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“Best meal in a long time!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Olive and Oil Pietermaritzburg

Olive and Oil Pietermaritzburg
123 Mc Carthy Drive | Cascades Shopping Centre, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa
033 347 1131
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Price range: $10 - $16
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Seafood, Steakhouse, Pizza & Pasta
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The much anticipated Pietermaritzburg branch of Olive and Oil has opened with rave reviews in the resurgent Cascades Shopping Centre in the Montrose area. Situated on the side of the centre with views up into the green forests, the restaurant setting combines understated formality in the newly revamped dining area as well as a very popular picturesque deck area, a perfect setting for that romantic dinner or an upmarket venue to host business lunches.First impressions are of the ambience, so come in and relax in an area that fills one with an immediate sense of wellbeing. The eatery boasts an inventive menu with great daily specials that already have connoisseurs and gourmands beating a path to the new 'culinary hotspot'. This is a true fine dining family restaurant. At Olive and Oil the emphasis is on great quality food, and outstanding service. The opening of this brand in Pietermaritzburg has added a new and exciting dimension to the eating out experience.
Johannesbu
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best meal in a long time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

My boyfriend took me here for a birthday dinner. Food was amazing and service from our waitron Bevan was fantastic!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Have eaten a few times at Olive and Oil. Enjoyed all meals. Outside seating has super ambience. Have visited with family and with business associates.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Five Stars for Olive and Oil Pietermaritzburg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

My last review for this restaurant was in December 2012, but my husband and I have eaten lunch there weekly since then. The superb service, consistently excellent quality of meals and wonderful ambience have not only endured, but we consider them to have improved (if that is indeed possible). The Main Menu has been 'tweaked', and the Lunch Time Menu is a winner. Three other Lunch Meals at the incredibly low price of R49.99 are delicious and filling. As regulars, we have the privilege of being greeted by waitrons and Managers (in the green shirts) alike. Bevan tops the list, as he does in reviews by others, Richard is actually a qualified chef, and Mlondolozi (Mlondi) and Nkululeko deserve mention. Should they be on shift when we visit, they invariably come across to our table to greet us, as do the Senior Managers, Tim and Petrus. Nothing is too much trouble to ensure that our meal is first class. I find it difficult to believe the criticisms which some patrons have levelled at our favourite restaurant. Salut!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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KwaZulu Natal
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Our family really enjoy going to Olive & Oil, my husband especially. Lovely waitrons and friendly service. Delicious food. We enjoy the mutton chops with a sauce on pesto infused mash. its a winner. We have been often and will definitely be back.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Overrated, overpriced but pleasant and well located.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

The restaurant is really average, but has become fairly popular for one reason. It is basically the only restaurant in that region of Pietermaritzburg , except for a Spur in the same shopping complex. I have visited appoximately 6 times. None of them my choice. To the point: POSITIVES: 1.Well located and a pleasant outside area when it is warm enough. 2. Nice ambiance inside, although gets crowdy if cold outside. NEUTRAL: 1. Food is really nothing impressive, it's simply okay. I have had one horrendous dish when it first opened , but the others have been average and I will stick with average. 2. Service has improved, initially it was not very good , but has improved somewhat. Ask for Bevan , he impressed me. Negatives: 1. I have to say the food prices compared to the quality are out of sync. Although some of the lunch time specials are reasonable. 2. Little to offer if it is cold and the outside area cannot be used.
CONCLUSION: Is probably only successful beacuse it has no competition in that area, but if you don't feel like driving what the heck.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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