Oliveto Café & Restaurant

4.4
3279 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Oliveto Café & Restaurant was recently named #11 in 50 Best Italian Restaurants in the United States. As social distancing measures are being relaxed, Oliveto is open for sidewalk dining and offering a fresh seasonal menu complemented by cocktails and live music (on weekends).

Oliveto is constantly adjusting so it can offer delicious food in a setting that is safe and fun for its diners and employees. For now, all reservations are for dinner. The cafe menus are available 7 days a week for lunch and Monday through Thursday for dinner. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 3279 people are saying
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adrianq
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Service was good, but food was very much below reasonable standard. Starters drenched in olive oil, ravioli not even close to fresh.

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Bruce
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first indoor dining experience was worth the wait.

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vipDarrelW
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I throughly enjoyed the Lamb with asparagus and lintel beans. The Kale salad was fresh and tasty.

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vipFrequenttraveler
London
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Oliveto is one of my favorite East Bay restaurants, but my first dinner out in a year was marred by having a waiter who wore his mask UNDER his nose instead of over it. Despite my request to please pull up his mask, he continued to wear it unsafely all evening. Food was great, as always----dining on the sidewalk was fine despite some traffic noise. But I was disappointed to see our waiter and one other wearing their masks incorrectly

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IQFR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Located just catty-corner to the Rockridge BART station, Oliveto's is convenient, delicious and in a vibrant community.

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mcpowell3710
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience3

The food was good, service was horrible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, it was a deliciously prepared meal served outdoors. The service was careful, courteous and solicitous. A lovely evening that met all of our high expectations.

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vipRadha
San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is unique and delicious. The staff are wonderful and very attentive. GO! ENJOY!

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vipVinophile
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Not what it used to be, unfortunately. I ordered pasta with clams and asparagus. There were exactly 5 baby clams and perhaps one shaved stalk of asparagus in the pasta. Sad.

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DorothyB
London
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner, lovely wine, friendly attentive service and felt completely safe! Thank you, Oliveto - we have missed you!

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vipEilizLamp
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

It was dark and somber - food was amazing. Host was snotty - drinks were great. Server was conversational and informative.

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Rugiada
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Although the menu was limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, food was fresh and delicious. Coffee smoked scallops were very good indeed, but the beets tortellini was not very special. Among the deserts, chocolate cake was the best.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I will dream about the panna cotta for years to come. The kumquat pizza was really neat!

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JaneH
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Since Oliveto has been one of my very favorite restaurants in the Bay Area for years, it was very sad to return as visitors from Michigan, just as the pandemic has relaxed enough to allow for indoor dining, to have a very disappointing meal last week. The soups were cold (not meant to be though), the crab gnocchi pasty and tasteless, and the leg of lamb over cooked and tough. The service was uncoordinated and sloppy. I'm sympathetic--I could tell the place was under-staffed and the staff in attendance somewhat harried--and I want to think that a rebound is in the offing. But this one experience (our first in a restaurant at all for over a year) was such a disappointment. I know you can do better!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome menu and wine selection, upstairs dining was awesome they comply with COVID safety regulations and it’s still enjoyable!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful

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FiddlingSuzy
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, beautiful to look at and amazing to eat. The ingredients were so beautifully prepared and chosen - steak tartare with tiny little dice, scallops with some kind of coffee infused smoke preparataion -- incredible! -- venison so tender, etc. And served in a relaxed (but not sloppy in any way) and friendly atmosphere.

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LESTER
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

My criticisms will be worked out. We were outside so no ambience. Noise level was due to passing cars, not other patrons. Staff seemed to be having some problems so things were a little confusing when we first arrived. Food was/is first rate.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Spot was very cute and relaxed, the servers moved a heat lamp for us and the wine was great. Main course we’re fantastic, apps were a touch uninspired. All around great spot will be back.

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JPSFO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was actually quite delicious. Our server, however, was distracted and unavailable for most of the evening. The bussers were nice . They actually were much more friendly and attentive than the server.

