Oliveto Café & Restaurant

4.4
3396 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
NEW: WE'VE STEPPED FORWARD AND ARE ASKING ALL DINNERS IN THE UPSTAIRS DINING ROOM TO BE VACCINATED. LET'S BE SAFE AND BEAT THIS THING.

**Upstairs, or "Experience Dining" is only available Wednesday through Sunday night**

Oliveto Café & Restaurant was recently named #11 in 50 Best Italian Restaurants in the United States. As social distancing measures are being relaxed, Oliveto is open for sidewalk dining and offering a fresh seasonal menu complemented by cocktails and live music (on weekends).

Oliveto is constantly adjusting so it can offer delicious food in a setting that is safe and fun for its diners and employees. For now, all reservations are for dinner. The cafe menus are available 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Experiences

  • Upstairs Dining

    Multiple dates available

    Booking this reservation secures your space in our well loved upstairs dining room.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 3396 people are saying
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vipLBYunltd
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was exquisite and perfectly balanced as usual.

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Greg
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Cocktails were fine. But that's about it. Service was polite but inattentive. Our tiny plates of pasta took over an hour to be served to us. And when they came, they were mealy and just.... not good. Paid $100 to waste over an hour and leave hungry.

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BobT
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dined out on the street and it was fine. Nicely sheltered and warm. Lasagna and the meatballs with polenta were excellent

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NaomiS
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Our duck breast was cut too thick, chewy, and devoid of real flavor (except for the overly sweet sauce). The papadelle with chicken and mushrooms was full of gristle. The salad was fine, and the Baba au rum good enough, but really shocking how mediocre the food was, though I've had excellent meals there in the past. Beautiful restaurant and attentive waiters (who offered to take the papardelle off the tab, which we didn't do), though it's also true that our water glasses were empty for a big part of the meal. I do know that restaurants are short staffed.

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ECMonties
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best duck breast I’ve ever had. Pasta selections were excellent. Our waiter was inexperienced and struggled a bit, but the manager saw this and jumped in to help to make this a special experience. Limited menu might not suit everyone’s desires but we were very happy with our selections.

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PennyC
Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta, seafood, and vegetables with surprising seasonings.
What a pleasure. Service and ambiance are exceptional!

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VictorN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual Oliveto's stood up to it's standard. Glad that we were able to enjoy the nice ambience and the gourmet food not in a to go box.
Bring the vaccination card with you. I forgot mine, but the staff was kind enough to trust me since I knew the date and the vaccine type I received
A great experience

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vipFoodie
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food at Oliveto - menu is a little limited but everything we had was good. They were very accommodating for gluten free options. Our waiter Tod was the best - took great care of us!

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Georgio
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

On a warm evening by an open window, as our table was cooled by a gentle breeze, we enjoyed a leisurely dinner on a Saturday night. No noise to speak of, attentive service, outstanding food--all in all, a sterling experience. We'll definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always spectacular, along with the service.

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None
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Wait staff very nice and efficient. Food sub par and very expensive.

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vipoliver
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The whole experience was just OK.

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Bayareanative
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful anniversary dinner. Love that you can order from both the upstairs & downstairs menu outside!

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CShannon
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tomato theme dinner was great. Really enjoyed it.. Thx...

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vipsfleah
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was our first time dining here. Fabulous meal. Highly recommend the pappardelle. We also ordered the steak and fish entree. Portion size was perfect and food tasty. Can’t wait to return.

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MargaritaA
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The server was a bit tight. He could be more pleasant.

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RobV
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The melon, cucumber and tomato salad came out with no tomatoes. Instead of bringing a new salad, the kitchen sent out a small bowl with 4 small wedges of tomato. the spaghetti was delicious but short on quantity. The chicken made me wish I had ordered something else. Overall, not the Oliveto I remember but could be the pandemic effect. I'll give it another chance when more people get off the dole and back into the workforce.

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DeeAnnB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Server was excellent. We waited a little too long between courses, but otherwise very pleasant experience.

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vipRosemaryshitake
London
32 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Loved the annual Tomato Night dinner!
Wine by the glass wasn’t up to par as a while back.

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MaureenC
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service, wonderful food, nice setting. Recommend the Duck Confit, Lasagne Bolognese and Beet Salad. Would have liked to dine "upstairs" but it was closed on a Sunday evening.

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Francesca
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was amazing and the wine selection was very good as well.

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vipAGinNoCal
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have not been in a long time, and we were happy to see some familiar faces. We enjoyed very good Negronis and delicious food and very friendly and professional service. The menu is slimmed down, and other than a few small misses, everything was well prepared and tasty.

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vipFrequentdiner
St. Louis
51 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the pork ragu last night that was recommended by our server. Some of the best pasta we have ever had. Outstanding!!! The blackberry ice cream was also incredible….once again recommended by our server.

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MicheleB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was a shade slow. Some confusion being seated. Otherwise good evening at Oliveto’s.

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DeborahW
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening. All three of us enjoyed our meals and our waiter was helpful, patient, and unobtrusive. My one suggestion would be to have a couple of lighter, smaller dessert options. The desserts were very good but rather big -- good for splitting but too much for one person, it seemed to me.

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CatherineD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super delicious food and cocktails and wonderful service. We will be back!!!

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KingT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good staff. Quiet enough for table conversations. Table ready at time of reservation. Good food good value. On a nice street to walk around. I parked next to curb next to restaurant. Easy parking. I feel safe.

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Lynne
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely food, correct size servings, nice and helpful waiter.

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LaurieW
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and dining experience. The food was great and the service fantastic. Definitely coming back

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CraigL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is for the restaurant. If the upstairs restaurant is closed the change the reservation status. Please do not allow people to make reservations and then be disappointed when they arrive. Simple fix

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Had almost zero service a seafood brodetto had 8 empty mussels shells -paid $24 for two mussels and one piece of chorizo . Complete joke

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vipAntoniaD
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. High quality food. Delightful sausage pizza. Loud outside, but it’s a very busy urban intersection.

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vipSteve
Columbus
46 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful spot as usual now with more limited menu. Pasta portions are very small

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ChadJ
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious drink and food menu. Only recommendation is to have more creative cocktail options. Service was lovely.

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January1
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Servers and service were great. Food was just okay.

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GinaP
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Food was ok but the service was great! Sat outside which was nice and reasonably quiet

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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TimS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Booked thru Open Table for out anniversary, although I don’t think the restaurant got the message. Parking is limited in this hipster area. Seated quickly, and waiter was prompt. Previous reviews cautioned about long waits for food, but that was definitely not our experience. We were served promptly and the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food was subpar and seafood stew was the size of an appetizer and was warm but not hot. Mussels and cleans were the size of olives. Very disappointing meal

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening with my daughter. Great service, great food, especially dessert!

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You can order delivery directly from Oliveto Café & Restaurant using the Order Online button. Oliveto Café & Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 547-5356.

Oliveto Café & Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 3396 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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