The best of the garden, the sea, and the field are carefully harvested by the fresh-obsessive proprietors of York’s well-known Olive Tree, prepared simply with the flavours and colours of the Mediterranean in mind, and brought to table with a justly proud smile. Located down Tower Street in the city centre (you can see the castle from the window seats), The Olive Tree’s reputation precedes it – this Mediterranean restaurant draws a crowd from far and wide. Bookings essential.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.