Olivo Restaurant

★★★☆☆

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This is my second time at el olivo, and i couldn't go on without writing a review. This place is amazing. The thing i liked the most was the sangria... (my husband and i had to try them both) we ordered a half pitcher of one of each, white

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★★★★★

This is my second time at el olivo, and i couldn't go on without writing a review. This place is amazing. The thing i liked the most was the sangria... (my husband and i had to try them both) we ordered a half pitcher of one of each, white

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We went to Olivo at 7pm on a saturday night, of course, had I listened to the previous reviews we would have lost out on an amazing experience! Judging by the packed house after 8pm, alot of people know the drill! The food was awesome, the service was great and we had a fabulous time! the mussles were the most amazing, we ever had, we ordered a dinner portion and we counted 58 mussles! it was incredible! I suggest when it comes to reviews you should make your own mind and we are glad we did'nt listen to the negative reviews! Bravo!

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★★★★★

We went to Olivo at 7pm on a saturday night, of course, had I listened to the previous reviews we would have lost out on an amazing experience! Judging by the packed house after 8pm, alot of people know the drill! The food was awesome, the service was great and we had a fabulous time! the mussles were the most amazing, we ever had, we ordered a dinner portion and we counted 58 mussles! it was incredible! I suggest when it comes to reviews you should make your own mind and we are glad we did'nt listen to the negative reviews! Bravo!

Pros: Mussels best Ever Portions HUGE

Cons: Busy busy small

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olivo restaurant es una grande mentira tienes un menu espanhol pero lo cozinhero es mexicano porque la comida no lo es espanhola tienes um bacalau la viscaina no es bacalau e sin catfish una mierda todo e una verguenza quiero me dinero de vuelta

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★☆☆☆☆

olivo restaurant es una grande mentira tienes un menu espanhol pero lo cozinhero es mexicano porque la comida no lo es espanhola tienes um bacalau la viscaina no es bacalau e sin catfish una mierda todo e una verguenza quiero me dinero de vuelta

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Place suck.

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★☆☆☆☆

Place suck.

Pros: Sangria was decent

Cons: EVERYTHING ELSE

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Ok - I really really really liked this place the first time I went. The stuffed chicken breast was to die-for. However, the next time I went, a week later, I swore the chicken was NOT cooked. I was terrified that I was eating chicken that wasn't fully cooked. I didn't send it back - just stopped eating... dessert (nutella/banana crepes) were absolutely delicious. Just be weary --- I still like this place, but my chalk it up to one-bad experience. (Let's hope so anyway).

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★★★☆☆

Ok - I really really really liked this place the first time I went. The stuffed chicken breast was to die-for. However, the next time I went, a week later, I swore the chicken was NOT cooked. I was terrified that I was eating chicken that wasn't fully cooked. I didn't send it back - just stopped eating... dessert (nutella/banana crepes) were absolutely delicious. Just be weary --- I still like this place, but my chalk it up to one-bad experience. (Let's hope so anyway).

Pros: Location

Cons: inconsistent

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Provincial as we are, we'd never seen white asparagus before our trip to El Olivo, a tapas restaurant on a stretch of 31st Street where the subway dare not go. We later found out that the white asparagus is a variety preferred in Europe, but in our minds it became a metaphor for El Olivo's cuisine: limp, bloated, drained of color and life.

Not that anyone present seemed to mind -- the joint was jumping with families, including a multigenerational birthday party, and everyone seemed to be in good spirits.

That's a testament to El Olivo's vibe, which is inviting (if not cozy). The food certainly isn't the draw. We ordered a plate of Serrano ham and manchego, oily anchovies that looked as unappetizing as they tasted, rubbery octopus, shrimp in a watery tomato sauce, that unspeakable asparagus, and assorted other forgettables. To be fair, the sangria is delicious.

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★☆☆☆☆

Provincial as we are, we'd never seen white asparagus before our trip to El Olivo, a tapas restaurant on a stretch of 31st Street where the subway dare not go. We later found out that the white asparagus is a variety preferred in Europe, but in our minds it became a metaphor for El Olivo's cuisine: limp, bloated, drained of color and life.

