Olive Italian in Sheffield ranks as one of UK’s top 15 independent restaurants

A family-run Italian restaurant in South Yorkshire has been named one of the UK’s best independent eateries.

Olive, in Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, has secured a place on the top 15 under-the-radar dining spots by retailer Coffee Friend.

Titled ‘Best Independent Restaurants in the UK You’ve Probably Never Heard Of’, the list used Tripadvisor reviews to source its picks, steering clear of big franchises and already popular household names.

And with its 88 per cent ‘Excellent’ rating and zero ‘Terrible’ reviews, it’s easy to see why Olive was included on the list.

Specialising in Italian, Moroccan and Mediterranean dishes, Olive was set up by brothers Rachid and Abdellatif Nabili, who were born in Casablanca, Morocco, but have 40 years of experience cooking across North Italy and the UK – and manager Freya Macdonald.

Olive, on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield
Olive, on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield
(Image: Olive, Sheffield)

The menu includes starter options such as crispy calamari and harissa jam, Moroccan lamb meatballs and oven-baked Taleggio with homemade focaccia.

For mains, there’s pasta options such as king prawn and wild mushroom Tagliatelle or zucchini penne with aubergine, courgette and fior di latte mozzarella, as well as offerings like beef fillet, champagne chicken with crab meat, and pan-fried sea bass.

As for dessert, there’s classic or ‘white’ tiramisu on offer, plus lavender and vanilla creme brulee, sorbet and more.

The restaurant, which boasts ‘282 ‘Excellent’ reviews, is especially popular with those who live in or near to the Greystones area.

One recent reviewer commented: “Gorgeous food, great atmosphere and lovely, fast and friendly service.

“Highly recommend to any food lover!”

A second person said: “Excellent food well cooked and good portion size.

Olive, on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield
Olive, on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield
(Image: Tripadvisor)

“If you’re limiting how often you eat out or are just emerging from lockdown, give a local, family owned independent a much needed boost.”

A third user, who described it as “small, intimate restaurant, in a converted Victorian terrace” also praised the menu and service.

They wrote: “Small but perfectly formed menu of Moroccan and Italian dishes.

“Service excellent – attentive but not OTT.”

“Wouldn’t hesitate going back again.”

A spokesperson for Olive told 2Chill : “As a family-run independent business we work really hard to keep our standards high so that each and every guest enjoys their visit.

“So, it’s really rewarding to have that hard work pay off and be recognised as one of the best”

Olive, on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield
Olive, on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield
(Image: Tripadvisor)

According to Coffee Friend, the team looked at the number of ‘Excellent’ and ‘Terrible’ ratings, as well as overall comments, when deciding the list.

A statement on the website reads: “Good food is easy to come by these days with so many options available, but great food is sometimes a little harder to find.

“Each establishment on the list is a 5/5 rated restaurant on the platform and has its own unique atmosphere.”

Coffee Friend CEO Aurimas Vainauskas also added: “We know the UK is a nation of foodies and that there is no better feeling than finding a local eatery to have a really quality whole-hearted meal – particularly away from the crowds and the big franchises that now dominate the high streets.

Olive, on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield
Olive, on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield

“We have picked out some of the highest-rated independent restaurants up and down the country from Nepalese feasts to terrific Tapas going by what the people on the street have said about these fantastic establishments.

“With the world now on the brink of normality again following a tough time for restaurants and the hospitality industry as a whole, we hope people will return to their old lives and begin to embrace the great food and drink on our local high streets once again.”

Two other Yorkshire spots also featured on the list – contemporary British wine bar Pride and Provenance in Halifax, West Yorks, as well as Harrogate’s Saranda, a Greek, Albanian and Mediterranean bar and grill in North Yorkshire.

See the full list from Coffee Friend here.

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