Recommended to us by the local couple who rented us our apartment, L'Olivier was a pleasant surprise that was clearly different from most of the touristed restaurants in crowded Annecy. Located on a quiet little square shared with three other restaurants and accessed by an almost secret pedestrian alleyway, L'Olivier has a very pretty covered terrace that makes for a pleasant setting on a warm summer eventing. The food is deliciously prepared and beautifully presented. We loved it so much we had to return the following night for a repeat performance, it was that good. An appetizer plate of fish soup, salmon, fried St Marcellin cheese
and a foie gras creme brulee was a really interesting combination of incredible flavors that easily served as a tasty whole meal. On the fixed price menu the appetizer of chèvre and olive tapenade on toast was flavorful and the filet of St.Pierre (fish) was indescribably delicious. The side dishes of vegetable purees and grilled vegetables were phenomenal as well. The fondant chocolate for dessert was rich and delicious; the fig tart was the only slightly-off note of any of the dishes--the strong fig flavor seemed to be just a little bit too sweet for our taste. L'Olivier presents fabulous food which would be outstanding in any city but in Annecy it is clearly in the very top echelons of French kitchens--make reservations and enjoy an incredibly good meal.
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