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donato&co.

4.2
191 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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Rustic Italian cuisine w/ a contemporary twist, featuring house made pastas & locally sourced seafood & meats cooked over a live fire.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch and Dinner:Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 9:30pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(510) 838-1131
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Donato Scotti
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
College Ave
What 191 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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food
4.2
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Double birthday, milestone birthday! Had a blast with the staff too... and AWESOME food!!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Very good food. A big open airy room-very light-excellent wait staff. I had a lovely Mother's Day dinner.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Food was underseasoned and service was uneven. We were underwhelmed.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

The homemade pasta with lamb ragu was ample and delicious. So was the salad with the faro.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Excellent food. Welcoming and warm ambiance. Quiet and comfortable. Attentive, non-obtrusive service.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Delicious meal. My husband enjoyed risotto with oxtails and I had the pizette which was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Great neighborhood restaurant, nice menu and beautiful space

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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!!

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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!

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2.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Italian food that just didn’t work. Soggy flavorless farrow salad, salami that looked and tasted like chipped ham.

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2.0Dined on April 19, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great restaurant, delicious food, gracious staff and soon to be a neighborhood gem!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Had a wonderful dinner here! Great service, ambience, and the food was spot on. Highly recommend the cacio e pepe!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Food is always good and the staff is very attentive

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great. Great

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This is just a good neighborhood place to have dinner. If you live in the Elmwood area, please support it!

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on April 4, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Came back for their great Easter menu. Loved the lamb and Neapolitan dessert.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great food! Friendly, attentive staff. Good location, easy parking.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Eccezionale!!!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

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.

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