Double birthday, milestone birthday! Had a blast with the staff too... and AWESOME food!!
Very good food. A big open airy room-very light-excellent wait staff. I had a lovely Mother's Day dinner.
Food was underseasoned and service was uneven. We were underwhelmed.
We scheduled our daughter's college graduation party at Donato & Co. They were so accommodating and flexible. Our party had twenty people and the menu was interesting and delicious. The atmosphere is beautiful and the noise level was low. Such a wonderful afternoon.
Have been to Donato + Co. a couple of times now with my family and we LOVE it! The food is DELICIOUS and the cocktails are great. Super friendly people, the wait staff is excellent. Highly recommend!
I have eaten at donato&co. many times and I have always had amazing food, warm service, and an overall great experience! I will be back!
OH . . . . WHERE TO BEGIN. A QUIET RESTAURANT WHICH IS HARD TO FIND, GREAT AMBIANCE, FABULOUS WAIT STAFF AND WONDERFUL CREATIVE AND WELL PRESENTED FOOD. WE LEFT WITH THE WARMEST FEELING OF MIND AND TUMMY THAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCED IN A LONG TIME. WE EAT OUT OFTEN AND WILL RETURN WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.
Not really worth it.
Salad was great. Veg fritto greasy with too heavy breading. Pizzetta too tough to cut with steak knife. Other dishes (ravioli, salmon, chicken were good but not special). Good spacing of tables and fairly quiet.
The homemade pasta with lamb ragu was ample and delicious. So was the salad with the faro.
A hidden secret! My husband and I happened t walk by this restaurant and checked it out; we came back fro brunch a few days later to celebrate a friend's birthday. To our surprise, there were few tables with people and the surprise was greater when had our food. The food was EXCELLENT! I recommend the frittata and any of the egg dishes--just make sure that you include the "pork cheeks" which are 100 times better than bacon! Coffee was good and the charcutery appetizer was a very good option. Given the excellent brunch, we are looking forward to trying out Donato&Co. for dinner.
Beautiful restaurant with warm woods, high ceilings, and fabulous acoustics. The service was exemplary and the food authentic and delicious. We were impressed by the waiter's knowledge and the considerate and warm attitude of all staff we encountered.
Will definitely be back!
The special was a NY steak with beans and a sauce. The steak was cooked just how I asked, but NY steak is a rather ho-hum cut, so I shouldn't have expected more. The beans were a little bland and if they had stood out more, maybe I wouldn't have focused on the steak.
This was our first time to go to Donato&Co, and we will go again. As senior citizens we appreciated the age range, from those of us with grey hair to families with young children. The high ceilings probably contributed to the moderate noise level – we had no problems talking with each other, and also with the people at the tables on either side of us. Very friendly environment.
Excellent food. Welcoming and warm ambiance. Quiet and comfortable. Attentive, non-obtrusive service.
Delicious meal. My husband enjoyed risotto with oxtails and I had the pizette which was very good.
Delicious dinner, served by professional servers with wonderful timing.
We were visiting with a friend who recently lost his wife, and would be in heavy conversation. The staff was very sensitive to this and did not intrude.
The cuisine did not disappoint. We had many different items, and all were truly delectable.
This was our second visit and we will certainly return soon!
Great neighborhood restaurant, nice menu and beautiful space
A very nice addition to the Ashby-College neighborhood. Food is good, attire is casual. Staff is good at answering questions and matching wines with food.
Excellent dinner. Restaurant has the Meyer Constellation Sound System, which creates acoustics where diners can actually have a conversation. Love the food here and the quiet sound!
We tried Donato &Co on a friend’s recommendation, and we were not disappointed. The waitstaff was attentive and friendly (we were so busy talking to each other, she had to come back several times before we were ready to order.-even still, she never faltered in her cheerfulness with us!) the food was delicious (yes-order the ricotta appetizer!!) and the cocktails inspired. We will definitely go back!!
