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Olivo Ristorante Italiano

4.6
4.6
32 Reviews
£26 to £40
Italian

Offering traditional Italian cuisine in the heart of Guildford, our food is prepared by Italian chefs with only the finest and freshest ingredients. Olivo has a unique charm and everything you need to enjoy an authentic dining experience. Enjoy your meal on our terrace al fresco or within our historic air conditioned restaurant.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–4:30 pm
    Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
    Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm
    Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    01483 303535

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Massimo Ditale

  • Neighborhood

    Guildford

  • Public transit

    Nearest bus stop Millbrook

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Dog Friendly, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wi-Fi available, Wine

Menu

Main

  • Zuppa dello Chef

    Our Chef's soup of the day

    • Prosciutto e Melone

      Parma ham and melon

      • Caprina* **

        Cold salad of goat's cheese, walnuts, beetroot, mixed leaf salad, balsamic dressing sauce

        • Bruschetta*

          Ciabatta bread, tomato, garlic, basil, olive oil

          • Crocchette di Pesce***

            Deep fried smoked salmon, crab meat, leek and potato fish cakes, marinara sauce

            • Fish of the Day***

              (£2.50 Extra) Our daily chef's suggestion

              • Casarecce

                Casarecce pasta, pork sausage, broccoli, onion, chilli, tomato sauce, salted ricotta cheese

                • Pasta of the Day

                  Our daily chef's suggestion

                  • Ortolana*

                    Spinach and ricotta ravioli pasta, mixed vegetables, garlic, olives, tomato sauce

                    • Pollo ai Funghi

                      Pan fried chicken breast, mushroom, garlic, cream, white wine sauce. Accompanied with oven roasted rosemary potatoes

                      • Pizza a Piacere (Pizza as you like)

                        10" Personal pizza, choose three toppings

                        For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                        What 32 people are saying

                        Overall ratings and reviews

                        4.6
                        4.6 based on all time ratings
                        • 4.6Food
                        • 4.6Service
                        • 4.5Ambience
                        • 4.3Value

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                        1. HH

                          HelenaH

                          Gloucestershire

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 28, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great place for pre- theatre dining. Like that they don't have background music so that people can talk without irritating distraction/ inability to hear properly. Nice social buzz and pleasant waiting staff who are attentive without being intrusive. Good options on fixed price menu which is extremely good value but would like to see this changed more frequently since it was same as on last visit. Dishes are very well executed and tasty. Not the same formulaic recipes normally dished up by Italian chain restaurants.

                        2. JS

                          JasonS

                          Hampshire

                          2 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on March 28, 2019

                          overall5food4service4ambience3

                          Good except for fire alarm sounding for about 45 mins!

                        3. CG

                          ChrisG

                          London

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on March 17, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          My fav restaurant, go at least once a month. Love the sea bass.

                        4. LT

                          LisaT1

                          London

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 24, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Perfectimo! Special occasion and everything was great, food, service, table etc and would highly recommend.

                        5. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Surrey

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on February 6, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Meeting up with old friends couldn’t have been more fun. Good food, Good ambience great evening.

                        6. AB

                          AnneB

                          Berkshire

                          18 reviews

                          5.0

                          18 reviews

                          Dined on January 31, 2019

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Thoroughly enjoyable, thank you!

                        7. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          London

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on January 23, 2019

                          overall3food1service3ambience2

                          Poor food, grit in risotto, too much truffle oil in everything

                        8. CW

                          CarolineW

                          Berkshire

                          5 reviews

                          4.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on January 10, 2019

                          overall4food4service4ambience5

                          I came in for a meal with my god-daughter who has just moved to Guildford. Olivo is a good restaurant and I have eaten here before so I felt it was a good choice for her first dining experience in Guildford. I was pleased that we had a nice evening. We shared a starter and then both had mains and coffee. The food was excellent as ever. Very nice service as ever from very professional cheerful and attentive staff. Very reasonable too. It was a good sign that the restaurant was busy on a cold dark Thursday in early January. I definitely recommend Olivo and will come again.

