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Oliveto's: who loves it and why?

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Oliveto's: who loves it and why?

dcharron | Sep 16, 2006 11:10 PM

We had dinner upstairs at Oliveto's yesterday and left wondering why this restaurant consistently gets such high ratings from the Chronicle and others. As far as we could tell, the emperor has no clothes although they cost a lot! We had a range of unimpressive food: one dish drowned in hot oil, another was greatly oversalted. The wine that was ridiculously pricey, and the dessert item we chose was stale. Oh and did I mention that the bread was burnt? The waiter had so many tables to look after that he hardly managed a smile the whole time we were there. He was not rude, but he added nothing to the experience. And we sat so close to other diners, we felt like we were seated in United's economy plus section. So why does this restaurant get four stars?

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