OLiV Tapas Bar & Restaurant at Strewn Winery

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Contemporary Canadian
Situated on scenic Lakeshore Road, OLiV Tasting Room & Restaurant at Strewn Winery offers a wonderful range of tapas, entrees & house-made desserts, paired perfectly with Strewn wines.

Our Chefs combine the rich flavours of OLiV’s Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO) and True Balsamic Vinegars with fresh foods to create a tantalizing culinary experience unlike any other!

Let our flavour specialists guide you through a tasting of our EVOO’s and Balsamic’s. Our products will tantalize your taste buds and inspire you to get creative in the kitchen, in a fun and simple way. Learn about the origins of each product and how to use these products everyday to enhance your healthy lifestyle.


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Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Poor service and food was mediocre and over priced.

I was very disappointed.

PG
New England
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

The wine list and spirits menu were very limited....didn’t have Tanqueray gin for example. Every specialty drink and most meals including desert have balsamic vinegar in it. Don’t get me wrong they clearly have great olive oil and vinegar, but when in all of your courses it’s overwhelming. The food was ok, but was disappointed that the ‘Veggie Lasagna” has no pasta in it. It was pretty much a stack of undercooked vegetables. It was not enough food without some lasagna noodles, and it was very bland tasting.

K
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was delicious and came out fast and tasted so fresh. It was nice to have bread and olive oil and Islamic oil come out just before our meal. The service was excellent. The windows look out to an outdoor patio (which looks lovely) and some green space. The ambient could have been nicer, but maybe it is different during the daytime. Only other issue was they are known for their oils and its one of reasons we went but there was no offer or encouragement to go over and taste the oils even after we asked.

CS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went out for our anniversary dinner, and absolutely LOVED it. From the service, to the quality of the food - it was a spectacular experience.

Neither my boyfriend or I eat bread, so instead of bringing us over bread and oils, the server brought us over a vegetable spread with rice crackers. We both thought that was a nice touch.

As for the dinner; my boyfriend had the salmon and I had the chicken. We were both satisfied, and so pleased with the quality of both our meals.

I would absolutely recommend OLiV to a friend (really, to anyone)!

DB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for lunch with a group of five - I have nothing but good things to say about every aspect of this meal from the time that we arrived to the time we left. The food was amazing and the service was great. The food was not inexpensive but the quality and presentation was outstanding. Truly a meal to remember. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone without hesitation. We will be back!

S
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We drove from our hotel at Niagara on the Lake to Strewn Winery for dinner for four. We shared several tapas--smoked salmon, smokey tomato, foie and riz (fois gras and risotto), and two orders each of lambpops (baby lamb chops) and carnitas. Then shared just one dessert as we were full.

The restaurant was not crowded (Monday night) and our waiter was fun and helpful.

We were glad we made the short drive as the dinner and the winery were lovely!

CB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

very nice winery restaurant; beautiful patio overlooking a creek ravine; service was excellent as was the food!

j
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding food and service. Very willing to accommodate a Gluten free diet and other allergies. Service was spot on even on a busy night. Food offerings were creative and delicious .
The only negative is the noise level. As with many modern and open designed restaurants there is little to keep sound from bouncing around the space.

RB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Only place that offered Tapis in the area, good menu, Strewn wine was very good. The server was attentive. Very satisfied.

A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The tableware likes, the knife , fork and spoon are very poor quality. It is not match with the class of this expensive restaurant.

Allen

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice restaurant and will definitely visit again

PC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was served made from fresh ingredients, the choices were plentiful.
We enjoyed some soup, some pasta and sandwiches.
Our server was knowledgeable and helpful.
We also enjoyed eating our lunch outdoors on their patio.

D
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had mixed feelings about our lunch there. The appetizer was excellent - a sort of seafood bruschetta, but the soup of the day, a sort of clear tomato consommé with bocconcini balls was too watery, with very little flavour. My main course was fettuccine with lobster (generous helping) with asparagus in a creamy sauce. Unfortunately, like the soup, the sauce lacked flavour/spice, which resulted in my having to add probably three tablespoons of Parmesan to give it some. The Opera cake we ordered for dessert was likewise pretty tasteless.

DW
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice service. Our waiter was very helpful with suggestions. Food was very good.

RM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing! Our group shared the Antipasto board, we selected 4 tapas plates, we all had the soup of the day - delicious and rich. The four of us were so full but still found room for a couple bites each of the cheesecake with strawberry salsa. Overall, we truly enjoyed a delightful and delicious experience with excellent service from our waiter, Peter.

CT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Unfortunately, we were not impressed with this restaurant. We went the tapas route and ordered four plates to share between two, which is what the waitress recommended. The tomato tapa was basically a wedged tomato with a ranch type dressing and bacon. Tasted like a BLT but way overpriced for what it was. The veal with crab meat was so salty we both had a hard time even eating it and I like salty foods. The seafood trio was so skimpy it included one scallop a small lobster claw and pieces of minced up shrimp that probably totaled less than one decent cocktail shrimp. The shrimp toast was dry and wouldn't have guessed shrimp if it wasn't spelled out on the menu. Besides the underwhelming food, the food was so slow to come out that we were there for over two hours for two rounds of small plates. The waitress was very friendly as was the hostess and I feel badly about a poor review because everyone was so nice but that is what the purpose of reviews are all about.

MJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

First time at this restaurant - nice location, great food. I had to give 3 stars for service because our main entre took a long time to arrive - but it was worth waiting for and our waiter was great - kept checking in and apologizing for wait. I would definitely go again!

M
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Booked this for our anniversary. Food was delicious and service was great! Had the Mediterranean salad which was amazing and 2 tapas dishes. Prices were very fair for both food and drinks. Had 5pm reservation and we were the only ones there. It filled up quickly and a table of 8 were seated close to us so it got quite noisy. All in all will definitely go back. Loved the view outside too!

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fantastic experience at Oliv. Our party ordered salad, tapas entrees and each one was better then the next. Our reservation was late at 8:45 p.m. but the food was cooked, presented and served like it was the first meal of the night!! Oh yes, Peter, our waiter, was super - friendly, funny, attentive and knowledgeable!! A pure delight!!

d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

The food was just okay. Two baby lamb ribs for $20 seems a bit steep though they were very good. The antipasto platter was a bit disappointing particularly the cheeses which were fairly ordinary. I guess the point is there are far more interesting restaurants nearby with mor compelling atmosphere and food

P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It started to rain shortly after we arrived but our server let us stay on the patio, under an umbrella, which was very pleasant. The service was excellent as was the food. Also appreciated the fact that there were several vegetarian items on the menu. Very enjoyable evening.

OT
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was great but the wines barely tolerable.

PL
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and of course wine
Friendly attentive service
I'm vegetarian and the restaurant was very happy to adapt dishes to my diet
Well Done!

S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was excellent. The food was fantastic and the ambience was perfect. I would highly recommend OLiV!

SH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our waiter, Peter, was outstanding! He was very attentive and friendly! He recommended a wine that we really liked, and we went back the next day to purchase a couple bottles of that wine at the winery. The food was excellent! We will go back to OLiV the next time we visit Niagara-on-the-Lake!

BL
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This lovely hideaway offers olive oil tastings. And features different olive oil and balsamic vinegars in their food prep. Service is excellent and each meal was very good.

B
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delightful dining experience outside in the patio overlooking the rose garden.
Chef cooked a delicious meal for us, server, Pete, suggested a wine which was a perfect compliment. Strewn is a must-do location for dining inside or outside.

S
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the tapas, gnocchi and the artisanal (gluten-free) pizza. All were so delicious. Service was excellent. We love this restaurant and will definitely return.

CB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

"One of the best charcuterie boards I've eaten in Niagara-on-the-Lake for value, portions, satisfying and taste! We had late lunch on the sunny patio overlooking the vineyard and stream. Started with the best martini "OLiVTINIS" CRANBERRY MARTINI made with OLiV Cranberry Pear Balsamic and my new addiction BALSAMIC BLAST soda water with strawberry peach balsamic. We shared the outstanding ANTIPASTO plate Smoked Meats, Salami, Cheeses, Hummus (was ahhmazing), Artichokes, Chutney and the savory House-Made Bread with EVOO & balsamic (delicious) and sampled 3-3oz. glasses of the red wines. Truly relaxing enjoyable afternoon."

JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Our server advised us that the tapas were a great option to share and try different menu items. We were a table of 4 including two 200lb men. When the food arrived it was tiny appetizers that we ate in 5 minutes. Her recommendation was no helpful and we were left hungry. We ordered pizza on the way home. We won’t be returning nor will we recommend this place to other people. It would have been nice for our server to recommend meals that would actually fill us not appetizers that were glorified salads with way too much balsamic.

SD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We enjoyed our meal but the food was only so so

JC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came for Friday lunch right before the Saturday long weekend wave, thus review is based on non rush time. We came as bigger group than whats booked on Opentable and they were able to arrange a bigger table for us. The person at the wine shop was kind and nice, I felt a warming environment and comfortable to try out. The food from the restaurant taste wonderful, for the quality you cant match the price to Toronto. You can also take a look at the grape field outside the building. The only thing we didnt try is a wine tour.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great restaurant
Awesome staff

PR
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I chose Oliv for lunch because of good reviews on TripAdvisor and because it was a more moderately priced of the winery restaurants. The food was good, but the overall experience was very average. The interior was very bland, the view from the windows backyardish, the small outdoor patio had cheap iron mesh tables, you get it, nothing to write home about. I expected something more imaginative from a good winery. I guess you do get what you pay for..

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The food was creative a d very nicely done. We stuck with the tapas. Drinks were strange since they all included olive oil or balsamic vinegar made on premises.

S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We waited over an hour for our food (i mean the first course of salad and soup!!) Then another 30 min for our main.

SJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

New menu is interesting but Oliv has become somewhat pricey and the service was a bit slow. Still one of the better restaurants in Niagara on the Lake because most of the restaurants here are over priced with mediocre food. Shame really!

OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All was great. But it sounds like the cod went above and beyond. The girls can’t stop talking about it.

A
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely outdoor dining experience. Enjoyed watching chef pick herbs and flowers for meals.

MB
Toronto
39 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A great spot for any pre-theatre meal. The food and service are consistently excellent.

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