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Wild Olive

4.6
3068 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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Enjoy sophisticated but rustic Italian cuisine in a romantic setting at the Wild Olive Restaurant in Johns Island from noted chef, Jacques Larson.

At Wild Olive, starters include olives, calamari, clams and charred octopus. The pasta course selection is lasagna with lamb sausage, pappardelle with guanciale and gnocchi. Main courses offerings are pork, chicken parmesan, meatballs, crepes with duck confit, veal scallopine with marsala and seared sea scallops. There is also a well-chosen wine list. For desert at Wild Olive, you can have tiramisu, affogato, mascarpone cheesecake and daily gelato selections. Cocktail specials include the Italian mojito among many others.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jacques Larson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Maybank Hwy & River Road
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6based on all time ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.3
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on October 5, 2016

We were in Charleston for a 4 day celebration of birthdays and an anniversary. Ate at several highly rated restaurants in town and found Wild Olive to be the BEST by far! We had several pastas (love the small portion option, perfect for sharing/tasting), the octopus w/fingerling potatoes, duck foie gras app...ALL DELICIOUS!!! Our waitress, Mel, was attentive, knowledgeable, and FUN...when you go ask for her, you won't be disappointed!!!

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4.0Dined on October 3, 2016

Wild Olive is a changing and yet constant presence on Johns Island. WE are lucky to have such a gourmet Italian restaurant so close to James Island and Kiawah etc. The special soup on October 3 a mushroom mix was unique. We are always to come back as we are locals.

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Fish special (grouper) was outstanding. Be sure to try the chocolate cake. The only downside is the noise level.

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4.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Not traditional Italian but good. For a neighborhood restaurant a step above the norm.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Great experience and everyone was great! Food was awesome!

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2016

Always enjoy Wild Olive. They have excellent food and equally awesome service.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2016

Wild Olive was recommended by a co-worker as a great Italian restaurant. Always looking for a good Italian food source, we had dinner their. Calamari is the base test for all of our new finds and it was excellent; some of the best we have had. Dinner selections of pasta and fish were very good. The honey flavored dessert pudding was one of the best restaurant desserts I've tasted. Service(Mel) was quick and excellent. Well worth the trip and is on our go to places list.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2016

Food was great!! Ice cream was even better!!!

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2016

Just an amazing place all together!!! My aunt recommended this place, and was blown away. Our service was impeccable along with everything else. It was our anniversary and they had champagne waiting for us. I recommend this to EVERYONE!!

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2016

One of our very favorite places to eat. We enjoy going with friends and family.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

Always a great choice for dinner. Creative specials and a wonderful standard menu.

Definitely one of the best in the greater Charleston area.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

Food was very good - Lots of homemade pasta! Waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

Excellent food and service. Staff very friendly.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

Exceptional food and service. Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

Best place in Charleston! Love it!!!

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

The food was magnificent and so was our waitress. They have a very good menu with lots of selections from appetizers to desserts. The entrees were amazing.you should make a reservation its awsome!

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

Everything ever tasted there good. Server was a little 'short' at first but got better. Like the small quantity choice. It'd be nice if it were a little quieter. Conversation is impossible b/c everyone there is yelling to talk over the crowd.

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3.0Dined on September 23, 2016

The food and service were great as usual, but we were sat at the community table even though I had made reservations weeks ago. If I had wanted to sit at the community table, I wouldn't have bothered making reservations.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2016

Great food and service... could not have been better!

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2016

I rarely write reviews but Wild Olive is noteworthy. We sat in the bar and received excellent attention from the barkeep along with a very nice bruschetta and warm olives.

The pan seared Sea Bass with local vegetables in a tomato broth was flawless and worth the $30 price, especially compared to prices at resort restaurants.

Attentive and pleasant service made for a memorable meal.

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2016

Excellent menu and food - layered flavored! Good service!!!

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2016

I always enjoy a night at Wild Olive whether it is for a special occasion or just in the mood for a fantastic meal. The food is fantastic and the service is always impeccable.

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2016

Delicious food, great service ... Our first time friends loved it too!

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2016

Excellent food. My wife had mushroom soup & braized short ribs. I had meatball appetizer & chicken parmesan. Our dessert, vanilla blondie gelato, was delicious. A perfect restaurant experience.

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2016

Another very enjoyable meal Wild Olive! We have a vacation home in the area and we don't consider our trip complete without a visit to Wid Olive.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2016

This is one our most favorite places to dine. The food is always fresh and delicious. Our favorite server is Mel and we always enjoy our dining experience.

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4.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Great appetizers and the grouper dish was awesome

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4.0Dined on September 17, 2016

We had a great meal with our friends at Wild Olive! I wished I had the waitress with the short brown hair. Oh well. I loved the calamari for the appetizer and I love the steak with potatoes for the entire. I also loved my house Cabernet!

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2016

Been to Kiawah Island last 8 years and had never been to the Wild Olive before. We as a group went twice last week and will be a regular stop from now on

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2016

This place is our go to. The specials are exceptional, great drink menu, wine selection from heaven, and all the servers are very talented. Do yourself a favor and get the bruschetta.

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2016

Server was excellent. Food was great and reasonable. Our server presented the menu with flair and personality.

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2016

Friendly yet professional servers knew the menu and were able to answer all questions and offer suggestions that were helpful but not intrusive. The chef offers really truly delicious food using fresh local ingredients in creative (but not crazy - in the way that some chefs seem to be going lately) ways. Comfortable with the right touch of upscale.

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4.0Dined on September 10, 2016

We usually get the specials, but this evening the standard menu items were much better!!

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2016

As always a great meal with nice atmosphere. One of the best Italian places in the Charleston area.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2016

Food and service are are fantastic! Staff are always professional friendly! Always look forward to dining there.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2016

Food was a treat for the palate. Very fresh and portions were good size.

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2016

The octopus and calamari were excellent appetizers! The Bolognese was incredible.

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2016

We enjoyed our dinner at the Wild Olive very much. The warm olive appetizer was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2016

I am never disappointed with The Wild Olive. I always bring my out of town guests here. Love the menu!

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2016

Amazing all the way around! The best restaurant in Charleston!

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