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Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant

5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1583
510-547-5356
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Ranked #32 of 1,075 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian, Contemporary, Californian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Shafter
Transit: Rockridge BART stop is across the street
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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Oliveto, next to the Rockridge Bart is highly accessible, and offers the best of local produce and Italian ingenuity. The poetry required to describe the intricate dishes is inspiring and highly informative. The chicken rolato and panne cotta were particular favourites. It is to Rockridge as Chez Panisse is to the Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley. Not to be missed. As... More

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Oakland, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Overall food is good, a nice restaurant, you can't go wrong there. If you're looking for a hip to go, this rest is not an option. Out for a nice meal and have a good conversation is good because it's not noisy or loud.

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Oakland, California
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188 reviews 188 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I love going up the staircase to this gorgeous restaurant... I feel like I've stepped out of Berkeley into the Napa Valley... great wine list.. great service..

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Meyreuil, France
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209 reviews 209 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Oliveto is in two parts, a more casual downstairs Cafe which doesn't require a reservation, and the Restaurant upstairs which does. Four of us had dinner in the restaurant which is very handsome, with linen clothed tables and comfortable ladder-backed chairs and sofas. The lighting is romantic but not too dark. Reception is friendly and efficient, and the waiters friendly... More

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The three of us stopped by for a casual lunch and sat outside (limited seating). This place was a favorite of our local friend, so we sampled many dishes; pizza, pannini, salad, polenta and a salumi platter. All were great. They have a good selection of Italian wines, which made for a leisurely approach to the meal. We never felt... More

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Berkeley, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I've been to Oliveto quite a few times. It's in my neighborhood and when I first moved here it was recommended by long-time residents in the area. I've taken several out of town visitors there and I've always had a good meal. The service is great and they are very accommodating no matter what time of the day. I've had... More

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The World
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373 reviews 373 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The first time we went, we had a delicious meal and our server, Anne, was exceptionally good. We shared everything, as usual. We ordered a Scurati Nero d’Avola Terre Siciliane 2012, Azienda Agricola Ceuso, Trapani, Italy ($37) and liked it. The bread that was brought was very good. We started with the Yellowtail crudo ($13) and thought it was tasty... More

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Oakland, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Sit outside, order a glass of wine and their polenta service and enjoy. I go for lunch often and always come away feeling like something special just happened. Great environment, friendly service and incredible food. Worth a trip.

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Alameda, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

After not eating here for several years, we had dinner recently with friends. It was disappointing, to say the least. The pigeon was tough and bony, and while my fish dish as OK, it was nothing out of the ordinary for $36. To top it off, my friend, who is on a special diet, was charged the same entrée price... More

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New England
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88 reviews 88 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Friends from Berkeley turned us on to this place. Dinner was magnificent in every respect. The service was impeccable and every dish, first-rate. Ask about the polenta, which they will bring up from downstairs.

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Additional Information about Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant

Address: 5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1583
Phone Number: 510-547-5356
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary, Californian

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