The Olive Tree Cafe

4.2
67 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Upstairs from the Comedy Cellar - Great food, great fun, great drinks.
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JQ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Although my reservation was for a table for 6, my party wound up being 7 people. There were no tables when we arrived. We eventually were seated at a table for 4 and it was awful. There wasn't any room for the food.

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RK
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service and food. Good value for being in Manhattan. Not too pricy. Nice spot to eat before the show. Staff was helpful with information about getting into the show afterwards.

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had tickets for a 7 p.m. show at Comedy Cellar, so we made a reservation at the Olive Tree Cafe for 5:45 p.m. We were delighted to enter a cozy, mellow space, with no loud music! We enjoyed some cocktails and "tuna nachos" - ahi tuna on crispy wantons with mango and seaweed salad - all very tasty. Beer is reasonably priced [for Manhattan]. An added convenience is that you can check in with the waiter, who will get your table/seat assignment for the show and then bring you down the back stairs to the Comedy Cellar. No waiting outside in line! Next time I go to the Comedy Cellar, I will also visit the Olive Tree Cafe.

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EG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

This restaurant is on top of the comedy cellar. The point of the visit should be the show. If you are coming for the food, then you missed the point. The mezze platter is pretty acceptable. Mostly junk food apart from that. Silent films of Charlie Chaplin we’re playing on the wall, those were amazing. And the show downstairs hilarious.

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BG
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for pre or post Comedy Cellar show! Very reasonably priced and comfortable atmosphere.

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EW
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible experience. Rudeness and a complete cluster f over our reservation. Lentil soup was good but the ahi tuna was very fishy/mushy and the drinks took forever.

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DJ
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

So disappointed! Haven’t been there in awhile but wanted to take friends to a favorite haunt for Mediterranean food. Much to our chagrin the menu changed. No lamb shish kabobs, no falafel, no tzatziki WHAT?!?!?!?. And worse, the chicken kebab was super dry. Won’t be back.

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place, just what we needed - was pleasantly surprised by the ambience and we were all happy with our choice

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CD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked this for a group meal before the comedy cellar show. So easy and was good food. Definitely recommed

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RO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This was once a destination for casual/chic dining for middle eastern food, but it has gone down hill. Food was fair, they took off their signature dishes and replaced by other plain-old, plain-old food. Cam for the nostalgia but was disappointed.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great pre show dinner before going to the Comedy Cellar.

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LO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic and the server was very friendly

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PF
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant, tasty chicken and salmons, very good side dishes and dress, and nice ambiance (specially with the Charlot movie in background); in my case choose to go with family one hour before theatre, unless you plan to have the desert during the show (as I did) reserve table bit earlier...

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TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 2

Food was bland and needed seasoning, i had the lamb chops which had no flavor and that’s not good for a customers who should expect flavorful chops.

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FT
New England
34 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Pre-comedy show dinner with a group, food and service was just was okay. Though they had plenty of space , they tried to squeeze us into a small table.

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A
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This whole place is top shelf! I was really surprised by how fantastic it was. I sort of thought that it wouldn't be good because it had the comedy cellar attached to it, so they don't have to try.
But wow !!!!!!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Assume place in an amazingly great area with comedy clubs all around. Really nice and accommodating staff.

We just had some apps while waiting for a show at the Comedy Cellar and they let us hang out and we felt super welcomed. Will definitely be back!

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A
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service. Beautiful memories. Loved taking my entire family.

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BP
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in and had a great sandwich. Nice vibe and great service. Will definitely come back.

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DC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both loved the great way we were treated and the food was amazing.

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PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

So.. make a reservation a week out in conjunction with the comedy show we are going to. A day prior, I get a text message to confirm we are coming. On the day of, a few hours before our dinner reservation we get a message to remind us about our reservation.
SO when we show up at 1730 for our 1745 reservation and were told that the place was closed due to filming of a movie, I was pretty surprised.

Luckily we found The Little Prince (199 Prince Str) that rocked with great food and even better service! Only issue was, we only got to our venue at 1925 and so got seats all the way in the back of the Village Underground.

