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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

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Good for a Date (9)
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Romantic (9)
Cozy (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Casual (8)
Authentic (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Business Meals (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Lovely intimate space but not impressed what I ordered. Soup was tasty, but much too expensive for small bowl of thin broth with a few veggies floating within. Salad was just large leaves of lettuce with way too much grainy salt applied. Nothing else.
Took a bite of friend's dessert, and that was quite delicious. He had fish entree which looked good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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food3
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Tried walking in the week before since we were nearby but couldn't get a table. Decided to make a reservation & come back, glad we did. food was very good, promptly seated which was nice. Service was very good, small, quaint but for sure make a reservation as the tables are very scarce. Enjoy the food if you go, wine list is nice as well as good selection by the glass. Worth trying out & we will be back.
Grazie!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

There was nothing negative about this restaurant. We arrived to find a number of people waiting at the door. The hostess was patient and offered alternatives to those ahead of us. She asked if we had reservations (which I had fortunately just made earlier in the day) and immediately ushered us to a table in a room with a pianist playing. The music was lovely, the wait staff were informed and efficient, the food was terrific, and the price was good for the quality of the entire evening.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

This place s a lovely small neighborhood restaurant with outstanding rags and an interesting wine list

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Our favorite restaurant in Oakland. The food is fresh and delicious and the service is exactly right, helpful but not hovering.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Couldn't have been happier to dine for the first time at Enoteca. The service is excellent and it felt personal without overly so. They created a savory swordfish dish and their homemade ragu is rich with flavor. Homemade noodles...yum! We didn't have time for dessert but next time. Nice wine selection.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Being Sicilian I’m very picky and spoiled with great Italian food. But Enoteca Molinari... that’s the place to go..

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Delicious as always. My favorite spot for date night in the neighborhood.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

The food is simple but sophisticated Italian, slightly more Sicilian, but the full range of dishes and wines are well selected. Chef and waitstaff are so very pleasant. Almond cake was a special treat, with macerated pears and a bit of cardamom. Can’t wait to return for more!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food. Excellent wine and a fabulous waiter

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great neighborhood spot. Intimate vibe, authentic Italian food, and great service. My husband and I can’t wait to go back for another date night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Wonderful neighborhood gem. Each dish had its own unique and delicate flavor. Intimate ambience. Friendly and attentive service. We will make this a habit!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I have been to this restaurant three or four times, each time a little less impressive. The menu has gotten less creative with many dishes with the same tomato sauce. The best thing we had was a sauteed pork tenderloin accompanied with broccolini and a few baby potatoes. The arancini were fine but nothing special. The disappointing dish was the pasta with ragu, too much pasta, not enough sauce and rather sloppily presented. No cheese offered. Wine list is good. Best to go for a drink and an antipasta.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Delicious swordfish prepared perfectly. The
pork tenderloin saltimboca was also delicious. It is a restaurant worth visiting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

What a pleasant surprise. Must have walked by this little gem for past seven years and missed it somehow. It will now become our new fav 'go to' place. It's very popular on weekends so we'll do midweek as often as possible.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Burrata with butternut squash was amazing! Wine list is excellent and very Italian. The wait staff are always very helpful with pairings.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I had the swordfish and my husband had the saltimbocca. Both were very good. They were also very considerate of my dietary restrictions.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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

Excellent service and delicious food. This is a small restaurant and we had the only table for 4 but there was no sense that the servers were rushing us.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 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 10, 2017

Had the best gnocchi I have had outside of Italy.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 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 3, 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 2, 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 28, 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 27, 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 27, 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 24, 2017

Great food and hospitality in a small local restaurant.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 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 17, 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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food4
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 14, 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 5, 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 4, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 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 23, 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 21, 2017

Love their tagliatelle ragu & eggplant gnocchi pastas!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 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 13, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 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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