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A Cote

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5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1552 (Lawton)
Rockridge Bart station 3 blocks north of the restaurant
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5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Sun - Tue 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 38
    Very good
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  • 5
  • 1
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent kitchen but noisy

Excellent food and service but loud. It's a small space to begin with and add a background of unpleasant music and all conversation is out. Not sure why it's becoming the norm these days. We are avoiding particular restaurants for just this reason.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 12, 2015
Fred M
Danville, California
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Lehigh Valley, PA
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A Cote to me is a a Tapas restaurant with French Cuisine rather than Spanish. We had a nice selection for 6 people with everyone choosing their favorite dishes. Everything was excellent and the servers were very attentive. We all had plenty to eat, including some desserts, and the bill, including wine for three, was about $50 a piece. It... More 

1 Thank PATraveler64
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My dinner at A Cote was a great experience, with delicious food brought hot from the kitchen and attentive but not intrusive service. Best values were coriander crusted tuna and the mussels with pernod. The wine list features lots of choices, all selected to match A Cote's European style cuisine. I will definitely return.

Thank Julia M
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Sadly, this restaurant was a disappointment in every way. The outside part of the restaurant was quite full, bustling and very noisy. It would be difficult to have a conversation. The night we were there was quite cold, but the rear courtyard has heaters set up. While there were cold spots and warm spots, overall it was pretty comfortable. And... More 

Thank traveler2542b
Oakland, California
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

For many years it was a treat to go to A Cote, and we could count on both really good food and good service. Sadly, something has changed. There seemed to be chaos with service; it wasn't clear who was bringing water, taking orders or bringing food so we sat for much longer than in the past before someone brought... More 

Thank marsha b
Richmond, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

A huge build up, a terrible disappointment. Plates far too small prices far too high. and the food was just average, nothing special. At least the wait staff was very friendly. Had the Spinach salad,the Paella and stuffed peppers and finally the cheese plate. We also ordered a wine flight. I've purchased better wines (these weren't awful, just not that... More 

Thank hiknbyke
Danville, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Excellent food and service but loud. It's a small space to begin with and add a background of unpleasant music and all conversation is out. Not sure why it's becoming the norm these days. We are avoiding particular restaurants for just this reason.

Thank Fred M
Rolling Hills Estates, California
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248 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

Spinach salad, excellent, far better than any spinach salad I have ever had due to the dressing and the careful selection of leaves. Entree of prosciutto wrapped salmon good although the root vegetable melange served with it was not appealing and tasted like an overlooked stew of vegetables. Dessert of ricotta cheese puffs was outstanding. Service was very good.

Thank bonniemreeves
Berkeley, California
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84 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

I took a friend here for her birthday. Neither of us had been for a while, and I was glad we chose this spot. I don't eat red meat or seafood, and fortunately we had lots of options among the tapas. We shared the Mixed Chicories Salad--a delectable combination of fuyu persimmon and hazelnuts with the greens, dressed sparingly with... More 

Thank Judith D
Oakland, California
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

What's not to like with a tapas style restaurant. If you don't like an item order something else. The mussels are incredible and almost always on the menu. The cheese course changes frequently and the pom frites are great. Most other items change frequently and are seasonal and fresh. The wine list is a bit eclectic and may be difficult... More 

Thank fffjxc
Tahoe City, California, United States
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Oakland...the drinks and food are always consistently good! The service has never dissappointed! I love that it's tapas! It's fn to go with friends and share a lot of the menu options!

Thank Kristin H

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1552
  • Public Transportation: Rockridge Bart station 3 blocks north of the restaurant
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: 510-655-6469

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: French, Mediterranean, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am

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