Hot Olives
Hot Olives
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Hot Olives

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://hotolives.com/
  • Phone: 4076291030
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch:
    Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Closed: Sunday & Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Richard Rogers
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Be the Life of YOUR Party… Let us come to your venue or have your party here at Hot Olives. Your guest will be our guest and you will get to enjoy your event. You will experience the same great food and service you have grown accustomed to for the past ten years. We hold events of any size or occasion from rehearsal dinners to showers, weddings, birthdays etc.
  • Private Party Facilities: You can make arrangements to use all or a part of Hot Olives Restaurant for your private party or special event. The menus, decorations and amenities are endless. Please give us a call at 407.629.1030 and discuss your event and needs with a manager. Or if you prefer, you can simply send an email to info@hotolives.com. with the specifics and someone will get back to you shortly. Thank you!
  • Private Party Contact: Miki Lee, Sean Kimmey 4076291030

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fairbanks Ave.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private Lot, Behind the restaurant, Shopping Plaza
A word from Hot Olives
In the little over a year since we have been at our new location at the corner of Fairbanks and New York in Winter Park, your response has been very gratifying. Not only have all of our old friends followed us to this new location, but in the time since we have relocated, we have had the pleasure to welcome many new faces to the Hot Olives family of valued guests.

Whether you join us "inside" or "out," we promise you will always receive the same great sevice, and enjoy the same wonderful menu items, on which we base our reputation every day.

Our sincere thanks for your continued patronage. We look forward to your next visit!
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Hot Olives reviews from OpenTable diners
  • HO is an attractive restaurant
    Jackie
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    HO is an attractive restaurant but has so very dark corners where you literally can not read the menu. We were seated at one of these tables. I am not sure why this table was reserved for us, since the restaurant was pretty empty. There were several large tables set up for ten or more, so may e they had large parties on they way. The signature hot olives were good, but otherwise Iit was an average meal.
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    good for groups
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  • good food
    jhall83
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    great food for the price..app came out after entrée. that was the only issue
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent choice on a rainy night
    EastCoastKat
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Our wait staff (Miss B) was excellent and attentive without being obnoxious and everything arrived just when we wanted it (we delayed ordering dinner so we could talk and catch up and never felt rushed). Our appetizers were excellent: hot olives (one friend who "does not like olives" even ate, and enjoyed one); and fried green tomatoes with crab on top, which were amazing and perfect for three to share. Our entrees were also excellent—pork tenderloin and Mahi. Parking was easy (I wasn't sure how it would be right off Fairbanks, but I was able to turn on New York to access it behind the building and in the small strip mall next door). I won't wait so long to go back next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good but
    Letsgoeat
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    It was too dark. As the sun went down and natural light faded we could hardly see our food. Other than that everything was great;-)
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Interesting foods with what I think was a Mediterranean theme. The music (almost Latin) didn't quite jive with the menu, but it wasn't dustacting...just an observation. The olive tapenade starter with the bread basket (no charge) was quite delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not vegetarian friendly
    Vegetarian
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    There were very few vegetarian menu options. We asked if meat could be left out of the crepes or the fritatta and they said no, that they were pre-made. So not only was there no effort on their part to accommodate us, the food apparently wasn't even fresh. We ended up cobbling together some sides that we read off the menu as accompanying meat dishes. Again, no effort on the server's part to help us out with that. The food did taste good but the preceding ordeal colored the experience.
