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Oliveto Café & Restaurant

4.4
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3190 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3190 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.4
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience2

As good as COVID dining gets.

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CharB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great! Service was beyond sweet and accommodating. Food was delicious. Everything was very clean.

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DeeanaO
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Dry lasagna. Also, my waiter had my plate in his hand while visiting another table... that's a no-no during a pandemic. He corrected it though.

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vipSteffi
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

During this time of pandemic, it is great to see that College Ave in Oakland has stepped up to allow dining on the sidewalks/parking areas. So, go to patronize the restaurants- they need our support during this time. Oliveto's experience was the cafe-experience.
Food was nice with the limited cafe menu. The Tomato/Avocado Salad with pesto was the most memorable. Lasagna was heavy on the tomato, but good. The brisket was tender and tasty, could have used more sauce. The Brocolini on both our plates was a bit tough.
Service was helpful & friendly and not too obtrusive. The sound of HWY 24 is difficult to escape and can be overpowering, but it looks like Oliveto's has a piano player on some nights to help with the sound? I am looking forward to Oliveto's Restaurant serving soon too, for more refined dining and flavors. But the Cafe is a good option for outdoor dining with simple menu!

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vipMarkR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Poor service, wrong wine brought to table midway through meal, lasagne was anemic, one third of it comprised of layers of pasta with nothing in between. However, the cocktail was great!

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AlyssaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation on open table. Showed up and place was closed for repair. Disappointed

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ChristineF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great... just a bit loud on the street due to outdoor dining restrictions

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vipDanvillegirl
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great eve out on the patio. Food was excellent. Drinks were fairly pricey for the size of the cocktail. But all around an enjoyable eve. Server was excellent!

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vipJaniel
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!!!! We were so impressed. Highly recommend the veggie cannoli

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henrye
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meal was excellent, as always. The spaghetti neri was our favorite. We look forward to returning soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Restaurant didn’t see the special request on Open Table re: my wife’s birthday. Server was not very knowledgeable about wine list. However, Oliveto is making an enourmous effort to serve the community safely during COVID-19, and that’s the most important thing right now.

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vipJoeL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to the COVID-19 shutdown I had chosen to stay home and not eat out. After 152 days of sheltering in place that changed last Saturday when I made an early 5:30p dinner reservation for Oliveto’s patio. Bob, Maggie and their magnificent team have done a fantastic job masking and physically distancing tables outside. I was cautiously optimistic and arrived 45 minutes early to examine the decorum and layout. We sat at a table for two in a corner nearest the street and the farthest from other tables. We ordered cocktails, which we perfectly prepared; Heirloom tomato salad and Prosciutto and melon, which were outstanding; Spaghetti neri and Ricotta tortelloni, which were delicious; and shared decadent Sundae of fig leaf ice cream with roasted green figs. Our waiter was kind, thoughtful and attentive. It felt great to get out again for a wonderful dining experience and to see Bob, Maggie and the great Oliveto team!!!

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vipNaMa
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

2 apps, 2 entrees, 2 desserts were all outstanding, like usual

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vipAdrian
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time out to a restaurant since the SIP and they seem to have gotten a safe system in place. All tables are outside, all staff wear gloves and masks, and menus are discarded with every use.

Food was great! Everything was so fresh and tasty. It is still a weird feeling to be eating along the sidewalk with pedestrians passing through.

Nevertheless, I felt safe.

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KyundreN
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and drinks. The squid ink you can not taste lol

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rockridgeLocal
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant. Server was highly attentive. Food was delicious. So glad they’re back!

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cpchrisman
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

first time eating out during the pandemic. Oliveto's food was INCREDIBLE the drinks were great! It's not awesome sitting outside on the corner really, but they did have a piano and the servers are all wearing masks and doing their best to keep you safe!

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vipMotik
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went for a special weekend Cajun menu
Ravioli main course portion was only 5 pieces for $28
Suckling pig main was bland, mediocre
Quail was good

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DouglasA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was good & was nice to dine outside. They did a good job.

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danielleh
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love that they reopened. Food was great. Wish they had a larger alcohol selection.

