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Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant

5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1583
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Ranked #32 of 1,066 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
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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English first
Oakland, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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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182 reviews 182 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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
104 helpful votes 104 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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320 reviews 320 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
171 helpful votes 171 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Superb food, superbly prepared and superbly served! Service is always exceptional with very knowledgeable staff who recommend without being pushy; attentive without being annoying. This time my boyfriend and I enjoyed the cheese tortelloni with crispy artichoke chips in butter sauce to start. Perfectly cooked! Tender but not mushy. You should always try a pasta fish here! Then he had... More

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