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A Cote, Oakland, CA

A Cote

4.7
4.7
2567 Reviews
$30 and under
French
À Côté is a small-plates restaurant in Oakland’s charming Rockridge district. Fresh, seasonal cocktails and a unique wine list pair with the Mediterranean menu. We are currently offering outdoor seating and limited indoor seating, with reservations highly recommended. Takeout is also available via Doordash and Caviar.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 655-6469

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Elaine Osuna

  • Private party facilities

    For details about private dining, please email acotemail@gmail.com.

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Cross street

    Lawton

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available, and all metered spots are free after 6pm. Parking in BART parking lot is free after 3pm and is a three block walk to the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Rockridge Bart station 3 blocks north of the restaurant, AC Transit line 51 runs along College Ave. and stops across the street from the restaurant heading South.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,567 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • East Bay

    Best Overall

  • East Bay

    Best Service

  • East Bay

    Best Value

  • East Bay

    Notable Wine List

  • East Bay

    Romantic

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  1. D

    Dean

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Quality of food has declined.
  2. J

    Joeyooh

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Thanks for a lovely dinner and attentive service.
  3. SD

    SigridD

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always a great experience, will come back soon. I love the backyard patio.
  4. PH

    PhilipH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a parklet table which was great. It was a warm night and inside dining would have been a bit stuff, I suspect.
  5. c

    chriscomp710

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been wanting to come here for years and finally made it. Taking my family out for a birthday dinner and the whole experience was perfection.there was not one bad thing on the menu. Great sangria and our server Malia was wonderful. I’ve already made another reservation for the next week.
  6. JC

    JCD333

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a pleasure being here! The food and drinks are top notch! So grateful for this gem!
  7. D

    Dolly

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We made reservations on line and in the comment section wrote that it was for a 75th birthday. When we got there, a Tuesday eve, before being seated, we asked the host if he knew that we were celebrating a birthday. He said of course he knew. We had a lovely dinner, and left without even a Happy Birthday said from our hostess. How sad- the cheapest things in life are free and they missed on this one!.
  8. SD

    SigridD

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food, friendly service, nice setting on the patio in the back. We’ll come again!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had friends in town from Missouri — four of us sat out back in the garden patio and it was perfect - great food, great service, great outdoor dining. Friends loved it.
  10. o

    oaklandauthor

    San Francisco

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Tasty and super friendly service. Great drinks, wine, mussels, and salads, among other things. Fun to share things around the table.
  11. A

    Anna

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been coming here for years. The staff is fantastic, plenty of vegetarian options and food came out fast and hot. Everything was perfect.
  12. CR

    ChrisR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good people, delicious food. Great ambience. All around great experience
  13. O

    Osohoop

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Birthday dinner for two early 70’s. Loved it.
  14. LA

    LAL1

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service, good food…nice dining room.
  15. U

    Upwest74

    New York Area

    67 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Great meal, as always very consistent.
  16. E

    Erasmo

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I’ve enjoyed coming here for years. The quality of the food remains excellent, though the portions have shrunk noticeably. They rotate their menu such that some dishes my wife and I have really liked don’t come back, to our disappointment. Their mussels are the best in the east bay and that has remained consistent. It’s the broth that is point on. And I loved the backyard patio/garden way before the pandemic but ever more so since the pandemic.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice as usual, interesting food, great wine!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The people at A Cote are so nice! The hostess in person and on the phone, the wait staff, the bus people. The food and selection are delicious and creative as are the cocktails. I love this restaurant.
  19. DA

    DeeAnnM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We love Acote - first time eating outside. We definitely prefer the indoor vibe but the food and service were still excellent. Highly recommend.
  20. VT

    VoiceoverTalent

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A Cote is always a great experience! Service, food, ambience are all great! Collier is a wonderful server - he always remember my vodka martini drink. Keep up the good work!
  21. AL

    AndreaL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    The food was great but the service was slow and not timed well. We ordered a few dishes to share and they all came at the same time, so we were eating some of our food cold. When I asked for a taste of the wine the waiter was recommending, he refused and sold me a 1/2 glass instead, which I have never experienced at this restaurant before. Also, we waited more than 25 minutes for our second set of drinks, essentially finishing most of our food before we got them.
  22. SK

