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Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant

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5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1583 (Shafter)
+1 510-547-5356
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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
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Alameda, California
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Valentine's Day Debacle Place is a joke. Res at 5, Valentine's day pre fix menu etc. Arrive early to find entry way jammed with other customers waiting to get seated as they weren't ready to seat. Seated 10 mins later, order food and select a wine. Waitress returns to apologize that they don't have that wine available. We order a... More 

Thank jpe6819
Oakland, California
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had business dinner here and had a fabulous experience! Service was amazing. 3 of us got the beef, all different cuts, 1 had fish, and 1 had pasta. We also split some salad and appetizer-sized pasta before our entrees. I'd love to go back with my husband and also try the cafe at some point.

Thank Cathy N
Saratoga Springs, New York
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whether you're looking for a wine bar or a full on romantic date, Oliveto is a good neighborhood choice. We've enjoyed lunch on the patio & dinner upstairs, every time has been up to our expectations, Staff is friendly, food is good, enviroment is romantic (upstairs) and relaxed (downstairs).

Thank Kay D
Oakland, California
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255 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

One of the best places to get good Italian food and wine in the east bay. Primi dishes (pasta and risotto) can be ordered larger, as a main if you want to skip the Secondi (fish and meat dishes). Strangely, although I did so, it was rather small -- and the bill showed it had not been sized-up as asked.... More 

Thank GPToak
Northern Virginia
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

We have had many meals at Oliveto's--upstairs and downstairs! Never have we been disappointed. Our last visit was November 2016. The pasta dishes are authentic. The wine list is extensive. The ambience is relaxing and yet elegant. The wait staff is knowledgeable and helpful.

Thank EliznJohn
Highland, California
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

Incredibly disappointing. The agnolli and ravioli pasta dishes at my table were both drowning in sauce, with my ravioli in a rather tasteless butter sauce. The advertised truffle-flavored yolk was the size of a pea with a consistency of a much overdone yolk. However, it did have a nice truffle flavor. Unfortunately, the pasta dish was only slightly better than... More 

Thank GB2016a
Global Traveler
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138 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Across from the Rockridge BART station, Oliveto is more or less at the center of an enclave of attractive restaurants and businesses. The restuarant on the upper level and the cafe on the ground floor are both very nice, well appointed comfortable settings. A daily menu is quite diverse and the service is professional and personable.

Thank truetray
San Francisco, California
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

So, the ratings on TripAdvisor are 3= average and 4=very good. I'd give Oliveto a solid 3.5 and since it's the holiday season and Santa's watching, I'll bump it up to a 4. They had a brussel sprout salad that was positively delicious. Our party of 3 all had pasta dishes with shaved truffle added. I was not terribly enthusiastic... More 

Thank Kimberly H
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

We have been coming here for years and watching the business change. Pastries changed and we lost favorites but continued coming. Friends quit because of the change in atmosphere when they got rid of community seating. Now it goes beyond the decor and I doubt we will return until it changes hands which it surely will if this is the... More 

Thank Linda M
Rio del Mar, California
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

I love this place. Interesting food, nice atmosphere, and next to an amazing food market. I always get food to take home when I am here.

Thank warbler44

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$41 - $80
Italian, American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1583
  • Public Transportation: Rockridge BART stop is across the street
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 510-547-5356

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