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Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant

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5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1583 (Shafter)
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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Oakland, California
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

This icon in Oakland for authentic Italian is great however the portions can be small for the price. This restaurant is expensive so I save it for special occasions. If your a trust fund baby then go for it. Good wine selection and friendly staff.

Thank Fred B
Berkeley, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been to Oliveto on many occasions. Last week there were 6 in our party. The service was excellent as was the atmosphere. The wine list was extensive. We had a superb 1999 Rinaldi Barolo that had been stored extremely well and which was very fairly priced. Most of the entrees were very good, I had the winter wheat... More 

Thank imlieb
Bardolino, Italy
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189 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had one cappuccino, one gin and tonic and one simple cocktail for over 30 bucks! And our table seemed a dump. Need to say more?

Thank Lele214
Santa Clarita, California
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179 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is always top notch. All the appetizers were wonderful, the salads great, the pasta excellent, a fabulous tenderloin, and wonderful drinks. And the desserts were all great. In addition, the service is impeccable. A fabulous restaurant.

Thank 259emilye
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For someone who has traveled through Italy and tasted the the authentic Italian food of various "hole in the wall" eateries, this restaurant is a let down.The food here is average. It is bland and lack the richness of a flavorful Italian fare. The decor ambiance and services are adequate.

Thank pittman
Denton, Texas
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with a friend on a recent weeknight. Enjoyed drinks at the downstairs bar, and then dinner in the upstairs dining room. Interesting place in that they have two menus - a casual menu for the downstairs "grill" and a formal Italian menu (Antipasti, Primi, Secondi, ...) for the "fine dining" upstairs. Wine list is heavily tilted to Italian offerings,... More 

Thank Numbs_AND_Peeps
Phoenix, Arizona
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132 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ate at this restaurant last night in Oakland. The restaurant is very near a BART station with a big parking lot that was free after 3pm. There is a downstairs which is more like a bistro but we sat in the upstairs which usually you would need a reservation . Good wine list and seems like the menu changes daily... More 

Thank Jerry L
Piedmont, California
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28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We shared dishes to get a bite of interesting plates. Superb fish, and their squab was splendid. The sous chefs outdid themselves. Dessert was so good, the others wished they got one too.

Thank Karl K
Davis, CA
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350 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Only went here for breakfast so cannot tell you about the dinner but tye menu looks good. We had coffee and their fantastic Commmunity wheat bread with differnt topping. We had ricotta with lemon and honey which was perfect. Also Strawberry jam and almond butter. They use Mr. Coffee for their coffee. Ordered an expresso with steamed milk on the... More 

Thank Chiili
Toms River, New Jersey
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Varied menu, friendly, polished staff. All in our party enjoyed the food and atmosphere, second floor dining. A bit pricey.

Thank Ken A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$41 - $80
Italian, Gluten Free Options, American, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
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: 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?