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.
Oakland, CA 94610
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm
$31 to $50
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Camino Ratings and Reviews
Went for valentines eve. No special greeting or decor. Not a flower in the room. Cold atmosphere despite big nice chandeliers. Seats old church pews and chairs - uncomfortable. Simple bordering on austere. Flavors very light - more like perfumes. Grassy, fresh, slightly bitter. Portions small. Food ... good, but nothing spectacular. Service and experience hard edged. Drove from across town for a special evening with my husband. Fine, but disappointing. Would not bother going back.
The food is excellent. The ambiance is very nice, though it can be a little loud. Service is very attentive when they're present, but don't expect to be smothered; it can be a while between visits if they're busy. Wine selection by the glass is very decent, and the cocktails are tasty.
We ordered three of the appetizers, all the sides, two entrees, cocktails, and a bottle of wine. The food was well-prepared and the ingredients impeccable, with some interesting dishes that reflected the season beautifully. I found the "message" of the food disjointed, however, with elements clashing both within each dish and between them. But the service -- or lack of it -- really disrupted the experience, to the extent that the timing of the food coming to the table was off and parts of the dishes were cold.
I really appreciate Camino's no-tipping policy; I believe in paying all the staff a fair wage. But the staff seemed both untrained and uninterested in serving customers. We had looooooong waits for our drinks, our wine, and between courses (even though the restaurant was at most 2/3 full), with too much food coming at once. It was nearly impossible to flag our server down, and we had to notify other passing servers of our needs, which didn't feel right to me.
I would not return to Camino without assurance that the menu had been made more assertive and cohesive, and the service had improved -- a disappointment, if not on all counts.
The reason I did not give a better rating was due to the couples next to us. We sat at a long table with other people which I don't mind but the two gentlemen sitting across next to my husband were so loud that at the end of an hour and a half I had heard nothing but them all night.
My husband and I took an out-of-town friend to Camino for dinner. We really enjoyed the experience of eating there and loved the ambiance of the restaurant. However at the end of the meal, when we were thinking about favorite dishes, we realized that none of us thought any of the dishes really stood out. Overall, good experience, good concept, but less memorable food than I would have expected.
was there for 2 hours and was only served 1 salad and 2 apps. Ordered the entire menu. No one ever came over to check on us!!! I chose Camino over many others for my birthday. Have been there many times. We were with friends. Will be a miracle if we ever go back. My husband spoke to owner/chef and he didn't even acknowledge him!!! Wow!!!
Everything was amazing. The food was incredible. Coworker gave me a gift card for christmas, and i was thinking i would have never thought to go in until she did, but im so glad we had the opportunity now. Such an amazing balance of flavors and incredibly fun decor without being tacky. Definetly recommending around to friends!
Despite our keen disappointment that weather prevented the crab fleet from delivering a long-anticipated Crabby Monday menu, we enjoyed our evening. Delicious and inventive cocktails, the quail and the persimmon cake were highlights. Atmosphere was relaxed and cozy on this Monday night.
With a menu that small (3 entree choices) you really expect perfection in each dish, while the food was really good, it fell a little short. The whole rockfish was prepared really well and the presentation was great, the small plate of boiled potatoes it was served with was kind of sad.
Another small issue was the seating. We are not picky about seating at all and even sometimes enjoy getting a “different perspective” of the restaurant, but if you seat someone next to a computer terminal then servers should probably take the extra step to not bump or brush into the back of your seat (or head...) every time they use the machine.
Camino is usually great, but this was an overpriced, undercooked and too-tiny meal. I don't know what is happening at Camino. We ordered plenty of food, but left hungry and grumpy about the meal. Our waiter was great, and we were able to stay at the table for longer than usual because they weren't full. Sadly, I am crossing it off my faves list.
We've eaten at Camino many times. The food is excellent and the restaurant is very attractive. The only criticism I have is that if you order a cocktail, it takes a really long time for it to be served. The restaurant wasn't crowded at all and yet we waited about 20 minutes for our cocktails after ordering them - there are other times where we've waited 30 minutes for them. The cocktails showed up at about the same time as our first course. It happens every time we eat there. It's not a big deal. The food is always really good and the restaurant is very attractive.
I brought a friend here for his birthday and were given a quiet table as requested, so conversation was easy. The half crab was really flavorful and I had the trumpet mushroom packet, which was divine, and enough to take some home for breakfast. Our dessert arrived with a candle, as also requested when I made my Open Table reservation. It was a perfect, low key, delicious celebration. Thanks to the great wait staff for pitch perfect service.
I liked this place. I liked the menu options. The vegetarian main course was fantastic. The chicken was a little dry but good. The hostes was not very welcoming, my husband and I were all giggly enjoying our date night, to find this very serious person at the reception. The waitress was great though. Fun to order the half crab. But I think those will be only as the season lasts. Great new cocktails and house made sodas.
Thoroughly disappointing meal for New Year’s Eve. Except for our beef, every course was bland and lukewarm. We were all underwhelmed. Our dinner was over $700 for four. It felt like a rip-off! This restaurant should and could be SO much better...good ingredients...good ambiance, but the food is just not flavorful enough. At those prices, every bite should be an “ah ha” moment. Hey, guys, up your game!
My husband and I have made Camino a holiday-season stop for a couple of years now. The restaurant was charmingly decorated for the season. Our meals (and cocktails) have been lovingly and excellently prepared and presented. We each had the oyster appetizer and the duck breast entree on a recent visit and were delighted with our choices. The duck breast in particular was delicious. High marks for inventive food, beautifully executed.
It's $200 for two people to enjoy a cocktail, share a moderately priced bottle from the well-chosen list, and each order a starter and a main but no dessert. Which is a lot for me, so I don't do it often, and am careful when I do. I know Camino will always have something I want to eat, even on a compact menu with just three mains and an small array of starters and sides. The fact that almost every dish has one or more components grilled on an open fire is a signature of the place, and it's anything but gratuitous: This is grilling on a level that Weber can't even conceive of. Though the setting is not, I imagine, to everyone's taste (are you okay sitting at refectory tables at these prices?), it's perfect for this yupscale swath of Oaktown. The welcome is hospitable, the bartenders expert, the servers attentive and well-informed. Finally, while menu prices are indeed high, they include service (i.e. no tipping required) and also conform with local living-wage standards.
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