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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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

We will be offering a 4-course, prix fixe menu for $95.00 per person, excluding tax and a 20% service charge. We will also offer an optional wine pairing for $55.00 per person. There will not be an a la carte menu on this night.

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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

3.7

Noise

Quiet

85% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (51)
Fit for Foodies (46)
Neighborhood Gem (43)
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Quiet Conversation (36)
Good for a Date (35)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Romantic (29)
Local Ingredients (25)
Authentic (22)
Notable Wine List (22)
Business Meals (19)
Worth the Drive (19)
Seasonal (18)
Great for Lunch (13)
Cozy (12)
Healthy (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Organic (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Casual (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Fun (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Scenic View (3)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Solid improvement over last visit several years ago. Will return.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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).

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2018

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent restaurant! Great location! Pasta and wine were excellent! Our brussel sprouts appetizer tasted fishy and the duck/sausage dish did not meet up to the standards of this restaurant. I could have made the meal better at home and not paid $35.00

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Right across the street from the Rockridge station. Super for meeting friends arriving on BART.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The New Year's Eve dinner was less than we have come to expect from Oliveto's. We had a 6:15 seating; it was busy, but not overly so. Service was poor, we were not offered a chance to order a cocktail, we had to ask for bread, and on one course, the meat was delivered but we had no utensils left on the table. We sat for several minutes before we could catch someone's attention. Food was ok, but not up to Oliveto's usual standards. Risotto was chalky, not creamy, hot courses were, at best, warm, and the dessert was uninspired. We'll be back based on prior experiences. Hopefully, they will have regained their footing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had appetizers and entree sized pastas and all were outstanding! The butternut squash soup was delicious and we had 4 different pastas that were superb.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Oliveto is our go to place for special occasions. It has a wonderful elegant ambience . The food is delicious and imaginative and prepared with local ingredients. The staff are warm, welcoming and knowledgeable. It's an East Bay treasure.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had not been to Oliveto upstairs in a few years. The dining room is beautiful and festive, warm, welcoming, and comfortable. Small but interesting cocktail menu, extensive wine menu with a range of prices, helpful waitstaff. The four of us tried each others' orders, and loved the swordfish, the shaved brussels sprouts salad, the creamy and savory tajarin with mushroom ragu, the vegetarian kabocha entree. The desserts were just right and we got a kick out of the maple pudding with Dulcey pearls. A very enjoyable evening for four!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Unattentive staff and small portions. Bad value altogether

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in the Bay. Absolutely terrific food every time. Autumn menu was a little better than winter menu, but still great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We really enjoyed the quiet and pleasant dining room. This was our second dinner there, but we were disappointed this time. Our dishes were over-salted, and the portions were small for the price.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

wonderful as always. we really appreciate the humane level of noise. It is rare in restaurants these days, unfortunately

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

So disappointing! We have had our family Christmas Eve dinner upstairs at Oliveto for many years and have always loved the food and the festive ambiance. This year was such a different experience. Our server was extremely unfriendly, bordering on rude. The entire meal was a strange assortment of mistakes. My chicory salad was full of improperly cleaned produce and was gritty and inedible. The beef merguez sausage (at a fairly high price), was really not much more than a hot dog, and was served with hard, undercooked potatoes. The pear crostata was stale and flavorless. I think I would forgive the disappointing food if the service had been friendly and welcoming, but we were not treated well. We won't return to Oliveto.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Oliveto provides food and wines in a relatively quiet dining room which is separate from the bar and casual food area. The quality and variety of food offered should please any palate and the service is impeccable. It's a great place for any occasion.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Organic, Healthy, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The steak was fantastic and food, otherwise was very good. Service was good.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Perfect! We will be back soon! Thanks for great service, perfect location and super food!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Outstanding cuisine, ambiance, attentive wait staff, and excellent wine list in addition to spending time with friends made Oliveto’s a wonderful choice for East Bay dining. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Organic, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This was a very disappointing lunch. Both the food quality and the service were terrible and it was embarrassing as a host. Normally Olivetto delivers, but this time was way off. I hope they get their act together. It used to be a nice place

