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“Amazing Experience”
Review of Olives Restaurant - CLOSED

Olives Restaurant
Price range: $10 - $26
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Hamilton, New Zealand
1 review
“Amazing Experience”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

My wife and I had a lovely weekend in Taupo which was finished off perfectly by dining at Olives.
Great meal from the entrée through to the dessert, brilliant staff and a awesome atmosphere.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Raymond H
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Dunedin, New Zealand
1 review
“Great food service and atmosphere”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

I had a wonderful dinning experience at Olives a few days ago. The food was well presented and tasted like pure Italian cuisine. The staff were very friendly and polite which topped off a great dinner. Definitely a place to visit in Taupo top quality.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Laura F
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
96 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Stay away of this place”
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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent food!”
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!”
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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