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The Old Library

116 South Union Street, Olean, NY 14760
877-241-4348, 716-372-2226
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Ranked #13 of 54 Restaurants in Olean
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Aug 29, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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PA
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71 reviews 71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
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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
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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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PORT ALLEGANY
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174 reviews 174 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

This used to be a full service restaurant, and a bona fide library before that, but now do special events only. Our Italian dinner was great!

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