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Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant

#31 of 1,125 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Italian, Contemporary, Californian
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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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Today
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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Doing business

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 53
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 13
    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
Great place in a bustling foodie 'hood

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
flashncrash
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Berkeley, California
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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116 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Berkeley, California
Top Contributor
144 reviews 144 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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
88 helpful votes 88 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
52 helpful votes 52 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

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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211 reviews 211 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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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, Contemporary, Californian

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