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C'era Una Volta

C'era Una Volta - Italian Restaurant

This sun-splashed location is a hidden treasure on a quiet tree-lined cobblestone promenade. Our Italian restaurant brings a Taste of Italy to the Island of Alameda with delicious Tuscan, regional Italian dishes and an extensive Italian wine list.

From the day we opened our doors in 2004 we have received numerous awards for our food, ambiance, service, and wine selection. Chef Rudy Duran is one of only a handful of Bay Area chefs recognized by the Academia Italiana della Cucina for his authentic Italian cuisine. C'era Una Volta, voted Best Italian Restaurant in Alameda 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012

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211 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
(211 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 211 reviews
5 stars
(108)
4 stars
(63)
3 stars
(26)
2 stars
(8)
1 star
(6)
Food 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Service 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Ambiance 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Noise Level
1.7 / 3
Moderate
Value 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • neighborhood gem(130)
  • fit for foodies(85)
  • special occasion(83)
  • romantic(82)
  • notable wine list(44)
  • great for outdoor dining(40)
C'era Una Volta Reviews List
Review 1 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/24/2016
 2015
Dined on 4/24/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Great Sunday Brunch. Really good! Attentive staff and wonderful owner."
Dined on 4/24/2016
 2015
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Review 2 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/23/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/23/2016
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 3 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/16/2016
 2010
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/16/2016
 2010
Special Features: great for outdoor dining
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Review 4 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Husband's birthday breakfast

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Dined on 4/17/2016
 2010
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"We had Sunday breakfast for my husband's birthday and thoroughly enjoyed the meal. The food was fantastic, we sat outside on a gorgeous, warm morning and leisurely enjoyed our breakfast. Service was good, very friendly - waiter said he was new... very conscientious and we had no complaints. We'll be back again, the menu choices were great and we're looking forward to trying more!"
Dined on 4/17/2016
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 5 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 6 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Great ambiance, service, and food."
Dined on 4/13/2016
 2010
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Review 7 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/03/2016
 2007
Dined on 3/03/2016
 2007
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 3/03/2016
 2007
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Review 8 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 4/10/2016
 2002
Dined on 4/10/2016
 2002
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/10/2016
 2002
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 9 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Lovely servers. Food was delicious! A little bit loud for a Sunday as there was a band playing and the space is rather small. Wonderful experience. We will definitely go back."
Dined on 4/10/2016
 2009
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Review 10 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/12/2016
 2012
Dined on 4/12/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/12/2016
 2012
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Review 11 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

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Dined on 4/09/2016
 2013
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2013
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2013
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Review 12 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/08/2016
 2006
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 4/08/2016
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 13 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Food was fantastic. Loved the music."
Dined on 4/09/2016
 2005
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Review 14 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/03/2016
 2012
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/03/2016
 2012
Special Features: romantic
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Review 15 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 4/01/2016
 2009
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 4/01/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 16 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 17 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/27/2016
 2008
Special Features: romantic, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 18 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Special Occasions

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/22/2016
 2009
Dined on 3/22/2016
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"We love going here to celebrate special occasions. We just recently went to celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary and they did not let us down. We love to slowly go through all the courses of the menu. We told them we were not in a hurry and wanted to enjoy each course and they were so accommodating. The service was excellent, very attentive but let us slowly enjoy our food. The food was excellent and the wine selection is always fun as they helped us select a new wine. Always our go to when we want to slow down, enjoy a good meal and good company."
Dined on 3/22/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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Review 19 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 3/26/2016
 2008
Dined on 3/26/2016
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 3/26/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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Review 20 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Good but not that Good, slightly higher than fair.
First order, pasta was not cook thoroughly, hard in some areas.
2nd time remake gotten a whole lot better.
Services are rather slow, needs improvement.
No clue why the owner Cheryl put my friend and I in a odd seat for 2.
I know it's seat for 2, but looks like a love seat for two guys... Inappropriate...asked for up stair, she denied.
Overall, food is good. Does take a long time for preparation.
Guessing they only have one Chef "Rudy".
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Dined on 3/25/2016
 2013
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Review 21 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch
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Review 22 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 23 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/20/2016
 2016
Dined on 3/20/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 3/20/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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Review 24 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 3/19/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 25 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Very nice Italian food with excellent service

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/15/2016
 2008
Dined on 3/15/2016
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/15/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 26 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 3/13/2016
 2011
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Review 27 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Excellent as always

