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A Cote, Oakland, CA

A Cote

4.7
4.7
2643 Reviews
$31 to $50
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


Booked 24 times today

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 2,643 people are saying

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. O

    Opensesame

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best mussels!
  2. PA

    PatrickA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Happy Hour Dinner special is always a great call.
  3. JR

    JonR

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    My review is not intended for the general public— I prefer to leave the review for the restaurant only
  4. AB

    AgiB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. Consistently great over 20 years. A favorite. A real treat.
  5. RF

    RoyF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service and ambience.
  6. d

    delightindining

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous bargain....mussels and pomme frite, plus 2 glasses of wine for $40 between 5-7 p (weekdays?) Delicious, perhaps the best mussels I've eaten. Sope it up with sliced baguette. I highly recommend this dish. Overall, a good experience. Will go again.
  7. YR

    YRob

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are never disappointed by A Cote. The food is always excellent, the back patio is cozy, and the service is wonderful.
  8. M

    Mike

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've eaten here for special occasions several times. The food and cocktails have never failed to be anything less than delightful and are often amazing. Nothing about this restaurant has ever been mediocre or disappointing. The atmosphere is somewhat lively with a low-light ambience , the service is very attentive, warm, and friendly, and the dishes/cocktails are reliably creative and just awesome. I sincerely hope they keep it up because we will keep coming here for these experiences.
  9. L

    Localdiner

    New York Area

    223 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    223 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our anniversary. I had the boar and my wife had the branzino. Both were excellent. But what made it a really special meal was the service provided by Maria. Absolutely will return
  10. GG

    GabyG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Soup and entrees were delicious. Steak is outstanding and also the creme bruelee.
  11. Z

    Zinman

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EVERYTHING was outstanding! We had the mussels and frites during Happy Hour. The house wines were decent too! Zinman
  12. l

    lovetoeat

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We sat outside on the street and were well protected from the weather and warm. We enjoyed our choices but were told that they would be paced more slowly and they ended up being served all at once. That said, our server was very patient with us as some ordered dessert while others ordered mains. The branzino and beans is fabulous! Mussel broth is still as good as I remember but the mussels themselves were inconsistent - some super small and others full and flavorful as I recall from years past. Still a place I would recommend for a relaxed meal with friends.
  13. J

    Justin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love A Cote! The food and wine were excellent, but the star of the show is the environment which is perfect to host friends and loved ones. We celebrated a birthday and loved every minute of it.
  14. G

    Gxxx

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Engagement celebration! One of our favorite restaurant hands down.
  15. B

    Bobt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food was excellent and the service was wonderful. Although I was not familiar with any of the red wines on the menu, the waitress recommended an excellent wine to pair with our food.
  16. T

    Tartan

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    A little dark but good.
  17. B

    Bruce

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food, great service...........................
  18. B

    Berkeleyfoodies

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    We went to Au Cote last night…our reservation was for 7:30 and were seated immediately. Though certainly not regulars, we have visited often. Our experiences have been very mixed and so tonight we were hoping for “game on”. We understand that Saturday’s are always busy, but since you’re the only game in town you should staff accordingly. Our waiter was nice and friendly but seemed somewhat overwhelmed. She took our drink order as we perused the menu. She then told us we should order food as bar was totally backed up….never had that happen before. We ordered the mussels and frites…still no drinks. It took 30 minutes to get them…very bad pour on vodka drink and wine was not good. The mussels were so laughingly small and it seemed that we got the dregs of the frites as thy were so nubby you could hardly dip in the aioli. The rest of the menu was underwhelming so decided to call it quits. Perhaps after so many years of success you need an Undercover Boss episode to take in the guest experience. It is very inconsistent at best and given the prices not worth the gamble. Will not be returning…sad to say.
  19. r

    rnv31

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Cote was fantastic, great service, great food. loved the restaurant.
  20. JS

    JoanS

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner and service!
  21. TB

    TraceyB

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Cote never disappoints, but our recent meal was A+ start to finish. We shared all 3 courses: burrata, then mussels with fries and finished with the pork chop. Each dish was so fresh and full of flavor. No room for dessert! Their craft cocktail menu is very inventive and it changes seasonally. We also brought a really nice bottle of wine as the corkage is only $20. Our server was friendly and professional and timed the courses perfectly. We don't go out to eat that often so when we do it's a real treat to eat such well prepared dishes..a true neighborhood gem!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated a birthday dinner. We love this place every time we come. It is always delicious.
  23. A

