Oliva Trattoria

4.6
205 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Tucked away in the heart of Sherman Oak, Oliva Trattoria serves authentic Italian cuisine in a warm, classic Italian setting. Past menus have revolved around familiar Italian fare, including tiramisu, pasta, lobster and other seafood dishes. Oliva Trattoria also offers a diverse range of specialty pizzas, baked in a brick oven and prepared with fresh herbs and ingredients. The menu includes gluten-free meals for diners who prefer this option. In addition to its lunch and dinner menus, Oliva Trattoria offers alternative menus for private parties. Its warm setting makes it an ideal choice for a date or intimate dinner with friends. The restaurant is open seven days a week, with late dining offered until 10:30 PM on Saturdays.
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BarbaraK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going here for 15 years. Consistently great experience!
Thank you Oliva for great memories as I will be moving out of the area.

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OpenTableDiner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We sat down at 8pm. Order taken at 8:10. Salads arrived at 8:30pm. Then nothing, no contact from any staff regarding our main courses. 9:15pm I had to go to the front desk to see about our main courses. Finally arrived at 9:25 with only, "Sorry we are busy". No one ever checked on us from 8:30 to 9:15 or even explained why the delay. They offered dessert and we waited another 10 minutes and no one took dessert order so we gave up and left at 9:50. Food was good but service and wait time were unacceptable.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The cuisine never fails but the service was not great in our last visit. Very long wait for our meals

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

My mom ordered branzino, The fish was not debone correctly my mom could hardly eat it. She’s had this fish plenty of times at different restaurants not even sure if it was the correct type of fish. When we address this issue to the waiter they took the fish and brought it back mutilated with still bones in it.

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Rodgarman
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and always excellent service

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ChadT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oliva is awesome. Great ambiance and they’ve constructed a nice outdoor space in the back parking lot during the pandemic. Luigi the waiter is the best. Very attentive and friendly. He has great suggestions when you’re ordering. Oliva is like a favorite neighborhood restaurant in Italy.

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JPArmijo
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was very attentive, they even made something off menu for my daughter who is picky. I would definitely go back again.

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vipfairfightfilms
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being from Long Island and growing up eating in the Italian restaurants of Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx it's always exciting to find a true, authentic Italian restaurant buried in the storefronts of the Valley. The food was excellent as was the service. This is not a fancy California Italian trendy eatery... for that, go to Il Fornaio. This is a neighborhood gem that could rival the authentic Italian food of the Bronx's Arthur Avenue.

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vipFiona
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is awesome! Sever Nikita is amazing!!

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MelissaC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience, service, food and of course wine!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!

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vipNotdemanding
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great - and came hot!! Service is always excellent

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vipJLWTV
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday and Anniversary celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was okay, not anything special. Very fairly priced. Probably wouldn’t come back here, but it was a good experience

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vips2artr
Los Angeles
346 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Quite a different experience dining outside on the sidewalk with noise and distractions from traffic on Van Nuys Boulevard. Glad we had a heater. We will return but hopefully the pandemic will abate to allow inside dining again.
The whitefish was delicious as well as the tomato soup.

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vipShelleyC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent good, great service. Nice outdoor patios. My favorite, veal in LA. It’s worth a visit. Ask for Luigi, he will help you out.

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vipMicheleD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oliva has never disappointed us. They greet you with warmth - as if you've just come home. And the dishes are delicious - pure comfort food. Our favorites are veal marsala, broccoli soup, and lamb shank. I'm so grateful they continue to do business in spite of and during the pandemic.

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NicholasW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We just love this place! Delicious, delicious, delicious!

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vipDhirsch10
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food was very good and there were many options to choose from. The service was good, but we were the only table seated on the patio.
The outdoor dining ambience was just okay, we felt like we are almost sitters in the street.