    ScottK

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was delicious and great for a party of 4. Not too loud. Inventive cocktails.
  23. q

    qqqq

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Mussels too strong, frites too soggy, steelhead and beet salad excellent
  24. CR

    ChristopherR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Beautiful small plates to share. Back patio is quiet and welcoming.
  25. g

    gingembre

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Up to its usual standards. Festive sidewalk seating out front. Really delicious food. Recommend mussels cooked in wood oven, pomme frites, lamb patty with yogurt and orzo, any pasta dish, any salad. Enjoyed a wine flight of Italian roses. Just a really classic ly delicious A Cote dinner to share with a friend.
  26. d

    dede

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice, relaxing atmosphere. Good wine by the glass.
  27. MF

    MF22

    San Francisco

    349 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    349 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The burratta and beet salad is a must
  28. f

    foodiefamily

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    it was great!
  29. JS

    JoanS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  30. m

    margon

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I have only heard great things about A cote, and dined there for the first time with my sister visiting from NYC and a friend. The food was outstanding, the wines were very interesting and the sangria was perfect. Our server couldn't have been more charming-she was sweet and gave great recommendations and always had a smile. My only criticism was the decor. It was a bit outdated and felt kind of dingy. To my fault, I'm an interior designer so I tend to judge. With a modern refresh, I bet there would be a waitlist. That's how great we thought the food and service were! Hopefully this doesn't come across badly...we all loved it and will be back no matter what!
  31. s

    smitty

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, great mussels and pommel frites (a little too salty I think). Delicious salads and lamb patty too. Wonderful server. Heaters kept us nice and warm outside on a chilly night.
  32. GH

    GailH

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, and great service served outside on back patio. Was able to get gluten free food also.
  33. LM

    LizM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Waitstaff was amazing. This was a long overdue dinner meeting with staff and everyone had a great time.
  34. LL

    LouiseL

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very friendly staff. I hadn’t eaten in the park let in front of the restaurant before. It was much more comfortable than I thought it would be. Food and drink is always excellent. Great to have A Coté in walking distance from my home. Happy Hour special is a great way to gather with friends mid-week.
  35. RB

    RobertB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Food was all delicious. Pommes Frites were good, but entire plate seemed like from bottom of fry basket. All small broken little bits. Problem was our server who was a little full of herself. Kinda gave off a you’re in My House vibe. She never came over to say goodbye or thank you. She saw us getting up, which meant she knew whatever cash we left required no change. I felt regret for leaving over 20% tip.
  36. S

    Scotty

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been going to a cote for many decades. The food continues to be terrific (seems to get better) and the service is always super friendly and efficient. There is a reason it’s a neighborhood staple.
  37. E

    Emily

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So exquisite this food. We had the burrata with radishes, the mussels, and the trout and shared everything. It was divine, and the service was attentively kind. I love this place. We had a three hour catch up in the most elegant and quiet atmosphere.
  38. ED

    ErinD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I've never had anything but incredible service, food, and wine! This is one of my favorite spots to sit at the bar, order a handful of plates, and let the staff recommend varietals I've never heard of or experienced before.
  39. CL

    CameronL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is lovely and the $35 happy hour mussels and fries is unmatched for date night.
  40. SF

    SFGreek

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints! It's always deliciously consistent. We love that the menu changes often/seasonally. The spring flatbread was delicious with the asparagus and lemon ricotta. And we love the changes to the wine menu.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

A Cote offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 655-6469.

A Cote is rated 4.7 stars by 2567 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for A Cote

5478 College Ave Oakland, CA 94618

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lawton

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Italian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available, and all metered spots are free after 6pm. Parking in BART parking lot is free after 3pm and is a three block walk to the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Rockridge Bart station 3 blocks north of the restaurant, AC Transit line 51 runs along College Ave. and stops across the street from the restaurant heading South.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Elaine Osuna

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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