Olio Restaurant & Bar

(860) 445-6546 | View Website

33 Kings Hwy, Groton, CT | Directions   06340

41.363018 -72.067429

Open Hours

Sun-Thu,11:30am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-4pm; Sunday, 4:30pm-9pm

 
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Olio Restaurant & Bar
Olio Restaurant & Bar
Olio Restaurant & Bar
Olio Restaurant & Bar
Menu
Apricot, Lump Crab, Crispy Flounder Soft Shell Tacos, Mussels Olio Style, Littleneck Clams and Chorizo Sausage, Stuffed Avocado, Grilled Sliced Hangar Steak Bruschetta, Crispy Blue Cornmeal Calamari, Smoked Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Oysters of The Day... more

Reviews for Olio Restaurant & Bar

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4.0
over a year ago

Friendly staff and a distinctive menu – Olio doesn't shoehorn easily into a pre-defined genre of cuisine. It's generally Italian with nods towards mexican, middle-eastern, seafood, and American (traditional) foods.

The Olio martini - a dirty martini with a Gorgonzola stuffed olive - is good, but it's a vodka martini. They'll happily serve gin, but the selection is pretty bland.

Their salads are huge. I asked them to make me a side salad version of their field greens, walnuts, mandarins, blue cheese and cranberries salad, and it was still huge. And served with a side of bread, to boot.

The ravioli with cream pesto sauce was good, but not great. I couldn't tell if it was fresh or frozen, but it was cooked a bit too long.

On the upside, the waitress brought three different taster glasses of wine to help narrow my selections. After immediately excluding the red zinfandel - it smelled like floor cleaner - I was left between their full-bodied new Chilean and a familiar dry Italian Chianti. The waitress was very helpful for making wine selections, which is a rarity.

Dessert was peach sorbet, served inside a frozen peach. If I didn't know these were also made this way (and probably imported) in Italy, I'd have been impressed. Espresso was mediocre, lacking a good crema but served with an odd little lemon rind.

The ambiance was romantic, but not overbearingly. The owners apparently thought tea lights would be a good thing for their restaurant, and there are lots of those around. The only artwork, such as it was, was individual panels each bearing a letter in the name of the restaurant.

 

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