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vipJan12
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

First off, the food was good. I had one of the specials, which was lobster and shrimp with spaghetti. The problem was the service. We were seated outside the front of the restaurant - DO NOT SIT THERE! Ask for seating on the back patio. It's very noisy and lots of people walking past you all the time. They forgot to bring the items to get the meat out of the 1/2 lobster, didn't bring or ask if we wanted parmesan, 15 minutes after we got our salads the server still hadn't come back to get our entre orders. We had to continuously try to get his attention which was difficult since he was inside and we were outside. When our food did come, the busboy spilled it on my friend because he was carrying too many dishes. I demanded that they finally send out the server himself at that point and told him we were done with the awful service. We were offered desert on the house which was nice. A woman later came out ( I think she was the manager) who explained that they were short on servers (not a good excuse) and asked for our info for some accommodation. This was a nice gesture but we still haven't heard from them and I think they should just have adjusted the check. If we ever do I'll adjust my review.

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AaronS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little gem in the valley! The food was really good, the outdoor patio was nice and quiet, and the wait staff is excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Valentine's Day, what a meal. Calamari and Shrimp for appetizers, filet mignon and lamb osso bucco for entree and NY Cheesecake for dessert. Everything was delicious! & the staff was very friendly. and to make matters better, everything was affordable! Five stars.

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vipAirinB
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outdoor dining would’ve been better had restaurant added a tarp to trap heat in. Too windy but despite the wind, everything was perfect 👌 ❤ and we're looking forward to going back!!

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vip2Ramirezz
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening...dinner was delicious and the service was great! Thank you Carlo 😊

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Tina
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place has great food, a super attentive staff and a really nice COVID compliant patio. A real gem in Sherman Oaks with that neighborhood traditional Italian restaurant feel.

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Anit
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

they were very sweet and great service! the staff was very friends, asked us how everything was going constantly. The drinks were amazing! I had the martini!

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ScottP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were excited to hear about being able to return to outdoor dining in the county, and the first place we thought of was Oliva Trattoria. This is one of the very few places where they understand how to cook gluten free pasta - perfect al dente! The service is attentive, yet not rushed. Food is excellent, and enough for lunch the next day. Looking forward to the day when we can eat inside and really experience the ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service! Can’t wait to come back

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ScottP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In these days of having to eat outdoors, Oliva Trattoria is doing it right. They have a few tables outside in front and have turned their parking lot in the rear into a cozy little space that reminds me of a European sidewalk cafe. Best place we have found so far for gluten free pasta - cooked perfectly. And the bread basket was a temptation that you didn't want to say 'no' to (as long as you could eat regular bread).

We will return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All servers and staff are extremely friendly and provide great service. Oliva put alot of effort in their outdoor dining setup!

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MichelleL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is always good but they could do better with the outdoor seating area. Maybe some artificial grass, better lighting would make it a better dining experience. Service was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Excellent food,however outside setup was horrendous.....just tables in a parking lot,no heaters,no attempt whatsoever to add any customer amenities......

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ccal22
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to come here every time I come in from out of town to visit my daughter. The food is fantastic and service is always impeccable. They have made the outside dining experience very lovely. The menu is extensive and everything I have tried has been prepared perfectly. We will definitely be back next time I’m in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, amazing service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They have converted the parking area in to a nice patio with lattice work and Italian lights. There are plants all around, heat lamps and you don’t feel like you are sitting in the street. Great Covid precautions- temperature check when you arrive. Service was outstanding and the food was amazing!
Best calamari I’ve had in a long time! Excellent goat cheese salad as well.
Good wine selection. We were very pleased. Definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, quality service. Friendly servers and very attentive as well.

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eschwartz1
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, food and new outdoor patio.

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vipNotdemanding
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food is good and excellent value. Service is always friendly and professional

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Travelers
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, best Italian food outside of Italy. Fair prices and good service.

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vipRestaurantgoer
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Dinner was good. Outdoor dining in the parking area/alley was different but somewhat expected. I think they are handling Covid well. The tomatoes/bread to start is wonderful. I’ve tried different items each time and so far, I’ve enjoyed the chicken Milanese the best. My friend had a dish with lobster and although good, he said the lobster was tough.

FAQs

Oliva Trattoria does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Oliva Trattoria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (818) 789-4490.

Oliva Trattoria is rated 4.6 stars by 205 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.