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Ristorante Olivio

3.9
3.9
269 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
At Ristorante Olivio, we bring you the rustic flavors from all regions of Italy. We believe that simplicity, wholesomeness and fresh ingredients is the way to maximize the flavors.- Chef Angelo

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

  • Phone number

    (781) 648-2300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Angelo Digirolmo

What 269 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience

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  1. RH

    RobertH

    Naples

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was very good. I had pasta primavera, and my husband had the pork. The drinks were also good. We had a very nice young server who did not hurry us. We had dinner with friends whom we hadn't seen in over 6 months, so we had a lot to talk about, and our server let us sit and sit. A very nice dining experience.
  2. CG

    CynthiaG

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food, and attentive service!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed by Olivio. Attentive but not intrusive service and the highest quality of food. Varied menu and nice selection of wine.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good local neighborhood restraunt
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent food - staff friendly and knowledgeable but not overbearing Thursday "ladies night out" good deal
  6. YR

    YRUL84T

    New England

    37 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2012

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    20% tip mandatory on groups of 6+. That's higher than typical elsewhere of 18% for groups, but I knew this in advance, so no gripe. When bill arrived 20% had been charged not only on food and bev, but also on top of tax! Was told "that's how the computer does it"--um, no, that's called gouging customers. If baseline service had been at 20% quality, a few extra bucks would have been fine. I'm happy to tip very well for great service. But service was not even 20% level. Very pleasant, but not expert. Repeat requests for things, plus salads brought WAY in advance of any hot appetizers, etc. Awkward. Been taken here a few times with a good friend who is a big fan; food generally good, but we shall give this place a little rest.
  7. JF

    JylF

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2012

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    I have eaten here often, and always had great service. Sat. 5/5 I had a 7pm reservation for my favorite table. I checked in with the maitre d' 10 mins before 7. I went outside to wait for 2 friends. 5 min. later, we went inside. THE MAITRE D' SAT ANOTHER PARTY AT OUR RESERVED TABLE!!! His only explanation was "they came in." We were outraged! He did nothing, and there was only one table left. We did not get menus or water for almost 20 mins. We waited 20 mins. for our entrees. And he did not even offer us free dessert. WHY WOULD A HOSPITALITY EMPLOYEE BE SO INHOSPITABLE?? The worst treatment I have ever had, and I eat out at many places. Totally unforgivable, rude, unprofessional. If he worked for me, he'd be fired on the spot.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    To me, Olivio's truly is a "neighborhood gem". The service is great, and I've never had a bad meal there. The staff is very friendly and accommodating but not intrusive. Whenever I'm planning to go out to dinner, Olivio's is at the top of my list of recommendations!
  9. NN

    NedN

    Tampa

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2012

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We thought we had found all the best neighborhood restaurants in part of the burbs then here is one that has been around for a long time that somehow we missed.What others apparently have known for a long time we discovered. Great service, great food, generous portions at a reasonable price.
  10. MG

    MarkG

    New England

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2012

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    My girlfriend loves this place in Arlington Center so we dined there for her birthday. For me, a first-time visitor, it was only "just OK". I thought it was expensive - $70 for two people before tip, with only one beer consumed and no desserts. The food was good but there was no "wow" factor. The bread was too hard and our waitress removed it from the table before we were finished with it. Finally, you're forced to find on-street parking in busy Arlington Center. Overall, I was underwhelmed and feel there are better Italian food values in the Metrowest area.
  11. LM

    LMRS

    New England

    101 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My husband and I enjoyed our meal. The cocktails were strong, the salads fresh and the entrees delicious. I liked the three milk cake as well, and the coffee was good and strong. The waitstaff was hardworking and attentive. We would go again, although my husband has decided that he does not like veal. The prepartaion was fine, he just realized it's not his favorite. The host was friendly too. Recommend!
  12. MF

    MatthewF

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great dinner. My wife and I visited Ristorante Olivio for the first time on several recommendations. We had a wonderful experience from the very beginning. Everyone was polite and we were seated immediately at a nice table by the window. We had a friendly and knowledgeable server, and were excited about the menu. Everything from the wine to the appetizer and pasta dishes was fantastic! We split one of the larger appetizers and ordered two different pastas, had a nice Chianti, and saved room to split a Cannoli with espressos. We very much look forward to visiting RO again to try more of the menu!
  13. PS

    ProfessorShorthair

    New England

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pig platter, an assortment of Italian hams, was outstanding. Enough for 4 as an appetizer. For a main course I had a dish that was like a fruita de mar but on top of bread rather than pasta. It was both a generous portion and very tasty.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2012

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    very busy night for the restaurant, while the waiter was great, the food was extreemly slow. food was great though and worth the wait
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fabulous food, service, atmosphere. :)
  16. JM

    JMBoston

    New England

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2012

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The ambiance and service were fine, but the food was bland and unimaginative. Not the neighborhood go-to place I thought it would be.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2012

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    I went during restaraunt week and got a chicken dish. It was ok except that was a strong taste of maple in the sauce that doused the plate. Normally this would not be to big of a deal but it was so overwhelming and i hate maple. There was no mention of the aditional flavoring in the description.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good Food, Great Service! We love this restaurant. They always change up the menu but keep the favorites. Everything is delicious. For dessert we tried the peanut butter cannoli-mmmmmmmmmm!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    38 reviews

