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20 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN 56001
+1 507-386-1001
06:30 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 07:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 06:30 - 21:00
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Group of 6, all choosing different meals, all were very happy with their choices. Schwarma wrap and pizza were fantastic...Caprese Salad was also great. Definitely recommend.

Thank Tim H
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They have a Lunch Buffet that is pretty darn good. If you are looking for a 200 item greasy, run of the mill type of Buffet, go elsewhere. Everything is fresh and upscale. I honestly do not know how they break even, since these are not cheap ingredients. Several types of Salads, including those with fresh made cheese, amazing chicken... More 

Thank FamilytoseeNYC
St. Louis
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great dinner alone on last night in Mankato should of tried before then I had tried the roast duck with wild rice on recommendation of server Ashley she was not wrong was perfectly done and the cherry sauce was great well done Olives.

Thank beachbum5024
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there at 12:45 and only went there because Pizza Ranch was jam packed . Awful place. Waitress lied about the price for kids buffet . Food was cold and stale . Not surprisingly place was empty . They did not serve the soup served of the day and only one schwarma was left and they would not refill so... More 

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Holstein, Iowa, United States
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were with a party of six on a Sunday evening. The meals, the service and the wine were all outstanding. Most of us had seafood dishes and were very impressed to find this quality in the midwest. Two of our group were locals, and their recommendations were right on the mark. We will come back here whenever we can.

Thank Ken B
Mankato, Minnesota
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374 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Why go to a chain restaurant when you can keep the money local? Olives has GREAT food, low key atmosphere and has something for everyone. I always start off with the Edamame with a side order of Asian chili sauce ($8) and see where my mood goes next--pizzas, sandwiches, pasta, meat, etc. The food is fresh and fabulous, not forgetting... More 

Thank savedade
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Olive has a lot of unique offerings that I have not found in the average restaurant. Everything was delicious and well-prepared.

Thank Susan M
Dothan, Alabama
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34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is one of the better restaurants with American style food. I like their Wednesday "take your date out menu" which allows you to pick out two set meals for a very reasonable price. My only complaints is that their menus have not changed much over the years

Thank montycat348
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

The family came down from the cities to tour the college and we got to town a little early and plenty hungry. We looked up restaurants in Mankato and Olives stood out because it was different from the other pizzabeerburger places (not that there is anything wrong with that). This wasn't any pizza Rachel buffet-a lot better food and a... More 

Thank Patrick C
Vienna, Virginia
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113 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

The staff was friendly and helpful, the food came quickly, the noise level was reasonable, and so was the price. The Mediterranean mezze was surprisingly good, the caesar salad was good, the herbed flank steak was ok, and the angus sirloin with mushroom sauce was very good. The bill, including a very good local amber beer, was $72. I would... More 

Thank Brian R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$28
American, Mediterranean, Greek, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Buffet, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 20:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN 56001
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Mankato
  • Phone Number: +1 507-386-1001

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?