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Enoteca Molinari, Oakland, CA

Enoteca Molinari

4.6
4.6
467 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

7:00 PM


Booked 2 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 467 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Bay

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. HE

    HappyEater

    San Francisco

    93 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Comfort food when we needed it. Had to bring my friend here who loves pasta. Can’t wait for the next visit.
  2. J

    Jamie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Bad night fir Enoteca Molinari? Had been waiting to eat there and was disappointed. The food was okay but nit great and the service was poor. They let us know that they were understaffed that night, but they seemed quite disorganized and the food fid not make up for the lack of service.
  3. RF

    RayF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Been here quite a few times. One of our favorite Italian restaurants. We've not had a bad dish. Arancini is very good. Panna Cotta fabulous. Had the Tagliatelle with beef and pork ragu last time. Quite good. A hearty dish.
  4. C

    Cikey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cosy family friendly restaurant that offers authentic Italian food in a very relaxed ambience. Owner is very attentive and the server was super friendly. My whole family enjoyed their dishes!
  5. WB

    WayneB

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very nice neighborhood place with great service and always able to be accommodating!
  6. T

    Tony

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    We're return diners, after a LONG time- actually we had a memorable evening with friends the week the restaurant opened many years ago, and have enjoyed a couple of dinners since. We're supporters- the food is always great, wine list is interesting and good, we like the fact that we can walk to such a nice spot in the neighborhood. BUT- service needs to step up! I realize that everyone's suffering from staffing problems, but there's not really any good reason why diners should have to wait for 20 minutes after sitting down to see a menu! Thanks
  7. BR

    BeatrizR

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice simple but well done Italian food. Great wine selection. Very friendly service.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Good food but that’s about it. There are to many great Italian restaurants in the area to spend your $$ or time going there.
  9. E

    Emily

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Enoteca Molinari felt a little lacking this time. I've been before and was really impressed but not so much this time. The food was just ok and I found a piece of butter wrapper on my saltimbocca. The wine we ordered was a year newer than what was shown on wine list but not mentioned. It was a special occasion dinner and Enoteca Molinari was a little disappointing.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is warm and inviting. Food was spectacular and the wine recommendation was on point.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Not to declare !
  12. g

    glad2comment

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience4
    Wines are great. Stick to pastas for main course as pork tenderloin was overcooked. Every time a dish was served, it was served to the wrong person. Desserts, especially the panna cotta, were very good.
  13. PS

    PeterS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delight. Good food, good wine selection, great service.
  14. SF

    SFVeggie

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant! Great food, great service! This has become our go to restaurant in this neighborhood.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really enjoyed our dinner at Molinari -- food was well prepared and the waiter was very helpful in selecting the wine. Would recommend!
  16. ST

    SharonT

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s our go to, great food, neighborhood restaurant. We love the people, the wine, the food, and the ambiance. When we go alone we always sit at the bar. When we bring friends, we like to sit in the window, if possible. I especially like the veal saltimbocca and the calamari salad. My husband orders the swordfish or the tagliatelle. We are always happily satisfied when we leave.
  17. t

    tonyar

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Loved the chef!
  18. DB

    DaveB

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enoteca was better than ever. Sat at the bar with my wife and ordered a tasty bottle of Sicilian red wine. Super great swordfish and orecchiette pasta and lovely salads. Another home run by the Enoteca Molinari team.
  19. SS

    SusanS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food. Lovely wine list. Good people at the front of the house and at the stove.
  20. A

    Annie

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service.. WAY TO LOUD!!! Couldn’t hear table guests at all!! Tooo loud!
  21. JG

    JillG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place!! Been coming here for years. It’s like going to a good friend’s house for dinner, who also happens to be a phenomenal chef!
  22. DB

    DaveB

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, on a Tuesday night, Enoteca Molinari did not disappoint. I took my elderly mother there as a special night out and we both loved the place. Joe set us up with a nice bottle of Sicilian (Mt Etna) red wine to sip and we ordered their spectacular calamari and shaved fennel salad/appetizer. To die for. The swordfish was a generous portion, super fresh and cooked to perfection so it was moist and delicious. We ordered a couple pastas, especially my favorite, Orecchiette Con Le Cime Di Rapa which is a house-made pasta w/ broccoli rabe, pecorino, a touch of anchovy & pepperoncino and added in homemade sausage. Super fantastic and light. We also ordered the Tagliatelle Al Ragù , a house-made pasta, cooked for 5 hours with pork and a beef ragù with Parmigiano-Reggiano. I had that the next night. This place is still a neighborhood gem and still a secret and should not be overlooked or missed.
  23. BR

    BeatrizR

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Your neighborhood place, cozy, very nice food, great wine
  24. 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.
  25. HE

    HappyEater

    San Francisco

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always happy to return! Can't wait for my next visit.
  26. 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.
  27. DG

    DavidG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Love the food and vibe of the space! The owner is really nice and inviting.
  28. 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!
  29. J

    James

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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!!!
  33. C

    Cherylish

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 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.
  34. B

    Beluhu

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. DB

    DaveB

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 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.
  39. 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!
  40. 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.

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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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 4.6 stars by 467 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 2 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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