    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our dinner was excellent as usual. The service was friendly and prompt. Ristorante Olivio is a reliable and comfortable place to have Italian food and the menu is divers enough to provide options for multiple returns. The wine list is fairly broad and reasonably priced and the lower cost wines are high quality. The location across the street from the Capital Theatre makes it convenient for a nice early dinner before seeing a movie.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2012

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Exceeded our expectations. Everything went smoothly. No rush. We requested and got a quiet table. Everything about the place was predicated on "We're glad you are our guest and intend to make it a good experience. Joe Diane
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four of us ordered from a diverse Restaurant Week menu. From lightly breaded veal to beautifully prepared salmon with mussels, the appetizers and entres were well prepared. The wait staff was always attentive and well informed as to the menu and accompanying wines. Great place to dine!
  22. B

    Bostonian

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic, creative Italian dishes. Noticibly fresh ingredients. Huge portions meant lunch the next day! save room for the decadent dessert menu.
  23. M

    Mscf

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Quality food that was served impeccably.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love Olivio's. We discovered this restaurant 2 years ago and have been coming back regularly ever since. The menu offers choices that will suit everyone in your party with great daily specials. (I had the panko crusted cod which was excellent.) The service is outstanding. From the moment we walk in the front door we are greeted by name, seated promptly, and catch up with our favorite waitstaff. They also do wine dinners every 3 or 4 months, and have private tastings for new menu items. Overall, outstanding dining experience.
  25. AA

    AnnmarieA

    New England

    21 reviews

    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2012

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    This place could be really good, but the prices are a bit high for the fairly standard Italian food offered. A little lower in price and a little more creativity would go far here! Delicious bread from the bakery next store though!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2012

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    We were expecting great things at Ristorante Olivio - we were disappointed. The ambiance is nice. Service was good. The food was awful, just greasy yucky food and tons of it. We were extremely underwhelmed and won't be going back.
  27. L

    Linda1954

    New England

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Looking for vegetarian options for our night out. We had a lot of options and what we had was very good. It was a little pricey, but I would go back.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the first time eating at Olivio's and it was wonderful...all that I was looking for. Olivio's has generously donated a gift certificate each year to my chorus, Sharing A New Song, and I have been curious about the restaurant for some time. I loved the food and ambience and the very friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. I will certainly see you again soon. Anne Hurston
  29. g

    gdavidsesq

    Miami

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very romantic Valentine's Day dinner. The service was impeccable and the food...as always...dliscioso!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2012

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    The special of the day was fit for a dog. There was nothing special about this place or diinner option at all. Avoid!!!!!
  31. P

    Peter

    New England

    79 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2012

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Food is very good. The restaurant was quite full with several large groups and therefore quite noisy. It was hard to carry on a conversation. The service was excellent with a very attentive waitstaff.
  32. L

    Lollipop

    New England

    38 reviews

    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2012

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Prices a little high but the food was good and also big portions. Very quiet as there were only 2 other tables with people.
  33. D

    Disappointed

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2012

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The service was really slow. The food was good. The atmosphere was average. I like Flora across the street from Olivio's better.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2012

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I've been going to Ristorante Olivio for probably 10+ years. They really raised their game when they expanded. Food quality and selection is excellent now and it remains my go-to spot for a spontaneous need for something a little nicer. Staff is friendly and it has never been a problem to accommodate my now 2 year old or a large party. I have family that insist we go there when they come to visit.
  35. FF

    FF4A

    New England

    101 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food comparable to the North End.
  36. P

    Penny

    New England

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2011

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The menu looked wonderful but the cooking was underpar. Chicken was dry; scallops were fishy. Ingredients didn't seem "fresh." Also, it was a prix fixe and they ran out of two desserts.
  37. JG

    JimG

    New England

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2011

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Just returned from New Year's Eve dinner. The staff was very pleasant and efficient, especially given how busy the restaurant was. They had a $55 prix fixe menu with a reasonable selection of appetizers, entrees and dessert. I had been there before on a Friday night and was pleased at the $30 prix fixe menu. I was less than pleased to pay $55 a piece for essentially the same thing, but not nearly as good. I started with the "seared" scallops which showed absolutely not seared, but fortunately they at least weren't overcooked. They were ok, but were sitting in a watery sauce. I also had sea bass with leeks. Like the scallops they were rather bland. My wife and son had better luck with their food. Way too expensive for the quality.
  38. FT

    FromTheWo

    New England

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    New Years Eve Fix Price menu, excellent choices!
  39. GD

    GrtDin3

    New England

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We live locally and love the fact that such an enjoyable restaurant is right around the corner.Has a real family feel with a varied menu. We'll keep coming back and enjoying each time we do.
  40. AM

    ArugulaMagoo

    New England

    47 reviews

    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2011

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food is like home cooking -- great at the end of a long work week. Service is friendly and efficient.

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Ristorante Olivio offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 648-2300.

Ristorante Olivio is rated 3.9 stars by 269 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington, Massachusetts

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Angelo Digirolmo

  • Additional

    Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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