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Oliveto Restaurant
Italian Restaurant$$
Today 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
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5655 College Ave Oakland, CA 94618
5655 College AveUSCAOakland94618
$$Italian Restaurant, European Restaurant
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Today 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am – 9:00 pmTuesday 7:00 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 7:00 am – 9:00 pmThursday 7:00 am – 9:00 pmFriday 7:00 am – 10:00 pmSaturday 8:00 am – 10:00 pmSunday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
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Rotating menus contain locally sourced ingredients for handcrafted pastas & other regional fare.- Google
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Chris Davies
reviewed 3 weeks ago
So I go to a place called oliveto and asked that they cook with no or butter. They knocked it out of the park.
Nancy Ludgus
reviewed 11 months ago
Rustic cuisine in a rustic place is nothing fancy but the flavors just roll off your tongue. Some of the dishes don't quite make the mark, but it's so relaxing that hours go by before you know it. A really special place. The theme dinners are a lot of fun.
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Brad Malone
reviewed a year ago
Oliveto is my favorite Italian restaurant in the Bay Area. The food is always absolutely amazing and it has a really nice atmosphere. The downstairs area sometimes has a different menu and I think doesn't have as good of an atmosphere (definitely more of a 'Cafe' feel which I believe is basically what they call it). The upstairs area though is really nice: the tables are spread apart enough and you don't feel cramped, the lighting is really nice, etc. I highly recommend it. I once saw Joe Montana here, who was apparently celebrating his 50th birthday there. So if Joe Montana goes there for his 50th, then yeah, you can guess that it's good. It's not as expensive as that would suggest though.
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John Wren
reviewed 7 months ago
Maybe last night was an "off" night, but the service was mediocre and the food was just okay in this well-known, often publicized restaurant as an institution on College Avenue. We dined last night for the "tomato" season menu, I had the Burrata stuffed Prince tomatoes, a salad of lettuces (which did NOT come with tomatoes, even though it was a tomato-oriented menu, and it would have been nice, not to mention "classic" -- but maybe they didn't have tomatoes to spare!) and the "Tortellini" with vodka sauce. The portions are "gourmet" - read that as tiny portions served on big plates. This would have been redeemed if plate for plate the food was out of this world - but it was not. The Burrata dish was exactly one small-to-medium sized tomato, the lettuce salad which was the best item of the night for me, was fresh, lightly dressed, and would have been excellent, except it was over salted. I usually ask for "dressing on the side" in restaurants where I can't trust the kitchen not to either under- or over-dress, and did not think I needed to do that here. WRONG. The "Tortellini" as the last and main dish was served after nearly a 30+ minute hiatus from our last course. Our table ate a lot of bread in the interim and order a round of drinks!) After this wait, all our last courses finally appeared. My Tortellini looked like ravioli -- in fact looked suspiciously very much like my friend's first course of appetizer -- exactly the same plate, with exactly the same number of little Ravioli "pillows". My sauce looked a little darker. When I asked our waiter if this was in fact "tortellini" he snapped "yes" and walked away. The "Tortellini" was supposed to be stuffed with gorgonzola cheese -- could have been Monterey Jack, for all the favor it had, but then again, the Tortellini" had less than 1/8 teaspoon stuffing in them, so who knows. We were all hungry and the event was one of good friends getting together, so I let the issue pass -- no use marring a jovial congregation of friends with bad vibrations emanating from an icky waiter and a kitchen trying to pass Ravioli off as Tortellini -- the difference in dollars between my "Tortellini" entre and my friend's first "Ravioli" course was $3 - $16 vs. $19, not worth making a fuss over. And besides, by this point I already was of the opinion that this place was "much ado about nothing". Another friend at the table remarked that her Bucatini was disappointing. My part of the check came to $65 (we brought our own wine, but in the 30+ minute wait for the last course, many in our table succumbed to ordering drinks.) For 3 non-meat courses (one of which consisted of one tomato) that's pretty ridiculous. Gratuity was tacked on (we were a party of six); I think they know they can't meet the overhead any other way -- certainly not with repeat business.
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SF Jazzer
reviewed 11 months ago
My favorite restaurant in Oakland for years. And I still go there whenever I am in the Rockridge area.The food is always great and delicious.
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Trish Crawley
reviewed a year ago
I really want to love Oliveto cafe. Like REALLY want to love this place. It's an incredible location and the upstairs restaurant puts out pretty good food (you pay for it, but fun for a romantic night out in Rockridge). But try as I might ( I've been here dozens of times since it's close to my home), I just can't get behind it. The food has good intentions but execution is very hit or miss. Service is laughably bad and aloof in spite of having plenty of servers standing around. I even wrote the owner expressing my troubles and woes (but high hopes nonetheless) and did receive a cordial response from the cafe manager. But nothing has improved. Last time I went, I waited an HOUR for soup - my friend had a cold sandwich so that was not the hold-up. Just ridiculous and inexcusable. I will forever come back for the coffee and pastries in the morning because they're just that good (also breakfast is very good) but will have to skip lunch and dinner as it's just not worth the time and money.
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