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Issel R.

07/20/2017

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My family and I went to eat here and had a great time. My husband and I were a little apprehensive after walking in and seeing table cloths on the table and a quiet atmosphere. Usually restaurants like that see our young kids and cringe. But everyone was very nice and friendly. The food was great and my daughter declared it her new favorite place.

dexter sloan80

07/14/2011

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Incredible Service

Our service was great and the waiter was adorable. Ambiance was romantic and definitely recommended. For the music,,,I would recommend jazz or house and the people were cool. Portions were good.

lysa999

05/05/2010

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Best Italian Food in The Valley

I have been driving passed Oliva for years and a friend just recently recommended it.
A group of us went for dinner last night and the food was to die for. I never knew a place like this existed outside the city area. The ambiance was so cozy, felt as if you were dining in Florence. The service was wonderful. The food was delicious.
Great for a romantic date or a group of friends.

JonSol

05/04/2010

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Good Italian Food

I've been to Oliva's Trattoria twice, and have loved it both times. The food is great (I had the linguine and clams last time), the service is really good, and its authentic Italian food. Be careful of the specials, as there's no prices on the specials menu, and the food can be twice was the regular menu prices are.

Certainly would recommend going though, and enjoying the atmosphere. Feels like an old taste of Italy, where Mama is in the back making your pasta!

danashrink

04/10/2010

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What a disappointment!

Our party of four was rushed through dinner. Plates were cleared before everyone was finished. At a point just under an hour and a half, the person who appeared to be either the owner or maitre d' asked us to leave, so he could give our table to another party. One of us had not yet finished dessert! The owner offered to send us to the bar for a drink, but the insult was such that we had no interest in remaining. A better course of action might have been to offer the next party drinks on the house in the bar until we were finished. Suffice it to say that we will NEVER patronize this establishment again.

whynotwriteareview

01/31/2010

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this is the best Italian food in LA a must go !!!

we have been coming here for a while now and they know us by name and treat us like gold we have liked them right from the start the food is great everthing is good you can not go wrong with this menu what ever you chose you will like and crave it again that is what makes us come back again and again, the staff there is great the chef is the best in town and the food is amazing, the place is nice very romantic and the prices are great you cant go wrong here, If you did not try them out yet YOU HAVE TOO !!

CarainSO

01/25/2010

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Caution Using Valet Service

On Christmas eve 2009 we ate here. Had a nice meal until we went to get our car from their valet service. Somehow the valet stuck the wrong key into our door and then screwed up our alarm. We had to be towed home. The alarm ended up OK, but the car had to be re-keyed for $125.00 on Christmas day. The valet's insurance company denied our claim in just 5 days and would not return phone calls after that. The owner of the restaurant was notified and he took no responsibility for a service he contracted. He offered us a free bottle of wine the next time we came in. Not likely we ever will eat there again. Be warned if the valet screws up your car, you will not be paid easily. Definitely not good business practices for the restaurant or their valet service.

BESTFOODIEINLA

10/12/2008

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Best Italian Restaurant in LOS ANGELES! A 10+!!!

If you are one who understands TRUE Authentic Italian Cuisine, GO TO OLIVA!!!! I go specifically for the worlds best Lasagna, brisket, fresh scampi, lobster pasta special...The list goes on. It's funny as I read another review from EVELinLA she's a person who clearly dosen't understand TRUE ITALIAN CUISINE. THEY DON""T make Lasagna in Northern Italy with Pasta...they make it with the most delicate delicious Crepes just as the owner does at Oliva. They don't use mascarpone cheese, they use Beschamel. Their Lasagna is TRULY AN AMAZING PARTY for the Mouth!!! TRY THE BURRATA, fresh creamy mozzarella that melts in your mouth! TIRAMISU is better here than ANY restaurant in LA. 10+ for not americanizing the Italian in Italian food!!!!! BRAVO!!!

EveLinLA

08/22/2008

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Terrible service and the pasta was like Elmer's glue!

Okay - I've been here before and enjoyed the seafood and my husband loved the brisket. Maybe we thought the experience was better because we didn't pay but the server had 'attitude'.

This time, it was far worse. The waiter (also host) was yelling at a busboy in the middle of the restaurant. My lasagna came out and the noodles were like mushy glue. I called the waiter over and he explained this is the way it's served - they don't dry the pasta after making it so it comes out this way and also said 'you aren't the first and you won't be the last who doesn't like it'. Okay - I understand but the attitude was disappointing. They finally prepared a new dish but my husband was done eating.

