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The Olive Tree

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21 Main Street, Knysna | Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre, Knysna, South Africa
044 382-5867
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Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Olive Tree Restaurant Trading hours; Dinners only, Monday to Saturdays in...
Olive Tree Restaurant Trading hours; Dinners only, Monday to Saturdays in Season> from 6.30pm till kitchen close at 9pm.
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lived up to its reputation

Excellent food if somewhat limited selection. Chalk board menu described in detail by one of the charming co owners. Great wine list. Only small negative was that each course came extremely quickly after the prior course so it all felt a little rushed

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
LouiseTunbridgewells
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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Tunbridge wells
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Excellent food if somewhat limited selection. Chalk board menu described in detail by one of the charming co owners. Great wine list. Only small negative was that each course came extremely quickly after the prior course so it all felt a little rushed

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Helmsley, United Kingdom
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169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

For a last minute booking we had a nicely cooked meal that was tasty & wholesome. Hubby went for the fillet steak with peppercorn sauce which was cooked well. I went for the fish of day. Try the bobotie rolls here as they are good.

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Tel-Aviv
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77 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

The owner of this place is so welcoming, that by the end of our dinner we felt we have known her for years. It was a (very!) rainy evening, and the water came into the restaurant, however, it did not bother us at all. We had great salads, good steaks, and nice deserts. The place was very busy, so you... More 

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Kevin Thomas
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Overall loved the soup and chicken pasta dish. Fillet was too rare for my likings - certainly would visit again. Knysna has better food than Cape Town 😀

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Marly-le-Roi, France
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

A nice bistro pub right in the city center. A dutch origin owner deservedly very proud of her cooking. Very warm welcome. Simple but extremely tasty food. Service was fast and attentive.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We visited here twice on our stay in Knysna after the first time really was one of the best meals we have had. The beef fillet was cooked to pure perfection and the vegetables served alongside were beautiful. Service was genuine and heartfelt and the wine and prices very well placed. We recommend this to anyone staying in the town...... More 

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Peterborough
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The most amazing dinner I've had for a long time and great value. We had the fish of the day and it was delicious.

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Boulogne Billancourt
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The Olive Tree is managed by a Lady with an L and she'll welcome you as an old friend. Detailled and recommendations about the menu will be given very gently, she will definitely make sure you enjoy the moment. Thus said, be prepared for the best fresh products you've ever tasted. I can honestly tell you that I had never... More 

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Kingston Upon Thames
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7 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The best meal we had in our 2.5 weeks in SA. Cosy genuine good home cooking restaurant, no airs or graces just delivering on great service, cosy atmosphere and an excellent kitchen. Can't remember (sorry) the name of the lady who runs it, but she is old-school personality and should be proud to be giving so much pleasure. Book at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The Olive Tree is a perfect example on how to run a restaurant, no Gordon Ramsey needed here. Cozy venue, service minded and competent waiters, a chef with a wide and sharp taste palate, and of course a present and caring owner. Ellen, the owner, plated our company of 9 at a nice round table and ran through the entire... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 21 Main Street, Knysna | Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre, Knysna, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Knysna
  • Phone Number: 044 382-5867

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Local cuisine, Doing business

Description

Olive Tree Restaurant Trading hours; Dinners only, Monday to Saturdays in Season> from 6.30pm till kitchen close at 9pm.

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