Olive Leaf Bistro

4.2
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208 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean

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About

Olive Leaf Bistro features a cuisine from various Mediterranean regions, riverfront dining in style, spectacular view from dining room and patio, unique/casual atmosphere, outstanding service, and impeccable food!
Chef- owner Jimmy Shraby is a gracious and a dynamic host, always striving for excellence. He’s dedicated to providing his guests with an enjoyable dining experience with one primary goal in mind, to offer the area residents the finest food served by a friendly wait staff & atmosphere grandeur with a plus.
Our goal is to establish a landmark for the Jeffersonville area and a must place to visit by both the locals as well as the tourists. Perfect place for all your special events! Also caters on and off premises.
If you have the means, definitely have olive leaf on your short list (two blocks from big four bridge) for a special occasion meal & enjoy table side desserts flambé.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(812) 913-1252
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andee Thompson
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Neighborhood
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
3.9
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly, causal dining.

OT
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Had trouble finding the restaurant since the name changed.

OT
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Party of 6 for a 70th birthday celebration

EP
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with great food and service! We’ll be back soon.

NF
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Might have been the worst service I’ve ever experienced. My wife is gluten free. We called ahead to verify they had options and were told they did. Waitress was very unknowledgeable. She forgot to tell the cooks to make the pasta dish gluten free. Fortunately we recognized this by the type of pasta on the dish. When we inquired she had to go ask the chef. She stopped at other tables on the way back while our food was cooling off to tell us they had used regular pasta. We sent it back. On the way back to kitchen she sat other patrons who had arrived. 20 minutes later the correct food arrived , but only after I had asked her to go check. A request for Parmesan cheese showed up 10 minutes later. Food flavor was decent but service horrible. No manager to be seen. Outside deck was nice.

OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent. They had no records of my reservation so we had an odd table they made work.
My largest complaint was for 2 items ordered service came back to table just before due and said they ran out of cheese for a salad and I ordered a desert that takes 40 minutes but you came to me and told me no when due to serve.
If I order something tell me at that time we are out of X but don’t let me imagine it and kill it last second.
Food was fantastic just didn’t like how short product was handled

MR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, atmosphere, and food. A bit pricey for family, but perfect for a special night out.

d
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

They did'nt have our reservation on the books. A lot of good it did to book in advance. Thank goodness it was just my wife and I and not a group. We were allowd to sit at the bar and made the best out of a bad situation. Don't think I will trust open table with a reservation again with out following up with the resturant itself

MI
SW Indiana
32 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Sunday brunch buffet is EXCELLENT Our server was very nice but she seemed unsure of herself and was a bit slow. We're definitely coming back for the Sunday brunch buffet!

w
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Never even got to our table. We got there and another group of 4 was at the bar. We waited at the bar for about 15 minutes before we were told there was no bartender. After 20 minutes of no one helping us and the group of 4 saying their reservation was 45 min ago and still were not seated, we left.

S
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I made reservations for 6:30, arrived at 6:30 and was immediately seated by the window which I requested through Open Table. I read how the restaurant is quiet, but on this evening it sounded like a convention of revelers due to a wedding party of approximately 30-40 people. The party quoted down once they received their food, but my wife and I were almost ready to leave. We ordered an appetizer of pitas bread, hummus, babs ghanoosh?, bean salad, pico's and stuffed grape leaves which was very good. My wife ordered Chicken Picata and I had Veal Parmesan. They were both prepared to a higher standard than most restaurants serve. We each had a glass of wine and had a souffle for dessert. Some folks would say this restaurant is pricey. I say you get what you pay for. The quantity is fair for what you pay for. The quality is good. The service was superior, especially when our server, Terri was taking care of us and the large wedding party. My wife liked having our server, Terri save the remainder of her entree and appetizer to go and bagged it. They were wonderful the next day. There was enough for both of us to share. I recall other servers taking care of us also during our meal. I see how the Olive Leaf (now Bella Italia) is the #1 restaurant in Jeffersonville. I trust we will visit again. It is a very relaxing atmosphere when quiet.

KG
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this place! It’s right on the water and has a beautiful patio. Went during Easter brunch and their selection was nice and the food was good.

CH
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly and quaint. Easter brunch with delicious drinks and nice music. The salads and eggs were delicious especially the deviled eggs that were bacon cheddar and cream cheese sausage.

m
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great view of the river, courteous waitress, good food. I recommend confidently.

PM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening, our waitress Terry was awesome. Very helpful being this was our first time there. She answered all our questions and gave us info on the Sunday brunch and Thunder. The food was very good.

JP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Olive Leaf Bistro offers a nice riverside view of the Big Four Bridge, which can be beautiful at night. The food is satisfactory, but better can be found in the area, particularly at a better value. My meal consisted of the lobster bisque, rigatoni bolognese, and souffle, none of which disappointed. The energy in the restaurant was absent, as there was only one table besides us. If you are looking for a nice, quiet meal with a good view, then this is your place. If you are a foodie, explore other options first.

e
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a quiet evening at the Olive Leaf Bistro that translated to a beautiful, quiet setting with a view of the river and prompt and kind attention. We each had the speciality pasta dish with Kalamata olives, with mine adapted to include veal rather than chicken. Both dishes were delicious. The marinara was especially tasty. The stuffed mushroom appetizer was a bit bland but the warm rolls were amazing! We will be back when the weather improves for outdoor seating and another delicious meal.

PS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was great! I had pasta, my husband had a greek salad. We had lemon cake and coffee. Very pleased with the friendly service. The food here is always outstanding!

