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“A hidden gem”
Review of The Olive Tree

The Olive Tree
Ranked #4 of 164 Restaurants in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Olive Tree Restaurant Trading hours; Dinners only, Monday to Saturdays in Season> from 6.30pm till kitchen close at 9pm.
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

We ate at The Olive Tree and thoroughly enjoyed it. The Bobotie spring rolls were fantastic. The service was brilliant relaxed enough to not feel rushed but always there when we needed it!

Visited January 2014
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Berrynarbor, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Good food and a good atmosphere”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

We ate here twice during our stay in Knysna, the food was very fresh and interesting. I particularly enjoyed the fish soup one evening, it was light and flavoursome, I could also recommend the fillet salad, the beef was perfectly cooked and very tender. My husband thought the pasta dish he had one night was also very good. We look forward to visiting again.

Visited January 2014
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Lisbon, Portugal
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

Lamb Chop, Steak salad, and curry were fantastic. Service was great. Recommend it for a casual fantastic meal in Knysna.

Visited February 2014
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Colne, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
247 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
“Good food, reasonable price”
Reviewed February 7, 2014

We ate at the Olive Tree last night so this review is absolutely up to date. We enjoyed our meal and although the restaurant was fully booked we didn't feel crowded and the air conditioning worked very well. For starters I had the home made tomato soup. It was nicely seasoned, quite rustic with skin and seeds left in but thats fine for me. My husband chose the spring rolls and as other reviewers have said they were very good. We followed with baked hake, a generous portion and well cooked. Veggies not very interesting. My curry was more a chilli not the depth of flavour that I expect from the roasted and ground fresh spices. A little disapointing but still enjoyable. Shared cheesecake for desert, light and tasty, needed a little fruit coulis for contrast to the sweetness. This is not fine dining or haute cuisine but where is in Knysna. It was a pleasant meal and I would go again.
You MUST book in advance

  • Visited February 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Excellent menu but a little crowded”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

The Olive Tree is a restaurant that knows what works. Their menu is filled with a variety of mouth-watering choices and their staff know them inside and out. My partner and I split a salad and then both ordered the fish for our main. They were delicious, not overcooked and generous portions. For dessert we had the clementine cake, this was unfortunately disappointing as it was very bland and not well garnished. The restaurant itself could use some space. They have too many tables crammed into the small space so there is very little room for maneuvering. They were fully booked on the night we ate there and it was clear as the staff seemed overwhelmed. We had difficulty getting the attention of anyone to get a refill of water and then later we gave up in trying to get someone to bring us the bill and just went up to the front ourselves. The atmosphere is dark and romantic which makes it a great place for date night.

  • Visited January 2014
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