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“Good beer, mediocre food”

Belgisch Biercafe Olivier
Ranked #39 of 284 Restaurants in Leiden
Cuisines: Belgian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good beer, mediocre food”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Excellent selection of Belgian beers, most in bottles. Tap selection was fair. The server didn't know the beers very well, but he knew enough to get his colleague who knew the selection very well. Service was very good. Unfortunately, the goats cheese salad I ordered had far too much dressing on it. The cheese itself was very good, but the salad was not very good.

  • Visited October 2013
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  • Dutch first
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  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Belgian bier cafe”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Yes, the service is "dutch" so set your expectations. Perhaps try something new while you're in town (rather than chicken nuggets). Recommendations include multiple styles of Zeeuwse Mussels, heel goed fritjes (very good fries), bitterballen (sort of fried gravy balls--sounds strange, but great with the beer).

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank BCtravelz
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The Hague, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
297 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Great afternoon at Olivier”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

On Tuesday a group of ladies (and my baby) enjoyed a lovely afternoon at Olivier. We ate outside in the large square at the back of the restaurant. All of us ate different items, from an omelet to sandwiches, and everything was cooked well. We also enjoyed a few Belgian beers while we were there. The service was also very good!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank snowbunny16
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Voorschoten, The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“U want a pub, u get a pub...with some history!”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

We go to The Olivier quite often with friends...it's a great pub. Apparently it was a church once upon a tom an hen. Hospital. then somebody had a bright idea o convert it to a pub!!! A pub with nice food and nibbles. It's not a Michelin place so don't expect something gourmet. But if u r open to checking out different kinds of beer and having a good meal, albeit in a fun and noisy environment (even better with football), this is really you place.

  • Visited July 2013
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CO
Level 6 Contributor
84 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Be prepared for Dutch service, all you foreigners!”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

This is a place to go if you have tons of time to relax and eat/drink occasionally. Do NOT go here if you are in any sort of a rush, okay?!? PLEASE! This is NOT a place for a fast dining experience, no should it be!

Olivier is a Belgian place. The collection of beers is really wonderful, and it's lovely that - for the most part - each beer is described in the menu. The menu itself can be a bit tricky to decipher, as it is on a rotating stand. It's supposed to be convenient in that you and your mate across from you can read the same menu page at the same time. However, independence is actually BETTER for menus ... oh, well. C'est la vie, eh?

On this visit, my partner and I had the fried frog thighs. They were flavorful, but the batter was a bit soggy. I had the veggie Brussels waffle, and my partner had the ribs. We shared everything. The fries here are ALWAYS super delicious! The ribs were extremely tender, but the portion was American! It was difficult to finish. The veggie waffle honestly was extremely delicious! The portion was perfect, the flavors worked together beautifully, and the waffle itself was really perfect. In terms of beer, I had the "Chouffe Houblon", which is a hoppy, Belgian beer! It's really lovely. I also had the "Liefmann's Fruitesse", because I wanted something summery and sweet. It was absolutely perfect!

I do recommend this place. As I understand, there are many things on the menu that are not so ideal (for example, avoid the carpaccio like the plague!). But the food I had was really tasty, and I do want to go back to try the highly recommended ham (that comes on the bone).

  • Visited June 2013
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