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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very underwhelmed…I ordered the fish of the day which was so bland, no flavour at all. The fish was cooked skin on & sat on a teaspoon of peas, with 2 prawns. The price tag was $43. My partner had the sirloin which had gristle…pretty...sure this was $46. The staff were lovely & the outdoor seating out the back was great.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Food was bland and uninspired. It looked good on paper... but half the ingredients specified in the menu did not turn up on the plate. We had the vol au vent and the grilled chicken

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just fabulous in every way. Booked for dinner. Amazing staff: thoughtful, funny, attentive but not over attentive. Amazing food - the smoked fish in a coconut gazpacho was one of the best starters I have ever had. And also the best Brussels sprouts too (yes,...I know that sounds weird but they came with dukkah and were delicious). The steak was equally as great, as was the main course fish. Something local, the name of which I can’t remember. Olive is located on Cuba Street among a whole host of good bars, and just five minutes walk from Lambton Quay. It’s also open for breakfast and lunch. We loved this place: just faultless and great value for money. We even had to ‘fight’ with the waitress to get her to accept a tip!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Friends arranged to meet us here and it was an excellent choice. It is in the heart of vibrant Cuba Street and there is convenient pay parking nearby. We had a table in the courtyard that provided a quiet and semi-private setting, ideal for chatting...over a meal. Three of us enjoyed crispy-skin fish with salad while the fourth loved her cashew mozzarella vol-au-vent.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful courtyard area with lots of seating and a roof cover and heaters for eating outside. The food was pretty good but not great. The focaccia bread was spongy and dry and the egg plant Vol au vent had an unusual texture in the bottom...that no one could work out what it was. Personally I felt that the prices were astronomical for the food presented so wouldn’t go back again in a hurry.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 26 January 2024

We dropped in for a late lunch and chose the lemongrass cured fish with coconut gazpacho. It was really excellent-a delicious mixture of flavours eaten in the pretty back yard. Would definitely recommend p

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 8 January 2024

First time visitor to Olive restaurant and certainly not the last. Service was excellent and professional from the youngish team. The fish was exceptional with a lovely big fillet and delicious potatoes to match. The side salad 🥗 was excellent value at $6 being crisp...and fresh. Well recommended and the coffee was full of flavour too.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 9 October 2023 via mobile

We came here for dinner and it was absolutely delicious! Exceptional vegetarian/vegan options. Exceeded our expectations we will be back!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 7 October 2023 via mobile

Menu is limited. Coffee came without a teaspoon, 1st coffee when asked for one was fine. 2nd coffee we were told that they didn’t have enough teaspoons to give us one. Had to use the end of my fork to get the sugar out and...stir the coffee. We had breakfast, and 2 rounds of coffee and were talking when the waitress came up and gave us the bill and said can we pay as she had people waiting to come in.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023 via mobile

Excellent food and service. The food was really interesting and beautifully presented. Good choice of options. Helpful and cheerful staff.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 6 September 2023 via mobile

The food came out cold. The 36 hour cooked meat was definitely not as advertised. Must have a bay Marie happening because the vegetables were definitely not freshly cooked. We suspect the ‘36 hour’ chuck beef was a chargrilled piece of beef. The meatballs were...okay. The risotto was slop. We came here for our second visit for the pasta, but it wasn’t on the menu. The staff obviously hate their jobs here. We won’t be back for a third visit despite loving our first earlier this year.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 28 August 2023 via mobile

For some reason Olive has never been ‘on trend’ or the ‘cafe of the moment’. Ever since it opened it’s just been really, really good - and it’s managed to maintain that standard consistently for years while many others have come and gone. It never...seems to make a big song and dance, or change much, but why change what works? As a cafe it’s cosy when it’s cold outside, there’s a nice outdoors area when the sun’s out, seating is well spaced and there are quiet spots for couples as well as big tables for groups. The coffee is always good and hot with a nice selection of sweet treats at the counter. In my experience the service has always been excellent - from making bookings, to hosting a wedding reception, to just popping in for coffee. The menu is well above cafe standard, and in fact, above many fine dining restaurants. I’m pretty stingy with my stars but I rate Olive a 5. I’ve been here a lot over several years and have always found it good, at times exceptional. Definitely one of Wellington’s best and yet it often goes under the radar.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 6 July 2023

I ordered the green eggs and ham. When it came out the spinach was mixed between old grey coloured to green, all wilted not appealing at all. I bypassed that fact and removed it. As a whole the meal was disgusting very disappointing

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 6 July 2023

Ordered chicken dish which cost best part of $30. What arrived appeared to be deep fried chicken nuggets but most "nuggets" didn't contain any chicken, just appeared to be deep fried chunks of "tempura". Only 2 small nuggets contained chicken. Rest of dish was small...simple salad, nothing special. Mentioned it to server - he said it is deep fried chicken in skin, not tempura, as if a few bits of deep fried chicken skin on simple salad is perfectly worth almost $30. Below average attention to quality of food and staff seem not that committed to providing a good experience to their diners.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 30 June 2023

Montreal eggs; perhaps nowhere else in NZ. Perfectly poached eggs on two halves of a nicely toasted muffin with real cooked salmon fillet ( not lox) . A great brekkie for a pescatarian. I will go back.

Date of visit: May 2023
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No they don't......you like i have mentioned this to amex .....the more you mention these places I am sure amex will be extended.
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Yes Olive offers many GF choices, you can see the menu on their website
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Response from DianaJnz | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, yes they do, especially if you let them know in advance,
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Olive Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
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  • Atmosphere: 4.5