Oliveto Café & Restaurant

4.3
3362 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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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
What 3362 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.1
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4.0
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Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We have eaten at Oliveto several times before and this visit was disappointing. Service was very slow. We had to ask for a bread basket (these used to be provided without the need to ask) after a 30 minute wait for our appetizers. Our kids were hungry and getting impatient! Wine was delivered much more timely! As we left we barely received a thank you for dining there and spending quite a bit on our birthday dinner. Unlikely we will return after this experience.

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Eastbaydiner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. I gave a "quiet" noise rating for the eating area although traffic noise can be rather loud at times. I love the outdoor dining there and hope it continues. This is definitely a neighborhood favorite.

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Ndkberkeley
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food is great, as always. We had to beg for water, bread, service, ordering and even the check, which diminished the pleasure of dining at Oliveto's

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vipTerryK
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Beautiful setting and great food. Service was a bit slow but friendly.

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LouiseF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed a delicious dinner recently. Have recommended Olivetos to several friends since.

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Frana
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We waited 1.5 hrs for our food, very apologetic but they seemed to have forgotten us for a good hour, before they started apologizing… salmon was rawsent back then overcooked

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MelissaR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Most dishes were outstanding, as expected - simple dishes prepared with a twist. Polenta done with a delicate oatmeal texture rather than as a brick. A Caesar made with hearty breadcrumbs instead of croutons. Excellent lasagne bolognese and a 2016 Nebbiolo Barolo. Spaghetti neri with shrimp and tortelloni were just okay, and had small portions as entrees. Service was nearly absent Staff nicely offered dessert to compensate, however it was a lot of work and time to put in an order, to receive food and to get heat lamps turned on. I hope the service is due to Covid-related short staffing and not to general disregard for customers. Glad we returned to try Oliveto.

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Berkeleywalker
Denver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food is excellent as is the service. The noise level and ambiance is as good as it can be when you are sitting outside next to a busy street next to a bus stop.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, small portions for price.

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vipDana
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Love eating outside in any case. Like being in Paris...a little.
Food very good.

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vipNoEleven
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oliveto has always been and is still GREAT!

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JaredD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice sidewalk dining experience.

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Ariadne15
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We loved Oliveto! The food is consistently good, and some variations on the menu are not prepared as you would expect. For example, we had the Halibut appetizer which was a Halibut, chopped with egg whites and fresh green peppercorns, that was so tasty, we could have had 2, I had the duck, my dining companion had the salmon and gazpacho, which he also loved. Our waitperson was knowledgeable and if not, she was willing to ask.
We will be back for sure.

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Isabel
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed ambiance, and good café food. Great service. We’ll go back

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vipbistrogarden
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pasta is usually good and unusual. Good selection of entrees like leg of lamb and quail al mattone. Best Italian in Bay Area.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and very reasonable, excellent wine. Portions are modest so you leave without feeling bloated.

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vipJamonJo
London
47 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating for both our table (downstairs in the cafe by an open window) and what we ordered (from the upstairs kitchen menu). We'll be back.

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susanL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Had a great anniversary dinner at Oliveto's. The food was fabulous! You have to try the Spaghetti neri with Gulf white shrimp, tomato, and chili. The service was also very good. We had a great bottle of wine at a reasonable price.

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Julianav
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I wanted to love it but everything was “meh” and the dish I got was about a mouthful of average food given it was an expensive entree.

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vipJrst
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our dinner at oliveto was outstanding, great food, peach salad with goat cheese especially good, and the presentation of my salmon was excellent, very creative with salmon cooked two different ways. Always pleasant service, easy parking, ambience very relaxing, great grey color of the walls and coordinating napkins, white table cloths. Great Saturday night dinner.

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vipJoAnn
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just lovely! The food & ambiance was wonderful!

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vipMichaelS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Actually had very good service. Problem was a 10 minute wait to get water served as the main server handed us off to another server, actually I think more of a helper… but he was awesome! My harsh rating is driven by a persistent lack of a warm and proper welcome… this is the third time this has happened where the primary server just fails to engage the Customer. Too bad… the food is good enough.

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Berkeley1
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food very good. Service great. Should invest in shims to level outdoor tables.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating birthdays .. wonderful meal all around.

