Wild Olive
Wild Olive

Wild Olive

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.wildoliverestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (843) 737-4177
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jacques Larson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Maybank Hwy & River Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Wild Olive
Bringing a hint of rustic Italy to Johns Island, Wild Olive focuses on simple and comforting Italian fare with ingredients sourced from the Lowcountry’s choice farmers and growers.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Wild Olive reviews from OpenTable diners
329 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
99% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (251)neighborhood gem (202)special occasion (158)romantic (109)notable wine list (94)good for groups (89)hot spot (71)vibrant bar scene (49)kid-friendly (30)late-night find (14)great for brunch (6)scenic view (5)great for lunch (5)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    we very much enjoyed the evening - great food, very comfortable, quietly elegant setting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Time Here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Family dinner out. Tried to get reservations at their "sister restaurant" the Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan's Island but they had nothing available. Have been to OD but not tried WO yet. Great food, excellent service. 3 of the 4 in our party are vegetarians and they accommodated their diet by modifying the dish they wanted on the menu with no problem whatsoever. Very cool dining room atmosphere. Highly recommend Wild Olive on Johns Island and also OD on Sullivan's Island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meet Up
    LuluVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    We met with our wonderful friends and had a marvelous experience. Our friend hs cancer and it was a special night out. We were treated so well and she actually ate most of her dinner. A plus. Thank you for caring about us. You will never know how much it means.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spectacular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Dinner was amazing. Every dish we had was unique and absolutely delicious. The service from our waiter, Alex, was beyond exceptional. The cappuccino he made at the end of the meal was simply stunning. They really should pay him extra for his outstanding barista skills. Thank you, Wild Olive, for making our night so special. We can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nightoit2
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Great dinning with a very attentive staff. The Wild Olive has a real intimate fe
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    PastaNom
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Not only was the food exceptional, our server was extremely knowledgable, personable, and helpful. Loved our experience. Would come back again in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Wild Olive has covered all the bases down to the very detail. The food is always amazing and every single staff member is incredibly professional. I am never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Came here based off some recommendations and I was not disappointed. Food was great, services was excellent, and overall very cozy place to visit. I will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Charleston
    Andrew
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I love this place. Somehow an Italian resturant has captured the spot as the best place to eat a great meal in Charleston. The food is just good. Get the pasta because it is amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another outstanding dinner at Wild Olive!
    lowcountrylady
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The food, service and ambiance is always outstanding at Wild Olive. It is my favorite restaurant in the Charleston area. I try a different dish each time and I am never disappointed. What a great place to take my out of town guest. Thanks to all at Wild Olive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect celebration spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We celebrated my father's 70th birthday at Wild Olive Monday night and had a wonderful evening. The restaurant was warm and inviting with nice lighting and decor. The staff was exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly...and very patient as we finished our carafe of wine at the end of the night! The food was excellent...starting with the soup and salad with local greens. All of us had delicious pasta dishes except for my father who chose the grass-fed steak...He's been raving about it for days! Too full for dessert, we vowed to come back for just a coffee and dessert visit. The Wild Olive is a special place...and will be a destination for my family for years to come!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wild about this Olive
    sullygem
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Never disappointed at the Wild Olive. This is one of my favorite go to restaurants . Consistently very good always from service to food taste and presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite Place
    dolphinlady1
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food is always outstanding, great service and just a wonderful place to dine. It can be a bit noisy so probably not the best place for serious talk but great for a small crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bobby
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    great, really great very good. I hate surveys. please let me get off this web site
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Evening
    4UandU
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    My request for porch seating was honored as was my request that the check be given to me to forestall my guests from grabbing it. The food was as delicious as always and the pistachio/chocolate mousse was a hit for all. Our waiter was SO good to us. It was truly a very special evening for my husband's birthday celebration. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Food and service are always impeccable. Feel comfortable that guest from in and out of town will totally enjoy the experience. Nice to know there is somewhere nearby that I can treat myself to a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We've been frequent customers for several years. Felt a little off their game this trip, service not crisp. Food menu getting a little stale, and flavors not as well forthcoming from the food as usual. Still a good restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    An excellent place to enjoy a fine dining experience without all the flare.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth drive from Charleston
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We had been visiting Charleston for a few days and wanted to find a good Italian restaurant for dinner for 6 of us. I read some of the reviews about other italian restaurants and this one was mentioned in another review, so we looked it up & made reservations. We were not disappointed. Three of us ordered the lasagne and it was delicious! Everything else including the gelatto was very good and the service was great. We will go back when visiting Charleston on our next trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wild Olive is a Hidden Treasure !
