Oliver's Osteria

4.7
292 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Chef Erik De Marchi, born and raised in Imola, Italy- followed his passion of choice and graduated from the IAL culinary academy of Emilia-Romagna (Italy). In 2002 Chef Erik came to Los Angeles and worked with many Italian restaurants until her felt it was time to create his own experience. Oliver's Osteria, named after his son (who was born the same day he opened), is a culmination of Chef Erik's dream of being a father and owning his own restaurant.
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WG
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and the service. Big crowd, especially for a Monday night. Success brings customers and a little noise. Great experience.

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AM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent job by Sam. Truly felt like I was in Italy!

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LT
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a gem of a restaurant! One of the best in Orange County! True tastes of Italy without flying to Italy...

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P
Orange County
69 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit - amazing! The best pasta we’ve had in a very long time. The Cacio e Pepe was outstanding as well as the Gingrich Gorgonzola. Can’t wait to go back!

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SB
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really great food ,I told a lot people ,the staff was very polite,

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BA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice restaurant the food was good I thought it was a little expensive for the portion I wish them all the best.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, unique combinations. Outstanding!

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SW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff and food. A little noisy but great energy.

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F
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great little restaurant with authentic, fabulous Italian food. As the dining room fills up, it can be noisy. Waiters are attentive. A new favorite for Us!

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OT
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent - we love Oliver’s. Everything is exceptional and we will keep coming back for more.

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DM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We have enjoyed 10 meals at Oliver’s and recommend the restaurant to all our friends. The menu and the specials are excellent and different than any Italian restaurant I have been to in this area. Well done!

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DV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice place with great food. Chef seems to really care and make the effort to meet and greet patrons.

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LS
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So enjoyed dinner that the four of us had trouble deciding what dishes we could all decide to share. We'll have to come back for the rest. Only disappointment-more than most must have ordered dessert that night, the choices were pretty thin when it came to our turn. And a bit uninspiring.

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KB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in the OC, wine list is outstanding and prices are more than reasonable.

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T
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food and the service here. Truly authentic Italian food, craft cocktails and a well curated wine list. Such a gem.

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappointed! Love this place.

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HF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s like Sunday’s at your Italian grandmas house

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

At this time I would not recommend.
The service was very poor. It started out nicely but one of the dishes of our main course was wrong. My husband ordered the Sea Bass. Our server never checked on us to see if we needed anything or give a time frame on the remaining course. I finally went to look for him. When he came back to our table I asked for our check. He apologized and said he made a mistake. That was fine and would have been enough but he was not attentive enough to really care. THEN, he asked me if I would take the Sea Bass to go ? Are you kidding me? I was going to take a $44 Sea Bass to go? I don't think so.
We have been hearing very good things about Oliver's Osteria from friends. I live in Laguna and was happy to finally have a good restaurant close by without going downtown. Sorry it didn't work out.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for my mother’s birthday dinner. We had never been, but recently read only wonderful reviews. It did not disappoint. Unpretentious with a nice ambiance. I love that the space is rather small, it makes for a much more intimate meal. Noise level was perfect - not too loud, but not quiet and stuffy. Food was so delicious - closest we’ve had that reminds us of food we ate during our trip to Italy. I will definitely be back. Highly recommend!

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M
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in LAGUNA BEACH !!!! Its a hidden gem.

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r
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious flavors for all starters and main courses, exceptional service by Marco. Owner was gracious and visited us as well as other customers - a nice touch. Real northern Italy find in OC.

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c
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

You won’t find better Italian food in Orange County.

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CN
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We had reservations at 7:30 but they did t seat us till about 8:30!!!!!!! Gave us a glass of champagne for being patient and waiting!!! Some people left in frustration. The food was delicious and we will go back again. But I hope they improve the seating situation!!

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IJ
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent, and the service was good from the waiters. They miss calculated the wait time on our reservation though. We had a 7 PM reservation and were not seated until close to 830. We were not served food until 915 because the kitchen was slow. They gave us free glasses of Prosecco while we were waiting and also a free dessert because our entrées were so slow. I would recommend this restaurant but go on weekdays or earlier in the evening. Very noisy in side but pleasant outside. The pastas were excellent.

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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have now been here 3 times and every time I’ve had nothing but the best experience. From the bartender to the staff and of course the food is excellent. Will be back!

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SP
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic delicious Italian food with wonderful service in a great environment!

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S
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Oliver’s is my favorite! but
we went for lunch which is usually very good, but the focaccio wasn’t made yet so we got kind of funny, ordinary bread, the chopped tomatoes were absolutely flavorless and I ordered the ravioli with spinach and ricotta and although they were tasty they were very undercooked so I brought it home to recook!-my friends Ragu was delicious & the tiramisu as good as ever. The busboys were rather sullen & seemed eager to get rid of us! -our waiter was apologetic & nice. I have sent many people to Oliver’s & I know it is better than last Thurs. our meal was barely mediocre for $ $130+
This is meant to be constructive criticism, because I want Eric to succeed. Mario, his father was charming. My friends were disappointed as I have raved about how good the food is at Oliver’s.
I hope this is helpful & an alert to excellence! We will return hoping to for the quality we have had previously.

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RK
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was wonderful! The risotto was done to perfection!

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D
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very well presented, creative and delicious. Food items were fresh, cooked and served at perfect temperature and the service was very good. Went there on recommendation of foodie friends and our experience lived up to the expectation.

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BW
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This location, off Laguna Canyon Rd., has been difficult in the past, but Olover's is a step way up from its predecessors. Chef Erik

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JK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down best Italian (at this price point) in Orange County. Everything is cooked at an extremely high-level, top notch ingredients, and family-like service (not a substitute for family friendly, seriously, don't punish everyone by bringing your kids here when most are trying to have a romantic evening). While it's not inexpensive, it also isn't pretentious.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

A neighborhood gem. Some of the best Italian Food in Orange County.

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KK
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing authentic Italian restaurant. Food is made from scratch and wine list has extensive Italian wines. Best Italian restaurant we have been to in California.

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Fish was over cooked for both of us

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J
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We felt like we were eating in Italy. Oliver’s is our favorite Italian restaurant and always look forward to going back and experiencing great food and great people.

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MC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our meal at Oliver's and the fresh pasta's

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OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat at bar for dinner, which turned out to be comfortable and allowed us to interact with the waitress/bartender Stephanie, who was an absolute delight.
Food was great.

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SR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is exceptional - the closest thing to authentic Italian dining outside of Italy. Food and service were perfect!

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F
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

excellent pasta, friendly staff, feels like being in Italy

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LI
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there for lunch. The menu had several items that were interesting and we settled on some caccio e pepe and a ravioli dish with sage butter. Both were quite good. Service friendly and efficient. Relaxed casual atmosphere. Cocktails, negronis, were well prepared.

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