Enoteca Molinari

4.7
278 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Enoteca Molinari is a small Italian restaurant & wine bar in Oakland (3 blocks from BART) that serves up some delicious homemade pasta and Italian plates with local and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy 20+ Italian wines by the glass and an all Italian bottle list.

Please make sure to give us 24 hours of notice if you can't make your reservation.

Grazie mille!
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PL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with my 92 year old Mom is always special and whenever we dine at Enoteca Molinari, we feel special!!! From the moment you walk in you are treated wonderfully. Every morsel to eat is amazing and the service is outstanding!!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun sitting at the bar. Bartender was very informative and helpful in understanding the wine list.

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C
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been here three times. I am almost willing to write a less then spectacular review to make sure we can still get a table here next time, because when word gets out it will be much harder for us to get a table here. But honesty and customer loyalty forces me to say this is a real gem in the neighborhood with great service and very good food. We like the arrancini and the beet I like it that they have several good beers including the fantastic Tripel Karmeliet. 5 stars

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AZ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this neighborhood gem. Intimate atmosphere with really good food and service.

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

small intimate spot, very authentic food, + food combinations/ flavors were as if we were dining in Italy! Need to make reservation since small number of tables but always love dining at the bar!

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DL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent. Will be my go to place for a great meal where you can have conversation

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FG
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything you hope for when looking for true excellence in a an intimate setting can be found here.

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MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to Molinari after striking out at another restaurant, and were pleasantly surprised. The food was simple, but terrific. We shared three appetizers, a main course and a dessert. The standouts were the Monterey Bay calamari, the arancini and the gnocchi. They have an interesting wine list - tho' not extensive.

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to restaurant for date night with my girl. The food is always excellent and the wine selection is fabulous. Desserts are off the hook!!!

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HF
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great experience every time. A rare, more intimate setting and experience.

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LB
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joe and chef Angelo have continued to deliver great Italian menus for dine time now. Can’t wait for them to open the new space! Great food, reasonably priced wines in a nice small venue.

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PP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enoteca Molinari provides authentic Italian cuisine, comparable to what you would find in Italy itself. The chef is talented, uses fresh ingredients, and changes the menu seasonally. The owner is a wine connoisseur and is very helpful when selecting something to complement the meal. I have been several times, and each guest I have brought, has also enjoyed it thoroughly.

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DV
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed when we visit Enoteca Molinari. The food and waitstaff are fantastic, the wine list is interesting and accessible. Every time I walk through the door, I walk through less burdened than what I left outside knowing that the next hour or two are going to be wonderful.

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a
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic...great food and service. Outstanding all-Italian wine list.

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PB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was charming and intimate, service attentive, food unique and delicious, ambiance was inviting, pleasant and cool. A small neighborhood restaurant with limited seating that creates the charm and intimacy. Highly recommend.

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P
Pittsburgh
46 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Stunningly prepared food from an appealing menu. Simply and unpretentiously served. Can’t wait to return.

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M
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect neighborhood restaurant I use for special occasions and simple meals.

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M
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this quaint spot. Food is delicious and the owner is attentive. Pasta ragú is a must.

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DN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We’ve been twice now and really enjoyed it both times. It’s small, intimate, and neighborhoodie, with a quality menu and a staff that is inviting and relaxed. It took us a while to get to it, but we’ll keep coming back!

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DR
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our first visit - Very pleased with everything. All the pasta dishes, and especially the swordfish, were really good. This is a small restaurant, very intimate feel to it, good atmosphere and the food seems authentically Italian. Desserts just ok, but everything else was excellent!

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S
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a very nice dinner -- small place with great service and good food.

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g
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love visiting. It’s like coming home. Joe and Fabiano always make us feel like they have been waiting for us to come back.

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S
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Gnocchi was delicious....not some lump of pasta. My swordfish also was delish. The beet salad was good but not enough beets!
The service was good.

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R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have never been disappointed in the food, ambience and service at Enoteca.
Kitchen is run by Angelo, who must have been brought up in the restaurant business in Naples.
Food always comes up hot and incredibly delicious.
Joe, the owner, always gracious and more than helpful with providing a taste of wine prior to deciding whether it fits your pallet at the time. His dessert suggestions are right on the mark as well.
No problem highly recommending the restaurant.

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S
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not great!!

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MW
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine list and the food is also excellent. It is a bit pricey and portion size is a bit small, but it is inline with what I would expect from this type of establishment

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant

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h
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is always first rate, do a long dinner with friends with shared plates.
Besides the food enjoyment, the staff clearly enjoys the service and presentation.
They are very helpful with providing samples of wines for selection.
All in all a happy place which shines.
Went with family now living in Holland, and closer San Diego, all were happily surprised.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Our mains took forever to come out, with little explanation or apology. The couple next to us, who’s was seated after us, finished their mains and left before we even got served our mains

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I really wanted to like this restaurant, but the calamari was chewy and the orecchiette was dense like gnocchi and needed salt. The burrata and beet salad was food, but the burrata was more like a mozzerella than a burrata. Also, we asked for a bottle of sparkling wine and they made a mistake and gave us a different bottle that they opened before getting to our table so we felt obliged to drink it. Service was ok. Unfortunately we do not recommend this restaurant.

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M
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our very favorite spots in Oakland! We took my mom last week for her Birthday + had a lovely celebration.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy, romantic sweet spot with delicious food and welcoming staff.

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K
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and wine were exceptional. Joe’s knowledge of wine is impressive and his ability to identify just the right wine is uncanny.
Angelo Is a masterful chef. His dishes are both delicious and beautifully presented.

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a
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The wine selection is great. Appetizers/starters excellent,but both pastas were salty. Nice small neighborhood spot.

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T
San Francisco
94 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very much like a small restaurant out of the tourist traps in Italy, with fresh pasta, delicious earthy sauces and a very nuanced by-the-glass (bottles, too) wine list. It feels very intimate and it is in fact tiny, so be sure to reserve if you want to sit at a table instead of the bar.

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GG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time. Pleasantly surprised. Great food with very good service. Not rushed even though it’s a small popular place. Cannot wait to return.

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AP
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic, wonderful Italian food with perfect Italian wine pairings. From the fig/burrata app, through salad, eggplant parm, fresh tagliatelle (with rich ragu) and dessert, it was the perfect meal.

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FF
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic Italian fare in a cozy spot with friendly, personalized service, living up to its name as an enoteca (wine library) by offering a large selection of wines by the glass.

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BB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is great with each dish prepared by the chef visible in the open kitchen area. Service was just OK.

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