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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.

5474 College Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM

Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM - 11:00PM.

Cross Street:
Taft Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 428-4078

Website:
http://www.enoteca-molinari.com/

Entertainment:
Take a seat at the wine bar to view the open kitchen.

Parking Details:
Street parking or try the lot at the corner of Kales & College Ave (1 block south of Enoteca Molinari).

Public Transit:
3 blocks south of Rockridge BART next to À Côté (cross street is Taft Ave).

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Wine

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Enoteca Molinari Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (18)
Good for a Date (16)
Fit for Foodies (12)
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Authentic (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Casual (10)
Cozy (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Romantic (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Business Meals (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Consistently excellent food. Traditional Italian but updated. The menu is small but there is always something for every palate. And, it is all very fresh and wonderful. Cozy too!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great little place... fell in love with the tagliatelle ragu. Great Italian wine selection. Authentic Italian chef. Will definitely go back to try other dishes. Pleasant environment!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had the best gnocchi I have had outside of Italy.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Really love this place. Excellent food, wine and service. Sit at the bar if you get a choice.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The best Italian wine list in the East Bay, described with enthusiasm by owner and staff. Good food a total bonus.

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Good food and good service. Appreciate having two sizes of pasta and willingness to provide half glasses of wine.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great food and hospitality in a small local restaurant.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I've been to this restaurant before a few times. This time around, the chef was not working and there was shortage of staff. Food was served late......the quality of was good but not excellent. A little too much liquid....a little soupy.

Tags: Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent service & food ! We sat at the bar and were able to watch the chef prepare
the quality Italian fare ..... amazing !

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, People Watching, Hot Spot, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This place is very awesome, friendly and very cozy. It feels like your own kitchen. They are very passionate about what they are doing and it shows.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

If you like authentic Italian food in a great small restaurant atmosphere, don't miss this place!

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Fabulous food, great chef and staff. Good wines at affordable prices. There is a friendliness and casual, laid back feel that makes this restaurant just a wonderful place to spend the evening. You won't be disappointed!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fun, Bar Seating, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Love their tagliatelle ragu & eggplant gnocchi pastas!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food was very tasty and artfully presented. The pasta was a little on the dry side but the pork/beef rags was excellent. the carmel pudding dessert was incredible.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Bar Seating, Cozy, Healthy
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Wonderful wines-mostly, if not all, Italian. Very good food. Great sevice and ambiance. A hidden gem!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Had a wonderful evening with the best salmon ever!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Friendly staff, authentic Italian food at this small neighborhood place. Definitely recommend if you're looking for good Italian.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

always great food and service. We eat there fairly often and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Excellent meal, service and ambience each time we have dined at Enoteca Molinari!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Love this neighborhood gem. It brings us back to Italy.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We enjoy the food here and the staff is very friendly. While there are a nice variety of options, we would come more often if the menu changed periodically.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

cozy little spot. Third time dining here and it is always solid. The waitstaff is attentive and the meal is well paced. Great Italian wine list and good pairing by the glass.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 20, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 8, 2017

This has the best Italian wine list in the East Bay. If wine is your thing, this is a great place. And the food is very good too.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

What a great neighborhood restaurant. Great meal for our anniversary

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Calimari antipasto was excellent: very tender squid and small octopus, both uncooked but very tender, with fennel, all lightly dressed with olive oil and lemon. Reminded me of my southern Italian family's cuisine. Homemade orechiette with broccoli rabe was very tasty, but would have prefered it kicked up a few notches with garlic and anchovies, which is a traditional recipe of the Puglia region. The service was friendly, attentive. Wine list good. I wish they would expand the menu of main courses a bit. But I'll definitely go back.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 2, 2017

I love Enoteca! The wine list is Italian and different- the owner knows his stuff. I adore watching the chef cook and the food is always fresh and delicious.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Consistently awesome food, wine - appetizers, mains and desserts. One of my favorite places for a special intimate dinner.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Delicious! Although the dining area is very small, nothing else is! Great food all cooked to order; the benefit of a small restaurant. Authentic Italian food and wines to pair perfectly.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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