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“Pretty bad”
Review of Olives

Olives
Ranked #133 of 400 Restaurants in Frederick
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Pretty bad”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

In town on business, I coworker and I stopped here one evening. We sat at the bar which had the foul puke aroma of a dirty dive bar. If we weren't so hungry and it wasn't so cold outside, we would have left. We started with beers. My beer was very flat, and tasted as if the keg lines had not been cleaned in a long time. I tried another beer which had the same result. I had the gnocci, my coworker the chicken parm. We both found our dishes to be not very good. Sub-par food combined with the smell of the bar made this a very disappointing dinner.

I do not recommend.

  • Visited November 2013
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English first
Clinton, NJ
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170 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Good Italian for mid part of a state”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

Veal with spinach, chicken parm were tasty. Mushroom soup of the day was very good. Would have prefered thinner al dente spaghetti with sauce as the side instead of unsauced thick as served. We didn't have a reservation for 4 and they found a spot quickly for us. Do ask the price of glass of wine being recommended since it was the more expensive one.

  • Visited November 2013
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89 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Love this place!!”
Reviewed October 28, 2013 via mobile

Eclectic atmosphere. You don't see many restaurants with murals everywhere. Lively bar. This is one of the places where we enjoy dining while in Frederick. This time the food was particularly good. My husband and son ordered the stuffed mushrooms to start, which they said were light and delicious. The chicken parmigiana was the best I have ever had. It was breaded but not fried and the sauce was perfect, tasting like tomato, not sugar, tender and yummy. The guys ordered veal saltimbocca and a shrimp entree with lemon balsamic, which they enjoyed. The accompanying house salad was fresh and lightly dressed. Our server was attentive, pleasant and efficient. Wine list is limited but adequate. We dine here several times a year. The food is generally better than average, but this time the food was outstanding, hence four stars, not five.

  • Visited October 2013
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Exton, Pennsylvania
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334 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Apathetic staff and very forgettable food”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

This is one of those experiences that is just too interesting to not share. To begin with, it was entirely too dark in the restaurant, and we were there in the middle of a sunny day. And the decor is something that just didn't have a point. It was very sullen, dark, confusing, and haphazard.

We were seated at a table that was so uneven that it felt like it was sitting on a speed bump. So we moved to another table that was almost as bad. Finally we moved to a third table and I thought it was ok until I leaned on it and nearly knocked my glass on the floor. It's obvious that every time someone complains about the useless tables that nobody does a thing about it, causing frustration for the next patron, and so on. So I did what was convenient and used my spoon to prop up the uneven leg. I attached a picture to give you a good laugh.

The service was a bit slow and not very attentive. And while we were sitting there they played the same Elton John song 4 times in a row, at which time I mentioned something to the clueless waiter and he said he didn't even notice. So they put something else on and wouldn't you know it, it was on repeat also. Just unbelievable lack of attention to detail.

Anyway, on to the food. I ordered a panini with prosciutto and mozzarella and it was just awful. I attached a pic to show how discolored the meat was, and I can assure you the taste was much worse than the picture. The cheese was very cheap quality cheese and the whole sandwich was so soggy it gave it the texture of a soaked sponge. It was a horrible sandwich and the fries were bad, too. How do you mess up fries? Somehow they did.

My daughter got spaghetti, which was just average, and the only reason I didn't give 1 star is because of the french toast brunch my wife ordered that was pretty good. It wasn't great, but it was very good. That's the only thing that saved this from getting just 1 star.

  • Visited October 2013
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Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Sittings with views”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

I often select this restaurant to bring my visiting friends not because of the cuisine, but rather for the elegant and pleasant wall paintings that surround us while dining. The atmosphere is cozy, the servers are friendly, the views from different sitting areas are all wonderful to look at. The menu offers good Italian staples with various choices, however, all I can remember about the restaurant is the happy content each time as if I have dined in an European bistro.

  • Visited September 2013
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