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donato&co., Berkeley, CA

donato&co.

4.6
4.6
1575 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Rustic Italian cuisine w/ a contemporary twist, featuring house made pastas & locally sourced seafood & meats cooked over a live fire.
EFFECTIVE IMMEADIATELY:
Proof of vaccination REQUIRED to dine indoors. PLEASE have valid verification ready upon arrival.
Thank you for your cooperation

Holidays break, from the 1st and we will reopen Friday 6th for dinner. Happy new year

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (510) 838-1131
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Gianluca Guglielmi
  • Neighborhood
    Berkeley
  • Cross street
    College Ave
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,575 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

1,575 Reviews
  1. LisaS

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delicious- Interesting menu items and specials- Even desserts are excellent!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh and richly classic menu, attentive and friendly service. For me what kept it from being 5 stars was that flavors of food and their sauces were not well blended. Also the Octopus was a very large tentacle and therefore slightly tough. Aranchini appetizer tasted too heavily of aged Parmesan and therefore could have been more suited to a meal.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The most fabulous thing about this restaurant is it’s QUIET. You can actually relax and converse. When are these noisy restaurants going to get it?

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  4. Dion

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I had a pleasant experience at the restaurant previously. However, despite informing the waiter about my husband’s gluten allergy, it appeared that he was unaware of it. I politely requested him to consult with the chef, but unfortunately, he did not follow through. Overall, the service was disappointing.

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  5. NancyW

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner! We chose the prix fix menu and each course was a delight!

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  6. lisaw

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Roasted veggie side dish was perfect but the mushroom pasta dish was lackluster. (The mushrooms were rubbery like they had been boiled vs roasted and dish was significantly underseasoned) Wait staff was stretched thin so service was spotty.

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  7. NJBill

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love this place. Everything is not just "reimagined" but actually delicious; beautifully presented. Not pretentious, but genuinely upscale. We had a linguine with mushrooms and guanciale. The flavor was quite unique in a good way. We've had some of their innovative creations in the past and all were surprisingly yummy. Highly recommend Donato's. They even give you your check in a guidebook to Sicily!

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  8. ErnestP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible fixed menu - food was so delicious and wonderful service! Memorable experience!

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  9. JoanM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always excellent, and everyone there is delightful.

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  10. Massimo

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely and quick valentines date. My wife had 45 minutes before we had to pick up our daughter but we enjoyed a three course romantic and delicious date then back to parenting. It was a perfect midweek oasis. Thank you!

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  11. SusanA

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An amazing special-occasion dining experience w/subtle flavors & delish fresh ingredients. Traditional & experimental dishes. Very Mediterranean. Service inpeccable.

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  12. kitty

    London

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    TThis was our second visit to Donato and Co on our trip from the UK and both times, the food and service were very good indeed. Delicious bacala and octopus this time for me, and chicken for my companion, and we found the waiter to be extremely friendly and helpful. We hope to return on our next visit to Berkeley!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love love love Donato -all excellent; the food the service the ambiance

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  14. HappyCustomer

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, great atmosphere. Could talk and actually hear each other.

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  15. retiredandhungry

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice dining experience. Very good server who answered all our needs.

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  16. HughT

    San Francisco

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our food was good overall. Three of the four of us had pasta and I was very good. One had the duck breast which would have been marginal if it was served hot. It was not very good and barely warm. Very disappointing. Service was excellent. Hostess could improved. Not very accommodating or nice.

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  17. MickD

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Another wonderful meal with tasty food, high quality ingredients, friendly service and creative cocktails. We did not save room for dessert sadly. The parmigiana was my favorite - loved the addition of black truffle

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  18. Jerome

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We were denied a booth in a rather rude manner. It was my wife’s birthsday and we requested a booth in advance. Upon our arrival at first a hostess and then the manager stated that the booths are for parties of 4 . “ If we would grant special requests, we’ll have to close our business” we were told. But customers like us ARE YOUR BUSINESS!!!! We will NEVER return to Donato.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a few early missteps with this place but the owner made it perfect. The host was not very friendly (you got the feeling we were not welcome). Initially, We requested to sit outside because we have a small service dog. The heaters would not work and the wait service was poor to non-existent so the manager/owner invited us inside. Once finally settled the rest of the evening was magical. Appetizers were perfect. Then the entrees came for divine sustenance. The Owner helped select an amazing wine. Since it was a birthday event we selected two desserts that were sublime. We will indeed return.

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  20. DanC

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    High quality and innovative Italian cuisine. There are pastas and many other dishes that I haven't seen elsewhere.

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  21. rocqui

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drinks were amazing. Services was great, definitely willing back.

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  22. Buonasera

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Authentic & originally crafted dishes; superb cocktails; gracious and professional table service. A pleasure to eat there for lunch or dinner.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dependable upscale Italian food and drink in a casual atmosphere. Enjoyed especially the pulpo (octopus) at lunch recently.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food from appetizer to dessert . Good service and nice ambiance. .

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  25. MarinaG

    San Francisco

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service !!! Good vibe and friendly atmosphere. Love the place

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    this is a Great restaurant!! go now! the food and service and other patrons are all superior in

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  27. Terrylof

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    GREAT MENU, GREAT SERVER (JESSICA) CANT WAIT TO GO AGAIN!

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  28. MPFZ

    San Francisco

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely spot for a relaxing lunch with good food and service.

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  29. GianaM

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Authentic Italian food and superb service to create a truly pleasurable dining experience.

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  30. NancyL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Started with a refreshing salad of beets, oranges, whipped ricotta and pistachios. The cappelletti pasta dish with ricotta, prosciutto and walnuts was exquisite. The duck special was excellent

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  31. StacyB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, inventive cocktails, lovely service. Lighting is a little bright but that’s not a deal breaker at all. Great, lively neighborhood spot!

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  32. Lisa

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here, everything was very good, excellent pappardelle. Jason was truly delightful. Will return

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  33. RCowan

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a wonderful restaurant. We will go back again and again. Our only quibble is that the prices are a little steep for regular attendance.

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  34. BrunoO

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Glad to discover this excellent Italian restaurant, dishes were wonderfully prepared, I had the Pappardelle which was great. I will be coming back for sure.

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  35. MichaelC

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, Food and atmosphere. The owner greets with a welcoming spirit.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I thought the value of the food was too much for the value

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  37. jackiem

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing! Our server was great and all around wonderful dinner!!

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  38. KenS

    San Francisco

    111 reviews

    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful dining experience. Service outstanding, food excellent great ambiance. Couldn’t ask for better.

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  39. lesliew

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's our third time dining here and another great experience. Cuisine, ambiance, staff - all good.

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  40. CharlesK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Italian food and cocktails. The daily specials are always interesting.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from donato&co. using the Order Online button. donato&co. also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. donato&co. also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 838-1131.

donato&co. is rated 4.6 stars by 1575 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for donato&co.

2635 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    College Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Berkeley
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Gianluca Guglielmi
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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