Four Olives in Long Beach?
Living in the area, I always pass this place, on Atlantic, on the way to/from errands. Judging from the decor and location, it seems to not be the place to hop in and grab a quick bite - of course I could be wrong (gasp!).
Just wondring if anyone's been there and has any views of the place.
We've tried this place for lunch and were in and out in under an hour. The food's good, a step up from EJ Malloy's and other lunch options on Atlantic Ave. Definitely give it a try for lunch. Dinner's quite a bit more spendy.
I stopped by and tried their caramel apple french toast (french toast with slices of green apple and a bit of caramel sauce). I'm not much of a french toast eater, but I was really suprised at how just simple slices of green apple transformed the dish!
Service was prompt and friendly and it wasn't expensive IIRC. They've piqued my interest and I will go back again and try a few other things.
I live in the Cal Heights neighborhood where 4 Olives is located, and I've eaten there about five time over the last year. I had a really delicious warm goat cheese salad the first time...followed by four wholly unexceptional meals at subsequent visits. I *want* to like this place, but I find the food pricey for what you get, and sort of sloppy and not all it's hyped up to be. The service irritates me as well - the servers are too casual and "dudey" for the sort of place it's trying to be. Killing it off for good was when I inquired about a tray of lasagna for a holiday party I was throwing...a tray feeding about 20 some people - and was quoted $200-+. I'm sorry. The management are full of themselves.
For a better experience, try Christy's in Belmont Heights. They do the same thing, but well.