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Olive, An Urban Dive

416 E 3rd St, Dayton, OH 45402
+1 937-222-3483
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Ranked #1 of 678 Restaurants in Dayton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $26
Cuisines: Hamburgers, Mediterranean, Vegan, Eclectic, Organic
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: we're located in the old Wympee diner at the corner of third and wayne in downtown Dayton, Ohio! the outside looks the same and even has the original signage as built in 1938!!! the inside is reminiscent of a chicago bistro and we have a patio! we take reservations and walk-ins, but there are only 28 seats inside, so calling ahead is a great idea! 937.222.DIVE (3483). we don't have diet sodas, but you can bring your own! we have over 70 local farmers on speed dial and our own garden and added a farm and bee hive this year!! come visit our little dive!! our motto: local over import, labor over convenience and service over everything else. we chase chickens, when we say free range.... we mean it. your locally sourced, mediterranean, american restaurant in the old wympee diner, downtown, dayton! we're gluten free, vegan, paleo & allergy friendly, but we've also got great grass fed beef and burgers!!!
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English first
Toledo, Ohio
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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

this is a small but mighty farm to table restaurant with great staff and great food. be ready to slow down and enjoy everything. saturday brunch took 1.5 hours.

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Brookville, Ohio
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Three of us tried to eat lunch at Olive earlier this summer and could not get a table for over an hour. When we went this week, we made reservations. Olive has fresh, unique food in an unexpected location. The attention to local resources and freshness also means a steeper price, but for an occasional treat, I'd recommend Olive to... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Very unique hip experience. Small but well appointed atmosphere. Food was good. Corn cob salad and sweet potato soup was wonderful. My husband's seared Ahi Tuna was not. He remarked it had a fishy smell and he is a Ahi Tuna connoisseur. Would go back but would stay away from the tuna.

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Fort Worth
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I were in town for a wedding and decided to explore Dayton a bit. Saw this place had great reviews and decided to try. Restaurant is full of natural light but also very cozy. Food was phenomenal. My husband ordered the Urban Burger and declared it was the best he has ever had. I ordered the falafel... More

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Xenia, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We decided to try something new today. We came across this place well driving around downtown Dayton. At first glance you think that it would be a hamburger joint. But instead it was a very healthy restaurant. I ordered the sun tea and the mozzarella sandwich which was wonderful. My husband ordered the tacos and greek salad. The service was... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Olive is a strange place to understand: a bit of a hipster, organic all natural menu, chic decor interior, houses in the old Wympee Diner. It's slightly sad because I feel a loss for the historical diner atmosphere and food - but it's interesting to see what they've done with the place. The exterior needs a lot of help. Overgrown... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

A friend and I stopped in for lunch. It's so refreshing to see a menu in this area that really focuses on healthy fare that doesn't sacrifice taste. I had the tuna melt and fried leeks which was completely amazing. My friend opted for the caprese sandwich grilled geese style and sweet potato fries. Our only regret was we didn't... More

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Dayton, Ohio, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Meet some business friends for lunch. Did not realized that Olive closed at 3pm for lunch. We arrived at 2:35pm. Service was good but food left something to be desired. Think because we were so late arriving we received the left over food. Do not ever go that close to cut off time for lunch. Food not very fresh. I... More

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Needed a light bite while traveling to Nashville. Stopped to get take out sandwich to share. Hubby and I fought for last bite. We had a Tuscan grilled cheese. Fresh ingredients, flavorful, creative. May stop back on the way home! Ciabatta, fresh mozzarella, tomato, pancetta, pesto, balsamic bliss !

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St. Louis, MO, USA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We went there on a Saturday morning. They aren't open until 10:00 on Saturdays, and only for brunch. We really just wanted some breakfast food, but this place was in walking distance from our hotel. The food was very good, my wife had the frittata, with yogurt and honey. She cleaned her plate totally. I had the special that was... More

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