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Cato's Ale House

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BA SCORE
88
very good

14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.04%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3891 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, California, 94611
United States
phone: (510) 655-3349

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JackDempsy

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

I am rating this place a little above average because of the beer selection and service - wow, great job Cato's. Now, the weird standing in line for food orders, taking your number to a table and then standing in another line to order beer (and paying in both places) is not a favorite thing for me to do - and I love standing lines as much as anyone else, if you get the picture. Also, they don't have a "kids menu", but by the number of them (at least 8 tables had children making children screaming noises) and the "crayon contest drawings" on the wall by the bathroom, you would think that this is on the horizon.

08-17-2014 17:33:39 | More by JackDempsy
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MrDave

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-09-2014 22:58:06 | More by MrDave
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justinbrown

California

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

04-22-2014 03:53:19 | More by justinbrown
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hayesjw

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-17-2013 17:22:33 | More by hayesjw
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scottfrie

California

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

I’ve been going to Cato’s off and on for a long time now. They always have something interesting on tap, and occasionally offer a variety of beers on nitro or cask. The beer selection is broad and consists of mostly local brews, and it’s good to find a place that offers some Moonlight offerings. The atmosphere is very warm and relaxed, although the place can get loud and cramped when busy. Food is pretty good but I’ve never really had anything except their pizzas. The menu consists of the standard pub fair of greasy appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and pizzas, but they have a good selection of vegetarian and vegan offerings. Pizza prices are bit steep, but their other food looks pretty reasonable. Overall I like to go here on days when it’s not so crowded as it is a really comfortable place to find some really great beers on tap

09-06-2011 16:45:01 | More by scottfrie
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bcm119

California

4.14/5  rDev +7%

Cato's is a well-worn pub with a beer selection that leans heavily towards the locals. Although the selection of taps isn't nearly as large as Barclay's, on many nights its of equal quality. They seem to have several IPAs on usually, which is a major bonus for me. Last night, for instance, they had P.t. Elder, Blind Pig, Green Flash WCIPA, and Moonlight IPA on cask-- which just about covered it for me. They always have at least one each of Moonlight and Drakes, and usually more. I've seen Drakes pale ale on nitro here, which is interesting. The selection is very carefully chosen; its really top notch considering the number of lines.
The atmosphere is dim and woody. I like the atmosphere better than Barclay's; its more comfortable, less sports-oriented and has a more neighborhood feel. If you can score a booth, you can hold a conversation even on weekend nights, provided you've had a few beers. I haven't tried the food because I usually go here before or after having dinner somewhere else on Piedmont. Overall an excellent pub-- a real beer drinkers bar. I wish it were within walking distance for me.

01-18-2009 04:45:39 | More by bcm119
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opwog

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

This was my old neighborhood beer stop when I lived in Piedmont. I still make sure that I make a stop in during every trip to the Bay Area. One large room and a smaller, enclosed patio. Bar area is meant for standing. Beer selection is always good and is a great element in one of Oakland's best neighborhoods. Food is just OK and the ordering is a little odd with the walkup window. But there is enough pub grub items to choose from to keep you from getting too f'd up from the stronger beers. Definitely one of the best craft beer stops that maintains a real neighborhood bar feel.

08-26-2008 06:20:45 | More by opwog
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bbothen

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

In the friendly Piedmont area of Oakland.

Front room has windows that open up into the street, nice spot for a pint on a summer evening. Tables have carvings in them by patrons. Gives the place a laid back feel.

Nice selection of California brews. Moonlight, Lagunitas, Stone, Green Flash, Bear Republic, Russian River. Can't go wrong with that selection. Our party had a RR Blind Pig, Moonlight Bombay By Boat on cask, Stone 12th anniv, Lagunitas Czech Pilsner. All fresh, clean, & tasty.

Service at the bar was quick, friendly, & cordial. No problems here.

Just sampled a couple appetizers on my visit. All good. Nothing awesome, but all fine. Nachos & cheese potatoes.

Fine place for a pint with friends. Cool neighborhood. Cool vibe. I'll be back.

08-03-2008 21:44:09 | More by bbothen
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SacoDeToro

California

3.83/5  rDev -1%

Cato's is a cozy little pub right at the end of Piedmont Ave. Right next door is the Bay Wolf, a great restaurant that features French and California cuisine and a menu that changes daily. Anywho, I digress...

Cato's has a good selection of local micros - certainly enough to keep you entertained for an evening. The selection isn't quite as expansive as Barclay's, but still nice.

The food is decent, but pretty standard pub faire.

The service is friendly, but all food orders need to be placed by the patron at a window at the kitchen. Not really a big deal, but IMO, kinda takes it down a notch.

Cato's is a good value and a good place to have a pint - especially after a nice dinner at the Bay Wolf.

03-18-2008 14:52:14 | More by SacoDeToro
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Natural510

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Cato's is a comfortable neighborhood beer house, with the feel of a college-town dive bar (minus the college). Long wooden tables with lots of etched graffiti...you get the idea.
The atmosphere is welcoming and laid-back; lots of people who live nearby come here to socialize, including families who bring their youngins for the food.
The food is affordable, and pretty good...nothing extraordinary, nothing too greasy either. You can get a baked mac & cheese dish with mixed greens salad for $8.
The beers are, obviously, mostly ales, mostly from California. Usually about 15 at a time on rotation, they're listed on a chalkboard above the bar. Last visit I had a Kona Pipeline Porter & Sierra Celebration Ale.
I've only had one bad service experience here, a daytime bartender with serious attitude. That was years ago, however, and everyone else since has been friendly and super helpful.

You can't help but have a great time at Cato's. Whether for a meal, an A's game or just kicking back some ale...everyone is welcome here.

02-16-2008 23:04:46 | More by Natural510
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Cato's Ale House in Oakland, CA
88 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.