    Dink
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    When we travel to Charleston, Wild Olive is a destination dining experience for us. We have recommended it to many of our friends and now they have the same desire to go again and again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    CharlestonDiner
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    A few co-workers who live on John's Island recommended this restaurant and I was so pleased! I went with my boyfriend for a great dinner one weekend and it was worth the drive from James Island and worth not venturing downtown! The food was amazing! We got an appetizer and two entrees to split and try both. I got the special pasta that was potato gnocchi with lamb and goat cheese and it was phenomenal! I wish it wasn't a special so I could order it again. We also split the traditional chicken park which was also delicious. The restaurant is small with dark lighting and tables pretty close together so it did get loud and not very private. I would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    Hometownboy
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Wish I had gotten to this gem sooner . We were eating off of each other's plates! They might as well made it family style. The food was amazing. The service was exceptional for Charleston. Don't need to go downtown for a while .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner!
    livemusic
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We went on a quiet Tuesday evening and were treated like royalty from the beginning to the end. I love the wine list, the menu, and the service. They use lots of local seafood and vegetables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Wild Olive!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Favorite restaurant in Charleston! Wonderful every time we go!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Bit of Italy Near Charleston
    Vito
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Excellent in every way! Great ambiance, great wine list, great menu, attentive service.......couldn't ask for more!!! A fantastic find on the island!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Table to Farm Gem
    Cindy
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This place has great food and great service, although the floor manager was a bit strange. He never looked at me or asked how I was doing, he only asked my husband. All the food we had was delicious. I would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining experience comfort
    Royall
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had tried the sister restaurant on Sullivans called Obstinate Daughter. It was great and we wanted to try Wild Olive. Wild Olive is like walking into a warm friendly kitchen. Comfortable seating. Menu had many choices with sausage and pork dishes. I tried the one with veal. They make their own pasta which is very fresh. The servers are friendly and we got exceptional service. I would highly recommend this restaurant -warm cozy, comfort. Good Italian food for the soul.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Food was superb. Curls to the chef our meal could not have been better and our waiter was top notch. Charming bright and added to our dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MJW1VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Great location to draw from Kiawah and Charleston- nice selection of italian wines and food is great-service is superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    Kate
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We loved everything. Everyone in our party tried something different and shared AND everyone enjoyed every morsel. Thank you for another fabulous dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Book Early - Busy place
    kate
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had an early reservation on a Friday (6:00) and yet the place was full and noisy. Great homemade pastas, good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Italian
    luv2eat
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Always enjoy Wild Olive: food is wonderful, service is terrific, atmosphere cozy. Our go-to spot when we want a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A TRUE DELIGHT!
    jeant
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I chose WO to celebrate my son's wedding anniversary; his birthday and my sister's birthday, all October events. Everything from beginning to end was perfect - our waiter was just remarkable - helpful - attentive. The food was out of this world. I wholeheartedly recommend Wild Olive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Once Again - Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We have had nothing but terrific experiences at Wild Olive. The food is just wonderful and beautifully presented and the servers really know the ingredients and cooking techniques, so don't hesitate to ask about the details!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clairedelune
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    My husband and I were looking for an alternate to southern cooking. Wild olive was a great choice. I had their soup for the evening, mushroom bisque and my husband had cod fish cakes for appetizer. Our entrees were chicken parm and bolonese sauce with pappardelle (smaller portion). Service and food was wonderful. If we had more time we would return. Going home today.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wild Olive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Outstanding food, but extremely noisy environment. Great if you want lots of energy, but not if you want quiet dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    silversmithVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We can always count on a wonderful meal at Wild Olive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ed & Jody
    Nightoit2
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Service was great and the food was outstanding. We are recommending the Wild Olive to our friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Gary
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    They seated us at quiet table, just as requested. The service was excellent. My friends and I had a wonderful evening at Wild Olive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st timers but soon to be regulars!
    swcoop
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was our first visit to Wild Olive and we are so glad we decided to drive to John's Island from Goose Creek. The ambiance was amazing, the prices were extremely reasonable for the amount of food you receive and the food itself was outstanding! Our waitress Amanda was such a joy and had a wonderful personality. We enjoyed everything about the restaurant and have absolutely no regrets going there whatsoever. We highly recommend anyone to give Wild Olive a try-you will not be disappointed!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.