Judging New Diners – Olivia’s

1120 19th Street, NW

Olivia’s opened up in July in the former G Street Food space just south of Dupont. Their website sounds awesome:

“Two dudes. Best friends. Sitting beachside 22 years ago with a dream of opening a diner together. Name of the restaurant was easy to pick since it’s the daughter and God-daughter of these two dudes. Olivia.

We have absolutely no idea what we are doing. But here we are. And we have found our love and passion…food and more food! Finding fresh and local produce & meat and turning into a culinary masterpiece is what we do. Creating home made dishes with simple ingredients. Nothing fancy, nothing foo-foo…just delicious food.


You can see their menus here.

Anyone check them out yet?

And the inside looks pretty sweet too:

olivia inside
via Olivia’s Facebook page

10 Comment

  • A diner with martini glasses lined up is my kind of diner.

  • I’m confused by their founding story since the host at Olivia’s told us one of the guys who opened it was the Pete’s Pizza guy. So they definitely know what they are doing. I had breakfast there, pretty good.

  • right next to my office but haven’t checked it out yet! would love to know how it is.

  • Me and my buddy eat here about once a week. It’s great food and the price is cheap. They have a great brunch with unlimited pancakes for $10, unlimited mimosas and bloody marys for $14. Also a really good happy hour from 3-8 that I think is half off burgers and beer. It’s not very busy but I think once people try it they will want to come back.

  • This place has excellent food. I have eaten there several times and I’ve been there with friends for happy hour. I can’t say enough good things about Olivia’s. The service is friendly and fast, they use as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, and the prices are reasonable. Definitely check this place out if you haven’t been there yet.

  • General Grant Circle

    I am a big fan of Olivias. The servers and bartender, Jim, were extremely friendly. The food is delicious and is reasonably priced (which, given where it is downtown, is actually EXCELLENTLY priced)
    Best part is the happy hour:
    50% off wine, rail liquor, draft AND bottled beer until 9 all weekday long.
    Great draft selection with quite a few local brews.
    I strongly suggest it!

  • Egad

    I’ve been meaning to stop by and check this place out. You’ve all convinced me to do so sooner rather than later. Thanks for the reviews, everyone!

  • Yes! Their burgers are amazing (and humanely-raised meat, which sold me). Pancakes are fantastic, and the happy hour is hard to beat. Definitely check it out.

  • impressions: one of the best burgers in the city. They season the beef then pan-sear it so that there’s a crispness to the outside, while it’s done exactly to your order (rare, medium rare, etc.) (PS – also really loving the burgers at Airedale on upper 14th in Columbia Heights, former Mad Momos space; and liking the burgers at Slash Run – fun combos, with perhaps less of an emphasis on the art of the beef patty. All-time wolf it down in minutes favorite remains Petworth Citizen, which puts some kind of spastically magic sauce on their burgers; sofa king good. Olivia’s might be about on the same level, though).
    Excellent fried chicken, particularly because it’s not overly salted. You add just as much salt as you want. Your choice.
    Pancakes are amazing.
    Staff is pretty much great across the board.
    Like this place a lot. One of the best new additions to downtown. Wish I worked down there so I could become a regular at happy hour. As it is, I mostly go on weekends when parking is a little bit easier.

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