Olivar

★★★★★
  • 806 E Roy St

    Seattle, WA 98102

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  • 206-322-0409

About Olivar

Hours
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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With the culinary style of an artist and the decor of a romantic historian the only thing you could complain about is the service...and even that is beyond reproach.

In the style of a Spanish and French fusion Chef Philippe Thomelin

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★★★★★

With the culinary style of an artist and the decor of a romantic historian the only thing you could complain about is the service...and even that is beyond reproach.

In the style of a Spanish and French fusion Chef Philippe Thomelin

Pros: Large portions, flavorful food, artistic decor

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Based on the positive reviews of this restaurant, I can only surmise that they were from friends and family of the Chef. I went to this restaurant this past week and was charmed by its curb appeal, cozy decor and wait staff. It all went down hill once we ordered a bottle of wine and 5-6 dishes. The wine was Ok and moderately-priced but every single dish...while it sounded great on the menu...was amateurish, taste-less and just down-right boring. I wouldn't go back for anything other than a glass of wine before or after a movie...but then again...maybe not even then.

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★☆☆☆☆

Based on the positive reviews of this restaurant, I can only surmise that they were from friends and family of the Chef. I went to this restaurant this past week and was charmed by its curb appeal, cozy decor and wait staff. It all went down hill once we ordered a bottle of wine and 5-6 dishes. The wine was Ok and moderately-priced but every single dish...while it sounded great on the menu...was amateurish, taste-less and just down-right boring. I wouldn't go back for anything other than a glass of wine before or after a movie...but then again...maybe not even then.

Pros: Cozy Location across from Theater, Decor, Price

Cons: Food, Food, Food

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The chef at this restaurant does it right - amazingly tasty food, reasonable portion sizes for reasonable prices, a very nice wine list, comfortable and cozy ambience, and a consistently friendly and helpful staff. The gnocci is truly the best I've ever had, as are the mussels. We have been there at least four times and the ONLY downside is that it's hard to park in Capitol Hill, an issue shared by all restaurants in the area. We have never had a bad meal and always feel like the two block walk was well worth it for the great value and yummy food.

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★★★★★

The chef at this restaurant does it right - amazingly tasty food, reasonable portion sizes for reasonable prices, a very nice wine list, comfortable and cozy ambience, and a consistently friendly and helpful staff. The gnocci is truly the best I've ever had, as are the mussels. We have been there at least four times and the ONLY downside is that it's hard to park in Capitol Hill, an issue shared by all restaurants in the area. We have never had a bad meal and always feel like the two block walk was well worth it for the great value and yummy food.

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We had dinner at Olivar for the first time on Jan. 3rd, and we were blown away by the quality and value of the food. It's simply superb!! I had heard good things, and we were not disappointed. The menu has some unique items and all dishes we tried were perfectly prepared. A word of caution.... the "small" plates are actually very generous, so 4 plates was more than enough for 2 of us. The scallops were perfectly cooked (4 huge scallops for $15!), with not a grain of sand. The gnocchi were like little pillows, crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside....tossed with cauliflower and truffle oil... yum. One of the specials was Skate in a lobster butter sauce... very delicate, and an entree size serving for only $14. Definitely save room for dessert... the panna cotta was the best we've had since we visited Italy. The service was friendly and efficient, and the ambience is tough to beat... the history of the restaurant has been preserved with original Russian murals on the walls, and charming decor. This restaurant is worthy of the "buzz" we've heard in the foodie circle, and we'll definitely return soon!

2
★★★★★

We had dinner at Olivar for the first time on Jan. 3rd, and we were blown away by the quality and value of the food. It's simply superb!! I had heard good things, and we were not disappointed. The menu has some unique items and all dishes we tried were perfectly prepared. A word of caution.... the "small" plates are actually very generous, so 4 plates was more than enough for 2 of us. The scallops were perfectly cooked (4 huge scallops for $15!), with not a grain of sand. The gnocchi were like little pillows, crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside....tossed with cauliflower and truffle oil... yum. One of the specials was Skate in a lobster butter sauce... very delicate, and an entree size serving for only $14. Definitely save room for dessert... the panna cotta was the best we've had since we visited Italy. The service was friendly and efficient, and the ambience is tough to beat... the history of the restaurant has been preserved with original Russian murals on the walls, and charming decor. This restaurant is worthy of the "buzz" we've heard in the foodie circle, and we'll definitely return soon!

Pros: Outstanding, unique food; Great value

Cons: Parking

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My husband and I recently had a delightful dining experience here. While we had no reservations, the staff did not snub us at the door, but rather found us a cozy corner to eat. Our server, a woman by the name of Sheila, was a fantastic server. She was both knowledgeable of the wines and was able to accurately describe the plates. The food was delicious and just the right portions. My husband and I love the Loveless Building and are excited that it has yet another gem as a tenant. We would definitely go back there for a night out.

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★★★★★

My husband and I recently had a delightful dining experience here. While we had no reservations, the staff did not snub us at the door, but rather found us a cozy corner to eat. Our server, a woman by the name of Sheila, was a fantastic server. She was both knowledgeable of the wines and was able to accurately describe the plates. The food was delicious and just the right portions. My husband and I love the Loveless Building and are excited that it has yet another gem as a tenant. We would definitely go back there for a night out.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Parking

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A gourmand friend from the hill suggested we try Olivars on a Thursday evening and if you are familiar with the Loveless Buiilding you know that this space has longed for a restaurant worthy of it's considerable charm and ambiance for some time; and the match is made with Olivars. The brick walls, the murals, its like stepping into the pages of a Grimm's Tale.

We were greeted by a friendly and welcoming staff. We were offered samples of some Spanish wines by the glass before we decided on the Red Casa Illana. Thats a rarity in my experience.

