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Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant

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Italian, Californian, Greek, Contemporary
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5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1583 (Shafter)
Rockridge BART stop is across the street
510-547-5356
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7:00 am - 9:00 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
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 56
    Excellent
  • 40
    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
Never disappoints!

I have dined at this restaurant each time I visit San Francisco, almost 20 years now....still going strong and always a great selection and tasty food. The only complaint I had for this meal, was the server was not very smiley or approachable. Otherwise all was good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
KMH6868
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Vancouver, Canada
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Berkeley, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Honestly didn't know what to expect. We had been hoping to get to Chez Panisse, but making reservations there is an ordeal that just didn't pan out. Turns out Oliveto is very similar in that they source all ingredients locally and put a gourmet twist on the food. Our table basically ordered one of each and split amongst ourselves. Not... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
131 reviews 131 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I have dined at this restaurant each time I visit San Francisco, almost 20 years now....still going strong and always a great selection and tasty food. The only complaint I had for this meal, was the server was not very smiley or approachable. Otherwise all was good.

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Seattle
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This was my first time back to Oliveto in 8 years, so I wasn't sure what to expect. There is a new owner there now, and a different chef. The ambience is unchanged, except for the innovative sound system they have installed to decrease the ambient noise....and it seems quite effective. My waiter was ok, but obviously a little rattled... More 

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Piedmont, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Amazing, tender, flavorful not at all fatty. Super meal along with a bevy of old wines we brought and shared. Heritage meats really shined. When Oliveto shines it is brilliant

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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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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57 reviews 57 reviews
43 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
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
Top Contributor
194 reviews 194 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 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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203 reviews 203 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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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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, Greek, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?