dreadfully slow service, especially
dreadfully slow service, especially for what appeared to be a slow night for the restaurant. Flatbread app was great, carbonara was way oversalted, could eat only a few bites. Not at all what I recall from past visits.
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went there to celebrate
We went there to celebrate my son and husband's birthday. We love the food.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
good food, great ambiance,
good food, great ambiance, fantastic service and very accommodating. menu is small which I really liked and it included something for everyone. we ordered mostly small plates which without knowing adds up but worth it. bread is great, foccaccia's and chicken meatballs very good.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food, good service.
Good food, good service. Next time we would probably sit upstairs just for distance from the bar crowd, but it is fine downstairs.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food as excellent. Evict
Food as excellent.
Evict was very friendly but very slow and inconsistent.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant has received
This restaurant has received spotty reviews in the past. We've eaten here once or twice a year for several years. Closed for a while last year for renovations. Like the new setting. Food was excellent (again!) and service pleasant, attentive without being in your face, and prompt. Worth a visit for sure, especially if staying in the W.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love the feel of this restaurant.
Love the feel of this restaurant. The wait staff were so nice. The Fiddletown Zinfandel was fruit forward, smooth, and superb. The octopus salad an crispy oysters with bee carpaccio were very good, My husband enjoyed his flatbread with chorizo and manchego, I had a phenomenal dish - fish with crispy skin on top of tomato concasse, baby zucchini, and pesto, What an amalgam of flavors! We loved this restaurant.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exceptional hosts but extreme delay
The hosts (Rena and Tonya) were exceptional. They made sure we were taken care of and Rena kept us informed about our food which was oddly delayed even though all we ordered were salads. The time we had to wait for those salads was very disappointing, but once we got them they were incredibly delicious.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was great! Will definately come back for brunch and try out dinner soon!!
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
the food was wonderful and
the food was wonderful and beautifully presented. Service was great, but felt as if some of the waitstaff hovered over us to grab our plates as we finished a course. They tried to take plates that we had not quite finished.
I would go back again
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything about our experience at Olives was exceptional. The wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable, the food was excellent, and the restaurant had a cool vibe. It is in the W hotel and across the street from the Union Sqare theater so the location is ideal as well. I would definitely go here again.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Todd: rhymes with God
Olives never disappoints, especially for an early Sunday dinner. The scene is mellow then, the space feels expansive, the service is loving, and the small plates suit the hour. I love the fact that the food is relatively simple but impeccably prepared--I have dreams about the chicken meatballs. This place is fast becoming a regular for us, especially when we have a group large enough to commandeer one of the booths. I'd call it a Union Square gem.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
.A great spot for a light
.A great spot for a light meal before going to one of the nearby off-Broadway theaters.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the food
Our waiter was excellent. We took a while with the menu, he came back periodically to check to see if we were ready, but was not pushy or anything. We were in a booth near the back and was a bit away from the noise. Highly recommend the tuna tatare, crab carbonara and salted caramel ice cream. Entree portions were really generous, duck was excellent. Great place, whether you're dining solo or with a large group.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Food Ever
I thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful salmon--it was the best I have ever eaten--perfectly cooked and flavored. And the grains, the quinoa were unbelievable. The decadent dessert was unbelievable also. The restaurant is gorgeous after their recent renovation.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great all around. Very tasty
Great all around. Very tasty and innovative food, with attentive service and not expensive either. Great wine selection, including by the glass.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The presentation and quality of the food was excellent .I think what impressed me the most was the attentive service in an unpretentious atmosphere. We never felt rushed and had a wonderful dining experience. I had the salmon which was cooked exactly to my liking and the shrimp cocktail in the yogurt sauce was a nice change from the tradtional cocktail sauce especially appropiate for the summer menu. My friend enjoyed the lobster roll and the duck as well. We will be back .
