Oliveto Café & Restaurant

4.3
3391 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
NEW: WE'VE STEPPED FORWARD AND ARE ASKING ALL DINNERS IN THE UPSTAIRS DINING ROOM TO BE VACCINATED. LET'S BE SAFE AND BEAT THIS THING.

**Upstairs, or "Experience Dining" is only available Wednesday through Saturday night**

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 dinner. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Experiences

  • Upstairs Dining

    Multiple dates available

    Booking this reservation secures your space in our well loved upstairs dining room.

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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 3391 people are saying
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4.2
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4.2
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Francesca
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was amazing and the wine selection was very good as well.

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vipAGinNoCal
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have not been in a long time, and we were happy to see some familiar faces. We enjoyed very good Negronis and delicious food and very friendly and professional service. The menu is slimmed down, and other than a few small misses, everything was well prepared and tasty.

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vipFrequentdiner
St. Louis
51 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the pork ragu last night that was recommended by our server. Some of the best pasta we have ever had. Outstanding!!! The blackberry ice cream was also incredible….once again recommended by our server.

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MicheleB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was a shade slow. Some confusion being seated. Otherwise good evening at Oliveto’s.

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DeborahW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening. All three of us enjoyed our meals and our waiter was helpful, patient, and unobtrusive. My one suggestion would be to have a couple of lighter, smaller dessert options. The desserts were very good but rather big -- good for splitting but too much for one person, it seemed to me.

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CatherineD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super delicious food and cocktails and wonderful service. We will be back!!!

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KingT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good staff. Quiet enough for table conversations. Table ready at time of reservation. Good food good value. On a nice street to walk around. I parked next to curb next to restaurant. Easy parking. I feel safe.

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Lynne
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely food, correct size servings, nice and helpful waiter.

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LaurieW
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and dining experience. The food was great and the service fantastic. Definitely coming back

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CraigL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is for the restaurant. If the upstairs restaurant is closed the change the reservation status. Please do not allow people to make reservations and then be disappointed when they arrive. Simple fix

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Had almost zero service a seafood brodetto had 8 empty mussels shells -paid $24 for two mussels and one piece of chorizo . Complete joke

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vipAntoniaD
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. High quality food. Delightful sausage pizza. Loud outside, but it’s a very busy urban intersection.

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vipSteve
Columbus
46 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful spot as usual now with more limited menu. Pasta portions are very small

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ChadJ
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious drink and food menu. Only recommendation is to have more creative cocktail options. Service was lovely.

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January1
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Servers and service were great. Food was just okay.

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GinaP
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Food was ok but the service was great! Sat outside which was nice and reasonably quiet

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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TimS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Booked thru Open Table for out anniversary, although I don’t think the restaurant got the message. Parking is limited in this hipster area. Seated quickly, and waiter was prompt. Previous reviews cautioned about long waits for food, but that was definitely not our experience. We were served promptly and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food was subpar and seafood stew was the size of an appetizer and was warm but not hot. Mussels and cleans were the size of olives. Very disappointing meal

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening with my daughter. Great service, great food, especially dessert!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

This is the first time we have ever left here disappointed. The wine was bad, literally had gone bad, the wine list was not impressive at all, half the menu was sold out, the dessert was just okay and my espresso was served cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Meat was undercooked. Menu small and unimpressive

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vippiccolo
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fab special “Organic” dinner menu; originally we made a rez for upstairs but even though fully vaccinated, we asked if we could sit outside. “Of course” said the host at check-in. Dinner was fab; we had 2 different salads & both were exceptional. We had the grilled lamb main, 1 Prosecco with salads and a glass of Syrah and another of Grenache - Syrah blend. All were fab. For dessert we followed our waiter’s suggestion of the sorbetto & a peach & blackberry crostata. It was wonderful to be able to dine al fresco at such a wonderful restaurant! Thank you Maggie & Bob.

