Enoteca Molinari

4.7
373 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Enoteca Molinari is an Italian restaurant & wine bar (with heated outdoor seating) that specializes in house-made pasta and Italian dishes using local and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy our all Italian wine list and don't forget to try some dessert. Contact us if you'd like a selection of wine delivered (to Rockridge and the surrounding area).

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

Grazie mille!

Support Enoteca Molinari during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
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 373 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a fantastic meal and great service in a bright, airy setting. Wish we had discovered EM years ago! Will definitely be back.

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DouglasA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favs & it's very good food but the ownership etc. is great as well. Glad they have made it thru the recent past/issues. Go there!

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Blu19
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Should be a top neighborhood spot. Service was awesome.

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architetto
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best Italian dinner since we were in Florence in 2019. The Tagliatelle al Ragu' is always great and always on the menu, but the new and changing dishes are worth a try. The almond cake for dessert was light, just sweet enough, and a perfect ending.

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Raffa
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't ask for better swordfish. Cooked to my exact request and the vino matched up as expected. Service was well handled and kept coming back asking if anything was needed or missing. Highly recommend the food and the chef has a Neapolitan touch.
One missing item may have been for the coffee but we did go there for the food.
No disappointment there.

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PenelopeW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As my first dining experience since the pandemic this could not have been better, sitting under a heater outside and tasting delicious food. We ate the rice croquettes, arancini I think, which are totally yummy and good to share . Then we had a lovely blood orange and fennel and pickled red onion sala d with a very light dressing. We ended each having another hot starter of baked cauliflower in a tomato sauce and grated cheese, and with a glass of wine , could not have been happier. So there is an alternative to pasta which is of course also delicious.

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AndoB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic italian ristorante and wine bar, the best I can think of in the area and the closest to the real deal in italy i have ever had. couldnt recommend enough

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Molly
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

since our area is not yet open for inside dining, this locally-owned neighborhood restaurant meets all of the criteria for safety and good food during these pandemic times and is worthy of attention. Small so best to make a reservation.

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ClaudiaB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this restaurant. The food is great and the staff do everything to make your dining experience pleasurable.

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vipVivian
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine, terrific food and a fantastic neighborhood location, this is a staple for us - even during the Covid shut down.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been a favorite for years. Just had dinner there and was even more impressed with the quality of the food this time! Everything we enjoyed was excellent! The service and staff are phenomenal! We have always enjoyed the cozy atmosphere and authentic welcoming vibe that we experienced while traveling in Italy.

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vipTuesdayNightDinner
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Outdoor dining only and they only had four tables outside. While there, only three of the four tables were occupied. We ordered two appetizers, two salads and two pasta entrees to share. The appetizers came in approximately 15 minutes after placing our entire order, then salads came another 15 minutes after we finished the appetizers, and our entrees another 15 minutes after the salads. It was quite a long time between courses, but the entrees did come out hot.

Enoteca Molinari
Responded on February 9, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. I apologize about the wait. I'm the owner and I was your server that night. We're understaffed because business is slow due to the pandemic which means we can't afford a full staff. It's just me and the chef on most weekdays. We juggle between takeout, delivery and table service which may have made things seem much slower than they would be normally. I apologize. Thank you for supporting us during this difficult time, Joe

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great dinner outside due to Covid. Our server was also the owner and he was very nice and food was great too.

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diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food and wine in outside tables (and heat lamps) during COVID. The wait staff was attentive but also kept their distance, so I appreciated that. It was the first night of low temperatures in November, and the heat lamps, along with jacket and a hat that I usually don't ever wear, kept me warm enough to enjoy the outside dining.

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JBLM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor dining with heaters. Food was really good.

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vipSusanS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good an outside dining experience as possible in these times.

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Valariek
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yum! Everything was delicious and the wine was fantastic. A truly memorable experience.

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RJ12
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner Joe Madison is doing his darndest to keep his wonderful restauran alive. Only a half dozen outdoor tables, but the same wonderful house made pasta highlights a great menu.

