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About Oliveto Café & Restaurant

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.

5655 College Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Californian

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

Cross Street:
Shafter

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 547-5356

Website:
http://www.oliveto.com/

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.

Public Transit:
Rockridge BART stop is across the street

Executive Chef:
Jonah Rhodehamel

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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.

Oliveto Café & Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (56)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Fit for Foodies (41)
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Good for Birthdays (35)
Quiet Conversation (34)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Good for a Date (33)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Romantic (30)
Business Meals (28)
Local Ingredients (27)
Seasonal (24)
Notable Wine List (22)
Worth the Drive (19)
Authentic (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Great for Lunch (15)
Healthy (13)
Cozy (9)
Organic (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Fun (5)
Casual (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

This restaurant was once really great but now is just ok. My pasta was almost cold and my husband's chicken was ok. None of our dishes was excellent. We asked that our guest's dessert was identifiable as a birthday dish - after four tries it received a candle. Disappointing.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Salads & pastas were excellent, as they almost always are. Our server seemed a little unsure of himself or maybe he was just having an off night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 6 days ago

White Truffle dinner
6 gms Shaved on my COLD entry
19 grams of tasteless truffles in all.
This was my 5th, and and only disappointing truffle meal in the last 2 weeks.
Manager shelly was accomodating of our time needd

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Worst service at a Bay Area restaurant in years. Waiter was surly. Ordered 5 courses and told waiter my wife and I would be sharing. The courses came at the same time, not coursed out. No share plates. Although the couple at the next table was sharing and had share plates. One of the dishes we ordered was raviolo with duck sugo. What we were served was a tortelloni with brown butter, sage, and basalmic. I mentioned it to the waiter and he looked me straight in the eye and said we did get the duck sugo, but the duck was so cooked down we probably didn't notice it. Also, when serving, he did not tell us the dish name or components (a nicety I've come to expect from fine restaurants). Finally, when he took my card for payment, he told me it was declined. I was bewildered, but gave him another one, which he also claimed was declined. I checked both accounts quickly on my phone, worried about identity fraud. They were both fine. Finally, he took a third card and called it in over the phone. Awful. Even when I worked retail, the machine often behaved funny. We always tactfully suggested that maybe a different card would work. Not claim it was declined. A very unpleasant experience all aroubd. Too bad, I'd high hopes for this old classic restaurant. But I think it's resting on its laurels.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I've been to Oliveto's dozens of times for lunch and it was very good. This dinner experience was the complete opposite: inflated prices, tiny portions, a crush of tables, overworked wait staff, an unenjoyable experience. I'll stick to lunch from now on.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Have been to Olivetios for years. It’s my go to place for exceptional food, quite ambiance and excellent service. Shelly is a wonderful experienced hostess. The servings are smaller but what I want is quality of the pastas, appetizers and main dishes. Table cloths, carpet, muffled noise factor that makes for an enjoyable relaxing experience. Check out the menu and see what you think. It’s an older crowd that wants to talk and hear the conversation. Olivetios is the only place I know in Oakland that provides a diligence to fine food and wonderful experienced staff that makes it special.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Overall quite good. One salty salad was comped

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Four of our five dishes (roast octopus with Tuscan sausage, creamed cauliflower soup, duck bread, and chocolate cake) were good. The tajarin with shaved truffles atop was fairly tasteless and very overpriced.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Be aware when Oliveto's is serving one of their special dinners. If it's mushrooms, and you don't like mushrooms, don't go. Also be aware that they will not make substitutions. Don't like kale? All they will agree to do is take the kale off your plate. The service was slow and it was impossible to get the server's attention. She did not ask if one member of our party would like another beverage until after we'd been served the meal and we were half finished. She knew it was a birthday event, yet the service was still bad. There is no incentive to provide good service when a 20% gratuity is automatically added to the bill. The only reason I rated the food fair is because 1 out of 3 people was satisfied with their meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Surprisingly good after an absence of more than 10 years. And a quiet vibe - and service excellent unlike a few discouraging comments on yelp. Pricey but Recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I started to write a review and it disappeared. I have been dining at Oliveto for about 15 years. I have watched the menu go from "exotic" which meant that I had difficulty finding dishes that appealed to me to diner friendly. I now thoroughly enjoy the menu and find almost all dishes to my taste. This time although the food was spectacular as usual, the service was abysmal. Our waiter apologized for the delay almost each time he came to the table. The initial delay upon seating was clearly his fault. The extra-long delay between starters and entre could only have been caused by failure to tell the kitchen to fire the dishes. Our servers name was Michael. I have NEVER (since the restaurant instituted the 18% add on) left only the 18% tip. This time we left 18% only because we understand that the staff relies upon that for their livelihood. I do expect to come back but not with Michael as our waiter.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It’s good for special occasion

