and wish we would have tried it sooner! Everything we ate was delectable.
  37. I

    Itsjustfood

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Creative food and great value. Eh gad how I hate the tediousness of most reviews. Simply put the restaurant reveals the outcome of years of dining innovations in Berkeley/Oakland.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perhaps the best meal we’ve ever had at Camino - they are going out on top.
  39. DN

    DanielN

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2018

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    I was unhappy with the meat. It was overcooked and way too chewy. I brought this to the attention of the waitress and she apologized, but offered no alternatives.
  40. s

    smulkmeniskas

    Palm Springs

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent but some of the main portions were a bit small. Service was good but a little slow & inattentive at times.

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Camino - Permanently Closed is rated 4.6 stars by 2658 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Sunnyslope Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday, Monday, Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

  • Cuisines

    Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Russell Moore

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 547-5035

  • Private party facilities

    We accommodate parties up to 30 at a single table. We also offer the option to buy out the restaurant for special occasions.

  • Private party contact

    Allison: (510) 547-5035

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