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“Interesting space east of GR”

Olive's Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #72 of 939 Restaurants in Grand Rapids
Price range: US$9 - US$21
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Olive's is located in the heart of Gaslight Village. We are a 120 seat restaurant with an outstanding Chef, EJ, & a bar to make you drool. No where else in Grand Rapids can you get a 10 ounce martini, the best meatloaf of your life, and a server who knows you by your first name. Let us be your choice for a night out!{Cheers}
Dorr, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Interesting space east of GR”
Reviewed 24 August 2014

What we tried:
-Dirty rice fritters
-Mushroom crostini
-Hanger steak with vinegar potatoes
-BBQ Mahi with avacado and papaya salad
-Wither Hills, Sauvignon Blanc

Places like Olive's make us happy that we get away from our regular spots to look for new spots. The entire experience from the time we walked in until we walked out was completely satisfying. The environment was welcoming and relaxed. We are pretty slow diners, especially at a new place, and we did not feel rushed at any time.

Only complaint: too many mushrooms on the crostini, but that is really just our preference.

  • Visited August 2014
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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excellent Lunch!”
Reviewed 22 August 2014 via mobile

Excellent lunch at Olives Restaurant in East Grand Rapids! We had the Souvlaki & BBQ Chicken Cob salads. They were both of adequate size and really tasty! Drinks & service were excellent too! Atmosphere is very casual & neighborly! Will definitely return!

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Holland, Michigan
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Evening Dinner”
Reviewed 27 February 2014 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

We always enjoy dining at Olive's. It had been some time since our last visit. The menu options were as terrific, and our meals were delicious. The atmosphere was relaxed, and the service was excellent.

Visited February 2014
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Thank Carey B
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5 restaurant reviews
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“A Perennial Favorite!”
Reviewed 21 January 2014

Good for a business meeting. Family friendly. Great for a date. Few restaurants can offer all of the above, and even fewer can do so with fresh locally sourced ingredients, an ever changing menu, tremendous service, and good value.

That Olives offers all of the above wouldn't be much of a surprise in a larger city, but in the greater Grand Rapids wasteland of chain restaurants it is a welcome home away from home.

My wife and I eat here weekly, as it is a mainstay for family night out as well as date night. Chef EJ and her crew provide consistent quality that keeps us coming back for more, and Kim and the staff in front provide an amazing experience. Go just a few times and they'll know your name, your food preferences, and your drinks of choice.

To that end, make sure you try the "Jim Jones" martini!

The only complaint I can offer is that since we've moved across town we are no longer able to walk to Olives. But then again, I'm thinking that's not their fault!

  • Visited December 2013
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
2 reviews
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“A little gem”
Reviewed 4 December 2013

I have eaten at Olive's on a number of occasions and highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is interested in an eclectic mix of different styles of food. Th selection changes with the seasons and the staff are generally very knowledgeable about the items available and seem very happy to recommend anything based on the customer's/ /client's desires. Drinks and pours are generous, great selection of wines and beer. Worthy of a visit!

  • Visited December 2013
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Kim V, Manager at Olive's Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 6 December 2013
Thank you for your fantastic review! I agree with you on how fun the seasonal menu is; Chef EJ has a true talent to please a variety of tastes with fresh food. I'm also so pleased to hear your servers have been knowledgeable and friendly. We pride ourselves on making our guests feel like the restaurant is our home.

Thank you again for your review, it means the world to us.

Sincerely,
Kim VanAlstine
FOH Manager
Kim.EGROlives@gmail.com
616.451.8611
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