Olive & Basil

4
119 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Serving weekend Breakfast; daily Lunch and Dinner in la Jolla Cove with an outstanding Ocean View. In the Heart of Girard Avenue, Olive and Basil is the newest Mediterranean Fusion restaurant in San Diego, serving fresh and healthy cuisine. Our chefs have traveled all over the world, bringing their expertise of Mediterranean cuisine combined with a Southern Californian touch. Our Food is prepared fresh daily with our high quality ingredients from local farms.
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4.3
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53% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KimC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great waitress but the food was decent but not fabulous. Good location but needed to be cleaned.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner w adult kids…excellent service, delicious food.

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vipparticularbutpleasant
Denver
58 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Guac tastes canned but ceviche was good! Burgers good too!

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chefshannon
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was incredibly disappointing and VERY expensive. My husband’s lamb roast was flavorless, seemed unsalted. My daughter’s shrimp pasta was odd and not at all as described in menu. Taste wasn’t great, I could easily have made better. My surf & turf kabobs were ok but the shrimp was overcooked and they served the basmati rice dry. When I asked for melted butter, they said they didn’t have any, really? Waste of time and money. Clearly lacks a real head chef.

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LeslieM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Beautiful setting and good service, but the food lacked significantly. Overpriced for what was received. No flavor I’m the kabobs, tacos were drowned in creamy sauce with little meat. Hummus was good.

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vipBorisD
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Great service! We came with our friends who had two young babies and they were very accommodating. Beautiful views of the ocean too. Highly recommend.

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stephanieB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to dine our server was very friendly and attentive, the quality of the food was very good and perfect portion size. Beautiful views of the park and ocean.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very bad experience!
I am so sad to have this kind of bad experience with our local restaurants. I took a family from out of town thinking it would be a lovely evening and ended it up a disaster. We waited 1 hour for a simple guacamole to start and when our food arrived after the hour it was impossible to eat. Salads were drowned in dressing and very unappealing presentation. I tried to complain to the waitress and manager but ignoring our table was the response. Very disappointing!!
La Jolla is a jewel to have restaurants with this poor quality.
Can’t recommend it at all

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SundayDiner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The menu had incorrect information on it, and the food was greasy and not very flavorful. We never got the water we requested and had to wait a long time for the other drinks we requested. It's difficult to find parking nearby.

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vipTracyN
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great views! Great service! Great value!

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vipTracyN
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views. Great food. Great service. Margaritas a bit weak.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great food and nice people!

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JohnB
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Great hostess and sever. Went for seafood but not much to chose from. Shrimp appetizer was great. Olive and Basil pasta with shrimp was bad. Shrimp over cooked and very oily. Oh no bread! They are more Greek Mediterranean! My suggestion, don’t go!

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JulieP
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The servers were super friendly, but I think the food/drinks were lacking.

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Heather
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The service was good and the patio had a nice view. The food was not work the price.

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Yalda
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made this reservation for my husband to celebrate Father's Day with him and our toddler. The host was very accommodating, with outstanding service. Not to mention, the food was delicious and the vibe was amazing. Thank you so much!

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DavidK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Waitress had an attitude . Too bad. Food was just okay. Shrimp pasta was poor.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good staff was friendly and pleasant

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Salmon was amazing. Also the ahi tuna salad.

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KyleC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Value! Had a outstanding time with friends. Food was good and service was great. Would definitely visit again.

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vipAnthonyW
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing with a nice view of the ocean. The staff was friendly and courtesy. You have to try the Limoncello cake for desert.

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Christina
London
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Tracy was extremely accommodating and such an awesome server, one of the best I've encountered, hands down. I love how she even made banter with my parents. We enjoyed a wonderful family dinner on the patio, and couldn't have had a better time that evening. Thank you, Tracy!

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vipsdn8tv
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is great. Was disappointed that there wasn't really a view. Hard to tell from images posted. Parking is always difficult in this area

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AnaQ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALL Was GREAT!!!! Host amazing very professional 100% worth to go!

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AustinB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Service was good. Food is very poor, especially for downtown La Jolla. I was elated to find a last minute reservation on a Saturday night for us, but I understand now why they had so availability.

Perhaps this is a better place for brunch because of the view?

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Lmel
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food was bland and lacked flavor. I want sure if this was a Mexican restaurant or a Mediterranean restaurant. The service and the view were good, though.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our server!!! Made our night

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a very low key but nice restaurant. Great food and views!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Host was not polite or welcoming. Took too long to get water. No one told us the menu is online & we needed to scan a code to access, but we figured it out. Kids meals were much too large & double the price of most kids meals for simple pasta. Kids got wrong sauce on pasta. Chicken that was supposed to be added to pasta was just a side order of kebab. It was very strong flavor & did not go with the pasta dish. Food took almost an hour.

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vipRobin
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was just beautiful but the big surprise was how great the food was! We had Gyro plates, hummus, greek salad, lamb shank and all of it was truly delicious. We are a foodie family and everyone raved about it. Great surprise. The service was very good only wish they had a full bar with real alcohol not the rice kind but they do have lots of beer and wine! Would highly recommend it!

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vipMichaelB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Brutal, understaffed, not the waiters fault, he had too many tables for one person to wait on, fill water, and bus the tables. Wish the food looked like some of the pictures, but rather it was under par as well.

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vipHappyWyf
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Just extremely over priced for what could’ve been purchased at a mall food court restaurant with a similar theme.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Place wasn’t bad. Food was decent, a cool place to have a drink on the balcony.

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PVPV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a great experience. Server was super friendly. My only recommendation is to reduce the volume of the music. It is fine for the night scene, but was way too loud for breakfast.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made reservations here for 8pm on Valentine’s Day with my wife. We got there on time, got seated, and nobody came by our table for an hour. It was 9pm and we still hadn’t even gotten any water. We finally got the attention of a waiter at 9:10 and told him the situation, and he simply shrugged his shoulders and said “sorry.” When we said we were just going to leave, he didn’t even bat an eye or care to really apologize or fix the situation. What a horrible experience.

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EthanB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The wine glasses were dirty, the service was very poor. The food was pretty good. The service staff didn’t seem to care very much.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

In town visiting for work travel and wanted to try somewhere different. This place left much to be desired.

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vipDaphne
New England
32 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience1

This restaurant is more like a Greek diner that has a nice location. The furnishings are diner. The menus were tired. We were wanting a festive place with a view and it was literally empty on a Tuesday eve that was a perfect sunset.
We left and didn’t eat there. Maybe on a busy night or perhaps an informal lunch, we will come back.
The servers and hostess were kind and didn’t give us any neg vibes when we left.

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MaryR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love the view from the patio of the ocean and the menu is amazing

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nwManatee
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely wait staff. Our hostess, Artemisia, was friendly and conscientious to our needs. Our waiter, Vinny, was personable and knowledgeable about the menu. Both made the experience quite pleasant.

The food was also awesome. Tasty dishes. Appropriate portions. Nice flavor profiles. Also, the variety of offerings should please a variety of dietary needs.

I would definitely recommend.

FAQs

Olive & Basil does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Olive & Basil also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 412-4912.

Olive & Basil is rated 4 stars by 119 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.