Oliveto Café & Restaurant

4.4
3249 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
What 3249 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

JP
JPSFO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be able to return to beautiful Oliveto!

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Beth
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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viprichardc
San Francisco
1 review
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
2 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
10 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
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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

TN
ToniN
Seattle
2 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
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of our favorites

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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.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

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

SA
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.

GM
vipGaryM
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

enjoyed the service and the outdoor dining, will return again

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

Delicious food. Always wish the portions were bigger!

OT
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.

AO
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
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, nice outdoor space with heat lamps.

MG
vipMorganG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to go out and eat indoors (a first in many months). The food was delicious - we had the special dinner for that evening, a quail saltimboca. The waiter could not have been nicer!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always good, the service is excellent and the Meyers sound system just makes the experience delightful

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Karen
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, very outdoor "indoor" experience. Best Caesar salad! Great cocktail, good wine list, nice menu. Service was excellent! All of that and white tablecloths!

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Damian
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. Love the addition of outdoor heaters at each table for the cooler evenings & now ubiquitous patio seating. Outdoor seating can be romantic, also past ready to dine back inside!!

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Mosest
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed evening out as a couple and good safety.

JP
JenniferP
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at Oliveto's is always a pleasure. The food is superb and the service is excellent.

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vipZack
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Oliveto’s ain’t what it used to be. Big drop off in food quality and dining experience.

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vipDORAL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

menu looked simple but the food was fresh and pasta so tasty, we wish Olivetto the best to stay in business since its such a great restaurant!

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RonT
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was great for a friend date. Looking forward to going again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It Was A Good Night Out

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vipCecilia
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Sadly, I think COVID has taken it's toll on this restaurant. The food did not feel fresh (chicken was dry an rubbery) and the service was rushed and not friendly. I will give it another chance, but was disappointed by my recent visit.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The waitress was attentive and provided good service. The food was bland (beets were canned & cold, broccoli cold and Brussel sprouts unseasoned). Even the kale salad w/ granny Smith apples didn't have any kick or taste w/ extra dressing added. The chicken was moist and thank God I had that, instead of the 4 pieces of lobster ravioli, for the same price. At a $120+ for 2 people, I'd at least like to be able to have a good salad. Overall, it was extremely underwhelming. With the rave reviews and high star ratings, I'm honestly wondering if people from the Bay area have tastebuds, or use seasoning that isn't salt and pepper.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Very clean and friendly service.

JP
JenniferP
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine at Oliveto every few months. The food, service and atmosphere are always superb. Their polenta is incredible and their pizzas are wonderful.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food.

EB
EastBayMom
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love love Oliveto - fantastic food, friendly people, beautiful place for a nice night out.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love this place.

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stuball
London
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal -felt very safe in our own little pod with respectful server. Menu creative and well presented

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food!

g
vipglennh
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been so very long since we went out to eat...! The entire evening was a delight.

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Oliveto Café & Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 3249 OpenTable diners.

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