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Olive: Philadelphia Restaurant Review

May 8, 2011

Olive on 3rd: A little bit of so-so and a great deal of great.

I was a fan of:
– Unlimited olives
– High quality olive oil
– The owner visiting the table to see how we (man friend and I) were doing, letting us know where the olive oil came from and how much gluten was in the bread (not as much as the typical Italian bread)
– The fish dish with the blush wine and lobster sauce—fantastic!
– I’m not into muscles but the man friend said they were some of the better ones he’s had in the city
– The BYO aspect
– The bill (we had a $25 off coupon from http://restaurant.com which I got for $3.50 with the mothers day special, promo code MOM).  Total bill before tip?  $30.
– Sitting outside as it was a week night and not crazy on South St.
– The service was excellent—checked in on us the right amount, well-informed, and were friendly and casual.

A little rough around the edges:
– The asparagus
– The bathroom (remove the useless nails and weird doll, maybe that’s just me!)
– The steak kabobs.  Were better as left overs in my pasta dish the next night
– Would be nice to have different side options for entrees—they may have but we both had asparagus and potatoes.
– The wait staff wasn’t as professional looking as the restaurant was.  Not that a uniform was needed, but perhaps black pants instead of jeans?  I enjoyed the casual aspect, the dress simply didn’t match ambiance.

Overall it was a great experience!  I would imagine that this would be a decent place to take a group since layout is not cramped and they opened fairly recently.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. anna permalink*
    May 13, 2011 2:40 pm

    Thanks my dear manfriend! It’s true, we were on a slope! I had a much nicer view facing Society Hill and tree lined streets while you were watching the crazies at Mako’s.

  2. anna's manfriend permalink
    May 12, 2011 4:52 pm

    Ok..as annas “manfriend”, I have the following to note. I agree with all of annas thoughts, however, I think that eating outside should be left for other establishments. For one, the table leaned very steeply, as the sidewalk was on a very steep slope. Also.. the proximity to south street, Mako’s bar in particular, made for a poor ambiance. Drunk, loud and obnoxious people hooting and hollering. Id give olive an A-for indoor eating, and a D for outdoor eating.
    Love u anna!
    -manfriend

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