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“If you like warmth ask for an inside table, but go to enjoy the food”
Review of A Cote

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Ranked #85 of 1,277 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Lawton
Transit: Rockridge Bart station 3 blocks north of the restaurant
San Francisco
Level 6 Contributor
262 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“If you like warmth ask for an inside table, but go to enjoy the food”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

We had an enjoyable dinner at A Cote Restaurant, the small plate concept meant that we could all get tastes of many different dishes. I would say that I was not disappointed in any of the 10 dishes that our group of 6 sampled. I also liked that they cut all the "entree" dishes into 6 portions making it easier for us to distribute them. The duck spaghetti was very rich but somehow lacked a defining duckiness to the sauce, though the crispy duck bits were delicious. All the meats were presented a little on the rare side, which I totally enjoyed, but my sister was more for a medium cooked meat. The Calamari with the tiny harissa bits was a delicious appetizer. I could order 2 plates of the mussels and not want to share it was so good. Don't skip the desserts either they were very delicious, the pot au creme was every chocolate lovers dream.. The only negative was that sitting on the patio under the stars, very romantic, but it was a little cold towards the end of our 2+ hours of eathing.

  • Visited October 2013
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English first
Oakland, California, USA
1 review
“One of my fav's”
Reviewed October 17, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I love the flatbreads and the mussels and the atmosphere is great. The patio in the back makes you feel like you are on vacation.

Visited September 2013
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Manhattan Beach, California
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Good food gruff waiter”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Duck ragu was amazing, salmon was dry, meat and cheese plate was fair, a bit sparse. Would go back for the food but the waiter made us feel like an interruption. Berkeley can do better than that.

  • Visited October 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“An enjoyable evening”
Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

My wife, daughter and future son-in-law dined here last night. The food menu is limited, but every dish was terrific. The wine list is fascinating, concentrating on obscure grapes and blends. The service was first rate, our waiter giving us sound commentary on wines we have never seen. She was terrific. The ambience was a bit dark; two of us had to use smartphone flashlights to read the menu! Overall, it was very pleasant if a tad expensive.

  • Visited September 2013
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Clovis, California
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Night at a Wonderful Restaurant”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening meal at A Cote. It is located in a really vibrant neighborhood and served an equally special meal. We shared four plates and dessert and it was a phenomenal tasty treat. Every plate was served when it was ready and to share it gave my wife and I a mutually satisfying gourmet experience. The service was attentive and fun. And the restaurant was crowded even on a Monday night so reservations are a must!
By the way, we parked in the neighborhood as parking on the street is insane. The walk to and from the restaurant by nifty old houses was a really special treat.

  • Visited September 2013
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