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20 Civic Center Plz, Mankato, MN 56001
+1 507-386-1001
06:30 - 21:00
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Sun 07:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 06:30 - 21:00
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Mankato, Minnesota
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love going to this restaurant for any meal but my favorite is the lunch buffet. The selections are fresh with a Mediterranean flair. The made fresh soup is fantastic. Servers are well trained and accommodating. I love bringing visitors from out of town to this restaurant. The desserts are to die for!

Thank janeun26
Mpls. MInnesota
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90 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a quaint little restaurant inside a large hotel chain. I love that it's not your typical chain restaurant. We were in Mankato for the day and opted for an early dinner here. Our waitress was very friendly as well as helpful. I ordered the red snapper with risotto. The fish itself was good, and seemed fresh and light with... More 

Thank MidwesternMom69
Marshall, Minnesota
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81 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Once more, TripAdvisor leads us to a quality experience, this time in Mankato. Following a business meeting, Mt wife and I were looking for something lite, tasty and reasonably priced. Olives was it! Grwat menu selection, including a lunch buffet, nice surroundings, and pleasant and competent employees. Thank you TripAdvisor and thank you Olives!

Thank SenCrow
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 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
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

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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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 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 19 November 2016

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 

1 Thank imran s
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 16 November 2016

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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406 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

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 November 2016

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

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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, 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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
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 Plz, 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?