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751 N High Point Rd, Madison, WI 53717-2237
+1 608-831-7776
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Madison, Wisconsin
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126 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't believe that I haven't been here before! The food and service were outstanding. Everyone loved their dishes (kabobs, calzones, pasta, the nightly special, Turkish wine...) - and the prices were very reasonable. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the food and wine and was very attentive. Oliva will be a new regular spot for us!

Thank egersten
Middleton, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I appreciate when a restaurant is consistently good like Oliva. I know when I order delicious dishes like The Imam Fainted, Chicken Parmesan or a Calzone that it will be awesome every time at Oliva. Oh, and the lentil soup is so yummy!

Thank KCCabc
madison, United States
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44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have now been here 4 times at different times of day with different people all with varying tastes! I've never had to wait too long for a table. The menu is diverse representing Mediterranean and Italian cultures. Food is wonderful and the service is great. The ambiance is warm and welcoming. Highly recommend. Prices very good.

Thank Tracy S
Madison, WI
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I've been to Oliva twice now and been very pleased both times. The staff is fantastic and the food is excellent. I've picked up calzones both times and they've been great both times. Next time I think I'll try the dine in experience.

Thank Nochmar5
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29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I read the whole menu and usually order the Vegetable Stew. It tastes so good every time! The red lentil soup with crusty bread would stand alone as a meal. They are knowledgeable about ingredients and suggested I change my dessert choice because of my nut allergy. Their salmon dinner entree is my son's favorite and it is also cooked... More 

Thank Pat F
Madison, WI
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

First, as you know, service can make or break a meal. Our server (Megan) was fabulous. Attentive, knowledgeable, and gracious. We enjoyed the food. We both liked the red lentil soup which had just a hint of spice and was not overly thick. The Turkish bread is fresh and tasty. My husband ordered the grilled salmon, a special. He said... More 

Thank Ithacalan
Black River Falls, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Very good food with many menu options. Friendly service. Clean. Not too expensive being an Italian restaurant. We were just dissapointed that they did not have Cannolis:(

Thank amandae149
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162 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

A very good selection of Turkish and Italian dishes which are well prepared. My wife's favorite is the Imam Fainted a vegetarian eggplant dish. Tonight I had the lamb special which we both thought was excellent. I always have the lentil soup which seemed particularly good tonight.

Thank VanVlietTraveler
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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80 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

This is my second visit at Oliva and it is the BEST Mediterranean Restaurant for sure! The freshly baked bread, the pastas, the hummus, the baba ghanoush, the rice the falafels, the salads, the Phirni! Great staff. Inspiring Chefs. Amazing ambience. Don't take my word for it! Visit it and you will surely come back for more like I did!

Thank SeemaTiwari
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Had a varied takeout order with some Mediterranean and some Italian items. Nothing was spectacular, nothing was terrible. It all fell into the gray area of "decent." For the items we had that were Mediterranean, I prefer The Nile. For the items that were Italian, it kind of fit in with that Villa Dolce tier of pasta, well below local... More 

Thank Stephen V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Turkish, Middle Eastern, Italian, Mediterranean, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 751 N High Point Rd, Madison, WI 53717-2237
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-831-7776

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?