Olives Restaurant and Bar

4.0
622 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasions
  • Quiet Conversation
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
020 7331 6308
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Entertainment, Wheelchair Access

Special Offers

35% Off Food

Enjoy 35% off the A la Carte menu when ordering a minimum of two courses per person, including mains. Does not apply to set menus or daily specials. Not available 25th, 26th or 31st December.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 10 April 2018

Ends: 31 July 2018

Availability: Thu-Sat 12:30-19:00

Afternoon Tea: £21, Glass of Champagne:£28

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 4 April 2018

Ends: 31 July 2018

Availability: Daily 14:00-17:30

3 course lunch: £13.95

Enjoy 3 courses from a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 4 April 2018

Ends: 31 July 2018

Availability: Daily 12:00-15:00

50% Off Food

Enjoy 50% off the A la Carte menu when ordering a minimum of two courses per person, including mains. Does not apply to set menus or daily specials.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 4 April 2018

Ends: 31 July 2018

Availability: Sun-Wed 12:00-19:00

3 courses & complimentary Prosecco: £19

Enjoy 3 courses from a set menu and receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco.

Terms and Conditions: Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 4 April 2018

Ends: 31 July 2018

Availability: Daily 12:00-19:00

Reviews from verified diners
622 reviews
4 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
38%
Very Good
38%
Good
15%
Fair
7%
Poor
2%
4.0
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
London
1.0
Dined on 10 July 2018

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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C
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on 1 June 2018

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

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CB
4.0
Dined on 31 May 2018

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
5.0
Dined on 27 May 2018

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
2.0
Dined on 25 May 2018

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

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WT
London
4.0
Dined on 18 May 2018

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

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DL
1.0
Dined on 11 May 2018

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
4.0
Dined on 9 May 2018

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
1.0
Dined on 1 May 2018

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
5.0
Dined on 23 April 2018

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

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IR
London
2.0
Dined on 22 April 2018

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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OT
New England
5.0
Dined on 13 April 2018

Asparagus risotto was fresh and delicious

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g
London
5.0
Dined on 23 March 2018

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
2.0
Dined on 17 March 2018

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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FL
3.0
Dined on 16 March 2018

Actually dined at Olives on 15th not 16th March. Disappointed with the menu when compared with previous visits. Our starters were excellent but the selection of main courses were not to our liking. Side dishes, chips and roasted new potatoes, were not cooked, in our opinion, properly and the side salad ordered by my wife came with a dressing when she specifically asked for none. The restaurant was full and the staff were doing their best to maintain a good service so I did not want to complain too much and just commented generally on why we left much of the side dishes.

The Bar is a very friendly place with a good atmosphere which compliments our stay at Baileys. Will visit the restaurant again on our next visit to town and hope that the 15th was a "one-off".

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l
London
5.0
Dined on 16 March 2018

Excellent location its next to the South Kensington tube in London & 5 mins walk from the V & A, Natural History Museum & Science Museum.
We had our pre theatre dinner at 6pm & the service etc was fantastic.

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RV
Kent
5.0
Dined on 15 March 2018

The food and service were both excellent.

My one issue is that the menu in no way marked out which dishes were vegetarian and which were not.

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g
London
3.0
Dined on 13 March 2018

This would have the potential of being a great restaurant... but don't get fooled by the great work and effort put in the decor.

Food was a mixed bag. Venison was as tough as rock. Starters were consistently very good.

Unfortunately what marred the evening (more than the lukewarm coffee) was the service that was abysmal.

Our waiter seemed on a mission to ruin our night. He made a mess of our orders and responded rudely when this was pointed out. He seemed unaware of the italian name of the dishes (then why bother writing them or calling yourself an italian restaurant?!), and when after a very sluggish service we asked "we'd like desserts, but we are late for a show. Could you make sure they come promptly?" we got a half laughter and a "that's not likely".

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NB
4.0
Dined on 4 March 2018

Really good food, friendly service, nice atmosphere

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S
London
4.0
Dined on 3 March 2018

Our second visit. Nice and quiet and lovely ambience. Three course lunch menu good value for money. I don't drink alcohol but the waiter made me a lovely refreshing soft drink I enjoy that wasn't on their soft drinks menu. Friendly and accommodating service.

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OT
5.0
Dined on 24 February 2018

Nice food and very good service

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OT
Chicago
4.0
Dined on 24 February 2018

Servers were wonderfully helpful and had great suggestions.

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OT
New York Area
4.0
Dined on 20 February 2018

Cadre joli. Rapport qualité prix excellent

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 19 February 2018

Burrata starter was superb. The Rib-eye was tasty. Great service from Imola, in particular, and Roberto's team. Andre's Negroni is a must! A warm friendly staffed restaurant.

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OT
3.0
Dined on 16 February 2018

Service is gentle but a bit disappointed with the food.

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r
New York Area
3.0
Dined on 14 February 2018

Perfectly fine for a night out but nothing special.

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OT
London
4.0
Dined on 13 February 2018

Overall, a good experience although my wife’s main course could have been better and the discount hadn’t been applied when the bill arrived.

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 13 February 2018

Couldn’t fault anything, it was absolutely a positive experience. The food, service and ambiance of Olives was outstanding.

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OT
Italy
4.0
Dined on 12 February 2018

Mangiato bene.. unica nota negativa il costo del servizio più di 11£ senza nemmeno che ci portassero il pane.. quello lo abbiamo dovuto richiedere noi al costo di 4£ ... caffè 3£ esagerati! Il cibo comunque era molto buono
Ci torneremo comunque il giorno di san valentino

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 10 February 2018

Very nice place, amazing tiramisu.

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OT
Yorkshire
5.0
Dined on 10 February 2018

Staff and food were spot on!

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AB
London
5.0
Dined on 10 February 2018

Food was amazing and the service was unquestionable. We were made to feel very warm and welcome in an elegant setting.

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D
London
3.0
Dined on 7 February 2018

So overpriced. The place was empty but it took an age to get a drink. Would not recommend

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KD
London
5.0
Dined on 28 January 2018

Great experience from start to finish - the food was gorgeous, good ambiance & great service from the friendly staff - a faultless experience!

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SH
London
4.0
Dined on 28 January 2018

made a last minute booking to take my niece out and the food was lovely. we were left alone and not rushed and whilst the restaurant was empty (sunday lunchtime) the food was lovely

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G
London
5.0
Dined on 27 January 2018

Excellent up-to-date Italian food, good service, good-value and well chosen wines!

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H
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on 21 January 2018

It was okay. Nothing overly special. Decent food for a great price.

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LK
London
3.0
Dined on 20 January 2018

Food was mediocre. Not great choices for vegetarians. Restaurant was incredibly noisy and not great lighting.
Our waiter was lovely but due to the noise could hardly hear him speak!
Very expensive for what we got, even with 35% discount!

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OT
London
4.0
Dined on 19 January 2018

Lovely restaurant with good menu and friendly staff. Definitely recommend.

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OT
London
2.0
Dined on 10 January 2018

A la Carte lunch very highly priced - only acceptable becasue of 50% food discount through open table. Maybe fixed menu is better.

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