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“JULY 2013”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Olivia

Ranked #6 of 201 Restaurants in Isla Mujeres
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Arlington, Texas
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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“JULY 2013”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

This still one favorite places for dinner. We usually start the night next door at BoBo's for cocktails to wait for our 8:30 reservation . Make sure you make a reservation when you go here! Great date night place, a bottle of their house wine and here we go. We went here three times this trip. We like the pizza (not on the menu) as a great starter. Also the Focaccia bread w/onions & olives is another great starter! Our favorite entrees are the Moussaka served with fresh chunks of tomato and onion. Pastilla, phyllo layers with beef, onion, tomatoes, feta, zaafran, also served with fresh tomato and onion. The spanakopita is also wonderful!

  • Visited July 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Amazing atmosphere”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

We had dinner with friends and the entire experience was great. Food was good as was the service, but the open aired tree canopy is what makes the restaurant very enjoyable. Our waiter Umberto was great.

  • Visited August 2013
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Ambiance that can't be beat and fabulous food”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Four of us enjoyed the wonderful garden of eating at Olivia. I say garden because you feel like you are actually in a garden. The trees around you help keep it cool and quiet, which is different than most other el centro restaurants. What is also different is the the Mediterranean food, which is indeed fabulous. After tasting four dishes, the moussaka was voted the best followed by the chicken with olives. We thought that the beef kabobs were not so tender and lacking in flavor. The service was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank John I
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san francisco, ca
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Overpriced, mediocre food”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

We tried this place because it had good reviews, but I was a bit disappointed. When we tried to order our meals, we were told on two separate occasions "Sorry we don't have that." OK fine, so we ordered on the recommendation of the owner. It seems she thinks the food tastes better than it actually does because she charged way more than other restaurants. It was an awkward experience. I wouldn't go back

  • Visited September 2012
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3 Thank Olgie21
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IslaMujeresLilo, Owner at Olivia, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
this is the first time i feel that i need to answer a review.
i am sorry for your bad experience at Olivia.

i assure you that we hardly ever miss anything on the menu,
ant we try to keep a high level of professionalism.

we make sure everything on the menu is made freshly everyday and i rather not have a dish that have finished during the evening than serve not fresh food.

a situation like that would happen only towards the end of the night,
we start every day with a full menu ready to be served!

i am sorry you were upset about the value of your dinner.
we make everything from scratch with the absolutely best ingredients mexico can offer,
my chefs are working very to make sure everything is made to perfection
with no short cuts.

i hope you will come back and let us fix your experience.
but than again Olivia is not for everyone

thank you for your review
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Portland, Maine
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381 reviews
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

And three meals in 8 days to prove it! (Not that I needed that). At the risk of repeating myself; Olivia remains at the very top of my list for ALL the "ingredients" I've come to expect:

Stunning atmosphere (ambiance)
Great service (friendly)
Very reasonably priced (especially considering the quality of everything served here)
Attentive, thoughtful (and, yes, attractive) owners
An outstanding chef (Cesar) and his trusted right-hand man (Fato)

and last but not least


Any questions?

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank theghostwriter
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