We had dinner at Olivar for the first time on Jan. 3rd, and we were blown away by the quality and value of the food. It's simply superb!! I had heard good things, and we were not disappointed. The menu has some unique items and all dishes we tried were perfectly prepared. A word of caution.... the ""small"" plates are actually very generous, so 4 plates was more than enough for 2 of us. The scallops were perfectly cooked (4 huge scallops for $15!), with not a grain of sand. The gnocchi were like little pillows, crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside....tossed with cauliflower and truffle oil... yum. One of the specials was Skate in a lobster butter sauce... very delicate, and an entree size serving for only $14. Definitely save room for dessert... the panna cotta was the best we've had since we visited Italy. The service was friendly and efficient, and the ambience is tough to beat... the history of the restaurant has been preserved with original Russian murals on the walls, and charming decor. This restaurant is worthy of the ""buzz"" we've heard in the foodie circle, and we'll definitely return soon!
Pros: Outstanding, unique food; Great value