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4.7 /6 Excellent 54 Reviews

The Olive Tree

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 22:00
The Olive Tree, 10 Tower St, YO1 9SA York

Further Information

The Olive Tree takes its cues from the Mediterranean states of Europe, primarily. Here you’ll find classics from southern France, Italy, but also hints of the Middle Eastern end of the Med and North African-Arabic influences, too. The Olive Tree are renowned also for their ability to put a British twist on certain compatible examples of these continental and typically sunkissed dishes; following through with this hybrid practice (it’s not fusion, folks, neither is it rocket science unless you’re thinking arugula!), The Olive Tree also offer Mediterranean-inspired interpretations of local Yorkshire specialties. It’s a knotty approach, but a tasty knot, much like a pretzel. And, when undone, it’s really very simple: fresh is best and that’s all that one can find at this Tower Street restaurant in the centre of gorgeous York.

Yorkshire game, lamb, and beef – and fish of equally certifiable but necessarily further afield origin – make their way into some of Olive Tree’s finest dishes. Duck breast with rosti tipped with ginger, carrots and rosemary honey: the ginger and honey imparting sunshine to the deep flavour of the duck, bringing the Mediterranean to the moors. Then there’s the Tornedo, Yorkshire beef fillet given a British-Italian fusion treatment: wrapped in pancetta but topped with Stilton and served with mash and broccoli, and a red wine jus. It’s perhaps the chef’s specials (besides the obvious pizza, pasta, antipasti/tapas-style dishes to start) that showcase this York city centre Mediterranean restaurant’s influences the best. The seafood, chicken, chicken and chorizo, and vegetarian paella designed to be shared are a major reason you’ll find The Olive Tree’s Tower Street premises packed out with happy couples many nights of the week. Be sure to book to have properly relaxed access to some of York’s best European and Mediterranean cuisine.


54 Reviews

4.7 /6 Excellent 54 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: friendly
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
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1 review so far 6
27.07.2016 10:07

Lunch menu was varied and delicious. We were not rushed or pestered. A fantastic place to take my business colleagues, overlooking Clifford's Tower. Thoroughly recommended.

1 review so far 6
24.06.2016 22:17

So very glad to see The Olive Tree fully recovered after the floods earlier in the year. As always, every mouthful was an utter delight.

1 review so far 6
22.06.2016 14:39

Good menu range. Food hot & well presented. Good lively atmosphere. Prompt service. Queries dealt with quickly. No hurtying or rushing. Reasonably priced. Good evening all round.

1 review so far 6
21.06.2016 09:24

An impressive and tempting menu. Our meals were delicious and beautifully presented. The service was first class. We were particularly impressed with the chef who made the point of asking us if we were happy with the food. Our first visit but not our last.

1 review so far 6
26.12.2015 12:09

We were looking for somewhere to have Christmas dinner without the fuss and The Olive Tree certainly came up trumps ! Having never been to York before we took a chance on somewhere we didn't know and went solely on the reviews. And I'm very happy to say we had a fabulous time. The food was exceptional and the staff went beyond 'normal' service. We would highly recommend this restaurant for quality of food, service and value for money.

1 review so far 6
13.10.2015 10:08

Wow! absolutely amazing! First of all, I'm quite the picky eater and that was before pregnancy! But nothing was a problem in the slightest I had so much choice of what I could have that wasn't even advertised on the menu ie; range of sauces, with or without extras etc! Meal was made to perfection! 👌🏼 my partner also said the same about his fish medley. When booking I put a comment saying 'birthday meal' and without me even knowing they bought out a dessert for my partners whose birthday it was with a sparkler! The waiters really made the evening and worked their socks off. If visiting York again I would 100% go there, and I am going to recommend to friends!

1 review so far 6
14.12.2015 16:21

When we checked into our hotel the concierge asked what we had planned for the evening. When I told him we had a reservation at the Olive Tree his response was ' Ooh, a very good choice, I've been several times and it is excellent'. We were not disappointed; the food was amazing and the service was superb. The staff were attentive but not overly fussy, the wine was excellent and we were given a free liqueur after our meal. We will definitely be back and would recommend to anyone visiting York.

