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The Olive Tree Cafe, New York, NY

The Olive Tree Cafe

4.8
4.8
231 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Established 1969
Upstairs from the Comedy Cellar - Great food, great drinks, silent movies, chalkboard tables, GREAT FUN!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Comfort Food, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–1:15 am Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–2:45 am
  • Phone number
    (212) 254-3480
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Greenwich Village
  • Cross street
    Minetta Lane
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    A/C/E/B/D/F/M to W 4th St stop
  • Entertainment
    Live music every Friday evening from 10pm -2am
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch

What 231 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

231 Reviews
  1. MaxH

    Jacksonville

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic chicken wings. It's directly above the comedy cellar, which was interesting when I had to cross the middle of a comedy show to use the restroom! Great place to eat before or after a show or just whenever.

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  2. MichaelE

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is quirky, old time village, colorful and comfortable. The food is simple and good and portions are generous. It’s a great place to talk and relax with some friends and have drinks. It’s inexpensive too!

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  3. RichardH

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome. Music and food unbelievable. The quality of music is of a very high level

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  4. JEM50

    Little Rock

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal waiting to go to comedy show. Service was attentive. Drinks were good. Food was very good. Will return

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  5. TheaC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A flash back to the Village in the 80s, funky, friendly, good food, with old comedy film screened on a wall - and you might see one of any number of current hot comedians at the next table!

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  6. AshleyT

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there before seeing a set at the comedy cellar and had a wonderful time.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place to visit before your comedy show at Comedy Cellar. The food is a lot better than you would expect for such a little hole in the wall place.

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  8. ChristopherC

    Baltimore

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot to grab a bite to eat in the West Village. Bonus if you are a standup comedy geek as you never know who you will see in the dining room.

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  9. MyraV

    New York City

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was outstanding! The menu selection is limited. The food was good.

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  10. JillG

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the atmosphere of the restaurant. It has a very cool vibe! The servers were great and attentive, the drinks were really good, and the food was delicious! I would definitely go back.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We booked a reservation at Olive Tree at the same time that we reserved for the Comedy Cellar at Village Underground (we booked the restaurant on Comedy Cellar’s site). It was a good call — they were expecting us, knew that we had tickets and an obligation at Village Underground, and worked to get us in and out on time without ever making us feel rushed. The food was just right.

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  12. RonnaW

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was not good. All our meals came out at different times. We hadn’t finished the appetizer platter because it took 20 minutes to get more pita. All the orders for main courses weren’t even taken at the same time.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome restaurant, great atmosphere, good company. The Olive Tree at the Village, Manhattan. 10/10🤩✨⭐️🌟💫

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  14. MichaelE

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasantly surprised by the place and food. I enjoyed everything and it is reasonably priced.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the experience! Would definitely go again .

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best vibe, decent food and the music is to die for

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  17. RebeccaS

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great to sit in the building where my favorite show was depicted as where the “friends” lived. Food was delicious, a little pricy but I am a Jersey country girl lol. I would cone again, maybe bring my two kids and step dad next time I visit the city. And you’re not too far from Taylor swifts old home, my daughters favorite person by the way! Thanks again! Also love the tshirt with the embroidered name! ❤️ Rebecca Shuster

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  18. ViennaB

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food, at great prices with an awesome server (Melinda). I now would recommend it as the MUST eat place to be before a show, as Our server escorted us easily downstairs and checked us in for the comedy cellar show, which was awesome! We also saw a lot of the comics eating there, which made it feel like an authentic spot!

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  19. TWC1

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The cocktails and food were good. Enjoyed the convenience of being above the Comedy Cellar as we had a reservation for that night.

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  20. suzyM

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed everything about our experience. The server was on top of it and made great recommendations. If you’re going to a show just let them know and they’ll make sure you’re on time. We’ll definitely go back!

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  21. Karlee

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A must go to if you’re going to Comedy Cellar. The staff was absolutely incredible and kind! We were running late so they got us our reserve slip from FBPC so we only had to leave 5min before our 830 show!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place, great ambiance! Coming back every time

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  23. ChrisR

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    a bit loud for me so I will try to arrive earlier. Please include falafel balls on the Mediterranean salad like you used to!

