Blue Olive

★★★★☆
  • 500 NW 21st Ave

    Portland, OR 97209

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  • 503-528-2822

About Blue Olive

Hours
Sat: 10am-2:30pm, Sun: 10am-12am, Tue-Thu: 11:30am-12am, Fri: 11:30am-2:30pm
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Food and service is outstanding! Am from Los Angeles so I have great Mediterranean food at my disposal and the Blue Olive topped my list.\r
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Food and service is outstanding! Am from Los Angeles so I have great Mediterranean food at my disposal and the Blue Olive topped my list.\r
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We happened into this place tonight as there was no room in the inn for us anywhere else. It was a delightful experience. They serve Greek and Turkish influenced dishes that are reasonable in price, spicy without being hot, and well

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★★★★★

We happened into this place tonight as there was no room in the inn for us anywhere else. It was a delightful experience. They serve Greek and Turkish influenced dishes that are reasonable in price, spicy without being hot, and well

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Blue Olive has one of the best "happy hour" menus in Portland! Many of the items can be found on the main menu but for much less. The wine choices compliment the food and the service is always friendly. A comfortable neighborhood outing with good ambiance.

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★★★★★

Blue Olive has one of the best "happy hour" menus in Portland! Many of the items can be found on the main menu but for much less. The wine choices compliment the food and the service is always friendly. A comfortable neighborhood outing with good ambiance.

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Neighborhood gem, great Mediterranean food. A bit pricey, but worth it. Excellent service, diverse menu, good wines. We love the garden dining in summer, perfect for group meals.

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Neighborhood gem, great Mediterranean food. A bit pricey, but worth it. Excellent service, diverse menu, good wines. We love the garden dining in summer, perfect for group meals.

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The best Greek Food in Portland, hands down, no question! This food was amazing and the atmosphere was quiet and peaceful. A little pricey but...well, you feel like you're getting something authentic. Nothing against, Greek Cuisina, Alexia or the Mad Greek cafe's - The Blue Olive is in a league of its own.

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★★★★★

The best Greek Food in Portland, hands down, no question! This food was amazing and the atmosphere was quiet and peaceful. A little pricey but...well, you feel like you're getting something authentic. Nothing against, Greek Cuisina, Alexia or the Mad Greek cafe's - The Blue Olive is in a league of its own.

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The second worst dining experience of my life. We were so excited to finally try Malanga. Unfortunately, the menu was limited and both of our entrees were nearly inedible. The snapper was clearly not fresh, and quite tough. The vegetable stew (the only veg. entree despite what I had been told on the phone) was overly smoky with tough, dry vegetables. Both dishes were unbearably salty. We ate part of our meals simply to be polite - like when you eat at someone's home and don't want to insult your host. The Taro fritters were mediocre but served with no condiments and therefore were rather plain. The only saving grace was a pleasant server.

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The second worst dining experience of my life. We were so excited to finally try Malanga. Unfortunately, the menu was limited and both of our entrees were nearly inedible. The snapper was clearly not fresh, and quite tough. The vegetable stew (the only veg. entree despite what I had been told on the phone) was overly smoky with tough, dry vegetables. Both dishes were unbearably salty. We ate part of our meals simply to be polite - like when you eat at someone's home and don't want to insult your host. The Taro fritters were mediocre but served with no condiments and therefore were rather plain. The only saving grace was a pleasant server.

Pros: Service

Cons: Bad Food, Poor value

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Service was great, very friendly. Never left waiting. Great place for cocktails!, the lounge is way better atmosphere than the main dining area. Little "spendy".. but worth it. Cheapskates, don't bother. Artwork was fantastic, would go back in a minute!

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★★★★☆

Service was great, very friendly. Never left waiting. Great place for cocktails!, the lounge is way better atmosphere than the main dining area. Little "spendy".. but worth it. Cheapskates, don't bother. Artwork was fantastic, would go back in a minute!

Pros: relaxing, great cocktails, friendly service

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Malanga serves good (slightly above average) Cuban/Carribbean meals but at lofty prices. The menu's forte is in its drinks rather than its food as there were far more cocktails to choose from than entrees. Service was prompt and friendly. Outdoor seating in their garden was an absolute delight on a nice day. No kid menu was offered, so we had to choose from appetizers on the menu. In a nutshell, a great place to have a few drinks on a nice day, but I don't think I'll be going back for the food.

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★★★☆☆

Malanga serves good (slightly above average) Cuban/Carribbean meals but at lofty prices. The menu's forte is in its drinks rather than its food as there were far more cocktails to choose from than entrees. Service was prompt and friendly. Outdoor seating in their garden was an absolute delight on a nice day. No kid menu was offered, so we had to choose from appetizers on the menu. In a nutshell, a great place to have a few drinks on a nice day, but I don't think I'll be going back for the food.

Pros: Garden Seating, Broad Drinks Menu

Cons: , Limited Food Menu, No Kid Menu

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My wife and I have been to Malanga a few times, trying a different item on the menu each time. My favorite is the Picadillo, a beef/green olive hash with a hint of sweetness. Combined with black beans and rice, it's a great meal. The rice pudding for dessert is light and satisfying, finishing a meal without being too heavy.

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★★★★☆

My wife and I have been to Malanga a few times, trying a different item on the menu each time. My favorite is the Picadillo, a beef/green olive hash with a hint of sweetness. Combined with black beans and rice, it's a great meal. The rice pudding for dessert is light and satisfying, finishing a meal without being too heavy.

Pros: Cuban cooking, Mojitos, Spanish wines

Cons: Too dark in the bar

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We felt like Cuban, but we didn't feel like waiting for a table at Pambiche, so we gave Malanga a try--and are very glad we did! The service was great, with an attentive waiter who had on-the-mark suggestions every time. We ordered a roast pork and stewed chicken dish, and both were so dee-lish, we ended up swapping plates mid-dinner so we could enjoy each other's entree. Desserts were yummy--especially the Malanga pudding, and there's an extensive cocktail and coffee list as well. Definitely worth the trip!

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★★★★☆

We felt like Cuban, but we didn't feel like waiting for a table at Pambiche, so we gave Malanga a try--and are very glad we did! The service was great, with an attentive waiter who had on-the-mark suggestions every time. We ordered a roast pork and stewed chicken dish, and both were so dee-lish, we ended up swapping plates mid-dinner so we could enjoy each other's entree. Desserts were yummy--especially the Malanga pudding, and there's an extensive cocktail and coffee list as well. Definitely worth the trip!

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With only one visit I was moderately pleased. The Spanish jamon empanadas were great; the chickpea stew was so-so. The highly recommended Bistec was excellent, but for $12.50 a bit overpriced, especially since 1/2 the plate was black beans. Ambiance was nice; try to get an outside seat when it's warm. Server was very pleasant, but also very slow and forgetful.

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★★★★☆

With only one visit I was moderately pleased. The Spanish jamon empanadas were great; the chickpea stew was so-so. The highly recommended Bistec was excellent, but for $12.50 a bit overpriced, especially since 1/2 the plate was black beans. Ambiance was nice; try to get an outside seat when it's warm. Server was very pleasant, but also very slow and forgetful.

 

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