Olive Bistro Cafe

4.6
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28 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
We offer a variety of Mediterranean and Turkish dishes, all served within a comfortable, warm setting. The restaurant provides generous portions while maintaining modest prices
What 28 People Are Saying
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E
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This ia a great find! Very good quality Turkish food. They serve great quality Doner (Gyro/Shawarma) during the weekends. Some of the dessert items were not available in our visit but we hope to be back to sample those! Highly recommend.

SH
New York Area
362 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food. Friendly staff.

FN
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is simply amazing- food, service & lovely people! A definite regular for us.

VT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and ambience!

RJ
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly great place to enjoy a delightful evening of Turkish/Mediterranean delicacies and wine! The quality of the food was excellent and wonderful value. Come very hungry!

AG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I try to venture beyond zucchini pancakes and the white bean salad but the memory of these tasty dishes is so vivid that I order both again.

OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was very slow and wait staff was inattentive. Food is fabulous so I will go back.

DC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

third time here. food mixed. fish undercooked. doner tasteless and chewy.
apps good. drinks came after food. 3 meals came at different times.
disappointed as previous visits were better.
very busy and not enough wait staff. not sure abt returning or recommending
as in past

GB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dinner at Olives! Everything we ordered was delicious, even the fettuccine Alfredo my daughter ordered. Highly recommend the moussaka and ground lamb kebabs. Also the feta cheese, dill and parsley wrapped in philo was very very good. Definitely will be returning!!

OK
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Authentic and very fresh.
Great neighborhood place.

W
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superior and distinctive -- it was prepared and served artfully, and the taste was particular.

G
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was friendly and answered all of our questions about the various items on the menu. Food choices are varied - just enough for there to be a variety without being overwhelmed. Our group stayed and chatted for quite a while. The staff did not rush us at all. We were not even given our check until we asked. I do want to return to try out other items on the menu. Be aware that the portions are generous, so avoid having a lot of appetizers along with a first course unless you are a big eater. Everything we ordered was well spiced and delicious.

C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olive Bistro is a neighborhood jewel! We have dined here many times and are always delighted by the delicious food, beautiful presentation, and outstanding service. The atmosphere is relaxing and comfortable. When the weather is nice, it's also lovely to sit outside.

ED
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, warm service, space between tables----everything perfect. Try snapper with crab as a special if you go soon.

T
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellentl by every measure. Combo plate delicious. Stuffed cabbage leaves superb. Quiet. Personable service.

MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first trip to Olive Bistro and a wonderful experience it was. Service, food and ambiance was all all we expected. Our wait staff was attentive and helpful in ordering and I liked all the dishes we ordered.

N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a wonderful addition to our neighborhood! Food is always good and the staff super friendly. Lots of space if you have a big group! And equally cosy for a small table. I love having this restaurant so close to us. Definitely try it and go often to support good neighborhood restaurants!

D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Turkish food in a simple and unpretentious setting. Delicious meal!

DU
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Find Another Place to Eat: This was disappointing. I ordered a salad with grilled chicken. The weird greens were tasteless and looked like weeds. Any tomato and red pepper slices in the salad were so thin and minimal as to be difficult to get on a fork. The chicken was dry. My friend ordered stuffed eggplant and she seemed to enjoy it. I wouldn't go back.

t
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful addition to the Friendship area!
Delicious Turkish menu; wonderful service and ambiance.
I will definitely recommend OLIVE to my friends.

DC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous authentic turkish food in wonderful environment.

it was a perfect evening of delicious food, attentive service and ease of conversation

cant wait to go back

c
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately Olive Bistro Cafe was way understaffed and only one of the 3 staff was efficient. The food was quite good but not superb. There was live music but it should have been Turkish not the 20 top hits from the past 50years. The pasties in the mostly empty cases were clearly labelled by the piece but we were told a minimum order was 4 pieces and we couldn't mix them up.

J
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Very good food. Lovely staff. All was great

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food and very attentive and helpful service, in the old world traditional style. We were not rushed and had to request the check. It was like taking a mini trip to Turkey.

L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great addition to the neighborhood and only Turkish food above Dupont Circle/Georgetown. Fine versions of Turkish icons, pleasant atmosphere, good service.

m
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Turkish food! Well prepared. All very good

S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be going back! The flavors were distinct and authentic, the presentation attractive, the service attentive and welcoming. The traditional appetizers we ordered were satisfying and wonderful with the freshly baked bread, and the main dishes well-proportioned and delightfully savory. Still room for dessert, though, thank goodness.

A
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and friendly staff! Delicious meal every time. Highly recommend for a business meeting or quiet dinner with a friend.