Food good,menu interesting and varied, ambiance on weekday night very pleasant and relatively quiet
Attentive and helpful. I forgot my briefcase and iPad and they called me and I reclaimed it. It pwas a relief and I thank them
Our waitress was very nice...just the right amount of attention...then left us to enjoy ourselves. I had the pork. It was great and the veggie side was really good! Thanks!
We chose this place because it was tagged “Fit for Foodies”, had a reservation open, and was seemingly Italian (how can one go wrong with Italian?!?). The only thing available that night was a $95 prix fixe 4 course meal.
Walking in, it had the feel of a late 80s- early 90s banquet hall, but much much smaller. The acoustics weren’t too bad, except that we were seated so close to the other table that we could have a conversation with everyone else.
Food was awful. Tiny portions. Undercooked risotto. So. Much. Frisée.
Maybe this place is better when it has its normal menu, but that just means that they only care about making a cash grab on special holidays.
Attended the Vaentine's Day prix fixe dinner. Great food, wine, service. Will come back for same event next year.
Our Valentine dinner was disappointing. We were given a corner table next to a thoroughfare populated by kitchen and service personnel. We were not able to enjoy the floral centerpiece, just a side arrangement.
We waited a full fifteen minutes before the waiter's appearance when I placed an order of two martinis. After learning that the bar does not stock Plymouth gin, I requested Hendricks, and the waiter cheerfully acknowledged, "Yes, Tanqueray!" After we corrected the brand, he again assured us in a friendly manner, "and with tonic!" How can Oliveto impose a 20% charge with service like this?
Food highlights for me were the risotto and the duck sausage. The Kushi oyster is nothing special, and the accompanying shiso seems like a part of a tired twig. The cake dessert was dry and unappealing.
Altogether it was a rather uninspired and unromantic dining experience.
Fabulous meal! Lovely menu. My only complaint was that the crab salad had numerous shells. Other than that, the meal was excellent. And a lovely wine flight.
For Valentine’s day, my love and I enjoyed the prix fixe menu and the wine pairings that accompanied it. Each course was delicious. Fresh Maine lobster was featured. It was delicious. The crab parfait was also a highlight. From the fresh oysters to the chocolate mousse, what a brilliant dinner. The flower arrangements upstairs were so beautiful.
An absolute joy. My wife and I came here for Valentine’s Day. It was the kind of meal where you slow down just to savor the combinations of flavors and textures. The ambience was wonderful, the service excellent, and the food just outstanding.
Olivetto's is one of my favorite places for ambience and having a quiet romantic dinner. In terms of this it never disappoints. For a pre-Valentines meal the night before, though my partner was thrilled with his meat dishes, my pasta, which was the only vegetarian option, was pretty disappointing. It was supposted to have a wild mushroom ragu -- there was little evidence of mushrooms, but the main issue was over salting. It was like eating a salt block.
But everyone is off from time to time -- I'd recommend that they put a little more effort into the vegetarian options though.
We went to celebrate our Valentines day at Oliveto, we decided to go there cause in previous occasions the service and food was good, actually we were thinking this restaurant was the best in College Ave, however that night the service was really poor, our waitress was completely in Lalaland and lacking all kind of personality, the sparkling water was completely flat! and some of the food we requested you were out of it, like the pate, then they got us some entries that we didn't order and when we were looking at it almost ready to eat that they came and retired the plates without even saying sorry. The pork chop was very bad and cold so the fat felt terrible in my mouth I had to exchange plate with my BF and ended up trying to chew a very rubbery octopus. It really was a bad night. Now the young fella in a suit he was really moving, he was covering for our sad waitress and that was the only good thing about our dinner experience. Too bad I didn't get his name to give him my thanks for his service.
After all this I don't think we can recommend this place anymore and it is for sure that we are not going back any time soon. =(
While the ambience was warm, the food was not worth the price. $20 crab salad had one piece of crab, about 1 inch long, nestled in greens. The pasta was delicious, but, again small serving with a tiny piece of crab in a dish labeled as crab pasta. My steelhead was delicious, but my husband's pork was tough and he couldn't cut it with the unsharpened knives he was offered. It was a lovely setting and relaxed service, but sadly the food wasn't what we expected.
A bit pricey but very good food & very good service.
It has had better days. Comically poor service and a menu that is dated and stale. Hard to cobble together a decent meal. Unfortunate.
Excellent service and attention to detail, as always, and the cuisine is stellar. Our attendant was well-informed about each dish, as well as the wine selection. I chose a chicken liver pate to start and followed with a canderli with chicken roulade, which was outstanding! I was unfamiliar with canderli and our server explained the preparation step by step, which impressed me. My wife had the stem garlic soup with oysters (which we both applauded) and followed with the dungeness crab salad, which pleased her (i did not try it because I was too busy with the roulade). The nebbiolo recommended by our server was perfect for my meal. I keep expecting Oliveto to get tired or unfocused, like so many restaurants, but they surprise me each time -- they're still on top of their game.
Always good food and pleasant staff!
We’ve been going to Oliveto’s since the Paul Bertoli days. Fab at first; not so later in; then good again. Ate there for my birthday a few years back and loved it. Ate there again last night for my bday this year...Oy! The pork chop was so tough as to be inedible—carelessly plopped down on a mess of white beans and something else. Wife had chicken roulades with dumplings that were surreally salty. Also inedible. We complained and got the pork taken off of the bill. But still...not going back any time soon. The kitchen seems to have completely lost its culinary mojo
Nice service. Nice atmosphere. Not enough to get us back...
I was disappointed this time. I have been coming for years. The hostess downstairs went upstairs and I followed her. She told me to go back downstairs till my table was ready. My table was ready when we went upstairs. I could have sat at the bar and had a drink while my table was becoming ready - there was only one person at the bar - and besides, the table was ready. It was a very unwelcoming beginning to the evening.
Good was great, service was terrible. The ability to force an 18% gratuity on everyone has made the service here decline dramatically.