Not that anyone present seemed to mind -- the joint was jumping with families, including a multigenerational birthday party, and everyone seemed to be in good spirits.

That's a testament to El Olivo's vibe, which is inviting (if not cozy). The food certainly isn't the draw. We ordered a plate of Serrano ham and manchego, oily anchovies that looked as unappetizing as they tasted, rubbery octopus, shrimp in a watery tomato sauce, that unspeakable asparagus, and assorted other forgettables. To be fair, the sangria is delicious.

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Not even close to Spanish food. I'm from Spain, and I find it very insulting that this restaurant is known for its cuisine from Spain. Not only are the owners not from Spain, which means nothing; the restaurant itself is nowhere near Spanish food. They have mozzarella sticks on the menu. I mean come on. And to top it all of I was on the toilet for 2 days. Never again, it's a shame that people would go to this restaurant and think that this is Spanish food. Maybe Colombian, or Puerto Rican, but not from SPAIN. Very disappointed!!! If you want authentic Spanish food, I just had a lovely dinner at Tia Pol, in the city and the chef was from Spain, and you can tell, the food was so authentic, and delicious.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not even close to Spanish food. I'm from Spain, and I find it very insulting that this restaurant is known for its cuisine from Spain. Not only are the owners not from Spain, which means nothing; the restaurant itself is nowhere near Spanish food. They have mozzarella sticks on the menu. I mean come on. And to top it all of I was on the toilet for 2 days. Never again, it's a shame that people would go to this restaurant and think that this is Spanish food. Maybe Colombian, or Puerto Rican, but not from SPAIN. Very disappointed!!! If you want authentic Spanish food, I just had a lovely dinner at Tia Pol, in the city and the chef was from Spain, and you can tell, the food was so authentic, and delicious.

Pros: nothing

Cons: nothing

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This place did not inspire confidence when we saw how few people were inside. It got worse when I saw the cover of the menu with a goofy picture of a lobster that looked like it was from 1975. First of all, what authentic Spanish restaurant puts a basket of nachos on your table with a spicy dipping sauce? The salad was a joke (iceberg lettuce, shredded carrots, a tomato slice and a piece of cucumber). The manchego cheese app. special was ok, because, honestly, how can that be botched? The chicken castellana was not good at all (I almost thought it was two boneless thighs until I cut into the second piece) and the flavors were cloying and clumsy (I don't know why I expected fresh artichokes when the waiter described the dish). It was just all very disappointing.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place did not inspire confidence when we saw how few people were inside. It got worse when I saw the cover of the menu with a goofy picture of a lobster that looked like it was from 1975. First of all, what authentic Spanish restaurant puts a basket of nachos on your table with a spicy dipping sauce? The salad was a joke (iceberg lettuce, shredded carrots, a tomato slice and a piece of cucumber). The manchego cheese app. special was ok, because, honestly, how can that be botched? The chicken castellana was not good at all (I almost thought it was two boneless thighs until I cut into the second piece) and the flavors were cloying and clumsy (I don't know why I expected fresh artichokes when the waiter described the dish). It was just all very disappointing.

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A list to indulge your senses.

1. Not traditional spanish cuisine (french bread, iceberg salad with french dressing, chips and salsa)
2. Unattentive staff
3. Over-priced pitcher of sangria ($23.99!)
4. Horrible paella, uncle bens rice, (which was immediately spent back)
5. There is no acclaimed tapas menu
6. Upon receiving the bill, I noticed in place of the whited-out paella, we were charged $7.00 for our complementary 2 wedges of lettuce and out of season vegs.

7. The octopus appetizer that I shared with my date was the highlight of the meal (and of course the company). It was braised in a red sauce, and was extremely tender and succulant. The sangria was mixed to perfection, not too much brandy and plenty of juicy fruit.

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★★☆☆☆

A list to indulge your senses.

