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Olive Tree Restaurant

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Bystock Terrace, Exeter EX4 4HY, England
+44 (0)1392 272709
Today
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Tue 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed 12:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thu - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Trip Advisor Award of excellence for the past 4 years is testament to the...
Trip Advisor Award of excellence for the past 4 years is testament to the care and quality of this family run restaurant in the heart of Exeter. The Olive Tree restaurant is placed in The Queens Court Hotel, a beautiful Georgian town house situated on a leafy square in a city, which dates back to the medieval ages. The Olive Tree restaurant is multi-award winning and often referred as the jewel in the crown of the Queen's Court Hotel. Dine amongst the Venetian masks and enjoy the produce of the West Country. All the food is freshly prepared and cooked for you, drawing influences from Italy and the Mediterranean. The restaurant is only a few minutes' walk from the high street, main train stations and very conveniently placed for the University. It is also fortunate to have a public car park on its doorstep that is free overnight and very reasonably priced in the day.
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TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 83
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
It's OK

I didn't really know about this place but glad I went. The food ultimately is very good, well executed and the chef obviously cares. I had Scallops, and steak. Was all very nice and looked lovely. The wine was fantastic. The service was excellent and very attentive from the barman. I had a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
cantonap
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Exeter, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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134 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Exeter, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I didn't really know about this place but glad I went. The food ultimately is very good, well executed and the chef obviously cares. I had Scallops, and steak. Was all very nice and looked lovely. The wine was fantastic. The service was excellent and very attentive from the barman. I had a fantastic night and am pleased I went.... More 

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Torquay, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Enjoyed the 6 course taster menu. Terrific flavours in interesting combinations - e.g. pigeon and chorizo - against romantic setting. Highly recommend.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

We stayed in the Queens Court Hotel which has as its dining the restaurant Olive Tree for an overnight stay with a 6 course taster menu as our evening meal. The meal started well and continued to get better, allowing us to have a terrific pigeons breast course, pork belly and ending in sticky toffee pudding which was a great... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I booked this restaurant on NYE 2014 for myself and my partner. As I work as a nurse and don't finish until 8pm I booked for 21.15 and received an email confirming my booking. We turned up on NYE only to find the restaurant in darkness and very clearly closed! If that wasn't bad enough, after ruining our night we... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Great menu with locally sourced food in an atmospheric surrounding and friendly service. I will be back.

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England
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Attended a large Christmas function on Sat, the food and service was excellent. We will return in the new year. Thank you all for a great night you deserve a round of applause.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The food was excellent and memorable! Most definitely will be coming back. The chef was really very talented and we enjoyed the local produce which was beautifully presented and simply delicious. Dinner was above average price, but we didn't mind as we enjoyed our meal. The Traditional breakfast, on the other hand, we thought was very good value and tasteful!... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

There were 10 in our party and we travelled from Cornwall, Bath and Bristol to meet up at the Olive Tree Restaurant as we did last year. We were given a room to ourselves and had a wonderful time together. The setting was delightful as was the ambiance and the food really good. The young staff were very attentive, polite... More 

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Nice food shame about the service (older women very rude indeed and embarrassing). the young staff were very pleasant and sweet

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Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Our University society had a wonderful Christmas dinner here! We arrived at 6PM, were seated by 7PM- food followed shortly. Food was served promptly and all orders were filled correctly. Following the dinner the tables were moved aside to allow us to dance and have after dinner drinks. The staff were great, helpful, and very quick to solve any issues.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Bystock Terrace, Exeter EX4 4HY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exeter
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)1392 272709

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 22
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean

Description

Trip Advisor Award of excellence for the past 4 years is testament to the care and quality of this family run restaurant in the heart of Exeter. The Olive Tree restaurant is placed in The Queens Court Hotel, a beautiful Georgian town house situated on a leafy square in a city, which dates back to the medieval ages. The Olive Tree restaurant is multi-award winning and often referred as the jewel in the crown of the Queen's Court Hotel. Dine amongst the Venetian masks and enjoy the produce of the West Country. All the food is freshly prepared and cooked for you, drawing influences from Italy and the Mediterranean. The restaurant is only a few minutes' walk from the high street, main train stations and very conveniently placed for the University. It is also fortunate to have a public car park on its doorstep that is free overnight and very reasonably priced in the day.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Friday
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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