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Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant

#37 of 1,004 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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8:00 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

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  • 58
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 7
    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
Well prepared fare in a nicely appointed, pleasant setting

We dined on the second floor which is nicely appointed with tales spaced comfortably apart. Crisp, white table clothes and linens, and low background music allow easy conversation. All menu items are prepared with local, organically grown ingredients and local "green" meat sources. I had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
adelie
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pensacola, florida
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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pensacola, florida
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We dined on the second floor which is nicely appointed with tales spaced comfortably apart. Crisp, white table clothes and linens, and low background music allow easy conversation. All menu items are prepared with local, organically grown ingredients and local "green" meat sources. I had tortellini with ricotta cheese and squash blossom butter. Others had albacore tuna. All well prepared... More 

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Sacramento, California
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Lunch and dinner at Oliveto Café and Restaurant are pleasant affairs. The environment is comfortable and encourages conversation. Service is friendly and responsive. The wine list contains interesting choices of California and European wines. And the food is locally-sourced, fresh and creative, with small and large plates available in a menu that offers many choices. A great neighborhood find or... More 

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Austin, Texas, United States
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

again, a recommendation for several people for a nice dinner. Menu is Italian and Continental. Nice wine list. I prefer a table nearer to the edge of the floor rather than in center but not possible. Both dishes ordered were delicious and well prepared. Waiter was helpful in describing items if necessary and very pleasant. Many couples there for dinner... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Coming out of Rockridge Bart station, you can find a real pizza and salades at oliveto bar and restaurant. I had a small pizza and a beet salad yesterday, a beer or glas of wine comes with it. Real goodplace!

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Berkeley, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Had the chicken dish at lunch and the chicken itself was really unappetizing -- I gave up after two trial bites. All the sauce (which wasn't an interesting flavor) was on the rubbery skin. The chicken itself didn't taste very good and had an unpleasant texture. Sides were fine but nothing very special -- a buttery green vegetable and a... More 

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Concord, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We loved Oliveto when we last dined there two years ago and this time we liked it even better. The service is great including everyone from the hostess to the server to expediters, bus boys, etc. All were very competent, courteous, professional and friendly. We were seated promptly for our reservation. The restaurant is upstairs and is very romantic, but... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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, American, Greek, Contemporary

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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: 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?