P
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food quality and value!

M
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was awesome. Everything was fresh. Seafood paella and Linguine with Clam Sauce were truly enjoyed. The service was friendly, fast and professional. The view is nice, located near the bridges and the Ohio River. Highly recommended.

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice quant place, little over priced but good for the location. Service and food very good. Nice guitar playing in background, not too loud. Enjoyed.

TR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Arrived 10 min early for our 7:00 reservation on Valentines Day. We were seated and sat for nearly 20 min with no one greeting us or asking if we would like even a glass of water to drink. We decided to not wait any longer and excused ourselves from the restaurant. We drove around the block and went to O’Shea restaurant and immediately sat at a booth and was greeted within two minutes. Had a nice dinner and salvaged our night.

LQ
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on Valentine's Day. The food was outstanding as usual. Truly enjoy dining here and cannot wait until it is warm enough to eat outside and watch the river and people.

ME
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food here is good, but they were operating on a limited menu for Valentine’s Day, which should be noted when a reservation is made (or we should think to ask). Overall it was fine but we will probably not go here again for events such as this. It has a lovely view, which is a big draw for us.

D
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Highly disappointed in our experience at Olive leaf, we were looking to spend our last night in the area eating on the water. We received sub par service and food, My husband received the wrong meal all together first and the second entrée was store bought frozen pasta and meat soup instead of a bolognaise. I ordered shrimp scampi and the sauce was so creamy that I had to ask if it was alfredo neither of us ate more than a few bites. The staff never once asked how the food was with our plates in plain site mostly untouched. Also they advertised half off bottles of wine online but then said " we don't offer that anymore". Such a beautiful opportunity for a restaurant on the water but completely missed the mark.

JJ
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really had a great night out with my wife in an environment just for adults. No outside noises to interrupt the evening. Will definitely be back thanks for experience.

S
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, but extremely pricey. We went primarily to explore Mediterranean menu options, but there aren't very many. It's mostly Italian staples. Service was very slow even when restaurant wasn't that crowded.

m
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely view of Ohio River and Louisville from Indiana side. All three liked our food served by an anxious-to-please waiter.

d
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The menu had changed the day before. We had decided on this restaurant based on the menu posted online. Almost everything was served with pasta , a few with rice, two with potatoes.We follow a paleo diet and usually find a few items on the menu that work, sometimes with a vegetable substitution. There was nothing on the menu, note we picked this because the old menu had several delicious sounding options. We finally went with items that are not paleo, however the food was ok. Not special for deviating off our diet. Restaurant states it’s Mediterranean and European cuisine. Felt it was mostly ltalian based due to so many options had pasta

RH
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, authentic Mediterranean restaurant! Met the owner who was extremely gracious! Home made EVERYTHING! Desserts to die for! A beautiful view of the Ohio River and the Louisville skyline with a very cozy, relaxed atmosphere. Definitely worth the drive over the bridge from Louisville (I recommend the 2nd St. Bridge!). Only a five minute drive from downtown, but WORLDS AWAY!

MC
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olive Leaf was great! My cocktail was delicious! The lobster bisque was excellent and there was a lot of it. The ravioli was very good. My husband’s blackened mahi mahi was delicious he said. And the suffle was excellent! Will definitely come back again! Enjoyed the guitarist also!

WG
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the vegetarian selections. First time there but won't be the last. Quiet with great view of the river. Waitress was great. The truffle fries were fantastic. Just loved it!

CH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Nice place, need more options for food, fresh bread would be nice. I ask for mushrooms on alfredo which should be a thing, but they had no mushrooms or broccoli which was my second choice. Ask for Riesling and I am pretty sure what I got was not Riesling. Ordered the pumpkin souffle and did not care for that either. That was not the restaurant's fault, that was mine for not knowing what I was ordering. The server did not seem very interested in us or our experience. Might try this place again and hope for a different server and order something else.

RR
Las Vegas
29 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Saw this restaurant on Trip Advisor. Quiet neighborhood gem. Really good food, good service, and quiet enough to have a conversation. The pasta was really good and the bisque was also very good. Would visit again

GA
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was in town for just a couple of days and this is definitely the best restaurant there. Nice view, good food, good wine. And service is excellent.

OT
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service! Very pleased, will return!

B
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The grouper with a lemon caper sauce was delicious! My husband had the homemade lobster ravioli which was also fabulous. Thank goodness he was willing to share. Their Grand Mariner soufflés are always a special treat as well. Our server Jessie was delightful. A wonderful meal with a spectacular evening view of the river!

SH
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Waitress was obviously distracted and forgot bread after offering it. Had to ask for it; she said it was in oven and would be hot when she brought it- it was ice cold. She also put in my husband’s steak as med rare when he had ordered it medium. The steak wasn’t very good anyway so he only ate half of it. My tortellini was just okay. She asked about dessert when I had ordered a soufflé with my entree as the restaurant requested. She said oh yeah, that’s right. And we waited 25 minutes for the soufflé; she’d obviously forgotten to put that order in. When our bill came we had been charged for my husband’s steak twice. Once this was pointed out, it was corrected promptly, but it was just the icing on the cake to an all around bad experience at this restaurant! We will not be going back!

CN
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Had high expectations but the food was really not very good. Flavorless tomatoes and an old balsamic paste led off the meal and the two pasta dishes were not very appealing nor tasty. A good bottle of wine and a few desserts were the only decent part of the meal. Thankfully a fantastic companion was there to make it tolerable

CJ
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I absolutely loved this place. What a great find.

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