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The Olive Tree Cafe

4.7
4.7
172 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

11:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

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What 172 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Manhattan

    Mediterranean

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect! Everything was perfect.
  3. JR

    JamesR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food + saw some of the comedians. Got a picture with Jim Norton who was as nice as could be.
  4. MG

    MaryGrace

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time going to the Olive Tree. We were pleasantly surprised at how good it was! Great ambiance, food was delicious although a limited menu, great drinks and wonderful service. It was very reasonable for NYC! We would definitely return. Our dinner was early at 6 to catch a 7:30 show. They had several tables of people but it was quiet. I would imagine that later it might get more noisy as it filled up.
  5. T

    Thursday

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service from Jacqlyn and the team organizing the after dinner crowd to the Comedy Cellar
  6. PE

    PamelaE

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been going here since I was 19. Will always love Olive Tree
  7. S

    Stevechef

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Just finished a show at the underground and having read a nice story online about the Israeli chef decided to book in here for our meal afterwards. The combination of Israeli food with some North American influences was great. The medley platter of dips, olives, peppers etc with pita was excellent. The quality of the very basic Israeli salad of tomato and cucumber far outweighs its simple description as it is always a great accompaniment to the flavours and spices of the Middle East. We also had the crab cakes which were very good as well. As a fan of all things stand-up, it was awesome to see many comedians in there (in between sets grabbing some sustenance), listening in on the “workings of the comedy culture” as they bounced ideas off of one another or were just catching up with old comedy friends as they all cross cross the country doing comedy shows. For an awesome meal combined with a hip vibe (I was old In there at 53) and some awesome “people watching” this place can’t be beat. I do have one negative though but it’s combined with an extremely interesting positive……the bathrooms were atrocious. Now, you may be wondering how something so bad could have a good side…..well, to get to the bathroom, one has to walk through the original comedy cellar in the basement……yep, right in front of the stage…..so, you get the nostalgia of being in such an iconic spot and hopefully you don’t get picked on by whomever is on stage! Lol
  8. NG

    NadineG

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food good prices . Love the Crispy Cauliflower. The drinks are good. The restaurant has been open for a long time and they deserve it.
  9. S

    Stephdski

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We truly enjoyed ourselves and the food was delicious!! Thank you for a great evening out!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the perfect date for me and my daughter! We had drinks, food, more drinks and then off to the Comedy Cellar for some laughs. Gina (manager),Luis (our waiter) and Mike were exceptionally friendly and helpful. I’ll be back!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great burgers. Service was prompt and friendly. Greg was an excellent server and Liz is an excellent manager.
  12. s

    slhslh

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing. The patio extension is awesome. Just had an americano but it was perfect and a nice place to people watch.
  13. KH

    KathyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hector was amazing and he went above and beyond! He was so helpful with our questions about our reservations for the Comedy Cellar. Thank you!
  14. M

    Morgan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We booked supper here before our comedy cellar show! Our server John was very friendly and made great recommendations for the menu. Nachos were super delicious, SO much cheese. Manager/?owner was near and coming around to make sure everything was to standard. A bit confusing as you have to leave the restaurant to get in line for the comedy show after. But I get it, they have to keep in organized. Although we saw someone else get their table reservation for the show while still in the restaurant. We mentioned we were seeing the show after but weren’t offered this. Overall very cool experience especially knowing the history of the cafe/comedy cellar. For sure will come again on our next visit from Canada!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Visiting for vacation . Everything just mediocre…
  16. DC

    DonnaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food at reasonable prices. Wait staff was excellent, from seating to service. Definitely would recommend!
  17. RD

    RobD

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Drinks were pretty stingy and hard to find someone to help us with ordering
  18. C

    Casper

    New York Area

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Such a perfect place to meet friends. It has been my go-to for decades. Rare place, these days, that has such history. The food is reliably delicious, the service is as if we have been friends for years, Charlie Chaplin movies make it home.
  19. FF

    FoodieFirst

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great music and community vibe. Its a casual spot and gets loud on Mondays with the band but WOW are the amazing. Incredible musicians and comics (its above The Comedy Cellar) in and out - you never know who you are going to see and hear!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was really good! Nothing fancy but we were not looking for fancy. We went to the comedy show first, had a great time, went up for dinner. Had the Greek platter and cauliflower bites, both exceeded our expectations. Casual and relaxing, glad we went.
  21. RD

    RichD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely recommend The Olive Tree restaurant. The food is outstanding. Perfect way to start the night before seeing some of the best comics in the world perform at The Comedy Cellar which is right downstairs from The Olive Tree, or the other rooms that are right around the corner from the restaurant. Its obvious this establishment cares about the quality of the food. Presentation, portion and taste were all excellent. Service was excellent as well. If you come to the NYC and want to go to the best comedy club in the Country, do yourself a favor and have dinner at the Olive Tree to start off your night.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Servers were great, food was great. Can’t speak highly enough.
  23. JT

    JustTheTwoOfUs

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience3
    The location was great, the server made all the difference - only female server we had our entire weeks worth of NYC restaurant her attitude, attentiveness, honesty, etc. meal was adequate.
  24. DR

    DianaR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Literally the best evening I had while visiting NYC, together with a night at the Comedy Cellar it was the most fun and vibrant place and a perfect night overall.
  25. S

    Shannon

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    The food here is amazing, but the business is suffering due to the GM’s erratic anger issues. Very high staff turnover creates lots of problems. Business is extremely disorganized and unprofessional. I won’t be back.
  26. RD

    RuiD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The food was OK, but you don't go there for the food.
  27. s

    ssnlblck

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Cozy atmosphere, great music, decent drinks, good food. To be honest, I could have done without the server flirting with my date… I get it, he’s cute.
  28. TT

    ThomasT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the food from the Olive tree cafe at the Comedy Cellar. The Cheese Burger was really good. My Girlfriend and Parents had the mac and cheese and it was also very good. The server was amazing!
  29. l

    luv2eatout

    New York Area

    145 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    145 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food - this time we had cheeseburgers and fries -delicious! Our server was wonderful. Always a good meal - love coming here.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    It was nice, tiny bathroom downstairs, but it’s all part of the vibe
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We ate here before going to the comedy cellar. The meal was affordable and very tasty. Staff were friendly and attentive. Lovely ambiance inside the restaurant.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    If you are looking to enjoy your life, this is the spot.
  33. VD

    VictoriaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The choices on the menu were an excellent example of Middle Eastern food as well as a mix of popular American food. The lamb kofta was perfectly seasoned and the Olive Tree salad was enough for two. All the ingredients were fresh.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service— great family owned restaurant. The food is some of my favorite in the city, and the people are welcoming and kind. Thank you!
  35. TB

    TattoosByFabian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, friendly staff and good food. Thank you
  36. GT

    GlennT

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good and atmosphere were excellent. Staff also reserved a table for us on the Comedy Cellar where we had reservations for the late show and kep us informed as to our timing.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service— great family owned restaurant!
  38. DG

    DebbieG

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Very friendly . Provided good information about NYC.
  39. CR

    ChrisR

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    bring back falafels on the middle eastern platter!!
  40. EB

    EricB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    THE place to go if you are going to see a show at the Comedy Cellar. Good food and service, and great people watching from the window seats to the people coming and going on the street.

FAQs

The Olive Tree Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 172 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 12 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

  • 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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