Camino

Row 1

Details
3917 Grand Ave (at Boulevard Way)
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 547-5035
New American, Bar
$ $
Hours
Mon, Wed–Fri: 5:30 PM–10:00 PM Sat–Sun: 10:00 AM–2:00 PM

Chef Russell Moore opened Camino with Allison Hopelain in 2008 after spending 20 years at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse (see No. 39) where he wrote the menu for the upstairs cafe for at least 12 years. He has brought the same ethos of fresh, local, and seasonal foods — and daily menus — to his endeavor. There are just three fires going in the kitchen at Camino, and so there are just three main courses, each the responsibility of a single cook every night. Think grilled duck breast and slow-cooked duck leg with farro, snap peas, grilled little gem lettuce, Seville orange, and almonds; wood oven-baked artichoke gratin with black kale, red lentils, mint, and an egg cooked by the fire; and grilled local ling cod with Savoy cabbage, turnips, cilantro, and pickled chile broth. The idea is for the cooks to maintain total control of everything cooked on the grill and in the wood-burning oven. That’s the kind of dedication that has made the restaurant a local favorite, Moore a semifinalist for James Beard’s Best Chef: West award. Oh, and when it comes to the check, Moore and Hopelain have taken a “No More Tips” approach. When you look at the prices, remember that the owners have factored in their employees’ living wages.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

Foursquare Tips

  • Moist, coarse crumbed Tunisian orange cake ($9) defied its simple presentation, with clear, intenseflavors.
  • Visit for brunch on Saturday or Sunday, when Camino serves bread cooked over a wood fire.
  • Incredibly kind and patient with children. High chairs. Roomy bathrooms but no changing table. #gobabygo
  • This farm-to-table-style restaurant takes pristine California ingredients and roasts them over a wood-burning hearth oven. The menu constantly changes, but try to go for weekend brunch.
  • the brunch is spectacular.
  • Specialties: Anything cooked over an open fire, including crab and leg of lamb. Wood-oven-baked eggs and French toast at brunch.
  • Go here and order the crab now!
  • Huckleberry bead pudding - OMFG! Run don't walk.
  • Tips are included in the menu prices.
  • The duck is great! The Tunisian Orange cake is awesome, and that chicory salad is so fresh and delicious! :)) Do not get the crabs, not enough good, and sided with mayo :(
  • Doughnuts at brunch are amazing but sometimes they run out. If you're there after noon, ask for them as soon as you get seated.
  • They're great with my 5yo, particularly at brunch.
  • The best Whisky Sour on the planet.
  • Pisco Drink is excellent. If you've never had pisco or egg white cocktails you've gotta try it :)
  • Flatbread, interesting wines, anything from the wood fired oven.
  • Great pork loin and hominy
  • Good service, good atmosphere
  • I find the cooking here incredibly seductive. I love its integrity, its bold, thoughtful flavors, and its ethos, plus the wood-fired oven and communal tables. - Skye Gyngell, chef at Spring, London
  • There is nothing not to like about Chef Russel and his team: spectacular food, a fire pit fed with cherry and almond wood, extremely friendly wait staff and a lovely wine selection.
  • All the food is amazing, but the service is non existent