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“Great food and so friendly”
Review of Olive Tree Tavern - CLOSED

Olive Tree Tavern
Cuisines: Greek
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed September 22, 2012

I picked this restaurant from tripadvisor as my niece specifically requested Greek food. 3 of us went on Thursday night, we were the only ones there. A great shame as it is a nice restaurant family run and they are so friendly. The food was excellent. We ordered 2 full mezes between the 3 of us. 4 of us would have struggled with the vast quantity that arrived. 4 courses, cold starters then hot starters a grilled meat course and finally fish. All faultless. I recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a good Greek meal.

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1  Thank Steve S
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

I had visited this restaurant many time over the years since its initial opening. It was always the place where frinds and I would choose for a celebration because the quality of food and wine and unique atmosphere never waned.It was also a place where I could go to with colleagues and talk shop( if only this place had ears!) whilst eating superb food, and quaffing copious amount of Greek wine. The prices were always astonishingly good value. I lived nearby but left some years ago. As someone who spends a great deal of time in Greece I understand just how difficult it is to achieve the unique flavours, tastes and delightful Greek hospitality of 'Filoxenia'.Friends and family alike have laughed and cried in here over the years - it has a unique atmosphere which is a result of the dedication of the owners. Yiotta's laugh is a joy to behold and Vassilis has quiet wisdom in spades....

I have never heard a bad review of this restaurant from anyone - the slow cooked meats are alway done to perfection and simply melt in the mouth. Fresh fish dishes abound among the more traditional moussaka,pastitsio and souvlakia. There are also so many meze dishes to try and the portions are generous from a lady who knows how to feed her family. The delightful Yiotta and Vassilis have created an outstanding and unique place here. They also have a good selection of very good Greek wines including a superb organic variety.

Recently, I had occasion to visit London and decided to see if the Olive Tree was still there and run by the owners who I remembered so fondly.The outside of the taverna was dark and as it was early evening there was no one else in there. I gingerly entered and uttered Yiotta's name. There was a shriek from the kitchen as both Yiotta and Vassilis came out to greet me after an absence of some 7 years.

I had the most amazing trip down memory lane, ate outstanding Kleftico accompanied by delightful wine. If you have never been here - go- it is a decision you won't regret. This is authentic Greek cuisine,lovingly prepared from the heart and expert hands of Yiotta.If you yearn for quality Greek food and that amazing Hellenic generosity of spirit - go while you can. I can't wait to return again and again and again. Kalo Vradi !

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3  Thank Cosmos57
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

Having lived in the local area for many years, I was surprised to have not found this absolute gem before. Tucked away just off Blackstock Road in N5, the Olive Tree Taverna is an authentic a Greek experience you can have without paying EasyJet your hard-earned cash to fly you to Greece!

Family owned and run for over ten years, the food and welcome here are simply second-to-none. Enormous portion sizes, freshly cooked and incredibly well flavoured food, if you like Greek food then you simply have to pay the Olive Tree Taverna a visit.

Unlike other Greek-style restaurants in London, this establishment benefits enormously from the quality, attention to detail and wonderful flavours that can only come from recipes that have been passed from generation to generation. Simple touches like cooking all meat over a wood-burning grill and baking pitta breads on-site all add up to a tremendously authentic experience.

The quality of the food, and the wonderful welcome you will receive, are not diluted by any high prices, either. The Olive Tree Taverna offers exceptional value for money on all of their meals and they also have a regularly-changed specials menu where a three course meal can be had for little more than the price of a cinema ticket.

If you like real Greek food, and a real Greek welcome, then this is the place to be. And if you're exceptionally hungry, then try their full meze - a meal of truly gargantuan size and offering a cacophony of incredible tastes!

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3  Thank Jason A
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

Okay, so the decor may be a little lacklustre but this family-run restaurant offers a wide traditional Greek menu serving enormous portions of incredibly delicious Greek food, as well as the most genuinely friendly (but unobtrusive) service of any restaurant I know. It has won awards in the Islington Gazette on numerous occasions but remains inexplicably quiet, possibly because it is on a sidestreet off Blackstock Rd so misses the passing trade. Locals seem to pop in loyally for takeaways.

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3  Thank lavalampboy
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Reviewed October 2, 2014
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