Oakland’s Oliveto to be Replaced by Acre This Fall

The Rockridge Italian restaurant has made way for California-Mediterranean fare.
Oaklands Oliveto to Be Replaced by Acre This Fall
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A new California-Mediterranean restaurant, Acre, is coming soon to Oakland. Acre has taken over the former Oliveto restaurant at 5655 College Ave. in Rockridge and will make its debut this fall.

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The new restaurant is brought to us by Dirk Tolsma, chef de cuisine at San Francisco’s EPIC Steak, and Pete Sittnick, a managing partner at EPIC Steak and Waterbar. Taking cues from Oliveto, Acre will serve locally sourced ingredients in a menu driven by the kitchen’s original wood-fired hearth and stone oven. Think rotisserie meats, flatbreads, chilled local seafood, and big salads.

“We greatly respect the rich culinary legacy of Oliveto, and we are committed to honoring this special location in the Rockridge community,” Sittnick said in a press release obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle. Acre’s first floor will feature a casual bar and cafe open all day, while the upstairs will offer dinner service. 

While the downstairs bar will feature lighter, low-ABV cocktails, the upstairs will offer classics such as martinis and French 75s. With its prime location, Acre will hope to fill the shoes of its predecessor, which operated for 35 years. 

Oliveto owners Bob and Maggie Klein announced their retirement in late 2021, but briefly reopened in January to keep the space running while the landlord negotiated terms with a new tenant. Stay tuned for a website and social media information. 

Nadine Blanco

Nadine (she/her) writes for What Now San Francisco and What Now Phoenix with a background in online content creation, plus book and magazine publishing. In her free time, Nadine can be found at a bookstore, the beach, or a Padres game. Currently craving: a strong cup or coffee or a bowl of spicy ramen.
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