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“Make sure to go every time!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Twisted Olive

Twisted Olive
319 Bay St, Petoskey, MI 49770-2406
231-487-1230
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Ranked #2 of 80 restaurants in Petoskey
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Coastal Mediterranean with a Northern Michigan twist.
ontario canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Make sure to go every time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We go to Petoskey 2-3 times a year for a weekend get away. This restraunt is one place we always make sure to visit. Very unique and so delicious. nice atmosphere, good prices and friendly service.

  • Visited June 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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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Worth the Wait”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

This was our second visit to the Twisted Olive for lunch and we were just as pleased this time as the first. The wait to be seated is for good reason. Every detail of everything we have ordered has been delicious and priced appropriately. Service was friendly and the atmosphere is pleasant. If you are lucky enough to be seated in the main room, the view of Little Traverse Bay is spectacular.

Plan for the wait or call ahead and make a reservation, which is exactly what we plan to do for dinner next month!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Petoskey, Michigan
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Just Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The owner cares and it shows. The staff all wants to be there - and it shows. And the chef is knocking it out of the park - it's nice to see him there with a spring in his step and friendly high energy.

The atmosphere is the best in Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Charlevoix - hands down. The entire back wall is windowed and opens up to a breathtaking view over Little Traverse Bay. Even sitting at the small 6-seat bar you're treated to the view. The music is cafe standards - French standards. And best of all there are no televisions!

It's a great place for all meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you can only have one, do dinner. It's a great atmosphere, the food is sourced locally and organically when possible, even some wild caught (non-farm) fish is available.

Can't say enough - it's a happy place, best food in the area, best staff in the area, best owner and best chef. Enjoy!

  • Visited May 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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great food but......”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

We have eaten here before and loved it but this time was soooo different. It was the holiday weekend and the place was packed. (30-60min. wait) I was expecting slow service but not almost nonexistent service.

The restaurant seemed understaffed and unprepared. Our waiter was very young and let us know upfront that this was his first day back from college. He was unfamiliar with the menu and very unorganized. Our check was wrong, asked for water 3 times, our food was ready for 15 min before it was delivered almost cold. A few of the many issues. This is a management issue of not properly training or staffing correctly.

Not sure if we will be back.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Petoskey, Michigan
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“Nice atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I have visited this restaurant several times for lunch and occasionally for breakfast. This was my first visit for dinner. I really liked the live music and the variety of items on the menu. I ordered a cup of soup and a vegetarian entree. I thought the menu was on the pricey side but the bill didn't ruin my pleasant experience.

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