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
A client drove an hour each way from San Jose to take me to Camino because we'd heard great things. Maybe it was an off night, or maybe it was just awful. We weren't seated till 6:40 for a 6:15 reservation after standing at the bar the entire time trying to get the bartender to make us a drink. When we were seated, drinkless, we saw that at least 1/4 of the tables were empty--why the wait? Waitress was rude, verging on hostile, took 10 more minutes to get bread to the table, cocktails were minuiscule and overpriced, crab was very good but not properly cracked. SO not worth the shouting to be heard, the waiting, and the unfriendly service. A real shame since the room is pretty, and the location could make it a sweet local hangout.
It really does not live up to all the hype. We found the food to be good, but not exceptional. The blood orange salad was nicely presented, but small. My local sardines were well prepared, but on par with what I would have expected at a lesser establishment. My wife had the pork, which was also "good", but not exceptional. The wine by the galss list is very limited. Overall it is "good", but we will not rush back and for the price I would go to cafe at Chez Panise or to Bay Wolf.
Have seen reviews for Camino for a while but never had a chance to make it out that way. Camino runs special dinners every so often, and those dinners usually look fantastic. Decided on lunch to do a little taste test. Great atmosphere with open kitchen and the fire pits visible to all. Crab was fantastic, sausage was great although one person thought it was a little dry, egg was seasoned nicely with the herbs. All in all, I'd do it again probably for dinner.
Everyone at our table was amazed by the intersting mix of dishes on the menu and the quality of artisan food offered. Everything from the simplest dishes of poached eggs or sweet condiment dises with cheese and homemade butters and jams to more complex dishes such as clams with nettles were unforgettable. You know it is a good sign when after brunch everyone starts planning when they can come back for dinner. This was all complemented by an intriquing mix of delicious and unusal cocktails. On top of it all, was attentive and engaging service. We felt well looked after.
Nice space, nice ambience, could hear my friends talk easily, nice buzz around. Food generally good. Vegetarian dish came with option of "black truffle". I took option. Dish came with no aroma nor taste of truffle. I questioned waitress, got some cockamamy story about the difference between French and Italian truffles, and these were French, and you could only infuse them, not use the actual truffle. Huh??? I have eaten truffles in France and Italy. Have been to Perigord. They did bring extra mushrooms with the truffle-infused whatever. Marginally better, but restaurant should not promise something they cannot deliver, nor make up stories. Previous night in another restaurant had mushroom pasta dish with truffle in sauce, could taste it.
i took 3 of my friend Saturday night for dinner. Between us we ordered all of the entrees and half of the starters. We thought everything was great. We also tried some of the fun cocktails and enjoyed them.
The only thing i think could be improved upon is the noise!-over the top and i have very hard time enjoying dinner when i have to yell to my companions to be heard. not fun.
Hostess was not very friendly and was in a bit of a huff when we asked to move to a different table. This should not have been an issue with her since we had reservations and the restaurant just opened, 5:30PM. Her attitude plus the other hostess's attitude bothered my dinner companion to the point that he considered this restaurant, snobby, and will not want to come back even though the food was quite good and we know someone who works there.
This is my fifth time coming to Camino. My love for Camino was mainly because of locally sourced produce and ambiance. However, my recent trip to Camino was a disappointment. I think it was the overwhelming crowd that the service was slow and the food was a little too salty. I was there for the Monday's crab night. The salad was beautifully displayed but it was salty. For the main course, the crab was tasty but the artichoke, again, too salty. I brought many friends to Camino. I hope they will make improvement to retain a loyal customer, like me.
We had the prix fixe menu for the Oakland Dine Out week which featured their Roasted Crab. This was the best crab I have ever had, so much more flavor than your traditional methods and very tender meat. So good that one of the people in our party made a reservation to bring his mom for their Monday night crab special so he could have it again.
We went to Camino on the last day of Oakland's Restaurant Week and they were very busy. Our food was overall very good but the service was terrible. We were basically ignored for most of the night and couldn't even make eye contact with our server to get her attention. I don't know if the staff's inattentiveness was due to the busy-ness of the night, but it does not make me want to go back.
The noise level was loud and increased during the night with the increase of patrons. We were seated at one of the long tables and the proximity to neighboring patrons was not balanced, so that we were very close on one side and at a distance on the other. That felt a little awkward.
