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
The waitress that took drink orders was "flat" and not interested in providing service. Not a great way to start a dinner. The portions are small and the salads/starters while they sound interesting didn't live up to their description. For main courses we ordered the Pork and the trout. Both were delicious. There is no tipping so we wondered if that caused the first waitress to be so disinterested.
Food was excellent. Dined here two nights in a row. Paella, leg of lamb, salads, meringue and nougat desserts. All great. The Wine program needs help though. Badly. Had two bottles over two nights that were nowhere near the standards of the food. Plonk. Limited wine list. Staff doesn’t know the wines. This is a very serious deficiency for an otherwise excellent restaurant. Again the food was great. The wine was not. Service just ok.
I've been to Camino around 15 times. It's great about 80% of the time. This was not one of those times. Seems to depend on who's making the food on a given night (caveat is that the cocktails are always on point, in my opinion, though did they jack the prices recently? $12?). On this particular evening, I ordered the mushrooms and artichokes as the main. There were more sauteed red peppers and onions than anything else. I'm guessing they just piled on whatever they had extra of. Felt like I was paying $32 to eat kitchen scraps. Dinner was a 1 year anniversary. Makes me not want to rely on Camino for my next emotional milestone meal. Except to get drunk. If you guys sold pitchers of the Tequila Drink I would celebrate there every night of the week.
Dinner was slow. Our entrees took over an hour to come out and we had no idea what was going on since our server disappeared. Our entrees finally showed up and the server said we got stuck behind a party of 15. I would never go back again if this restaurant allows such big groups on a Saturday night.
Checking in was a bit clunky - hostess said they were having problems with their system. Rather a noisy Monday night. Salad was simple and lovely, as was squash with mushrooms packet. Artichoke entree fairly bland - needed something. Duck wing confit tasty. The sesame ice cream dessert was outstanding.
First of all, I was unaware it was communal dining - I don't recall seeing that on their website or in other reviews but my dining companion and I got over it quickly. Service was very good, with very knowledgeable servers. The food was just OK. I had the grilled duck breast which was cooked perfectly but very bland - nothing special at all. My friend had the trout and although she liked it, the small bite I had was again just ok. Same with dessert. We did have some appetizers too but I can't remember what they were now (2 days later).For the price it was a disappointment.
We liked that the service was included in the menu prices, but the total bill ($140) was nonetheless too high for what we ate. We ordered two cocktails, two appetizers, one medium plate, one entrée, a "bar snack," and two orders of "flatbread," each of which was a single grilled empty pita. No dessert, no coffee.
The restaurant makes no effort to accommodate children's food preferences, and the service is over-scripted, self-conscious, and constantly interrupting. We paid $9 for about two ounces of Cheddar cheese and three crackers for our six-year-old to eat, which we supplemented with a $2 warmed pita pocket. Cocktails were no-frills and small for $14. A small plate of over-brined carrot pickles was complimentary when we sat down. Our food did arrive in a timely manner and was tasty, but the experience did not match the price. We can think of many local restaurants where we can get a much better meal for the same price and feed our child something other than bread and cheese.
in a word, extraordinary. The Monday-night policy of a less expensive, prix fixe menu
produced, on this occasion, a paella better than any I'd had in Spain, preceded by
a gazpacho that re-defined the genre. Russell's cooking is never flashy, but it gets and
holds your attention throughout, and delights.
Had heard of Camino, and were happy to get a last minute reservation to celebrate a significant birthday with a special of of town guest. As foodies, the menu was inventive and the eating experience interesting that down to the last detail. The service was attentive, but it is a busy place. At first I thought it was going to be too noisy, but I did not experience that problem during the meal. Birthday was properly observed.
I've been to Camino a number of times, but Saturday night, the service staff must have been on vacation in the middle of our 2nd to 3rd course since we waited over 45 minutes. We never saw the waiter after ordering until the check, and while had the same "server" for 1st and 2nd, the 3rd just hung out there. In addition, it was crazy hot. Berkeley heat is rare, but fans might be a nice touch since it is a rustic gathering vibe of a place anyhow.
Wonderful addition to our local restaurants! The food was absolutely delicious, except for the over-seasoned cod to one guest; and, unfortunately, the champagne was really bad -- no bubbles, odd flavor--served in regular wine glasses (was it left over from the week?)
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