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“Stylish and surprising” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Olsen

Olsen
Ranked #513 of 4,663 Restaurants in Buenos Aires
Price range: $0 - $100
Cuisines: European, Scandinavian, Norwegian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Palermo
New York City, New York
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Stylish and surprising”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

We stopped here for a snack and a drink before lunch. It is an incredibly beautiful spot, both indoors and out. There is a pleasant garden in front with a fountain where we relaxed. We ordered the smorgasbord appetizer which was surpringly good- kind of like Scandinavian bruschetta... Smoked salmon, shrimp, meat all with nice subtle accompaniments on bread. I don't think the wait staff was chosen for their ability to serve food. They were an attractive bunch and the service was pleasant but incredibly slow, even by Buenos Aires standards.

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Go for architecture...but not in a rush”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

Olsen is a very nice place in Palermo. The architecture of the restaurant is very appealing with a little lounge garden in front of the actual industrial style restaurant.

We went there for a Sunday brunch and arrived around 10.30 when the restaurant was still 2/3 empty. We ordered the simple brunch (toast, juice, coffee, yoghurt, some ham and cheese). Juice and coffee came rather fast but then something broke in their chain of service. The waiter clearly wasn't interested in serving anyone really and the whole staff looked like their we're just recovering from a hard saturday night out. Despite the restaurant not being busy it took a really long time for them to bring us a simple thing like our toast.

Olson is a great place to enjoy a good brunch in a nice atmosphere. Definitely don't go there if you have something else to do after a couple of hours or if you appreciate good service.


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rio de janeiro
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121 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Not tipical form Argentina, but worth going to”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

I´ve always delayed going to Olsen… and that was a mistake. It has the looks, good food and our waiter was extremely pleasant. I went there for diner, but also heard that brunch on Sundays is great. I know Argentina is the Malbec Meca, but try some of the drinks before opening a bottle.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great place for cocktails & dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

Olsen has a great atmosphere to have a few pre dinner cocktails at the bar, before settling into dinner. I had the risotto which was very tasty. A great venue if you want a break from the traditional Argentinian parilla restaurants. We had dinner here but with outdoor seating it would be a great place to have a long lazy lunch out in the sun.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle, Washington
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174 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“overrated and overpriced but it looks good”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

Peek in, grab a seat, get a drink and get out. If you can, sit outside. This place is cool looking as are most of the staff but not worth the price.

Visited January 2012
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