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely dining experience
I loved the food and the presentation was lovely, in fact I took pictures of everything!. The menu is somewhat limited but all the items sounded great. The rose we ordered could have been a little cooler. The service was good. All in all a very pleasant experience. The prices were also quite reasonable. The washrooms could have been a little closer. I loved the fact that you can reserve on-line.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service and the food make this place special. Everyone i came in contact with from the resturant was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. The food was amazing and i cant say enough good things.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went for Birthday Brunch
Yummy - everything was very tasty. Red Velvet Pancakes = heavenly. Go....we'll definitely be going again!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
My party of 4 had a wonderful
My party of 4 had a wonderful brunch at Olives. The service was completely professional and warm; a small hiccup was immediately addressed and then corrected to a degree we've never experienced at other restaurants. The food was awesome as well (completely recommend the lobster mac and cheese and the ham and egg pizza for brunch, along with the sweet patatas bravas!). We will be back.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Couldn't have been nicer
the food was great, the place is pretty, and the service was very slow but the restaurant apologized and bought us a free sample of desserts. I would go back but would go later when the bar is more quiet so that I can hear my guests.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service and food excellent.
Service and food excellent. Noise level is loud, and would be helped by sound absorbing materials. It's hard at times to have a conversation
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant with poor service
The food and the atmosphere were great but the waitress we had was terrible. The service took super long and the server was not friendly.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
As the title implies....there are good salads and there are great salads.....well olives chef produced a great salad. Perfect to start off dinner on a hot summer night in NYC. The food was as expected top notch and our server Solomon was very very good....we also enjoyed a visit from Ian the manager who was gracious and attentive which made our stay most memorable. Thank you olives staff.....we will return.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small drink, big ice
I went to Olives for restaurant week lunch. I thought the menu was original with items that I have not usually seen like sweet potatoes and kale salad. The food was fresh and delicious. The criticism is in the drink menu. I ordered one of their specialty drinks and it came in a rocks glass with an ice cube that almost filled the entire glass. Where was the drink? For the price I was charged, I would have liked a slightly larger glass or a slightly smaller ice cube and a little more drink.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed a visit to Olives during the start of Restaurant Week. The food was amazing from appetizers through dessert. The manager was extremely friendly and present to us the entire night. There was an unexplained delay in getting our food and the manager very quickly became aware of the situation, remedied it, and sent us a complimentary pitcher of sangria (something he had noticed we ordered earlier in the evening.) Overall, a great experience and would recommend visiting Olives.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch with Todd English
I came here for lunch with my coworkers and also to enjoy restaurant week. It was a great spot ear our office and although right in the corner of union square seemed quite intimate. We were seated inside one of the booths further into the restaurant which made it quite interested. The food was amazing, very flavorful with beautiful presentation. The attentive yet not overbearing staff was great. Since we had a meeting we unfortunately had to get our desserts to go. The staff was more than accommodating. Also, we had to change our reservation time up an hour and there was no hassle fom the staff whatsoever. Delicious food, pleasant staff, and open yet intimate atmosphere. Will definitely come back!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time being
This was our first time being at your restaurant and we totally enjoyed the food and service. I would come back again.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Olives still reliably delivers on great food and service!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is absolutely beautiful!!! Such a great place. It is connected to a hotel. There was this beautiful waiting area that some hotel guests seemed to be in- it was comfortable, beautiful, and trendy.
My group of 4 ladies went to enjoy the great menu offered for Restaurant Week. There were great options and everything that we tried tasted delicious and was presented in a clean and trendy way. We were all very satisfied. Also, the service was excellent- everyone was friendly.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Noise beyond noise...
Nice modern setting, excellent server and excellent small plates
made for a nice evening. A sorority reunion spoiled it all with
screaming. We'll give it another try..................
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great and every course well plated! Good salad portion for the Sweet Potato Salad. Watermelon Salad, not what I expected, but, very delicious paring with traditional Mediteranean flavors. Snapper was delicious, however, it could have used a hot pepper and sea salt seasoning to awaken the flavors. The chocolate cake desert with expresso cream was very flavorful. The expresso cream was definitely for the true coffee lover and not just sweet tooth expectations.
Only drawback for my situation which would usually be a plus. The waiters left you alone for too long to enjoy your meal. Water was filled up regularly, but, since this was lunch, I needed a speedier delivery of courses and the check.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Olives during restaurant week. The food was delicious and the service very good. The price of a glass of wine was out of proportion to the price of the meal..
