Camino is reason enough to venture over to Oakland. Wood-fired California food done right.
Interesting menu focused on wood fired grill,
The food was OK but not for such high price level, 38$ for pork leg ?....
This was our first time here, and we eat out a lot, and are used to the costs at expensive,
high-end restaurants. However, this was a brutal experience. The menu offered very few choises. Perhaps 4 entres. The first thing we noticed was the price of a glass of wine, $14.
Stunned, we went ahead and ordered. I had the pork roast and it was delicious. Bill had the
Sand Dabs. They were good, but he had to struggle with the bones. I finally gave him some of my dinner. All I can say, is be aware!!!! This is not a good value. I said to Bill, this is the kind of
place you want to stop at a McDonalds on the way home.
Amazing food and great service, we will be back!!
Tiny portions and quite pricey. Menu too limited. Steak was completely inedible , fatty and impossible to chew through, but they were nice about it and took it back. Can't imagine how anyone could eat that and steak was the special that night. Friend had fish, very salty and cooked lettuce not much of an accompaniment. Had better meals here in the past. Oh well.
Creative California cuisine and cocktails. The best dish was the slow cook duck and baked oysters. The least liked was the rock fish. Dessert was fantastic and the ambience was fun.
We have been to Camino many times and love to go there for special events, like a birthday or anniversary. We have consistently had incredible meals there in the past. This was not the case this Sunday evening. The food was bland, the salad tasteless, the fish not special, the mushroom cauliflower vegetable mix bland. We were really surprised. The dessert was good. The service was also not up to it's regular excellent status. All in all, it was a very expensive dinner, and we (the four of us) were all disappointed. I feel for restaurants who fall short one night and get a bad review, especially like this one, which is so consistently great. But we felt it was necessary to leave this review.
Have had better meals at Camino in past. Our guests were decidedly not impressed, but we appreciate what owners here are doing and will try again soon. Small portions, sometimes too 'precious' ($2/ea for small 5"flatbread, seems a bit pricey...)and service had a far too laid back attitude.
Excellent, interesting food. Appreciate no-tipping policy. Server was attentive without being intrusive and allowed us to pace ourselves; there was no rush to turn over our table. One of the best restaurants I've been to in the last couple of years. Look forward to going back.
I had the Rockfish as my main entree and it was outstanding!
Haven’t been back since we went several times in the first few years it was open. Drinks and portions really small and prices even more out of proportion. We are not big eaters of big portions but just way too expensive for what they were serving.
Good food. Great atmosphere. Good service. Noisy
One of the best restaurants in the Bay Area
Again, interesting & gourmet & yummy food....BUT still pretty mediocre & slow service...servers "not allowed" to get TIPS, soooo wayyy tooo lackadaisical or just sedated on something?
No one in restaurant at opening @ 5:30 so no other orders before us or backups. Our entree was done by chef & placed by her on kitchen counter for a FEW MINUTES before a "runner" saw it & dropped folding her napkins to bring our food to us. I saw it & just stared, I would have gotten it myself in a min or 2 more. Our waiter no where to be found 1/2 the meal. Who cares about fast & GREAT service when NO TIP received or allowed by Owner Russell to motivate fast & GREAT service? Wake up Russell...times are changing.
Great foodie experience like always, but worsening service!
Bad & sad.
I have eaten here several times but this was an exceptional meal. We came on Mother’s Day which is a good day to avoid most of the time. We had nine dishes total and I would recommend any of them. King trumpet main course, duck salad, baked oysters with fennel and incredible desserts. Go here any chance you get. Portions are small so don’t bring a guest who measures quality with size of the plate.
Great job Camino
Our fourth time at Camino, and it has been consistently very good to great. This time it was for Mother's Day and we tried a combination of the tasting menu and regular menu - almost every item except one salad. The quality of ingredients, care in preparation, and delicacy of seasoning is among the very best you can find in the East Bay. It is generally priced to match, so it isn't a "value" but I have paid more for worse and almost never less for as good. The service is very good, and is one of the few restaurants that includes tip in the price (no tipping). However, when it is busy, service isn't as quite as attentive as it could be for the price.
Neighborhood Gem with standout food!
Stopped here with friends for an early dinner. Great food and service! My friend got the burger and it was off the chain. I really liked my chicken thigh sandwich! Brussels sprout sides are a must! Highly recommend!
I always feel like it is a party when we go there. This time we were meeting another couple and we stayed 3 1/2 hours, just like they do in France. The food was outstanding, cocktails great and inventive and we had a really good time.
Dining solo is never fun. The staff was attentive, friendly and made great recommendations. The food was amazing. Loved how there were a lot of veggie options. If I lived in Oakland I would definitely go back to try more of the dishes.
First time we'd been there and loved the food, bought a cookbook even. The preparation was beautiful, there's a vision and so much experience behind the food and the restaurant is tended daily by the owners.
Great overall, delicious food, knowledgeable staff. Appetizers and desserts wonderful but portions were laughably small.
Impeccable food and drink, as ever!
Camino is consistently a joy. We go 10 times /year and enjoy every meal.
Have eaten at Camino many times and love ever time we go.
Your first impression upon entering this restaurant is that it looks like a dining hall. It is a large square room with massive communal tables running down each side the entire length of the restuaurant. In the center two rows between the communal tables are tables for four or more and a couple of twos. There is a bar in the front of the restaurant but it does not function as a bar as there are no stools or places to stand. There are a few tables for two in the bar area.