1. Not traditional spanish cuisine (french bread, iceberg salad with french dressing, chips and salsa)
2. Unattentive staff
3. Over-priced pitcher of sangria ($23.99!)
4. Horrible paella, uncle bens rice, (which was immediately spent back)
5. There is no acclaimed tapas menu
6. Upon receiving the bill, I noticed in place of the whited-out paella, we were charged $7.00 for our complementary 2 wedges of lettuce and out of season vegs.

7. The octopus appetizer that I shared with my date was the highlight of the meal (and of course the company). It was braised in a red sauce, and was extremely tender and succulant. The sangria was mixed to perfection, not too much brandy and plenty of juicy fruit.

Pros: sangria

Cons: over priced, not traditional

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I had no idea a place like this was in my own neighborhood! The seafood paella is a great dish to order (for 2). The portions are generous as my CPA would agree. The decor could use a little something extra but the establishment is extremely clean. Try some of tapas too! They're as good as they come and don't forget to get plenty of vitamins from your pitchers of Sangria!

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★★★★☆

I had no idea a place like this was in my own neighborhood! The seafood paella is a great dish to order (for 2). The portions are generous as my CPA would agree. The decor could use a little something extra but the establishment is extremely clean. Try some of tapas too! They're as good as they come and don't forget to get plenty of vitamins from your pitchers of Sangria!

Pros: Good paella at a very reasonable price!

Cons: Slooooooooooooooooow service....

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Spain and Astoria are two of my favorite places. Apparently some early reviewers of this restaurant didn't realize that this is a Spanish restaurant in the US, where salads are regularly served, so they oblige. The tapas are wonderful (especially the stuffed mushrooms & calamares), the salsa is delicious and doesn't come from a can, the entrees are enormous (get the fried potatoes as a side) - I always end up taking some home. My family and I have been dining at El Olivo regularly since it has opened, almost 10 years ago so we have pretty much had everything on the menu with no complaints. Also, they are great for large groups, as we often descend there en masse. Make reservations for evening and weekend dining. Service is great and welcoming. There is no other place that tops it for the price.

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★★★★★

Spain and Astoria are two of my favorite places. Apparently some early reviewers of this restaurant didn't realize that this is a Spanish restaurant in the US, where salads are regularly served, so they oblige. The tapas are wonderful (especially the stuffed mushrooms & calamares), the salsa is delicious and doesn't come from a can, the entrees are enormous (get the fried potatoes as a side) - I always end up taking some home. My family and I have been dining at El Olivo regularly since it has opened, almost 10 years ago so we have pretty much had everything on the menu with no complaints. Also, they are great for large groups, as we often descend there en masse. Make reservations for evening and weekend dining. Service is great and welcoming. There is no other place that tops it for the price.

Pros: MASSIVE AMOUNT OF FOOD!, SERVICE, LOCATION

Cons: no party room

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Great for tapas and drinks. It is cheap but the food is fresh and delicious. It's a quiet crowd but if you just want to relax, get a bottle of wine and some great tapas, this is the place. I wouldn't recommend entrees. Too expensive and not as yummy as their tapas!

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★★★★☆

Great for tapas and drinks. It is cheap but the food is fresh and delicious. It's a quiet crowd but if you just want to relax, get a bottle of wine and some great tapas, this is the place. I wouldn't recommend entrees. Too expensive and not as yummy as their tapas!

Pros: Cheap tapas, yummy food

Cons: Looking for entrees, don't go here

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Friendly staff, excellent food, reasonable prices, how could you not give this place a good review!

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★★★★★

Friendly staff, excellent food, reasonable prices, how could you not give this place a good review!

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My family and I have been dining at this restaurant since they opened here in Astoria.
The food and service has always been great. When family comes in from out of state this is where I take them and I have never been disappointed.

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★★★★★

My family and I have been dining at this restaurant since they opened here in Astoria.
The food and service has always been great. When family comes in from out of state this is where I take them and I have never been disappointed.

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my friend took me here for my birthday. we started with fried calamari, as an entree, i choose the chicken & rice (with spanish sausage). the quantity was such that i couldnt eat it all and had to doggie bag the rest. my friend had the filet mignon, not quite spanish but it was good. the spanish fried potatoes that came with her entree was really good. we got a small pitcher of sangria, it was totally delicious. my friend said the place gets packed for dinner. however, we went for lunch and were the only ones eating there and yet the service seemed eager for us to be done and to get out.

