Enoteca Molinari

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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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DG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and a great time. Love the wine list and friendly atmosphere.

KG
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, ambiance and service -but- bathroom needs to be cleaned BADLY.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable food
Fantastic service
Incredibly amazing wine selection

L
New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited on Tuesday night for a farewell dinner. We liked the food a lot. It was also cozy and quiet.

RS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

overall good meal and service. nice small atmosphere. fair value

w
San Francisco
123 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not as good most times in the past. The food simply had no zing.

JJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is authentic Italian food, family style, good service and nice environment.

m
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner , food was delicious!!

D
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Mixed experience. Some dishes were amazing - best swordfish ever! Others didn’t really hit the mark. Kitchen was slow and a bit confused about whether they did or did not have fish, etc.
Server was apologetic but a bit scattered.

SP
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Have dine here often. Service tend to be on the slow side. Food is always good. Paying can often be a drawn out process.

MB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new space. Friendly staff. High quality food. Wonderful neighborhood restaurant.

M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was consistently delicious! Very authentic creative Italian.

DB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went back Saturday night after the CAL game with our two daughters to Enoteca Molinari for a relatively late 8pm dinner. We wanted to know if the excellent dinner and service we had two weeks prior with just my wife and I was a fluke. Well, it wasn't a fluke. We walked into this cute and cozy place and were instantly greeted with "its great to see you again, welcome!" by the wonderful waiter. The fantastic Italian chef smiled a greeting at us and Joe, the owner greeted us and helped us find a couple great bottles of Italian red wine. Dinner was again superb. The two pastas were delicious paired with a couple starters and the great eggplant dish. Well done folks. Can't wait to come back. Love this place.

WT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a jewel. I love the warm service and superb food.

CA
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service and food. Will be back!
Andy Steinberg

AC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server, Casey, was the best server I've ever had in my entire life. She was gracious, patient with us, highly accommodating, and kept our waters filled. The place was packed, too!! Amazing food, amazing service.

DB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came through the tunnel and were able to get a Saturday evening reservation at this wonderful little Italian restaurant on College Avenue. We were so lucky because we found this hidden gem. While it’s been here close to nine years it’s really easy to walk right by it. We had seen it before and had never ventured in.
The owner and the Italian chef are so friendly and the food is authentic and outstanding and the service spot on with a smile.
The tagliatelle is as good as you can find anywhere in Italy or New York. The Monterey Bay calamari with Frisée was awesome. Their wine list is great and Joe picked out a super nice bottle of red for us from Tuscany.
While Belotti just down the street gets much fanfare, don’t miss Enoteca Molinari.
The service here was much better then we received at the bar at A16.

a
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food excellent ambience and great service

R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional as always. Angelo always makes sure that plates are served as soon as food is ready to be served. Joe provides many wine choices to go with the chosen dish. Service has always been attentive. and ready to please. All good reasons to go back and enjoy an evening of great tastes and company.

EY
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a gem. The unbreaded! calamari with fennel and garbanzo beans was excellent. My friend's gnocci was really delicate ( I never order it because it is usually heavy. ) My tagliatelle was good but a bit meat heavy. Very Good service (only four stars because they forgot about us after we came in.) Nice ecletic crowd and cool little bar.

SP
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of your favorites, it is a calm place, with excellent Italian, like you would find in Italy. They have a great Italian wine list, at reasonable prices.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places. Sit at the bar if you can.

SF
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening - good service and good food! Thanks.

F
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From out of town and met friends here with no expectations - wow! Service was just the right amount of attention, very knowledgeable and helpful. Food was great, as were wine and dessert. Very enjoyable.

WT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent! Warm service and delicious food. I always feel right at home here.

TO
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We used the word"sublime". Its very Italian is so far as the motto is - we take care of you and you take care of us! the food is delicious and sublime!

O
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The pasta was delicious and so was the salted caramel pudding.

RS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What a find in the Rockridge! Perfectly prepared rustic Italian food without heavy sauces or needless mounds of cheese. My ragu was made with fresh tagliatelle that was sublimely l dente. The vegetable soup was made with a robust vegetable stock and hearty pieces of carrot and English snap peas. My wife had the salmon that was accompanied by a fennel, olive, and caper medley with pure Mediterranean flavors. There is also an excellent Italian wine list with wines being offered by the glass. I’m also happy to report that the wine markups were a bit less than expected, so this make Enoteca Molinari an even better value for your dining budget. Salute!

MF
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Tagliatelle was my choice and I was very satisfied. Cauliflauer good too and others in party liked their dishes too.

s
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food! Wonderful service. Tiny, cramped space that can get pretty noisy, but it didn't matter as we had such a great meal. Very good wine selection.

DB
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Service was the best part about Enoteca. Our server Fabian was friendly, attentive and suggested excellent wine pairings for our meal.

R
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For the amount of times, my family has eaten at Enoteca Molinari, we have never been disappointed.
From Angelo, the Neopolitan chef, to the waiters and Joe, the owner, we highly recommend the cuisines, the service as well as Joe's choices when choosing wines.

F
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This small, charming, restaurant with delicious food and warm service made feel that I was in Italy again!

M
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, Enoteca is the place for perfectly prepared southern Italian food. The only mistake was ours-we ordered every on the menu except the ragu. I must return soon!

p
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this little spot -- great Italian food -- and wine to pair -- quiet enough to talk -- just a little charmer.

KR
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food is quite good--authentic Italian (vs. Italian-American) flavors and dishes. Also a wine list that compliments the food. We dined early, so it wasn't crowded and was easy to converse, but as a small room, it could get hard for some to hear. I would definitely go there again.

TV
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and very attentive staff. They went out of their way to make sure that we were happy.

F
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love this place. The food is always good. It's small. You can have a conversation without shouting across the table. Highly recommend./

R
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited Italy several times and loved how small restaurant dining was the highlight of our trips. Enoteca took us back! From the moment we walked in the service made us feel at home. From Antipasti to Verdure to Pasta/pesce to pana cotti we were no longer in Oakland but there we were! The gnocchi al fungi was so light and my wife’s swordfish was the first time she has not asked for lemon ever! We will be back and highly recommend.

PL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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