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  • Delicious Food, Poor Service
    MCHud
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    The food at Hot Olives was so delicious! I highly recommend anything on the menu. The service however, was not so good. It took an extremely long time to place a drink order and to get the drinks. Besides the service, it was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finish up your Park ave stroll here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    The excellent menu makes it hard to decide but our server was great to elaborate on our options. Everything we ordered was timed perfectly, hot, and delicious...which is an understatement. Artichoke/ mushroom flatbread was excellent. Everyone was more than pleased with their entrees. Iron chairs on tile floors are hard to move around without making very loud unpleasant noise, and somewhat uncomfortable. We will definitely be coming back and exploring the menu further. I suggest the Russian Pinot Noir.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We arrived at Hot Olives at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    We arrived at Hot Olives at 6:30 pm on a Saturday night with a 7:00 reservatione. We loved the look of the bar area but were whisked to our table right away so didn't have he chance to check it out. Our server was attentive and the food was very good. I guess we were disappointed because the service was too efficient. We had hoped to linger a little longer. The only complaint we have is that even though the dining area wasn't crowded we and another couple were seated right next to each other and had no privacy. Since this dinner was part of our anniversary celebration, it just wasn't what we were expecting. It would probably be a great place for just a casual dinner but not a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big party handled with ease
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    We went to Hot Olives with a party of 17 and found both the food and the service to be wonderful. A delightful find, we were especially impressed with the service (handling such a large group is no easy feat) and the food was scrumptious. We really liked the conch fritter and calamari, and the grouper was prepared perfectly. We will definitely make it back to Hot Olives again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everyone was very accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Everyone was very accommodating of our time crunch. Our large party was made to feel welcome. Service was impeccable, but unobtrusive. Food was absolutely delicious and portions were perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • We loved the seating near
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    We loved the seating near New York more than other areas we've been seated before. The lighting, music, candles all made it a great date spot. Wine was very good (Kenwood Artisan series, '07 Cab), the callamari wasn't fantastic (too breaded), but the salads (wedge & tuna), tapanade and grouper were all delicious.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Food was seriously terrible.
    Kwalker
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Food was seriously terrible. I could not eat my meal as it was dripping with bacon fat. It was not good at all. Very disappointing. The total bill for three was 130$ and not good at all.
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  • So much potential, but blah food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    It has the elements of a restaurant that should be very good. Good location, cool decor, etc. However, for a Friday night it was empty. Rightly so, the food was so weak we were immediatly dissapointed. That was just the appetizer. Once the main course was served the dissappointment continued. There is an obvious issue in the kitchen. I can only assume they have a cook, not a chef. Fix this and your restaurant will stay full.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Ambience was perfect for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    The Ambience was perfect for a romantic or quiet night out. Food was outstanding. Service was perfect. We would definitely go Again and strongly recommend. I was in hospitality for 10 years and am critical when I eat out I have no complaints.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Will be back...food, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/20/2013
    Will be back...food, service and ambiance.Music was adjusted to lower for talking. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First impressions are not
    DineoftenVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    First impressions are not always right. Upon arrival for our first visit we were seated at a two top in what was a hallway in the past. This place must do so much business it has put tables in the walkway between dining rooms. We asked if there wasn't some other table but were told this is it. The table squeezed in next to us was six guys who were celebrating Saturday night without a date. Not a pretty start. From this point everything turned for the better. Nice wine list by the glass. Good list of starter with large portions. Entres come in two sizes for those who had some starters. Everything was really good. Service was excellent and very knowledgeable. We will go again. We will not let them put us at that table. We would eat at the bar
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We looked forward to visiting
    reviewDr
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    We looked forward to visiting Hot Olives at its new location. It was a disappointing and expensive experience. We were seated immediately; however, it required in excess of 15 minutes to bring 2 rather simple cocktails and a glass of wine to the table, despite the fact that there were 2 bartenders attending to 2 patrons sitting at the bar and the restaurant was only moderately full. The bigger disappointment came with the main entree (served before we could finish our salads). I ordered the 'panko' chicken dish and it was coated with bread crumbs, not the light, flaky rice-based product professional chefs use to prepare these dishes. If you wish to spend a lot of money for a very average meal, this is the place for you.
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  • Food was excellent. Our server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Food was excellent. Our server was not very informative and not great. We'd go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The front facing patio is
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    The front facing patio is enjoyable but on winter evenings it's too cool out there without some type of chiminea or heat lamp.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it before. This time, a bit l
    hopingfomore
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Been there several times -- loved it twice. This last time, not so much. Service was a bit slow. No draft beer at all. Requested to sit in one part of restaurant, and hostess didn't even break a stride to consider that while taking us to where she already wanted us to be. And the food was just average. (Burger a bit overcooked. Spinach dip a bit bland. Crab cake and signature hot olives very good.) Still a fun place with a unique menu. Just hope next visit's a bit better, like prior ones.
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  • Food and service were outstanding!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Food and service were outstanding!! A great place for a romantic dinner with your sweetheart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was outstanding, appetizers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Service was outstanding, appetizers were great...especially the "Hot Olives".
