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donato&co., Berkeley, CA

donato&co.

4.6
4.6
1296 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Rustic Italian cuisine w/ a contemporary twist, featuring house made pastas & locally sourced seafood & meats cooked over a live fire.
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch & Dinner Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 838-1131

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Gianluca Guglielmi

  • Neighborhood

    Berkeley

  • Cross street

    College Ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,296 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The place was busy so not surprised at the lively atmosphere. We got a table without any wait so we were excited to catch up with friends and enjoy a good meal together. It took a while for service to make its round to us. Again, not surprised, as it was a full house. However, after ordering drinks and entrees, we noticed the delay. We had to ask for bread a few times and only at the very end of the meal, the bread did come. Taking survey from the group, meals were either good to just ok, nothing spectacular. For a gathering of four that ordered drinks, appetizer, entrees and dessert; expect to pay around $350 or more. Again, not surprised, as it the holidays and factor in the inflation. Would I return? Perhaps, but it wasn’t as memorable a dining experience as I thought it would be.
  2. PH

    PaulH

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    I’ve been going to Donato for over 2 years. It will likely be 2 years before I return. Horrible appetizer; you couldn’t cut the dish, stale bread, over 30 minutes for food. It wasn’t exceptionally busy. Overall, poor food and poor service. Please get your mojo back and create a better experience. Thanks
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    First experience here this evening with my guests and will definitely not be my last! Branzino, Beef marrow, Pinetti sad appetizers proved to just jive together to create a scrumptious delight with every bite. The Branzino, Papardelle was phenomenal and enjoyed under the heater lamp this cool evening. Panacotta was a delight as was the awesome gelato. Thank you Donato & Co for a memorable treat.
  4. B

    Bette

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Server was nice and competent but could have been more attentive and engaging.
  5. K

    Kath

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Donato's food is consistently excellent, and their pasta is made in house. The staff are very accommodating and feel like family.
  6. RS

    RayS

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dine here often and have never had anything but a wonderful time. Friendly professionals service, great food and atmosphere. Highly recommended.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great spot. Solid Italian.
  8. S

    Susan

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. All the wait staff, even the person who seated us were professional and friendly.
  9. M

    Meagan

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful
  10. B

    Beemer

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Two of us ordered the Branzino and it was delicious. One ordered the Pork Chop which was as good as it was beautifully presented. The fourth person ordered the vegetarian pasta which was amazing. Appetizers also delicious. Tried multiple desserts as well - OY. This is one of our favorite restaurants!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely. We really enjoyed the service the food and the cocktails
  12. CW

    ColleenW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've eaten at this restaurant several times and it never disappoints. The food is excellent, the service is excellent, and the ambience is perfect.
  13. s

    sherrae

    San Francisco

    103 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our main courses were prepared carefully and tasted great. Portion was about right for 2 women at lunch. There was no bread. Many men would have wanted more food. The side salad (just so there were veggies on the table) was overpriced at $10. It had been prepared in advance and the carrot ribbons and radishes were dried out; virtually no dressing or seasoning and we needed to request olive oil to moisten it. That part needs to be reworked. They were out of one of the wines on the menu available by the glass. Maybe they didn’t want to open a bottle for one glass.
  14. TH

    TeresaH

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really creative food and only occasional misses. The Cacio e pepe too salty - too much sauce to noodles - but still very tasty. Bolognese fantastic - salads excellent.
  15. KJ

    KateJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delicious food just disappointed with the salad that we got that night. Was not very tasty. But the main dishes were delicious.
  16. F

    Fish1st

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. the menu is well thought through, enticing and actually everything we ordered was delicious.
  17. RM

    RichardM

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Fresh pasta was great; clearly fresh. We arrived shortly after opening time ... were seated and served quickly. Service was prompt. Discussion with old friends was easy in the quiet environment. It might be noisier closer to peak time when the restaurant is full. But this time and environment was great for us.
  18. DS

    DaveS

    Sacramento

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every aspect of our dinner was excellent. The food and beverage menus are diverse; lots of interesting options. Dishes were superb, cocktails were delicious; and wines were as described. Service was attentive and helpful. The room is comfortable, attractive, perhaps a bit crowded. A fine choice for a special occasion on a generous budget.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My new favorite Italian restaurant! Everything was excellent…..
  20. MP

    MichaelP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All in all outstanding food and service. The best Italian I have eaten in the US.
  21. S

    Steve

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. And hospitality. Will go back.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Pasta dishes were excellent, but the appetizer was disappointing. Our waitress was great.
  23. L

    Ladybug

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Always a good time at Donato’s…today’s experience included a charming waiter from Turino (something special about being served Italian food by someone who has an Italian accent…) Grazie 🙏🏼
  24. BA

    BayAreaFoodie

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Big tables, wonderful service, nice atmosphere and fairly unique Northern Italian cuisine that can be top notch if you choose well.
  25. l

    ltufromberkeley

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pasta is wonderful. We shared the special (which had chanterelles), the capelletti, and the calamari ink pastas. We also shared salads and desserts. A really special birthday meal. We will return.
  26. P

    Piet

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around been going for years and it keeps getting better!!!
  27. MG

    MsGee

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bday for me. Lovely interior, helpful staff, eclectic mix of diners.
  28. p

    pensake

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food was outstanding. The hall is beautiful and filled with happy diners, although it was a bit noisy for me. Our waiter hurried us several times because we stayed for two hours. Barring this, I would have given the restaurant five stars.
  29. W

    Wantanupdatedmenu

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Mediocre food. Little flavor. Wine by the glass expensive and didn't cate for it.
  30. EC

    EllenC

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food was delicious.
  31. GM

    GianaM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An exceptional traditional Italian restaurant with excellent choices for appetizers, salads and main courses. The Italian wine selection is well matched to the food. The service was great.
  32. JV

    JoyV

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Consistently great food and drinks! Waiter gave us the wrong check at the end though.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant!
  34. T

    Tim1

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service and tasty food. Friendly and helpful staff, really makes you feel welcome here.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Must eat Italian in Berkeley! Great food, great service and the owner & chefs are amazing! My husband and I love the Arancini, the cappelletti ravioli, cacio e Pepe and the Tortino’s with extra hazelnuts for dessert!! Favorite local Italian date night spot!
  36. TL

    TomL

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Every bite was delicious.
  37. F

    Fishy

    Tampa

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch is just as good as a busy dinner👍
  38. F

    Friedchickenlover

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent good as always.
  39. S

    Spencer

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    While we have enjoyed dining here before, this time was noticeably different, possibly due to a change of management. Service was fair, the server did not seem to know all of the specials. The appetizer, Panzanella, was really subpar, never to be ordered again. The Miale pork chop — usually the best item on the menu — was poorly seasoned so as to be bland. My martinis (I had two) were both just slightly over half filled in the glass, and not properly chilled. We sincerely hope this restaurant has not lost its greatness forever.
  40. ET

    ElsaT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it. The food is excellent and the service was very attentive. We'll be back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • 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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from donato&co. using the Order Online button. donato&co. also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. donato&co. also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 838-1131.

donato&co. is rated 4.6 stars by 1296 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 18 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for donato&co.

2635 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705

Additional information

  • Cross street

    College Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Berkeley

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch & Dinner Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gianluca Guglielmi

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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