Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday
What Insiders Are Saying
Camino is reason enough to venture over to Oakland. Wood-fired California food done right.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I've always liked Camino for its ambiance, grill and knowledgable service. I am really sorry that it's closing in December.
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!
They had tasty quail on the menu.
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.
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.
Sorry to hear that it's closing! I've enjoyed it for years.
Everything about Camino is wonderful. Too bad they are closing the restaurant in December. Go before then!
Always great! We will miss Camino but still have The Kebabery !
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
Will miss this place! Thank you for 10 great years of dining experiences!
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.
I’m going to miss it when it’s gone. Food was perfect. We got everything on the menu for four of us.
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.
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.
Perhaps the best meal we’ve ever had at Camino - they are going out on top.
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.
Food was excellent but some of the main portions were a bit small. Service was good but a little slow & inattentive at times.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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??
As always, Camino is delicious. It's my favorite restaurant in the East Bay - bar none!
Unique and delicious, in an atmosphere of convivial and familial hubbub.
Always enjoy Camino. Great food and excellent service.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
Really incredible food and flavors. The dining room is really gorgeous too.
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.
Camino always has a delicious, creative vegetarian option.
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.