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Olives Restaurant and Bar - Italian Kitchen

#541 of 17,849 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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South Kensington
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140 Gloucester Road | Millennium Bailey's Hotel London Kensington, London SW7 4QH, England
+44 20 7331 6308
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have been to Olives several times already, always pleased with the menu and the service, but this time has been exceptional! We've been waited by Pierre, very charming French getleman. He was being very polite and answered all of our questions regarding the menu and also gave us some recommendations. Wishing more people would be like this! The meal... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

After my last visit to Olives I decided to write few words about it, was my bf birthday suprise to me, the food was exceptional choice as we ordered specials so chef has a lot to hit our taste buds "amazing.amazing.amazing" Service well presented, and food explained to us. We had a lovely evening and definitely will be back even... More 

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davide f, Manager at Olives Restaurant and Bar - Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Dear Elizka E, Thank you very much for sharing your recent experience at Olives Restaurant and Bar, I am glad to hear you had an amazing experience with us especially thanks to the quality of our food and service you received. I am happy you had a wonderful time celebrating a special occasion at Olives. We really appreciate your feedback... More 

Wolfratshausen
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Front of house staff were excellent and timing for service was great. Bruschetta and salad starters and one pasta and one fish main. We shared a dessert. The food was interesting and well prepared. A very nice find!!

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Comprehensive Italian menu. Lots of choice and all sounded delicious. Enjoyable setting - very pleasant ambience. Service top quality - there when you want them, regular checking of glasses, but not overbearing and happy to let us sit and chat even after we'd finished eating. Food was tasty and beautifully presented. With 50% off the food bill you've got to... More 

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davide f, Manager at Olives Restaurant and Bar - Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Dear 666awy2015, Thank you for your valuable feedback, I am glad you enjoyed our cuisine and you had a great experience at Olives Resataurant. We do appreciate a lot that you highlighted the attentiveness and professionalism of our team. Thank you once again for sharing your experience and we all look forward to welcoming you back to Olives. Warmest Regards,... More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Amazing food. I had the lasagne and although small, especially for £15 with no veg or extras it was filling and the best lasagne I've ever had. I'd rather have tasty and smaller than large and tasteless. My husband had the pork shoulder with pork belly and he thought it was sublime, again though didn't come with potatoes so remember... More 

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Thank Michelle H
davide f, Manager at Olives Restaurant and Bar - Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Dear Michelle H, thank you for taking the time to write a review of Olives Restaurant and Bar, we are really happy to read how much you and your husband have enjoyed your meal, it is great to read that you considered both food and service to be of a great standard and we look forward to welcoming you back... More 

Athens
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

Just arrived from the airport had to wait for a table for 15 minutes (no reservation) It was quite late so we ordered 2 Carpaccio di manzo scottato al tartufo which were quite nice but nothing special . I ordered Lasagna di manzo which is home-made lasagna with beef ragout, mozzarella and Grana Padano sauce. The portion was ridiculous small... More 

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davide f, Manager at Olives Restaurant and Bar - Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Dear Nikos G, thank you very much for your feedback. Iam very sorry to read you were disappointed by your meal at Olives, there is no excuse for food that it's not prepared properly and I can only apologise for it. I have passes your comments to our chef in order to investigate what happened on the night and we... More 

London
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

Had beef carpaccio to start, steak and creme brulee. Everything was lovely but the beef carpaccio was particularly amazing! Great atmosphere and lovely waiter. Highly recommend.

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Thank Katherine R
davide f, Manager at Olives Restaurant and Bar - Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Dear Katherine R, thank you so much for your fantastic review, it's great to read you have enjoyed the food and service provided to you and both floor and kitchen staff have done a good job in providing you with a good dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future. Kind Regards, Davide Fumagalli... More 

London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

Our waitress was a special breed, guiding us to the best choices and clearly knowing how each dish tasted, I am so indecisive when faced with a menu and she helped me choose a delicious meal. I loved the carpaccio, mushroom risotto and the sharing desserts particularly the pana cotta. House wine was lovely and the restaurant as well as... More 

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Thank Elizabeth S
davide f, Manager at Olives Restaurant and Bar - Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Dear Elizabeth S, many thanks for your kind words. I am really happy to read of your experience at Olives Restaurant. We work hard to provide the best food and service we can and it's a pleasure to see we were successful. I have passes your comments to all staff and we sincerely hope you will be back to visit... More 

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Reviewed 28 March 2017

I eat here regularly (at least once a month) and live locally. Consistently high quality food, (they make their own pasta from scratch!) Great service and elegant surroundings. Wide range of menu and wine list, I thoroughly recommend you visit this place if you are in the area. Amit / Josie

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davide f, Manager at Olives Restaurant and Bar - Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Dear Amit and Josie, thank you very much for your review of Olives Restaurant, it is very valuable for us to hear we are doing a good job, even more so by regular customers as you are. Cosistency in our food quality and service is extremely important and it's good to see it is noticed. We certainly look forward to... More 

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Reviewed 27 March 2017

We did not need a reservation to have dinner in this restaurant with nice ambiance, good food and kind service. Worth a visit even if you are not staying at the Hotel

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Thank IsabelTM
davide f, Manager at Olives Restaurant and Bar - Italian Kitchen, responded to this review

Dear IsabelTM, thank you very much for your comments, we are very please you found Olives Restaurant to be to your liking and that your experience was positive both in therms of food and service provided. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near furure. Kind Regards, Davide Fumagalli Food and beverage Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 13 - US$ 46
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 22:30
Monday
07:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
07:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
07:00 - 22:30
Thursday
07:00 - 22:30
Friday
07:00 - 22:30
Saturday
07:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 140 Gloucester Road | Millennium Bailey's Hotel London Kensington, London SW7 4QH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > South Kensington
  • Neighbourhood: South Kensington
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7331 6308
Description
Olives Restaurant and Bar just off Gloucester Road in London's Kensington is an authentic Italian dining room which will delight lovers of Mediterranean food. Full of quirky charm, Olives is at once both chic and rustic, decorated in deep blue and furnished with simple, clean lined furnishings. Mismatched chandeliers hang from the ceilings and behind the bar the fine produce you will soon be sampling is deliciously displayed. It is as if you are suddenly transported from South Kensington to southern Italy. Italian-born Executive Chef Davide di Croce is at the helm in the Olives kitchen where he gives traditional Italian favorites his own unique twist using top quality ingredients. The set menu, perfect for lunches and pre-theatre suppers, is full of your favorite Italian dishes and the price is ridiculously reasonable. The wine list is divided into Europe ��� with real depth in the Italian selections ��� and The Rest of the World, and rounds off the Olives experience very well.

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