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
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Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"This is my favorite restaurant in Alameda. Always excellent food, service and ambiance. Cheryl and Rudy always treat you like a long lost friend."
Dined on 3/08/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 28 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Very disappointing

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"We have been here before but always remember our last experience because it always the same. Way to many staff asking you the same questions. This time though the host came to our table & asked would we like to reconsider using the 1000 point table reservation for another coupon ? the service was really bad this time also. very forgetful & we where left waiting on food items we had to ask for three times and then they served one wine for me and none for my wife which we order together., the pasta was tough and rubbery , just very bland. We live in Alameda and probably will never return to this place."
Dined on 3/04/2016
 2007
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Review 29 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/26/2016
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 30 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Good value for a special occasion

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"This was my first time here. There were several dishes that looked interesting but we chose the steak for two that included an appetizer and vegetables. It was done exactly to our order. I had the caesar salad and gnocchi before the entree of steak on the bone with potatoes and greens.
The service was friendly and helpful and there was a wine promotion with several bottles at $20. Overall it was a good value and a fun experience."
Dined on 2/25/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Review 31 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Wonderful service with the kindest of all owners.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Could not have asked for a nicer birthday celebration. Be sure and meet Rudy, the owner and head chef, if you are to visit. Don't miss the burata appetizer. Chef specials are always wonderful."
Dined on 2/26/2016
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 32 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

A very nice small Italian bistro for "date night"

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Although living in Hayward for 2 years, we never ventured to downtown Alameda for dinner. Was enticed the 1000-point reservation option, and I have to say it was a very nice dinner at a very cute place a good price. I had the Filet Mignon and roasted mushrooms with a nice Napa zin, and they all were excellent...the steak done perfectly medium-rare (this is my standard restaurant test). My dining companion had an off-menu pasta order that the chef handled perfectly. Our waiter, Mark, was most friendly and accommodating. Well worth the trip to Alameda, and we will definitely return. Our bill for two was a little over $100 with tip. The chef knows what he is doing for sure."
Dined on 2/21/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 33 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/20/2016
 2011
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Review 34 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/19/2016
 2010
Dined on 2/19/2016
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/19/2016
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 35 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/19/2016
 2009
Dined on 2/19/2016
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I had the pepper steak. It was excellent, tender, and flavorful, especially with the Gorgonzola sauce. It was, however, not very peppery. I didn't taste the familiar peppercorn flavor. Still an excellent dish.
My wife had the special crab ravioli. She thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the spicy red sauce.
This was not our first visit, though our first in quite a while. We appreciated the expertise of the sommelier and the attentive service.
Our bread was served with a mustards-olive oil sauce. This was too creative by half. Oil and balsamic would have been just fine.
We ordered an affogato. The chef needs to ce told that you do not dress up an affogato with whipped cream. It wasn't bad, but we had to avoid the unwanted cream. Next time, ask."
Dined on 2/19/2016
 2009
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Review 36 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/16/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining
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Review 37 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 38 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Review 39 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 40 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Not an Italian restaurant

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"An Italian restaurant's signature is on the herbs, sauce, and ingrediants. The entire Valentine's dinner courses lacked almost everything Italian flavor. Instead of basil, thyme, parsley, oregano, marguram, tomatoes, garlic, and onion...the chef used sliced green scallions in our appetizer and main course."
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic
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Review 41 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great authentic Italian

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2013
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"A Valentine's Day to remember. Great food, wonderful host and a very friendly chef. The food was phenomenal from the salad to the gelato."
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2013
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 42 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/14/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/14/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 43 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2008
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Review 44 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2011
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 45 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Valentine's Delight

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2011
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"My wife and I went for a special dinner, and it was great! Delicious food, great atmosphere, attentive staff. A great experience all the way around. Definitely recommend it to all!"
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 46 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/11/2016
 2008
Dined on 2/11/2016
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/11/2016
 2008
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 47 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great Find

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Dined on 2/10/2016
 2013
Dined on 2/10/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"We would have never found this restaurant without Open Table. In a little alley area and we were looking for a good meal after a movie date night. It is just a short walk from the Alameda Theatre and the food and service were great. It was a late dinner on a Wednesday evening so really can't judge noise factor, etc. I especially loved the eggplant meal."
Dined on 2/10/2016
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 48 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Dined on 2/13/2016
 2010
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Review 49 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/09/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 50 for C'era Una Volta
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2008
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2008
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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