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Oliveto Café & Restaurant
Oliveto Café & Restaurant

Oliveto Café & Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oliveto.com
  • Phone: (510) 547-5356
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm – 9:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Jonah Rhodehamel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shafter
  • Public Transit: Rockridge BART stop is across the street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: In the evening, there is free parking in the BART parking lot. During the day, parking is available in the Market Hall parking lot.
A word from Oliveto Café & Restaurant
Oliveto Café & Restaurant offers seasonal cuisine in the Northern Italian tradition, including wild game, fresh pastas, wood-fired pizzas and authentic vegetable and poultry dishes.

Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Our server (don't recall his name) was OUTSTANDING--knowledgeable, thoughtful, great service, educated us & gave us our space when we wanted it. And the food was tasty, portion sizes reasonable (not too much)"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "So so food and a grumpy server did not impress our group."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "I could not have had a more incredible anniversary dinner. Amazing food, perfect server, wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great food. Creative menu. Lovely service. Well done Oliveto's!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Having dined here many times, we were impressed by the quality of the food, perfectly prepared and innovative."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Our dinner at Oliveto was fabulous. We wish we could afford to eat there more often. We started with two appetizers. The Grilled Octopus was fabulous. The Grilled Peach Salad had some interesting flavor combinations, although the fried pancetta was a bit salty for some of us. For Entrees we tried two The Rabbit was tender and flavorful. The Pigeon was excellent. For dessert we tried the chocolate cake with ice cream, and salted caramel sauce. Sort of a deconstructed Sunday. Also, the Crepe Cake was lovely. A great meal, and conversation was easy. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • " It was a quiet Tuesday evening. We arrived at 7:15. We were ushered upstairs by the maitre d'. Such an elegant place! Place about half full. It would have been nice if someone had helped with our wraps (we were two women of a certain age) as they sat us done. A small thing that would have added a touch of elegance. IT was a special evening for me: a pre-birthday celebration. The half bottle of Amorone that we ordered never came because they had none in the cave. Our nice waiter suggested various substitutes but they didn't find right. Finally we got the sommelier to come and he was extremely helpful' Meanwhile our pasta came : cold and uncooked....Everything was taken care of m but I was shocked"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "One of the best meals I have had in sometime. Very good menu that includes game(pigeon )."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Dining at Oliveto is always a special experience. The food and the service are outstanding. The dining room is warm and elegant. What a treat!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The drive from San Mateo was arduous, but the reward of an excellent dinner helped immensely. The special glasses of wine were over-priced, but otherwise, it was a fine evening. We will return."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Very good food, decent prices, great service, awesome location. What's more to want?"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "This is an exceptional venue; fabulous deli/grocery downstairs and fine dining downstairs. Feels like Italy!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The corn soup was astonishing in it's flavors and texture. Sadly the chicken dish was, well, boring. No real flavor, just dull."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Our table tried pretty much everything on the menu and not a dud in the bunch. In particular if its available get the charcuterie platter, the squid ink pasta, the pidgeon! and the rabbit. Fantastic server who was detail oriented but not stuffy."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had dinner on a hot evening so the atmosphere was very happy and relaxing with tables sat outside. We had a pleasant experience. The food was very good and the service friendly and efficient. I have been at the restaurant on few occasions and never been disappointed."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "we enjoyed an early dinner very much; my only complaint was perhaps that there were some "unusual" main course offerings that I wish were more mainstream (rabbit, pigeon)."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This place is a perfect gem. Creative food and terrific wait staff. We'l be back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We've dined here a couple hundred times over the years and it is consistently great. They continue to expand on what they do and experiment without going off the rails. The pastas and salumi are made in-house. The entrees (secondi) are excellent. The wine list is a bit pricey but the contents take you on a tour of Italy. For a splurge, ask for the list of their aged wines."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Although all aspects of our dining experience were wonderful, the service was exceptional. Our waitress paid close attention to the note about food restrictions. She brought out a cafe cordial, complementary with one of the desserts, and gave us the other dessert on the house for the birthday! In addition the attention to detail with plates, silverware, speed of courses was so impressive - just perfect timing and coordination by all folks attending to us. We felt very special and well taken care of. Food: The main courses - due of chicken, due of lamb - and desserts - lemon semi fredo and bittersweet chocolate cake - were extraordinary. The albacore crudo lacked seasoning. Best decaf cappuccino ever!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Excellence all around from the attentive waitress, waitstaff, bartender, chef & manager. The food was perfection, the dessert was decadence personified. What a great, romantic place 2 celebrate special events."