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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.

Diner Reviews
  • "great food, lovely setting, wonderful experience, as usual."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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 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
  • "Never ever had even a mediocre meal at Oliveto's. What else can be said."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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
  • "The menu changes weekly but it is never disappoints."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Excellent in all respects, just a treat to dine there."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Oliveto, and I remain unimpressed. The quality of the food was good, no better, but the portions size was scandalously small. Next time, when in the neighborhood, I'll try Bourbon and Beef across the street."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "brussel sprouts were tough and cold fish was excellent dessert was excellent staff and service were excellent"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This was our third visit, each one not as good as the first a couple of years ago. Service was good but we waited for quite awhile for our food which was barely warm and underseasoned. I had the squab dish at another visit but this time, it fell very short. It was undercooked but still dry. My husbands pork was overcooked. Portions of the sides were small for the high price point of the entrees. Desserts were uninspiring. "
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Creative dishes and now a prix fixe lunch of 3 courses -- each couse just the right size and delicious. I find this to be an excellent place for business lunches as well as special dinners out with friends or family. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Great food, perfectly located across from Rockridge Bart station, for arrival by Bart or to park in the Bart lot. Extremely good classical Italian food in the main restaurant upstairs, also more informal in Bistro downstairs. Food prices are good and quality great, wine prices a bit high but great selection. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Oliveto is a special occasion destination for us; our 15th Anniversary dinner was wonderful. Service was impeccable and gracious. We appreciated the wine descriptions, help in choosing from the impressive offerings and care given to maintaining our bottle at perfect temperature. All of our food was delicious, but the agnolotti were pure heaven. Scrumptious/decadent flour less chocolate cake as celebratory dessert, accompanied by an amazing Guatemalan dark rum from the extensive list of after-dinner drinks. A truly memorable meal. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Good service and food. The menu was clear and helped in our decision. The bar was so good we had two each. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Disappointed. The ingredients were good, but food was far too salty and over seasoned. Too bad, because service was impeccable, and ambiance was so nice. Have never left so much food uneaten. Wanted to like it.... Too bad."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "For the last 7 years, Oliveto has been our favorite go to restaurant when expense is not an issue and we will settle for nothing but really good food."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "My wife and I went to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and we were not disappointed at all. Everything was top notch. We will defintely add Oliveto to our rotation."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Our dining experience was excellent. The food was perfect and they accommodated our early arrival."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food was great. Vegetarians in our trio were delighted. Meat eater found humanely raised options. Our server was lovely. We lingered at out table for hours, it could have been Paris!!!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "lovely place, great food and service. Dinner always memorable at Oliveto!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We came for my mom's birthday and overall it was a wonderful experience. Our waiter was very knowledgable and the service was excellent. My only 2 gripes were that it was one of the rare warm evenings and it was too warm in the restaurant, which we adjusted to after a while. The other thing was that we ordered too many secondi dishes thinking that they and the main courses were going to be tiny, but they were not. A bite of a couple secondi courses along with your main dish is more than enough, one secondi per person was not necessary. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We had dinner for four. Excellent service, three great appetizers shares. Outstanding morell mushroom risotto, Farm egg in Carrozza with morell mushrooms, and finally agnolotti . Just great, and with a good bottle of wine. Wow. Followed by Spit Roasted Pancetta-wrapped rabbit with wheat berries, mousseron mushrooms etc and Charcoal Grilled Pigeons, we had two of each for our party of four. Other than the scary legs and toes of the pigeons this was just superb!!! Desert and cappuccino capped it all. A dinner to remember"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Excellent Pastas. Very consistent. Love to visit every time I am in Northern California."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Oliveto after all of these years continues a level of culinary excellence and one can always count of finding several inventive, yet simple presentations. The only black mark during my most recent visit was what I will call "indifferent" service."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I took my small staff to Oliveto's for an end of the academic year celebration. We had a table by the window back in the corner--perfect. The food was very good to excellent. The only thing was that the service wasn't great--I had to ask for my water glass to be filled, and the waiter forgot that I needed cream and sugar for my coffee. If they fix that part, it would have been close to perfect. Oliveto's is a quiet reserved place, so it's great if you want to have a conversation. Not so great if you want a party atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We took our son and his girlfriend to Oliveto to celebrate a college award. The location of this restaurant is perfect--right across the street from Bart and at night there is parking in the Bart lot. The restaurant is small and charming. The food was excellent. The service superb. Beware that the portions are small so if you have a big eater with you, you may want to order a pasta and an entree. We had a window table overlooking the cute shops nearby. If you arrive early I suggest you check out the bakery and deli at Market Hall downstairs. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "This our choice of restaurant for special occasions: it has everything. It is romantic & the food & wine list are terrific. It feels like a little piece of Italy!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I needed a perfect lunch spot for dining with an associate here on business from out-of-town. Everything was perfect, from the immediate seating, to the attentiveness of the waiter, to the quality of the food. We requested sharing dishes, and they had no problem with bringing extra plates. The arugula salad was perfectly seasoned and absolutely fresh; the cauliflower, lightly sautéed was an interesting, different choice for a menu item, and it was superb. The ambience upstairs was elegant, but not stuffy, and quiet enough that we were able to speak and hear each other quite well (not my experience dining during the evening). I would recommend Oliveto's for lunch!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Great food. Service was good. The only negative coment was we selected a wine from the wine list that you did not have, also no second choice either. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Our party of seven was well taken care of when we celebrated a birthday. We brought wine in from the wine shop downstairs at Market Hall. ($18 per bottle corkage fee). Everything from appetizers to dessert was fresh, locally sourced, delicious & beautifully presented. The service was gracious. It is delightful to enjoy the treetops & view of the hills with the longer daylight hours. Call the restaurant directly to book the private dining room. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "As usual, our experience at Oliveto never disappoints. For our mains we had a NY steak with creamed spinach and saffron cavatelli with ragù all’ abruzzese. Both our dishes were spectacular. The service is always top notch. When another special occasion arises, we will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/26/2014