1 review so far 6
01.04.2016 15:39

Went for my daughters 25th birthday celebration. A warm friendly greeting and excellent service throughout the meal. Even the Chef came to each table to say hello and check we had enjoyed our food. The choice was good, portions were good and the quality was excellent. I had Duck, which is difficult to do well and is often overcooked. Mine was succulent and tender with an orange garnish and ju. The others in our party all enjoyed their meals and would all recommend the Olive Tree. I will definitely come here again.

1 review so far 6
01.05.2016 21:16

The staff are very friendly and attentive. The food was delicious it was the best seafood risotto I've had for a long time! The warm and welcoming atmosphere at The Olive Tree makes me want to visit again soon

1 review so far 6
11.06.2016 07:29

Very welcoming. Good Mediterranean atmosphere. Great service. We all had 3 courses. Myself partner and daughter. Probably one of the best meals we have had. I loved the Yorkshire Beef and Stilton My partner chose the lobster ravioli with cray fish tails. She nearly ate the plate Cheesecake after was exquisite. Well recommend Cost just under £ 90.00 with wine 3 of us but well worth the visit.

1 review so far 6
29.04.2016 23:09

We were very pleased we had our small family reunion at the Olive Tree. We were greeted warmly and given time to settle ourselves, before being served with fantastic fresh rolls and balsamic oil. The food was well cooked and the staff attentive but not intrusive. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

1 review so far 6
19.12.2015 15:19

The food was absolutely gorgeous, I had the steak and it melted like butter. We received a lovely warm welcome from the wonderful staff, and the actual cost of the food was very reasonable. Highly recommend, and the next time I'm in York I will be definitely going again.

1 review so far 6
08.06.2016 08:04

I had no problem booking a table. The food was first class and the staff were very friendly. Will not hesitate to go back again. It was our wedding anniversary and they didn' t dissapoint. It is my wife's favourite restaurant in York

1 review so far 6
17.04.2016 11:32

We had a lovely time the staff were excellent and the meal was outstanding we had a starter main desert and coffees and thought the price was very reasonable for the time we had thank you very much will be booking again

1 review so far 3
01.11.2015 09:11

The meal overall was average. It came quick but felt over priced. One of the meals that we ordered did not come with what was stated on the menu - missing asparagus and replacing it with green beans. The second meal did not have fresh pasta as I assumed it would have and felt slightly overcooked! Overall the meal was okay but do believe we overpaid for what we ordered. Saying that, the staff we friendly and the atmosphere was lovely.

1 review so far 6
23.09.2015 11:27

Amazing food and very friendly staff, we booked in for the Friday night and then we went back Saturday night as it was such a lovely meal and atmosphere will definitely recommend this restaurant 😃

1 review so far 6
27.04.2016 07:50

Had a lovely meal the service was good we have been several times and highly recommend. You do need to book as the resturant gets very busy they also do a nice lunch at dinnertime

1 review so far 6
25.11.2015 09:39

Booked this restaurant last minute and was extremely satisfied with all aspects, great menu, great food, great staff. Thanks to all for making our trip to York very memorable. Would definitely recommend

1 review so far 6
07.05.2016 11:37

Absolutely lovely restaurant in a great location just outside of Clifford's Tower. It has great food, I would recommend the paella and nice atmosphere, great service, would highly recommend to anyone.

1 review so far 6
07.09.2015 11:03

Nice warm welcome when we arrived, all staff were very friendly and although the restaurant was very busy the service was quick and efficient. The food was excellent and well presented.

1 review so far 6
07.10.2015 23:15

Delicious food in lovely surroundings. Staff very attentive and sensitive - were happy to allow a group of friends the time to have a leisurely meal and a catch-up. Thank you.

3 reviews so far 6
18.11.2015 20:21

Brilliant experience with excellent food, great atmosphere, attentive service and real value for money. Would highly recommend to anybody. Also great views overlooking Clifford's tower. Will be returning soon.

