Permanently Closed - Oliveto

3.9
139 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Offering New York style pizza and classic Italian recipes straight from the streets of Little Italy. The European design of the main dining room has seating for 130 people. Guests can enjoy Italian inspired handcrafted cocktails and a robust premium wine selection imported from Italy.

Italian Buffet Fridays, Saturdays and all Casino show nights. $21.99ea with reservation, $26.99ea walk-in.
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.7
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4.0
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3.9
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4.0
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SherriS
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great dinner and great price! Several different items to choose from. We will definitely be back.

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ChristineC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The food was dried out, the lettuce in the cesar salad was wilted and soggy. The only thing that was worth the money was the desert. Our server was very nice.

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ThomasK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Pretty poor experience for a Saturday night, given the buffet setup. 6pm reservation, and everyone waited in same line. Hostess was waiting tables and cleaning up in addition to ocassionally seating guests. We sat right at entrance. Buffet food was room temperature. Waiter needed to be reminded twice to fetch drink from bar. Did most employees call out sick??? Casino restaurant should be packed given the limited choices, but not here. Wonder why... Price was good at $21.95. Service Service Service. Visit a Texas Roadhouse restaurant and see what I mean.

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PhillyBeerMom54
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Italian buffet for a good price and a good selection. Salads, soup, mussels, and bread sticks were highlights.

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DanielP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I had a nice time. The place is very nice and clean. We had the buffet and we liked the food, are waitress was very nice. We have read mixed reviews about the place so we decided to give it a try and I’m glad we did.

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vipTerryC
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic . They were short staff but the waiter we had was very good. We will surely go back again

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SheilaC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their buffet is fresh and delicious. Their desserts, especially the tiramisu was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only negative was this employee, a BIG guy, who kept checking the food kept reaching in front of me or very close to me opening the lids. It was so rude and inconsiderate. He would never say excuse me or even acknowledge my presence. I was getting ready to say something to him but decided against it because it wouldn't have been nice.

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LindaG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection. Excellent service. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The buffet is a great value

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Paulie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst meal I have had at a casino property bad food tasteless several item I cold not identify Fish fry lamb ? So poor

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Lorraine
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The buffet was amazing. The staff was so attentive. Wonderful night.

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Tati158
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Garlic fiery wings are phenomenal and rice balls. The dessert options are great as well! However, the rest of the food is okay needs seasoning like garlic. Nothing to be excited for but at least you have options. Wait staff makes this restaurant and enjoyable experience.

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AnthonyG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mother and girlfriend to their a Friday Night Buffet at Parx Casino. The selection and quality of the food was excellent. The service was awesome. The staff was friendly and accommodating and very helpful with describing Buffet entrees. And the dessert was plentiful and delicious. I look forward to returning. This was a great value with a great assortment of quality food

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food

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MariaA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We ate there on New Year's Eve and they were serving buffet food. I wasn't aware it was going to be buffet. But everything was delicious !!! For $48 and a complimentary glass of champagne, it was worth it. There was a large selection of food and they kept the food replenished. I only gave 4 stars for ambience because it was in a casino and we were seated right at the front. But I made reservations and we were seated right away.

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Jenks
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We went on New Years Eve and they only had the buffet. Nowhere did it indicate the price so we assumed it would be the typical weekend price of $21.99 since we had a reservation. The food was not hot and mediocre, we couldn't find anything we truly liked. The pizza was over cooked, meatballs too dense, etc.
Then to our surprise they charged us $48 a person. This was our second time and neither were worth the visit. Quality is poor.

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GotAway
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Surprised that the food was set up on the bar. Those that are somewhat short or handicapped will have issues getting their food without assistance

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Yes it was ok, expensive for a pasta buffet but it was ok

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PrestonT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The buffet was not good. The menu looked great with all the food that I love. The chicken piccata was thin and dry. I am native New Yorker and that was not New York style pizza. I guess you should not buy a philly cheese steak in New York and New York style pizza in Philly.

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Nadine
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was really good for a buffet the veal Park and rice balls are delicious

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VickiT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We were at Oliveto a couple of weeks ago and it was fabulous. This time the hot food was barely warm however it had good flavor. They have also changed the buffet to no longer offer a spring mix salad and a fresh fruit option for dessert.

I did speak to our server about the temperature of our food. We will certainly give Oliveto another chance. Perhaps it was just a poor evening for them.

