Lobster and Shrimp Spaghetti (Special)
Half of a 1.5 Lb Shell on Main Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp In a Light Spicy Tomato Sauce
Pasta e Fagioli
Cannellini Bean and Pasta Soup
Whole Branzino (Special)
Fresh, Imported European Sea Bass, Baked Whole with Rosemary and Garlic. Lemon and Olive Oil. De-Boned Table side upon Request. Served With Broccoli, Carrots and Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
Been going here for 15 years. Consistently great experience!
Thank you Oliva for great memories as I will be moving out of the area.
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.
The cuisine never fails but the service was not great in our last visit. Very long wait for our meals
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.
Great food and always excellent service
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.
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.
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.
Food is awesome! Sever Nikita is amazing!!
Great experience, service, food and of course wine!!!!
Food was great - and came hot!! Service is always excellent
Birthday and Anniversary celebration.
The food was okay, not anything special. Very fairly priced. Probably wouldn’t come back here, but it was a good experience
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.
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.
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.
We just love this place! Delicious, delicious, delicious!
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.
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.
Great little gem in the valley! The food was really good, the outdoor patio was nice and quiet, and the wait staff is excellent.
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.
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!!
Great evening...dinner was delicious and the service was great! Thank you Carlo 😊
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.
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!
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.
Great food & service! Can’t wait to come back
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!
All servers and staff are extremely friendly and provide great service. Oliva put alot of effort in their outdoor dining setup!
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.
Excellent food,however outside setup was horrendous.....just tables in a parking lot,no heaters,no attempt whatsoever to add any customer amenities......
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.
Fabulous food, amazing service
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
Excellent food, quality service. Friendly servers and very attentive as well.
Great service, food and new outdoor patio.
Food is good and excellent value. Service is always friendly and professional
Great place, best Italian food outside of Italy. Fair prices and good service.
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.
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.