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Enoteca Molinari, Oakland, CA

Enoteca Molinari

4.3
4.3
446 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Enoteca Molinari is an Italian restaurant & wine bar (with heated outdoor seating) that specializes in house-made pasta and Italian dishes using local and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy our all Italian wine list and don't forget to try some dessert.

Please make sure to give us 24 hours of notice if you can't make your reservation. Please have proof of Covid-19 vaccination (which is required by the city for indoor dining). Making a standard reservation does not make a reservation for outdoor seating. Please book an ”outdoor” reservation to dine al fresco.

Thank you for your understanding!

Grazie mille!

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 3 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 428-4078

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Cross street

    Taft Ave

  • Parking details

    Street parking or try the lot at the corner of Kales & College Ave (1 block south of Enoteca Molinari).

  • Public transit

    3 blocks south of Rockridge BART next to À Côté (cross street is Taft Ave).

  • Entertainment

    Take a seat at the wine bar to view the open kitchen.

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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What 446 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Notable Wine List

  • East Bay

    Fit for Foodies

  • East Bay

    Notable Wine List

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  1. BR

    BeatrizR

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Your neighborhood place, cozy, very nice food, great wine
  2. SH

    SamanthaH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Italian food. We ordered almost all of the pasta and it tasted like it was made by a Nona. The chef is amazing.
  3. HE

    HappyEater

    San Francisco

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always happy to return! Can't wait for my next visit.
  4. R

    Raffa

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fish was prepared as asked for 3 different people. Wine matched well with dinner as well as timeliness of each plate. Recommend the restaurant highly.
  5. DG

    DavidG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Love the food and vibe of the space! The owner is really nice and inviting.
  6. EB

    EastBayDweller

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hadn’t been here in a while and remembered how much I like it! Had the arancini, the squid with fennel and garbanzo beans and frisée, the red and gold beets, the asparagus burrata dish, and the cauliflower dish and it was all delish! The wine continues to be standout. Sat outside on the side street on a nice evening. Very nice!
  7. J

    James

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    This is a wonderful place for a quiet, unhurried dinner. My only wish is that they would either change their menu or add some occasional specials.
  8. RD

    RichardD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We hadn't been back to Molinari since the pandemic started, over two years ago. Since we were there, they expanded to twice the size... or more. Being that tables have been brought outside, it is spacious and open inside, where we ate. Excellent, attentive service as before, and the food is still amazingly good. We had the rice fritters, soup, a pasta dish (with beef and pork ragu), asparagus (with wonderful burrata) and the pork saltimbocca. Everything was wonderful. The server recommended a perfect red (Montepulciano). Great choice! Highly recommended.
  9. o

    outoftowner1

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh, flavorful food. Menu has delightful variety to it. We sat outside and it was very nice. Wine recommendations were spot-on.
  10. PL

    PatriciaL

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Do yourself a big favor and go to Enoteca Molinari as soon as possible!!! Every morsel you will eat is fabulous, every drink you will have will be delightful, and the staff is absolutely amazing!!!
  11. C

    Cherylish

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was great. The staff was friendly and helpful, though they seemed stretched thin. Only real complaint is that the chairs were incredibly uncomfortable.
  12. B

    Beluhu

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were welcomed and, when we asked, were given great advice on their wines and food selections. Everything was delicious, simply but expertly prepared using seasonal produce. The cauliflower side, the halibut with fennel main, and the house-made sausage (separate dishes of course!) were superior. The only downside was a broken espresso machine, so we couldn’t enjoy an espresso after dinner, but everything else felt just perfect.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I was so disappointed as we’ve been going to Enoteca Molinari for years and it was the first time since the pandemic we’ve been back. I had hyped up the restaurant to my daughter who loved and cooks Italian food quite well I might add and it was utterly disappointing from start to finish. We couldn’t get the attention of our servers the entire night for water bread and she was totally confused about the cheeses on the menu and forgot to order our salad. The presentation was atrocious and the quality of the food has gone way down. I felt totally ripped off after spending $200 on dinner. The wine list still great and it’s a cool place maybe they just had a bad night but unfortunately we wont be going back.
  14. DK

    DanK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Went there for a birthday dinner based on the reviews, was not impressed.
  15. DF

    DanielF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a nice night out at Enoteca. The food is fantastic and the staff are warm and friendly. My wife and I will often frequent Enoteca for a date night.
  16. DB

    DaveB

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner at the bar on this past Saturday night. Watching that fabulous Italian chef work his magic was eye popping. We saw some amazing pastas whipped up along with huge swordfish steaks. However the highlight was the sauteed Monterrey Bay calamary served with thinly sliced fennel and a light vinaigrette. We saw so many plates of that leaving the kitchen we had to try it and it was simply fantastic. We went with the orecchiette homemade pasta with broccoli rabe, another masterpiece after starting with the appetizer plate of cheese, olives and freshly made salami. The wine was excellent and this is a place we will be going back to over and over. Fabbiano did a nice job with the service, as always.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The food was pretty good, though several dishes weee not seasoned well. The almond cake was amazing, but sadly the coffee maker was broken and no substitute was offered which was disappointing. Our waitress was very sweet as well. What was the biggest issue - and totally avoidable with a trip to the hardware store or by the restaurant staff fully closing the door behind them - was the fact that the door to the outside was repeatedly left open, it was very chilly, and we had to close it ourselves about 10 times! Please make a trip to ACE and your guests will have a much better experience!
  18. W

    Whitney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food. Kind and attentive service. Super mellow vibe. Enjoyed it very much.
  19. HE

