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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

4.2

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

74% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (29)
Good for a Date (27)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
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Creative Cuisine (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Special Occasion (22)
Local Ingredients (20)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Fun (17)
Romantic (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Healthy (16)
Seasonal (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Casual (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Authentic (11)
Cozy (11)
Organic (11)
Business Meals (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
People Watching (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Great Beer (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Limited menu, small portions, a little pricey, service was slow and confused. Forgot our drinks and what we ordered. But they were nice apologized for the inconsistency.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was good. Service was good. Nothing was great. The menu is very limited and pricey.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Fire-roasted meals taste great, but portions are too small and prices to high to be enjoyable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Camino is always good despite a limited menu that offers fewer choices than most restaurants. The vegetarian option consistently shows thought and creativity and deserves its place on the menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We found the food underwhelming and the prices overwhelming ($38 for a couple slices of pork loin). There was nothing exceptional about the menu.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 9, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Camino never disappoints. There is always something new and exciting on the menu. The food is curated with love and care. Yum!

Tags: Organic, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great service and food with a limited menu in a nice location.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The chairs are inadequate for larger people, 200+

If needed, MUST sit on the benches.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

I had paella and salad, both were gloppy and tasted mediocre.
The portions were very small, and the prices were at least twice what they should have been.
The servers were all dressed like they came from a homeless shelter.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

So loud couldn’t talk. Few leaves of lettuce with oil for $13. A few Tasteless bare small squid. Shared mess hall seating. Desserts were Great but small. Service was good. Overall a disappointing $650 event.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Interesting menu. Very limited though. I'm guessing it changes every once in a while. Might've been too adventurous for the company we brought with us. But we did appreciate the service and the ambiance.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Had a great time. The waitress was great at helping to pick out food. Enjoyed every bite. They didn't rush us out and the entire restaurant was busy but quiet.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Loved the dining room design. Had the paella, was tasty.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Paella was ok, but not worth $50.00
Waiters have a strange way of looking past you if they are not ready to deal with you
Service was slow

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

I still love this place. I love seeing Allison front of house and Russ in the kitchen. It's showy. It's just good. And interesting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for a Date, Organic
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Camino is where we go to celebrate every single major good thing that happens in our lives. We LOVE this spot.

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Amazing experience and the food was on my top five. Want to go again! Still thinking about the dessert!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Excellent food and service that is just what you want in a good restaurant. The one thing that somewhat bothered me is that the chairs were not that comfortable and the initial one that I used seemed rickety for a big guy like me.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great meal, and attentive, friendly service! I highly recommend Camino!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

So delicious, so welcoming, so warm, so creative. Love love love.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food. Wonderful ambience. Unfortunate uneven service with a glass of wine coming very late after I'd finished most of my entree. Also, dessert arrived like 10 minutes after my dining partner had been served their dessert wine.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Anniversary

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Disabled Access
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Menu is sparse and a bit pricey.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Excellent food and very friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Healthy, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 9, 2017

If we lived closer we would want to come here once a week. The food is the freshest with interesting ingredients. The open fire cooking is exciting and creates a warm ambience. Superb cocktails and small unique wine list. A delightful meal.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Organic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Organic, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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?)

Tags: Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great food. Bring people who like to share, you are gonna want to try everything.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We went on a hot summer day and were a bit uncomfortable without air conditioning. The food was delicious but the portion sizes were quite small.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

I wish the menu was just a bit longer. It's all good but the choices are very limited.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I didn't really like the food.
The wait staff was great. The ambience was nice but the food and price point were not great

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