    Anna

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All of our food was AMAZING - from the muscles & pommes frites to the New York Steak & Halibut. Not one little bite was left on any of our dishes!! Our server was just lovely; and, although it was a very busy Sat evening, every delicious treat was well worth the wait! Thank you!!
  24. C

    Coramack

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food is a bit “hit or miss,” with the exception of mussels and Pom Frits… other dishes can be bland and over priced. That was the case for us.
  25. JD

    JeanneD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice selection of fresh foods--fish, pork, seasonal salads. Pretty simple menu. Well prepared. Very good service. They said to share plates, but they really didn't seem large enough to share to me. Good location near BART. Nice, interesting, wines.
  26. C

    Cara

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite place in the bay! Food is great, vibe is great, service is great
  27. JJ

    JeriJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Cote is an favorite of ours, we've been going for date night for years now. Wonderful as always!
  28. GM

    GianaM

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant for mussels and pomme frites. Variety of choices on the menu to share.
  29. JM

    JerryM

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    3rd time having dinner here . Close to home food is fantastic menu changes often seasonal. Staff is fabulous. The mussel’s amazing ! Halibut and the fig flatbread… cocktails spectacular. We will be back next month .
  30. MT

    MarioTGomez

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Since my last visit to A Cote, it has been a while (before COVID). It is like returning home and waiting for your favorite dish (mussels).
  31. MH

    MattH

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great and consistent
  32. TR

    TRICIA

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hadn’t been to A Coté since the pandemic started so wasn’t sure what to expect……but it was perfect!!! One friend only felt comfortable eating if we were outside- check✅ Garden area is gorgeously set up w fab heaters. My other friend deathly allergic to nuts, moderately allergic to dairy n gluten-check ✅ Yay! The bday girl could find a few items on the menu to eat and she didn’t die!!! Pork chop was delish as well as the fig prosciutto flatbread….. Thx Melia for giving us amazing service and recommendations. Hope to come back soon.
  33. JN

    JulieN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was phenomenal, and we liked the ability to share as they cut up portions. We had 8 people and everyone was pleased with food and servuce.
  34. g

    gourmetlady

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    GIANT FAT RAT RAN UNDER MY LEGS!!!
  35. NP

    NadesanP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our food choices were very good with the exception of the Ahi Tuna salad.
  36. MA

    MAC1

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    It’s been years since we ate there. Pretty good value—steak was really good, spaghetti as well, with an interesting and appealing pesto sauce. Plenty of food and corkage only $20. The ambiance reminded me of the Fillmore in the 60’s and ‘70’s—although I doubt that anyone who works there knows that.
  37. JL

    JenL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious. Particularly liked the cauliflower soup, fig&pancetta pizza, fries and ribeye. Service was outstanding.
  38. NE

    NickE

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Had lovely dinner in the backyard. Wine (2013 Austri -- Italian Barbera) was wonderful. The fried cow/sheep cheese in the Crispy Langherino was amazing. My wife loved the peppercorn crusted seared ahi tuna (it came on a lentil bed, which was a bit surprising, but worked). We both enjoyed the cauliflower soup, which was very smooth and a bit tangy. And the halibut entree was very flavorful and moist. We ended with an amazing light panna cotta, that came with a wonderful fruit jam, that seem natural and unsweetened. Service was great, however the place was a bit noisy. Will definitely recommend and come again.
  39. JS

    JoanS

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect dinner and service!
  40. LY

    LYC5568

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I always have the mussels when I visit A Cote. I brought my sister, visiting CA for the treat. We also had the Halibut with couscous and a salad to share. Everything was delicious, though this time round my mussels were a bit overcooked and they forgot to toast the bread that came with it, (unless that's how they do it now). The best part still is soaking up the sauce from the mussels with your bread. It's always good to come back to this favorite neighborhood place.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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 2643 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


Booked 24 times today
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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