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“A Real Find”
Review of PURPLE OLIVE

PURPLE OLIVE
Ranked #90 of 605 Restaurants in St. Augustine
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed February 18, 2014

We came for the Early Bird (5:00-6:00 "I think") I had the shrimp in pasta and it was outstanding. The shrimp were succulent and perfectly done and the garlic wine sauce on the noodles was perfect. This meal had salad and ample bread and the meal was in the $12-13 price range. This is a very good meal for the price. We returned on a Saturday night and unfortunately there was no early bird but we could not pass up eating there. Again, our meals were excellent. Definitely a destination restaurant and take advantage of early bird specials...worth being an 'old folk' and eating early.

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Thank Jurupe
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

The Purple Olive is open Tuesday through Saturday, for dinner only. It has priority seating, which means you can call ahead to get placed on their waiting list which you will want and NEED to do! They have an Early Baird menu Tuesday through Thursday.
The Purple Olive, as other reviewers have stated, is tucked into a shopping strip mall near Dondanville Road; once inside, the great evening begins! Water and a delightful sliced French baguette with olive oil are brought almost immediately. The menu uses as much local produce, seafood and meat as possible. The choices are extremely varied. We had a party of 8, so I can also attest to the fact that the presentation of all dishes is beautiful and delicious. Our group had shrimp and pasta, roast chicken, spinach stuffed chicken breast, blackened grouper, Beff Bourginonne, salmon filet, and a grilled pork loin. Everyone raved about the excellence of the quality, taste, and presentation. This was followed by an incredible dessert, which was a chocolate gateau. If you go, you MUST order this dessert!
I have done many reviews for Trip Advisor. This is one of only three I have been able to list as one of best I have ever eaten.

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Thank MSUmindy
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

Following other recommendations, we found the Purple Olive in Saint Augustine Beach. It only opened at 5 so we had to wait in the parking lot. The restaurant filled up quickly. Bread and water are brought out quickly and the bread and oil dip are tasty. We had the early bird special that runs from 5-6:30 and both our meals were excellent. I was looking forward to shrimp bisque but it was not offered that night so I had clam chowder which was very good. I had the shrimp scampi and that too was delicious.

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Reviewed January 30, 2014

Don't let the strip center location fool you, this is a place where you can enjoy top notch service and food. There is something for everyone on the menu, and the value is good for the excellent choices available.

Thank Jerry W
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

Gourmet food at a great price if you take advantage of the early bird special. Service is excellent.
The menu choice is extensive so it is hard not to find something you will love.

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Thank cocodog219
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