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Olive Tree Restaurant

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Bystock Terrace, Exeter EX4 4HY, England
+44 (0)1392 272709
Today
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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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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Visitor rating
  • 85
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Menu options

We had the 6 course tasting menu and it was quite good but with a couple of dodgy touches. Soup was served with no bread and when we asked for some got a few slices of sliced brown with worrying red stains! Other guests got some different Italian bread with their soup so I think ours was just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
masterchef2
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Stroud, Glos
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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141 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Newton Abbot, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Friendly staff and a reasonable menu, but the decor was odd and the cutlery, glasses, etc all tired. Which wouldn't matter if the food was good, but it just didn't live up to its fine dining billing. I had a fish starter and a steak main, and although i try to see the best in things, i'm afraid i can't... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
211 reviews 211 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We prebooked and requested some kind of sole as a main course. This was totally ignored and for a so called fish restaurant had a disappointing menu. My spinich soup, a favourite was thin.None of the starters appealed to my wife and they promised fresh breads ete. We had to remind the waiter twice. It was ok. Our mains were... More 

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Stroud, Glos
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We had the 6 course tasting menu and it was quite good but with a couple of dodgy touches. Soup was served with no bread and when we asked for some got a few slices of sliced brown with worrying red stains! Other guests got some different Italian bread with their soup so I think ours was just missed. The... More 

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Poole
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Visited the restaurant during a 2 night stay at the Queens hotel. Promised a lot but did not really deliver. We had pre drinks in the bar whilst we made our meal choices and I went for the highly recommended garlic soup. We where show to our table which had a single dead rose in a vase and a dirty... More 

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Very very disappointed. My wife sat by the window and froze.The duck was raw and when this was mentioned the staff argued and said this is how it comes. After that the whole approach became very cool. No apology even though the meal was returned hardly eaten. The following course was no better than a pudding from a supermarket. Certainly... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

try the taster menu....at £29 for 5 courses, it is fantastic. Great atmosphere and service and reasonably priced wines!

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Kent
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Amazing tasting menu, very good value. Fresh, delicious, well cooked and presented food. Reasonable wine list and pleasant ambience in restaurant.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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