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“Wonderful French restaurant in Oakland” 5 of 5 stars
Review of A Cote

A Cote
5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1552
510-655-6469
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Ranked #59 of 1,217 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Lawton
Transit: Rockridge Bart station 3 blocks north of the restaurant
Buffalo, New York
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149 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Wonderful French restaurant in Oakland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

A Cote is a wonderful French restaurant in Oakland. I went there with my adult daughter, a family friend, and her adult son. The restaurant appealed to both generations. We were impressed by the variety of food, the excellence of the cuisine, and the competence of the staff. The owner-chef came out of the kitchen to chat with us, and provided us with some tasty and creative desserts without charge. The restaurant is noisy, as many reviewers have noted. We were given a booth with a semicircular design. It was close to the kitchen, directly in front of the divider that separates the bar area from the seating area. This spot was relatively quiet. However, unless you're lucky enough to be seated at that location, you might find the noise level unpleasant.

The food is served "family style," which means that it's assumed that diners will share each dish, and the dishes are brought out in sequence. I've complained about this style of serving in earlier reviews. However, at A Cote it worked. That's probably because the server suggested six entrees for four people, and because they were brought out two at a time, so there wasn't too much "down time." Also, the portions were of a reasonable size, unlike some restaurants where they are tiny. Definitely a restaurant to which I'd return the next time I'm in the SF Bay area.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Herman M
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
San Francisco, California
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“My Fav place in the East Bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

I know there are amazing traditional style restaurants in the East Bay... but A Cote has always been my favorite. Yes it's dark inside, but a wonderful atosphere, great people watching and people talking. It is impossible to sit at the bar, whether you are with someone or not, and not meet other people. Bar tenders are the best, the mixed drinks are top notch and they have a resale license so that they can sell any of the wines you taste for good prices! Also the food is excellent!! The pomme frittes and and mussels are always amazing, the steak, the flatbreads, varied menu entrees are always excellents. There salads and desserts and not the highlights.. but overall the quality of the food matches the quality of everything else and this wonderful, local hangup.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Docpm9913
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fargo
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Yes Please”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We were looking for a French place. We got it, The food was great, very attentive service, Menu has great French dishes, Food was hot and great, wine list has some different wines .

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank montecatini22
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Monterey, California
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88 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Special occasions only!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

I don't know if I would recommend this place. The food is very good, but the atmosphere was awful. It was definitely not worth the cost of the food. The lighting drove me crazy and there was a lot of noise, especially from the kitchen. It's very hard to enjoy delicious food in a very poorly lit, loud building! The service was good, however. They were very attentive and the food came in a timely manner.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Jessamyn W
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San Francisco Bay Area
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142 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Dissapointing food and service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

This little place was a first choice for us when in this part of Oakland and so on Saturday night, when looking for a place in the Rockridge area, this was an immediate pick. This will not be the case again. We ordered the Lobster and Mushroom flat bread and could not get over the the level of grease, the lack of lobster and the overcooked, tough mushrooms. We each ate a piece and looked at each other to see if we both felt the same way. The waiter asked how our dinner was and we told him the grease level was too much. His solution was to return the other two pieces to the kitchen and have the chef sop up the grease. Really? So off he went and from that point on, we never saw him again. Our limp, slightly less greasy cold flat bread returned, we will not.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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1 Thank CaliforniaFoodie
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