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“Great Night”
Review of Olives Italian Restaurant - CLOSED

Olives Italian Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $23
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: OLIVES is open Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm for DINNER. Take Away between 5&6pm only Tuesday TO Thursday. A short 10 minute drive south from the Port Macquarie CBD. OLIVES caters for people with special dietary needs with prior notice. Bookings ADVISED BYO alcohol.
Reviewed May 13, 2014

I came here with 3 friends and we had a great night. The staff are really friendly and helpful and the owner comes out and makes everyone feel welcomed. She sung happy birthday and pointed out all other special occasions.
The Antipasto platter is amazing, lots of flavours and it was more than enough for the 4 of us to share.
The only negative was the rabbit was dry and had too many bones. Other then that everyone enjoyed their meals.
Will be back, great place to visit.

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Thank Young_and_Free_85
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Reviewed May 10, 2014

had a beautiful 3 course lunch for Mothers day. food and service was great and there was plenty of it. Have been before and this was just as good. Tasty food, relaxing atmosphere. Many thanks, see you soon.

Thank ChineseJunk
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Reviewed May 8, 2014

This is a lovely restaurant - nicely decorated in typical Tuscan colours with olive branches on the tables making an elegant touch. We dined on 8 May 14 and found the food delicious with good proportions and the service very friendly.
Very good value.

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Thank CrusaderSooty
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Reviewed April 30, 2014

We dined on Sat 26th April. We had a party of 25 people for a birthday, some didn't want a main meal as we were warned they are massive meals so ordered a entree only. My husband and I had a entree and a main meal and where charged an extra $15 for sharing, I've never heard of this in my life. We were not told about this when ordering this way by the waitress nor the owner if we had of been told we would have ordered differently and did not see it on the menu then they tried to add more to our bill for things we didn't even order. Then they started taking away peoples plates that hadn't even finished their meals yet, even when people still had their forks in their hand. I'm not going to lie the food was really nice however had a ridiculous amount of garlic in it that it repeated on us all night but everything else just ruined our night for our whole group. Really Disappointing. Your additional surcharging is crazy, we spent $40 on dinner then an additional $15 for a surcharge for no good reason at all. In hindsight we should have paid you the bill minus the extra $15 and maybe I wouldn't have been angry enough to write this review. At the end of the day we all know a lot of people in town and will be passing on our experience with them all which could add up to a lot of locals (thousands even). Some of us are not big eaters doesn't mean you have to charge us extra because of it!!!!!

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3  Thank Kim A
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OlivesPortMacQuarie, Owner at Olives Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2014

KimA, what an evening!!!! it was obviously disappointing from your point of view and less than enjoyable for my staff and myself.
First let us clear up your concern re surcharge. It is quite clearly noted on our menu minimum charge per person $15 for dinner. Whilst you see this as a negative, we still have to provide the full facilities of premises, staff, electricity, seating, crockery, cutlery, glasses and all other aspects of services to provide the sharing meal to the person hence a minimal charge. If you are small eaters there are many entrée choices that can be had as your main meal. There was a member of your group who initially didn't want anything to eat; just to sit and drink!
A lot of restaurants do not allow sharing.
With reference to clearing before customers had finished their meals...we had a situation of a booking made for 24 of which 22 arrived. We had informed your host that we would not look at taking further guests after 7pm to ensure maximum service to her party.
The booking was for 7pm some guests arrived early and proceeded to take drinks into the common area of the shopping Centre to which we had to request them to enter the Courtyard and drink there. Some guests took exception to this.
At 7.20 we asked guests to be seated at 7.45 the last table of guests arrived.
Combined with this was the matter of people leaving their food to go and drink with guests at other tables. The wait staff at a loss of who had finished their meals and who had not......and who was returning to the plate to continue eating. On questioning my staff I was informed that the incident as described did not happen.
Yes inadvertently a garlic bread was put to your table bill which was immediately corrected by myself when bought to my attention. This was the 'meal' the guest who didn't want to eat had.
All in all it seems that everybody enjoyed the food, however, when people go out for dinner; one would expect them to act as dinner patrons.
We thank you for taking the time to write your review

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Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

Visited tonight for a birthday dinner and thoroughly enjoyed it. Food was good (coming from Italians) although we could not finish it all, serving sizes are very generous and you definitely get your money's worth.
Thank you ladies (and gentlemen in the kitchen) for a great meal.

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Thank Crystal A
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