Cato’s Ale House | Oakland, California
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Cato’s Ale House
Good based on 11 ratings
Type: Bar

3891 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, California United States 94611 [ print map ]
510 655 3349

Hours: Mon - Thurs 11:30am-12am, Fri & Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-11pm

Mayor: kespecial (3) | Taps: 23 | Bottles: 1

Cato’s Ale House

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Beer Available At Cato’s Ale House (arranged by most recent)
High Water / Triple Voodoo Slice of Darkness , Victory Golden Monkey 96, Berryessa Markley Cove Pale
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11 reviews for Cato’s Ale House
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  62%
 Selection  67%
 Food  66%
 Value  74%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  78%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs  (188) Livermore, California | March 28, 2014
I finally had a chance to visit this place after an appointment with my spine surgeon at the hospital around the corner. It’s located in a cool part of Oakland. Lots of nice looking restaurants and shops in the area. This place, as mentioned, looks sort of like an old house that was converted to a taproom. There’s ample room inside though with a medium sized bar and lots of comfortable seating. I could see spending a long evening here with friends. No seating at the bar was the only weird thing. The tap list was pretty good. A few locals and some relatively obscure stuff for this part of Cali. I got the Figueroa Davy Brown, but they also had Pliny which is always a good thing. I didn’t try the food, but the service seemed attentive and friendly. Another weird thing was that there were people openly smoking weed inside. Probably only one or two, but of course the smell filled the whole place. I was kind of surprised by that, but whatever. Overall, this is a really cool place that I would visit regularly if I lived in the area. I wouldn’t go to far out of my way though.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail  (1129) Orange County, California | January 1, 2014
Cool place. Really looks like an old house, in fact. Shutters on the windows, old wooden interior, glasses lining the beams in the ceiling. Lots of photos and signage on the wall. Service was okay, but you go to the bar to order, it seems. There is plenty of space to sit and have a meal or just have some beers. The beer list is good and made up mostly of Bay Area stuff. Some Russian River, a few random North Bay and Oakland breweries, Moonlight, etc. Definitely worth a stop.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Aquilo  (22) Berkeley, California | August 22, 2012
Food is good. Decent tap selection. Service leaves something to be desired. You have to order your food at the kitchen window, then go and order your beer at the bar. They bring your food to the table, but they don’t even give you napkins. They need a better system.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
eastbayjay  (2) California | June 6, 2012
Cato's used to be the the best place in Oakland to get a pint of up and coming micro brews. Now it seems they've gotten fat and lazy with the taps. You can find the same beers there week after week with not much new and exciting. It's a great place to take the family, grab a pint, and hear some live music. I wish they would bring in more beers that are cutting edge.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
fidel  (105) Livermore, California | July 28, 2008
Nice little spot. Always has good micros on tap. Good pizza too.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat  (43) Concord, California | February 4, 2008
Great selection of beers. Good food. Great place to meet up with a group of people. Great covered deck seating.
Ibrew2or3  (353) Tempe, Arizona | October 17, 2007
They have some 25+ taps with lots of local and NoCal offerings. The place is small and very warn in with dark bead board paneling everywhere, big square dark stained wood pillars and beams. The tables are all warn smooth and carved up with initials and brief phrases. Pub grub such as salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza and other assorted items like Krabby Cakes (must be Sponge Bob inspired). They have friendly, helpful and hardworking staff. You do need to go to the bar to get beer (no seats at the bar either) and you order food through a porthole labeled “Order Here.” The cold water to help cleanse the palate is self serve. This is a cool place with a couple of tubes to take in a game. I think I’ll spend another hour here. I had the Drake’s Amber, Bear Republic APEX and Lagunitas Gnarly Barleywine all in 10oz servings, excellent volume for rating. This place reminds me of a NoCal version of The Liar’s Club with the same type of beer geek friendly tap line up only the place here is much bigger. Wow, over the standing bar area they have sort of a trellis with a 100+ tap handles fixed to it. Nice touch.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Vladimir  (1) | April 25, 2006
An excellent place to hang out and socialize if you’re a local. However, if you’re not familiar with the concept of the “neighborhood Pub” AND OR a crotchety hump of a customer you might want to go to the generic sports bar elsewhere. The locals and the bar staff will pick up on it quickly and your money may receive a warm welcome, but you won’t. Nearly perfect except for the recent addition of Soju-Cocktail drinks. Sorry but I’d like actual booze in my Martini please. Hopefully this is only a passing fad and they can fully get back to their roots –ass kicking ales.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
irishsnake  (1) Oakland, California | May 5, 2005
Cato’s is a perfect little alehouse - a great little place to sit down casually and drink from a diverse selection of 25 micros, most of which are NorCal locals (usually Moonlight, Russian River, Bear Republic, etc...). Place gets crowded during prime times, but still manages a laid back vibe. I think that this has a lot to do with the estrogen content - Cato’s is probably the least guy-heavy beer bar I have ever been to. Service is minimal - you order food at the walk-up window, and beer at the bar. most of the bartenders are great and efficient, but one is a real hump. the food is good pub food, especially the pizza. the salads are also excellent. great place for a beer - it’s just so cozy.
ElGaucho  (238) Minnetonka, Minnesota | February 6, 2005
I popped in with my cousin for a quick 10 ouncer ($3.00) a half hour before we were to attend a funeral up the road at Mtn. View Cemetery. I had researched the place out the last time I attended a funeral there less than a year ago but didn’t have time to stop in. bb is right on regarding the service. The bartender was a crotchety grump. The place itself is perfect for a long drinking session. They have a sunroom that looks out on to Piedmont Ave. that has retractable canvas shades covering the glass roof. The wooden interior is homey and virtually all tables in the place have initials or messages carved in them. They have an extensive tap selection; the offerings are listed in colored chalk behind the bar. Although there are some generic selections, there are also some real winners like Arrogant Bastard Ale and Bear Republic Heritage Ale. My brew, which I ordered at 2pm on a Saturday was flat with no head or lace; it made me wonder if I got the beer sitting in the lines. Regardless, highly recommended for selection and ambiance.

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