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Oliver's Restaurant

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Canadian, Contemporary
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160 Water St, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 1A9, Canada
+1 709-754-6444
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Brampton, Ontario, Canada
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103 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After a screw up with our reservation, we were treated to great food and exceptional service. The same level of service was seen with all the nights patrons. The specials were a tomato soup to die for and seared halibut.

2 Thank Richard F
Bumpass, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the helpful staff in the restaurant and the food was delicious. It was a great experience and totally recommend it.

3 Thank travelglacier1234567
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Best chowder if you are a fan, great fish. I found our server a bit flippant and not that welcoming, but hey, that's me. I like attentive service. Lovely atmosphere, but there seemed to be some tension between two of the servers and that didn't make our dinner as relaxed as we would have wanted.

1 Thank Farmer Connie M
Niagara Falls, Canada
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to Oliver's tonight for what I thought would be a fantastic meal during our trip to Newfoundland. However, we were disappointed. There is a difference between fine dining and slow kitchen service. We seemed to wait forever for everything. We chose a wine the server picked it off of the shelf immediately, then we waited for 15 minuted for... More 

Thank Chearn60
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Purely by accident we have run into this place and we were smitten by the fantastic food. 2 days later we came back (after making a reservation) and again the food (swordfish, salad, chowder) were excellent. Will try to come back in couple of days when we are back in St John's.

2 Thank OJV1968
St. John's, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful flavors, good proportions for big people, some of the finest cod fish I have ever been served! Just around the corner from my studio and I am thoroughly impressed every time.

2 Thank Robert Y
Ottawa, Canada
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staying in Bay Bulls with one restaurant option so we drove up to St. Johns for lunch. My husband did the research, decided on Oliver's and I am very glad he did. We both had the lunch specials for the day, husband had smoked cod tacos and I had chicken carbonara. Great food and lovely atmosphere. Try it!!

2 Thank 11Melanie1980
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best places in St. John's downtown... Fine dinning experience was more that what I had hoped for. Servers did not rush us thru at all. It was very cozy and relaxing lunch date with friend. Getting parking spot was a bit challenging, but patience paid off.

2 Thank Vinayak B
St. John's, Canada
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, friendly staff and a very calm atmosphere. It's often a little underrated by locals but I would argue it is one of the nicest well rounded restaurants in the city. Highly recommend with midrange budget.

2 Thank Greg_Newfoundland_CA
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled onto this unassuming but attractive restaurant, very hungry after doing scenic hiking nearby. The specials and main menu were innovative and made choosing a challenge. Service in typical Newfoundland tradition was fun and friendly.

2 Thank Karin E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $30
Canadian, Contemporary
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 160 Water St, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 1A9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Newfoundland and Labrador  >  Newfoundland  >  St. John's
  • Phone Number: +1 709-754-6444
Intimate restaurant in the heart of downtown St. John's, Newfoundland. Operating for over 17 years,Oliver's is a favourite for great seafood, steaks, fresh pastas and mouthwatering housemade desserts. Featuring intimate booths, warm colours and a fantastic wine list.

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