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“Inventive recipes, cool atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Camino

Camino
3917 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA
510-547-5035
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Ranked #97 of 1,111 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
Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Inventive recipes, cool atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Had brunch there the morning after a great birthday party. Even with a lively toddler, we had great service--attentive and helpful and informed--and we were not rushed at all. The potatoes in duck fat were divine, the doughnuts must have been good since the tyke inhaled them (or seemed to and was VERY happy) and the sausage was fine. Seven adults were really happy with their selections and sharing was necessary!

  • Visited October 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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  • English first
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English first
Marblehead, MA
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Fit for Foodies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

I am not one but my son and daughter and law are and this is one of their favorite restaurants. I would not call this a romantic restaurant, tables are basically long ones with more than one party seated but with some separation.
Food and service are excellent with an emphasis on local products and their wood fire. My wife had the sea bass rated it five stars, I had the Octoberfest, the recommended beer was great, not something I would have ordered. Duck was perfect. This is my second visit there.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fremont, California, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“One of our Favorites”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Camino is one of our East Bay favorites and has never let us down. I was surprised at the negative reviews I've seen on here and Yelp, only because the 4 times we have been here it has been fantastic and wonderful. I will agree that servers can be a bit gruff at first, but we've always enjoyed them by the end. However I could see how the format could leave some people discouraged.

The food, for us, has always been very good farm-to-table style, local ingredients, fresh, and if anything ever lacks vibrant color, the taste and texture more then make up for it.

Generally go as a large group and order the entire menu. It has occurred to me that possibly this pulls a little more attention from the kitchen? However I have been there with just myself and someone else and we were just as happy.

The restaurant itself is rustic, big open kitchen and wood fire, very Oakland.

Either way, I recommend it.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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North Carolina
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70 reviews 70 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Great brunch food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012 via mobile

We were in the Bay Area and had brunch here today. Fantastic potatoes cooked in duck fat. I loved my poached eggs over shelled beans. Beautiful space and good service.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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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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