Oliveto Café & Restaurant
Oliveto Café & Restaurant

Oliveto Café & Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oliveto.com/
  • Phone: 5105475356
  • 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.

ALL RESERVATIONS ARE FOR THE DINING ROOM ONLY. WE DO NOT TAKE RESERVATIONS FOR OUR CAFE.
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Oliveto Café & Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
165 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (115)special occasion (94)neighborhood gem (92)romantic (57)notable wine list (53)good for groups (27)great for lunch (24)hot spot (16)vibrant bar scene (13)scenic view (8)late-night find (6)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Fresh and delicious
    hktbklh
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Excellent Italian food, fresh pasta and rich sauces. Good wine selection and great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful meal!
    RickB
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    great food, lovely setting, wonderful experience, as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    llmurray
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Never ever had even a mediocre meal at Oliveto's. What else can be said.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • tasty!
    yumcious
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Oliveto
    ShopdivaVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding quality
    markVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic service; great location
    Res2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always different, always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The menu changes weekly but it is never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    Maggiegirl
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for a quiet lunch
    Muffinmind
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretentious and Overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic italian
    italianovero
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • our favorite special occasion
    polly
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surfing the swells of seafood menu.
    hiccupVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ungenerous Portions
    DiningGrammarian
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oliveto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Excellent in all respects, just a treat to dine there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • enjoyed the food and service
    Jane
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    brussel sprouts were tough and cold fish was excellent dessert was excellent staff and service were excellent
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as Always
    Barb
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfully sophisticated Italian
    BayHolz
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable meal, excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice
    Dine1
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 101 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1480 reviews are from the Oliveto Café & Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Excellent food
    Ian68
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Our dining experience was excellent. The food was perfect and they accommodated our early arrival.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Added to our list of Faves
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a gem
    Suzie
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will keep coming back
    Omnivore
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great as always
    RickB
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    lovely place, great food and service. Dinner always memorable at Oliveto!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic food, great overall.
    eheartfood
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MarcVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Excellent Pastas. Very consistent. Love to visit every time I am in Northern California.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb meal once again
    andykVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long Time Friend
    Arete
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    Loves2eatoutVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for a staff lunch
    Datamaven
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special place
    Veronique
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lunch with Tandy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with Dave
    Lwkj
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very uneven ..
    HaroldVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Sometimes a famous restaurant loses its focus and attention ..
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    Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Dining Experience
    LongBeachFoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.