We won't be going back.

WestsideAgent

08/03/2008

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Best Italian Restaurant in The Valley!

I love this place! Not only are the Italian waiters/waitresses charming, but the food and service are extrordinary! The Cecca and pizza bread that you get when you sit down is so delicious! You have to try their Italian Beef Brisket...It's amazing. Best Tiramisu in LA and amazingly enough every time I've been there I've been in the company of many well known people in entertainment. I guess the secret is out! This place is the Best!

RestaurantServer

04/19/2008

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Terrible service, Below average food....Don't waste your time!

I just moved to the area and was really excited to get some wonderful Italian food. From the looks of the place, I was expecting some good things. It does have nice romantic feel to the place. However, from the moment I called to make a reservation all the way to waiting to pay my bill, there was nothing but one disappointment after another. Our waiter treated us more like he was doing us a favor by serving us and not giving a welcoming feeling at all. Then 25-30 minutes after we ordered, our server comes and tells us that ""the kitchen"" is having problems, and he didn't know what I ordered. Then I thought to myself, maybe he should of wrote it down 30 minutes ago when I ordered instead of coming over and asking me. Then 5 mins later, he comes over and says, ""that HE FIXED it for me"", almost as if he had corrected a mistake that I had made!? Are you kidding me? So from the time we ordered to the time our food was on the table, was about 45 minutes. I had practically lost my appetite by that point and was on the verge of walking out. After all this, I was thinking maybe the food is gonna be great. Well what another disappointment that was. I could of made a better pasta dish and eggplant at home by myself. All in all I would never torture any of my friends or family to go through this experience. Do yourself a favor and cook at home!!!

hurrymomi

02/04/2008

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AVOID GOING!!

The worst experience! After waiting for more than an hour for the service? the food was wrong, and they try to over charge! The total time for this dinner experience! was close to three hours!!! Make your self a favor DO NOT GO!!! We were celebrating a birthday; we did not have even an apology!

abd1350

01/22/2008

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Homey and happy. :)

I love this restaurant. First of all, their tomatoes (checca) that they serve as a sort of bread basket are AMAZING. I could eat those as a meal! They have great fish, although not many options...just salmon and a special. The restaurant itself is very comfortable yet almost always crowded. Service is lovely, and prices are pretty reasonable. Definitely recommend.

paulinask

12/12/2007

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Cute trattoria

This place has good food, and reminds me of trattorias we visited in Italy. The bruschetta starter is excellent, I also recommend their tomato soup and calamari appetizers. The main courses I've had here (ravioli with sage sauce, chicken) are also excellent. Only problem is that it's a modestly sized space, and gets very crowded & loud on weekends. Make a reservation and come early!

fbarca

10/12/2007

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BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN LOS ANGELES!

Oliva Restaurant has to be the ?BEST? Italian Restaurant in Sherman Oaks; in fact it has to be the best Italian Restaurant in Los Angeles. My wife and I when there a few weeks ago and recently went back there with our kids and it is great for an intimate date for two or for a family get together. They have meals for practically any taste pallet if you are in the mood for pasta or seafood. On the other hand if your kids are young and picky and simple they have great PIZZA! The food is great and you will NEVER leave hungry or dissatisfied. You will leave FULL, HAPPY and feel that you stepped into a TRUE Italian Restaurant as if you were in Rome itself. It was a treat in every sense of the word. Oh! And not to mention the Tiramisu is to die for.

Leave the cooking to the PROS! Leave it to OlivA!

libertyjb

09/26/2007

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Great Food and Nice Service

Oliva was great! The food was just wonderful and so was the service. In fact they bordered on giving us too much service. Our main waiter was very helpful, but he had a thick Italian accent (I am unsure if it was a real accent or he's an actor working in his accent). Either way it made it a bit hard to understand him when he listed the specials. The mood was excellent and this restaurant has a ton more character than the chain Italian Rastaurants.