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tamaral
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We had a 6 pm reservation and we didn’t leave until 10pm. Took about 30 minutes to get our wine/cocktails. Another 30 minutes for the salads. About 45 minutes after we finished our salads to get our entrees. All 3 entrees (2 gnocchi; 1 flank steak) were not warm…barely above room temperature.
The menu was limited and a bit strange. The grilled stone fruit salad would have been good if the fruit had been ripe and grilled…it was crunchy.
The salmon offering was highly recommended by the server , was ordered, and had run out by 7 pm.
The strawberry profiteroles were soggy.
The bill was presented with 2 errors…a martini ordered but not served, and the salmon entree.
With tip, over $300 for 3 people. Yes, we still tipped and was pleasant to the server. He probably didn’t have a clue as to how disappointing we were in the service and the food…trying to be kind. When I understand that restaurants can have a hard time starting back up after the shutdown but we won’t be back did a long time. We weren’t asking for anything special… Just prompt service and warm food. It was a total disappointment.

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vipRolfS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Crudo appetizer was great. So was the salmon main course

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vmc427
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is well prepared with the freshest of ingredients and the wait stall is friendly, courteous and well attentive.

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vipdocvino
San Francisco
191 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Celebrating an anniversary we were disappointed to be seated downstairs . There was no indication upstairs was closed when I reserved it
Dinner menu and food were both very disappointing compared to what we had upstairs last time we came in. Only 3 entrees with no seafood offered
All of us had about 2 tbsp zucchini on our plates .. kind of insulting The Caesar salad was not even close to the one I have upstairs … it was bland and boring Service was courteous but inattentive

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really amazing dinner with exceptional service by Fernando. Had a very nice outside that was a little loud because of the traffic, but very nice nonetheless..

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Rockridger
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, both the upstairs part with the Meyer Sound System, and the downstairs cafe. Was able to dine outside on sidewalk and enjoy everything. Great to have them back up and running!

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GeorgeR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I'm afraid it was a disappointing evening at Oliveto. My date and I arrived at 6:30 p.m., and we ordered shortly thereafter. We were served drinks and a vegetable salad to share ($18, a small serving of tiny diced vegetables and three pieces of shrimp). By 7:55 p.m. the entrees had not arrived. I paid for what we had been served ($50, plus a tip), and we left. The server, Todd, was gracious and apologetic. I can only assume the breakdown occurred in the kitchen.

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Unhappy
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I used to love their salads but 2 nights ago, really disappointed. The salad was listed as
“Grilled Stone Fruit with goat cheese, candied walnuts, endive, & orange vinaigrette”. We received a plate of arugula, with very small bits of goat cheese and 3 VERY SMALL slices of stone fruit that tasted like they were marinated in a “smoke added” solution.

We used to bring friends and recommend this restaurant frequently, but are now reluctant to do this.

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vipCharly
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very quist noise level, table spacing good... food, excellent

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JoshM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's a little different in its current incarnation. Some mainstays such as the chocolate cake and porchetta weren't on the menu. But the fundamentals of nearly perfect Italian food in a beautiful and quiet dining room remain.

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KarenM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have frequented Oliveto's for many years and have never been disappointed, and last night was no exception. Our experience continues to be more than satisfactory. We have seen several chefs come and yet the quality of the food has continued to be first class.
Karen McGuinn

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vipKiki
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Todd was a very attentive server. Great job Todd!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fancy but not pretentious or stuffy. The food was delicious and thoughtfully prepared. Service was great too. A quiet place for a date, a special occasion or just to treat yourself to nice atmosphere and fine dining. It’s a gem.

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MelissaN
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic! I'm so glad there is still outdoor seating on Shafter.

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ArianaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I’m not one to complain but this place needs some work. The service is downright awful. So inattentive, 30 minutes passed before a server came by to greet us. Then when finally got some bread and water we we had no flatware, napkins or plates to eat with. It took another 10 minutes to get table settings. The menu is limited and they were out of a number of things. Lastly, the portions are small, like really really small and for the prices, it just feels like a rip off. Such an awful dining experience. We will not be returning.

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viphiccup
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

For a Birthday dinner, we had a fab pasta, prawn salad, and King Salmon which my wife raved about, I had the quail, beautifully done, almost ate the bones (kidding)
Lovely dessert. Happy they are back.

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