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“Good But Not Great”
Review of Twisted Olive

Twisted Olive
Ranked #10 of 107 Restaurants in Petoskey
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Coastal Mediterranean with a Northern Michigan twist. Sunday we open at 8AM
Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is one of those restaurants where it appears that you should feel grateful that they're letting you dine there vs. making you feel like you're a welcomed guest.

Our server was okay but a little brusque, suggesting that she knew better than you what to order and when the items should arrive. Maybe she was overworked.

Our table for two was in a small room with just two tables. The other table had two families crowded around it so the noise level made it hard to hear The view out the back windows was good.

We shared a salad and a duck entry. Both were good but not memorable.

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Reviewed July 26, 2014

This tres chic dining establishment may have lost its way. A recent visit found very unhappy diners that, aware of the good reputation, came expecting good food in a cool spot. Good food didn't materialize, and in fact no food materialized for a good while!

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Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Everything here is spot on from cocktails to beer and wine list to entrees (creative and varied) to dessert. All that is except the noise in the tiny main dining room. It is terribly and distractingly loud. So much so that our party of five actually wanted to leave. Not the feeling you want to have during and after a great meal. But if you choose to sit outside, you won't get the outstanding lake view. Maybe go with a large group and try to reserve the private room inside. Because the food is the best in Petoskey.

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Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a delightful little bistro that overlooks Little Grand Traverse Bay. The bistro food is excellent, trendy, and the wait staff is friendly. Moderately priced food for this over-priced community. The only negative is that kitchen is part of the restaurant and plan to leave with an Eau de Bistro!

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Reviewed July 14, 2014

Walleye is the food of the gods in these parts. Mine was excellen,t but only after sending back my first serving because it was tepid. Curiously, my wife’s identical item was piping hot on the first try? Even more curious was the fact that mine was heated in toto (my first bite was missing) so that the walleye was now hot and delicious, but the paprika fried potatoes were way past edible and the broccolini now resembled leather.

The wine selection was very good and prices reasonable. The lemon tart was excellent. The view of Little Traverse Bay at sunset was beautiful through a large window in need of large cleaning. The three flies buzzing against it bothered me.

Trying hard, I hope the Twisted Olive irons out these kinks because, as reheating showed, they can serve good food.

Dr. Scott says: Worth exploring.

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