Oliveto Café & Restaurant
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That is some delicious food there, boy. The wine drinkers in our party were happy in that dept. as well. A great place that continues to innovate.
My guest and I were celebrating (late) our March birthdays. I enjoyed a pasta and she had swordfish. We had two desserts, which we shared - food was outstanding.
Beautiful cuisine and nice atmosphere. Waiter was snippy, though, the rest of staff made the experience fine enough. Definitely return despite that.
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!
Fantastic experience. Been dining there for over 25 years. Jonah is an amazing chef
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.
The new chef is creating fab pasta and starters. Dinner was great! Sound system really helps conversation. Excellent selection of wines by the glass.
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
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.
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.
Great service; food was very good; well seasoned; nice presentation. Pork Porterhouse was exceptional.
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.
Went here for lunch. Food was good but pricey for what
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.
Very nice wait staff. Beautiful, simple, tasteful interior.
All fresh and local ingredients.
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.
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.
Excellent service, food, and ambiance. The noise level is minutándola allowed for a comfortable conversation.
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.
Great service - friendly atmosphere - food was delicious . Celebrated my birthday with my children
We’re not rushed - great night
Great wine selection, great food service and location- loved it.
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!
Good salad, pate champagne, pasta, ribeye and desserts.
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.
A lovely, quiet space, beautiful ambiance, delicious food, excellent service.
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.
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.
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
Service was outstanding- extremely attentive and timely. Food was well prepared.
Wonderful food, great atmosphere for a long lunch with old friends. Easily accessible on Bart and in a great neighborhood.
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.
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.
We were celebrating milestone birthdays.The food was delicious, and the service was outstanding.
First time trying this place and we were pleasant surprised...great ambiance and yummy food, although on a pricey-we sode
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.
It is very pleasant to have a meal at Oliveto. The food is always good and the ambiance very pleasing.
Great for friends get together
Conveniently located near Bart street parking
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.
This is a restaurant at the top of its game. In particular the service was extremely professional .
Great place, staff, food exceptional
Will be back