We showed up early for our reservation, which wasn't a problem--except that we didn't get seated until long after our reservation time. We didn't even get to order appetizer until at least a half hour into our reservation (maybe this was the fault of it being overcrowded due to restaurant week?). The food was very hit or miss. Many of the flavor combinations were off. Sweet with salty for the salad. The deep flavor of beets and bitter sunchoke completely overwhelming the delicateness of crab. Even the roasted apple dessert was boring. The crab itself was good though, but probably the only thing on the menu that excelled. The bar drinks were among the best I've ever had; perhaps Camino's one saving grace, besides its eye candy staff.
We visited Camino with our good friends on Friday night (4 people total) during Oakland's first Restaurant Week. I was a little surprised that the prix fixe menu was the same all week, but oh well. Our salad was awesome-garbanzo bean paste with citrus fruit. The crab was great, but over salted. Sure, the salt was only on the outside, but crab is messy! The baked apple with honey mousse was delicious. My Pisco Sour was also very well made, but for $10, I'd prefer more than a thimble sized amount.
My experience at Camino was a little hit at miss, but averaged out to a positive one. We started with cocktails, because we were a bit early for our 7:30 reservation. The gin cocktail was absolutely delicious. But I had an awfully long time to sip it, since we weren't seated until 7:50, despite our reservation. A bit disappointing. Service all around was a little slow. I wasn't overwhelmed by my entree (mushrooms with polenta)--I feel like I've had it before--but it was tasty. Dessert was absolutely divine, though. So I left feeling satisfied, but it didn't feel like the dining experience to merit the rather hefty price tag at the end of the meal. I'll definitely be back for drinks and dessert, though.
Camino has a casual, welcoming atmosphere. The food is very consistent,delicious, and uses top quality ingredients. Their crab dishes are not to be missed, and prefix dinners are a great bargain.
I recently had an amazing dinner of grilled crab with a salad of different chicories and fennel,with aioli, as well as a dish with polenta, roasted artichokes, and chantrelle and trumpet mushrooms. The polenta was the best I've ever had. I don't usually like cardamom ice cream or meringue cookies, but both were so fabulous I ended up loving them both. The cookies were light yet dense, with an incredible orange flavor.
Camino never fails to let us down. It's hearty/hearthy food done well, and never am I so excited to eat an egg from the fire as I am at Camino. This is a restaurant that has a strong and consistent sense of self-identity and knows how to play to their strengths. I appreciate the fact that with a simple, one page menu there are always more than enough choices for a meat eater and a vegetarian to eat together well, with plenty of options to share.
The menu items are spare (three main dishes, three appetizers, etc.), overly precious, and simply not that tasty. We were really underwhelmed. The $16 'oven baked egg' with truffle toast appetizer is basically a fried egg and a piece of toast. The flavors were not special and did not come together on the plate to create coherent dishes in anything we ordered. The offerings were not varied enough to ensure that there was a dish each of us craved on the menu. The cocktails were great but the food was really a disappointment. Not bad food. But not special either. Nothing was stellar. We won't go back.
Camino is nice-looking when you come in. Exposed brick walls, wood, vine garlands. The long "communal-like" tables didn't work for us. I can see how it made the restaurant flexible but we were too close to our neighbors and it made it difficult to not listen to everything the people on either side of us said. The food was good although the menu was limited. Light, fresh, somewhat unusual combinations. I liked the poached egg with truffle something and the garlic toast. Also good was the orange and lentil salad.
Took 80 minutes to cook our crab. Way too long to wait for food especially on the small rock hard stools they use. Food itself sounds really good modern and fresh. Reality is way too much salt on everything, several items where just not edible. Had hopes given menu and open table scores, but our experience was not good. Only been once so can't tell you if this is the usual or not, but we won't be trying again.
I might have enjoyed this restaurant more if I had not eaten at Plum the night before. At Plum all the food worked with the sum of each plate exceeding its parts. I couldn't say that for Camino. The beet soup was very good. The sardine was not boned and the pickled vegetables were too pickled. The oysters were good, but not great.
Main courses the pork belly was not at all what we expected, and was a disappointment. Items on plates did not always work together and salad items tended to be badly over dressed.
I doubt if I will ever return as it ended up costing as much as plum for far less pleasure.
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