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All 54 Olean Restaurants

The Old Library

116 South Union Street, Olean, NY 14760
877-241-4348, 716-372-2226
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Ranked #22 of 54 Restaurants in Olean
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
  • Any
English first
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This was so expensive for something that can be obtained anywhere. The atmosphere was stuffy and worn. It is supposed to be upscale antique but feels like a funeral parlor. I would not go back or recommend it to a friend.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I keep going, but they are never open when I get there. 20 years living here and the Legend of this place is still a mystery to me. Is there a hidden magical key somewhere? Like the rest of this area, it may be a matter of who you know. I here it is great, but I have never even... More 

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Ontario's Near North, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Interesting to see all the rooms in the old Library. Lunch was also pretty good and we had live music played while we ate.

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Bradford, PA, USA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This establishment is open only for special occasions such as Mother's Day and banquets. The architecture is unique with library books still on the shelves. Service was good although the piano playing was too loud in a confined place. Food was acceptable!

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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014 via mobile

Let me preface this by saying it would have to be an outstanding experience for me to rate a restaurant 5 stars. That being said we had a great time here for graduation brunch. This was a buffet with many choices for all tastes and reasonably priced/ fixed price. The wait staff was friendly & happy to help. The main... More 

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

The Old Library hosts special events and we have eaten there two years in a row for Valentine's Day dinner. We have been pleased both years with the ambiance and quality of food. We have had the Italian platter and the Surf and Turf and both are delicious. They also have some decadent desserts available. We felt very well attended... More 

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Olean, New York
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We held a wedding reception here in July 2013. The ambiance of an old library was tastefully integrated with fine dining decor. The food was wonderful, and the staff was very helpful with the planning of the event. Owners, Joe and Sue Marra, personally supervised all the details of the wedding. I highly recommend The Old Library.

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Nueces County
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

The Old Library was the setting for my nephew's wedding reception recently. Although is seemed strange to enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks in the reading rooms we remember from high school, and dine and dance in the former children's stacks upstairs, the event was spectacular!

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Bonita Springs, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Open only for special events now. Was a great restaurant in the past. We eat here last summer, but were disappointed to learn that they now only hosting special events.

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

This is a great venue. The ambiance was wonderful and it made a great place for a wedding. We are from out of town, so we were unfamiliar with this place but were pleasantly surprised by the converted library. The food was delicious and the servers were attentive and accommodating. We had a great time.

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Address: 116 South Union Street, Olean, NY 14760
Phone Number: 877-241-4348, 716-372-2226
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Olean
Cuisine: American

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