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Olivers of Oakville--comments?

EarlyDrive Nov 6, 2009 08:18 AM

Has anyone been to this restaurant? What's it like?

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    ylsf RE: EarlyDrive Nov 6, 2009 08:26 AM

    I went once during their equivalent of "winterlicious". I found the restaurant to be too "formal" for my liking. I am younger and I found that they waiters gave me a bit of an attitude and I didn't feel welcomed (as opposed to Canoe or some place like that). The typical crowd there is probably older (i.e. old wealthy Oakville people). At the time I recall having duck two ways and didn't find it anything special (food quality or presentation). However, I know people that have gone there and really enjoyed it. I think they are known for serving game meat so if you are into that it is worth while checking out.

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      juliewong RE: EarlyDrive Nov 6, 2009 02:32 PM


      Olivers is actually one of my go to restaurants for a special occasion. True the average patron is "older" but I am late 30s and have no concerns with service and really enjoy their food. I have always had an excellent meal.

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        doctorandchef RE: juliewong Nov 7, 2009 07:08 AM

        Think "old school continental" cuisine with a pretty good wine list. Nothing particularly inventive, but decent food in my experience. yes they do have a good game meat selection.

        ya the average age is pushing 50's-60's, nothing wrong with that. waiters with a poor attitude will deserve the tip they get.

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          Kagemusha RE: doctorandchef Nov 7, 2009 12:42 PM

          Apart from the clientele, the place always seemed a bit embalmed--stuffy, heavy-ish "old school" that actually offered little of the comfort that approach can give. I went twice in the past year with small-ish groups who seemed on both week nights to tax the staff and kitchen. Fouled up drink orders and some iffy plating and presentation were some of the problems. Snarky wait staff didin't help, either. It's just Oakville. I didn't get the hauteur of the place relative to its shortcomings. Thankfully I didn't play host but the tab was steep for what the kitchen delivered. Maybe weekends are happier?

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            EarlyDrive RE: Kagemusha Nov 8, 2009 10:22 AM

            Tried it out this week-end. Your comments seem pretty accurate to me. I found it stuffy, overpriced, and the food was not great. I was at Splendido very recently and had signficantly less expensive food that was significantly better prepared. Also, in terms of game, there was a bison steak and a duck dish but those were the only two game entrees. Thanks for the comments.

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