Olives Restaurant and Bar

3.9
648 reviews
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Italian
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Olives Restaurant and Bar just off Gloucester Road in London's Kensington is an authentic Italian dining room which will delight lovers of Italian food. Full of quirky charm, Olives is at once both chic and rustic, decorated in deep blue and furnished with simple, clean lined furnishings. Mismatched chandeliers hang from the ceilings and behind the bar the fine produce you’ll soon be sampling is deliciously displayed. It's as if you're suddenly transported from South Kensington to southern Italy. Italian-born chef Davide di Croce is at the helm in the Olives kitchen where he gives traditional Italian favourites his own unique twist using top quality ingredients. The set menu, perfect for lunches and pre-theatre suppers, is full of your favourite Italian dishes and the price is ridiculously reasonable.
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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic staff, wonderful cuisine, great service!

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SG
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unforgettable meal in Olives Restaurant. We booked quite late the day before and wanted a pre-theatre meal. Timing was just as we wanted and the food and service were excellent. Especially nice to have a decent sized pot of camomile tea to finish.

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BS
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Service was poor and waiting time was very long. Food was good.

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V
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Restaurant is located inside Bailey's Hotel London in Kensington area. Very close to Gluocester Road (Piccadilly) Underground station.

Overall, food was just okay. Food taste was very average. Food presentation was bad. It was like getting food from Food Court. Food portion was small. Very pricey (easy average £45 per person - that is still without dessert or beverages).

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JS
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely setting. Friendly and polite staff.
Food was amazing. Would recommend but we were not aware of the service charge which we thought was too much. For the 2 of us we were charged £12.50.
Highly recommend the lasagne, best we've ever had!

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L
London
80 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The set menu looked good value for money but the portions were tiny. If it hadn’t been for my gluten free toast, I hate it when restaurants don’t provide gluten free bread which can’t be served unless toasted there is a difference between bread and toast! I would have been starving. Also at £3.50 for the two slices it was not good value for money. We were left to pour the wine ourselves which is not what I would expect in a restaurant. The chocolate desserts were delicious.

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OT
Warwickshire
5 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food at reasonable price we were in no hurry so did not mind a slower service as the restaurant became busier post 8pm.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We were staying in the hotel so booked the Restaurant as it was convenient and the menu looked reasonably priced.
To be welcomed by my first name as we walked in was superb. The food was really good, but the service mediocre. Especially when one of our guests ordered a second drink, but the waiter walked off before she had specified what she wanted. She caught him as he passed again and explained she wanted a different drink to her first. But he came back and said 'But it's already been prepared'. I pointed out his poor service and he changed it. We had to wait a long time for our third drinks after ordering them.
Then my wife paid the bill whilst I was in the loo. I only found out several hours later how extortionate it was. Having checked the food menu I can only assume the drinks bill was crazy. My wife didn't keep a copy of the bill, so I cannot check that we were even charged correctly. I would have done!!!
We will certainly be staying in the hotel again, but won't be visiting the restaurant.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is located beautifully in South Kensington and the large windows brings in lots of natural light. The moment you walk in you feel calm and relaxed and the staff go above and beyond to keep you that way.
Starters were delicious along with the mains however the mains came to us warm instead of hot as the waiter did explain that the kitchen is a fair distance away. My gripe then was why didn’t they cover the food to preserve the heat.
Apple strudel for dessert was really nice but felt it needed a touch more sugar but other than that would go back again.

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SK
San Antonio
135 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We thought the food was pretty good, but the service was poor. The restaurant had two large parties and that seemed to absorb all of the waiters. It took 25 minutes for us to get a cocktail. After that the service was OK other than the fact that we were served or waited on by seven different people. The other problem was that we were seated between the kitchen and the large parties, it became a raceway as waiters shuffled plates to and from the parties in the next room. I might go again but it would be with reservation and concern about the service.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I booked this last minute following a seminar in the area. It was quiet on arrival but got busier,really friendly staff who left us to enjoy a leisurely dinner and wine which is rare in London now, often you’re told there is a 2 hour turnaround. Helpful advice on wine to go with our food which was enjoyable, the burrata starter was particularly delicious. All in all a very nice evening, good food and great service.

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MW
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were visiting London and ate here before a show at Royal Albert Hall. Highly memorable evening, excellent service and first class food. We will come again!

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AR
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our visit and excellent service the food was lovely however the pre theatre menu needs more choices as by only offering 3 of which I didn’t like any of them I had to order something from the main menu which meant I missed out on the 2 course offer

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we have visited the restaurant prior to going to the Royal Albert Hall. The staff are very efficient and welcoming.
I had the ravioli as a main again again i have only marked 4 stars for the main as i feel there just isn't quite enough in the portion. The Flaour is outstanding though.

The Value for money on the Pre-Theatre package is brilliant.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Servers distracted and not very attentive or listening, for example I said tap water and they brought bottled. After food came no check up for 15 minutes. Sums up the experience.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We ate there for Christmas Day
It was lovely ambiance
However, food was really not that great considering we paid 60 pounds per person
The crab mango salad was really not flavorful
The salad was actually a bowl of soft cheese with a bit of radicchio.
The turkey was not great.
Overall not great food, atmosphere lovely, service good.

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A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Easily accessible from the tube, nice decoration and tasty food. It was quiet and a bit chilly when we visited for lunch. Shame that the glass of wine ordered came when the meal was one bite away from being finished. That said, nice for a quick bite!

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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmostpher, good dishes, I will come back for sure with friends or family. I recommande this restaurant.

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g
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch at Olive's restaurant on Saturday. Food was OK but the service was absolutely outstanding making this a very enjoyable experience.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff and food selection.

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Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Staff were friendly and attentive too. Lovely place for a relaxing lunch.

