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“It's more than the plate” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Olive Tree

The Olive Tree
21 Main Street, Knysna | Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre, Knysna, South Africa
044 382-5867
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Ranked #3 of 124 Restaurants in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Bistro
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Olive Tree Restaurant Trading hours; Dinners only, Monday to Saturdays in Season> from 6.30pm till kitchen close at 9pm.
Garden route
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“It's more than the plate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Or what's on the plate . Ticks all my boxes . Good ambience , good service and good food .
A little elaboration - eventually got around to dining at The Olive Tree . We had heard mostly good reports and the consistently high rating on Trip Advisor persuaded us to try the food . Parking ŵas safe just outside the restaurant , the greeting friendly from the staff AND owner . In Knysna ? Yes , sometimes one is priviliged enough to see the owner/s but not often enough . They are as rare as a good steak should be and my fillet steak was superb . As good as steaks get on the Garden Route . As good as steaks get . The restaurant was full on a week night, most dining there on Trip Advisors rating . It is easily the best restaurant I have eaten at in Knysna and there are many and they don't stay open for long , usually closing after the season . Eat there , you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Campbell River, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Food, service all Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

The food prepared and presented in the Olive tree is beyond reproach! It was the best restaurant food we had on our five week sojourn through South Africa. A good variety of items on the menu and all prepared by the chef who is the owner's son. Both of whom know their jobs and do them beyond your expectations! Highly recommend The Olive Tree to friends and family!

Visited October 2012
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Knysna, South Africa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Great restaurant for dinner. Steak at its best and a comprehensive menu. Owner always on hand to provide personalised service. Conveniently located in town.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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johannesburg
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“Great Dinner!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

My wife and I enjoyed an excellent dinner during our recent stay in Knysna. Ellen (the owner) is totally attentive to all her patrons and the menu caters for all tastes, from pizzas to gourmet dishes
Service at an appropriate pace and the food simply delicious! Try the fillet steak - hard to beat by any standard!
A must for any visitor (or residents....) to Knysna

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
““Excellent Quality Food and Service “”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

How wonderful to find a restaurant in Knysna that we had not visited before and one that we consider to be top quality in every respect !
The interior is relatively small but its the exceptional food and service that makes this restaurant stand out .
The menu is displayed on a chalk board and each item is explained to you by the owner and already at that stage you can tell that the preparation of each dish is done with passion and enjoyment and the anticipation of an excellent meal is completely fulfilled when the meal is served. The beef fillet and lamb chops that our party had on Saturday 27 October was of the highest quality and the taste superb !
Overall a wonderful dining experience and we look forward to our next visit .

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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