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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
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I have multiple adult on-set food allergies, and not the run-of-the-mill type. My allergies include onions, rice, gluten, eggs, and many more. Not to mention that I'm vegan on top of it. I haven't eaten in a restaurant in at least 10 years. So when my husband scheduled a date-night here, I was more than a little nervous. We had... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We enjoyed our meal of the daily special and hamburger. The fried scallions were a nice grown up alternative to onion rings. The hamburger was delish. Our desserts were amazing! Cute atmosphere.

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

Let's talk about looks for starters - hamburger joint from the 50's on the outside, but very swanky on the inside. I love the old time look of the outside! First let's talk parking - very limited. We parked behind the building where a few extra spaces are hiding. I believe there is a paid parking lot also behind, so... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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84 reviews 84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We had an amazing and delicious meal at this little gem, a converted diner. Food was fresh, local, and very good. Gluten free options available for appetizers, entrees, and desserts. The restaurant is small, so plan ahead and make reservations. (And you may have to be patient as they clear your table.) Pay attention to time, as the restaurant closes... More

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Toledo, Ohio
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50 reviews 50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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
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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
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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