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Enoteca Molinari

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5474 College Ave, Oakland, CA (Taft Ave)
3 blocks south of Rockridge BART next to A Cote (cross street is Taft Ave).
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5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Meaning, I dine here often and that says something. Intimate (meaning small) resto, but also intimate (meaning warm) resto with a competent cuisine (meaning kitchen), interesting menu, delightful cellar, and good action (meaning the chef doing his thing before your very eyes) . The price point... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
Robert L
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Meaning, I dine here often and that says something. Intimate (meaning small) resto, but also intimate (meaning warm) resto with a competent cuisine (meaning kitchen), interesting menu, delightful cellar, and good action (meaning the chef doing his thing before your very eyes) . The price point lies between mid-range and fine dining.

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San Francisco, CA
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27 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Very small restaurant on the main drag in Rockridge - absolutely worth a visit. Given the size, reservations highly recommended. Really nice menu - very authentic Italian including wines and dessert. Service really good. Lot of Italian restaurants in the neighborhood - lots of them really good - all very different. Molinari is a small spot that is very casual,... More 

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UK
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Amazing wine service and choice, the nicest staff, delicious food and intimate. It's my local, all friends and family love it.

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UK
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

My husband and I adore this restaurant. We have brought endless friends, who now have it as their go - to also. It is small, atmospheric has amazing staff. The Manager is wonderful, knows his wines and if you sit at the bar, you feel like a wine expert by the time you leave. The food is delicious, fresh, tasty... More 

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Oakland, California
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232 reviews 232 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

One of the best little whole in the wall restaurants in the Bay area. Treat yourself. The Caponata is to die for. The restaurant is simple and small enough that you can hear your companion. If you sit at the bar you will enjoy Angelo the Chef creating mouthwatering italian dishes with a sicilian edge. The music is soft and... More 

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Concord, California
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153 reviews 153 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

This is a very small wine bar and Italian bistro that does get crowded, but not loud. The serving staff are among the best around. Staff are really attentive and helpful, very friendly, and very knowledgeable and have great recommendations re the wine list. This list is all Italian and includes about 2 dozen wines by the glass. Many are... More 

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San Francisco, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

Can't recommend this enough. All the flavors were artfully blended together-simple, beautiful dishes perfectly executed.

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Emeryville, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We have eaten there twice and both times have been impressed with the quality of the food and service. It's not a large menu, but based on our experience you can't go wrong

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walnut creek, ca
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143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

This is a very small, modern restaurant located in the heart of the Rockridge district of Oakland. With only five tables and a counter bar it has an intimate atmosphere where it is easy to engage your server or the owner in discussions about their food or their extensive list of Italian wines. We have dinned here twice. Both times... More 

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Additional Information about Enoteca Molinari

Address: 5474 College Ave, Oakland, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
Open Hours:
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5474 College Ave, Oakland, CA
    (Taft Ave)
  • Public Transportation: 3 blocks south of Rockridge BART next to A Cote (cross street is Taft Ave).
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?