Cato's Ale House

★★★★☆
  • 3891 Piedmont Ave

    Oakland, CA 94611

    Cross street: at Montell

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  • 510-655-3349

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in town visiting a friend, went on a saturday night. it was karaoke night. whole bar cheered everyone on! im not a beer drinker, but they had great beers on top and i found one i loved! great food too! would go again when i am in town!

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★★★★☆

in town visiting a friend, went on a saturday night. it was karaoke night. whole bar cheered everyone on! im not a beer drinker, but they had great beers on top and i found one i loved! great food too! would go again when i am in town!

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Love Cato's! We take our whole family for great pub food and great selection of micro brews. Since we go early (before kids bedtimes!), it's before the crowds. And, they're really family friendly -- have crayons and paper for the kids to color with, and great kid food.

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★★★★★

Love Cato's! We take our whole family for great pub food and great selection of micro brews. Since we go early (before kids bedtimes!), it's before the crowds. And, they're really family friendly -- have crayons and paper for the kids to color with, and great kid food.

Pros: Great beer selection + super family friendly

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One of my clients took us to Cato's Ale House to see what it was all about. Very impressed as I had never been in an ale house before. Would definately go again.

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One of my clients took us to Cato's Ale House to see what it was all about. Very impressed as I had never been in an ale house before. Would definately go again.

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Cato's has the best beer selection. Although it's not the biggest beer selection, it is eclectic and there is always something on draft that I love - like Lagunitas Czech Pils, Anderson Valley Belk's ESB, Jamaica Red, Drake's 1500 Pale Ale and Racer 5 IPA. If they don't have your favorite beer, take the opportunity to try something new (they let you taste beers if you want.) The winelist has some good wines for the price and it has a suprisingly varied selection. The pizzas kick butt, and I think their caesar dressing is the best I've ever had. Oh, and I love the Buffalo wings too. Overall, Cato's is a cool pub for those that know about it where you can see free live music a couple times a week. It's a good place if you are single too - lots of hot girls for some reason...

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★★★★★

Cato's has the best beer selection. Although it's not the biggest beer selection, it is eclectic and there is always something on draft that I love - like Lagunitas Czech Pils, Anderson Valley Belk's ESB, Jamaica Red, Drake's 1500 Pale Ale and Racer 5 IPA. If they don't have your favorite beer, take the opportunity to try something new (they let you taste beers if you want.) The winelist has some good wines for the price and it has a suprisingly varied selection. The pizzas kick butt, and I think their caesar dressing is the best I've ever had. Oh, and I love the Buffalo wings too. Overall, Cato's is a cool pub for those that know about it where you can see free live music a couple times a week. It's a good place if you are single too - lots of hot girls for some reason...

Pros: Beer Selection, Good Music, ComfortableAtmosphere

Cons: Parking, Can Get Crowded

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I've been going to Cato's for years. It's part of life and I love the place. So I don't know what some of the other reviewers are talking about. Our experience is so different! For example, someone complained, among other things, that the clientele was diverse. This is bad???? I love the food, especially the salads and the pizza. According to a banner outside Cato's has been voted best bar food several times in the East Bay Express. As for the service and the speed with which food arrives, the kitchen does get backed up and sometimes, yes, stressed when things get busy. But that's the kicker. The place is generally packed at night, and sometimes during the day. And it's always full of regulars like me. So they must be doing something right.

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★★★★★

I've been going to Cato's for years. It's part of life and I love the place. So I don't know what some of the other reviewers are talking about. Our experience is so different! For example, someone complained, among other things, that the clientele was diverse. This is bad???? I love the food, especially the salads and the pizza. According to a banner outside Cato's has been voted best bar food several times in the East Bay Express. As for the service and the speed with which food arrives, the kitchen does get backed up and sometimes, yes, stressed when things get busy. But that's the kicker. The place is generally packed at night, and sometimes during the day. And it's always full of regulars like me. So they must be doing something right.

