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Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant

Italian, American, Contemporary
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5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1583 (Shafter)
8:00 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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Davis, CA
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324 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Ken A
Berkeley, California
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69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We live in this neighborhood and the downstairs cafe is the long term favorite for small intimate coffee and breakfast, Fresh light lunch and now dinners! A rockridge mainstay yet still one of the few places with more ambiance than noise - more service than splash - elegant casual and always a pleasure to eat most anything they offer... Which... More 

Thank monalinda2010
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

We are in the first floor bar. Atmosphere was very pleasant and comfy. The rockfish was ok, but the chicken my friend had was amazing and the desert menu is very extensive.

Thank granuppy
Sugar Land, Texas
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214 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed this cafe next to a terrific produce market. I had a anchovy ,oregano pizza which was made to perfection. The cheese was the perfectly cooked. We also had a nice glass of wine to compliment the meal. My friend had lentil soup with a cod sandwich which he really enjoyed. Vey casual place to relax.

Thank Rockdoc7
Saint Louis, Missouri
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

We had dinner at the street-level cafe. Pizza was very good but the least expensive wine was $9 per glass! We split a delicious beet salad, had two reasonably- priced entrees and no dessert. Bill was $106 with 20% tip (service was excellent.) 2 least-expensive glasses of wine and 1 beer was nearly $35 (tip included.) Too much.

Thank dwisland
San Francisco
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

Had lunch here and experienced lackadaisical service and lackluster food. My pork panini looked lonely on a white plate - no lettuce or pickle or fries. But worse, there was cartilage and bone bits in the pork. Don't waste your money here, especially when there are so many other choices just steps away.

Thank GigiCSanFrancisco
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174 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

I've been here in the past but went recently after several years absence for a birthday dinner and the meal was really excellent. I judge a restaurant to be "great" when every morsel of every bite of food is satisfying and that turned out to be the case with Oliveto. The portions are indeed small as another reviewer points out,... More 

Thank SalsabyJake
Piedmont, California
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Pizzas a special. Nice sharing plates for a nice meal after shopping without formalities. It keeps up with the upstairs stellar restaurant, but more bistro style.

Thank Karl K
Richmond, California
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The appetizers, especially, were really small. Especially given the price. One entree (pigeon) was substantial, but the other one (black cod) was very small. With tax and tip, we paid $200 (for two appetizers, two entrees, 2 glasses of wine, a cocktail, and a dessert). And both of us were still hungry at the end of the meal. To me,... More 

Thank sarabseth

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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, American, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, 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: 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?