Camino

4.5
2642 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
After working at Chez Panisse for over 20 years, Russell Moore opened this warm and rustic restaurant in the Grand Lake area of Oakland. Inspired by traditional home cooking in France, Italy and Spain most of the dishes served at the restaurant are cooked at the restaurant’s prominent fireplace or wood burning oven. A small, decisive, daily changing menu reflects the seasons, the region and the restaurant’s commitment to small farms. Camino offers a specialized cocktail menu using the same carefully sourced ingredients as the kitchen.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday, Monday, Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Closed Tuesday & Wednesday
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Phone number
(510) 547-5035
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Russell Moore
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sunnyslope Avenue
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

Camino is reason enough to venture over to Oakland. Wood-fired California food done right.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 2642 People Are Saying
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JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Great unique place, will be a huge loss to lose it.
This night food served not quite hot enough.
Staff seemed distracted.
I ama regular.

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SF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A one of a kind restaurant, where the chef touches every plate (aa opposed to jetting in once a quarter).
High concept, high execution food, good value for the quality offered. Interesting well curated wine list.
I regret they plan to close.

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l
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The food was not as amazing as I remember it being, perhaps indicating that after 10 years it is time to hang it up. It was still quite good, but relied too heavily on bitter greens for flavor and in some cases (escarole paired with mushrooms) the bitterness overwhelmed subtler flavors.

We were seated next to an extraordinarily self indulgent and loud-mouthed old Berkeley woman (guessing based on her self-presentation) who was so obnoxious she nearly ruined my meal.

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L
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is beautifully decorated. Love the dried fruit chandeliers and tinned ceilings. Also the long tables. The cooking area with wood fire is amazing.
Food was delish though a couple of things were unusual - the pork loin “salad” LOL w/no greenery. The giant pork crackling was too much. The squid, duck confit, trumpet mushroom packet were wonderful. The petrale sole was lacking something.
The wait staff was great. There when you wanted them and not when you didn’t. Helpful and attentive.
Really like that the tip was included in the prices.

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JE
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always liked Camino for its ambiance, grill and knowledgable service. I am really sorry that it's closing in December.

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

When making reservation I mentioned the evening was a celebration and stated the reason for the celebration. NO ONE at Camino mentioned the Celebration at all! Near end of meal I mentioned this to the maitre de, who checked at Reception and said they forgot. Terrible!

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MK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

They had tasty quail on the menu.

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LD
Sacramento
43 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my birthday and said farewell to this lovely restaurant which we have all attended many times in the years it has been open. We will miss the daily menus and always innovative and fresh food, as well as the pleasant setting and excellent service.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It was my first visit to Camino but I wasn't impressed. We arrived earlier than our reservation time but weren't seated until 15 minutes after the reservation. Once seated, service was very slow. We ordered, were given a 'snack' of 2 half radishes, and then waited & waited for our meal. The food itself was good, but nothing outstanding.

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NJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Sorry to hear that it's closing! I've enjoyed it for years.

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P
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Camino is wonderful. Too bad they are closing the restaurant in December. Go before then!

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B
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! We will miss Camino but still have The Kebabery !

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The most amazing and delicious food I have eaten in a long while. It was fresh, cooked just right to let nature shine. I am so sad that they are closing - I love Camino

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LG
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Will miss this place! Thank you for 10 great years of dining experiences!

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e
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Why are you leaving us? Camino has been around for 10 years and we loved coming here for creative food. I loved the matches too.

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j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m going to miss it when it’s gone. Food was perfect. We got everything on the menu for four of us.

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C
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adventurous and absolutely delicious. Will be sad to see this place go and wish we would have tried it sooner! Everything we ate was delectable.

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I
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Creative food and great value. Eh gad how I hate the tediousness of most reviews. Simply put the restaurant reveals the outcome of years of dining innovations in Berkeley/Oakland.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perhaps the best meal we’ve ever had at Camino - they are going out on top.

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DN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I was unhappy with the meat. It was overcooked and way too chewy. I brought this to the attention of the waitress and she apologized, but offered no alternatives.

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s
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent but some of the main portions were a bit small. Service was good but a little slow & inattentive at times.

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JT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthdays are a grand excuse to try a new restaurant. I've heard great things about Camino and it did not disappoint! I liked the vibe. Casual but elegant. The waitress was a little too understated, but we loved the meal and had a good time. I definitely would come back.

