Permanently Closed - Camino

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2658 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday, Monday, Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Closed Tuesday & Wednesday
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Phone number
(510) 547-5035
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Russell Moore
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sunnyslope Avenue
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5
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OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Goodbye Camino

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

W
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

NB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

ML
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

GW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Order everything on the menu.

RS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Treated like royalty

LW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MS
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Disappointingly bland. Very expensive for what is offered. Not impressed.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

MW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

PK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

c
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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!

D
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

c
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

JL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

SF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

l
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

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.

L
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

JE
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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!

MK
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

They had tasty quail on the menu.

SP
Sacramento
48 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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.

NJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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

P
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

B
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! We will miss Camino but still have The Kebabery !

A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

LG
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Will miss this place! Thank you for 10 great years of dining experiences!

j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

e
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

C
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

I
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

s
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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