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751 N High Point Rd, Madison, WI 53717-2237
(608) 831-7776
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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157 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very good selection of Turkish and Italian dishes which are well prepared. My wife's favorite is the Imam Fainted a vegetarian eggplant dish. Tonight I had the lamb special which we both thought was excellent. I always have the lentil soup which seemed particularly good tonight.

Thank VanVlietTraveler
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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72 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

This is my second visit at Oliva and it is the BEST Mediterranean Restaurant for sure! The freshly baked bread, the pastas, the hummus, the baba ghanoush, the rice the falafels, the salads, the Phirni! Great staff. Inspiring Chefs. Amazing ambience. Don't take my word for it! Visit it and you will surely come back for more like I did!

Thank SeemaTiwari
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Had a varied takeout order with some Mediterranean and some Italian items. Nothing was spectacular, nothing was terrible. It all fell into the gray area of "decent." For the items we had that were Mediterranean, I prefer The Nile. For the items that were Italian, it kind of fit in with that Villa Dolce tier of pasta, well below local... More 

Thank Stephen V
Madison, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Very simple. It is west side, so we didn't need to endure all the traffic and parking hassles which come with those restaurants. Our waiter, Tanner, was amazing! He was so pleasant, we were actually happy when he came to check on us, rather than irritated that it was too often, or too little. Then, the food, The day's special... More 

Thank JoshRock1
Madison, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

My husband and I visited Oliva last night around 6 pm. The place was very busy but we were seated right away. Our server was excellent as were the staff who removed plates and brought the food. A visit from the owner was pleasant. The lamb shish was great. My husband had the Gyro dinner which was good but not... More 

Thank Gourme0505
Candler, North Carolina
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64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016 via mobile

It was my mother's 87th birthday so the family took her out. The service was outstanding. Our server was attentive without being overly intrusive. Our food was very good and best of all the noise level was great. Mom does not hear well in most restaurants but this one was just the right amount of noise even though there were... More 

Thank sensorydeb
Madison, Wisconsin
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016

They offer so many choices of Med/Italian fare--interesting combinations of flavors, excellent service. Beautiful clean atmosphere. The kabobs are amazing.

1 Thank Akeen4
Orange, France
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65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016

I really wanted to rate this place higher. The environment was quiet and quite nice. Most of the food was good, but the lamb kabobs were over marinated and mushy in texture. The service was simply irritating...overly friendly and inattentive.

Thank Jacques59
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

I am mother of 2 little boys and hardly get time to write a review but my experience with this restaurant 3 weeks back was so horrible that it forced me to express my feelings and let others know about this hideous place. AL right- admitted food is good and that is the reason we went to this restaurant first... More 

3 Thank Sweety M
Madison, Wisconsin
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61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

All members of our party enjoyed their selections very much and plan to return often! The chicken shish kebab is a popular choice.

Thank Glen S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Turkish, Greek, Middle Eastern, Italian, Mediterranean, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 751 N High Point Rd, Madison, WI 53717-2237
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: (608) 831-7776

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?