Oliveto Café & Restaurant

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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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BW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new chef, Brian Griffith -- he's really done a terrific job -- the food at Oliveto has never been better. Been going here since it opened 30+ years ago. Highly recommend for lunch and dinner.

B
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a beautiful restaurant with great service and good food. I feel the serving size could have been slightly more generous but the taste was superb. Always a reliable choice for a nice meal.

O
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olivero Is our favorite restaurant. This meal in particular was exquisite. The service was excellent.

MH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is very good. And the service is also good. Maybe a cut below Chez Panisse, but still a fine restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food was pretty good, but we ordered a fig arugula salad which came without the figs. The waitress then served us a small bowl of figs with dinner but did not take the “fig salad” off the tab. We were also told one price for a glass of wine when we asked the waiter and then a higher price appeared on the tab. This was changed on request. There are too many other good restaurants around to make it worth while gonna to this one again.

MJ
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the bread basket, the tuna appetizer, the octopus main with side of roasted brussel sprouts, the caramel ice cream for dessert and then tea. ALL delicious!!

d
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I have been here before and been wowed by everything, but this time both the host and the food service people were distant and abrupt and seemed like it was a bother to be serving us that night. The meal also seems to be rushed and we felt that just because we booked an early table, does not mean that they have to get us out in an hour. At this point, I shall not return, because there are many more restaurants in the area that are happy to serve me.

F
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and attentive staff,
Food is amazing and consistent

b
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

It was a disappointment. We were seated at the worst table possible. It was a tiny, impromptu table, under a fan and an arrangement of dried leaves; there were other two tops available. We had made our reservation two weeks prior.

The woman who led us to the table made it clear that this table was what she felt we deserved. As two older women of color, the whitening of this community has made life more uncomfortable, that said, we didn’t expect to be treated like homeless walk-ins. Let’s discuss wine pours. My friend owned a wine store with her husband for 30 years, she knows what a 5 oz pour looks like; the seater poured us each a $21 “glass of wine” that was a 3 oz pour at best. If you don’t want to serve someone let them know before you take their money.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food1service1ambience3

Would never go back

FT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding. She gave knowledgeable suggestions that were perfect. Food was delicious too.

HF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and friendly service

A
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I brought friends and family to celebrate a birthday. 3 of us had food allergies and intolerances, which usually isn’t an issue. I included this info in my reservation. I observed the server had no knowledge of helping diners select appropriate dishes based on ingredients. My niece and I came away with stomach pain, fortunately no worse. I have dined all over the world with food intolerances for 7 years with very few problems. I was surprised that Oliveto, with its reputation and location in the land of tolerance couldn’t assign us a more experienced server. We paid $800 for this meal. The food was between fair and good for the adapted dishes. All of the wait staff were polite and the other diners enjoyed their food.

AW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Oliveto was very good, as usual. I just wish they will adjust their tip policy to a set 20%, and not 18% with an option to add more if you see fit. It just leaves a bad taste. If the tip is included in the chack, it should not have a “discretionary” add-on to it.

AV
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Electricity was out everywhere—but not Oliveto! Reliable and great all around.

LS
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful meal. Quiet atmosphere is great for business dinner.

BN
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything perfect! Love the waiter, the food, the quietEVERYTHING! Our favorite restaurant now.

FT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love eating here. I am never disappointed!
Food, service and ambiance are great.

KT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and we could hear each other. A lovely restaurant all the way around.

P
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great spot! Have dined at Oliveto and been pleased before but never upstairs - great space, food and experience. We will definitely be back!

CS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

First time here and a little disappointed-because of the food. The octopus in the pasta was tough and the sauce was greasy as in a separated sauce. I sent it back.

The Foie Gras on brioche would have been more effective if the brioche was a bit more toasted and the Pate was not already on the bread.

The soup wasn’t a bad soup but it boasted zero flavor😳

The service was outstanding!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious, great service too! And, Olivetti is across the street from the Rockridge BART station making it easy to visit from San Francisco.

K
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I've eating at Oliveto a number of times. Our recent visit was disappointing. The special carrot soup tasted like spaghetti sauce. My ribeye entree was lukewarm. When I asked to have it heated, it came back just shy of warm enough. I was too embarrassed to ask to have it heated again. My mojito was very bad.

k
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I will start at the beginning....we were here to celebrate my daughter's birthday and engagement. We brought our special wine from home.

