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Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant

#49 of 1,103 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Italian, American, 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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 67
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Overall a Pleasant Experience

Three of us dined at Oliveto's last night for the first time in quite a few years. Overall we enjoyed the food and the restaurant and had a good time. The small check-in space was crowded with people waiting for a table, and as others have noted the bar and cafe area was small, crowded, and noisy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2015
FoodieDoodie58
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Oakland, CA
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Oakland, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Oliveto's is generally a special occasion place for me. I have never been disappointed. Tables in the upstairs dining room are spaced a generous distance apart, and there is a good noise suppression system (I'm told by the owner) so that conversation with dining companions is easy and private. Service has always been very good and the food is exceptional... More 

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Thank Carol G
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pleasantly surprised by Oliveto. Am vegetarian lacto ovo but cheese must be vegetarian rennet too. The waitress was very helpful and the chef created a delicious pasta dish for me. Everyone in our party enjoyed their dishes too. Service was friendly, attentive, and knew the dishes very well. Food fresh and tasty. Will return

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Thank RdV88
Oakland, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We live just around the corner from Oliveto and we often go to both the cafe and restaurant. Usually we have nothing but praise, yet last night, not so much. The waitstaff was only adequate - they really didn't rock my socks off. We start by ordering a bottle of wine on a menu that is supposedly updated regularly. We... More 

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Thank Robin K
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the wait staff to the local farm ingredients everything was wonderful. Interesting courses that chang based on what fresh ingredients are available. Great pasta, and meats.

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Thank cjones4331
Fairbanks, Alaska
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93 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Five of us met for lunch in late November. We had the upstairs dining room to ourselves. The food was perfect, as was the service. I had a fish entree that was excellent. I prefer Oliveto for lunch over dinner - things do seem simpler- and if your make your reservation for a bit after the lunch rush hour you... More 

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Thank RIki S
New York, New York, United States
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

The restaurant was closed so we had lunch in the Cafe. Food disappointing, service poor. Very noisy. We were so sad. Only visit twice a year and expected better.

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Thank DinkyCR
Columbia
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Oliveto for years has had a sterling reputation. Having a friend visiting we took him for a special Xmas eve lunch. It is a beautiful room and we were fortunate to be seated at the window with a pleasant view of College Ave below. We waited a long time for our server. When she finally came she was aloof and... More 

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Thank Charles B
Oakland, CA
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Three of us dined at Oliveto's last night for the first time in quite a few years. Overall we enjoyed the food and the restaurant and had a good time. The small check-in space was crowded with people waiting for a table, and as others have noted the bar and cafe area was small, crowded, and noisy. To be expected... More 

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Thank FoodieDoodie58
Los Altos, California
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

We had reservations for seven people at eight o'clock in the upstairs. We were coming from different directions and, unfortunately, someone suggested we get there early and meet up in the bar. BAD IDEA. My husband, daughter and I got there first. The bar consists of a counter with about five seats. There are tables, but we were told we... More 

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Thank pepper003
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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90 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We dined upstairs as a party of 10, and were promptly and warmly greeted and seated upon arrival. Our main server was knowledgable and helpful with menu selections (since we were having a tough time deciding.) Perhaps because of the size of our group, we had someone filling up water and others running our dishes out throughout the evening, so... 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, American, Greek, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
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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