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Wild Olive

2867 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455
(843)737-4177
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Ranked #2 of 54 restaurants in Johns Island
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Maybank Hwy & River Road
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Callao, Virginia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

My introduction to Wild Olive was a marvelous experience and certainly worth the trip out to John's Island. Our warm, marinated olives were a delicious appetizer as was my charred octopus, which was not "charred" at all but light, drenched in flavor and not a bit "bouncy" - one of the best octopus dishes I've ever had, in fact. My... More

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Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This was our third visit to WO. We are from Philadelphia and have visited the Charleston area for the last two years for our daughter’s spring break. My husband loved this restaurant so much, we went twice last year. Apparently many others do as well. We selected it for dinner our first night in town and made a reservation for... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Great food coupled with exception service made our group dinner outing an absolute home run! Definitely worth the trip to the 'burbs of Charleston. The calamari might have been the best I have ever had simply in that they were so light, mild and tender without an over play by the kitchen to re-invent the dish...simple was superb. All of... More

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

My second review. The freshest local ingredients when available. Great wine list. PLENTY of food! We both had the veal and it was incredible. Calamari was dine to perfection ... not fried to a crisp. The soup was great. This place is a Low Country jewel. Drive out to John's Island and enjoy!!!

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Connecticut
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Shared a meal with friends who had been here before. Every meal was great, good beer and wine, excellent atmosphere, quiet and comfortable for conversation. Excellent service - waitress remembered our friends - even what they had ordered! There aren't many restaurants on Johns Island but this one is worth looking for. Not inexpensive but worth it for a good... More

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Johns Island, South Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Been here too many times to count. Not once has it been anything less that fantastic. My favorite restaurant in Charleston. Coolest atmosphere.

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Nantahala Township, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This restaurant on Johns Island is one of the best italian restaurants we have found. We have tryed it twice since being in Charleston for a month and hope to go back before we leave. Wanting good service as well as a welcoming expierence than ask for FRANK !! Frank wil take care of you weather it's a party or... More

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Poland, Ohio
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Our last review was not very flattering about the Wild Olive. We tried to make reservations at the Fat Hen, this trip, but it was full. We decided to give the Wild Olive "one more try" before writing it off completely. I am Glad the Fat Hen was full..the Wild Olive must have been reading some of the bad reviews... More

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Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

There are not a lot of restaurants to choose from on the barrier islands of Charleston, SC but the Wild Olive is worth traveling to even if you are staying downtown. Specializing in upscale Italian dishes, the chef is very creative. One of my favorite dishes are Charred Octopus, Mushroom Parmesan Bisque, Sweetbreads fixed anyway. All of their vegetables come... More

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Clinton, CT
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

Was looking forward to a wonderful dinner as I love Italian food and this restaurant had such great reviews. I ordered chicken parm and it was one of the worst dinners I have ever had! The chicken was dried out, there was hardly any cheese on it. It came with homemade pasta which I made the assumption would come with... More

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