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“Wonderful Dinner in a Quiet Courtyard”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of L'Olivier

Ranked #93 of 465 Restaurants in Annecy
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Good for: Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Killingworth, CT
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Wonderful Dinner in a Quiet Courtyard”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

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.

  • Visited May 2014
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Miami, Florida
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121 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Very well and creative food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

The food was excellent, we had a very tender sirloin, and fish in a Gorgonzola sauce, both were tasty and attractive to look at it. The service was fast for the crowded the place was. The owners take care of the service very well.

Visited May 2014
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Annecy, France
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49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Good food at reasonable prices”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

A nice, welcoming, unpretentious restaurant, L'Olivier is, by Annecy standards, not expensive at all. Main course dishes range from around €15 up to €22; the good thing is they have menus as well and the most expensive (starter + main course + dessert) comes in at less than €30.
The food is tasty, well cooked and made out of fresh ingredients. Meat tends to be a bit on the tough side, but otherwise, very good.
As a starter we chose the "Grande Composition de Charme" - a mix of almost all of their starters, but miniature size. It was gorgeous and more than enough for two. The "Crème Brulée au bloc de Foie Gras" and the "St Marcellin Pané, Rôti au Miel" are to die for!
As a main course I chose the "Risotto de St Jacques" (scallop risotto), and have nothing to say, except that it was perfectly cooked and seasoned.
The "Faux Filet Sauce Gorgonzola", (sirloin steak) chosen by my partner was, as I said before, a bit chewy but very tasty.
Much to my chagrin, I couldn't eat any dessert, after such a copious meal... but there's always next time, right? ;)

  • Visited May 2014
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Geneva, Switzerland
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Excellent and very reasonably priced”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013 via mobile

Quiet setting in a courtyard in the center of Annecy with a nice terrace. Warm atmosphere inside, the tables are beautifully set. We took the menu, which offers a choice of 6 different dishes for appetizers, for main dishes and for deserts. It was amazing from beginning to end! Light, inventive, succulent dishes! 28 Euros for a complete menu is a bargain We will definitely come back!

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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“A very popular restaurant - even off season”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2013

For a restaurant to be absolutely full on a cold midweek night in March, it has to have a pretty good local reputation. It's reasonably priced by Annecy standards (i.e. it costs about one-and-a-half times what an equivalent restaurant in the UK would cost). The food is imaginative without being pretentious - the French take food too seriously to bother about being pretentious - and the staff are very competent.
This is the second time I have eaten here in a party of four adults and two small children. I expect to be back.

  • Visited March 2013
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