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V-Day in Rockridge: Citron vs. A Cote?

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Despite having lived in North Oakland for over 4 years, my boyfriend and I have never been to either of these restaurants.

I know that A Cote is tapas, while Citron has a French slant, so obviously there are differences in terms of menu. We will be definitely be dining on the later side, as I still have not made reservations. :)

I do not eat meat or poultry, only fish/seafood, and my boyfriend is an omnivore.

Both places look lovely from the outside, so I don't think that romantic ambience will be lacking from either.

Where should we go? Thanks CHs!

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  1. Citron feels more formal, so I guess it depends on whether you want more of a white tablecloth feel vs. a more rustic feel.

    1. A Cote and Citron present a clear contrast in menu (which you've already noted; in addition, A Cote has many more choices, particularly for non-omnivores), atmosphere and noise level (A Cote more casual, noisy and crowded; Citron more "romantic" in the Valentine's Day sense), prices (Citron significantly more expensive if you plan to order starter/main/dessert).

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      A Cote
      5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

      Citron
      5484 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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      1. re: dordogne

        I don't know, I think the heated patio at A Cote is rather romantic. Inside is way too noisy, though.

      2. I will have to be decidedly negative about Citron's food.

        I ate two meals there, and neither one was exceptional in either way. The dishes were bland and the food preparation somewhere between poor and mediocre - I couldn't tell you what was ordered, I remember being there with 4 people both times and eating every dish, and couldn't tell you a single order. I somewhat remember desert being OK. The attitude though - if you believed that, they were the best restaurant in 100 miles.

        A Cote I've been to a dozen times, and I'm fond of. Cocktails are very good. Lots of tastes, lots of plates, dark warm room, decidedly romantic. You could argue that there are a few restaurants that do it as well as A Cote (A cote vs wood tavern?), but A Cote's a real joint.

        I'd rather eat almost anywhere than citron, so it's a no brainer for me.

        What kind of places do you like? Why are these two the choices, and not, say, Soi 4?

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        1. re: bbulkow

          Of the three, I go with Soi 4.