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“Wonderful place”
Review of Olive & Oil

Olive & Oil
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $16
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Whatever the occasion, when dining at Olive & Oil, we aim to imbue our Guests with a sense of well-being and comfort. Our friendly staff will be on hand to indulge you with the finest traditions of the Mediterranean – exceptional food and unrivaled hospitality. Our motto is simple; comfortable food made exceptionally well!
KwaZulu Natal
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Wonderful place”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Our family really enjoy going to Olive & Oil, my husband especially. Lovely waitrons and friendly service. Delicious food. We enjoy the mutton chops with a sauce on pesto infused mash. its a winner. We have been often and will definitely be back.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank JenSA918
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English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
“Overrated, overpriced but pleasant and well located.”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

The restaurant is really average, but has become fairly popular for one reason. It is basically the only restaurant in that region of Pietermaritzburg , except for a Spur in the same shopping complex. I have visited appoximately 6 times. None of them my choice. To the point: POSITIVES: 1.Well located and a pleasant outside area when it is warm enough. 2. Nice ambiance inside, although gets crowdy if cold outside. NEUTRAL: 1. Food is really nothing impressive, it's simply okay. I have had one horrendous dish when it first opened , but the others have been average and I will stick with average. 2. Service has improved, initially it was not very good , but has improved somewhat. Ask for Bevan , he impressed me. Negatives: 1. I have to say the food prices compared to the quality are out of sync. Although some of the lunch time specials are reasonable. 2. Little to offer if it is cold and the outside area cannot be used.
CONCLUSION: Is probably only successful beacuse it has no competition in that area, but if you don't feel like driving what the heck.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Sath n
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Shocking service. Manager should be fired.”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

Last night (6 August) we decided to surprise a friend for his birthday. We arranged a group of eight people to meet him at Olive and Oil. There was a special running of seafood platters for two. We thought this would be a lovely treat for him.

We couldn't have been more wrong.

From the beginning the incredibly scruffy manager (Tim) barely acknowledged us. We had to wait 20 minutes to get service from a flustered stroppy waiter. This waiter kept disappearing for long periods of time and couldn't be found. Whenever we looked over to the manager he would disappear into the kitchen. We had to wait over an hour and half from him taking our order to receive our food. When an order arrived with an incorrect ingredient he glibly told us we were lucky the chef made a plan and then sauntered away from the table. The food itself was good and the ambiance fabulous, but this was utterly marred by the bad service. Luckily we had good conversation and our friends. Tim is an appalling manager. He knew we were unhappy and needed attention yet he steered clear from us and didn't even wish us a "good night", "good bye" or even "thank you" on departure. If his staff were struggling he should have gotten stuck in. Staff mirror their leader and this manager is detrimental to Olive and Oil PMB.

  • Visited August 2013
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14 Thank Steph S
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A good option in PMB”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

The service at Olive and Oil isn't always up to scratch. That's the only reason it isn't getting a full five star rating. But the food is delicious and the wine list is (often) very good. It's more of a hit than a miss and definitely worth a stop.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Carriig_GH
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
88 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Not too impressed”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Have dined a few times but found that the meals were slightly above average. Excellent ambience but found the menu overpriced.

Visited January 2013
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Thank Ravesh
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