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About Camino

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.

3917 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian

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

Cross Street:
Sunnyslope Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 547-5035

Website:
http://www.caminorestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Russell Moore

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

73% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (28)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Good for a Date (25)
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Creative Cuisine (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Special Occasion (21)
Local Ingredients (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Healthy (16)
Romantic (16)
Fun (16)
Seasonal (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Authentic (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Casual (12)
Cozy (11)
Organic (11)
Business Meals (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
People Watching (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Great Beer (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Laughable portions. Unimaginative food. Spotty service. Should have believed the other reviewers. Won’t be back.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Great food and service with friendly atmosphere, perfect for a group of friends and family.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Fun, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined 6 days ago

Overrated. The food was just ok for the prices. (Even keeping in mind that you don't tip the servers presumably because they are paid a living wage.)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Made the reservations for Valentine’s Day . The ambiance was great. The food was ok ... definitely wasn’t good enough to justify the price. The community style seating let us know that we weren’t alone in our feelings on the dining experience .

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Had the family together from LA & NY and we had a very nice Sunday Supper. Several orders of the Duck and whole Rock Cod. Could not have been nicer. Thank you all for your gracious hospitality. Hope to hit a Crab Monday soon. Brian

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was not that great for the price and the portions were too small.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Caminos is prompt in having the table available at the time of the reservation. It's amazing that they can do that in 15 minute increments.
I enjoyed the beet salad. The duck was delicious.
An enjoyable time

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Kid-friendly, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Top notch as always. Crab was all time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, People Watching, Fun, Healthy, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing food, delicious cocktails. Quality and effort put into food is top notch!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Russell's food is always remarkable, in both ingredients and cooking; his simple is never simple.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Such delight! Love Camino. <3

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Incomparable food, gorgeous dining room, heartfelt service. Worth every penny and more.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Organic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The January Monday crab night was incredible. I've never tasted crab that delicious in my life. The waitress was super attentive but not overwhelming, and the ambiance was lovely.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Really enjoyed our first trip here. Great appetizers, flat breads and wine list. Interesting cocktails. Superb service with no tipping policy.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I've been to Camino before and was always pleased. This time the price did not match the specialness of the meal. It was $$$$ and the meal was good = ***.
Plus, there are only 3 entrees. They worked for us but it seems limited.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was good. Service was great. Limited menu but changes often.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Delicious meal, flavorful cocktails and great service. Still prefer a private table to communal seating, but did not deter from the overall experience.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Extremely noisy! At the end of the night, I felt my voice getting hoarse from having to shout across the table to talk to my dinner companion. However, for those duck lovers who missed Bay Wolf, this is your spot.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great for a date night or special occasion. Really delicious food and amazing cocktails. It seems a bit pricey but they pay their staff well & do not accept tips as a result. Do it for a nice night out!

Tags: Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Consistently very fine, healthy dining! Excellent service, the staff is very knowledgeable about the food and the wine list!

Tags: Vegan, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was sub par and way too expensive for what we got. We were definitely disappointed in our experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I still like this place quite a bit. Don't think the execution for NYE pre-fixe was great. But the staff was nice despite being slammed. Cocktails were tasty.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Organic, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was great, server was excellent, wine was perfectly paired... price was not bad for what it was. great!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We love the food. But the noise level is horrible. You end up shouting at the person across the table from you when the restaurant is reasonably full😩

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