The whole experience was perfect! The food was delicous. The service was impecable.
Had to flag someone down for service. Service was slow. Little attention. Took 10 minutes for someone to acknowledge we were at the table. Unfortunately, this is what happens when places automatically add 18% tip. Folks clearly didn't feel they had to work very hard for a tip. Nobody ever came by to ask if we were enjoying our meal.
I hosted a business dinner for four and we all had a great time. The food was excellent, we had a couple very nice bottles of wine for a reasonable price, the wait staff was very friendly and helpful, and the sound level was reasonable even though thought the restaurant was busy. I got there early and had a drink in the downstairs bar, which was also very nice. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Wonderful experience. My only criticism would be the very long wait between the appetizers and the main course.
The food took an exceptionally long time to come out, despite our starting lunch early, at 11:30.
Each food item we tasted was fabulous with a wonderful combination of flavors. It was nice that we could hear our table conversation but the restaurant still felt vibrant. It was expensive but sometimes you have to pay more for the special experience and this one was very enjoyable!
It was good. Food was good but little overpriced. I got a sea bass. It was very small for 33 bucks. And for dessert, I asked for the pudding and what they brought me was not a pudding. It was a creamy dessert w churros on top. Lol. Anyway the soup was delicious and service outstanding.
Always great here. Been coming for years
Everything would’ve earned at least four stars , but my entree, a pork chop, was inedible. For the first time in my life I had to send food back to the kitchen. It was thick and quite literally rock hard all the way through, every bit of moisture gone. Sending it back, I changed my order to the soup (very good) but by the time that arrived, my companions were nearly done . It would’ve been a bit better had there been an apology from the kitchen, but that didn’t happen. My companions had never been to the restaurant before and it was meant to a treat. .. that said, it was lovely to eat where conversation did not mean having to shout. Outside of the rock hard pork chop, the other dishes were quite good. I’d liked to have been able to write a glowing review.
Wonderful winter meal with creative (but not “over the top”) dishes using best in-season ingredients. Service was attentive and informative. Appetizers included beautiful small plates (hot and cold) featuring well-pared flavors and textures. Engineered acoustics are fantastic, allowing comfortable conversations at every table while maintaining a lively vibe in the room!
We have dined at Oliveto many times, both at the casual cafe on the ground floor and the formal restaurant upstairs. Both are terrific. This evening we had dinner in the restaurant. The food, as always, was great and the service was attentive but unobtrusive. Our server was knowledgeable and charming. And it's right across the street from Rockridge BART! Love this place.
Solid improvement over last visit several years ago. Will return.
What a difference the wait staff makes! I have given a review of this place before, with high marks in all categories. We came recently for a special date night and made note of that where they ask why you are coming in. The food was excellent, as it always has been at Olivetos when we have come in. But the waiter, Kaitlyn, was almost non verbal, looked like she was bored or otherwise not wanting to be there, and did not check on us as is usually the case there. We saw her going to tables around us, but she was not really attending to us at all during the duration of the meal. It affected our experience because we had to be vigilant to catch her when she was close by, and the biggest reason I am writing is that the tip is automatically 18% and is added to our bill. I would NOT have given her much of a tip, to show her how her service was. But did not have the chance. Hopefully she will see this or have it brought to her attention, and do better next time. Not with me, we will move to another table if its Kaitlyn that is in charge of our table. (ps I am not usually so particular or snotty, but that was ridiculous and noteworthy).
The food on this occasion was really lovely. We really appreciate their sound atmosphere i.e. the dining room is sound engineered so that even when they are full to capacity, you can carry on a conversation easily. We have eaten here on and off over the years ever since the Paul Bertolli days, and at times have been disappointed with some dishes. But this evening everything was excellent. Service is attentive but not intrusive. We are already booked to return with friends.
Lovely restaurant. Large tables and spread apart. Noise level low so conversation easy. Service very good...food delicious. Best sea bass I have EVER had. Super wines by the glass.