roasted red kuri squash, brown butter, sage, amaretti, Grana Padano
grilled, from Monterey Bay, Sicilian caponata, salmoriglio sauce
Grana Padano cheese, Nebbiolo wine braised Piemontese meat oxtail
Another stellar dining experience. Enjoyed a Spritz Indeciso (super cocktail), fried white anchovies that were divine and then the special homemade pasta and braised pork. Wine, desserts, vin santo. Just terrific and lots of fun.
Always a wonderful meal in a beautiful room with warm and thoughtful service. A favorite among the favorites!
In the era of COVID 19, Donato, which has always been spacious, with lots of room between large tables, has taken out several tables to spread diners out even more. They seem very aware of health risks, offering sanitizing wipes at the door, and they conscientiously wipe down their talbes. The food is fine, atmosphere great, and if you are feeling stir crazy, this might be one of the safest bets for eating out.
A touch of Italy in Berkeley with friendly staff and delicious pasta dishes. It’s my new GO TO spot. Plus, it stays open from 11:30 am until closing so great for a quick bite before the movie.
Great food, good prices and our server was wonderful. I would go back and eat here to try their other dishes :)
It was really good. When we were there it was kind of busy, so that staff was stretcheched but our waiter did the best he could under the circumstances.
I often forget what a lovely neighborhood gem this restaurant is. Three different entrees that were delicious; two yummy starters that kicked off the dinner.
We did not have space for dessert, but the list looked appetizing.
I need more stars ! Everything was fantastic! Such great service and the food and wine was the best!!
Great food, wonderful place. Veniero and Carol are wonderful hosts.
Great as always.
A lovely evening at Donato and Co. Our waiter, Adriano, was so engaged and welcoming. He was very charismatic and his zeal for the menu was infectious. Everything he recommended was fantastic. Truly enjoyed the whole evening, and my friends and I look forward to returning.
Food delicious, going back. Highly recommend the squid with Dijon sauce
This was our second time at Donato and we were very disappointed. The service was very poor. Our waiter forgot the bread, was late to service the wine (not served until the first course was served) and no followup after the main course was served. The food was mediocre at best. I had the ink spaghetti pasta that had no flavor and very, very little calamari. Someone else had the swordfish that was mediocre. Also, we ordered broccoli that was not delivered.
Our first visit to the restaurant was excellent. Great service and very good food. We do not know what happened over the two weeks between visits, but are fairly certain we will not be back.
Food was excellent and reasonably priced. Nice menu selection. Saturday evening was crowded and service was very slow. Although there is a free neighborhood parking lot in the rear, it was full, (6: 30 dinner reservation), and parking on the street is a challenge.
Amazing service and food! The hostess, Carol, was warm and inviting. Our waiter Marco offered impeccable service. Knowledgeable about the food , sophisticated and helpful.
Well crafted and thoughtful combinations of flavors. We will be back.
Everything was good except my dinner. I ordered duck. It was very dry, over cooked. There was little on the plate with it. I have had enjoyable dinners at Donato and will return but I was really disappointed in the duck. I didn't say anything because I didn't want to put a damper on my birthday dinner. My friends and I had a great time and our waiter was a lot of fun. I just won't get duck again.
It’s a great place to eat and our server, Marco, was excellent. Love it there.
Family dinner. Great place, service and food!
I love this restaurant. Service was extremely good Saturday night. An as always the food is over the top delicious. Can't wait to come back again. Keep up the good work!
I can’t say enough how excellent this restaurant is. Our appetizer was a salumi plate... duck, pork, and salumi plus picked peppers and onion. Delicious. The pasta... cacio y peppe, ravioli, bolognese all perfect. The dessert... Zuppa inglese fantastic. The bread was warm and wonderful. Service was perfect. My favorite restaurant.
The food here is fantastic. The squash tortellini, wood fired squid, cauliflower with pesto were all excellent. The waiter did not bring bread, did not bring cream and did not remember that the gathering was a birthday when serving dessert. The restaurant was not that busy, I have had great service at this restaurant before so I will be back. Since we were a party of six a 20 percent tip was added to the bill. We usually would have added a little extra but not this time.
Il cibo e I camerieri sono meravigliosi!
THIS is my NEW FAVORITE restaurant in Berkeley. Beautiful food, great service, great atmosphere. Nice list of wines by the glass. Not a single complaint.
The chicken was good. Pasta dishes are mostly too salty. The risotto with ox tail was also too salty.
Food was delicious. Wine pours on the skimpy side. Service was spotty. A large part of the place was reserved for a group. Unfortunately the group did not sit down for about 40 minutes. They monopolized the whole bar and were loud. We were next to the bar and could hardly talk comfortably. They also blocked the way to the restrooms. Not the best place for a quiet meal.
Disappointing the food and service has gone downhill since the first time we went. Will not be going back. The owner made a rude comment to my husband on the way out which was uncalled for and inappropriate.
This is probably my favorite Italian restaurant in the South Berkeley, North Oakland area. I believe it is a bit more in line with common Italian dishes and offers more variety than either Bellanico or Italian Colors.
From the moment we walked in and Carol greeted us to Marco's fabulous service to the warm ambiance and wonderful flavors it was memorable experience. We will be back.
Our waitress was attentive, personable and very accommodating. She did an amazing job, considering she was the only waitress working the lunch shift in a moderately busy Monday afternoon. The food was tasty, portions adequate. Enjoyed our meal, will definitely return!
This is our third or fourth time at Donato, and It has consistently been very good. The portions are large, the dishes are well thought out, the menu is varied, the service is impeccable, and the noise level is such that we can have discussions without yelling! All in all, a very good neighborhood location. One tiny suggestion: one member of our party ordered the three small pizzas appetizer; the pizzas were mostly dough ... perhaps consider making them differently or smaller or adding filling? But this is a very minor suggestion, as all the other dishes were excellent!
I would personally stick with what they do best: the pasta and dessert dishes. I recommend the Carbonara! Every dessert was fantastic. Yes, our group tried them all.
Some of best pasta ever. The wait staff was very professional. Very pleasantly surprised on our first visit. Definitely will come back.,
Great service. The duck breast was FABULOUS, will definitely go back for that soon.
And, they brought back my favorite cocktail, the Pera Invernale!
What a lovely evening.
This is my third time back after discovering Donato about 2 months ago. LOVE the food, different and interesting. Not too noisy buy not to quite-just right.
We love the food and dinner was immensely enjoyable from start to finish.
Great staff! Great service!
The food is right on point, and the service was exceptional. I’m glad to have found this great neighborhood spot!
The food was good but not exceptional. The service was friendly but a little bit slow.
We went here for restaurant week and really enjoyed the food. Pasta was extra al dente and satisfying. Good happy hour!
donato&co. does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. donato&co. also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 838-1131.
donato&co. is rated 4.4 stars by 733 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.