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116 South Union Street, Olean, NY 14760
877-241-4348, 716-372-2226
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Very nice place!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2014
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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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Hollywood, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I cannot fully express just how grateful I am to the owners and employees of this establishment. I have a wonderful wedding here! The food was out of this world delish!!! They are beyond accommodating for those picky eaters and will make a special plate for them. We had a "smore's bar" and it was beyond my expectations. It was... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Located near the crossroads of State and Union Streets, this once library is true to it's form. The meals are exceptional and so is the service. Enjoy

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

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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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
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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

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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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
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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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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