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Ristorante Olivio

$$ - $$$
Italian, Pizza, Wine Bar
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201 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474-8627
+1 781-648-2300
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Tue 17:00 - 21:30
Wed - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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Watertown, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food, great selection and nice ambiance in a choice of seating areas. Too many TV's in some areas so we chose the bigger back room (no TV's here) which was nice. Very nice staff; attentive, helpful and didn't hover when we needed more time to decide. Right across from Capital Theatre which is nice if you want to go... More 

Thank alicedi11
Arlington, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice place: good atmosphere, good location, but the food is just OK. In the Boston area, there are so many really good Italian restaurants, but this is not one of them. The food is just not up to at least my expectations for the menu price. In general, prices are not high by Boston standards, but if... More 

Thank Dick C
Reading, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Popular neighborhood eatery. Great variety of choices on the menu with yummy sounding specials as well. Knowledgeable, competent staff. Food was delicious and portions were generous. Desserts were outstanding. This place has a warm, welcoming feel. Feels comfortable and inviting. Our first time, but we will definitely go again...and again....!

Thank Peter and Donn... H
Belmont, United States
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52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Our first visit tonight to celebrate our daughter's birthday. First off, no parking lot, so you will need to find parking on the street. We were seated promptly and at a table that could accommodate a baby stroller. We ordered their Eggplant Involtini as an appetizer to share. It was a true culinary treat and more than big enough for... More 

Thank Karen P
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185 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

I've gone 3 times now and 2 have been excellent, one has been fine. Especially when you add a Groupon into the mix, you can't beat it. While they'll never be known as a craft cocktail place, the Gibson and grapefruit martinis were nice, good choices of wine. We started with excellent arancini and arugula salad and I really liked... More 

Thank Joanie881
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

The food and service were good. The prices seemed a little high for the quality of the food. It was not amazing, but it was not bad.

Thank matthew d
Somerville, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

This restaurant is as good as any in the North End of Boston and easy to get to. Great atmosphere and good Italian food . Our waiter was gracious and of great help. For appetizers we had Arancini and the Sicilian shrimp. We had one of the specials of the night, Osso Buco., It was delicious and the veal was... More 

Thank Izzy369
Boston, Mass
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84 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

Buzzing even on a Thursday. We order a classic and a special when trying a new restaurant, and this restaurant's kitchen does both well. Tender veal in the Veal Parmesan, Chicken Vincenza was a generous dish with chicken, asparagus, green beans each cooked to tenderness. Although this dish didn't come with pasta they gladly added some of their tagliatelle when... More 

Thank Parisbaby
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed dinner one Saturday night in mid December. We made reservations in advance online which was very convenient. Our server Giuseppe was great- wonderful personality - he had us laughing. The menu is just one page which is nice. We don't like restaurants with pages of menu items- how can you do that much perfect? The homemade bread is... More 

Thank Andrea T
Waltham, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This was our third trip to Ristorante Olivio in Arlington, and once again, it did not disappoint. The atmosphere is casual, and the food and service, as usual, were very good. I had one of the night's "specials" chicken and shrimp cacciatore, which was very tasty and even better than I had expected. The sauce was filled with veggies, as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Italian, Pizza, Wine Bar
Drinks, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474-8627
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 781-648-2300
From Sicily via the North End, Chef Angelo Bernardo DiGirolamo of Ristorante Olivio brings you the rustic flavors of Italy. Known as "Uncle Ang" to his loyal diners, Chef DiGirolamo is focused on delivering simple food featuring wholesome and fresh ingredients. His scratch kitchen features traditional favorites and weekly specials, the bar offers fresh and lively traditional Italian cocktails, all set against the backdrop of a charming old Italian movie.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?