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j
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We frequent Camino for special events like our anniversary and birthdays. This year I was really disappointed with our server. We had a big group with a few that are new to Camino. Sadly, our server wasn't the most attentive and it felt like he had several off interactions with our party. I let the server know that we were celebrating a birthday and he offered a candle and we agreed except he didn't bring it out as we request with the dessert we ordered! So many misses. I'm starting to wonder if the no tip policy has an impact on the type of service provided. Food was great. Service not great this time

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Would have been a very good experience be it not for the host who had a bit of an attitude. I had a 5:30 reservation and the first diner to arrive. Once she arrived at the host stand, she looks around the large restaurant and says it will be a few minutes. For what? Once she returned for me, she started taking me to a seat I didn’t want. She should have said, where would you like to be seated. The restaurant was only half-full all evening. Wished it had been a friendly welcoming.

Another thing, I’ve always found Camino expensive, with small portions- especially the cocktails.

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H
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very sad to learn recently that Camino will close in December. It is one of the many reasons to love Oakland where I live. My partner and I go there often and are never disappointed. It’s a friendly, caring, creative restaurant and will be sorely missed.

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MA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for the love you put in the food. Seasonal unusual ingredients without trying to be weird. Complex and full flavors. Worth the money, though expensive for my budget.

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L
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We were disappointed with 2 of the 3 items we ordered. The tomatoes with wasabi sauce was delicious! The pork shoulder and leg with farro was a huge disappointment as the farro was crunchy - like not-quite-cooked crunchy - and the pork was very dry. The duck confit with carrots and cauliflower...well, finding any duck was almost impossible!
And no Chardonnay on the menu??? What’s with that??

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AD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Camino is delicious. It's my favorite restaurant in the East Bay - bar none!

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Unique and delicious, in an atmosphere of convivial and familial hubbub.

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DR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Camino. Great food and excellent service.

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M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

We went for the special paella Monday menu. The paellla was only lukewarm, the amount of chicken was thankfully minuscule because it was undercooked and almost raw. The picked cucumber salad was interesting with a very good dressing but it was served mounded over the paella rather than on the side - which helped to make the paella even cooler. Although it was a set menu (soup, paella and ice cream) our server asked if we wanted anything from the dessert menu, which one of us did but then we were charged for everything from the à la carte menu. It took the intervention of the manager to set the bill right. Our server was polite but not at all outgoing as though she wished to be elsewhere. We’ve enjoyed Camino in the past but will not be returning as the food is overpriced and the service underwhelming.

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DD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We have eaten at Camino many times over the years, but something seems to have gone terribly wrong with this establishment and I am sorry to say we will never eat there again. During this last visit we ordered roasted rockfish. The fish arrived cold and under cooked. I recognize that fish should not be overcooked, but when it is still cold, translucent, and tightly adhered to the bones, it is nowhere near adequately cooked. This might not have been a big deal, but the way staff dealt with it was rude and unprofessional. What should have been a lovely family dinner was ruined. The restaurant was virtually empty, so maybe we are not alone in reevaluating if Camino is worth a visit anymore. With so many options and this last experience, we will take our business elsewhere.

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TH
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, comfortable, welcoming environment. Much thought and effort went into the decor to create this atmosphere. Service is superb (albeit confusing because you don't have one particular server focusing on you). Locally sourced ingredients all cooked in a huge hearth which is not only delicious but also fun to watch prepared. Unusual and carefully crafted cocktails (though putting an olive in a bourbon drink makes no sense to me). But I just can't get past how expensive it is. We had three diners and left paying $286. The no tip policy is avant-garde and progressive; however, it seems as though the add-on gratuity (which is folded into the price of the food) is closer to 30% and not 15 to 20%.

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JM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely spot! Been meaning to try it for a while, and so glad that I finally did. Totally unique California cuisine with fantastic cocktails and wine list. A must for anyone in Oakland looking for a nice locally inspired dinner.

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a
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Usually Camino is outstanding. Not this time. Everything was good, but not great. We expect better. And they were out of the dessert we wanted at 7:30 pm.

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BS
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is warm and cozy. Service was excellent. Three out of four dishes were splendid: cucumber and eggplant salad, pork appetizer, and duck entree. Tuna “middle size “ dish was over cooked. I understand and appreciate the tip-included pricing. But the evening started badly with a bizarre “amuse bouche” consisting of two bite size, yet elegantly cut, pieces of raw carrot supposedly, but not, “pickled”, just slightly vinegared. And charging $5 for a small piece of flatbread is ridiculous. Servings in general are small. It all gave a sort of “chintzy” feel to a somewhat disappointing birthday dinner.

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TT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really incredible food and flavors. The dining room is really gorgeous too.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

While the food at Camino is good. It is not outstanding. The service is fine. I appreciate the restaurant's commitment to employees and paying a living wage to all. However, the menu is still grossly overpriced. I think the prices were inflated well beyond a standard 20% gratuity. I would not go again.

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A
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Camino always has a delicious, creative vegetarian option.

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B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall I was very pleased with the food however I did feel it was a bit pricey. The ambiance is very nice and while the menu was limited, all the offerings were well done.

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