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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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Sunday
Closed
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Casual Dining
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
Most recent review
Big things come in small packages

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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San Francisco, CA
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
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San Francisco, CA
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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211 reviews 211 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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147 reviews 147 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
138 helpful votes 138 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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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
  • 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?