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“Good tapas, Good wine and Great atmosphere.”
Review of La Oliva

La Oliva
Ranked #22 of 1,668 Restaurants in Granada
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$44 - US$44
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Realejo - San Matias
Reviewed 16 April 2016

We loved it! 18(?) tapas and we enjoyed all of them. Francisco is a delightful host and he and his staff kept our wine and water glasses full as the tapas came over the 3 1/2 hours. Even though there is no menu or entre, we left full. Very cozy place with room for only 12 or so in a hip part of town. Recommend.

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Thank C R
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Reviewed 26 March 2016

We were part of a private group on a special early opening, so had the place to ourselves.
I enjoyed all, and the dedication and effort put in was obvious.

At the end there were no customers booked for a further three hours and Francisco relaxed massively and we all sat chatting.

To say Francisco cares with a passion about what he serves and its provenance is an understatement.

It is not a Michelin starred type of place.

Long may he fight to stay open.

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Reviewed 9 March 2016 via mobile

Having done my research, I knew La Oliva was going to be a great experience as we both love good food. Given how unusual the experience was going to be I didn't tell my wife anything about it in advance. She was so impressed by how romantic it all was - effectively our own private restaurant with the owner cooking for us and only us. Wow - what an experience. Francisco is a perfect host apart from being a great chef and chatted to us throughout. What comes across is he loves what he's doing and that's why he's so good at it. About 15 courses matched with 5 wines. Perfection - there is no other word. We've eaten in 3 Michelin star restaurants and can honestly say this is right up there. Ridiculously cheap for what you get, €78 for the two of us. I gave Francisco €100 and felt it was a steal at at that. Visit, experience the passion and the food, bring someone you love as you won't have many more incredible dining experiences in your life!

Thank Joe O
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

I believe it's what you expect when you book a night at la Oliva. This is what you get: A very cosy atmosphere with few tables, Francisco guiding you through an evening of tastes, smells, flavours and stories and making some friends along the way. The food is simple but very well cooked, organic/local and tasty. There is no actual kitchen so don't expect something fancy. The wine (5 different ones) is accompanying the dishes perfectly from the almonds to the soup to the cheese etc... The food is carefully chosen and Francisco can modify it based on your preferences (vegetarian, etc..). You can also buy most of the things you've tried (like the wine or mayonnaise) to take home! Highly recommended!

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Reviewed 4 February 2016 via mobile

The first thing Francisco tells you before this fiasco starts is that he is not a chef but an amateur , unfortunately he went on to prove it . The setting is a not particularly clean olive oil shop with some wooden tables for you to sit at . The Friday evening we went was attended by us 2 and 3 others and started with Francisco putting some bizarre guitar music on his computer . We were presented with the following as an example of a Spanish cuisine tasting menu .......
Olive Oil , Pate , Almonds , 2 thin Asparagus , Pomegranates , A watery soup , some Charcuterie , 2 uncleaned prawns on spinach , tasteless Hake covered in cream , over cooked tuna , watery chickpea soup , an inedible lamb chop , some cheese , sliced strawberries and balsamic , a sweet potato desert , (I have posted 10 photos as evidence) each was accompanied by wine sparingly poured . The hot items were cooked on a 2 ring portable cooker out the back next to the toilet , I witnessed this as I used the washroom . The cost of this was €38.50 pp . We have eaten in hundreds of restaurants in Spain and never experienced anything like it . Avoid .

1  Thank phillip g
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