Olio Restaurant & Bar

★★★★☆
  • 33 Kings Hwy

    Groton, CT 06340

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  • 860-445-6546

About Olio Restaurant & Bar

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Sun-Thu,11:30am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-4pm; Sunday, 4:30pm-9pm

Food

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I am a huge fan of this place. They have a very extensive menu and the presentation and taste are equally impressive. The service is outstanding and we've never had a bad server. They know the menu and ingredients inside out, which is very helpful when you're a vegetarian! We also love the low lighting and the modern, clean atmosphere. My mother is obsessed with their crab cakes and my husband is obsessed with the stuffed chicken, which works for me because I know that if I ever have a craving for Olio I can always count on one of them (or both!) to go with me! Oh, and their martinis aren't too bad either!

4
★★★★☆

I am a huge fan of this place. They have a very extensive menu and the presentation and taste are equally impressive. The service is outstanding and we've never had a bad server. They know the menu and ingredients inside out, which is very helpful when you're a vegetarian! We also love the low lighting and the modern, clean atmosphere. My mother is obsessed with their crab cakes and my husband is obsessed with the stuffed chicken, which works for me because I know that if I ever have a craving for Olio I can always count on one of them (or both!) to go with me! Oh, and their martinis aren't too bad either!

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Olio doesn't shoehorn easily into a pre-defined genre of cuisine. It's generally Italian with nods towards mexican, middle-eastern, seafood, and American (traditional) foods.

The Olio martini - a dirty martini with a Gorgonzola stuffed olive - is good, but it's a vodka martini. They'll happily serve gin, but the selection is pretty bland.

Their salads are huge. I asked them to make me a side salad version of their field greens, walnuts, mandarins, blue cheese and cranberries salad, and it was still huge. And served with a side of bread, to boot.

The ravioli with cream pesto sauce was good, but not great. I couldn't tell if it was fresh or frozen, but it was cooked a bit too long.

On the upside, the waitress brought three different taster glasses of wine to help narrow my selections. After immediately excluding the red zinfandel - it smelled like floor cleaner - I was left between their full-bodied new Chilean and a familiar dry Italian Chianti. The waitress was very helpful for making wine selections, which is a rarity.

Dessert was peach sorbet, served inside a frozen peach. If I didn't know these were also made this way (and probably imported) in Italy, I'd have been impressed. Espresso was mediocre, lacking a good crema but served with an odd little lemon rind.

The ambiance was romantic, but not overbearingly. The owners apparently thought tea lights would be a good thing for their restaurant, and there are lots of those around. The only artwork, such as it was, was individual panels each bearing a letter in the name of the restaurant.

2
★★★★☆

Olio doesn't shoehorn easily into a pre-defined genre of cuisine. It's generally Italian with nods towards mexican, middle-eastern, seafood, and American (traditional) foods.

The Olio martini - a dirty martini with a Gorgonzola stuffed olive - is good, but it's a vodka martini. They'll happily serve gin, but the selection is pretty bland.

Their salads are huge. I asked them to make me a side salad version of their field greens, walnuts, mandarins, blue cheese and cranberries salad, and it was still huge. And served with a side of bread, to boot.

The ravioli with cream pesto sauce was good, but not great. I couldn't tell if it was fresh or frozen, but it was cooked a bit too long.

On the upside, the waitress brought three different taster glasses of wine to help narrow my selections. After immediately excluding the red zinfandel - it smelled like floor cleaner - I was left between their full-bodied new Chilean and a familiar dry Italian Chianti. The waitress was very helpful for making wine selections, which is a rarity.

Dessert was peach sorbet, served inside a frozen peach. If I didn't know these were also made this way (and probably imported) in Italy, I'd have been impressed. Espresso was mediocre, lacking a good crema but served with an odd little lemon rind.

The ambiance was romantic, but not overbearingly. The owners apparently thought tea lights would be a good thing for their restaurant, and there are lots of those around. The only artwork, such as it was, was individual panels each bearing a letter in the name of the restaurant.

Pros: Parking, diverse menu, friendly staff

Cons: Boring artwork, mediocre wines by the glass

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This restaurant has a real devoted following. I've been here a couple of times with different groups. The food is exceptional for this area. The tables are a little close together though. The filet and coconut shrimp are frantastic. I'd recommend to anyone looking for something a little more upscale in the area.

PROS: attentive staff; imaginative dishes
CONS: tables close together

4
★★★★☆

This restaurant has a real devoted following. I've been here a couple of times with different groups. The food is exceptional for this area. The tables are a little close together though. The filet and coconut shrimp are frantastic. I'd recommend to anyone looking for something a little more upscale in the area.

PROS: attentive staff; imaginative dishes
CONS: tables close together

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My family & I will recomend your restraunt to any one. The food is awesome. & we like the staff. We have never had bad sevice. everyone is so courtious. My husband & I have a 7 year old & even when we have her with us it makes it romantic because of the lighting. & we really enjoy that.

PROS: good service, Great food, & we really like the lighting
CONS: we think the portoins are a little small

5
★★★★★

My family & I will recomend your restraunt to any one. The food is awesome. & we like the staff. We have never had bad sevice. everyone is so courtious. My husband & I have a 7 year old & even when we have her with us it makes it romantic because of the lighting. & we really enjoy that.

PROS: good service, Great food, & we really like the lighting
CONS: we think the portoins are a little small

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My husband and I went there for our anniversary and the food was great, and service was very good. Although the restaurant was very dark with lots of candles, it bothered my eyes. Very contemporary and nice. I got the special, but if that was on the menu, I would go all the time!
I will definitly go back and recommend to others.
Great Job!

PROS: Food and service was great
CONS: too dark and a bit tight, tables too close

4
★★★★☆

My husband and I went there for our anniversary and the food was great, and service was very good. Although the restaurant was very dark with lots of candles, it bothered my eyes. Very contemporary and nice. I got the special, but if that was on the menu, I would go all the time!
I will definitly go back and recommend to others.
Great Job!

PROS: Food and service was great
CONS: too dark and a bit tight, tables too close

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