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Posted by Talia on 02/22/2007
We went here for valentines day. The small plates were tasty but average. The beef carpaccio and mam carpaccio were great. The drinks were tasty. Dinner was average tasting. The service was great we had a very nice waiter. Decor nice but tables close to each other. Not the best for valentines day.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/26/2007
Cool space, good desserts but the entrees and carpaccios were totally mediocre.
Posted by ArgentinaHereWeCome!! on 01/22/2007
Well, well, what can i say? The ambiance of the restaurant was very appealing- High ceilings, the walls are covered with terracotta plant pots holding fake olive plants- the bar has high shelving filled with bottles of vino/olive oil- Lets get to the most important part- FOOD- The entree's were the same size as the appetizers- Ordered the Lamb skewers- there were 4 measly peices of meat with literally 4 teaspoons of couscous just hanging out right next to it. Not to mention our perfectly perky waitress that couldnt understand we wanted water, and kept annoying us. Plus those free olive oil tasting? uch is all i gotta say. They tasted more like water, the dead sea tasted better.
Posted by Zzagat on 01/15/2007
I don't really understand the complaints from the other users.I have gone twice since they opened and enjoyed it a lot each time. The food was perfect and the size of the courses was correct. That's right, you are not served the 16oz of meat of the typical steakhouse place, but that's why it's called Mediterranean food. You eat like you are in Spain or South of France, and don't need to spend the following 2 hours running on a treadmill. I agree the service could be better but it looks like thay are still adjusting to the space. The decor is awesome, with high ceilings and lot of light. I believe FO is a great addition to the Meat Packing District where I was always ending at Pastis because of the lack of quality food, in a relaxed and inexpensive place. Long live to FO.
Posted by SFOGrrl on 01/09/2007
I went with three friends to Fig & Olive Downtown on a recent , empty Sunday night (8 pm - midnight). The atmosphere is stunning: photos on the Fig & Olive website are good approximations of its gorgeous interior. Another positive note was our server, and the service generally. Upbeat, helpful, charming, reactive ... But not intrusive. Delightful. And the coffee was delicious. But everything else ...? First of all, the years of two successive bottles of wine we ordered came to the table as different vintages. E.g. we ordered a 2003 pinot, and the 2004 came out. When we spotted the error, we sent it back (the server surmised that the wine list suffered from a typo). The actual 2003 pinot, it turns out, was not on their wine list. So we ordered a 2003 cab. Voila! 2004 was presented. Again, a typo on the wine list. What a coincidence! A third choice was taste-tested by the table (from their actual, real cellar). Were we being had? Maybe not, but in any light, this was a little tacky. Secondly, Fig & Olive serves skimpy, light-lunch portions at steakhouse dinner prices. And not in the artsy, nouveau cuisine way. In the cheap way. In the way you pay $10 for a sandwich from the deli during lunch, and feel a little cheated. The crustini measured 1" by 3", and were topped by standard ingredients that could have been had at Zabar's. Two, maybe three bites per crustino, at $3 apiece. The Spanish tasting plate included two slices of cheese (yes, I counted!) a small mound of whipped tuna topped by a single caperberry, six olive-buffet olives, a few pieces of roasted red pepper ... Portions on main dishes and desserts were similarly undersized, and the tastes nice but unmemorable. One chicken dish was undercooked. A $300 bill, and yet we felt gastronomically unfulfilled. If you're NOT hungry, dine at Fig & Olive. The ambiance is worth the price of admission -- but barely.
Posted by Kyla on 01/03/2007
Although the place was packed beyond belief, it was Thursday night, the staff was friendly and accommodating. The waiter was just a phenom, funny and tactful (we were a rowdy group). His recommendations were right on and all the food was great, the appetizers are especially rave worthy! So loved it and will recommend it all around for a hip, casual atmosphere with the added bonus of actually good food!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/03/2007
I ate here with friends on New Year's Eve. Our server was truly wonderful and offered a number of great suggestions. Standout dishes included the crostini (especially the eggplant caviar), the Fig Jamon Goat Cheese Carpaccio (mmm...), and the Jumbo Crabmeat & Ricotta Homemade Ravioli. Portions are just right (not too small or large). I would definitely go back!