Pros: Good value, Tasty food, beer selection

Cons: Scarce parking

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As the food takes FOREVER to be prepared, my party ordered lunch by phone, arrived to find the food packaged to go and we intended to stay. No problem, we can still eat there. . . apparently not. The staff were extremely rude: scowling, rolling their eyes, blatently talking negatively about us just a few feet away,rude comments as we ordered drinks. When we nicely expressed our disappointment at their reactions, it only got worse. Absolutely the worst customer service I have ever experienced! I like the food, and go semi-regularly, but Cato's has now lost me (and about 5 other customers) for good. I won't spend my money in a place where I am treated like that. Management needs to be aware that the staff should at least display minimal friendliness, appreciation, and/or courtesy towards the customers.

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★★☆☆☆

As the food takes FOREVER to be prepared, my party ordered lunch by phone, arrived to find the food packaged to go and we intended to stay. No problem, we can still eat there. . . apparently not. The staff were extremely rude: scowling, rolling their eyes, blatently talking negatively about us just a few feet away,rude comments as we ordered drinks. When we nicely expressed our disappointment at their reactions, it only got worse. Absolutely the worst customer service I have ever experienced! I like the food, and go semi-regularly, but Cato's has now lost me (and about 5 other customers) for good. I won't spend my money in a place where I am treated like that. Management needs to be aware that the staff should at least display minimal friendliness, appreciation, and/or courtesy towards the customers.

Pros: Good Food

Cons: Horrible Service

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College style bar with the simple beer and pizza formula but the pizza is just OK. Big drawback for me is there are no seats at the small bar which eliminates the chance if just hanging unless your with a group. Lots of workers from the nearby Kaiser med so if you like nurses...

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★★☆☆☆

College style bar with the simple beer and pizza formula but the pizza is just OK. Big drawback for me is there are no seats at the small bar which eliminates the chance if just hanging unless your with a group. Lots of workers from the nearby Kaiser med so if you like nurses...

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I went there for the first time today. You grab a table, order at the counter in the back, wait for your food to be brought to you, and get drinks at the bar. Simple, easy and low stress. It is noisy at Cato's even when 1/3 full. Loud music is always cranking. A couple televisions also provide some entertainment. As far as the crowd - I was there late afternoon and saw mostly a middle-aged, white clientelle although there is no age requirement. Food pricing is average, quantities are a little on the small side. Large selection of beer on tap at fair prices. Food counter service was lacking. Bar service was not. I'm interested in seeing what the crowd is like at night. During the day i found it enjoyable and will definately be back. My review may seem low but for me a 5 is average.

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★★★☆☆

I went there for the first time today. You grab a table, order at the counter in the back, wait for your food to be brought to you, and get drinks at the bar. Simple, easy and low stress. It is noisy at Cato's even when 1/3 full. Loud music is always cranking. A couple televisions also provide some entertainment. As far as the crowd - I was there late afternoon and saw mostly a middle-aged, white clientelle although there is no age requirement. Food pricing is average, quantities are a little on the small side. Large selection of beer on tap at fair prices. Food counter service was lacking. Bar service was not. I'm interested in seeing what the crowd is like at night. During the day i found it enjoyable and will definately be back. My review may seem low but for me a 5 is average.

Pros: Easy going atmosphere, Beer selection, Satisfies a Niche

Cons: Food counter service, Crowd diversity

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Cato's has great beer. Try El Toro if they have it. El Toro means the bull in Espanol. Don't order any food unless you want a salad and you like beets. Then order a beet salad. It is a yummy beet salad that goes well with yummy El Toro beer.

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★★★★☆

Cato's has great beer. Try El Toro if they have it. El Toro means the bull in Espanol. Don't order any food unless you want a salad and you like beets. Then order a beet salad. It is a yummy beet salad that goes well with yummy El Toro beer.

Pros: beer good, beet salad good, bar tender nice

Cons: no where to sit, sometimes no El Toro, close at 11

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Beer is only so-so; food is standard pub grub. I wouldn't go out of my way to go back.

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★★☆☆☆

Beer is only so-so; food is standard pub grub. I wouldn't go out of my way to go back.

 

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