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The food and service would have been fine at half the price. Our wine came after the meal. The wine we wanted wasn't in stock so they brought something else without asking. The portions were small. I left hungry. I suppose hard core foodies might like the sacrifice-- of price and size for something well made. But it was just too much. I would have had a better time going somewhere half the price, with a smaller wine list and a more casual, easy going atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Use of wood ovens always tops at Oliveto was expanded with a Chinese style box roasting an entire pig with hot coals on a metal lid. The meat done with high heat provided a special meal. Our serving was enough for two as well!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Loved the ambiance and the food was amazing. Especially the dessert. We will definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The ambient room temparature exceeded 80 degrees throughout our dinner. The outdoor temperature was about 69 degrees. Despite requests to turn on the airconditioner or open the windows, the temperature remain uncomfortably warm."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Excellent Italian food, fresh pasta and rich sauces. Good wine selection and great atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "great food, lovely setting, wonderful experience, as usual."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Never ever had even a mediocre meal at Oliveto's. What else can be said."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food here is flavorful, best to order small plates and share so you can sample and enjoy a variety. The atmosphere is friendly and warm, nice for a celebration, family gathering, or romantic dinner. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This is a neighborhood gem that we finally got to try. From their panzanella (bread salad) with grilled peaches and arugula, melon carpaccio and their pancetta wrapped rabbit each bite was like a little bit of heaven. Wonderful delicate flavors that compliment all aspects of each dish. The wine list is approachable and offers a nice variety of wines from Italy, France and of course California and Oregon. Our server, Anne was also amazing..professional, friendly and informative. It's refreshing when the servers love what they do and their passion for food and wine shines through in a natural and positive way. Applause to you Anne and chef for making our evening perfect! We'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We love the Berkeley/Albany/Oakland area restaurants. Some of the best in the Bay Area. But I would rate Oliveto among the top. The upstairs restaurant seating is not cramped, so the noise level is hushed. The food is well prepared, flavorful, not too salty. Whereas we sometimes have hit-or-miss at places such as Lalimes, A Cote, Baywolf, Chez Panisse Café, Oliveto has been consistently excellent the 9-10 times we ate there."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Olivetto is a great Rockridge place w A+ service. Most excellent for special occasions & groups. Also they really try to use local ingredients. Extensive wine menu too. The Russian River Sauvignon Blanc is most excellent. Delicious & excellently prepared beef too. Very, very convenient to Rockridge BART."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "They were very polite to me in spite of my raffish appearance (I work in construction and didn't have a chance to change). Sorry! One woman did seem to be very disapproving (not the server), but I understand completely. Thanks again!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The menu changes weekly but it is never disappoints."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Ouiet, lovely dining experience with an upstairs view down upon the Rockridge neighborhood, dining room has alot of natural light. Ask for a window seat. Delightful wait staff, good wine list and the food, oh the food. Italian old world flavors with a twist. Fresh peach panzanella salad was my favorite....still trying to re-create it at home. Delicious house made liquers to top off your meal."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The three-course fixed price lunch featured some unusual fare. We loved the excellent strawberry gazpacho. The pasta main course was cooked to perfection, in both the carbonara and pesto versions. We did not like the buffalo milk gelato with balsamic vinegar. The gelato by itself would have been OK, but the balsamic vinegar gave it a bitter taste. It was a pleasure to eat in a quiet, beautiful restaurant and be able to converse in a normal way."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Oliveto has a nice atmosphere but tries to fool you into thinking that just because food is served artistically and with small portions, it must be something special. It just isn't. Tiny amounts of nice-looking ordinary food at high prices are not offset by good service and ambiance. I came here only because I had a gift certificate and would not return."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Oliveto has some great variations on authentic italian food, all the items we tasted were excellent. It has a manu that changes daily and serves fresh ingredients from local suppliers. The atmosphere is great, we didn't try the cafe/more casual part of the restaurant but will certainly give it a try in the future."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Oliveto upstairs is our traditional special occasion destination. The food is fantastic and tremendous knowledge and effort have gone into choosing each ingredient. The atmosphere is elegant, relaxed and welcoming at the same time. It's a popular restaurant, but I can carry on subtle conversations with everyone at our table with no difficulty. Oliveto is truly a Bay Area treasure."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We were repeat customers. However, we did not know that they had a special exotic fish menu. Had we known we would not have gone. 2 of the 4 of us ordered the very limited alternatives to the sea food and found the dishes unappealing. (Note. I am personally allergic to shell fish). 1 of the 4 ordered the salmon which she did not like. Only 1 of our 4 enjoyed his meal."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The Oceanic Dinners with an extensive variety of fish, and shell fish, many almost never seen was a joy to see and sample. Small barnacles, eel like hand caught fish, deep flavored choppino, soft shell crab to perfection. Want to come back and finish the whole menu."
    Dined on 6/11/2014