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“Pleasantly surprised”
Review of Olives

Olives
Ranked #10 of 23 Restaurants in Mayville
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
105 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised”
Reviewed June 28, 2014

We were unable to find a place on Tuesday (many restaurants closed Monday and Tuesday). We chose Olives. I had Lasagna that would feed two and was very meaty. Wife had chicken and was happy. Was understaffed, but our waitress was extremely pleasant and worked hard to ensure we had good service.

Visited June 2014
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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107 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Service drags this place down.”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

The family and I decided to try this place after a great afternoon of boating. We visit this area frequently and have tried numerous other places, but not this one.

We were greeted promptly and seated right away. Menus came right away as did our server. But then the clock started ticking. It was 20 minutes until we placed our drink order and then another 20 until they arrived. It was another 20 minutes until the server returned to take appetizer and meal orders.

The appetizers arrived another 45 minutes later. and then another 15 minutes for our first round of drink refills. So if you're keeping track, that's just about 120 minutes (two hours!) until there was any food at all.

And yes, there were numerous attempts to speed things up during the meal. One of which was met with a pretty belligerent server telling us it was our fault that service was so slow since we added things to the order. That is never acceptable, especially when there are hungry children at the table.

In all, the meal took over three hours with drinks, appetizers, and dinner.

The reason that this place even gets an average rating from me is that the food quality was good and the prices were reasonable for my expectations in this type of place. And the atmosphere and location are really very good.

Frankly, I will never return as there are far better choices in the area. Although there were many things on the menu I would like to try, there would be no circumstance where we would return to a place where multiple requests were made to speed up service, we were treated rudely, and no member of management ever made an attempt to make any excuse as to why any of this happened. Normally I would not have expected to even pay the full bill, but there were literally no staff members around when we left.

Do yourself a favor and avoid this place.

  • Visited October 2013
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Yorktown, VA
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384 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Very nice dinner!”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

It was convenient when staying at the Chautauqua Suites to go downstairs to Olive's one night for dinner. The waitress had many tables to take care of but stayed pleasant the whole time. Our meals came out after the right amount of time. The house salad was delicious, and we both really enjoyed the sea scallops over ratatouille. Prices were moderately expensive, mostly in the low to mid-$20s.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank CBW47
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Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great Food”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Nice wine list and Beautifully prepared meats and seafood with an Italian flavor, attentive waitstaff

Visited August 2013
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1 Thank ErnieK937
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clermont
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411 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Excellent meal.”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

We had a great meal. Fabulous service. Don't be scared away by the up town look of the dining. It is just a good place to eat.

Visited July 2013
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