Oliveto Café & Restaurant

4.3
2876 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Oliveto Café & Restaurant offers seasonal cuisine in the Northern Italian tradition, including wild game, fresh pastas, wood-fired pizzas and authentic vegetable and poultry dishes.

ALL RESERVATIONS ARE FOR THE DINING ROOM ONLY. WE DO NOT TAKE RESERVATIONS FOR OUR CAFE.
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FS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has always been a favorite of my husband's, and I've always loved it. But I can't say that I've ever left with the memories from this visit. The food was absolutely extraordinary, and the service was the best I've had in a long, long time. It was a perfect way to celebrate our 8th anniversary!

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CT
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Been dining there for over 25 years. Jonah is an amazing chef

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ES
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a quit lunch. The place is very clean, elegant, professional staff. Only issue, limited menu, but the dishes are very good and well presented.

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p
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new chef is creating fab pasta and starters. Dinner was great! Sound system really helps conversation. Excellent selection of wines by the glass.

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M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good part: food, ambiance, wait staff, noise level

Bad part: host of restaurant who had us wait in the bar area for ten minutes when the restaurant was 1/3 full......I know he is likely instructed to do so to encourage customer’s to order drinks...but come on...a 1/3 full restaurant

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I was so underwhelmed by my experience at Oliveto. It was mostly the food that was the problem. 3 people in my party ordered the Rutabaga and it came out undercooked and hard. They couldn’t even cut it well with the steak knife they had to borrow. I ordered the Spaghetti Ragu which was also lackluster. I can’t imagine how they got such a basic dish so wrong. It lacked salt, seasoning and the flavor of the meat was appetizing. Due to our schedule, we didn’t want to return the dishes as it would have taken too long for new ones to come out. I will never return to Oliveto, it was such a disappointment.

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BN
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was SO SO good and so was the food. We had salads with gem lettuce, pine nuts, grapefruit, blue cheese and dates, then a great pasta. So good I took out for my son.

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LQ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service; food was very good; well seasoned; nice presentation. Pork Porterhouse was exceptional.

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h
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

attentive service, lovely pastas and gnocchi. We shared dishes during a birthday dinner. Dessert following with an old armagnac rounded out a very special languorous dinner.

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j
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went here for lunch. Food was good but pricey for what

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JE
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oliveto is my favorite East Bay restaurant for a civilized lunch and elegant dinner. The ambiance, including the great floral arrangements and placement of tables; well prepared, seasonal food; knowledgable, understated service, make my time at Oliveto always a pleasure.

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D
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice wait staff. Beautiful, simple, tasteful interior.
All fresh and local ingredients.
Enjoyed ourselves.

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OC
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply brilliant as always! Beautifully executed Swordfish and Chicken prefixed by terrific sashimi of ultra fresh halibut. Dessert was called something Italian, but was actually/same as Beignets - terrific.

Expensive, but we think worth it every time we go.

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EM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the most civilized places to dine in the East Bay. The carpeted dining room with the Meyer sound loop makes it possible to hear even when the dining room is full. The pastas were outstanding, and our waiter was highly competent. What more could you want.

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AL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food, and ambiance. The noise level is minutándola allowed for a comfortable conversation.

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AH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

surprised at the noise level (difficult to converse) as we understood this restaurant was using Meyer Sound's noise cancelling gizmos. Still a good, reliable upscale dinner with--as usual--many pasta types with obscure names. Flavors always interesting, though swordfish was dry and overcooked.

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Yosemite
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service - friendly atmosphere - food was delicious . Celebrated my birthday with my children
We’re not rushed - great night

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C
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine selection, great food service and location- loved it.

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JC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Oliveto. It is my standard go to restaurant. This evening was particularly excellent. The food, all four courses, were fantastic. Kudos to the chef! The pasta course was amazing!

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Indiana
59 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good salad, pate champagne, pasta, ribeye and desserts.

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E
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch was perfect. Delicious, beautifully presented food, great service. I love the ambience in the upstairs dining room. It is beautiful and the sound level makes for easy conversation at the table without being too quiet.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely, quiet space, beautiful ambiance, delicious food, excellent service.

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JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised by the lunch we had last week. The food was outstanding -- and only reason for 4/5 stars for service is that the server forgot to bring our drinks... but he was fabulous other than that. The bread was fresh and warm - served with unsalted butter: my favorite. The soup was amazing, as was the little gems salad -- and the pork was also ridiculously good. Overall, very impressed - would come back again.

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f
San Francisco
167 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lunch at Oliveto is self-indulgence. While not cheap, the restaurant just feels so competent and the food so delicious, that it's definitely in the "reward yourself" category. Arugula salad with hazelnuts was outstanding. Regular mixed green salad was very good. The rock cod was terrific; the gnocchi with sage, brown butter and hazelnuts was simple but exquisitely done. Sorbetto was very good, but the real star of dessert was the chocolate-dipped maccarons from the Cafe downstairs. Overall, we left lunch feeling very happy.

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GP
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

this place got high ratings on Yelp but I was underwhelmed. The food was overpriced for the size of the plates. The salad that was ordered was about the size of a pie plate and while it was ok I expected more at $14. The entree I had was really a ravioli dish that again was appetizer size at $18 and was supposed to be "al dente" but it was woefully undercooked to the point of crunchy.
Our server was just plain bad. She got the drink order wrong and somehow did not get one of our entrees ordered. To their credit they took the entree off the bill but the other 5 people were finished by the time the forgotten person got their entree.
I won't be going there again

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CR
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding- extremely attentive and timely. Food was well prepared.

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JL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great atmosphere for a long lunch with old friends. Easily accessible on Bart and in a great neighborhood.

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M
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The ambiance is pleasant and quiet, the service was excellent, and the food was quite good. Salad and swordfish were excellent, the tuna pasta was a somewhat unusual taste, and the lemon cake was rather dry and tasteless.

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OH
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu, they even have a deliciously prepared rabbit, not expected at an Italian restaurant.

Great service! A bit noisy but you can still hear your partner.

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s
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating milestone birthdays.The food was delicious, and the service was outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time trying this place and we were pleasant surprised...great ambiance and yummy food, although on a pricey-we sode

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p
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Very tasty food but rather small portions. Servers presented plates to the wrong person twice. We asked the bill to be split and it wasn't. When we gave it back, they charged one entree to the wrong couple.

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M
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is very pleasant to have a meal at Oliveto. The food is always good and the ambiance very pleasing.

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R
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for friends get together
Great food
Conveniently located near Bart street parking

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DF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were there for their "Whole Hog" event. The food and ambience was great! Our service was not. It was not a full house, yet we waited over ten minutes after being seated before our server acknowledged us. The support staff were much more attentive and served us water promptly after sitting down. It took some time before our dinner arrived as well. The table next to us arrived after our order was taken and their meal arrived at about the same time as ours. We were there for almost 2 hours. I do appreciate a relaxed meal, but this was beyond leisurely.

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t
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a restaurant at the top of its game. In particular the service was extremely professional .

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, staff, food exceptional
Will be back

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BC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice restaurant with great food. The acoustics is what makes this place shine. You can actually have a conversation with someone on the other end of the table. Food was great and staff was attentive. Will certainly be coming back again.

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DS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oliveto never disappoints and is a classic go to for lunch or dinner!

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SF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We were disappointed overall in our visit. The service was not up to par as it took a while to get our first course and also our main courses. Whether it was the kitchen or just the server (wait person) I do not know, but there were empty tables. The food portions were very small, in fact the pasta dishes could not be ordered as a main course. You would leave hungry.
So overall it was not a wonderful experience.

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