Olive Grove

4.5
480 reviews
£25 and under
Mediterranean
A warm Mediterranean welcome from our family run tavern.

Hospitality like no other with flavours ranging from as far west as Portugal, moving through Spain, South of France, Italy and reaching the eastern coast of Greece.

Found in The Lanes of Brighton, conrner of Hanningtons Lane & Meeting House Lane, we will be cooking up a storm in our yard. We welcome you to enjoy a few of our small plates & to sip a glass of wine under our gnarly aged olive trees.

So, if you looking for a place to eat in Brighton, Lanes, with a great outside garden, or get cozy indoors for drinks & a bite...
look no further.

Enjoy our Wine & Tapas / Mezedakia

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 480 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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4.2
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SandraR
Brighton
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Deceived N H S customer’s do not actually support the discount they advertise in their website to customer’s who hold Blue Light emergency services cards. Outrageous they would not honour discount card as advertised when bill was delivered to table. Limited choices on menu and very expensive for portion sizes. Far better restaurants in Brighton offering better value for food and drink.

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MegJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

First time visiting Olive Grove since pandemic. They’ve changed their menu significantly- it’s all small plates now, but with large plate prices. Everything is over £8 each & some small plates are over £15! My partner used to love their steak & chips but it’s now a steak with nothing. There isn’t even an option for chips as a side. My veggie moussaka & courgette fritter dishes were very tasty but not worth £20 altogether. The drinks are small & expensive too. Not sure I’ve ever seen such a small bottle of Coke. Also, the room was chilly - it was a cold night & we did not warm up at all. We won’t be coming back sadly. The staff were nice & friendly, the restaurant is pretty but they couldn’t make up for the small & expensive food.

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jimmy6strings
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very nice experience, a good choice of wines, a small cheese board would be a good addition to the menu (albeit, probably not very Greek!).

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VictoriaM
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, lots to choose from, nice chilled vibe but with an authentic feel.

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CarlyW
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service - really attentive.
Food choices were good, simple.
Quality great - good, honest home cooked food.
Slightly on the pricey side for what were reasonable portions.
Great location.

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AaronS
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service was absolutely fine and overall we enjoyed the experience. However, the food was a massive let down. For a tapas restaurant and the prices you have a certain level of expectations, you expect great over good. The food was a little bland, dry, and tasteless. In particular, the calamari was dry and tasteless, the lamb was dry and dull placed on top of a flatbread. Some dishes were okay, but okay I’d not good enough for the prices. I would urge the owners and chef to really challenge themselves and ask “is just being okay good enough?” and to go and have dinner at Nostos for example and compare their offerings side by side. Nostos is exceptional Greek cuisine packed with flavour and screams quality and being great. All I see here is an opportunity to get better and improve their food. I’m not sure whether the problem is a produce quality issue or quite simply the chef isn’t good enough. Either way change needs to occur and I hope they are honest with themselves from reading this feedback. Strive to be great on the plate because right now you’re just okay.

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PaulN
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a very nice meal. Good service. Friendly staff. Nice atmosphere. Would definitely go back.

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TTFood
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tasty, well presented food, tapas style plates. Friendly with good service.

It was noisy, the wooden floors and limited furnishings means there is nothing to deaden the sound. We ate early but it was busy and so glad we had booked. Seemed expensive for what we had but everything was qood quality.

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TaraC
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved my meal at Olive Grove. Delicious food, attentive service. Will return and recommend

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ElainrM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The staff were lovely and the service was great. Could have been a few more. People to create an atmosphere.
Food was delicious, would maybe order a little differently as the food was rich, added some more salad. Would definitely return

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We arrived at 12:30 and despite being the only people in the service was quite slow to begin with. A few items on the quote limited menu also were not available.

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LornaD
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food, atmosphere and very friendly staff. Great location.

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OpenTable Diner
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely evening. Friendly and helpful staff, attentive without being intrusive. Delicious food with good portions. Worried initially that 4 plates and a dessert wouldn’t be enough for two but left quite happily stuffed. Would love to come back.

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KahM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staffs are so kind to us, and I had a great dinner there

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mattr
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really nice food, fast friendly service…all in all a lovely evening!

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ElizabethA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great early evening dinner before heading to a show, staff were attentive, food was fast, and very tasty, we were really impressed.

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JaneaneI
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely meal with helpful and friendly staff. Will definitely go again.

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LewisH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with lots of vegetarian options, flavours and quality was great, and the servers were lovely.

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AmandaW
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful restaurant with friendly staff and great food x a little pricey but after all it is Brighton. Would love to experience an evening outside dining in the summer. 😊

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HarrietG
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and very well priced. Very authentic.
Service was great- attentive but not intrusive.

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SueWill
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, good size portions and just the right amount of service. Waitress very helpful.

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JeilanL
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good choice of food, drinks. Very professional and welcoming staff!

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miriams
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with excellent service. Great meal

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RichardS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent pre theatre meal at the Olive Grove. Staff very friendly, excellent service and food, good portions and great flavours. Would certainly recommend to others.

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AngieP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was a very quiet Tuesday evening so that’s the only reason I only gave 3 stars for ambiance

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paulh
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good could have been served at a better temperature…but overall I would recommend…maybe a little more choice of dishes

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Spencer
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Overall we had an average meal although the service was good. However we were sat in the middle of the walkway through the restaurant and the lighting was rather bright. So an average experience in our opinion, but it wouldn’t take a lot for the owners to make a few changes that would have made this review a lot more positive.

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DavidG
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Friendly staff, nice location, food was good but drinks were a bit expensive.

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Fili
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was really good and food was rather tasty. Only downside was pricing, bit too much for tapas.

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and lovely people would recommend for sure

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RussellD
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and really great service. Loved every minute of our dining there with such a lovely ambience of people dining out. We are even trying to replicate some of the dishes we ate. Awesome.

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AlexC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is delicious although a bit expensive but worth paying the price if you go out once in a while. The staff was very friendly and the atmosphere is nice

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SueR
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No complaints at all. Staff very pleasant and helpful. Food delicious.

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AlisonW
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service amazing food definitely worth a visit

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great little find, lovely food, great service. Recommended.

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JamieM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food. Portions could be bit bigger. Great service

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MarcusM
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Waitress was pleasant, table was clean, cocktails were good, quite noisy but it was a Friday night so no issues. Main problem was the amount of tzatziki lathered on the plates, it spoiled the dishes for me. Also, dishes were ok (apart from the lathering of tzatziki) and food looked good but, in my opinion, not worth the price hence the rating.

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Barry
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with an excellent Greek wine selection and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff were lovely, majority of food was great and the wine list was incredible! Thank you x

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Ursula
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great, if in doubt I take visitors here, and service is professional and friendly

FAQs

Olive Grove does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Olive Grove also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01273 722325.

Olive Grove is rated 4.5 stars by 480 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.