The eggplant appetizer was just the right opener with exotic and creamy mediteranean flavors. We both opted for the Salmon Entree. Crisp squares well seasoned, cooked to perfection and served on a bed of tasty herbed mashers and the portions, well, they're generous.

3 housemade ice creams in Profiteroles and Olive Oil cake completed our meal and we both agreed that it was a meal that lacked for little.
The chef is visible and makes an effort to greet his parties which again is something I certainly appreciate. Looking forward to another great dinner at Olivars soon...Thank you Chef Philippe and staff!

2
★★★★★

A gourmand friend from the hill suggested we try Olivars on a Thursday evening and if you are familiar with the Loveless Buiilding you know that this space has longed for a restaurant worthy of it's considerable charm and ambiance for some time; and the match is made with Olivars. The brick walls, the murals, its like stepping into the pages of a Grimm's Tale.

We were greeted by a friendly and welcoming staff. We were offered samples of some Spanish wines by the glass before we decided on the Red Casa Illana. Thats a rarity in my experience.

The eggplant appetizer was just the right opener with exotic and creamy mediteranean flavors. We both opted for the Salmon Entree. Crisp squares well seasoned, cooked to perfection and served on a bed of tasty herbed mashers and the portions, well, they're generous.

3 housemade ice creams in Profiteroles and Olive Oil cake completed our meal and we both agreed that it was a meal that lacked for little.
The chef is visible and makes an effort to greet his parties which again is something I certainly appreciate. Looking forward to another great dinner at Olivars soon...Thank you Chef Philippe and staff!

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: Parking

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This place is a hidden gem! My wife and I are definite foodies and Olivar has everything that I love in a restaurant. There isn't a thing on the menu that didn't make my mouth water. And the Spanish wines are a perfect match with the Spanish inspired food. Beyond the food, this location is tucked away in the old loveless building and has a warmth to it that makes you feel like you stepped right out of Seattle and into a charming little bistro in Europe. Try it and you won't be disappointed!

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★★★★★

This place is a hidden gem! My wife and I are definite foodies and Olivar has everything that I love in a restaurant. There isn't a thing on the menu that didn't make my mouth water. And the Spanish wines are a perfect match with the Spanish inspired food. Beyond the food, this location is tucked away in the old loveless building and has a warmth to it that makes you feel like you stepped right out of Seattle and into a charming little bistro in Europe. Try it and you won't be disappointed!

Pros: Food, Charm

Cons: It's not closer to West Seattle

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A perfect fit for this magical location. The food was spot on and impeccably seasoned. Paired with the sweetest service I am sure it won't be long before you wouldn't be able to walk in and get a seat. Had the Rabbit Pate and Goat Empanadas from the special board and they were out of this world, hope they put them on the menu!

2
★★★★★

A perfect fit for this magical location. The food was spot on and impeccably seasoned. Paired with the sweetest service I am sure it won't be long before you wouldn't be able to walk in and get a seat. Had the Rabbit Pate and Goat Empanadas from the special board and they were out of this world, hope they put them on the menu!

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We are super foodies and what we enjoyed most about the Olivar was the charming ambience and the inventive food. The building, with its amazing murals, makes you feel like you've been transported and the Spanish influenced food is superb. I can't think of another restaurant in Seattle that is offering a menu quite like this and at great value. The wine list is well-considered and reasonably priced. We had a very nice Rueda white from Spain.

We loved the scallops (some of the best I've had), as well as the rabbit and the albondigas. Not to be missed are the Patatas a lo Pobre, a fantastic potato and egg dish. The strawberry soup is surprisingly delicious. Waitstaff seemed conscientious and genuinely interested in our enjoyment of the food. Olivar is a good option for a date night or couples night out. We'd certainly go back in a heart beat.

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★★★★☆

We are super foodies and what we enjoyed most about the Olivar was the charming ambience and the inventive food. The building, with its amazing murals, makes you feel like you've been transported and the Spanish influenced food is superb. I can't think of another restaurant in Seattle that is offering a menu quite like this and at great value. The wine list is well-considered and reasonably priced. We had a very nice Rueda white from Spain.

We loved the scallops (some of the best I've had), as well as the rabbit and the albondigas. Not to be missed are the Patatas a lo Pobre, a fantastic potato and egg dish. The strawberry soup is surprisingly delicious. Waitstaff seemed conscientious and genuinely interested in our enjoyment of the food. Olivar is a good option for a date night or couples night out. We'd certainly go back in a heart beat.

Pros: Inventive food, Charming ambience, Great Value, Wine list, Friendly Service

Cons: Parking

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Fantastic neighborhood restaurant with amazing food. My favorites were the scallops, ling cod and surprisingly, the strawberry soup! We got a chance to talk to the chef and I wish we could've dined with him all night. I hadn't ever been to this building. It's a stone building covered with these beautiful murals on the walls interior. I loved that it was tiny and inviting and made me feel like I was in Europe. We will definitely be back!

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★★★★★

Fantastic neighborhood restaurant with amazing food. My favorites were the scallops, ling cod and surprisingly, the strawberry soup! We got a chance to talk to the chef and I wish we could've dined with him all night. I hadn't ever been to this building. It's a stone building covered with these beautiful murals on the walls interior. I loved that it was tiny and inviting and made me feel like I was in Europe. We will definitely be back!

Pros: amazing food, great spot

Cons: maybe parking, but we found something close

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This Spanish bistro is located in the historic Loveless Building, across from the Harvard Exit Theatre. The dining room is like a tiny jewel box, with enchanting low lighting and Russian fairytale murals from the 1930s; but don't expect to…

 

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