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Families with children should
    Garbear
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Families with children should be seated in a different section on a day like Valentine's Day. e were next to two tables with little children; this definitely altered the "romantic ambience" we felt when we first arrived.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great all around dining and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    The food was very well presented and the flavors were great. The service was fantastic even on Valentines day. of great importance is that they have a very good Gluten free menu and a staff that understands and works with you on your needs. My wife has Gluten issues and having a great restaurant that has great food and a super staff make a world of difference in your evening! I would give them 6 Stars if I could they are that good. we will be back often.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great night had by all!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We had a delicious dinner and excellent service. The waiter recommended a bottle of wine and it was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • It is probably not possible
    Texas1976VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    It is probably not possible to have better service than we had at this restaurant. Food was exceptional; most difficult part was deciding which entrees to order--great variety on the menu. Would definitely return when back in the Winter Park area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Had the shrimp and grits which
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Had the shrimp and grits which was good. My friend had the turkey, strawberry jelly sandwich on the raisin bread. Thought it could be a better turkey in the sandwich instead of the deli sliced turkey. Spicy pecan salad was also good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable experience and the
    Robbie
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Enjoyable experience and the food was delicious! Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing.....poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    We were in Orlando for New Year's Eve and read great reviews of Hot Olives on OpenTable. Maybe they had an off night, but it was a real let down. Ordered a gin martini and it was not cold and tasted watered down. The trouble really began when they brought our main meals out while we were less than half way through appetizers. Then, once we finished our mains they asked if we were ready for the check - not even an offer of dessert. They appeared to be understaffed. The next night we found a bunch of better restaurants in Winter Park (PRATO was very good).
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  • Everything was wonderful on
    GayleAngel
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Everything was wonderful on New Years eve. I had the sea bass and it was incredible!!! My husband had the filet and it also was perfect. Thanks for everything. Gayle
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    special occasion
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  • We were looking for a romantic
    DanL
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    We were looking for a romantic dinner for my wife and I and we were more than pleased with our selection of Hot Olives for the evening. They exceeded our expectations in menu, service and ambience completely. I think we've found our new favorite spot in Winter Park.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • As always, the food is fantastic.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/19/2012
    As always, the food is fantastic. Great locally owned establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Hot Olives, as the name affirms,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    Hot Olives, as the name affirms, is the delicious specialty item of this great establishment, the service is exemplary, both inside and out(valet service top-notch).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Hot Olives...Romantic Winter Park
    DaveS
    Dined on 12/5/2012
    Hot Olives is one of the best kept secrets in Winter Park. Always excellent food, drinks, and service at a very reasonable price. You wont find a nicer place for a romantic dinner, or even just a very nice place to go for one of their signature Martinis. Hot Olives is certainly one of our favorite locations and we intend to visit quite often.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great healthy menu. Liked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2012
    Great healthy menu. Liked the half order offers, but would have liked to have had more choices in the half orders. Too many restaurants want to supersize everything, and it is nice to have the option of smaller portions. The food was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Everything we had was delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    Everything we had was delicious and tasty. A bit overpriced but, definitely coming back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Hot Olives was pleasant and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    Hot Olives was pleasant and provided good food and good service. Our only complaint was the utter lack of vegetarian menu items. We were able to eat by mixing appetizers and salads, but with a name like Hot Olives, we were hoping for better luck in that regard. Still, nothing else we could complain about in the least.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Hot Olives Falls Short
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    Hot Olives is a disappointment in an area where newer restaurants...Ravenous Pig, Cask & Larder, Prato and Luma have set a high bar. Is the food bad? No...it just isn't good enough to go back for. Was the service bad? No, incredibly friendly, just not incredibly professional. We dined on a weekend night, the city of Winter Park was busy, Hot Olives was not. The bar was not well stocked and the drink list is focused on candy-flavored vodka drinks, not a classic cocktail in sight. A limited and basic wine list is offered as well. Two of the draft beers were not available, two of the menu items were not available. My last experience with Hot Olives was in its Hannibal Square days, inventive when it opened, this is not the same Hot Olives.
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  • "A Neighborhood Gem" indeed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/17/2012
    I chose Hot Olives after reading so many consistently positive reviews when compared to other popular restaurants in Winter Park. My friends and I were very pleased with our experience. We even stumbled upon a $10 off bottled wine special that night, which was a pleasant surprise! The complimentary bread and olive spread were a fantastic start, as were our 1/2 salads. I wasn't altogether impressed with my "Pittsburgh Filet" but admittedly the waiter told me it wasn't his favorite item on the menu. On the other hand, the salmon and pork tenderloin that my friends ordered were quite good. Although I do not live in/around Orlando, no question that I'll be back to Hot Olives next time I'm in town.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate