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donato&co., Berkeley, CA

donato&co.

4.6
4.6
1347 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.
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Holidays break, from the 1st and we will reopen Friday 6th for dinner. Happy new year

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

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What 1,347 people are saying

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

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  1. CM

    ClaireM

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Donato is a treasure. The food is outstanding, with excellent choices for all courses. The staff is knowledgeable, attentive and patient. Pay specisl attention to the fine print: everything is home-made including the exquidite desserts and the jams, jellies, biscotti, crackers and certain spuces, olive mixes and caponatas, ready for you to take home, and all at extremely reasonable prices. Donato is a treasure.
  2. MA

    MATRIXOWNER

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drink and food Conversation was easy
  3. UV

    UrsulaV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We always come in for the Gamberie salad, big enough to share. Our favorite dish is the risotto with oxtails. It has the tastiest sauce. We’ll always come back and eat, drink one of the cocktails and practice Italian
  4. O

    Ozma

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pricey but worth it. Seasonal food prepared lovingly and beautifully. Service was excellent, and staff were pleasantly accommodating about my mobility scooter. It has become our go-to for family special occasions.
  5. C

    Cl14

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Donato is a neighborhood gem. Solid homemade Italian food. Great, attentive service. Only knock tonight was a little slow on my wife’s fav dish but they ended up comping it…look forward to the next time.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Donato keeps getting better!
  7. L

    Likesgoodfood

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Ate outside. Was lovely. Food was good. Prices seem high for what we got but quality was good
  8. MH

    MiHp

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the perfect restaurant! Amazing staff- food both presentation and flavor excellent.
  9. JF

    JennyF

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place and delicious food. Very pleasant service. We had beef tartar with bone marrow, arancini, squid ink pasta and root veggie salad. Will definitely return!
  10. HT

    HildaT

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good place to catch up over Sunday lunch with friends! Space provides great atmosphere for conservations without feeling hurried. Fresh pastas and superb salads and more…
  11. RI

    RICHARDW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I thought the service was very good. It was not “fussy,” which I liked, but the server was well informed and very approachable. The food was a delight: good ingredients, creatively prepared and tasty. Each dish was something we looked forward to. And they served sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes) as a side, crispy on the outside but moist inside. They were very good and one rarely finds them on a menu. Also, nice selection of Italian wines. And all this in a relatively quiet and inviting atmosphere. While Donato is not cheap, it is not overpriced. I would be eager to return.
  12. KK

    KariK

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and excellent service.
  13. CR

    CherylR

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fabulous regional menu, expert preparation with the freshest of ingredients and excellent service make dining at Donato a delight.
  14. EL

    EvaL

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    tasty, imaginative food, much of it house made and organic
  15. PR

    PattiR

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Got a last minute New Years Eve res and it was amazing - so much delicious food!! Amazing service too - perfect experience all around! Looking forward to returning soon.
  16. RJ

    RebeccaJ

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the New Year's Eve prix fixe dinner, which was generous, creative, and delicious.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dining experience- Donato’s is the best dining in the Elmwood.
  18. k

    kanga

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for the special New Year's Eve dinner, and it was excellent. We have been several times in the past and it has always been terrific. All the courses are creative and consistently good. Usually, a desert is an afterthought but at Donato they are amazing.
  19. S

    Spencer

    San Francisco

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad we came here for New Year’s Eve. The Prix Fixe menu was creative and inspiring, with each dish more remarkable than the last. Last year the restaurant didn’t really do much for the occasion, but this year they far exceeded expectations. Kudos the the chef for taking risks and delivering a sensational dining experience!
  20. JW

    JacquiW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I will dream of the truffle ravioli. A wonderful restaurant to splurge on!
  21. ER

    ERABL

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was New Year's Eve and we decided to eat out this year. We wanted and got a very casual evening; we ordered the pre fixe menu. Incredibly reasonable pricing, if too low for NYE. For the price we actually got too much food - and took home enough for dinner the following night. We were lucky to have lovely "neighbors" at the at the next table and chatted with them. The service was excellent and friendly. Most important, the food was creative and delicious. We've been there before and we will certainly go back.
  22. SD

    SusanD

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Donato’s has become our favorite restaurant in the Bay Area. The appetizers are innovative and made with fresh and interesting ingredients. Last night - New Year’s Eve - my wife and I both had selections from the Prefix menu. I had a hot seafood salad - shrimp, octopus, tuna and more - and my wife had a sausage medley in puff pastry. For the Primi dish, I had ravioli with shaved truffles over a very light cream sauce. My wife had homemade tagliatelli. We both had branzino for our Secondi course. A Predesert was served that was called “chocolate salami” - essentially this was comprised of slices of a chocolate and toffee “log” over marscapone cream with a dusting of chocolate powder. Then desert was served… berries and tiny tomatoes over marscapone cream with a small vial of grappa to use as we chose. In writing this I realize that multiple dishes had a marscapone cream… but the way it was used and the flavors it was combined with were unique to each dish and absolutely delicious. I simply cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough. The chef came to our table to introduce himself and to discuss the meal. He clearly loves what he does! Extraordinary and lovely. A memorable evening and a great start to the new year. We’ll return soon!
  23. KP

    KarenP

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've never had a bad experience at Donato. One of the consistently best Italian restaurants in the East Bay.
  24. c

    carolineh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The host Alberto was excellent. So is the food. I enjoyed the shrimp salad and calamari very much. Fresh and really well done. The waitress was knowledgeable and very helpful. The bathroom was clean which was important. Overall, I had a great time. A good place to visit.
  25. AW

    AnnW

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there on Christmas Eve for their seafood stew. The stew was delicious and everything was fresh and nicely done.
  26. KM

    KarenM

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant and bar all decorated for the holidays. Festive atmosphere , great cocktails, try the prawn salad, tortelloni and the Barolo wine. Great service, welcoming atmosphere, delicious food and lively. We plan to return often!
  27. RJ

    RebeccaJ

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We spent a delightful Christmas Eve at Donato & Co. The prix fixe Christmas Eve menu was a generous celebration of seafood, and our server made us feel welcome.
  28. M

    Maxfield

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside. Heaters were quite adequate and noise level was very low. Staff were present and very experienced and attentive. The restaurant manager checked in at our table and was clearly sincere in his desire to make our dining experience excellent --- which it was. It was X-Mas Eve, and the Menu choices were both reasonably priced for an excellent restaurant and with a fine variety of choices.
  29. HM

    HelenM

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant, delicious food, and friendly and kind service.
  30. W

    Wendy

    San Francisco

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Seafood stew was so delicious! And the specialty cocktails for the holidays were especially tasty. My new go to in my Elmwood neighborhood.
  31. JP

    JessicaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place, good ambience it was lively but not too loud that you couldnt hear your conversation partner. Great food, taste and presentation, very filling, can be a little expensive but you feel like you are getting your moneys worth. Staff was prompt and attentive, hostess and waiter were very nice. Good bar with interesting cocktails, will definitely be coming back.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy food Great service Lovely setting
  33. VR

    VicRoyFromTROY

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Unfortunately, the best part of the pork sous vide dish was polenta. The pork itself was bland and mediocre. The hazelnut cake was just OK; the texture was too dry to my taste. The spaghetti nero was fine although not exciting. The service was fast and efficient. This was our second visit to the restaurant, probably we chose wrong dishes and had high expectations after the first time, but this experience was disappointing
  34. AC

    AndyC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic all around
  35. I

    Iaem

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Donato is simply a lovely experience every time. The food was delicious, our server was attentive and helpful, and the ambience is always warm and welcoming.
  36. f

    foodie

    San Francisco

    136 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    i made a reservation for outdoors since we are elderly but the restaurant changed it to indoors and did not tell us; this was unacceptable. they eventually let us eat outdoors but only after two of our party went home since they will not do a party of 6 outdoors. the food was great and we had a nice meal but we were disappointed at the beginning and almost went home.
  37. LG

    LadanG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place
  38. PR

    PeterR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chef's choices for the day were amazing! Stuffed Quail with slice of bacon, two types of mushrooms, with side of salad. The second dish, thick pasta noodles cooked al dente, with a moderately spicey and savory marinara sauce that was utterly amazing. Top service, attentive, lively and knowledgeable of the menu and answering questions. The ambience is stellar, wood, high ceiling, large windows, with the elegant bar in the back.
  39. OF

    OnceaFan

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    I came here for my birthday with family. Had been once before and really enjoyed the whole experience but this time was a total miss. Pasta, their specialty, was over cooked, sauce watery. Other dishes too salty,, under seasoned or complete disasters. The only plus was the appetizer, chicken livers and quice jam but even still the bread was weird - almost as weird as the waiter (male) constantly touching my (female) shoulder. A big no. I'd been following this restaurant on Instagram since my last visit 16 months ago. When I got home, I made a point to un-follow. Sadly, these guys have lost their way.
  40. MP

    MattP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The good stuff- The stuffed quail was outstanding, as was the winter root salad. The bolognese was excellent as always. The bone marrow steak tartare was also excellent. The rigatoni was undercooked, I'm cool with Al dente but this needed another minute or two. Dessert was nice but nothing special. All in all, very good and we will go back.

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

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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 1347 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for donato&co.

2635 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705

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

  • 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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