Olive Leaf Bistro

3.9
172 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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, Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 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
Jimmy Sharby
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Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 172 People Are Saying
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4.2
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66% of people would recommend it to a friend
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15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 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.

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

Fabulous food and service! Very pleased, will return!

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B
Phoenix
5 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!

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SH
Louisville
1 review
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!

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CN
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

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

I absolutely loved this place. What a great find.

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N
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and our server, Jessie, was fabulous! Lovely , relaxing view of the Ohio River. This is our “go to” place for special occasions. The Mediterranean salmon is a favorite!

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CB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Perfect evening! Food was great. We will be back again.

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PH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall great. There was a concert on the riverbank which on occasion was a little loud.

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DT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely exquisite! We are there two Friday evenings in a row. Fantastic food! Guests and business thought out of this world! Bacon wrap dates. Bruschetta. Steak. Chit ken Parmesan. Fish. The prepared a chicken butter piccata w capers for my husband even though it’s not on their menu. Two different pastas. Everyone went crazy! We had great cocktails, good wine. Crepe brûlée, canola, and the molten cake was incredible.

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R
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Surprisingly small portions, particularly my Mahi Mahi dish that couldn't have been more than 3 oz and was overdone. My wife's salmon was a bit bigger but also overdone. Service was not great as our waiter had a difficult time understanding us (language barrier). We won't be returning.

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M
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

It was a nice Sunday. We were looking for a really good place to eat outdoors by the river and not spend a fortune. Olive Leaf Bistro was prefect.

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S
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Mediocre food at best. Beautiful river view but quality of food is disappointing.

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S
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster ravioli was amazing - the most flavorful I have ever had! Wonderful, attentive service. A really nice place with a great view of Louisville.

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MK
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was over cooked. Dry chicken and scorched fish.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Although the service was great, the food isn’t quality enough for the price tag.

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ME
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The chicken wasn’t done when it arrived however we sent it back and it was redone perfectly. The server was gracious and kind and took the entree off the bill and gave us a free dessert. Fabulous atmosphere sitting outside overlooking Ohio river on a cool summer evening. We will return.

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m
Louisville
23 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Second visit and the last. Food is just bland, boring and over priced. The alfredo sauce was thinner than soup and made a huge mess all over the table trying to eat it. Everyone at the table needed an umbrella.

Both visits we felt like we were inconveniencing the server.

I guess it is what they say - location, location, location. The river view is the only it has got going for it.

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RB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Something happened in the last year. Have eaten there in the past with great experience. This time service terrible food was microwaved no flavor and well over priced. My out of town friends were very disappointed. Should and will go to Moma Rosa next time. Sorry the place has gone down. Nice location

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d
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal and service. View of river a plus

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A
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

First time visiting: Food was very good. However, their business was very slow, so they wanted to close early on a Friday night, this cutting our a little date short. That didn't seem like the best service to me considering we were racking up a $95 bill.

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A
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

This is the second time we’ve eaten at Olive Leaf, the first time was back in February for a birthday celebration and thought it was wonderful. It was dark outside and the setting and ambiance just felt different because of the time of year. This time, we had a party of 8 and were celebrating relatives in from Dallas. It felt very stodgy this time, there was a funky odor and didn’t get the same vibe. However, the appetizers were great, salads looked great but I ordered the salmon and was really disappointed. I didn’t care for the sauce which came with it, it was flavorless and it came with some broccoli. It was just okay and I didn’t finish it. Not sure if I’ll go back. Sitting outside with the music would be nice if the weather is nice.

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GB
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary dinner. Food was great, service was fine. Only negative was that the outside patio is right on the street so it was noisy and we got exhaust fumes. Eat inside and you'll still have a good view of the Ohio River.

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DA
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

on line menu showed much more selection then the in house menu had. small portion for the money. Not very much to choose from.

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HE
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed sitting on the deck listening to music and watching passers by.

