donato&co.

4.5
903 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Rustic Italian cuisine w/ a contemporary twist, featuring house made pastas & locally sourced seafood & meats cooked over a live fire.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 903 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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viparcheplan
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We have been there often. But last night the food, tapenade were all too salty. String Ben’s were way over done.

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vipdeborahw
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We were celebrating my husband’s birthday with another couple.Food was superb. The reason I am not giving it five stars is our waiter brought our salads and main course all together. Never even thought of saying “can we have the salads first”. Ridiculous. Took away the feeling of eating at an easy pace. but once again the food was fantastic however for an expensive meal expected serving protocol to go with it.

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FabiolaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

D&Co really stepped it up in the kitchen. We’ve been several times and the food is always good, but this time it was outstanding. The branzino was spectacular! Love the new staff and the added take-home market options. Can’t wait for next time.

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Local
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

superb food & excellent wines, cocktails & beer
the owner is charming, helpful, quick & extremely bright
the welcome & service & quality of the food very much like an excellent restaurant in italy

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FussyEaters
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Our first time back in Berkeley in two years. Food was excellent but the restaurant was filled to capacity including outdoor tables. Service was very slow.

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vipAntoniaD
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely interior space, 3 or 4 daily specials (even for lunch), lovely service, just wonderful. Everyone speaks Italian. Terrific pasta made in house. We will go back!

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LucaD
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly one of the very best true Italian restaurant in the Bay Area, if not the best.
BTW, I was born and grew up in Italy and I have no interests in the restaurant, just in case anyone would think I am biased. Enjoy it. Luca

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ValerieR
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

good neighborhood spot. some innovative dishes. the descriptions of the food were sometimes incomplete.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were enjoying our 28th anniversary with a stay in Berkeley — a city we have grown to love over many years. We decided to try Donato & Co. for dinner. We arrived early and stepped to the bar. We were pleasantly surprised to find a very knowledgeable and creative bar staff, well versed in Italian spirits. We tried a few of their twists on the classics, and were duly impressed. We also met some very lovely locals, and through conversation it slipped that I am an opera singer — which means I have spent more than a few evenings in Italian bars and gastropubs around the world and am often asked to sing something. Two drinks in, when asked, I chose a small section from the middle of Nessun Dorma (Turandot) took the hand of the lovely lady sitting next to us, and offered my rendition — shutting down the house if only for a moment. Hopefully we made this lovely lady’s night, and I would note that the team was gracious and fun!

From my perspective, Donato & Co. is an authentic Italian find in Berkeley. As is my custom, we asked the staff what they believe the kitchen does very well — and we were not disappointed. They make on site, a beautiful ricotta found in several of their pastas and appetizers. We tried three appetizers and two pasta dishes — one being Chef Gianluca’s special of the night. Each item was deftly prepared and balanced perfectly. It was important to make sure that all elements of each dish were enjoyed together to find that perfect balance of sale, grassi, acido e calore — and Chef Gianluca certainly knocked it out that night.

As we wrapped our meal, we learned that the staff wanted to wish the Chef a happy birthday at the end of the night. They asked me to join, and a newfound fratello and I gave our little Italian duet of tanti auguri, with a few high notes tossed in. A truly enjoyable night in Berkeley — great food in a place with a great local vibe! I would definitely recommend a visit.

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BarbaraL
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, very good service and easy parking. Appetizers were terrific and pasta exceptional. Good drink and wine selection. A very enjoy able evening.

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Snewton94024
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was a Saturday lunch.
Food was very good and good value too.
Our server was obviously new and seemed unsure about the menu leading to one goof in ordering but she fixed it.
We liked the house made pastas and the wine by the glass selections were nicely curated and fairly priced.
The atmosphere was casual and very friendly.
We would definitely return when in Berkeley.

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Rahul
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great menu - quality ingredients - excellent prep - friendly service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always excellent food and atmosphere

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BioSciCharlie
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were a foursome, had the table all evening, and it was lots of fun eating and talking. The food is always fun and good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun time with friends! Ate the appetizers and were full after 2! Very affordable.

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secretagentman
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has such a wonderful feeling to it, and the food is clearly made with care to bring the best of Italian cuisine in fresh and imaginative splendor. I only wish we lived closer to go more regularly.

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nealisa93
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner with the kids and grandkids. Great service,delicious food and a good value!

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DaisyL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I had my birthday celebration at Donato's with my family - 6 of us. The service and ambience was very nice. We enjoyed drinking wine, chatting and the food. The food was well prepared and they give you plenty so we were able to share around. The appetizer with the bacalao fish was excellent. We had pasta, fish, squid and pork chops and all were done nicely. Our server was very attentive without being obtrusive. I even got a pana cota desser with a candle on it. Thank you for making my birthday lunch a nice event. Definitely recommending and of course, coming back.

