Olivetto Ristorante
Olivetto Ristorante

Olivetto Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.olivettosd.com/
  • Phone: 619 - 220 8222x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday
    Dinner Only 5:00pm to 9:00pm

    Monday thru Thursday
    Lunch 11:30am to 2:30pm
    Dinner 5:00pm to 9:00pm

    Friday and Saturday
    Lunch 11:30am to 2:30pm
    Dinner 5:00pm to 9:30pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Italian, Modern Tuscan
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Olivetto Ristorante is a classic, cozy neighborhood restaurant nestled in the newly renovated Paseo de Mission Hills. Serving modern Italian Cuisine and featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients, Olivetto’s also features a well chosen wine list.
  • Private Party Contact: Angelo Fiore 619 - 220 8222x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Goldfinch St. and Falcon St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Olivetto Ristorante
Olivetto Ristorante is a classic, cozy neighborhood restaurant nestled in the newly renovated Paseo de Mission Hills, serving Italian Cuisine featuring the freshest seasonal ingredients and a well chosen wine list.
Olivetto's friendly and attentive service will always make you feel welcome. Its exposed brick, dark wood and rustic colors lends to its warm ambiance and make this a perfect place for a gathering with family and friends, a romantic dinner, or just a quick, yet satisfying, bite at the bar.
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Olivetto Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)romantic (15)great for lunch (14)special occasion (12)notable wine list (11)fit for foodies (10)good for groups (8)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Neighborhood Gem
    BigFan
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We love Olivetto and go there often. The employees and owner are so warm and welcoming that they make you feel like family. They go out of their way to adapt to your needs including changing things up to ensure you thoroughly enjoy your meal. I typically get the chicken marsala and they adjust the sauce by removing the cream for me! I really appreciate that customer service. If you haven't eaten here please give it a try!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quant Little Spot
    Matt
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    It's right off the main road of the town only a block from Starbucks. It wasn't too hard to find. Parking could be an issue on nights it's busy in the town. The place itself was wonderful overall. Food was delicious, ambiance was next to no noise at all. I understand it was an off night during the weekend so it's possible they'd be busier on the weekends. Not much for a view except the street outside but the food makes up for it and the inside is done up well with a wall of wine to look over.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • disappointing
    jadeVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were SO disappointed with Olivetto on our visit. I had been there twice before a few years ago and had really found the place to be great. This time the food was a MAJOR disappointment. One of us ordered a pesto pasta dish. We poured off at least 1/2 c of olive oil. The dish was not fit to eat. When we expressed our concerns, the waiter just told us that was the way the dish turned out sometimes. WOW! No credit for the uneatable dish either. Other meals were mediocre. Won't return. Wouldn't recommend.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beverly
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great restaurant. Have enjoyed excellent food for a couple years.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Olivetto's. what a great some!!
    Beverly
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We love this restaurant, from the food the neighborliness of it. The wait staff is fabulous!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My two girlfriends and I had a very nice dinner at Olivetto restaurant last night. The food was very good and the service amazing. We will return for sure. There is a parking garage around the corner so no worries about finding street parking. This is a great place to have a meal and still be able to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant surprise
    divinapastora
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is a nice restaurant--the menu is not wildly adventurous, but the food is nicely served and very good. The goat cheese salad was excellent, as was the bread--good signs. The setting is attractive. Even though it was a Friday night, the place never filled up. They close by 9pm--fairly early. Service was very attentive, very friendly--kind of old school professional waitstaff, which we like. We will probably come back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diner123
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The restaurant was empty and now I know why. The food was awful-----full of oil/grease.
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  • Fabulous, as always!
    BradyVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    As always, a wonderful dinner and evening spent at Olivetto! Starting off with the perfectly prepared Calimari Fritti and the spicy marinara sauce, to the lovely and light Al Formaggio Di Capra, to the delicious Salmone Alla Livornese. Service is wonderful and attentive. Cheers to you Angelo and Olivetto! Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great neighborhood find!!
    Italianfoodlover
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Amazing food combined with great service in a charming neighborhood setting. We are repeat customers and they make us feel great when walking in, always friendly and smiling and making us reconsider our choices when they present the speciales for the day. We have been there for casual dinners and special occasions, highly recommending this local find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very strange experience
    love2dine
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I had been to this restaurant once before for lunch and it was very tasty. Good looking dining room and good service. At the time there was virtually no one in the restaurant which I thought was odd, but it was a Sunday afternoon. This time we went for dinner and it was the same thing. There were only two other tables when we arrived and they both left shortly after and no one else came. (I guess we didn't really need that Open Table reservation!) The food was OK. I made a special request of having pesto sauce on my gnocchi which they were happy to do. The basil flavor was great, but the gnocchi was drowning in a pool of oil. Also, the bus boy (man) was very friendly to the point of really being too chatty. I think he was bored!
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  • Mission Hills gem!!
    SanDiegosunshine
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    great little authentic Italian food spot! Good wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brand New Favorite!
    emlake
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    What a lovely boite! The decor & ambiance are so welcoming & chic. Hector was beyond great. He was friendly, instructive & knowledgeable of the menu. We really had a wonderful lunch experience & definitely plan to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We have been there several times and the food and service are always tops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    One of my favorite places for a great dinner, wonderful atmosphere and very consistent. Great place to bring friends, we can talk and have a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a great find
    Tracelynn
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I recommend the salmon pasta. It was a large portion and it was extremely delicious! The restaurant was very inviting and looks very high class but isn't too pricey. Loved it and will be coming back soon!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Enough
    leelbrig
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Nice italian food we may return. Liked the risotto and seafood.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 119 reviews are from the Olivetto Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Olivetto is Favorite
    RonEberhardt
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The folks at Olivetto are fantastic. They provide great service in a wonderful setting with superb food!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was amazing
    BobTVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Both the appetizer and the entrees were excellent. Even the bread that came with dinner was very tasty. We had the MELANZANE RIPIENE to start and it had a slight spiciness that was perfect. My wife had the salmon and it was cooked to perfection. I had the TORTELLINI IN SALSA ROSA and highly recommend it. They have several nice wines by the glass that aren't too pricy. Our server was friendly and attentive. We'll go back again soon.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUPER!
    mell
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Always delicious and the service by Giovanni is excellent!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Neighborhood Spot
    Dave
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Good food. Great service. Nothing special about decor.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    Tablefor2
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We had a nice dinner at Olivetto. The food was good, but not remarkable. The service was very attentive, although there were several servers working our table and one of them was a little bit spacey. The bread on the table was moist and warm. It was a nice meal and I was impressed how quickly their kitchen turned out our food. That said, it's a small place and you do feel the proximity of other diners.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT EVERYTHING
    shockerschuler
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We had a late Sunday reservation (730). There were a couple people in restaurant but by no means busy. We were greeted promptly and sat. The service was prompt, bread was good and bruschetta was outstanding. My wife ordered the tortellini and a had the seafood spaghetti. Both were awesome! Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a quiet night out. Not a great atmosphere for kids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant for a night out
    Summer
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The restaurant is nestled in where Mission Hills Cafe used to be. The ambiance is fitting for the area, given the major shift to high end foodie restaurants. The food was good and the service was excellent. I had the pesto pasta and my husband had the veal. Both plates were good. Our needs were met promptly all evening (a water glass never ran dry). I am not a person to rate wine lists, but the pour was ample and the wine was good. I would recommend this place to friends who are in the area.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and tasty food!
    LindaO
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Really enjoyed having our little group there. We used a Groupon, but I have dined there without the perk several times. I like the location, the service, and the wonderful menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service only
    cookylee
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Great food and service only downside is high noise level even when not crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    The service was terrific, but the food was just ok.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place, a bit crowded
    Windsorbronco
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Great Night, tried this place with a Groupon. Server was fantastic and personable. Unfortunately, on our side of the restaurant, all the tables were full and squished together, where as it seemed on the other side it was more spread out. My wife was trapped in the corner behind to other tables. Overall a great night!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining experience
    Wow4u
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Warm welcome upon arrival... service begins immediately helping you feel comfortable . Every request is handled promptly with a smile. All guests get VIP treatment . The Italian fare is delicious especially the bruschetta . Each Entrée we tried was great. Wine was of good quality... The excellent service makes this a wonderful dining experience. We would go back in a heart beat!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian food
    PKR13
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    The seafood pasta and homemade ravioli were outstanding. We cannot remember the last time we had large shrimp and green lip mussels that were so fresh, sweet-tasting and melted in your mouth. The creamy tomato sauce on the ravioli was simple, very tasty and just perfect. We split the goat cheese salad which had very fresh greens, not half-wilted and rotting like some restaurants serve. The service was attentive enough and very friendly. Great experience and will definitely return to try some other dishes that sound interesting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful food
    Vicki
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I had the butternut squash toretelloni and they were excellent. The isalata Olivetto was a good accompaniment. The food there is always very tasty and nicely presented. The service is friendly. I like the atmosphere of awarm neighborhood restaurant and the parking in the garage behind is inexpensive and convenient if you can't find street parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food and service were was just superb. Our waiter was saw to everything that was needed without being over bearing. From the time we sat down until the check arrived, the waiter pretty much knew what we needed before we knew what we needed. Great job overall. As good as the wait staff is, the food is better. I have ate in most of the Italian restaurants in and around San Diego, the food here is tops. The seafood is fresh and the pasta is spot on. Even the attention paid to their salads is extraordinary. We will be coming back. Seating is tight. I am 155 pounds and 71 inches tall. Getting around the tables, waiters and other patrons sometimes seemed like a task. Once seated, this was no longer a problem.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine Dinner
    Lainey
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Very nice Valentine's Day dinner at Olivetto. They wisely limited the menu and delivered well. The mushroom soup was particularly tasty.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall very good
    Phil
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    The restaurant is located in a store front type structure on a busy road. The front door was left open as I don't believe the building is air conditioned. Several times during dinner the noise level was very high. There is also no background music which would help the ambiance. Still a nice local establishment but not a destination. The food was excellent. Service top notch as well. Not expensive. Parking is problematic in that entire neighborhood but it's safe there so a walk is probably ok for most people. Overall very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Olivetto is always a good place
    Keyscook
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Great, personable service. So accommodating. Friendly. Good food. Dependable. Great spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice
    EddiVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    We joined friends for dinner. We all chose a different entree. We were all pleased with our choice. We will come again. The food was fresh & tasty and the service attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Enjoyed Olivetto very much. The seafood spaghetti was great with mussels, clams, and shrimp. Quite tasty. The saltimbocca was just perfect. We will be going back again soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous neighborhood Italian.
    MugsyVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We have been here so many times and the restaurant never disappoints. We had the salmon and the butternut squash ravioli (our favorite). Both were fantastic as was the chocolate dessert which was surprisingly light. I can't say enough about the terrific service. One waiter was covering the entire restaurant (because someone left early) and he was just great. This is our favorite restaurant in hillcrest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Find
    Allie
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Great neighborhood spot for an evening with friends. Food was fabulous, waiter was entertaining and helpful and the restaurant was not too loud and annoying like some. Perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I have dined here several times in the past and had a great experience. Went to Olivetto's on New Year's Eve for a romantic dinner and was very disappointed. The waiter was inexperienced and confused.. The appetizer came out ice cold. The entree was mediocre at best. We left before dessert since the first 2 courses were so bad. Not a good experience at all!
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    • Noise LevelModerate