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Enjoyed our beautiful table near the bar. Food was delicious. The smoke pork chop was fantastic. Unfortunately we left with a bad feeling. Our waitress stopped my husband as he went to the bathroom and she commented to him that she knew we were celebrating a birthday, which he confirmed with her, she wanted to know who's birthday, he told her. And that was that -- birthday was never mentioned again -- very odd. We are unclear why she even asked.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The food was terrific, and they were able to modify a couple of dishes for some dietary restrictions. I loved my pasta dish. The bittersweet chocolate cake's only flaw was being much too large, given how rich it was, to be a single portion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

I was pretty surprised and disappointed at how lacking in creativity and inspiration the food was at Olivetos. Given its reputation, it was a huge disappointment. The food was lacking in flavor (except for the dessert), and pretty much bland. The service was slow. I didn't feel any fun, creative energy or excitement reading the menu or eating the food. Very sad.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We had a wonderful time. Food, service, etc. was outstanding. Loved it

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We have been regular customers for 20+ years, obviously loving it all the while.
Now the prices have become higher than the value of the plate and the wine list is completely unacceptable as far as pricing goes.
The service was good enough, but the young people have not been thoroughly trained, especially about wine and refinement of service.
The cover charge was the capper

Goodbye oliveto. Arrividerci

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Service was offensive, went there for my birthday and was treated incredibly poorly. They miscounted our money and charged my friend 100 extra dollars on her card that she has yet to be refunded. For the amount of money I paid the overall experience was less than luster. Will not be going back. If I go to a nice restaurant for a special occasion and spend as much as I did I expect 5 star service and respect as opposed to the condescending nature I received from the manager who looked down on us because of our age.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food is very good. Endive-crab salad was passable; the other dishes were all delightful. It's at the BART station. It has a special noise abatement system that works very well. Oliveto sounds and feels busy and bustling, yet you can talk to the person across the table without shouting. It's kind of expensive, so the crowd upstairs tends to be over 40. This cohort also appreciates the sound abatement, I'd suppose.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

I would never come back here again because of the food quality, it was overpriced and just wasn't that good. We got a Brussels sprouts salad for appetizer and was surprised that how small the portion was and how the flavor was bland. I got the same impression from pasta and main dish: I got a sea urchin carbonara but could not taste sea urchin at all. It was just a mediocre carbonara and is not worth $21. Their desserts were better than appetizer and entree and the customer service was ok though.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We mostly had a very nice experience dining here.

We had eaten there three or four years ago and had an excellent experience. I don't know if the kitchen management changed between then and now but the apps and main courses were very small for the price tag. Sformatino of butternut squash, chestnuts, and delicata squash was particularly disappointing. It was barely big enough to call a light appetizer, yet was offered as "secundi"and had no flavor. Having said that all the other dishes were exceptional in flavor (just tiny portions).

I would still recommend it. The service was excellent and the food came out very timely without huge gaps between courses.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Have been here before, still as good as our first visit years ago. Great for a special occasion. Our table over looked College Ave. The have a Great Ambience. My son noted they have an expensive noise cancelation system on the ceiling....

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

for a first timer, an overall great experience and I am not an easy to please person.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was quite good and our server Elliott was outstanding.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

For no good reason we had not been to Oliveto for several years. We very much enjoyed the return. Very good food, and friendly and prompt service. We were warned that the dining room was on the second floor. What they didn't say on their website is that there is elevator access, although you need a staff member to use it. I could have made it up the stairs, but was happy to use the elevator.

Tags: Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Good food in a nice neighborhood.

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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Oliveto always offers good food, but the main reason we go there is for the terrific noise-cancelling sound system that allows us to enjoy conversation at a normal level--even when the restaurant is packed.
The lunch menu is a bit thin and on this last visit it seemed a little flat. Too many similar dishes with too few choices.
Service was ridiculously slow. It's a busy time of year, but even as the restaurant dramatically thinned out, our wait staff was gone for long periods of time, and what we had planned as an hour and 15 minutes dragged out to two hours.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Food was great. Only concern I had was the price of a glass of wine. The Pino Noir was $16 and Cabernet was $21. A bit pricey for just one glass!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We used to love coming to Oliveto. Unfortunately over the last couple of years, both the service and food has disappointed. Service was slow, unfriendly and cold. Our waiter at Fentons (where we opted for dessert) was way better! Also the food quality was pretty mediocre and no longer merits the prices they charge. When did they start charging for bread?!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

A wonderful place for a special get-together with friends or a special date. The menu choices were nicely varied and those dishes we ordered were outstanding. Also, the bread is to die for! Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. A great night overall.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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