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FranC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Yummy, creative and ample dishes, perfect for tasting and sharing.

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MarkB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fabulous desserts, as usual! Love the bread and olive tapenade. Very good service. Not thrilled with the CICCHETTI. Liked the sole a lot, not the tuna so much. Like the ambiance a lot! Really interesting and unusual menu!!

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vipDrandy4food
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food nice service owners are nice people

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Lifes2short
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and the staff are friendly,engaging, and on point.

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vipLarryE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

They post a “suggested” time limit for table occupancy. Which are not unreasonable. Nonetheless waiter did rush us to order. I ordered a special prix fixee but didn’t take the time to review and question as much as I usually do, wound up disappointed. Suggest taking greater care here selecting. Food was mostly good but a la cart better

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Florencio
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wowee! Black Truffle Festival was so delicious. I hope they have a Chianti Festival or a Branzino a Festival!!!

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vipNemo
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb black truffle special menu. But all of the other offerings coming out of the kitchen looked equally attractive.

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vipwinegirl
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My steak was cooked perfectly and accompanied by a super yummy green sauce with rosemary in it. The wine list offers excellent Italian options to complement the food. We’ll definitely be going back to try more dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything about our experience! The pace of our meal was relaxed. Our pre-dinner cocktails were delicious! My mom and i enjoyed d a classic margarita, my dad had the French side car and my husband had the aviation. They were all done beautifully! We shared the fried risotto balls, which were delicious! We each had a salad… all incredibly fresh. My dad had the pork chop, my mom had the chicken, my husband and I had pasta - perfectly cooked just like it is in Italy! The service was attentive but we never felt rushed, the ambiance on the street was delightful - with the people watching, heat lamps between each table and just a wonderful evening in Berkeley! We had a great experience and will definitely be back!

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EileenC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, good service, nice ambiance. Recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was so good! Only reason I felt the ambiance was lower was because we were sitting outside but the inside looked lovely. Definitely recommend

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Rbrad9
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buonissimo!

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WiebkeL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day lunch- just lovely
Authentic Italian food
Fabulous service
Perfection

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viparcheplan
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. The manager is charming.

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BrianT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Everyone that arrived after us got their order taken first. The time between our starters to our entrees was about 20-35 minutes.
We were never checked up on after receiving our food.
Our water was never refilled, nor were we offered a chance to order a 2nd bottle of wine.
Food was a bit salty but still tasty.
We were seated outdoors and during the middle of our meal, water from a pipe unleashed right behind my foot and poured into the street.
I know there may be issues with staffing due to covid and preparing for opening, but it seemed like we were the only table to experience this as I watched everyone else get checked up on and taken care of .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going here before and through the pandemic. Glad to see they are back open and it is getting busy. Everything is delicious.

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vipKevinH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food. Great service.

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AnnD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect outdoor setting for lunch in the sunshine. Food was delicious and service was excellent.

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vipNemo
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donato has come out of the lockdown with its fine food and service at their pre-Covid high standard. The chef continues to provide us with inventive versions of classic Italian food. The wait staff is always courteous and attentive. It is great to have indoor dining back.

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vipOaklandNative
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Today is the second day that California reopened after the COVID19 lock down. It is a festive day, one to be celebrated at a restaurant, any restaurant, with good friends we have not seen in a year. We picked Donato and instead of feeling elated we came away frustrated and disappointed. The waiter, one suspects, would have been grateful to be over the California closure and at least give a hint at being happy. Nothing doing. We arrived at 5 and were seated at our table. Seated, and seated, and seated. Finally, the server arrived as though ready to pick a fight, as though this was the last place he wanted be. Unhelpful with the selection of a wine, he brought what seemed to be an infinitesimal pour in a huge glass. When we pointed out that it look miserly he growled that it was 5 ounces but would check with the manager to see what could be done. That was the last we heard. He was unequally unhelpful with suggestions from the menu and would not budge at a request for a pasta substitute for faro. The food was good but, as other reviewers have noted, hardly filled a quarter of the serving plate. There seems to be something going on at Donato about serving beverages and food in oversized service. Not sure what the point is but it only leads to disappointment. Hubris? Hardly warranted. All this said, it was wonderful to reunite with old friends, all of us crawling out of the horrors of the past year. Want to be with old friends at a place where you feel welcome and want to celebrate something? Find another place.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and we also received great service. Overall we had an excellent experience

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vipMartymaz
Hawaii
172 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fresh ingredients, imaginative preparations and very Italian feeling in every way.

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donato&co. is rated 4.5 stars by 903 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.