                        9. ST

                          StephenT

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on December 3, 2018

                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                          Friendly and authentic with great food. Have been here twice for dinner in last few weeks. I find it very odd that they don't take the trouble to remove the lunch special menu cards when they give you the evening menu. This is the 1st and prominent menu you see and feels like they don't care I am here for dinner.

                        10. U

                          Up4food

                          London

                          26 reviews

                          4.0

                          26 reviews

                          Dined on November 20, 2018

                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                          First visit and thought the food was excellent, good variety and everyone enjoyed their choices. I had the fish stew which was delicious. Didn't choose a particularly good wine but probably my fault as I am not very up on Italian whites! Will definitely be visiting again.

                        11. ET

                          ET1971

                          Edinburgh

                          4 reviews

                          5.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined on October 17, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          What a find! Excellent service, a great choice of Italian favourites and a very nice cocktail!

                        12. N

                          Nonickname

                          Hampshire

                          5 reviews

                          5.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on September 23, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Very good. Use it a lot. Just wish that they would not put an optional 12per cent service charge on the bill.

                        13. AW

                          AndrewW

                          London

                          2 reviews

                          4.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on August 9, 2018

                          overall4food4service3ambience4

                          Food and ambience were great, the only small complaint was the waiter was slightly too attentive and watched over our table, I would have preferred if he stood further from our table when not attending for specific reason such as taking the order and clearing away plates. I prefer to pour my own wine.

                        14. N

                          Nonickname

                          Hampshire

                          5 reviews

                          4.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on July 23, 2018

                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                          Pleasant in every way but I do object most strongly to the adding a 12per cent gratuity. Makes it embarrassing to have to ask for it to be deleted. Dont see why I should contribute to the restaurant wage bill . Also this gratuity incorporates 20 per cent vat so the government also gets a tip. You do not give airline cabin crew a tip or the supermarket check out operator a tip for doing their job. So why restaurant staff? If the establishment wish to charge more they should incorporate rhis in the price. Just a con by restaurants to.increase their prices

                        15. M

                          Mike

                          Surrey

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on June 27, 2018

                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                          A further return visit to Olivio didn’t disappoint even though they hadn’t noticed the Open Table booking. Service was friendly and helpful and food was great, I had swordfish steak which I had never had before and it was delicious

                        16. SC

                          SimonC

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on June 21, 2018

                          overall5food4service4ambience4

                          Met up with an old friend and we were both impressed with quality of the food, the service, value for money and the restaurant in general in terms of its cleanliness, interior etc. Its well worth a visit, as its a real "gem of a place" if your visiting Guildford.

                        17. a

                          ajpdining

                          New York Area

                          11 reviews

                          5.0

                          11 reviews

                          Dined on June 10, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Authentic Italian food. Delicious and our standing service. Will be back .

                        18. P

                          Paulineh

                          Surrey

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on June 7, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Excellent food. Friendly service. Cannot fault it. Good vegetarian choice too

                        19. LH

                          LesterH

                          London

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 16, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          This was a periodic meeting for lunch of a group of retired civil servants, for whom Guildford is a convenient centre. Olivo offers good value, good service and a relaxed atmosphere, and in handy for the station, since se all arrive by train.

                        20. J

                          Jato

                          London

                          8 reviews

                          3.0

                          8 reviews

                          Dined on May 2, 2018

                          overall3food3service4ambience3

                          Nice location in beautiful Guildford. I went there with my daughter who's studying uni in University of Surrey. The general ambience is nice, but we were a bit unlucky and had a company dinner next to us. It was noisy but we give them the benefit of doubt that not every day is like that. We found the table to be tiny. We had a mix platter of Italian goodies to start with, which was excellent. My daughter had some pasta, while I went for a risotto that was recommended. Both were good but not surprising or unforgettable. In particular my risotto was of need of at least a bit of salt and the rice was a bit too done. Service was very good. Helpful guys, quick on serving. Price was fair for what we got. We paid £55 for a nice meal. I'm afraid to say, but in all honesty not sure we're going back. There's another Italian restaurant around the corner that is some notches above this one.

