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Olive or Twist Restaurant and Bar
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Today 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
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81 Broadway Asheville, NC 28801
81 BroadwayUSNorth CarolinaAsheville28801
(828) 254-0555oliveortwist.net
Restaurant, Steak House
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Steak House
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Today 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
Monday 10:30 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 11:30 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 11:30 pmThursday 11:30 am – 11:30 pmFriday 11:30 am – 12:00 amSaturday 11:30 am – 12:00 amSunday 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
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Casual eatery with small plates & steakhouse fare, plus a bar focusing on martinis & craft beers.- Google
"The food was tasty but my ribeye was very fatty."
"4. Had to chase down our wait staff - even when we wanted to pay the bill."
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Madison Grindstaff
2 months ago
The bar is a wreck and the bar staff is less than courteous. They spent most of the time we were there arguing with each other and complaining about the other members of the bar and wait staff when they weren't arguing. The atmosphere it created was visibly tense. We also witnessed a waiter come behind the bar and deposit a small sample of a drink he was picking up in his mouth with a stir straw, he then placed placed the straw back in the glass and took it to the table he was serving... We were perpetually ignored and decided not to prolong our stay despite enjoying the live band. I had had a previous experience at this location two years ago that was nothing but positive and had looked forward to introducing my new fiance to this bar. Needless to say we both left disappointed. I have worked in more than 5 high volume bars in my life and have never seen anything quite so disorderly. This place is prime real estate and it really has a lot going for it... What it needs is someone to come in and organize not only the staff but the bar area itself.
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Doc Sub
9 months ago
Went here to hear some live music. It was an experience. The atmosphere is classy. No dress code. Is suggest jeans and a nice shirt or polo. The food was really good. We had fried green tomatoes, shrimp, and chicken quesadillas. We had peach cobbler for dessert. 3 glasses of wine. $58.00. Service was great. Good date place when the live music isn't loud.
mark thouin
2 years ago
Me and the wife went there for the first tme on 10.25.12. There were only a few tables in the dining room which made me leary to say the least, however that's where it all began. The immediante greet at the door the above average service and excellent food was much more then expected. The shrimp scampi raioli was very good the fried chciken possible the best Iv'e evey had. Overall a great Affordable romantic place for a dinner. It's a MUST!!!
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Serg Kot
a year ago
Came with my husband to have a nice birthday dinner. We sat and waited for 40 mins until our meals came. There was absolutely no salt added and the pasta was over cooked. The food is no good!!
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Lacy Hagan
5 months ago
I have been to Olive or Twist many times, mostly for dancing. The music is always good and it's a nice place to do a little dancing. Good floor and rarely too crowded to enjoy dancing. I would characterize it as the place the "locals" go. I've eaten there several times and always find the food to be very good. Last night I had their wonderful crab cakes with a scrumptious curry sauce. It was marvelous and I will go back just for them!
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MariaBen Lane
11 months ago
We went here even though other reviews were "luke warm". We travel a great deal and spend a lot of time looking for unique and hopefully locally owned restaurants. Enter the Olive or Twist. The atmosphere and ambience was exactly what we wanted, the menu was solid and the location great. The service was some of the worst we've had. And these are only the highlights: 1. My rib eye was done medium rare, my spouse's filet medium. Exactly the opposite of what we'd asked. 2. Our dinner salads arrived AFTER the entree. 3. My wife's vegetable medley arrived 3/4 the way through her entree. Seems the wait staff had confused here vegetable. 4. Had to chase down our wait staff - even when we wanted to pay the bill. The food was tasty but my ribeye was very fatty. The music was GREAT. Very talented musicians with a terrific sound. I asked to see the manager. He arrived, apologized profusely and offered to comp the meal or part of it. My wife and I wanted a nice evening out and refused to let a poor meal and poor service ruin our enjoyment of the music. We paid the entire bill full up (before gratuity $100+) - except for a comped Crème brûlée. This allows us to legitimately complain. ----Our suggestion, eat somewhere else then go have a cocktail and listen to some very good jazz.
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John Haynes
3 years ago
We loved the atmosphere, good martinis and good food until my girlfriend FOUND A PIECE OF METAL IN OUR FOOD (most of a staple). We told our server but THE MANAGER LEFT THAT ITEM ON OUR BILL!!! We would have been back if they had a shred of customer service but I guess these two locals will spend our money elsewhere.
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Jake Crouch
6 years ago
It is nice to have a place in Asheville that provides a great beer selection and a great atmosphere. I like the open layout and the lounge areas. The food is great and reasonably priced, especially compared to other restaurants downtown on the same scale. I will definitely be a repeat customer.

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