About Enoteca Molinari
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.
Oakland, CA 94618
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM - 11:00PM.
$30 and under
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Take a seat at the wine bar to view the open kitchen.
Street parking or try the lot at the corner of Kales & College Ave (1 block south of Enoteca Molinari).
3 blocks south of Rockridge BART next to À Côté (cross street is Taft Ave).
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Wine
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Enoteca Molinari Ratings and Reviews
Love this little place. I’ve been there 3 times. I keep going back because I want to try everything on the menu. I’m about half way through. It’s a fairly small menu but everything is top notch and delicious. I love the orecchiette with broccoli rabe. Perfect texture and flavor combination.
Our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Count on Angelo for consistently excellent food and for Joe and his delicious home made desserts and his knowledge about his great Italian wine list. We love that the restaurant is small, that the staff's attention is casual but informed and friendly, that the menu is small but offers interesting choices and most of all, that the Italian food is fresh, well seasoned and delicious. The ragu and the orecchietti are fabulous.
We were beyond pleasantly surprised during our first experience here. The food was outstanding, including the sublime desserts (almond cake and chocolate budino). A true neighborhood gem. Perfect for a quiet, cozy, romantic evening. We will definitely be back!
We have had dinner at Enoteca Molinari three times this year. We never have been disappointed with the food. Our little gem and radicchio salad with lemon vinaigrette was fresh and crisp. The portion was generous. We shared the swordfish which was cooked perfectly and was delicate and moist, and the gnocchi with eggplant and tomato which was light and flavorful. The almond torte for dessert with strawberries was delicate and fresh. Good wines by the glass.
We have been to Enoteca Molinari many times and are never disappointed. The menu seems small but actually has a wonderful selection of things in every category. Everything is made fresh right in front of you and the the owner stands behind the bar and orchestrates the evenings enjoyment. The wine selection is especially notable since it is an all-italian list and advice and tastes are available from Joe and makes it a great experience.
Food generally very good. Service friendly bit a tad irregular, but generally Ok, considering there was only one waitperson for the entire restaurant, albeit a very small restauant (probably 15 at table and 10 or so at the bar). The calamari and pasta with broccoli rabe were excellent. We will definitely go there again many times, and bring out-of-town guests.
Our guests were from Denmark and newly returned from a vacation in Italy, so we chose to take them to our favorite Italian restaurant. They, and we, loved every bite. Our table had both vegetarian and non-vegetarian appetizers and entrees, and everyone was pleased with their choices. We made a point of leaving room for dessert, which is a must here. We had the salted caramel pudding, the nectarine/peach sorbet and the Panna Cotta, which is not to be missed!
The wine selection was excellent, and the after dinner grappa choices were welcome. It was every bit the experience we had hoped for and expected, and we will return.
Little place in Rockridge with great wines and good food to accompany. We had warm grilled calamari with arugula in a vinaigrette, fried squash flowers with a ricotta-herb mixture, eggplant stacks with tomato sauce and ricotta, and an absolutely fabulous hanger steak with broccolini and roasted- in- some type- of -very flavorful oil, fingerling potatoes.
No room for dessert, but Italian desserts don't call to us anyway.
Great service from a guy who speaks terrific English and Italian. Definitely will return!
Second time at this small Italian restaurant. Local squid grilled was ok, but definitely bland.
Squash blossoms barely registered any substance with minuscule ricotta filling on the plate, not in the blossom itself. Arugula salad had a faint nondescript dressing. Pasta was decent but same choices as last time I was there. Wine selections good. So, twice is quite enough.
Although the menu is compact there's something for everyone. There were four of us and we ordered a calamari appetizer and squash blossoms, delicious but the calamari was exceptional. Beet salad was good but don't expect a large portion. Pasta entrees were very good, swordfish was flavorful albeit a tad on the dry side. This is an intimate little restaurant so be sure to call ahead. Great spot for couples, I wouldn't bring a large group unless you plan to take over the entire space.
I was extremely impressed with Enoteca Molinari, and will be back. The space is cozy, with Chef preparing your meal behind a small bar so that you can hear your fish sizzling, and smell your pasta as it's being plated. The menu is simple, yet somehow complex, but eternally balanced. We started with three cheeses, the Tallegio being my favorite- some of the best cheese I've ever had. I got the orrichiete with broccoli rabe, and while the rabe is quite bitter, the butter sauce that they toss the dish in coats everything and gives this umami flavor that is incomparable. They either make their own butter, or buy extremely high quality butter, and this really makes the dish. Plus the pasta is homemade. Not sure how you can really go wrong there.
Neighborhood Rockridge Gem. This was our first night out in our new neighborhood (we just moved from SF) and we had a wonderful time at Enoteca. Everything was great including the wine pairings with the food. Highly recommend eating at the bar as we met some nice and interesting people. We will be back frequently
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