Olive Tree Cafe

★★☆☆☆
  • 4614 Kilauea Ave Ste 107

    Honolulu, HI 96816

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  • 808-737-0303

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I will never go to this cafe again. After paying a check that added up to almost two hundred dollars for a table for eight, the cashier had the nerve to come back over to our table and tell my friends (all of us adults, 30+ years old, no children) that he had "three complaints" about how noisy we were. He did not tell us about the first two complaints, only coming over after we had finished and paid our check, presumably to ruin our evening. I go out with this group of friends to many restaurants, most of them much fancier than the olive tree (olive tree cafe patrons don't receive table service, but rather have to wait in a slow moving line for anything. Also, bathroom keys are kept on a giant serving spoon, if you can believe that!) and never received such treatment. We were just talking, not swearing or shouting, so we were very offended at the cashier's remarks. When my friend tried to apologize to the bus girl, she told him that we weren't too loud- it was the cashier that was grumpy. I will never go back there, and I would advise anyone else to stay away. Now that I am reading other's reviews, I see that we weren't the only ones to receive rude treatment at the Olive Tree Cafe.
As for the food, dishes were just ok. I was not impressed that many of the ingredients seemed store-bought (you could see the grill cook opening packages of Sarah-Lee pita bread and heating them on the griddle), and the prices were high, given the quality and portion size. Again, won't be coming back anytime soon.

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★☆☆☆☆

I will never go to this cafe again. After paying a check that added up to almost two hundred dollars for a table for eight, the cashier had the nerve to come back over to our table and tell my friends (all of us adults, 30+ years old, no children) that he had "three complaints" about how noisy we were. He did not tell us about the first two complaints, only coming over after we had finished and paid our check, presumably to ruin our evening. I go out with this group of friends to many restaurants, most of them much fancier than the olive tree (olive tree cafe patrons don't receive table service, but rather have to wait in a slow moving line for anything. Also, bathroom keys are kept on a giant serving spoon, if you can believe that!) and never received such treatment. We were just talking, not swearing or shouting, so we were very offended at the cashier's remarks. When my friend tried to apologize to the bus girl, she told him that we weren't too loud- it was the cashier that was grumpy. I will never go back there, and I would advise anyone else to stay away. Now that I am reading other's reviews, I see that we weren't the only ones to receive rude treatment at the Olive Tree Cafe.
As for the food, dishes were just ok. I was not impressed that many of the ingredients seemed store-bought (you could see the grill cook opening packages of Sarah-Lee pita bread and heating them on the griddle), and the prices were high, given the quality and portion size. Again, won't be coming back anytime soon.

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This restaurant goes wrong in so many ways, it?s hard to figure out where to start: Is it the ?lets save money on staff and not hire servers? attitude, which places the responsibility on the customer to wait in a slow moving line in order to do anything from getting a glass of water to ordering desert? Is it the over priced hummus that so reeks of raw garlic it is practically inedible? Is it the mounds of olive oil slopped carelessly onto every dish by lazy cooks? Is it that to get any of these dishes (even the pre-made hummus) takes an incredibly long time to come from the inexplicably rude cashier? Or is it that the ?key? to the dingy, smelly bathroom is attached to a giant slotted spoon, like a gas station?

Maybe it was just me: after waiting almost a half an hour in a line that was only three or four people deep, and then waiting another half an hour for a sloppily prepared hummus and store bought pita bread ($4.95), and yet another half an hour for our main courses (Lamb Souvlaki $14.95, Falafel $13.95) which were equally overpriced and overcooked. When my wife and I finally got to the counter to pick up our main courses, we noticed that they had out a lamb souvlaki and a fish souvlaki. When we tried to correct the casher (a man that I can only describe as greasy and unkempt, who seemed to have a genuine dislike for customers in need of food), he tried to argue with us and say that was what she had ordered; impossible since my wife is a strict vegetarian. The portions were very, very small considering the prices, and the lamb was dry and chewy, due to being severely undercooked. One might wonder if it were served on time, that the lamb may have been better. The falafel was very dry, over seasoned and overcooked. The dryness of the falafel was grossly overcompensated by an enormous over-drenching of tahini sauce, which ran all over the hands, plate, and small salad.

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★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant goes wrong in so many ways, it?s hard to figure out where to start: Is it the ?lets save money on staff and not hire servers? attitude, which places the responsibility on the customer to wait in a slow moving line in order to do anything from getting a glass of water to ordering desert? Is it the over priced hummus that so reeks of raw garlic it is practically inedible? Is it the mounds of olive oil slopped carelessly onto every dish by lazy cooks? Is it that to get any of these dishes (even the pre-made hummus) takes an incredibly long time to come from the inexplicably rude cashier? Or is it that the ?key? to the dingy, smelly bathroom is attached to a giant slotted spoon, like a gas station?

Maybe it was just me: after waiting almost a half an hour in a line that was only three or four people deep, and then waiting another half an hour for a sloppily prepared hummus and store bought pita bread ($4.95), and yet another half an hour for our main courses (Lamb Souvlaki $14.95, Falafel $13.95) which were equally overpriced and overcooked. When my wife and I finally got to the counter to pick up our main courses, we noticed that they had out a lamb souvlaki and a fish souvlaki. When we tried to correct the casher (a man that I can only describe as greasy and unkempt, who seemed to have a genuine dislike for customers in need of food), he tried to argue with us and say that was what she had ordered; impossible since my wife is a strict vegetarian. The portions were very, very small considering the prices, and the lamb was dry and chewy, due to being severely undercooked. One might wonder if it were served on time, that the lamb may have been better. The falafel was very dry, over seasoned and overcooked. The dryness of the falafel was grossly overcompensated by an enormous over-drenching of tahini sauce, which ran all over the hands, plate, and small salad.

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Pros: authentic menu, byob

Cons: no table service, incredibly rude staff, no parking, high prices, dirty dining area and restrooms, poorly executed food

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The food at Olive Tree is beyond divine. The bad thing is, everybody knows it, and if you don't call ahead to order your food, you'd better be prepared to stand around and wait upwards of a half-hour, drooling over everybody else's stuff. Oh, and they only take cash.

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★★★☆☆

The food at Olive Tree is beyond divine. The bad thing is, everybody knows it, and if you don't call ahead to order your food, you'd better be prepared to stand around and wait upwards of a half-hour, drooling over everybody else's stuff. Oh, and they only take cash.

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I had a fine relationship with the staff, don't let other reviews throw you off. The food is good and ample, with fresh sauces and warm, rich breads. Ask for extra pita if you get the hummus, as an appetizer for two it wasn't enough. The falafel was good and filling. The baklava was as expected, nothing too amazing, but still good. You really have to fight for a table though!

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★★★★☆

I had a fine relationship with the staff, don't let other reviews throw you off. The food is good and ample, with fresh sauces and warm, rich breads. Ask for extra pita if you get the hummus, as an appetizer for two it wasn't enough. The falafel was good and filling. The baklava was as expected, nothing too amazing, but still good. You really have to fight for a table though!

Pros: Authentic Greek food

Cons: Not enough tables!

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Good food, but the staff can be downright rude. Enjoy the food, but save the tip for desert somewhere else!

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★★★☆☆

Good food, but the staff can be downright rude. Enjoy the food, but save the tip for desert somewhere else!

Pros: Good Greek food at reasonable prices.

Cons: Staff can be extremely rude and inconsiderate.

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Place your order at a counter and eat at one of this small cafe's ten tables, half of them outside. The mussel ceviche is half-a-dozen green-lipped New Zealand mussels in a citrusy, garlicky, peppery vinaigrette. The fish souvlaki is fresh…

 

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