We ordered martini's which were served in little water glasses. They only have one gin but the drinks were good. We also shared baked oysters from the first list, grilled oysters from the second list, and a pork dish from the third list. All were very good.
The no tipping policy is nice since the service charge is built into the prices. Some would argue that the prices are high given the quanity that is on your plate. For example, petrale sole had two sizes you could order: one for $38 and one for $45. That is one pricey fish!
The menu is very limited. We ordered 3 main courses for 3 people to share, because there were no other options for mains to chose from. We would have left when we saw the menu but had no time to go to another restaurant.
Fish had no taste, no salt. Pork over done and dry, no real flavor, mushroom dish was good but too spicy for 2 of us.
So naturally this was very disappointing.
Luckily we had a good time but we would have a good time anywhere.
People come to a restaurant mainly for food, so good service and ambiance do not compensate for a disappointing meal.
I will not go there again.
It's been 10 years for Camino, and the food is as creative and delicious as ever.
We loved our experience at Camino. We ordered wine, a first, 2 mains and dessert. All of them tasted wonderful and our choices gave us an ability to try new things, but still have some familiarity with the dishes. We would definitely recommend this place for the food, service and overall environment.
This was our first time dining at Camino. We loved the ambiance, and some of the food. My sidecar was one of the best versions I've ever had. My favorite dish was a vegetable dish--cauliflower and artichokes with hummus --I would definitely order it again. My husband liked the idea of the baked oysters in absinthe appetizer but wouldn't order it again. He thought his squid dish was chewy. He enjoyed the slow-cooked duck leg but thought the sliced duck breast was chewy (though the bites I tried were tender). We both thought the desserts were outstanding--a piece of huckleberry torte and a plate of flavorful cookies. The service was very good. We will definitely be back.
The service was slow and the food uninspiring. We likely will not return.
As new to the east bay, I have asked for ideas of where to eat. Camino was mentioned but with caveats.
So I can confirm those caveats. This is an expensive local eats with reasonable ambiance. But I can’t get around the cost per bite. Average cork fee tin many places outside CA to open your own bottle of wine is $15 but at Camino they want $25. Please.
But was the food memorable? Nope. We had the whole fish. It was nicely cooked but the side dish was uninteresting.
Excellent food, fair service, too pricey
I know the gourmet experience comes with a premium, and that all the dishes are priced to contain a tip. But even allowing for a 20 percent tip, everything is priced $5-8 too high (or more). Portions are a decent size (depending on what you order), but $32 for a plate of vegetables, a little grain, a packet of mushrooms is a little over the top, delicious as it was (not exactly filling though... it needed a $20 appetizer to make a meal...). Seating is also not meant to maximize comfort for large or disabled patrons.
Amazing food, just need to serve us more of it. The cauliflower dish, for example, was amazing and had a grand two pieces. Two. For $14. But forget the price for a minute, we want to share food and how do you share that without more actual food? We were on a double date and everyone was worried they were taking too much of one dish. I am a small person and appreciate small portions but it was the most ridiculously tiny portions. Call it “a test of your friendship size”. Although I think the cauliflower was called “middle course”! Even more hilarious!
The food was very good (use the lovely salt on the table though). We had each of the entrees and the flavors were excellent. The service was a little underwhelming but fine. The bill was much more than I expected, however. My father in-law wanted to treat my husband to a birthday meal so I researched to make sure it wouldn't be outrageous. But the prices on the menu were actually significantly more than the prices listed on Camino's own website for the same menu. Annoying since I had done research specifically so he wouldn't feel sticker shock. Worth a visit and I would return for a special occasion.
Fine creative combinations and unique grilled fish and vegetarian dishes.
We enjoyed Camino and found the Oakland location appealing. I am always a bit hesitant about going into Oakland, since I am much too aware of the significant risk of crime exposure - armed robbery capital of the United States, many carjackings, 800-1,000 people shot on the street every year, 80-100 of whom die. That element seemed missing from Camino's North Oakland neighborhood, though maintaining full situational awareness is wise.
The food was excellent, and the service very good. Enjoyed the space, except for the long tables - we requested, and received, a separate table. Amazing that they can prepare complex cuisine using an open flame! Pricing was higher than anticipated given Open Table guidelines - $150 for two, with careful ordering and without wine.
The food was tasty and genuine. The service was friendly and knowledgeable, though we didn’t test her too much. Our biggest complaint was the slow service from the kitchen. The food arrived hot and perfectly cooked so it was not at all the fault of the wait staff. There cooks behind the counter were mostly standing around. It was bizarre. The restaurant was at most 60% full. Not sure how the kitchen service is when it’s packed.
We have been here three or four times. Each time is different and absolutely delicious. Innovative, interesting menu. One of our dishes was surprisingly expensive but so good we ordered an extra. It's not cheap but is very worth it. Love the feeling of the fires. Don't plan to stay too long because the wooden chairs and benches are not the most comfortable, but even they are interesting.
Camino's menu is spectacular... wonderful fresh choices; unique preparations and great flavors! I have to say we found the service to be lacking... no hustle, no real command of the menu when asked for descriptions as well as recommendations.
For a meal of $200 for 2 people (when we brought our own wine); we felt the service level sub-par at best.
Great food; but don't expect service levels commiserate with the price-tag.
I’m a repeat customer of Camino and I always enjoy my visits. This time I hosted two friends from Oregon who were new to Camino. They were very impressed with ambience, the cordial staff and the distinctive quality of the food. We had a lovely evening and a spectacular meal. They also enjoyed the creative cocktails.