We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews

#131 of 5,430 Restaurants in Busan
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value

Details

CUISINES
Italian, European
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Table Service
Reviews (29)
Filter reviews
12 results
Traveller rating
8
1
1
0
2
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
Traveller rating
8
1
1
0
2
See what travellers are saying:
Sort and selected filters
Sort FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed 2 June 2019 via mobile

It’s been a while since we visited El Olive, but quality of food, wine and service is still as excellent as ever. This evening my husband enjoyed a starter of Parma ham with melon & I took the Asparagus soup. Both dishes full of flavour....For main course I opted for the flat fish and he had steak. Both delicious. Because we chose steak & fish dishes, ice cream dessert was included for no extra charge. This is quality Italian food in a very comfortable setting. It’s the closest thing to a European style restaurant that we have found in Busan. The waiting staff are very friendly and professional. We will be back soon.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Helpful?3  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed 25 January 2019 via mobile

There are no many foreign foods, authentic not too localized, you can taste in Busan area, but this restaurant is one that I and my wife often visit every two or three month because of its atmosphere as well as its taste and originality. It...has interior of its own - designed by a local architect firm located right next to the restaurant. It’s worth to visit this small complex of lifestyle offerings.More

Date of visit: January 2019
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed 13 October 2018

겉만 번지르르한 어줍짢은 이탈리안 식당보다 맛이 괜찮습니다. 하지만, 매번 방문할 때 느끼는 것은 서비스, 맛 등을 고려했을 때, 가성비가 좋은지는 의문입니다. 항상 맛에 비해 비싸다는 인상을 지울 수 없습니다. 조용한 분위기는 아닙니다. 돔형태의 천장때문인지, 다른 테이블 손님의 소음이 크게 울리는 편입니다. 실망스럽지는 않은 음식들이지만, 가격을...생각하고 서비스를 생각하면 아쉬움이 남는 레스토랑이네요. Their food is alright, more delicious than average, I believe. But always feel it's rather expensive than it's quality of service and even taste as well. because of the interior structure, the noise people make echoes a lot. Okay to visit sometimes, but not my favourite.More

Date of visit: May 2018
Helpful?
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Another delicious meal at El Olive. I've read some negative reviews on this place and I can't really figure it out. Every time I've dined here, I've always had really efficient service and staff have always been really pleasant and courteous. Meals are served quickly...and I like that I'm not sitting around waiting for my meal to be served. I haven't had a bad experience here yet and believe their food is well prepared and of a high standard with very generous portion sizes.More

Date of visit: August 2016
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed 18 July 2016

My husband and I have eaten at El Olive three times now, twice in the evening and once at lunchtime. It is easily our favourite restaurant in Busan so far. Not only does it cater for vegetarians (uncommon in this part of the world!), but...the range and quality of dishes is outstanding and well justifies the price. We have eaten from the a la carte menu each time we've visited, but the two set lunch menus also looked very attractive. Wine by the glass is available and is arguably the best I have tasted in any restaurant in Korea over the past 4 years. Decor, lighting and overall ambience are very pleasing and the staff polite, well trained and keen to be of service. It is also very enjoyable to visit a restaurant where we are allowed a reasonable length of time between courses. Booking is essential for dinner. We didn't book for Sunday lunch and managed to get a table, but it was busy, so might consider booking next time to be on the safe side. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: July 2016
Helpful?4  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed 25 April 2016

We went last night with family , Monday , it was not to busy . We ordered 75 000 w menu . Pizza 29 000 w and vongole pasta . A glass of wine is 13 ooo w . We arrived at 7h35 . After...25 mn first dish from menu arrived 3 small sliced of scallops arrive with 1 spoon of carrot mash ! Then 20 more minutes later 5 pcs of pasta with 1 pc of clam"s arrived . At this time we where waiting for our pasta pizza . We asked the manager :how long we have to wait again ? Answer 25 mn . We are busy with 10 pers function on the other room . Unacceptable . We asked to cancel our order then we left . The poor thing is they don't reeled sorry . Maby become we are foreigner ? . Never backMore

Date of visit: April 2016
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed 9 December 2015 via mobile

The food was great, the service was great, and the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. We ordered the Mediterranean seven course meal which was excellent. With each course, the head waiter who knew English would explain what was being served. It was my best experience...in a Korean restaurant to date.More

Date of visit: December 2015
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

I've been here whit a colleague of mine, just to try a pizza, or something looks like a pizza (I'm Italian). Must say I've been surprised, was looking good to see an tasty enough to be left satisfied.i will be here once again to try...pasta! Very nice place and professional people.More

Date of visit: September 2015
Helpful?3  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed 26 January 2015

I recently frequented El Olive for both lunch and dinner and found the food and service to be fantastic. It is great to have options like this when you live in Korea and want something a little different when eating out that is full of...flavour and has an authentic feel and taste to the meal. This is a restaurant that I will return to again and again.More

Date of visit: January 2015
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed 18 December 2014

We live in Marine City about 35 - 40 minutes walk from El Olive which makes a nice riverside walk possible after enjoying our meal. My wife and I have been to El Olive on a number of occasions and really enjoy the food, ambiance...and the excellent service. The choice of food including the set menu's is good and their wines of the month offered at very reasonable prices for Busan. It is without doubt one of the best restaurants in our area.More

Date of visit: December 2014
Helpful?4  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed 19 February 2014

I don't have much to offer about their food, we have heard great things so I thought we should give it a try. We made a reservation for 8:45 (they close at 10pm) we arrived 15 minutes late and we were told that they were...closed, we had a long drawn out discussion with the 'manager' he spoke some english but was overall rude, disrespectful and couldn't even say sorry. Bottom line... make sure your on time and don't make a late reservation.More

Date of visit: February 2014
Helpful?3  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Reviewed 3 September 2013

We ate at El Olive 3 times during a recent 8 day stay in Busan. This is an excellent Italian restaurant, with outstanding mushroom risotto and several other dishes (the regular house salad is excellent and easily enough for 2 people), also excellent wine choices,...not cheap but not expensive compared to a few other similar places we tried or saw. Prices for pasta, pizza and risotto main dishes started at about 20,000 won and wines from about 55,000 won - MUCH better quality than at the Centrum Hotel for the same price. It is located maybe 8 minutes by taxi from the Bexco conference center heading away from the beach but near the river. For vegetarians it is one of the few real good options in Busan (Korean cuisine is definitely not vegetarian-friendly...). Several waiters spoke excellent English. Very good address, but you need to reserve.More

Date of visit: August 2013
Helpful?4  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
No 25 Signature Centum
2 reviews
.95 km away
Utopia Hotel
6 reviews
.95 km away
Centum Premier Hotel
198 reviews
1.59 km away
Haeundae Centum Hotel
518 reviews
1.62 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Jang Su Sam
165 reviews
.72 km away
The Party Centum
100 reviews
.79 km away
Boksoondoga F1963
35 reviews
.31 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum City
408 reviews
1.34 km away
Busan International Film Festival
35 reviews
.81 km away
Museum Dah
5 reviews
1.09 km away
Busan Cinema Centre
125 reviews
1.05 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from El Olive staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about El Olive

El Olive is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5