The Olive & Oil franchise is well-established and loved by families across KwaZulu-Natal. One of those families is my own, and that’s one of the reasons why we pop in so often.

A little family history

Our first dinner date took place at Olive & Oil in Glenwood. It’s now six and a half years later and the restaurant chain is still a regular favourite for our family – we just pop in to the one closest to us more often. The Umhlanga branch of Olive & Oil is where you’ll find us, celebrating anniversaries, birthdays or anything really. And that’s what Olive & Oil was made for – to serve as a beautiful setting for many memory-making moments.


An assurance of excellence

People often mistakenly think that a franchise restaurant focuses on making money, and forgets about the little things. They’re wrong, and even more so when it comes to Olive & Oil. Every time we visit, I’m astounded by how the team set the bar when it comes to service, and we’ve never had a bad meal. We’ve never even had an average meal. Each time we visit, the food is exactly as we expect – excellent. The Olive & Oil service is always top notch when we visit, with the team finding that delicious balance we all want – attentive, but unobtrusive.


Something for everyone

Olive & Oil’s menu is rich in choice, with something for everyone to be found between those beautifully bound books. If I had my way, though, the team could just bring me tubs of the starter olives and I’d be more than happy to polish them off with a side plate of crispy focaccia. If you’re settling down for dinner, though, start with the Dalewood Fromage Camembert and then take your pick for mains. If you’re not in the mood to eat, you can hang out in the adjoining bar, or enjoy an easy cocktail on the balcony.

Branches of the olive tree

And if you’re not close to Umhlanga, you can visit Olive & Oil in Glenwood, Hillcrest and Pietermaritzburg. If you find yourself in Westville on a Sunday, pop in to O&O Cafe to enjoy the harvest table.


Olive & Oil

031 561 2618


Words: Cath Jenkin | Images: Shirley Berko

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