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“great value and nice food”

Olive Oil Restorans
Ranked #68 of 983 Restaurants in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $23
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: A cosy Italian restaurant with an excellent cuisine. It can be found at Pils laukums 4, near a park and opposite to the Riga Castle. This is the quieter part of the Old Town, a great place to hide from the crowd while still in the distance of a two minute slow walk from the Doma Square. The restaurant has a vast terrace with a view on a park and the Riga Castle during the summer. The restaurant has references to the film based on "The Godfather", the famous novel of Mario Puzo. The name of the restaurant is coming from the film too. The restaurant is divided into three relatively separate parts, each of them decorated in a different style. There is a Venice room with a six-seat table, a hall designed according to Sicilian tradition, and Sala Verde with a bar and checked table clothes. The warmth of interior painting together with antique breathing of a house in the Old Town of Riga creates a veritably homey atmosphere filling you up with agreeable peace and anticipation of a meal. And you will not be disappointed for the time spent in anticipation. The food is indeed that of the highest quality, with refined and balanced taste. Moreover, the prices are very reasonable. They have a thoroughly thought-out menu - classic, yet interesting, a menu where everyone, be it a vegetarian or a taste aesthete, can find his or her favourite dish. Seafood soups, pastas made at the restaurant, pizzas, brusquettas, traditional Italian snacks, meat and fish dishes are available there. And the dessert, of course, is an Italian classics - Tiramisu, Panna Cotta and other delights depending on the season. While you are waiting for your ordered meal, a waiter serves freshly baked bread with olives in a small basket. Italian restaurant "Olive Oil Trading Co." is one of the best combinations of location, interior, cuisine, and price that you will find in Riga. It can be most conveniently reached on foot.
Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“great value and nice food”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

we found this resteurant by chance because it was in not so busy area but turned out to be a hidden gem with lovely food and nice staff and just round the corner from the grand palace hotel.

Visited August 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“An excellent experience!”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

This was a perfect place to eat in the Old City. Very much a little piece of Italy. The price was good and the atmosphere was very appealing also, inside or on the summer terrace. We left very happy. Enjoyed a bottle of wine with fresh and tasty seafood tagliatelle and lamb steak, Tiramisu was a perfect end to our meal. Glad we found this place!

  • Visited August 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“bland tasteless pizza and pasta”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

The location and outdoor seating is very nice. The margarita pizza had no taste, like eating dry bread with tasteless cheese, no fresh basil, couldn't taste any sauce. The pasta veggies had a very poor taste not a good blend of veggies, certainly not good Italian food. Cappuccino was also not good, not fresh coffee beans. Very disappointing food, considering the ambiance was great. I think the Italian restaurant next to central train station was a much better selection for food.

  • Visited June 2013
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McLean, Virginia, United States
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Very good Italian food in Riga”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Unexpectedly great Italian food in the heart of Old Riga. The restaurant is in a very charming location. I had the spaghetti with bolognese sauce it was was quite delicious. Our waiter was very engaging and we had a great evening. The prices were fairly reasonable.

  • Visited June 2013
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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“An offer you can not refuse”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

Although it feels a little deserted after it moved to bigger premises a bit outside of the main tourist tracks, Olive oil is a really nice place. Having used the restaurant at both the old and the new locations, we feel it only attained more of charm and atmosphere.
Not only is it a lovely place to sit and enjoy a good wine in a lovely setting, it is also a great restaurant. The food is certainly fresh and home-made, from bread to pasta. Everything we tried was excellent, with the tomato cream-soup and tagliatelle with gorgonzola sauce deserving special compliments. Unusually fruity house wine we had on our last visit, was a perfect fit for hot summer day.
The decor of the restaurant is very appealing and makes for a pleasant "trattoria"-type atmosphere. It revolves around the theme of a Godfather movie (hence the name), so you’ll probably enjoy discovering references to the movie carefully scattered all around, some explicit, some vague. There is both an indoor seating and a summer terrace.

Time after time, Olive Oil delights us with decent experience. If you are looking for Italian food in Riga, this is a pretty good option.

  • Visited May 2013
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