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  24. LauraT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love stopping by for food and drinks at the Olive Tree before a comedy show. The food menu is not huge but everything is made very well. It is a very cozy place with friendly servers.

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  25. PamelaA

    Little Rock

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was okay. They expect 25 percent for a tip when the food in not great and service is just okay. I got the Caesar Salad. Had to add chicken. $25 for that and it was a small salad not a full size. I will not eat at one again. Overall, not my type/choice of food. Plus, most all foods were spicy. Can’t do that.

    1 person found this helpful

  26. PeterandGill

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Corn Chicken was dry with no sauce available after we requested. Food not enjoyed Nice ambience, Charlie Chaplin videos good

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  27. 2sheetshotmess

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Awesome place to grab dinner before a show downstairs!

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  28. JennaE

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a cute spot! It was so cozy and I loved the chalk tables. It was cool to catch glimpses of some of the comedians from the cellar. The food was delicious and priced reasonably. Even with the random health inspection the service was fantastic and everyone was apologetic about the wait. I also loved seeing the interactions with the staff—definitely a group that gets along but it didn’t detract from the service at all. I would absolutely go again.

    1 person found this helpful

  29. ErinC

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Best Hummus and cheesecake I’ve ever had. The chicken kebabs were very juicy and flavorful. You can draw on the tables with chalk and the vibes were cute and old school.

    1 person found this helpful

  30. maryhugo

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Monday nights at the Olive Tree Cafe are nothing short of magical. The band is amazing, the food was excellent and the old world ambiance is cozy. Best kept secret in NYC.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. YourMom

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely go before a comedy show. We saw many of the comedians there before the show at the Comedy Cellar.

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  32. LoriB

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We met after the Comedy Cellar for a special birthday party. The waiter was friendly, the food was delicious and drinks were great, and we really enjoyed eating outside. It was a bit noisy with people lining up but that is to be expected. We were comfortable and out waiter was really helpful.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. EwanM

    Angus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere. Nice dimmed lighting, classy interior, lovely ambience. Brilliant for something to eat and drink before a comedy show and friendly and polite staff. Would come back if we are lucky enough to make it back to NYC!

    1 person found this helpful

  34. Dora

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience at The Olive Tree was very good! We went there before Comedy cellar stand up show and it was a perfect intro to the evening. The waitress was very friendly and professional. The food was tasty but a bit too big portions for us. Also, the choice on the menu is not too big, but good enough. I would definitely go there again and recommend it to frends.

    1 person found this helpful

  35. stevenk

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing experience. The music was incredible.

    1 person found this helpful

  36. DateNight

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great music and wonderful staff. Had an awesome time.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Family in NYC to see Comedy show below at Comedy Cellar. Been here before Covid and this experience was much different. Uninterested is the word I’d describe service this particular evening. Just OK.

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  38. Ed1119

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice atmosphere. Great apple pie. Nachos and steak were ok.

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  39. octogroup

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is amazing. We went there before our comedy show and had the best time. Our waitress Brianne was a darling! Super sweet, accommodating and made sure we are happy. The drinks and food were delicious. Try the Pineapple Martini and Beef Borscht. So good. Thanks again. Till next time!

    1 person found this helpful

  40. Jrup1

    New York City

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Have not been in this place for ages. Still good food and atmosphere. The prices have gone up significally (50-70% up) and it is no longer a great value. Also, our waiter was clueless - did not know the menu, could not answer any question on it and gave us little to no attention.

    1 person found this helpful

FAQs

The Olive Tree Cafe is rated 4.8 stars by 231 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for The Olive Tree Cafe

117 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Minetta Lane
  • Neighborhood
    Greenwich Village
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–1:15 am Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–2:45 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Comfort Food, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    A/C/E/B/D/F/M to W 4th St stop
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Live music every Friday evening from 10pm -2am
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch
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