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The Olive Restaurant

back to: Italian restaurants | near the Palace Theatre
84-86 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6NG [map]
Tel: 0161 228 7060
4 min walk to the palace theatre
large italian basement bar & restaurant opposite 5th avenue nightclub, around the corner from the palace theatre [amend]
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The Olive Manchester - overall reader reviews

most popular dish: lasagne

The Olive Restaurant Manchester - reader comments

"I visted The Olive after reading Restaurants of Manchester review and I'm glad I did. It's a good Italian restaurant. I opted for the meal deal, which was 2 courses at £5.95, having the Mixed Salad for starter and then the Lasagna for main. It tasted delicious and the portion size was big. The service was good - very friendly and professional. I definitely would recommend this restaurant to others and will be returning myself soon for another lasagna." - nancy, manchester 18/4/08 (visited on a friday lunch)

Trusted Reviewer "We visited The Olive expecting a Meditteranean taverna that was winning rave reviews from our readers. Instead we found it under new ownership and serving Italian cuisine. Just around the corner from the Palace Theatre, you'll find this cellar restaurant (opposite 5th Avenue nightclub for the indie fans amongst you) and, ignoring the bright neon lights of the previous tenant outside, a surprisingly plush, large, welcoming dining area. The menu is equally as inviting with a 2 course menu available at lunch times and pre-theatre for a staggeringly low £5.95. The a la carte menu is also impressive with plenty of traditional Italian dishes to choose from together with a handful of Persian dishes which have remained on the menu. We received a large Tomato and Garlic Bread courtesy of the chef as we flicked through the menu, from which I opted for the Funghi Gratinati All'aglio starter (£3.95). The mushrooms were cooked to my liking, sautéed in white wine and gratinee with garlic and olive oil. I opted for the same dish later that evening in Giorgio's around the corner and can safely say that The Olive produced the better dish (and for £1 less). My only gripe was the lack of bread which would have soaked up the remaining oil well. The Linguine Al Frutti Di Mare, which included mussels, squid and prawns in a garlic, white wine and tomato sauce. At £6.95 for an extremely generous portion, I couldn't fault it. Hopefully The Olive can overcome the disadvantage of it's hidden away location in the same way East Z East has opposite, because on first impressions this could be one of the best Italian restaurants in Manchester city centre. Honest food, friendly service, great prices and ideal for pre-theatre dining." - neil, restaurants of manchester 16/4/08 (visited on a weds lunch)

"This is a bit of a hidden gem, tucked away at the bottom end of Princess Street, The Olive has recently changed ownership and the Mediterranean menu has been replaced with an Italian one. I decided to go for the special offer of 2 courses for £5.95, trying the Garlic Mushrooms and then Lasagna, both of which were hefty portions and really couldn't be faulted! The staff are all really friendly and make the whole experience that bit special. I will certainly be back soon" - nick, stockport 16/4/08 (visited on a weds afternoon)

"Very friendly staff. Decor a little tired but the food was well presented and really well cooked. Very good value for not a lot of money" - d k williams, warrington 7/4/08 (visited on a saturday evening)

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