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20 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN 56001
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6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great atmosphere...run by the lovely and talented Massad family.

We always have a good time at Olives....they have great bread, great food from a wonderful chef and a very nice wine list.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Cornelia E
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Le Center, Minnesota
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My Wife and I chose a non-hockey night to drop in for dinner and a quiet evening. She is a big fan of pasta and I am pretty flexible in finding something on the menu that I enjoy. Everything thing was commensurate to our expectations as far as atmosphere, cocktails and the like. The meal on the other hand fell... More 

Thank Mark T
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We always have a good time at Olives....they have great bread, great food from a wonderful chef and a very nice wine list.

Thank Cornelia E
Mankato, Minnesota
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fine dining experience. Very friendly staff and the food was excellent. Menu choices are unique but many options.

Thank Joni W W
Winona, Minnesota
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This in-hotel restaurant is not what we would have expected in a mid-size Minnesota community; it's way more than that. It's got an extensive Mediterrean menu, with delicious and savory food. People who live in Mankato love this restaurant. Its ambiance is incredible, even during the day. We chose the all-you-care-to-eat buffet and were more than satisfied (not only only... More 

Thank Beth M
New York City, New York
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109 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

American/Med fusion. Relatively quiet, and one of the more formal places in Mankato (still not very formal, however). I have had terrific cocktails, excellent chicken, a two-sauce pork and steak dish i loved, and a couple of very good desserts. Well worth a visit.

Thank Rich M
Emmetsburg, Iowa
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We had a great time on hockey night, even though we didn't know that it was hockey night. Schwarmer pizza! Pickles and chicken and lettuce, tomato and schwarmer sauce. Never had anything like it.

Thank Sandra P
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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89 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I was traveling with 5 people with very different tastes and everyone one found multiple options. Everyone enjoyed their main dishes, steak, salmon and risotto. The wait staff was great, friendly and attentive. I would give a 5 if our desserts had been better. The layered mini chocolate cake was dry, none of us finished ours. I would go back... More 

Thank Punky70
Mankato, Minnesota
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Their lunch Buffett is amazing. So many types of sandwiches and sides. The hummus is excellent too. Good service as well

Thank brentopat
North Mankato, Minnesota
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

One of my favorite places to have lunch. One of my friends and I have "Fancy Lady Lunch" each month at Olives. We always have the buffet and a glass of wine...it is not fancy really but we think we are having wine for lunch in the middle of week. We love the atmosphere. The service is excellent. The food... More 

Thank Parkside-Cottage
Mankato, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Oh my goodness, the buffet. Everything you could want in a buffet. The tomato basil soup was incredible as was the Caprese salad and bruschetta. Can't wait to go again!

Thank Shul04

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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, Greek, Middle Eastern


Open Hours
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?