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FredK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The outdoor dining environment did not work well. We sat on the Freeway/Bart side and the traffic noise was bad. While we had the option of sitting on the College Avenue side, it was shady and we were concerned it would be too cool (and we were aware that you have space heaters).

The limited menu choices were adequate for our purposes, and were very well prepared. I think we will be facing the closure for a long time, and you should invest in dressing up the outdoor facilities to create an ambience that would make us look forward to coming back again.

Fred and Peg Kemper

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MichaelT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are dining outside now and it seems a relatively safe environment - being in open air and servers and patrons masked up (obviously patrons take masks off to eat). The night we were there a gentleman had been hired to play piano on the corner.

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vipbistrogarden
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Despite the pandemic, the food remains outstanding and the best quality. I hope we all
will continue to patronize the best Italian restaurant in the Bay Area.

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MaryG
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We found the outdoor dining was very well l thought through and executed regarding the times we are living though. We enjoyed the same delicious cuisine and quality service as Oliveto has always provided, except in an outdoor setting. Tables were well spaced with heat lamps provided. It was a treat to dine out again after so long sheltering-in-place. Thank you to the entire Oliveto team.

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RondaC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious - 5 star!, service was great, loved that they offered sidewalk seating. The only reason I gave ambiance 4 stars was because we sat next to a parking space where cars kept pulling in and out but, hey!, it was good to get out and so glad they are making it work. The Manhattan more than made up for it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really nice dinner outside because of the virus.
The menu was interesting, we had black cod and stuffed quail which were delicious and innovative.
Service as always was top notch. We’re glad to support our favorite restaurant during this challenging time.

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vipAimeeH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Oliveto’s has very successfully reopened, with outside seating, saga-spacing, and the same excellent service and food they have always served.

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vipYummy
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always lovely ambiance, even with new outdoor dining. A nice experience, as always!

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KathleenD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service with a delicious dinner. The owner came over to personally greet my daughter and I.

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KenN
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to have table dinning back at Oliveto. Although we ate at a table on the sidewalk, it felt like dinning in Paris or Rome at an outdoor café. The food was great, the servers were genuinely happy to be back and the street ambiance was fun. I can't wait for the upstairs dinning to be back, but in the meantime this was wonderful

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was amazing & the service impeccable!!!

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vipViaBahia
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. The food was prepared perfectly - salad dressings balanced just right, pasta definitely fresh and steak cooked to a perfect medium rare. Not too loud so we could talk. Best thing was we weren't rushed AT ALL. Did our three courses in 2.5 hours - didn't even realize that much time had passed!!! Service was exceptional. Waiter was there when needed, but didn't hover.

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AliciaT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my husband birthday and the food and service was great! Each dish was better and better.

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vipAnthonyD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great authentic Italian food, but with California fresh inspiration. We enjoyed ordering a few pasta dishes to share and enjoy the home made and delicious pasta!

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vipJess
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service, quiet dining room and lovely ambience - perfect for a birthday or lovely evening out!

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TessR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Warn, friendly and elegant. Oliveto reminds me of my favorite restaurants in New York. Definitely a place to dine at frequently!

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SuzieQ
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

For me, the quality of the food is the most important factor when evaluating a dining experience. The arugula/pear/anchovy salad was just so-so and I had to send back the cannelloni whose pasta tasted like cardboard and whose filling like leftover chopped meat. However, the other dishes were excellent--the soup, the gnocchi and the pavlova and the lime budino which made up for the others. The atmosphere is always a delight and the service is impeccable.

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elisabethj
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Pacing was off. Appetizer and salads arrived at the same time. Seated 20 minutes after reservation time.

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LPBdM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quick walk from BART. Excellent food and a new menu daily. Reservations upstairs are a must.

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vipMarkH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The wide variety always available in the Oliveto menu in the past is now greatly diminished. and the Main dishes are both few in number and very ordinary. We wound up having pasta for our main dishes. The policy of making an 18% tip mandatory is bad news for both me and the waiter: I like to decide how much to tip, and the waiter will lose because I will not leave another cent, even when I would have left 20% or more. We will not return soon to Oliveto.

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Oliveto Café & Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now.

Oliveto Café & Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 3190 OpenTable diners.

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