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“Completely unexpected, in a good way!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Olive

Cafe Olive
71 S Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa, Oahu, HI 96786-1894
808-621-7997
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Ranked #5 of 60 Restaurants in Wahiawa
Cuisines: Greek
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Completely unexpected, in a good way!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Small Italian bistro hidden on a street populated by tattoo parlors, fast food places, and check cashing stores. Step into the restaurant and be completely charmed by the cozy interior. Service was friendly and efficient, food was fresh, flavorful and came out in a timely manner. The bruschetta on lightly toasted garlic bread with fresh grape tomatoes and feta cheese was a nice starter. The spinach and cheese ravioli seemed homemade and were stuffed with fresh spinach and mozzarella. My only complaint was the marinara sauce on the chicken parmesan, which was overly sweet. There was a thoroughly enjoyable guitar player and singer on Friday night. Would recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
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English first
wahiaw, HI
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“You'll be surprised at how good it is.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

This is a hidden gem. Don't let the location and simple exterior/small size fool you. Although a pain to find a place to park, once you're inside it's a simple restaurant with usually superb service and attention to detail/pride in their product. The food is very, very good. The price is right.
Don't pass up the opportunity to head in for a simple, excellent meal in a cozy atmosphere.

  • Visited March 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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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110 reviews 110 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012

Somewhat difficult to park, but the food and service are relatively good.

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Mililani, Hawaii
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Cozy and friendly, and of course, great Italian!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

I work in Wahiawa and there are few eat-in restaurants I would recommend. Cafe Olive is a very small, almost hidden treasure for lunch or dinner. Go early because of limited parking in a small side-street-wide mini strip mall (if it can be categorized as such) with other eateries. Specials are always delicious and affordable, go for the complete meal every time! You can bring your own wine, no corkage fee, which is a nice touch. Everyone is friendly, helpful, the food is fabulous (traditional and local style), and live entertainment is perfectly suited for a quiet dinner with friends.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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new hampshisre
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

We are renting a house on the North Shore and felt like trying something new. Although we try to eat fish as much as possible when on the island we decided to travel twenty minuets to Wahiaha and try Cafe Olive. What a great find. My husband had the Opakapaka in lemon sauce and I had the Kim Chee pasta. We love Boston's North end and this place has the feel if the smaller family run restaurants there. Do not bypass Wahiawa on your next visit to the North Shore. As a side note the service was ultra friendly and the food came out quickly from the kitchen.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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