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Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant

5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1583
510-547-5356
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Ranked #29 of 1,121 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
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
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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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
87 helpful votes 87 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
50 helpful votes 50 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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201 reviews 201 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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Meyreuil, France
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211 reviews 211 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 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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Additional Information about Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant

Address: 5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1583
Phone Number: 510-547-5356
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
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
Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary, Californian

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