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ChrisandPaul
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be able to return to beautiful Oliveto!

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Beth
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

It is impossible to justly judge the noise level when I ate at a temporary outdoor table set up for the pandemic. However, the chairs were reasonably comfortable and the tables not rickety, which is more than can be said for some places' usual seating.

The food was absolutely lovely, a beautifully cooked steelhead filet set off nicely with roast fingerling potatoes and a wonderfully subtle arugula and fennel salad, all accompanied by a very decent pinot grigio. Portions weren't huge (I did finish my meal, it had been 6 hours since brunch), but were not the stingy portions often served at fine establishments.

The vanilla panna cotta was lovely, but I wasn't impressed with the balsamic caramel sauce. It wasn't bad, but the combination of flavors didn't really do anything for each other, just sat next to each other on my palate.

Service was excellent. I am often made to feel as if I'm not quite welcome, taking up a table for two when dining alone, but I was very well taken care of.

While everything was excellent and I expect Bay Area prices to be high, I've definitely had better meals for less. The value wasn't great, but I didn't feel ripped off, and my server earned his 25% tip even at high prices.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good protocol

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viprichardc
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Oliveto's need to close until they can do much better. It was nothing close to what is was. The food was cold, the menu was marginal, and the galvanized roof with little wind break was terrible. The strawberry dessert had a biscuit that was hard as a rock. I know about Covid, but I have been other places that do a good job. Do not go there until things are much better.

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AliceL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent and indoor dining was appropriately spaced for covid. The decor was understandably quite sparse as they had just reopened. No flowers, no decorations.

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vipqqqq
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

We both ordered the duck breast and it was way overcooked and tough. I don’t know if this is a bad night or not but this was terrible. We ate here last week and enjoyed our meal. At this price $34 per duck order we expected much better. We will not be returning.

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TB11
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was uninspired and pizza was downright gross. Especially for the price, would have expected better.

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ToniN
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and food! Brussels sprouts and Caesar salad were excellent.

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Roberta
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of our favorites

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vipJoeL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yesterday I chose Oliveto for my first restaurant dinner experience since March 20, 2020. I sat outside, saw and talked to Maggie and Bob (owners) while enjoying a delicious Manhattan up. I ordered the wonderful Caesar salad and always fantastic Spaghetti Neri. I’m not a big dessert person but was compelled to have a sampling from each section of the menu so I ordered the magnificent Strawberry Shortcake.

While talking to Bob about a pasta dish I recent cooked at home he chastised me for not using Community Grains products, which unbeknown to me are sold at the restaurant. After reviewing the Community Grains Store product listing I bought and took home whole wheat pasta (assorted shapes), whole wheat flour (2 lbs), Floriani red flint polenta and a loaf of cracked whole wheat bread. Yes, I’m fully vaccinated, adhering to CDC protocols and supporting my favorite restaurants. Please join me. Joe Laymon

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rustyredrock
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Spaghetti Neri is my fav. They go out their way to use innovative heat lamps during Covid 19 outdoors requirements.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The lamb was cold and the desert was hard and cold. Very sketchy service.

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vipSteveA
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service was less than perfect-

Waiter did not hear orders on multiple occasions -

Ordered a bottle of wine and he delivered a glass of wine

Order a glass of wine at end of dinner - forgot to deliver

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vipMarkoeva
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great evening with spot on food and great service!

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nannersR
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oliveto continues to impress! wonderful to be 'back' in the inside, well distanced, with excellent wait staff and delicious food.

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vipGaryM
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

enjoyed the service and the outdoor dining, will return again

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JenA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Always wish the portions were bigger!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another lovely anniversary dinner at Olivetto’s!

The outdoor dining experience was lovely, and the food and the service was at the usual high standards.

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vipAOR66
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We had a good time but nothing special with regard to the food or drinks. Service was good.

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ppeltzer
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, nice outdoor space with heat lamps.

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Oliveto Café & Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 3279 OpenTable diners.

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