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The Olive and Grape

November 30th, 2010 · Comments

The Olive and Grape (Mediterranean, Italian, Turkish)
8516 Greenwood Ave N (map)
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 724-0272

Yelp: “Great appetizers and a decent selection of Turkish and Italian entrees. The calamari/garbanzo beans appetizer is a must have.”

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (20 votes, average: 3.60 out of 5)

dining · Food & Drink


  1. jezbian says:

    i have been there once and will only return again if i have a very sizeable coupon/discount available.

    i ordered the soup, which was listed on the menu as “served with bread,” and it was lackluster in flavour – and the “bread” was three CROUTONS floating on the top of the bowl. i asked where the “bread” was and the waitress indicated the croutons were the ‘bread’ (they were not crostini/slices of baguette, they were 3 little cubes of toasted bread) – when my friend and i seemed consternated by that she went to ask the cook for some bread. we could hear their conversation back and forth – the cook seemed to be confused about what ‘bread’ would be.

    (one would think that at a place that so heavily features/is about olive oil that they would have bread for dipping in the olive oils.)

    finally the waitress returned with a small plate of sliced grilled pita pieces, after quite a wait.

    overall we waited a long time for our simple meals (my friend got a veggie wrap type sandwich which was underwhelming, i got a side salad along with the soup) and they did try to make it up to us by giving us a piece of free baklava – nice try, but i miss olive you SO MUCH now.

  2. Stewart says:

    Underwhelmed is the word. I was there on their opening day
    The food was ok, not great,
    the servings were very small, appetizer-sized, and way overpriced, probably won’t come back again. I was expecting more, but was very disappointed.

  3. Greenhood says:

    DISAPPOINTING! Prices are ridiculous and the food, as stated above, UNDERWHELMING! We ended up sharing something, as most items fell between the 15-25 dollar range. My usual “out’ when I am shocked by prices on a menu is to go for an app. Forget it. They averaged about $10+.

    It would have evened out if at least the food was insanely delicious…HA! I’d say bland. Far cry from Olive You.

    We left underfed and depleted of our “dining out” budget for the month. Passed by Mr. Gyros after. Needless to say, we could have had some grubbin’ food for 4.95 each and left with happy, contently full tummies! Bummer Olive and Grape! You did it wrong.

  4. Greenhood says:

    ok, I give credit where credit is deserved. Just checked out their menu online. Looks like they figured out their prices were steep and at the very least lowered their app prices. Most of the stuff is still pretty expensive, but at least now someone has a small escape route if they don’t feel like spending a fortune.

  5. I would like to thank to all of the Greenwood and Phinney residents for their warm welcome and wishes of success.

    For those of you I have not met, please let me introduce myself. My name is Paola Corsini and I am the proud owner of The Olive and Grape. I am Italian and I was born and raised in Turkey. For 13 years in Europe mostly in Turkey, I managed several restaurants and gained invaluable knowledge of the food, culture and restaurant business. Andrea Onetti, our restaurant manager, was born in Italy. He has a vast knowledge of the region and has studied Italian cuisine while he was living in Rome.

    During our Grand Opening Celebration last November, we launched our new menu and introduced our new chef and staff.

    We have listened to your feedback and will continue to do so. I invite you to check our website for our new menu and wonderful specials. Join us for our $7 lunch specials, $20 Prix Fixe Dinners on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, or come listen to local musicians on Saturdays. And, you won’t want miss our unbelievable Happy Hour.

    The Olive and Grape is a casual Mediterranean restaurant that serves authentic Turkish and Italian food. We are dedicated to serve healthy, fresh and delicious foods from the region. All of our menu items are made from scratch, using pure olive oils. We also have variety of local and Turkish wines that compliment our menu items.

    Thank you for your continued support. Please be sure to say “hello” when you’re visiting.


  6. Phinneyresident says:

    Please, add more flavor and spice to your dishes -maybe use more of your olive oils? My friend ordered the Fish Shish with Veggies and it was so boring. I ordered the Adana and it seemed overcooked. The rice was bland as well . Disappointing for sure. But very nice and hospitable staff.

  7. Lucky C says:

    My friend and I had dinner here 7/31/2011. It was expensive for what we got, but we could have saved money by sticking to appetizers or coming in time for happy hour. My friend has meat and potato tastes, so there wasn’t much on the menu that appealed to him. He was satisfied with his lamb entree. I had the eggplant parmigiana. This was a misnomer since it was eggplant with goat cheese. It was very tasty, but $15 seemed like a lot for a slice of eggplant with no side dish. The panna cotta we shared for dessert was beautifully presented but tasted bland. Service was very slow in a relaxed way, so we had lots of time to talk. But you wouldn’t go here if you were in a hurry. I plan to return for happy hour and one or two appetizers. I wouldn’t get a dinner entree again.

  8. Trix says:

    Went here for lunch yesterday and I loved it! I got the veggie wrap (with feta added $1). $7 on the well priced lunch menu, comes with a nice sized salad and dipping sauce (your choice of many). It was delicious. I suggest everyone above give it another try.

  9. Jen says:

    Stick to the Turkish mezes (appetizers) here and you cannot go wrong! Cok lezetli! Delicious!

  10. Rod says:

    We went there when they first opened and, at the time, it was pretty average. we went back again a couple of weeks ago and were pleased to find the interior, service ,and food had been taken up a couple of notches. Running a restaurant is a tough business, and especially these days. Although they got off to a less than ideal start they are still going, and the food is pretty good.