                        21. NF

                          NicholasF

                          London

                          4 reviews

                          5.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined on March 7, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Excellent traditional Italian food served without fuss

                        22. C

                          Cookie

                          London

                          9 reviews

                          5.0

                          9 reviews

                          Dined on February 16, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Consistently great food. Enjoyable ambience. Attentive service.

                        23. a

                          alanj

                          Surrey

                          3 reviews

                          4.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on February 13, 2018

                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                          Booked online at last minute but not a problem. table found, very attentive staff and accepted immediately my (slight) complaint about chewy calves liver. Service charge was promptly taken off which was much appreciated.

                        24. P

                          Paulineh

                          Surrey

                          2 reviews

                          4.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on February 13, 2018

                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                          Very friendly service and good value lunch menu. Would recommend

                        25. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          London

                          4 reviews

                          5.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined on February 4, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great for big family get together . Top service & something for everyone

                        26. J

                          Judith

                          Hampshire

                          5 reviews

                          5.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on January 9, 2018

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Lovely place, quick service, good value 2 course lunch menu.

                        27. DP

                          DrPFM

                          New York Area

                          8 reviews

                          4.0

                          8 reviews

                          Dined on November 20, 2017

                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                          We met up with some old friends for lunch and the fantastic fixed menu proved more than satisfactory for two older couples looking for a pleasant meal and a chance to catch up. The Italian flavours are authentic and well balanced, the service is excellent, pleasant and professional and the prices are affordable. We will be back whenever we are in that area again.

                        28. B

                          Bigband

                          London

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on October 26, 2017

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We love this restaurant. It is very Italian and extremely helpful and accommodating. The food was excellent, especially the monkfish baked in pancetta. The staff were smiley and attentive, the service was outstanding and the meal was produced incredibly quickly to enable us to go to the theatre as we had arrived late for our reservation. Particularly good if you’re going to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre as it’s about three minutes walk away. Thoroughly recommended.

                        29. P

                          Paulineh

                          Surrey

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on October 24, 2017

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Wonderful food and service. Such good value! A vegetarian option on set menu would be great. Only criticism!

                        30. B

                          Bigband

                          London

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on October 8, 2017

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          We had to move our booking from 9.30 pm to 7.30 pm on the day and they were really helpful. The service was excellent, and the food was comfortingly Italian; the slow roast pork melted in the mouth and the helpings were generous but not too huge. The restaurant is particularly convenient for eating before any visit to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and have good opening hours - generally until 10.30 pm (9.30 pm on Sundays). We really enjoyed our visit and will go back again as soon as possible.

                        31. RH

                          RichardH

                          Surrey

                          4 reviews

                          5.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined on September 25, 2017

                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                          Excellent service - attentive, cheerful and rapid; and pleasant and agreeable cooking (with a big range)

                        32. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          San Francisco

                          8 reviews

                          5.0

                          8 reviews

                          Dined on August 18, 2017

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Wonderful food. They accommodated us with making a pasta dish off the menu for my toddler to eat. Very friendly team. Gorgeous setting. Bathrooms very clean.

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                        • Neighborhood

                          Guildford

                        • Hours of operation

                          Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–4:30 pm
                          Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
                          Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm
                          Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm

                        • Cuisines

                          Italian

                        • Dining style

                          Casual Elegant

                        • Dress code

                          Casual Dress

                        • Public transit

                          Nearest bus stop Millbrook

                        • Payment options

                          AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                        • Executive chef

                          Massimo Ditale

                        • Additional

                          Banquet, Bar Dining, Dog Friendly, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wi-Fi available, Wine

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