1 review so far 6
24.03.2016 09:30

My wife and I went to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary. The food was excellent as was the service . The prices were also reasonable. We will be returning

1 review so far 6
02.11.2015 09:57

Superb food with first class service. Always enjoy going to this restaurant when we visit York. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a nice place to eat.

1 review so far 5
29.03.2016 18:04

Always a very good reliable restaurant with very good food and service. We had a window seat with a great view of Clifford Tower for me, usually I am looking at a wall :-)

1 review so far 5
18.08.2015 09:41

The food took a little while to get to us, but the staff were polite and friendly, the atmosphere was nice and when it did arrive the food was absolutely delicious and reasonably priced.

2 reviews so far 6
23.03.2016 10:24

Excellent food & service I would re visit on future trips to York an ambisous menu that was a little off putting but our selection was just great

1 review so far 6
14.09.2015 11:28

We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating my birthday at The Olive Tree. Lovely atmosphere, delicious food, and great service. I am very much looking forward to my return visit!

1 review so far 5
13.03.2016 07:28

lovely food good service at a time when they were especially busy. Booking was essential. very pleasant surroundings would deffinatley visit again. local parking in the castle car park was a bonus.

1 review so far 6
14.12.2015 07:19

The food was fantastic. Great friendly service, would definitely return. Varied menu choice and very tasty food. Good value for money. Lovely view of Cliffords tower.

1 review so far 6
16.03.2016 20:19

Nice variety of food. We went on a Tuesday so was fairly quiet. Food was tasty and warm. We really enjoyed the complementary home made bread.

1 review so far 5
09.12.2015 08:08

Very nice restaurant, good food and friendly service. Well priced with a good variety of dishes from Pasta and Pizza to Steak and Chicken dushes. Drinks also well priced. Would recommend.

1 review so far 6
19.03.2016 09:11

Great food really helpful staff good service a really enjoyable evening. Extensive menu with excellent specials. Good wine list. Will definitely use this restaurant again

1 review so far 6
28.05.2016 07:27

Great food great surroundings and very very helpfull staff, couldnt of done enough for you to enjoy our anniversary luncheon...will be back thankyou so much.

1 review so far 5
30.09.2015 19:12

it was quiet probably because we were eating early.the food was delicious and the service excellent.very good .i have already reccommended the olive tree to colleagues at work

1 review so far 5
29.08.2015 12:24

A lovely little restaurant with great views of the Clifford Tower. A good range or food and drink, and the staff were were charming and provided good service.

1 review so far 5
20.03.2016 07:35

We went to the Olive Tree and experienced, Pleasant service, nice food, wide ranging menu. Not too noisy, easy parking. What more could I ask for ?

1 review so far 5
22.03.2016 13:25

Great food, nice setting and good service. Special recommendation for the prawn starter I had, very delicious. The bar team were very helpful with their knowledge

1 review so far 5
23.12.2015 07:21

Warm and friendly welcome, wonderful wild mushrooms for starters and all our main courses were first class. Music got a little loud though it is Christmas!

1 review so far 5
22.03.2016 16:49

Excellent food at a good price. Efficient staff and a good choice of menu. Would recommend the restaurant as a mid priced good food establishment.

1 review so far 4
22.12.2015 08:23

Nice food, tasty and fresh. Service was good, nice and quick, but had to wait far too long for the bill to come. Would happily go back.

1 review so far 3
25.05.2016 09:09

Waiters were not very attentive considering the restaurant was empty. Starter was delicious but the main fell a little flat as it was too salty. Avoid the lamb stew.

1 review so far 3
09.12.2015 10:00

Service wasn't that great they forgot our drinks and dropped cutlery on me. Table was in a bad cramped position. But the food was good

1 review so far 1
15.02.2016 09:27

It said it was flooded and was going to open for valentine's Day as it's reopening date. Then I received a text message less than a week before the day saying that the drying out of the restaurant had been underestimated and that they'll be opening at least two weeks later than their original stated date. This left us with little choice as to where to eat for valentine's Day.

2 reviews so far 2
20.03.2016 09:23

This restaurant is alittle bonkers, a big mix up of things, with crazy staff not quiet knowing what was going on themselves, food was ok, but just ok, certainly nothing special.