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Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant

#34 of 1,128 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Italian, Californian, Contemporary
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5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1583 (Shafter)
Rockridge BART stop is across the street
510-547-5356
Website
Today
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business

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Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Disappointing

I'd heard both positive and negative comments about Oliveto Restaurant, and wanted to try it myself. Made it a 'special occasion' evening with out of town guests. The ambience was good, but the service was only moderately good. The salads were very good, but entrees were either not very good or... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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119 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I'd heard both positive and negative comments about Oliveto Restaurant, and wanted to try it myself. Made it a 'special occasion' evening with out of town guests. The ambience was good, but the service was only moderately good. The salads were very good, but entrees were either not very good or they were small for the price. One person in... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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52 reviews 52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I was very fortunate to be invited to a meeting of a long time wine club, that was dining at the restaurant that night. Eighteen of us were sat at one table with many bottles of fine wine we had brought. We had a private coordinator for our table who assured prompt and fabulous service. The menu was spectacular every... More 

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Oakland, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Since it's been more than once, I have to downgrade Oliveto from my former ratings. Service can be aloof - or not - and the food can be either lovely or a total miss. Like under cooked chicken. The atmosphere is older school, white linen cloths. Good for taking an lore aunt or mother to. Ask for a window table.... More 

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Berkeley, California
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156 reviews 156 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

was here for a dinner meeting. Oliveto is situated right on a corner so it has the great advantage of windows. the 2nd story is larger than downstairs and bar service is available on each level. street parking may be difficult so you are better off venturing into the residential neighborhood for parking. we were situated in their upstairs back... More 

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Oakland, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have been many times but this was my second time taking advantage of the Sunday Suppers. A really good deal.

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Austin, Texas
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185 reviews 185 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Oliveto is a popular restaurant located adjacent to the Rockridge BART station in Berkely area. A very attractive two-story restaurant, we made a reservation and were met with table ready and friendly greetings. Our waiter was prompt with the menu, which offered a list a limited but sufficient amount of options with a good mix of pasta, meat, and seafood... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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92 reviews 92 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We met an old friend here for lunch just before Christmas. We had eaten downstairs in the café in the past but this was our first time upstairs in the restaurant. It was excellent. They were very busy but able to get us in without a reservation. The service was excellent even though the place was packed with groups having... More 

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Brush, Colorado
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Eating upstairs at the restaurant knocks me out every time, and when my visit is over and I have to leave the Bay Area, leaving Oliveto behind is like leaving behind a sophisticated, sensuous lover. And in between visits, I touture myself by looking at the nightly menus. If there was only one restaurant I could eat at the rest... More 

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San Mateo, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Restaurant is located in the Rockridge area of Oakland.We came here for dinner to celebrate a birthday. The restaurant has the elegant ambiance(upstairs) ; servers stood lined up in front of the bar as we walked in: a sign of quick response to customer service--not really. We didn't get the attention until we waived; we had to ask 3 times... More 

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Oakland, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Great food, interesting menu, wonderful service; these are the hall marks of this upscale venue in the California casual motif. It is also well located directly across the street from a BART stop making it easily accessible fro downtown San Francisco.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1583
    (Shafter)
  • Public Transportation: Rockridge BART stop is across the street
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: 510-547-5356

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?