A Word of Caution.
The food is fair and the service OK, but our biggest surprise came after dinner.
We'd parked in the Milano parking lot and since it was a slow night, the lot was only half full when we finished. So rather than move our car, we walked down Grand Ave. and spent an hour or so at The Alley. When we returned to the lot at around 9:45pm, the restaurant was closed and, in addition, the owner had had our car towed. We pounded on the door and finally got him to respond. He told us he didn't know where our car had been towed, but finally gave us a number to call. We called the number and it turned out to be Berry Brothers Towing at 55th and Shattuck, and the towing charge was $430. The owner was "so sorry", but said he had to keep his lot clear. Later on, the attendant at Berry Brothers told us the owner does this routinely to clear remaining cars from the lot. We found out later that our car had been towed away at 9:30pm. We'd left Milano at around 8pm.
Anyway, if you're in the mood for OK, overpriced Italian food, go on foot, or remove your car from the lot immediately after you've paid the bill!!
Best in East Bay.
The best polenta I ever had is served here at Milano Ristorante in Oakland. Creamy polenta, with grilled quail topped with marsala mushroom sauce. Everything about our party was grate, from service, ambiance, friendly staff, food, and drinks. Next time you are there ask for Milanos Electric Current Martini. This was the best Martini I ever had. The place is happening and exciting. The best feature about this restaurant is their private banquet room. I celebrated my wifes 40th B-day with forty of our friends.
A great experience.
Was there for my birthday. Wait staff is excellent, they made it special for a birthday and were not overbearing. Has a homey feel to it. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. I definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and they can accomodate larger groups.
Sunday Night Date Night.
Milano is an excellent little location. Prices are great and the food is delicious. My beau and I go there every Sunday night for date night. We've never had bad service or bad wine. Everyone gets a free bread with melted cheese and marinara- and it's yummy! When the weather is nice, they open up the huge doors and let the air in. A fun little spot with a cute bar!!
My server wore a Looney Tunes tie!.
Milano is a joke. I've been twice and both times have been a complete failure! The ingredients for the fried calamari tasted and looked like something from the frozen food section of Pack 'n Save. My server was nervous as he read (and mispronounced) the specials. He lacked training in serving as did the bartender. It's a shame that such a beautiful building is wasted on this travesty of a dining establishment. I will never go back!