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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SP
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was consistently delicious! Very authentic creative Italian.

DB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

CA
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and food. Will be back!
Andy Steinberg

AC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food excellent ambience and great service

R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SF
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

F
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

TO
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

RS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

M
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
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!!!

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.

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

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.

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!

DL
San Francisco
3 reviews
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

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.

MG
New York Area
4 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.

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!!!

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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