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“Cozy Neighborhood Heart!”
Review of Oliver's Restaurant - CLOSED

Oliver's Restaurant
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Reviewed 30 October 2016

We drive by Oliver's every morning, early. It's small A-Frame construction with BIG picture windows across the front are dark, and there is the soft glow of some strings of Christmas lights, and in the back the emergency night lights burn away the dark morning.

We could not figure out what sort of a place it was, so we decided to go on a Friday night.

It was lit up, glowing warm and yellow and smelled delicious. Friends and family were clustered inside at the tables, and the wine was flowing...and Becky got us seated and welcomed with dry and self-deprecating humor.

She recommended a solid pinot noir that got the job done...this is not a place for you if you "need" a 3 page wine list: she concentrates on the wines that will pair well with her food.

Dinner choices were pretty "American" nice food. Sure, some of the dishes were "Italian cuisine", but it is not an Italian place. There is delicious fried chicken and mashed potatoes, there was a yummy mac and cheese, appetizers, burgers, fish and chips...

Everything looked good and tasted good.

I like places that put the emphasis into the food and friendliness, which Oliver's does.

I dislike places that cater to snootiness and major in snobbery. If your need is to be sucked up to and brown nosed by sycophantic staff, then this is NOT your place to be.

I recommend calling ahead for a reservation, and going on a night with live music.

Oliver's is what a restaurant ought to be: a place where someone's passion for food AND for eating is allowed to be expressed.

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Thank Charissa W
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Reviewed 27 June 2015 via mobile

We went to listen to live music with friends. While the venue may not be ideal, the staff was very accommodating and the food was excellent. If you're expecting 5-star gourmet ambiance, this is not the place for you. If you want good food (try the date appetizer. Seriously!) and an attentive staff, this place is worth considering.

Thank Sonicthud
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Reviewed 4 December 2014

A cozy place for dinner. Our first visit and it was a large party (15). Seating was tight but the staff was friendly and gracious. We had a preselected menu and the food was good and seemed home style, fresh. I would go back for happy hour the next time we are in Portland . Olivers is a 20 min drive. There is one misstep for this little treat in the suburbs, the restrooms are on the outside of the restaurant. The walk in the cold was not pleasant!

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1  Thank lady58_11
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Reviewed 19 August 2014 via mobile

We have been here many times and will come back many more. Becky sells really nice wines at reasonable prices. The steak is always cooked perfectly. I love the beet salad. My husband loves the stuffed dates and eats them for dessert. We love the pork chops. It's always very welcoming. It feels so comfortable but at night it can feel magical. We've even enjoyed music on the patio. We recommend Oliver's to anyone we like.

Thank Barbiesmith37
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Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

The owner is very friendly and a great cook. Has a Variety of food at fair prices with excellent happy hour. Great home style cooking like pot pie that can be shared with a friend.

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Thank Jensino
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