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Enoteca Molinari

Italian, Wine Bar
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5474 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1552 (Taft Ave)
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

They make their own pasta, and while a small menu---it's always hard to choose, because everything can work. It's authentic Italian, the service is great, and atmosphere that works well.

Thank Dick M
Oakland, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You don't need to wait in line for a seat at A Cote....the food at Enoteca Molinari right next door is better, and the intimate dining experience and excellent service are a wonderful accent to the homey and delicious Italian fare on offer. Don't forget to save room for the panna cotta - it is borderline miraculous.

Thank padraighofoakland
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent italian food and wine in intimate setting. Say hello to Joe at this Rockbridge secret. Go there whenever I can.

Thank oakpit
Harrisonburg, Virginia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

My husband and I came here for our anniversary. The atmosphere was warm and modern with simple elegance. It was an absolutely beautiful experience. Our waiter was extremely helpful in helping us choose a wine and meal pairing. There were vegetarian options for me as well. The seating is limited, so reservations are probably a good idea, although we were... More 

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

My wife and I went for dinner midweek. We were fortunate to get seated. The restaurant currently has a very limited number of seats, and if you are thinking about a large group (6 or more), then think again. It probably won’t happen right now. Reservations are strongly advised. The menu has multiple antipasti options, soup and salad alternatives, and... More 

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Hillsborough ,California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016 via mobile

Our family celebrated a special birthday dinner last night at Enoteca. I thought I had been transported to Italy for the night. The food was amazing and authentic and the service was excellent . We will be back, thank you Molinari families for a fun evening!

Thank Peggy A
Oakland, California
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56 reviews
48 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.

Thank Robert L
San Francisco, CA
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98 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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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 

Thank engine32
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

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

Thank Lunauk
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21 restaurant reviews
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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 

Thank Lunauk

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Italian, Wine Bar
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5474 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1552
    (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

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