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L'Olivo Ristorante Italiano

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135 Marford Road, Wheathampstead, St. Albans AL4 8NH, England
+44 1582 834145
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6:30 pm - 12:30 am
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 6:30 pm - 12:30 am
Dining options: Dinner, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 201
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  • 58
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 6
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  • 1
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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
Customer Service at the best!

Visited on Saturday with some friends who live in Spain. We were all impressed with the food and service. I chose the Fillet of Beef Rossini which was very tender and the others chose SeaBass, Duck and Lamb. All our food was piping hot and beautifully presented....there were four clear plates at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Tricia G
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Hatfield
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  • Special occasions
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Hatfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Visited on Saturday with some friends who live in Spain. We were all impressed with the food and service. I chose the Fillet of Beef Rossini which was very tender and the others chose SeaBass, Duck and Lamb. All our food was piping hot and beautifully presented....there were four clear plates at the end of our meal! The waiting staff... More 

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Hertfordshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Visited with my husband last Saturday and we both loved the great food and ambience. My husband had the duck and I enjoyed two seafood dishes, none of which could be faulted. L'Olivo is extremely professionally managed and we were impressed with the food and service. I don't expect an Italian restaurant to be hushed and loved the lively ambience... More 

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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

For various reasons we had never visited before – you have to book so far ahead and feedback from family and friends was to say the least mixed. Anyway come the day, come the hour, came the man (with the woman) and we arrived (after having to park a little way away - the car parking being totally inadequate). I... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Visited for our 15 year wedding anniversary. Best Italian food in St Albans (and I'm half Italian). Friendly staff, amazing food, table a bit cramped but the food more than made up for it. One place to need to book ahead as very popular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

L'Olivo is a little gem. Fabulous food, quaint little restaurant, jovial atmosphere and fantastic service and great attention to detail. Will definitely visit again.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This is a very, very popular upmarket restaurant and it’s very difficult to get a table. We booked months in advance to make sure for our anniversary. Bad points – car park not big enough, incredibly noisy, wait staff are in tight black jeans with braces which makes them look like hit men / bouncers who’ve popped in to do... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

I have been meaning to dine at L'Olivo Ristorante Italiano since May 2012 when I took the photograph that TripAdvisor uses on the listing. But one needs to book two months in advance for a weekend booking and I am rarely that well organised. The restaurant was smaller, with tables closer to together, than I had expected – as a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

L'Olivo is fairly local to us (20 minutes drive) and we've become fairly regular customers. Their menu is a refreshing alternative to the run of the mill Italian chains that always seem to lack imagination. Their seafood dishes are especially good, as is the lasagna. Be sure to book in advance on Friday or Saturday night because the place is... More 

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Northampton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Went here with a group on offer and without and it was lovely. Really nice atmosphere always busy and good food. Always seems busy do best to book

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We absolutely love it here - food is always gorgeous and the staff are very attentive. Great restaurant to celebrate an event with friends. Finish off the night with a limoncello !

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 135 Marford Road, Wheathampstead, St. Albans AL4 8NH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  St. Albans  >  Wheathampstead
  • Phone Number: +44 1582 834145

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
6:30 pm - 12:30 am
Tuesday
6:30 pm - 12:30 am
Wednesday
6:30 pm - 12:30 am
Thursday
6:30 pm - 12:30 am
Friday
6:30 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday
6:30 pm - 12:30 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?