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“Stay away of this place”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Olives Restaurant - CLOSED

Olives Restaurant
Price range: $10 - $26
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Olives Restaurant is located in the central city, offering our guests fine Italian and Continental cuisine, while dining in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Olives is fully licensed and also offers a takeaway menu. Come dine by the open fire or outside on warm summer nights. We look forward to welcoming you.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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96 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Stay away of this place”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

We had such a terrible experience at this restaurant. This place doesn't have anything from Italy or Italian food and all stuff and chef are indian. I'm not a racist but I'd never dine again in a restaurant run by an indian. Service was horrible, waitresses were grumpy. Our entrees took about 25 minutes to arrive which is a very long wait for a pate and bread. Pate didn't look or taste fresh. It tasted like it was sitting in a fridge for a few weeks. Minestrone soup was tasteless and it was hard to call it minestrone, as it was something else but a famous italian soup (you can buy a better tasting one from supermarket).
We had only a couple spoons of soup and a try of the pate and decided to wait for the pizzas hopping that pizzas will be good. It is quite hard to make a bad pizza, right? Well we had to wait for another 25 minutes, then we've asked how far away is our order. We had a grumpy answer that pizzas are in the oven. After another 7 minutes our pizzas finally arrived. We had a bite and both said that pizzas taste bitter. We were confused and couldn't believe it, so we tried each others pizzas to be sure. yes, both pizzas were bitter. We think that they use unfresh ingredients, maybe an expired mozzarella. It felt very disgusting and sick! We decided to leave immediately.
Think twice before eating there!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank OlgaFranco
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  • English first
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2013

We stayed in Taupo for 2 nights and the first night we came here. Best Italian food (we had 2 separate pasta dishes which we shared) we have had for years. It was so good that we came back the second night! Service was fantastic also. If we ever come back to Taupo we will come back to Olives. Thanks!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Tibrockney
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
1 review
“Great meal, friendly service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

The staff were professional and friendly!
It was a great meal, good value for money. Loved it! Will definitely be coming back. :)

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Siri-B2
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Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
“best steak:)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

we was staying overnight in Taupo, i told my wife to look for best restaurant where this olives Restaurant popped-up on her mobile screen any how!!!! i read the last reviews which was very bad about food and service but i found the staff quite friendly and the indian girl working in front was very professional. i had the best steak ever!!!!! will come back again

thanks a lot guys

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Max R
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Pathetic italian food run by non-italians”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

They write on their board that they do lamb but when you see their menu there is no mention of lamb whatsoever and when asked they say that they do not do that dish today. FALSE ADVERTISING. I ordered duck for myself and my husband ordered chicken breast. His chicken breast tasted like BUTTER CHICKEN and my duck was so revolting. We also ordered pizza-was overpriced and didn't taste fresh. Please think twice before you go there.
I will never go back-I love italian food and this people let me down.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank HAZEL0029
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