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MikeyR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grape gazpacho was a sweet tweak of an old favorite - quite delicious. Pasta with scallop mousse - took a chance and was thoroughly pleased. But the highlight was the circumstance, being inside Oliveto's lovely upstairs knowing that all our fellow diners were vaccinated. We wish more restaurant owners had the moral fiber and the basic respect for the laws of nature to make similar sensible restrictions. We were told the restaurant has received threats and insults for requiring vax proof from guests. Splendid to eat at an establishment where ignorance is NOT on the menu.

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LucyPoet
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the restaurant was quiet, and the service was excellent.

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MauriL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

It was our anniversary dinner. They didn’t have a table for us even though we had a reservation. We were relegated a high top table, which was noisy and in a busy walkthrough.

Service was good, however, they didn’t have desert and there was no mention of our anniversary, even though I specially told the front desk person of our occasion. Very disappointed with this experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had heard the food was on the decline here but everything we had was excellent, and friendly service to boot. Would not hesitate to recommend.

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vipLeslieWC
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent! Service was good too, although they seemed a bit understaffed like many restaurants. We live in WC and wanted to get out of the area for a restaurant experience, and this did not disappoint. We hadn’t been to Oliverto for years and will definitely go back again soon. Thank you!

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vipRamblinMan
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was flavorful and nicely presented. Good bartender. Nice staff and good service but we did have to ask several times for bread and water refills. No big. Overall recommended and we will be back again.

Caution: I would suggest taking taxi or Uber as car break-in risk is very high in that area.

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RenaR
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pasta and salad were unusual
and stupendous. What a joy to dine on food outside of one’s own cooking aspirations.

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vipLloyd
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We've always rated Oliveto very highly in all the years we've good there. The food and service have always been great. But this time sadly I have to rate them very low, which has never happened in the 10+ years we've been going there. :-(

We ordered the Papperdell pasta with the chicken ragu. Not long after we placed our order we heard the table next to us mentioning to the server about all the bone fragments in their pasta dish. I was hoping it wasn't the same as the one we ordered, but alas it was. The ragu in the Papperdell was full of chicken bone fragments. So much so that we just gave up on eating it because we spent most of the time picking bones out of our mouths. I'm sure hoping this is just a one off issue and not a norm for them going forward because it's been one of our favorite places.

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Kathy
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved sitting outside with white table cloths and a small heater next to the table. It was very cozy and the service was attentive. The food was delicious, we especially enjoyed their whole wheat crust pizza and the entrees were also wonderful with the food perfectly cooked and nicely balanced. We look forward to our next meal here.

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jape
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service and safe outdoor seating. Did not feel rushed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Pizzas were not good. I was informed one hour before my reservation that the upstairs was closed and I should have reviewed their website to know that already. Sadly this place has really declined but their prices have gone up.

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EvaL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We like Oliveto food . we like the upstairs better because it is more quiet. It is great that we have Oliveto in the neighborhood. Thank you!

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njk1
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We like this restaurant very much and have been frequenting it for many years. I recommend it highly.

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ClaireD
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food was good. Service was awful. Had to remind waiter several times to please bring cutlery for our food, both the appetizer and again main course. 75 mins after ordering still no main course. Waiter eventually asked whether we'd eaten our meal or not. He didn't even know whether he had brought us our food.

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Ruthk
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My last visit was 20 years ago and this place is still fantastic. Old style restaurant, everything on the menu is excellent. Well worth a visit.

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TomF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I had made a reservation for 6. I came early to set the stage for 4 of my friends. When the order was taken,it was confused. We received2 of the six without any thoughts of the other four. Once the other orders came at least 30 minutes later, no mention was made of the error. The waiter did try to explain, but it was very lame.

Totally disappointing with little regard for the moment. No complimentary deserts do not solve the problem


Olivetos is not that good that they could have done more.

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vipElbridge
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate upstairs and thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered. The appetizers, pasta and entrees were exquisitely prepared and plated. The food combinations and flavors were unusual and delicious. Our server was extremely helpful and attentive. All in all, it was an amazing meal.

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You can order delivery directly from Oliveto Café & Restaurant using the Order Online button. Oliveto Café & Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 547-5356.

Oliveto Café & Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 3391 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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