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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
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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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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 

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Oakland, California
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208 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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119 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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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
Oakland, California
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

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 

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Bardolino, Italy
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206 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

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

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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
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?