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Good food, formal seating, food was all good

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Lovely atmosphere with attentive service. Food is distinctive. Do not expect to get American Italian or big plates of food. If I had a lot of money, this would be my go-to spot because the food is treated in a very thoughtful way. My husband's steak was delicious, and the bed it sat on was innovative and delicious as well. Great cocktails and wine.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I’d read the positive reviews about Oliveto and was excited to go. I made reservations for my anniversary, and noted this special occasion in my reservation.

The service was average/poor. Although everyone was very friendly, we didn’t feel attended to. We were seated next to a couple who arrived after we did and were served before we were. After every course, our plates remained on the table for 5-10 minutes as servers whizzed by us attending to other guests. Our server didn’t offer us dessert. The sommelier took our order, and provided us with the check. In fact we didn’t see our server again after he took my ice cold steak back to the kitchen and brought it back to me.

My husband and I were very disappointed with our experience here, especially on this special occasion.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service was horrible. Long wait and inattentive server.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went to Oliveto to celebrate a special occasion. The staff repeatedly rushed our meal. It ruined the entire dining experience. We will not be back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Dinner was the celebration of my daughter’s engagement. The staff was very attentive and made the evening very special.

Tags: Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

There are very few good quality, well served, quiet restaurants for a business lunch meal. Olivetto cafe is located upstairs, it is not the bistro on the street level. The Cafe is very good for discussions on many levels, from incidental, to jokes, to serious business. It is also located with parking nearby and almost next to the Oakland Rockridge Bart station for easy access.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

this was a birthday dinner reservation but nothing special was offered

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

I suggested this place to my two women friends because I had eaten there the night before with my husband and another couple. But the same waiter who was so gracious and friendly when we were two couples was distinctly bored and perfunctory when it was just us women. He was MIA, sending out a parade of confused kitchen help to struggle with finding the right table for our dishes. There is an 18% service charge built in, and you feel it. The whole experience was distinctly unpleasant.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was my first time at Oliveto and overall it was very good. Our waiter was wonderful and the service was excellent. He was kind and informative, and every course of our food was ready very quickly. The room is very pretty and the insulated walls and ceilings make the acoustics very good here. There is a comfortable hum (it's not strangely or oddly quiet) but you can have a conversation which is SO hard at most restaurants!
Our food was overall very good, though there were some misses. Our salad was delicious, however of our 3 pastas only one was what I would call excellent. One was a little plain and a second one was overly salty. Not inedible - just not amazing. We had two desserts though, and those were both delicious. The pumpkin cake was so good (and it's the owner's own recipe) that we asked for and got a copy and plan to make it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Well crafted dishes overall. Vegetarian main dish sformatino was underwhelming though the chèvre fonduta sauce was nice. Missing another element of texture density and complexity. Something else with more substance was needed... Beef Tatar like appetizer dish "cruda?" with persimmon purée was delicious as was the bread. Crab app bright but a little too lemony and tiny. Husband's fish was excellent though slightly on the overcooked but great crispy skin side sear. Pasta dish spaghetti neri with shrimp was tasty but when served in such tiny portion as a secundi it loses that pasta warmth and satisfaction. Desserts simple and elegant. Lovely timeless ambience. Service surprisingly slow and inattentive for high end restaurant. Nice servers but not the level of attention one would expect for ~$125 per person. Not what I remembered from prior ~5-6 visits in the past.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 28, 2017

One of the guests wanted to order a dish from the down stairs menu and was told NO. A good restaurant would have made that happen. As 3 of us were from S Calif I guess it really does not matter. When I do come back to N Calif I would not eat here though.


