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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

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Quiet

83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (52)
Fit for Foodies (51)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
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Quiet Conversation (36)
Good for a Date (34)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Romantic (31)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Local Ingredients (29)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Authentic (25)
Notable Wine List (21)
Worth the Drive (19)
Business Meals (16)
Cozy (15)
Seasonal (15)
Great for Lunch (12)
Healthy (11)
Organic (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Casual (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Fun (5)
Scenic View (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
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vip
·Dined 3 days ago

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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vip
·Dined 3 days ago

Great food

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·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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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vip
·Dined 5 days ago

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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vip
·Dined 5 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 6 days ago

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. =(

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined 6 days ago

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

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vip
·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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vip
·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent service and attention to detail, as always, and the cuisine is stellar. Our attendant was well-informed about each dish, as well as the wine selection. I chose a chicken liver pate to start and followed with a canderli with chicken roulade, which was outstanding! I was unfamiliar with canderli and our server explained the preparation step by step, which impressed me. My wife had the stem garlic soup with oysters (which we both applauded) and followed with the dungeness crab salad, which pleased her (i did not try it because I was too busy with the roulade). The nebbiolo recommended by our server was perfect for my meal. I keep expecting Oliveto to get tired or unfocused, like so many restaurants, but they surprise me each time -- they're still on top of their game.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
·Dined on February 9, 2018

Always good food and pleasant staff!

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vip
·Dined on February 8, 2018

We’ve been going to Oliveto’s since the Paul Bertoli days. Fab at first; not so later in; then good again. Ate there for my birthday a few years back and loved it. Ate there again last night for my bday this year...Oy! The pork chop was so tough as to be inedible—carelessly plopped down on a mess of white beans and something else. Wife had chicken roulades with dumplings that were surreally salty. Also inedible. We complained and got the pork taken off of the bill. But still...not going back any time soon. The kitchen seems to have completely lost its culinary mojo

Nice service. Nice atmosphere. Not enough to get us back...

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vip
·Dined on February 6, 2018

I was disappointed this time. I have been coming for years. The hostess downstairs went upstairs and I followed her. She told me to go back downstairs till my table was ready. My table was ready when we went upstairs. I could have sat at the bar and had a drink while my table was becoming ready - there was only one person at the bar - and besides, the table was ready. It was a very unwelcoming beginning to the evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
·Dined on February 4, 2018

Good was great, service was terrible. The ability to force an 18% gratuity on everyone has made the service here decline dramatically.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food is innovative and nicely presented but the portions are very small. Our appetizers were served cold when they should have been room temperature. The cocktails were okay but not special.

This restaurant seems to be getting by on it’s name but is not as good as in the past .

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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vip
·Dined on February 3, 2018

Oliveto is a national treasure and a destination the Bay Area can be proud of. We used to live in the Bay Area and were regulars (about once a month). Now we make a pilgrimage to this restaurant be part of every visit.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very interesting menu and attentive service. Convenient to BART.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

They were out of the wine we ordered. They were out of filet mignon. Both times our party learned they were out of something it was 10 minutes after ordering said item. The waiter seemed out of sorts. Pricing vs. portion size is off. No reason to return with many better choices in SF/Oakland

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·Dined on February 1, 2018

We had a delicious meal, wonderful attentive service in a beautiful atmosphere. Got a love it. We actually had for pastas from the primi section - oh delightful!

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·Dined on January 29, 2018

Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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vip
·Dined on January 27, 2018

Although the food at Oliveto was good, the service was not. The server brought us the wrong starters, they brought us our entrees but no silverware, and there was an automatic 18% service charge!

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·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food and amazing staff. Food service can be a little slow at times which detracts from an otherwise perfect experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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vip
·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very disappointing dinner. We had a pear salad that was spare of the pear. And was unremarkable. Having ordered many many pork chops med well it’s usually possible to cut it and chew it. The pork chop was so tough even the steak knife could barely saw through it. It was so difficult to chew I left most of it behind on the plate. Service barely attentive. I would not go back although my friends wanted to go. Very very mediocre.

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·Dined on January 27, 2018

Waiter was unattentive. portions tiny yet delicious. Hostess stressed, somewhat dismissive and not warm at all.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
·Dined on January 26, 2018

The whole experience was perfect! The food was delicous. The service was impecable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 26, 2018

Had to flag someone down for service. Service was slow. Little attention. Took 10 minutes for someone to acknowledge we were at the table. Unfortunately, this is what happens when places automatically add 18% tip. Folks clearly didn't feel they had to work very hard for a tip. Nobody ever came by to ask if we were enjoying our meal.

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·Dined on January 25, 2018

I hosted a business dinner for four and we all had a great time. The food was excellent, we had a couple very nice bottles of wine for a reasonable price, the wait staff was very friendly and helpful, and the sound level was reasonable even though thought the restaurant was busy. I got there early and had a drink in the downstairs bar, which was also very nice. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Healthy
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·Dined on January 23, 2018

Wonderful experience. My only criticism would be the very long wait between the appetizers and the main course.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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vip
·Dined on January 23, 2018

The food took an exceptionally long time to come out, despite our starting lunch early, at 11:30.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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vip
·Dined on January 22, 2018

Each food item we tasted was fabulous with a wonderful combination of flavors. It was nice that we could hear our table conversation but the restaurant still felt vibrant. It was expensive but sometimes you have to pay more for the special experience and this one was very enjoyable!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 21, 2018

It was good. Food was good but little overpriced. I got a sea bass. It was very small for 33 bucks. And for dessert, I asked for the pudding and what they brought me was not a pudding. It was a creamy dessert w churros on top. Lol. Anyway the soup was delicious and service outstanding.

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vip
·Dined on January 18, 2018

Always great here. Been coming for years

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·Dined on January 15, 2018

Everything would’ve earned at least four stars , but my entree, a pork chop, was inedible. For the first time in my life I had to send food back to the kitchen. It was thick and quite literally rock hard all the way through, every bit of moisture gone. Sending it back, I changed my order to the soup (very good) but by the time that arrived, my companions were nearly done . It would’ve been a bit better had there been an apology from the kitchen, but that didn’t happen. My companions had never been to the restaurant before and it was meant to a treat. .. that said, it was lovely to eat where conversation did not mean having to shout. Outside of the rock hard pork chop, the other dishes were quite good. I’d liked to have been able to write a glowing review.

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vip
·Dined on January 14, 2018

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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vip
·Dined on January 12, 2018

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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·Dined on January 11, 2018

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

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