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Oliveto Café & Restaurant

4.3
2457 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Oliveto Café & Restaurant offers seasonal cuisine in the Northern Italian tradition, including wild game, fresh pastas, wood-fired pizzas and authentic vegetable and poultry dishes.

ALL RESERVATIONS ARE FOR THE DINING ROOM ONLY. WE DO NOT TAKE RESERVATIONS FOR OUR CAFE.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm – 9:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(510) 547-5356
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jonah Rhodehamel
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Shafter
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Parking details
In the evening, there is free parking in the BART parking lot. During the day, parking is available in the Market Hall parking lot.
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Public transit
Rockridge BART stop is across the street
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Oliveto Café & Restaurant has one private room that can accommodate up to 28 people. Our large dining room seats parties of 5 to 16 people.

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What 2457 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.6
value
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Food good,menu interesting and varied, ambiance on weekday night very pleasant and relatively quiet

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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vipRalubalanul (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Great food

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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vipMindboggler (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Attended the Vaentine's Day prix fixe dinner. Great food, wine, service. Will come back for same event next year.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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vipGinny (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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Richie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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vipcremebrulee (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

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ValentinesDinner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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. =(

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

A bit pricey but very good food & very good service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

It has had better days. Comically poor service and a menu that is dated and stale. Hard to cobble together a decent meal. Unfortunate.

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