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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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The Chef lost our order for more than 30 minutes. The service was very inattentive for such a small place.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite spot. Sit at the bar if you can.

RG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Overall, the food was fantastic. The ambiance is a bit lacking and the service was just awkward. The person helping our waitress would come to the table to pour water, but still have his hand in his pocket. That was strange. But the food really was the star. We enjoyed the restaurant and hope to go back. We just hope they work on the look of the place. This could be something special.

f
San Francisco
190 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Seated promptly, welcoming service, excellent food. Top-notch Italian wine list. All hard surfaces makes it borderline noisy. One learning for us - it was our second visit in 2 weeks. Same menu, with not all that many options. We’ll probably wait until spring to return to get some menu variety.

p
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The newly remodeled space is lovely and the restaurant is quieter as a result of spacious seating. The chef is lovely and works so hard at creating authentic dishes. I love this place!

R
London
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of my two favourite restaurants in the Oakridge area or for that matter all of Berkeley/Oakland

f
San Francisco
190 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A long-standing small restaurant in Rockridge seems to have new energy as it expands into adjacent space. The Saturday-night vibe was buzzy and fun; the crowd was clearly glad to be there; and the almost-ready expanded space looks great. Staff behind the bar and on the floor were welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable about food and wine pairings. Salads are interesting, and pastas are great. Pork saltimbocca was OK, not remarkable. The panna cotta was absolutely wonderful. All-Italian wine list is full of moderately-priced treasures. Can't wait to go back.

MH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Sadly,the restaurant was a big disappointment. Two salad dishes were flavorless. Squid salad had a few
Pieces of squid with fennel and virtually no seasoning. Another salad dish was tasteless. I used tho olive oil that came with the bread to flavor the salad. Service was nonexistent until I called the waiter to tell him my entree was not what I had ordered. He offered to prepare the correct order but I did not want to spend another half hour waiting for food. Many better restaurants in the area.

C
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really like this place. It is slightly above our budget, so a trip there is always a special splurge. I think we have been 5 times since it opened, one time on New Year's Eve. The menu is fairly small and they do each item really well. Most recently we had saltimboca. delicious. And they have Belgian beer as well as a large wine selection.
Five stars.

DB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another spectacular dining experience - great waiters and owner and chef. Love the house pasta! One of our favorite “go to” places

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Great food, but sexist staff. They were verbally surprised when the woman in our party ordered the heartier meatier dish. We will not be returning

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place!

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E
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Enoteca Molinari makes me feel like I am dining in Italy. We’re so lucky to live not far from this restaurant. The menu is not large, but every dish is perfectly prepared and feels totally authentic. All of the pastas are wonderful and have the same “chew” as pasta in Italy does. The wine list is exclusively Italian and has enabled us to learn a lot about Italian wines. The service is always warm and helpful. The salted caramel budino is absolutely heavenly! I love this restaurant.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Second visit. Great food and wine and friendly staff.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place w dedicated behind the scene folks. 5 of us for $250.00 after 3 hrs. Plus $100.00 worth of wine.

DG
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
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
San Francisco
2 reviews
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
125 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
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner , food was delicious!!

D
San Francisco
42 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
31 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
22 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was consistently delicious! Very authentic creative Italian.

DB
San Francisco
13 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
92 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
13 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
11 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
4 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.

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