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Whole Wheat Belgium Waffles
So refreshing to find a healthier option in the W's Whole Wheat Belgium Waffle drizzled with powdered sugar, maple syrup, and nutella. Delicious!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful experience
Really liked the open kitchen
Flatbreads are so interesting
Pasta dishes are excellent
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding kale salad and
Outstanding kale salad and try their caramelized banana dessert.
Overall, we were very surprised at the friendly attentive service and the food presentation given that its located in a hotel.
Also, if your into Tequila like their Texas Chef you'll be impressed by their selection.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ordered two appetizers to share since there were the 4 of us. The chorizo flatbread pizza was delicious. We also had the olive spreads which were equally very good. We all decided on the scallops since we were very satisfied with our appetizers and the scallop dish was not as large as the other entrees. Scallops were done just right and the broccolini was perfect. The service was exceptional. The only problem was where they had the rest rooms. Olives is part of the W Hotel so we had to go through the lobby of the hotel and up a long staircase to reach the rest rooms. It was just a minor inconvenience. I would definitely return to this restaurant.
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Tried 3 appetizers recommended by the wait staff and had pasta and fish with my 26 year old son- sat at the high bar tables- good service and surprisingly delightful food
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love Todd English's food
I love Todd English's food and his restaurants are all different (Olives in Las Vegas, Ce Va and Olives in NYC are the ones I've been to). Presentations are always thoughtful and surprising in a good way. The portions are huge (4 lamb rib chops in my dinner). The noise level is high here in comparison to his other places. The bar is fun to sit at. The martini was excellent. The bartender said Todd had been in there the night before...it's nice they seem to know him and that he takes an interest in his places. The only complaint I have is that the banquette I was sitting on almost sunk me lower than the level of the table. I'm not particularly tall. I could have used a booster chair to sit at the grown-ups table.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to eat
I really love Olives A lot. I have gone there on so many special occasions. I found the prices slightly high for what was served, especially $7 for a cup of coffee and $7 for a regular cup of tea at the end of the meal. There was nothing special about the coffee or the tea. That was the only thing I thought was tacky.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
A favorite for evening
The scene at Olives is always lively, but for me it's a neighborhood favorite. The pretty dining room is comfortable and inviting, the service top-notch, and the food is fabulous.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was very good,
The service was very good, food even better – delicious. We had few appetizers, lobster rolls, olives with grilled flatbreads and Octopus salad which was absolutely phenomenal. Followed by the best Greek salad ever, and scallops with grilled vegetables which was amazing. For desert we choose the vanilla soufflé with Tahitian ice cream which was one of the best soufle’s ever.
Food was excellent
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent...
The food was excellent... prosciutto and fig flat bread, lamb sliders, pork loin, duck and ravioli were enjoyed by our party. The service was wonderful. We appreciated that they read the comment when I booked the reservation that we had an 8:00 show and made sure that we were out on time and didn't feel rushed.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent for breakfast
Quick, comfortable, professional for business breakfast
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very helpful to accommodate us as our first table they had sat us at was not in a good spot. The bar crowd was overflowing right up to our table. They also brought us the most amazing flat bread on the house bc of the inconvenience. Only downfall is that it is NOT a place to go if you want a quiet meal. It was a bit loud between music and the acoustics of the room. Will definitely go back.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
OLIVES IS A UNION SQ STANDOUT
The ambiance at lunch is adult-friendly, the music either absent or at a level easily ignored. The menu is rich with appropriate midday choices -- salads with excellent ingredients and flavors as well as a pasta or two, and there is also a three-course lunch that changes daily. There are also Todd English's distinctive flatbreads and a burger if that's what you're in the mood for. Since its renovation several months ago, Olives has added a large and appealing-looking bar that is busy from late afternoon until, presumably, late into the evening.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unbelievable restaurant! The staff was incredible and accommodating, our table was outstanding right next to a gorgeous open kitchen, and the food was lovely!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
An Interesting Mix
A wide variety of ages of people. Reasonable price point, good food, and great service. Was it the best meal I've ever had, No, but that is unfair to compare to some of the places I've eaten at. However, worth the price with the service. Ordered veal agnolatti, def worth a try. Alcoholic Beverage list is a bit overpriced, so I wouldn't suggest drinking here.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM