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Oliver's Osteria

4.7
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758 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
We are currently offering takeout and delivery during quarantine. Please call us if you have any inquiries!


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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 758 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipElanaL
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at his restaurant, and we had a great experience. We were seated within 5 minutes of our arrival. WE ordered carpaccio with truffles, which was sooo good, just like we tried in Italy. We decided to try their homemade pastas, so we opted for Wild boar and their special Spinach Ricotta Raviollo with raw egg inside. Both pastas were very good, cooked perfectly. We also enjoyed our drinks (Montalcino red wine and Aperol Sprits) and panna cotta with expresso coffee.
Staff was very attentive, our waiter was from Milano so we shared few of our Italian experiences. The set up is mostly outside and there were few tables inside, however, it was a very nice evening, so we really enjoyed our dinner outside. Restaurant was busy, with crowd of various.

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ChantellC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, win and dessert was delicious, service was impeccable and loved the ambiance.

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MarjorieF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is consistently delicious. Love your daily specials. Your restaurant is the only one that I don’t order the same thing every time. 🥂👏🏻

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vipChrisB
London
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Had a reservation for outside at 8:30 and only got the table after 9. Hostess asked if we wanted a table inside and we said no we had booked outside. Then told us 3 people were paying but it still took 30 mins. Food was outstanding. Shared a burrata appetizer and each had a great tasting pasta. Got talked into the tiramisu by the server but we can honestly say it is without a doubt the worst tiramisu we have ever tasted. Had 2 spoonfuls each from different parts in case we had a bad section but no luck. Left it!

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vipSN00
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We sat at 7 and the food came at 9... Too many tables close to gether they dont follow the distance guideline... Way too crowded....unsafe and bad slow service

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lesliekn
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. Only problem this visit was the live music. Too loud. Outside and the 4 of us had to yell at each other. Not good in a pandemic and trying to keep our droplets to ourselves. Please! be conscious of lovely music with the ability for us to converse with our friends and be able to understand what the waiter is saying from behind a mask. Loud music is not helping out with our current challenges.

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MikeD
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian!!

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dianea
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Erik has definitely made Oliver's Osteria one of the most sought after restaurants in Laguna Beach. His creative culinary is over the top, everything is beautifully plated and presented with classic Italian benevolence. As a restaurant columnist who knows all of the 100+ restaurants in Laguna Beach well, Oliver's is definitely in the top 5. And, with expanded patio seating into a parking lot that doesn't even look like a parking lot, it's a special treat that genuinely cares for guest and staff safety first.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Awesome food! Had to sit outside in a parking lot due to COVID so atmosphere wasn’t expected. Waiter was efficient but impersonal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down best experience in all of Laguna! Chef De Marchi and his entire staff are phenomenal! The food is beyond incredible, and the service fantastic.

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vipDarleneK
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

e love Olivers have been back 5 times now and brought other friends each time; we enjoy your specials as well!! tks

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melymell
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The service was not great. Starting with the hostess and including the server. I am a long time local and was not impressed at all. We were actually joking about leaving without paying since we were ignored for so long we could have just walked out and felt as if no one would notice. The food was good except for the lasagna which was bland and similar to baby food in texture and taste. We brought friends from out of town and were very dissapointed.

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LeslieK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was by far the best food I have had in laguna . I had a pasta with lobster and my friend had squid ink . Both were amazing

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BarbaraW
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

I think they either need a bigger kitchen or less tables. Now, with Covid, there are more tables outside than they ever had inside....

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Don’t go here food is underwhelming and very expensive

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vipDavidM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Genuine Italian cuisine, with a creative twist.

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Sima
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I went to this restaurant because of the reviews in Magazines and reviews on Yelp, but I have to say that I was disappointed. I have a culinary background from Europe. We ate the Eggplant Parmesan as an appetizer, it was lacking salt and it had way too much cheese, but it was fresh. For the main course I ate the Homemade Pasta with Veal Shank Ragu, again it was lacking salt and taste, the pasta was not overcooked, which was good. My friend ate the special which was a whole Sole with sauteed Spinach and Potatoes. The Fish was good, but overcooked, the potatoes were not crispy, and the Spinach was very bland. We asked for fresh ground pepper and salt. The server put the fresh ground pepper on our food, but the salt shaker did not work, because the weather was so humid, that it all stuck together. For dessert we had Tiramisu, which was far from desired. It did not have any Espresso taste and the Cream was way too thick.

