The only bad part was the meal, my date had some rope in her meal, it was even brought up to her attention by our waitress after she had to pull it out of her mouth and into the napkin. The waiting staff noticed but nothing was done-- like here is a clean napkin? Can we get you a new meal- Come on. I know we were in berkeley, but not everyone is stoned or wa
The service was nice but, for christ sake we were asked four times to order, and where we done but our water was was only filled once. Felt you were at the french laundry on speed. I hunt wild boar so the meat was ok nothing that special, I felt if it wasn't for the nice building and design and local the restaurant would flop.
Hog Festival: very creative menu. First rate quality of food. Everything was delicious. Excellent professional service. Sadly, we were overwhelmed by the copious amount of fat on several of the dishes and felt it later in the evening. Surprised that porchetta cap was inedible. Can't blame them. We knew it was about the hog.
Our favorite night, “The Whole Hog” special dinner. It was outstanding, the house made cold cuts, pig heart, and rigatoni with pork shoulder. We’ll be back next year.
We went because it was the week of the whole pig dinner. My girlfriend and I like to cook so when we eat out it is really nice when we can try foods that we don't cook at home. We were not disappointed. We started off eating the charcoal grilled pig's heart and the fritto of pig's ears with artichokes and asparagus with the green garlic aioli and Meyer lemon --wonderful flavors. We also enjoyed the flavorful breads. Would highly recommend the choucroute garni, with cotechino, ribs, coppo, pork belly--it was a nice size portion of different cuts of the pig. I thought the pork belly was outstanding. Two of us enjoyed the grilled porchetta which was one of our fav dishes eating in Italy. It was a fun night for pork lovers and we'd highly recommend dining here.
If you like pork and haven't eaten a Whole Hog dinner here, you're missing out. All food is good here all the time, but Whole Hog is an event to mark on your calendar
We came for the Hog Fest which was amazing. We had an amazingly knowledgeable waiter. He was great.
Excellent, relatively limited but thoughtfully planned menu with interesting options. Stellar service, unrushed meal. On the pricey side, good for a special occasion.
Disappointing this time! Did not like menu at all!
It all started off just fine; we arrived on time and were seated promptly at a table near the windows.
We looked through the menu which looked interesting and then we continued looking at the menu and wine list and cocktail selection - tables around us seemed to be having fun and eating interesting dishes and....
....we continued looking through the menu and continued...no server, no greeting, no water, no "we will be right with you" so.....
After 15+ minutes, we got up and left and that was that.....we took our appetite and credit card to a different Italian restaurant and had a lovely dinner.
High side of mediocre. Doesn’t live up to its former reputation, upon which its pricing is still based. As a restaurant wine director myself, I have to say that the wine list is decent, though. While overall disappointing, the highlight was the house made walnut ice cream, which was fantastic. In the future I’ll stick to the small cafe downstairs, which offers excellent value on a limited but well done menu.
Delicious and imaginative - really impeccable in every way. Friendly and professional server - beautiful dining room upstairs. Very enjoyable evening.
Always a great place
We had a birthday celebration dinner for our son. The food and service were both great. Our waiter recommended several dishes one of which was squash ravioli with brown butter, blood orange and amaretto cookie crumbs. Exceptional! We appreciated the ability to linger a bit and enjoy our time together.
One of the best culinary experiences of my (long) life!
Very mixed experience. Still the same civilized atmosphere we remember from several years ago; ambiance perhaps slightly improved, very good service from happy and well-informed staff. Some dishes were wonderful, notably the cured swordfish, the pepper fettucine with roasted chicken and gorgonzola . Risotto with short rib was really not acceptable, neither the rice nor the rib passing muster. Wine list is serious and price-effective. But overall Oliveto needs to pay heed. Basic dishes like risotto were unacceptable as served; cool/cold to boot. All failings here are remediable, but only if the kitchen and the management pay attention and insist on the standards set when Paul Bertoli was the owner and chef.
Good food leaning on the smaller side (portion size). Place was nice, great cocktails, very poor service. The waitress was pushy and offered no help with the menu. Otherwise a decent experience
This more stable Oliveto remains a reasonably reliable neighborhood Italian. Food is a bit uneven but at its best competes successfully with top rated Italian across the Bay.
I go here often. The ambiance is terrific and the noise level is very much appreciated. They've made a concerted effort to dampen the ambient noise. Always reliable.
The ambiance and food were excellent but the service hit a snag early and never recovered. We were seated and met the manager who took care of our wine order. Another server opened the wine and served. A third person was our waiter for the evening and 1) he missed my wife ordering an entrée size primi and when asked lied that it was indeed upsized (not according to the bill and my upcharge did show), 2) charged us a corkage fee for opening a bottle from their cellar (miscommunication?) and 3) got my coffee order wrong at the end of the meal. Their automatic 18% tipping policy doesn't seem to be enhancing the service as one would hope. Nothing extra that night for this experience.
First time back in a decade and we were pleasantly surprised. Glad to see the menu has morphed from a somewhat esoteric/"gamey" selection to a more approachable series of options. Food is delicious across the board. Great wine list. Superior service....so much so that our after dinner drinks were complimentary because there was concern the service was a bit too slow...that is a class act.
Menu great but too expensive.
Butternut squash dish way under-cooked, risotto dish showed up after the main course, but the wait staff was outstanding.....
We had been to Oliveto's about 30 years ago when we lived in the area, and it was good then too! Wonderful ambiance. Also, the salad with radishes was among the best starters I can recall. Very attentive staff, though we did have to ask for our wine several times. Fish entrée was excellent as well. All told a highly positive experience, one we look forward to repeating.
We were surprised by the 18% service charge on all meals. We asked the server and was told that servers received 40% if this fee. It influenced what we ordered and how much alcohol we ordered . We left for dessert and night caps at another location.
Went to Oliveto to celebrate with my Fiancee. The service was excellent and the food & wine that were recommended to us tasted amazing. We will definitely be going back!
Fantastic appetizers, beet salad, dungeness crab parfait, generous helping of crab, not so generous of beets(!) and only 2 bucks difference.
Amazing black pasta and shrimp large plate shared for two
Disappointing sirloin steak- had a slight non-steaky taste, not "off" but almost fishy, not enough to send back, and we could have stopped after the pasta anyway. Comment elicited a comped glass of wine.
Food was delicious, our service was not. I feel like our server did not give us normal attention. Sat and waited way too long for her to come so we can order a second bottle of wine, and then once ordered it took way too long for her to come back with it.
We needed to have a vegetarian meal, and we were not disappointed.
Great for lunch, but a very limited menu. My wife had nothing to chose from and she opted for a starter salad.
I had called to increase the reservation to 5 the night before but no live person answered and I left a message to increase the reservation.
I never received a call back and when I called the next day, they still had the old number.
At dinner, the crab appetizers and others were delicious and the sommelier knowledgeable.
Then the gaffs started. The fish entree was not warm or hot and had to be sent back. The pork chop was undercooked.
The espresso for dessert was cold and had to be sent back. The one dessert we ordered didn’t come, and when we reminded the waiter,
It took another 10-15 minutes.
I have eaten at Oliveto many times. It is a quiet, elegant place for dining—-it should be for a tab (18% tip included) for 5 with one bottle of wine for $360.
This many mistakes is unacceptable.
Food good,menu interesting and varied, ambiance on weekday night very pleasant and relatively quiet
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
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!
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.
Attended the Vaentine's Day prix fixe dinner. Great food, wine, service. Will come back for same event next year.
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.
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.
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.
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.