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c
London
85 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent cocktails and food. Portions are a little small but it was all delicious.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Salty food - overpriced
Bill needed to be asked a few times

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G
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We were all shocked by the waiter who was clearly very upset when we asked to change an order of one of the drinks just few seconds after making the order.He didn’t listen to what we were very politely asking to swap and kept getting very irritated until we gave up.
Then I asked wether a pasta sauce had tomato because I wouldn’t eat itif there was.
He firmly replied that there was no tomato in the pasta .
The pasta arrived with a red sauce and chopped tomatoes.
Then we had to wait for 1 hour for the second courses even if the place wasn’t busy at all.
In the mean time they kept asking to the two of us who hadn’t order a second course if we would have liked coffees or desserts, regardless the other two people with us were still waiting for their dishes.
Unacceptable,it was a special occasion and I felt embarrassed to have reserved a table there for my guests.

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Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Me and my girlfriend were looking for an Italian restaurant to book last minute for a later meal and found Olives Restaurant and Bar. The food was good and the service was on the spot and very helpful. Not a very big place, but they have good food and good service for the value if you are looking for a nice meal.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

I had dinner to Olives Restaurant with 4 friends. We didn't have a great experience. The food was ok but not that great as I expected; customer service was very poor and our waiter didn't look very awake; and worst thing even If I booked with Opentable where there was 50% discount offer with 2 courses, they didn't make us any discount because apparently it wasn't accepted after 7pm. After having had the bad news they did not even try to make us happy in another way. They lost 5 customer. Absolutely overpriced.

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F
London
29 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice surprise. Food here was really nice. Place was very quiet but it was a week day lunch time so not entirely unsurprising. I would recommend going if you are in the area.

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C
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Natalia was our waitress, very accommodating and friendly. Every course we had was excellent, even the wine recommendation.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Waren als Paar vor einem Konzertbesuch in Olives Restaurant essen. Gut gefallen hat uns das klassisch elegante Ambiente, wobei die Hintergrundmusik etwas unpassend war. Das Personal war sehr bemüht um uns, an dem Abend war wenig los, wir wurden förmlich umschwärmt, was es ein wenig anstrengend machte. Auch ein wenig Pause zwischen den Gängen wäre wünschenswert. Das Essen war sehr lecker (Vorspeise: in rote Beete gebeizter Lachs, Burrata in Erbsen-Minze-Sauce mit Kresse & getrockneten Tomaten, Hauptgericht: Trüffel-Spargel-Risotto, Pasta mit Meeresfrüchte) und auch der Espresso ziemlich perfekt. Wir hatten einen rundum schönen Abend!

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C
London
12 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and food every time I come to visit and bring either my partner or parents. I opted for the lasagne this time and although very tasty, I felt there was a bit too much melted cheese on top... the dish itself was already amazing so didn't need it!!

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BJ
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Sadly, the risotto was bland and cold. The cod was good, however.

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WT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice meal, attentive staff in an attractive restaurant. My second meal here and both times enjoyed the experience.

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DL
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were extremely disappointed with the service. We waited for more than 40 minutes to be served although we came on time ,we had asked for a portion with no pork but the dish contained a strong taste of pork . The waitress was rude about our complain and said it wasn’t possible.

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L
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We spent two wonderfull evenings at Olives. Dinner was very good and the service friendly and attentive. We booked promotion packages on the webpage, so we got good value for the money.
A good place to spend an evening in elegant but also relaxed atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

This restaraunt which is part of a hotel serves less than mediocre food at exorbitant prices. I am embarrassed that tourist staying there may assume this quality and cost is typical of London.

We will not go again - there are a number of independent restaurants and pubs in close vicinity which offer far better.

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B
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sea food linguine is to die for. The food, staff and decor was outstanding.

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IR
London
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We chose this venue for a friends' catch up after 12 years due to our love of Italian cuisine, its close proximity to Gloucester Road tube station - just one minute's walk! - a friend's nearby hotel and the guess that, as a hotel restaurant, it might be quieter than other local Sunday lunch venues. Positive reviews on major sites bolstered our decision. Three out of four reasons satisfied! Our starters of bruschetta served on slate - why? - were somewhat bland - no easy task, bearing in mind the potential flavours brought together. The melted cheese was so runny it was making a break for the edge of the slate. My main of lasagne, a house staple in Italian restaurants, again was somewhat bland, despite copious seasoning at the table. The ragout was totally lacking in flavour, the pasta sheets overcooked, the promising Grana Padano sauce [?] appeared to have been added as an afterthought, nestling furtively in one corner of the dish with the whole offering being very dry, displaying the appearance of a Saturday night overproduced reheat rather than anything freshly cooked on Sunday. My dining companion's choice of mixed grilled fish drew an 'It's ok!' comment, hardly a glowing endorsement. Italian desserts tend to be disappointing to we opted for coffees to round off a wholly unmemorable meal. Large gins and tonic, Bloody Marys and a glass of the house red brought the bill to just over £100. Again, we simply wanted to have a quiet venue for a catch up and Olives was certainly quiet. Including us, there were never more than 7 covers in the 90 minutes or so of our visit. The company overrode any disappointment in the venue. However, my stinted view of hotel restaurants remains undiminished.

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New England
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Asparagus risotto was fresh and delicious

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g
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time. The menu had a lot of choices, a la carte and two set menus that we could have chosen. The staff were amazing - discreet but available when needed. We were greeted on arrival and left feeling thoroughly spoilt.

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p
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Not really value for money. We arrived for a pre-theatre dinner and we were disappointed with the service which we expected to be a little quicker. Admittedly we arrived 10 minutes late - 5.20pm but had to hurry them along to be out by 7.00pm.

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