I wanted a glass of Malbec or Merlot, which they did not have. The Sole cost $45 which was way to expensive.

You can get authentic Italien Food at North Italia in Irvine, for a much more reasonable price...or go to Il Barone Bottega in Newport Beach and they also have a much higher level or food.

Our server was a very nice person, but my friend wanted more of the Lemon Caper sauce for her fish and we had to ask him twice to bring it. By the time he brought it out, the food was cold....So I will not be going back to this restaurant.

Oliver's Osteria
Responded on September 11, 2020

Ciao Sima, We appreciate your feedback and thank you for your time. We are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience and if you do choose to visit us again please let us know, as Chef Erik will be happy to make you a special dish. Grazie Mille, Oliver's Osteria

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vipDennisK
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food service and drink menu always outstanding

Hidden jewel !!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A slice of Italy in Laguna Beach. Great authentic Italian food. Friendly knowledgeable and accommodating staff.
Loved the Cacio e Pepe and the carpaccio with a unique twist. Great outdoor ambiance despite the weekend heat.

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vipPaula3
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is one of my favorite Italian restaurant in OC. Food and service are always good. Outdoor siting with live music from the next door restaurant ;).

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vipJoanne
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second time at Oliver’s during Covid and it is such a safe treat!! Perfect for date night. Does not disappoint!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Pizza was cold when dasher picked it up
Dasher mention to host that pizza was cold but they said there’s nothing they can do
Cold pizza = bad tasting pizza :((

Oliver's Osteria
Responded on September 11, 2020

Ciao, You must have the wrong restaurant, as we do not sell Pizza:) We would really appreciate if you could remove this review from our page. Thank you so much! Best, Oliver's Osteria

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JohnG
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service! Will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
43 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best Italian Restaurant in South OC! Always a nice treat with excellent service and good wine list.

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vipimundecided
Phoenix
116 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Seated near a loud boisterous family is never fun Burratta too cold and the meatballs were odd. The rest was fine. Not likely to return

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DrLaura
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't say enough good things about Oliver's. They've done a great job converting a portion of their parking lot into outdoor seating. The food remains excellent, as is the service. Probably the best Italian fare in all of South OC. We took another couple with us last night, it was their first time. They loved it every bit as much as we do. We shared a couple of deliciously rich and unique desserts, and were pleasantly surprised at the appropriately sized portions (just enough). We left feeling satisfied, not stuffed.
The easy parking is a plus, but we'd go even if there was no parking...we'd figure it out. It's worth it!

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vipPatandmary
Orange County
80 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the food and service at olivers. It is consistent and delicious every time. I wish I could order something other than the cacio e pepe, but I can't resist.

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Lindag
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food is outstanding, but the service wasn't what itshould be.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome sauce

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vipHammer
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

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vipgoblue7
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was slow. Also corkage somewhat high. $20 to $25 dollars would be more reasonable.

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CLocks
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food and Service! Would recommend for date night or a great family meal. Fabulous wine list also!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though reservations ran behind, the whole staff was extremely accommodating and even kept the kitchen open late. Food was of course outstanding.

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vipLISAT
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service and always on a consistent basis. One of our faves. Lisa Tenner

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MelissaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we’ve had in a long time!! Cacio Pepe is a MUST!!!

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Beachy
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. The Dover sole was perfect. Nice portions and it felt like we were eating on the piazza in Italy. Live music and great service to boot. We just found our new favorite restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun birthday dinner! Great food and ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, excellent food - every single time.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oliver’s never disappoints and this meal was exceptional! Service was great. Overall a great dining experience and always recommend to friends and family! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service with lots of outdoor seating. Would definitely come back!

FAQs

Oliver's Osteria does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Oliver's Osteria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 715-0261.

Oliver's Osteria is rated 4.7 stars by 758 OpenTable diners.

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