The server was less than happy and outright kind of nasty. She never smiled, never even said her name. Was she annoyed we brought our own wine? Not a smile. We had never been here to we did ask several things about the menu especially some of the items in Italian or other....

I didn't like that there were NOOOOO substitutions whatsoever. My daughter wanted Ravioli but without the lobster on it and possibly the Bolognese. I have yet to be at any restaurant in my entire adult life where there were no accommodations made. When we asked about the Brussel sprouts on the appetizer menu we were mistaken and again, we were ok but for goodness sake, be nice server. Your tip in my opinion was what I would have given her had they not added one for 4 of us. OH....did I mention the corkage fee was 25 per bottle...We aren't discussing a Michelin star restaurant. On my way home I said I should have taken the second bottle and opened it myself and swapped it out. We have many fine establishments in and around Walnut Creek and $15 is average. Sometimes if you're ordering for 4 at the cost of a fine restaurant, they may just open the second complimentary.

Another thing, again in my adult life, never, ever have ever had to pay for bread and butter and by the way, if you are 4 people, two pieces equal a slice of bread at any other venue.

Must say that the ribeye steak was superb. The Dopio Ravioli.....was subpar. I make homemade ravioli and the missing ingredient was the stuffing....Mostly dough.

The regular pasta bolognese my daughter's fiancee ordered he said was delicious. The flourless chocolate cake was incredible.

To sum up, I am not so sure what all the fuss is about this restaurant, so not sure we'd try it again....maybe????

KL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always gave great food and service. Our server was delightful and friendly. My go to place to celebrate anyone’s birthday!

N
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu was a nice change from typical high end restaurant. Food a bit more exotic and very good. The entree portions were a bit small but sufficient. I recommend this place and will return.

2
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I was a bit disappointed with the two starters we got. The Brussels sprouts and duck confit.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time!!

D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, a good choice of menu options and dishes that ranged from very good to outstanding. Their country pate was really excellent - the best I’ve ever had, and the pavlova dessert was equally sublime. We tried three of the pasta dishes; all of which were very good. The orecchiette with mixed seafood was the top pick.
The ambiance is very pleasant and the wait staff is highly competent and cordial.

DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious from bread, to soups to pastas to desserts. Everything home made and fabulous. Will come back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Came highly recommended and they did not disappoint.

L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall it was ok, though the salad was served on a much too small plate and wasn’t mixed, so when we mixed it, it fell off the plate and all over the table. Also, the kitchen forgot the main ingredient in our farro dish, the mushrooms, so we had to ask the waiter to bring them out separately, as that was the reason we ordered that dish in the first place. Along with the mixed fall vegetables that weren’t in season at all and not very diverse. Asparagus and red peppers.

ES
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dishes were fairly inspired; worth of inclusion in the Mercury News' top fifty list that led to our visit. We started with sourdough bread and fig glazed duck pate, and followed up with pasta. For dessert we had a tart apple crostada, and tea, which came in a tetsubin cast iron pot. Everything was well prepared, and served in a timely manner. Speaking of service, one of the staff let us change our toddler's diapers in her office since the bathroom had no changing station. We knew it was not a "family" restaurant, so we appreciated that.

C
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was awful. Menu selections were unique but combinations didn’t work. Our server interfered with conversation and cleaned our table during important conversation. We felt invaded by her attempts at being helpful.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Going away party

ME
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has been consistently excellent over the years and hasn’t lost its touch.

SK
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are consistently excellent. I try and eat there every time I am in town.

MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The serving portions, especially the main course, were unbelievably small

JB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic experience dining at Oliveto's. We brought relatives from the East Coast and they were very impressed as well. The preparation, ambiance and delicious choices make it a wonderful experience. You can also tell that they have taken great care with the restaurant itself, especially with the acoustics - our party of 4 could hear each other and even though the room was full, it was not noisy. The art work is also lovely - making everything a wonderful experience. The main reason that we go is for the delicious food, but the fact that the restaurant has such a wonderful atmosphere makes this a great place to eat and especially to bring guests from out of town.

JH
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fantastic food. We celebrated my husband’s 51st birthday with family. Loved our server she was very knowledgeable about the food and the wine.

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