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vipRichP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have found Enoteca Molinari to be one of the more authentic Italian restaurants in the Bay Area. The food and Italian wine selection is always a treat.

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vipDaveB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, their pastas are simply divine! With there friendly and excellent Italian chef and waiter along with long time owner, Joe, this place is a fantastic Friday or Saturday night out for couples or friends. They are safe, tables are outside off College Avenue and Joe's wine selection is really price friendly and deliciously Italian. Special applause for their Tagliatelle al ragu', fresh swordfish, Orecchiette can le cime di rapa (house made past with broccoli rabe, pecorino and always add the house sausage to this dish. Their gnocchi is light and delicious as well. Love supporting the smaller, family owned restaurants and we come from Alamo, Danville and Walnut Creek with friends and its all of a 17 minute drive. What a great place!

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Ales
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! Service was great and friendly! Thank you!

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NancyF
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is one of our favorite Oakland restaurants. Intimate, great seasonal menu, delicious food, excellent service and great Italian wine list. We often prefer it for "date night" or a special occasion.

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JackM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in Bay....great wine selection...chef amazing... service fantastic

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PastaPedant
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best homespun Italian cuisine, served by the best people, paired with an amazing Italian wine list.

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vipcgf1
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great and plentiful. I had the large tagliatelle with ragu and it was really enough for two people. Our table was, of course, outside. But we were on the Taft Avenue side and away from the College Avenue traffic so it was quieter. We would definitely go back.

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vipsuzanne
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent, friendly and knowledgeable service - good was very good - ambiance on outside sidewalk ok - not great but that's not their fault! Enjoyed it and would go back!

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vipDaveB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were lucky to get a 7:30pm reservation with a nice outside table this past Saturday. This place brings a small family style charm with even the Italian chef saying hello. This is a place where you feel welcome and can splurge on some of the best pasta around. Light delicious pastas without heavy sauces combined with wonderful salads. Their local calamari (not fried) is spectacular and we love their pesto gnocchi and their tagliatelle and their light kale pasta. Great wines are always being poured by the wonderful owner, Joe. One of the best kept secrets in Oakland and San Francisco Bay area.

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DouglasA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's a great restaurant/owner & ran very well. They really deliver for their patrons. Good wines & excellent food.

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GillianG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great attentive service, delicious food and wine. Covid safety was a priority.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, warm service, really sweet place. It was outdoor dining ONLY.

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architetto
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The sidewalk is not the perfect location for dining, hence the lower star for ambiance. But the food, as always was outstanding, and the outdoor service well managed.

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James
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Wonderful to have a dine in meal after six months of closures.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal - everything on point!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant did a phenomenal job adapting to the Covid situation. Staff wears masks, regularly cleans all surfaces, tables will set out outside of the restaurant with hand sanitizers on the table. Really made for a wonderful time, being carefree from Covid, and able to enjoy the spectacular food and drinks that they offered. The pasta here is very well done, great texture and good sized portions. Can’t wait to go back again!

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MatteoC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice wine selection accomoanied by simple Italian dishes but of high quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great experience, service was polite and professional it was just slow. It took 45 minutes to place an order for appetizers.

Food and wine was outstanding.

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vipEaze
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. . . as always! Delicious food, wine and wonderful service. What more could you ask for?

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vipChris
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yay! Enoteca reopened for outdoor dining during SIP. So glad to have them back in the hood. Love the food and friendly service.

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vipSusanS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although not enclosed, the tables are on the side street, where there is little foot traffic.

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vipSharonT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enoteca Molinari is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. The food is delicious. The service is great. They are generous with the wine tasting to make sure you get the one that suits you. Aaaaand we’re always welcomed in like old friends. What could be better?

FAQs

Enoteca Molinari does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Enoteca Molinari also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 428-4078.

Enoteca Molinari is rated 4.7 stars by 373 OpenTable diners.

Enoteca Molinari does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/VMMZB8AX3RNKK/order.

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.

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