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Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant

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5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1583 (Shafter)
+1 510-547-5356
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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All 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
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San Francisco, California
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

High end Italian food in a sophisticated setting. Good for dates, groups, business. Very crowded and reservations are needed in advance. There is seating both upstairs and down, although there doesn't seem to be any "cache" to eating in either place. Decent wine list.

Thank sgtmother
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206 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

Fine dining at Oliveto's is the upstairs venue at the corner of Market Hall and College Ave. Since our last visit, they have been accumulating some older fine wines that offer an opportunity to taste something that may have been made close to when you were born, married, or started your family. We ventured into such a bottle and it... More 

Thank dlsmissionary
Oakland, California
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420 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

We occasionally dine in the cafe as the restaurant is crazy expensive and not worth the price. Cafe is OK, good food and a lovely informal spot. But even so, the prices are a bit high for what you get. It's like paying a surcharge for being in a chic space.

Thank Thomas V
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68 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

My boyfriend and I eat at the cafe at least once a week for lunch. It is nice and casual and during the warm days if you can snag a table outside it is great for people watching. We try to sit in Shane's section since he is the best waiter here. Actually our favorite waiter in town. Some of... More 

Thank rdrahmann
Neenah, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

Have been here many times over a 15 year period when visiting San Francisco. The atmosphere is still quietly elegant and the food superb with very accurate interpretations of Italian cuisine. Service has varied from friendly to snooty; more to less knowledgeable but on the whole satisfactory. I have serious reservations however when a pricey restaurant gouges wine prices with... More 

Thank marinaramamma2016
Oakland, California
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Oliveto upstairs offers first class food in a gorgeous setting, and because of their magic sound system, a couple or two couples can easily converse in normal voices at your table (a rare experience in restaurants today). Lots of special dinners from month to month, but the regular menu is terrific. Highly professional service. For excellent Italian food in the... More 

Thank Steve12072016
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44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

Went to Oliveto's for a business dinner. The restaurant has a nice vibe to it. We were a large party but the service was quite good. Food was also good - lots of choices on the menu with everything from meat to vegetarian options. I had the beet salad and the halibut and both were done well.

Thank David W

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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, Private Dining
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?