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JP
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We stopped in en route to a race thinking we were eating in Louisville and found a charming neighborhood across the river from Louisville with excellent service and food. Parking in front of the restaurant. Live music inside (guitarist and back up singer). The whole experience was such pleasant surprise. Highly recommend.

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DW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very good time!! Plus I really enjoyed the food ,and service!!

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d
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for Sunday brunch. Food, service, and being on the river makes this place a other Sunday visit.

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TR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Took the family for Mother's Day and enjoyed a very nice brunch. Food was delicious and a nice variety, including desserts. Service was friendly and attentive, and there was live music from a guitarist. The dining room, however, was very warm as if the air conditioner wasn't able to keep up with the 90 degree day. Also, they advised me when they brought the bill that on parties of 5 or more they automatically added the gratuity...20% on the tax-included total. That seems a little odd for only 5 people and a buffet. Regardless, it was a nice celebration.

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m
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

We love the Olive Leaf Bistro. We had reservations for our mothers, children and grand babies for Mother’s Day. They seated us in a private dining room which we at first thought was very nice, however, the room got extremely hot and stuffy. Our waiter, who was wonderful, tried to adjust the temperature but it just did not help. They definitely need to do some HVAC work for this room. This rest of the restaurant seemed fine. The buffet set up for Mother’s Day was excellent though, and I don’t usually like Buffets. It was nicely done.

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LG
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my wife and mother here for Mothers Day. We have a wonderful brunch. The food was excellent and the service was great. We will return.

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MG
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed dinner with friends in the outdoor area. Nice seating area, great food with great presentation and nice view of Louisville. Great service as well!

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S
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We stayed in Jeffersonville for the Kentucky Derby. We had dinner at Olive Leaf on the Friday night before the Derby and were pleasantly surprised. An interesting menu with several choices of interest. Food was very good, and the service from Byron was excellent.

Nice view and overall ambiance.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was average. No staffed bar tender; servers are required to prepare all bar items. Wait for drinks was 20 minutes or more. We use to love this restaurant. Probably will not go back!

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KL
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Well, it was prom night so I don’t want to be too hard on the server who had several tables. She didn’t show up at key times. And did t pace the food well. The lobster bisque was more like watery tomato colored dribble with a chunk of some canned lobster. The other dishes were okay, but not stellar.

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ET
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice view of the river and great outdoor dining.

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Z
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Not sure if it was OpenTable or Olive Leaf Bistro responsibility, but the wife and I were in Louisville for the weekend for our 1 year wedding anniversary. We made reservations Friday for Sunday evening thinking it could still be busy due to Thunder Over Louisville. We spent the money to Uber from the hotel to the restaurant just to find out they were closed due to equipment failure. Was quite embarrassing to say the least since we were all dressed up and with Uber. Had to enter email/phone for the reservation, so would think it would be easy enough to give a heads up. Again, not sure if it would be the restaurants or OpenTables responsibility, or even mine for not checking up on the reservation, but at least send a text or email. Mainly leaving this review as a suggestion to improve service. Needless to say to ignore my ratings for the food for i'm sure their food is amazing, but was unable to verify.

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KA
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked through Open Table. When we arrived the restaurant was closed.
There was only a small paper written by hand, saying that they were closed because of problems with some equipment.
I felt disappointed.

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SM
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stumbled onto the restaurant because we were spending the night on the road in Jeffersonville, Indiana. We like Mediterranean food and decided to give it a chance. Perhaps we just chose wisely (Paella and a grilled bronzini whole fish with lobster risotto), but both dishes were, quite simply, superb. We travel and eat out a good bit; I would definitely rank it in the top 10 per cent--maybe 5 per cent--of restaurants we've eaten over the last decade.

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JO
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Left after 30 minutes and no service. We didn't even get two glasses of water. The hostess came by once and said she'd get someone to us. After 10 more minutes with no one coming to our table and other tables around us getting service, we walked out. I don't honestly think anyone at the restaurant noticed or cared. After all, they had my contact info on the reservation and I never heard back from them.
We might give them another shot someday, but probably not worth it from what I saw.

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