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“A more reasonable Chez Panisse” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Camino

Camino
3917 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA
510-547-5035
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Ranked #98 of 1,067 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Fusion
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Sunnyslope Avenue
San Francisco, California
1 review
“A more reasonable Chez Panisse”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Camino takes the principles of Alice Waters and brings them in to a great, down-home setting, complete with the wood burning stove and long tables. Everything is made with the season's best and most diverse offerings, so the menu is never the same. The drinks are fantastic too, made with the same love and respect for the season.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Always great food! Love the experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

This is the place to visit for an organic un-chain type restaurant that has a changing menu featuring fresh ingredients. I suggest the prix fix menu to experience the meal the way the chef has created and envisioned. I always enjoy eating here! Love brunch, too...... the donuts are heaven. This is not for you if you want to just eat..... It is not your same menu daily kind if place.

Visited June 2012
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Berkeley
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Oakland Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

Camino has some of the best food in one of the best food cities on earth. The setting is dramatic and convivial. The owners are delightful and skilled. You will love the drama of the open hearth cooking at the rear of the restaurant. The food is flawless. Dinner and weekend brunches are both spectacular.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Detroit, Michigan
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99 reviews 99 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Cool, but not in an annoying way”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

Enjoyed eating at Camino for brunch. Their brunch mixed drink selection was unique, I tried their bloody mary and it did the trick! The food options are limited but what they presented looked appetizing. I had a breakfast sandwich that was AWESOME! I would like to come back here for dinner some day.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“A Labor of Love”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

Chef Russell Moore left Chez Panisse after 13 years and opened Camino on May 2008 in an old Oakland furniture store, bringing with him his expertise in food prep and local, fresh produce buying. Wife Allison Hopelain helped him furnish this unusual restaurant in a warm and rustic way. Two huge 30-foot redwood tables (built from a tree blown down in a storm) are lined up so everyone can see the open kitchen and huge, waist high massive brick fireplace which is the center of Camino's dishes (along with a smaller wood oven for spill-over cooking). Benches and church chairs collected from England add to the communal dining experience.

Wonderfully sourced ingredients highlight the small menu that changes nightly depending on the freshest or most interesting locally-grown ingredients found . You can watch the chefs string up your meat to sear in the fireplace, prepared with skill and attention or turn to watch the bartenders blend ingredients. The drink bar (in front as you walk in) concocts delicious beverages (both alcoholic and non) using unusual ingredients--worth a try. Bread (you must request it) is served on cedar planks with big pats of butter. I ordered the prix fixe dinner, starting with oven-baked oysters with absinthe, bread crumbs, and carrot salad. Delicious. My lamb was heavenly, done to perfection, and desserts were, well, just as good--worth a diet splurge. Friends at my table, professional chefs, ordered the veggie entree and were pleasantly pleased.

The come-as-you-are style appealed to me, as did the care put into each dish. Even the waiters, very knowledgable about the dishes, seemed to consider the menu divine. Per person about $45-65. Open 5:30 -10:30 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays. Sat and Sunday hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. serving brunch. Special and fun menus are offered occasionally, so check the website for details: www.caminorestaurant.com Reservations: call 510-547-5035 3917 Grand Avenue, Oakland

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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