    HappyEater

    San Francisco

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always enjoy visiting Enoteca Molinari, where the food is superb and the service is wonderful. I love sharing my experience at EM with my friends and will definitely be back— hopefully sooner rather than later!
  20. L

    Localdiner

    New York Area

    221 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    221 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The appetizers were excellent Seated promptly our waiter helped us navigate the win list. Sadly you cannot get a martini or Manhattan
  21. M

    Mary

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    LOVE Enoteca Molinari! A beautiful wine list and exceptional food. We recently had the pork tenderloin with prosciutto, sage, broccolini and fingerling potatoes and the house made gnocchi with Pt Reyes Toma, speck, radicchio and Parmigiano...everything was AMAZING. I also love that it's a very relaxed atmosphere, never a feeling like you need to rush. It's an absolute treat!
  22. R

    Raffa

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had been talking about a fish dinner for a few days. Enoteca Molinari came mind as their swordfish is prepared to perfection. The capers, olive oil, olives and finocchio on top of the grilled swordfish was not to disappoint. Highly recommend the cooking of the Neapolitan chef Angelo and staff.
  23. o

    oaklandredhead

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is excellent. Did not ask for salt, the ingredients spoke for themselves.
  24. RM

    RayM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    I had the gnocchi. It was very good. Soft. Delicious. Good cream. Gotta give them credit for that. Orchietti with broccoli rabe was pretty good. Swordfish wasn't good. Dry and thinly sliced. The pork tenderloin, according to my confreres, was also a little too thinly cut. We were delivered ragu we didn't order. Tasted like burger, not slow-cooked ragu. Maybe uncool, but we ate off of each others' plates full-time. But it was comped. Appetizers were..."Meh"... I might go again. Others who have gone there who I trust swear by it... That, in itself, suggests another visit. Service was passable, OK. So said, I heard the wine was good. I didn't drink. Rockridge: a bit pricey.
  25. H

    Hello

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We ordered the arancini, farro salad, gnocchi & ragu. Food was all around lackluster, and each dish was unfortunately kinda disappointing.
  26. HE

    HappyEater

    San Francisco

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food is always excellent. My friends and I haven’t been to Enoteca Molinari since pre-pandemic and we were so happy to be back. It was wonderful to see a lot of patrons and familiar faces, like Joe. The slight miss was the wait for our main course. We were famished when the food arrived and were also delighted by our meal and company.
  27. DA

    DeanA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've always loved Enoteca Molanari. I had the Saltimbocca which was amazing.
  28. R

    Raffa

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the swordfish which was prepared with olives, fennel and capers. The chef cooks the meat just perfect with the right temperature once served. My partner had gnocchi which was prepared with red sauce this time and couldn’t quite finish the plate due to the amount served. I also liked their Italian wine selection. Highly recommended.
  29. C

    Catherine

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently excellent food. Friendly and knowledgeable service. Tables spaced well.
  30. DC

    DavidC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience for a classic neighborhood place.
  31. O

    Outstanding

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Somewhat limited menu but we’ll cooked. We’ll come back
  32. ML

    MLAbistro

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I like this restaurant. Food generally good, wine variety excellent and priced well. But this time supply chain issues dented the quality. An appetizer of butternut squash and burrata came with 1/2 a small ball of burrata with an over abundance of squash clearly because they did not have an adequate supply to meet the demand. Also, the saltimbocca ( of pork rather than veal) was over cooked. Service was spotty. We had to wave down the waiter three times. I don’t want to be too harsh in this time of Covid so will certainly go back after we’re out of the woods.
  33. RS

    RuthS

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood Italian restaurant with fantastic wine service. Drop by for a charcuterie plate, or have a light meal of soup and appetizer or finally in and get one of the terrific pasta dishes. I pretty much eaten the whole menu over the years and find everything to be delicious!
  34. CB

    CatBP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was awesome, as usual. Loved the gnocchi. :-)
  35. R

    Rebecca

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a fantastic meal! Great food, wine, service, everything. Will definitely go back and recommend to a friend!
  36. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Every course was delicious! Being outdoors was challenging but it was worth it to have such great food! Service was fast and attentive.
  37. R

    Roseann

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. We loved the Ragu, the picked veggies and the antipasta and the olive oil cake.
  38. LW

    LisaW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    A comfortable neighborhood destination providing an interpretation of Italian food. Service, although amiable and knowledgeable, is inconsistent
  39. IS

    IanS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The ragu was bitter. It tasted like the chef had added too much celery or herbs. The gnocchi was fine. Beet salad with Gorgonzola was good. The antipasti was underwhelming. Wine was good. On the staff side, the chef who works out in the open didn’t wear a mask the entire time we were there. It was clear at least two other employees who were coming close to customers were also intermittently wearing their masks. Not cool. In the end I spent nearly 200 dollars and left underwhelmed overall - and ticked off at their mask policies.
  40. DH

    DebraH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love this place. You can watch the calm Italian chef at work preparing authentic, simple dishes in his small kitchen at the back of the restaurant. The staff is knowledgeable about all the wines on their interesting list. We think the swordfish is a standout and the desserts should not be missed.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

Enoteca Molinari does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Enoteca Molinari also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 428-4078.

Enoteca Molinari is rated 4.3 stars by 446 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Enoteca Molinari

5474 College Ave. Oakland, CA 94618

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Taft Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking or try the lot at the corner of Kales & College Ave (1 block south of Enoteca Molinari).

  • Public transit

    3 blocks south of Rockridge BART next to À Côté (cross street is Taft Ave).

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Take a seat at the wine bar to view the open kitchen.

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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