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Olive Cafe

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127 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101-4706
+1 207-772-6200
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
Wed - Thu 17:30 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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Ashford, Connecticut
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175 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a delightful find for a late lunch. This Lebanese Mediterranean restaurant was wonderful. I had a shrimp wrap that was absolutely delicious. There was a lime dressing that was delicate and just a perfect compliment to the shrimp. My daughter had a Brussels sprout wrap that was wonderful accompanied by sweet potato fries. Our wine was a great accompaniment... More 

Thank Sue L
Southwest Harbor, Maine
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm an American who was brought up on this kind of food. It tasted right to my palette. Recommendations: some draft beer options; clean the tables (mine felt gummy, and that was a put-off); and lighten up the serving staff.

Thank MaineRoads
Houston, Texas
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271 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Had the fried Brussel sprouts wrap and it delivered big time tastes and textures. Accompanying the Brussel sprouts were slices of banana pepper, tomato, lettuce bits, and a fantastic tahini sauce. The vegetarian plate also excelled. Easy to get to -- right in the heart of Old Port. Interior decor is basic but hopefully that will improve with success. Service... More 

Thank marko18745
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

consistently good food and service. do yourself a favor and try their kibbeh, its amazing. they always have good specials, a good beer selection and desserts. one of my favorite portland restaurants.

Thank tine27
Portland, Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I recently had dinner here and it was fantastic. We are both vegetarians and were pleased with the selection. The Beirut salad was big enough for us to share as an app. Other folks around us who ordered meat meals looked pleased as well. Will return often!

Thank Fondela
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I are in Portland for our anniversary. We arrived Friday night at 7 and wanted somewhere to eat after driving up from NH. We walked by this place and it smelled amazing, so my husband's nose led us in. The place is cozy with a few bottled beer selections and a short wine list. Husband had a... More 

Thank Kristina M
Portland, Maine
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161 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Two plates, the lamb kebabs and the kibbie. Lovely sides, great service and nice atmosphere. The only thing missing is a nice selection of draft beer. Otherwise, it's perfect!

Thank Mike C
Portland, Maine
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68 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

I visited the Olive Cafe for lunch recently with two good friends. We take turns picking the place, and this wasn't my choice, but I was pleasantly surprised. The server was pleasant and knowledgeable, the cafe is cozy and warm (we had a window seat) and the food was excellent. I haven't eaten much Mediterranean food, but everything was tasty.... More 

Thank Laura F
St. Albert, Canada
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72 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We came to the Olive Cafe after we walked by the night before and saw the menu. The restaurant opens at 5:30pm. We came in shortly after that and there was only one other table full. We were the last non-reservation they were taking - so make a reservation when you come here. The server mentioned the specials and we... More 

Thank Patricia B
Palm Beach, Florida
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346 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Nice for lunch, we had salads and they were good and fresh, the sandwiches also looked good. The service was decent and the prices reasonable.

Thank Ms_R33480

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 127 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101-4706
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-772-6200

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Hiram, Maine
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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?