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The Old Library

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116 South Union Street, Olean, NY 14760
+1 877-241-4348
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Olean, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016

The Atmosphere is excellent old library heart of Olean on Union street. The food was great ,,,overpriced for what you got. I would recommend it for private parties and functions. Not a cheap or fast place to have lunch but if you have time,,,good spot.

1 Thank Robert B
Hollywood, Maryland, United States
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2015

I cannot fully express just how grateful I am to the owners and employees of this establishment. I have a wonderful wedding here! The food was out of this world delish!!! They are beyond accommodating for those picky eaters and will make a special plate for them. We had a "smore's bar" and it was beyond my expectations. It was... More 

Thank Peggy A
Asheville, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2015

Located near the crossroads of State and Union Streets, this once library is true to it's form. The meals are exceptional and so is the service. Enjoy

Thank TheAuracle
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

This was so expensive for something that can be obtained anywhere. The atmosphere was stuffy and worn. It is supposed to be upscale antique but feels like a funeral parlor. I would not go back or recommend it to a friend.

2 Thank Tayandlaura
Ontario's Near North, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

Interesting to see all the rooms in the old Library. Lunch was also pretty good and we had live music played while we ate.

Thank Joan G
Bradford, PA, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This establishment is open only for special occasions such as Mother's Day and banquets. The architecture is unique with library books still on the shelves. Service was good although the piano playing was too loud in a confined place. Food was acceptable!

Thank dyklee1029
Warrington, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2014

Let me preface this by saying it would have to be an outstanding experience for me to rate a restaurant 5 stars. That being said we had a great time here for graduation brunch. This was a buffet with many choices for all tastes and reasonably priced/ fixed price. The wait staff was friendly & happy to help. The main... More 

Thank Tprop
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014

The Old Library hosts special events and we have eaten there two years in a row for Valentine's Day dinner. We have been pleased both years with the ambiance and quality of food. We have had the Italian platter and the Surf and Turf and both are delicious. They also have some decadent desserts available. We felt very well attended... More 

1 Thank TravPa
Olean, New York
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

We held a wedding reception here in July 2013. The ambiance of an old library was tastefully integrated with fine dining decor. The food was wonderful, and the staff was very helpful with the planning of the event. Owners, Joe and Sue Marra, personally supervised all the details of the wedding. I highly recommend The Old Library.

1 Thank Mary P
Nueces County
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

The Old Library was the setting for my nephew's wedding reception recently. Although is seemed strange to enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks in the reading rooms we remember from high school, and dine and dance in the former children's stacks upstairs, the event was spectacular!

2 Thank Bostarch

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 116 South Union Street, Olean, NY 14760
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Olean
  • Phone Number: +1 877-241-4348

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