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★★★★☆

my friend took me here for my birthday. we started with fried calamari, as an entree, i choose the chicken & rice (with spanish sausage). the quantity was such that i couldnt eat it all and had to doggie bag the rest. my friend had the filet mignon, not quite spanish but it was good. the spanish fried potatoes that came with her entree was really good. we got a small pitcher of sangria, it was totally delicious. my friend said the place gets packed for dinner. however, we went for lunch and were the only ones eating there and yet the service seemed eager for us to be done and to get out.

Pros: sangria

Cons: brusque service

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The people who posted the reviews below mine should go eat at Taco Bell or better yet maybe they would better off at one of those taco trucks on Roosevelt Avenue because it sounds like they came to El Olivo with Mexican food in mind- or maybe some cheap seafood. El Olivo is a Spanish restaurant! Spanyards eat tapas, not salsa. Apparently the person who made the Delmonte comment never ate tapas. The seafood is out of this world and priced accordingly.

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★★★★★

The people who posted the reviews below mine should go eat at Taco Bell or better yet maybe they would better off at one of those taco trucks on Roosevelt Avenue because it sounds like they came to El Olivo with Mexican food in mind- or maybe some cheap seafood. El Olivo is a Spanish restaurant! Spanyards eat tapas, not salsa. Apparently the person who made the Delmonte comment never ate tapas. The seafood is out of this world and priced accordingly.

Pros: seafood, steaks, pricing

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Let me start by saying the two great reviews for this place must be written by the owner and the owner's mom. When I had dinner here Friday night I thought I was in the wrong place. I recently took a trip to Spain and not once was I served Italian bread and a house salad with my meal. The salsa in Keyfood tops the salsa in this place. The main meal, a red snapper, was not bad, but after hoping I would experience a true "spanish" experience, the remaining dinner lost its appeal. To finish, the cost of the dinner was over-priced. I do not recommend for the true spanish lovers.

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★★☆☆☆

Let me start by saying the two great reviews for this place must be written by the owner and the owner's mom. When I had dinner here Friday night I thought I was in the wrong place. I recently took a trip to Spain and not once was I served Italian bread and a house salad with my meal. The salsa in Keyfood tops the salsa in this place. The main meal, a red snapper, was not bad, but after hoping I would experience a true "spanish" experience, the remaining dinner lost its appeal. To finish, the cost of the dinner was over-priced. I do not recommend for the true spanish lovers.

Pros: polite staff, parking

Cons: food, price

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Let's start with the salsa: It's like warm and spicy Delmonte sauce - almost like ketchup. The sangria: At $23 a pitcher it's no bargin. The food was not terrible but with the prices as high as they are, I should expect better. And have you ever been to a Spanish restaurant that served Itailan bread and a green salad before the meal? That's just strange. The atmosphere is diner-like. I won't be back.

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★★☆☆☆

Let's start with the salsa: It's like warm and spicy Delmonte sauce - almost like ketchup. The sangria: At $23 a pitcher it's no bargin. The food was not terrible but with the prices as high as they are, I should expect better. And have you ever been to a Spanish restaurant that served Itailan bread and a green salad before the meal? That's just strange. The atmosphere is diner-like. I won't be back.

Pros: friendly waiter, quiet, tasty sangria

Cons: pricey, bad salsa

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I've been coming here for years. This is by far the best Spanish cuisine I have ever had. With out exagerating I can literally say its comparable to some of the restaurants I have been to in Malaga. El Olivo's Mariscada (stewed shellfish) is out of this world! Their steaks are really good too. We always get the serrano ham as an appetizer.

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★★★★★

I've been coming here for years. This is by far the best Spanish cuisine I have ever had. With out exagerating I can literally say its comparable to some of the restaurants I have been to in Malaga. El Olivo's Mariscada (stewed shellfish) is out of this world! Their steaks are really good too. We always get the serrano ham as an appetizer.

 

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