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JoyceN
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice experience. I would suggest adding some vegetable side dishes...Italian zucchini, broccoli rabe, green beans, etc.

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vipHannahN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

SLOW SERVICE

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brianl
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The food was cold and horrible, we will never eat there again.

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WandaV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Have been here several times before and it has been great. I was very surprised this last Saturday. They had a buffet which was NOT good. We tried several items but the wings were cold, the meatballs dry and some kind of mystery sauce. Needless to say, we stopped there. The ambiance was less than inviting and I overheard the table next to me saying that this would be their last time there. We left without having dessert. I did, however, ask the manager if we could take it home since it was portioned out and looked edible and she said "No" without hesitation. For the price we could have gone to Applebees in the immediate area and had better food and service. Olivetto you disappointed us!!! Never again.

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Jackfax
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

1st: I didn't realize it was a buffet until I got there. I don't remember seeing that during my reservation process.
2nd they tried to seat four adults at a small table, one big enough for four kids. I made it known it was too small and they corrected it but I don't appreciate that they tried to make us sit there.
3rd the food was just ok. I guess for a buffet, it that's good.
4th they made a mistake on our check. Really hard to do since they only provided service for coffee for two and one tea. They slipped another coffee on the check. We identified and they corrected.

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FranW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We had the pre-show buffet, which was very reasonable at $22. Food was good quality for a buffet and a nice variety, though I would have preferred eggplant or chicken parm to veal, because I don't eat veal. But again, plenty to choose from. Caesar salad, pasta with shrimp, chicken wings, meatballs, manicotti, pork cutlets, etc. were all tasty and hot. I ordered a cocktail, which was very nice. My husband ordered his usual Absolut up, ice on the side, and they delivered what literally looked like a thimble-ful in a large glass, kind of ridiculous for $9, but he just ordered a second one to make up for the chintzy pour. Service was pleasant, not too attentive, but it was a busy night and there seemed to be very few servers working a large room. Hard surfaces (tile floor) make it noisy. As others have said, walking through the VERY smokey casino to reach the restaurants and the theatre is really unpleasant.

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vipBill
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They don’t tell you until you arrive that it’s a buffet. And not a very good one.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Preshow buffet, food was mostly ok, nothing special. Pizza was awful

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knowitall
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic Value, very attentive service, and the buffet is constantly being refreshed!
Food is very good

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Nancykay
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The buffet selection far exceeded what I was expecting.

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NatalieR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hello my name is Giovanni. I ate with Natalie Patty Jay and Steve. Just wanted to thank you for adding my friend Steve to our table. You girls went out of your way to make everyone happy for Natalie's birthday my fiance Natalie had a great time at your restaurant thanks again for all your help and support. Giovanni from Philly 😎

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vipGwyndra
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Wow this a place is awful. Food was old and cold, except the deserts which were all completely frozen. Service was slow and unfriendly. No refills on water or soda. They even ran out of plates at one point and no one could eat until they found more. Super awful.

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MelissaA
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The service was horrible! I made a reservation and still had to wait 15-20 min when I was looking at empty tables. The waitress did not come over to ask us if we wanted a drink until we were done eating our dinner and starting our desert. Then to get the check was another long process. Would I eat there again probably not due to lack of service. Food was on the cold side but tasted good.

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TriciaM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good variety of food choices. Everything prepared well and staff kept buffet well refilled. Wait staff very attentive. Very good dinner for the price.

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Linda
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a great assortment of dishes at the buffet. Everything I tried was delicious. Great value too

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vipMcallaha
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Between the seating, which they forced four of us into a very small table, to the drink menu having only 4 mixed drinks despite having a bar with 30 bottles or so, no soft drink refills till we waived them down, 25 minutes between asking for a check and getting it, the entire experience was well below par.

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JoAnnM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The buffet was excellent but the food could have been a bit warmer.

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Filly
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was excellent although I was surprised at the soup selection of “lobster bisque”. I was expecting an Italian one like pasta fagoli or chicken pastina.
Also Caesar salad?
Not antipasto?
The entree selections were not all Italian.
Fish was tilapia! No sausage and peppers? No spaghetti!
No cannoli etc. and no extra red sauce or even parm cheese or crushed pepper flakes?
Don’t get me wrong ,
The food was excellent for the most part .
I would go again. It just seems strange that in a restaurant that only serves Italian wines the buffet lacked some classic choices!

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Permanently Closed - Oliveto is rated 3.9 stars by 139 OpenTable diners.