lisases

07/27/2007

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Horrible Customer Service

Amazing food but the customer service was the worst I have ever had. I ordered food for pick up and was told it would be ready in 20 minutes. Upon my arrival, it became clear to me that my order was never put into the kitchen. We ended up waiting for over an hour at the restaurant. The hostess never admitted their mistake and kept telling us it would only be a few more minutes. The management never came over to us to offer us complimentary anything while we waited and basically just ignored us. Upon recieving our order almost an hour after it was supposed to be ready, I asked to speak to a manager. The manager was very condescending to me when I asked why management never came over to speak to us. He told me that they dont like to ""make the situation worse"" aka they want to try to ignore it. I explained to him that I used to work in food service and understood delays in the kitchen but I dont understand bad service and management. They never even offered us compensation for having to wait so long. The manager never took responsibility nor did he formally apologize. I hope that this was just a bad night for I have been there before and never had a problem. I hesitate in ever returning to this restaurant because of the disrespectfully way that I was treated.

montalk

02/28/2007

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Oasis of Italian food on Van Nuys Blvd.

This was a pleasant surprise! Tucked away on a busy stretch of Van Nuys Blvd., Oliva is a cute Italian restaurant. Great, prompt service and a nice menu led to a fantastic meal. The gnocchi with meat sauce tasted fresh and hot and the portions were a perfect size. Like a good restaurant, they will make tailor a dish to your specifications by changing the sauce or the type of pasta with no questions asked. Even the cappucino was a surprise. Although its location (and parking) on Van Nuys Blvd. may seem a little daunting this is a little breath of North Jersey in Sherman Oaks, and a good value.

curlyq3

02/23/2007

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Best Italian restaurant

I have not found any other italian restaurant that comes close to this cute place. I try to eat there at least every month. The food is wonderful and light (the pasta never feels like it's drowning in sauce). The bread they bring out for you along with the tomatoes/garlic are so delicious and enough to make you full before you even order your dinner! The chocolate cake for dessert is one of the best I've had. And the owners are so nice and attentive (I don't think I've ever gone to a restaurant before where the entire staff says goodnight as you are leaving!). I feel like this is one of the few authentic Italian restaurants around.

mdxg35

12/23/2006

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Overall
Delicious Italian Food

The food is excellent! Great specials and love the Bruschetta! I would recommend reservations and service can be a bit slow at times. The staff is very kind and friendly.

Details

Phone: (818) 205-0500

Address: 4449 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Website: https://www.olivarestaurant.com

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General Info
OlivA is definatley an Italian Restaurant that YOU MUST TRY located in Sherman Oaks, California neighboring other towns that are close enough for easy drive from including... Studio City, Van Nuys, Encino, Toluca Lake, Burbank, Tarzana and North Hollywood. THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS and the atmosphere is entertaining and perfect for any special occasion or for simply a great meal, upscale but reasonable. Be sure to book your next catering event or special event with OlivA and you will be very very happy!!!Oliva also have a divided area to accommodate special event or private party. Whether it is a graduation party, birthday party, retirement party or just a special event to get intimate with good friends or family, Oliva IS THE PLACE TO BE and certainly to dine at. Oliva is OPEN ALL DAY from lunch thru dinner no stop daily (Sunday lunch reserved for large groups). Oliva's friendly staff always look forward to seeing you offering all the best from their family to yours!OLIVA IS THE PLACE, GREAT GREAT GREAT!!!OlivA is definatley an Italian Restaurant that YOU MUST TRY located in Sherman Oaks, California neighboring other towns that are close enough for easy drive from including... Studio City, Van Nuys, Encino, Toluca Lake, Burbank, Tarzana and North Hollywood. THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS and the atmosphere is entertaining and perfect for any special occasion or for simply a great meal, upscale but reasonable. Be sure to book your next catering event or special event with OlivA and you will be very very happy!!!Oliva also have a divided area to accommodate special event or private party. Whether it is a graduation party, birthday party, retirement party or just a special event to get intimate with good friends or family, Oliva IS THE PLACE TO BE and certainly to dine at. Oliva is OPEN ALL DAY from lunch thru dinner no stop daily (Sunday lunch reserved for large groups). Oliva's friendly staff always look forward to seeing you offering all the best from their family to yours!OLIVA IS THE PLACE, GREAT GREAT GREAT!!!
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Phone: (818) 789-4490

Fax: (818) 789-0273

Payment method
mastercard, all major credit cards, amex, discover, visa
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
South Valley, Sherman Oaks
Amenities
Free Wi-Fi
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Oliva Trattoria Pizzeria Italian Grill

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Other Information

Parking: Street, Valet

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Delivery, Mediterranean, Caterers, Take Out, Fast Food, Italian, European, Continental, Bar & Grills, Pizza

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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