We had a great time at Donato & Co. on a recent Friday 'date night.' The charm of Veniero Monti was spot on as usual-so gracious and he gave us great suggestions for dinner. We began with a fine Lambrusco, although the mixologist at the bar was making some fun looking drinks I will try next time. Our salad, the Local Red Frilly greens was inventive, tasted good, but having a 'insalata mista' on the menu is called for. The starring dish was Spinach Fettucini with Pork Ragu-just delicious. The vegetarian choice of Organic Cauliflower Bistecca with a spicy puttanesca sauce was interesting, but in my book not a winner. Other vegetarian and kosher dishes would be welcome on the menu. Our main wait staff, Gena, was delightful and efficient. To our great surprise Donato & Co. had our favorite liqueur from our family's region in Italy, Emilia-Romagna, which is Nocino, made from walnuts. We cannot wait to go back and try more dishes!
Italian food that just didn’t work. Soggy flavorless farrow salad, salami that looked and tasted like chipped ham.
The food missed the mark, pasta was cold and the flavors on some of the other dishes we ordered was lacking .. presentation was ok. The waitress was pleasant and friendly. We had various items and we really wanted to like this place.
Great restaurant, delicious food, gracious staff and soon to be a neighborhood gem!
Had a wonderful dinner here! Great service, ambience, and the food was spot on. Highly recommend the cacio e pepe!
The atmosphere of this restaurant was great. Went there with my husband and a couple of friends. We had an appetizer, drinks, dinner and dessert! The food was great, but the cocktails were excellent and we would go back because of the service! The staff are friendly, attentive and knowledgeable! Very fun place!
Food is always good and the staff is very attentive
This was our second visit to Donato&Co. We had learned from our first time that the menu invited sharng so we could experience many different dishes. Standouts this time were the Culiflower, the calamari with Sicilian capunada, and aspecia that night of lamb stuffed canaloni. We will return to work our way through this delisious menu.
This is just a good neighborhood place to have dinner. If you live in the Elmwood area, please support it!
Our first waitress knew nothing about wines, and confused Pinto Grigio and Vermentino. She took our orders and then disappeared for the rest of the evening, replaced by a guy who show ed up occasionally, always later than he should have. The squid was good, but served with the sauce we had requested on the side. The cauliflower was a huge portion, but tasty. The cacio e pepe started out gummy and got worse. We asked to see the dessert menu, but by the time it got to us we were no longer interested.
Don’t go. Food lacked in every way possible. We eat out a lot and we’re surprised to find such a backward restaurant in the Bay Area.
Fantastic experience. We have been back a few times now, the food is delicious and consistent. The wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly. I look forward to returning!
Came back for their great Easter menu. Loved the lamb and Neapolitan dessert.
We had the Easter Dinner. The food was regional: unfamiliar but traditional and delicious. Donato & Co. has comfortable seating, pleasant decor, and a good sound system. We saw a number of friends and family dining together.
Fantastic service (Gina Shelley was so lovely and attentive with our group of nine people - six adults and three children), delicious Italian fare and cocktails, kid-friendly (kids menu with games, colouring, and crayons), nice ambiance, spacious, and easy parking (we had a 12.15pm reservation on Easter Sunday). Will definitely be back!
The menu and execution of it was both authentic and very good. Plan to go back to try some of the other dishes.
Service was attentive and good. We went at a very uncrowded time for brunch; it was quiet and intimate - nice!
Great food! Friendly, attentive staff. Good location, easy parking.
Donato & Co is a delightful restaurant. This visit was my third time there, and each time have loved the experience. The food is delicious. My friend and I split the Ricotta/Asparagus/Prosciutto/Hazelnut appetizer and it was divine. For our mains, I have the Nebbiolo-braised oxtail risotto, and my friend had the Il Maiale (pork belly, sausage, and ribs) and both were wonderful. For dessert, we split the Rosemary Crema Cotta and it was heavenly. We joked about each ordering our own next time.
As for beverages, I had the Pera Invernale and it is the best cocktail in the Bay Area. My friend was less enthusiastic about his cocktails, but I explained that since he chose not to order the Pera Invernale it was his own fault. ;)
One of the other great things about this restaurant is the noise level: there is NO problem hearing your dining partners when speaking in a normal volume. It reminds me of the noise-cancelling systems in another friends car. You know there is noise, but it doesn't interfere with conversation. Maybe they use noise cancelling technology? Whatever it is, it makes dining at Donato & Co a relaxing and delightful event.