Mike Chinnock

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Good cuisine with locally sourced seasonal ingredients

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I have dined there at least 20 times, and this was the first disappointing meal I have experienced there. We were three people with two of us sharing three items. Our server was unable to remember who the sharers were every time he delivered a plate. In addition, we ordered two beef entries, one rare and one medium rare. He got these wrong, too.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Oliveto Restaurant and Bar always provides a sophisticated dining experience which is unique in East Bay Restaurants. As much as there is very good food in the East Bay, there is very little elegance to go with it. Bravo Oliveto for serving gourmet cuisine in elegant surroundings!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

First time at Oliveto, but lunch was indeed very nice upstairs, pasta and cod just delicious, everyone else appeared to be enjoying the succulent pork chop so will have to order that next time. Service very professional, maybe too serious but that's cool, this restaurant is solid!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Oliveto is consistently excellent for food, and the service is impeccable. It's our go-to restaurant for a special occasion.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Get together once or twice a year.
We always surprise each other.... when we always the same dish... sea bass

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

What a huge disappoint. Food was decent but nothing outstanding given all the great places to eat in the East Bay. Service was atrocious. No one approached us for 20 minutes. Throughout the evening he wouldn’t make eye contact with me. It was like our table was invisible. Just inexcusable. We will not go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I have been in Oliveto's many times over the years, and have always considered it to be a restaurant for special occasions.

It was the place where we had dinner with my wife before my daughter came in the world ( immediately after!) and in this weekend, 19 years later, I took my family there for the Parents weekend in Cal.

I was disappointed with the experience. Despite the excellent tasty dishes, we had terrible inattentive service. In addition we found a hair in one of our salads and had to send it back .


The way this was handled was inappropriate despite that these things happen.

Not only they charged me for this, but also added a mandatory 18% tip for a party of 4!!

The other things that went wrong were: Small portions, even for Primi charged for full portion lack of attention on serving the deserts. Luke warm Hot chocolate.

I did not make a fuss for either, because I did not want to sour the occasion for the others.

This is the last time I, or my family will dine there!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Delicious food. Wonderful! We've been going to Olivetos for 15 years and it continues to be a favorite.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Food Great. Service not so great. We enjoyed a delicious lunch this week at Oliveto. Great to have a place to go that is conducive to conversation. All the dishes --soup, salads, and pastas were wonderful--just perfectly spiced to our liking. They must have had a 'no show' among the waitstaff, and the personnel shortage resulted in lousy service. This hasn't happened before at Oliveto, so it won't deter us from continuing to be a frequent customer.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

our lunch was lovely. the cantaloupe soup was amazing. great flavor. other melons were blended in as well and it was lovely. salad was nice and crips and not overdressed. bread was warm and crisp like bread should be. cod was delightful. cooked very very well. tea was yummy. loose leaf!! service was very on spot, not too intrusive. manager came by to say hello.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Gracious waiter, excellent food, although pasta portion was a bit on the small side. Relatively quiet, cozy but elegant at the same time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Authentic, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

First time being there, food was very good...fresh pastas, chicken piccata and halibut were excellent! Would go again!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We arrived ten minutes early for an 11:30 reservation . The manager confronted us in an unfriendly manner, objecting to our intention to sit down at the table and talk while waiting for the menus, water, etc. She came back several times with a scowl on her face and was overall hostile throughout the entire afternoon. Maybe she was having a bad day and it was nothing personal, but it gave a very bad impression that I've never experienced before as a patron for more than fifteen years.

Tags: People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Staff at Olivetos are all very attentive, very professional.
Shelly (restaurant manager) is superb!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Ambiance, service and wait staff were outstanding. Food was awful...get a new chef!!!

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