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20 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN 56001
507-386-1001
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Today
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Buffet

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 65
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Awesome Lunch Buffet

The food here is amazing! This lunch buffet is ideal for any business meeting or just a nice lunch out with friends! I eat here about once a week, and I can't get enough!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Angela B
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Mankato, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Buffet
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114 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Mankato, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The food here is amazing! This lunch buffet is ideal for any business meeting or just a nice lunch out with friends! I eat here about once a week, and I can't get enough!

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Mankato, Minnesota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Prices are not cheap, but quality is excellent. Not a huge menu, but a good variety. Many have Mediterranean flair. Would you guess? We love the olives and bread that are served before the meal. Some evening specials - check into these if you are concerned about what you spend. Pasta dishes excellent. Wood fired pizza excellent. Have not been... More 

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Mankato, MN
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The wines are the best value and pour in town. I tend to sit at the bar and the service is GREAT. Cheese tray is a favorite and also the schwarma (sp) pizza. Like to visit whenever I get the chance.

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Madison, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The specials and desserts are very good values. The owner has his picture all over the hotel and restaurant touting him as a "master chef" but I didn't see a sight of him. The burger I ordered medium well came to me <medium. by then I was just hungry. They give you olives and bread with the meal. My waitress... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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178 reviews 178 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Had several recommend Olives as one of the best in town - did not disappoint. We opted for the favorite goto pizza with pickles and chicken. Sounds weird was an amazingly good and memorable meal. Made on either a regular or gluten free crust. Excellent wine and beer offering. Definitely would go back when in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The staff is friendly and the food is incredible. Check out the specials. It is the best restaurant in Mankato!

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Mankato, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

You can't beat the Olives buffet at lunchtime! For less than $10 you get a great selection of sandwiches, salads, homemade hummus, rolls, fruit and fresh made soup. If you have a sweet tooth, check out the display of mini pies, eclairs and fruit desserts. Everything is delicious!

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Minnesota
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78 reviews 78 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

Inventive entrees, excellent choice of seafood, quail and duck. All well prepared and presented in a pleasing manner. Attentive service without constant hovering. We have dined at Olives numerous times, and never have received a bad dinner. It's to bad they can't dim the lights some and improve the atmosphere, for a more intimate appeal.

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Mankato, Minnesota
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

A first class, family owned restaurant in our area. Consistently great food, service and ambiance! Try the Dragon and Phoenix pasta dish or just rely on the chef's pick for a great dinner.

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Cleveland, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Had dinner here in 2010 while on a date, it was great! Fast forward 3 years to the night I asked her to marry me, we went out to celebrate and had dinner at Olives. The wait staff is awesome! Gave us a free dessert to celebrate. We visit occasionally and have always had a wonderful meal.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 20 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN 56001
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Mankato
  • Phone Number: 507-386-1001

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 28
  • Cuisine: American, Middle Eastern
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 9:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?