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BP
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the turkey and brie panini with fries. Enjoyed it quite a bit. Would definitely come back.

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EC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made a reservation at both Olive Tree restaurant and Comedy Cellar for the same night 2 months prior to when I wanted to attend. 2 days before the reservations date I got a text message asking me to confirm the Olive Tree reservation and I confirmed. The night of the reservation I went to Olive Tree but it was closed for a movie shooting and ascwas the Comedy Cellar for the same reason. Now 2 days later they want a review from me. Of course I think the Olive Tree and Comedy Cellar owners/management are crap for what happened.

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G
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh, tasty and convenient if your in the NYU area.. even better if you're there at night and can catch a show at the Comedy Cellar

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SG
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a quick supper before going to the highly recommendable Comedy Cellar. My husband enjoyed his burger, our nephew liked his chicken skewers - my Cesar salad was rather bland as were the fried calamari but all-in-all it was good for a fast meal. The place was larger and brighter than anticipated. Recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

It was a cute restaurant! Food was delicious.

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m
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We had a thoroughly bad experience there. We had reserved a table through OpenTable, but when we came in there was nobody to greet us and when we got a waiter's attention, we were just asked to sit where we want. To add an insult to injury, despite us mentioning the reservation, they failed to note and claimed for OpenTable that we did not show up.

We ordered food, which was throughly of high school cafeteria quality, but with average Manhattan prices. We left the average pasta, poor bortsch (how can you mess that?) and an ok burger half eaten and especially did not want a doggy bag.

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RS
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visit the 1st Monday and Tuesday every may.
8th year in a row enjoying a meal at your cafe.
I loved your Meatloaf meal, and bragged about it to all the friends I brought.
Great price, filed the plate, tasty mash potatoes to compliment the dinner with a steamed vegetable. Wish you still had it on the menu.
Thank you
Rick Scheiner

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JJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was delicious, perfect spot to grab dinner before a show at the Comedy Cellar. Martinis were ice cold and made to perfection. Truffle fries were a delicious snack before entrees.

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l
New York Area
173 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location. Excellent drinks. Good selection of bar foods, sandwiches, and salads. Terrific service by Chrissy.

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SZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, fun restaurant for a group that needed to accommodate both hamburger lovers and vegans. Fast and friendly service too.

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ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was Very great, my top shelf drink was king of expensive, but it’s all good

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OT
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Really disappointed. Wanted to try something different and its probably a great spot after a Comedy Cellar set- lots of local color. But a place for Sunday Brunch it is NOT. Immediately hit with the smell of stale beer, so if that’s your thing,you’ll love it. Took nearly 30 mins to get food, then it arrived- cold. Sent it back and, to their credit, they made a new hot plate. Not worth it. But the trip to the bathroom, through the Comedy Cellar, was interesting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Sean was outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Menu drastically changed- big disappointment
Noisy crew doing live podcast night we were there

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PL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Very unattentive waitress, didnt serve water, didnt take finished food, wouldnt come by for a long time.

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e
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

It was good

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GR
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was decent and the cocktails, I love the ambience but was disappointed in our lackluster service, she did her job but seemed uninterested in our table which was a bit disappointing considering I had only made 1 dinner reservation during my stay in NYC. It was a Monday night so I understand but I was left wanting more. Would still recommend! Love the atmosphere and how close it is to the comedy cellar

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were seated by a door where they kept going in and out with tables and chairs and it was so cold every time it opened. Also, our waiter disappeared and we had to flag someone down for the check. We waited a long time until finally flagging someone down- I guess it was nice not to feel rushed.

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MT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the best time at the Olive Tree hanging out and having a drink with my friend, Mike Cashen from SF. Was able to get a seat at the bar and behind us was Louis C.K. hanging out with an all-star group of comics and writers. The energy in this place gives you goosebumps as you can feel the laughter from the underneath, Comedy Cellar. Sriracha chicken wings and truffle fries are a guilty pleasure, well done.

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