Turkish, Italian and Greek... with a Twist
The Olive and Grape opened in September 2010. The co-owner, Paola Corsini, is third-generation Italian Levantine, born and raised in Izmir, Turkey. Paola's distinct culture is represented in the menu at The Olive and Grape. Each and every meal served is infused with the traditions of Turkish and Italian cuisine.
Our dishes reflect a lively repertoire of scratch-made meals designed to please any palate. Crafted with imported Turkish olive oils and fresh ingredients sourced from the Pacific Northwest, our menu caters to a wide range of tastes and dietary preferences, including those seeking vegetarian, vegan, kid-friendly, gluten-free and heart-healthy options. Sweet-tooths of all ages will delight in treats like our homemade baklava and locally made gelato.
Paola describes the food as her culture. Most of the recipes have been passed down within her family. Being Italian-Turk, and raised with Greek influence, her kitchen focuses on these three cultures. There are many common ingredients across these regions. We use these ingredients and take a few flavorful liberties with our dishes.
"For generations, my family has been finding the best recipes across cultures. Flavorful success often comes from combining these recipes to reinvent the best," Paola says.
Our baklava is a prime example. Paola explains, "I am using my mama's recipe. Greeks use honey and cinnamon in the syrup; Turks use only sugar. My mama found out that the best flavor is with sugar in a syrup with a little bit cinnamon in the nuts. That is why my Baklava is different and good."
Our most popular Turkish dishes are the Turkish Grill for Two and İskender Döner. Photos and detailed descriptions of all menu items can be found on our menu pages.
Whether you come in for your first Turkish Tea, or stop in for dinner midweek, you will leave with a smile on your face and an enthusiastic cry of "Opa!" on your lips.
Great hidden spot
Amazing food, the server was very attentive and answered all of our questions. The food was brought out quickly and sooo good. Quite place, great for a date. — Anonymous • November 2015 • OpenTable
The food was FABULOUS!!!
Thank you, thank you!! Everyone LOVED everything!! We've been to several catered home events, and ours by far, was the best!!! We look forward to working with you again, and absolutely seeing you at The Olive and the Grape!!" — Sharon, Mercer Island • August 2016
Fantastic Mediterranean and Turkish Food
Fantastic Mediterranean and Turkish Food - We love the food at Olive & Grape. I could make a meal of the flavorful mezes alone, but then I'd miss all the dinner specialties. I love the Turkish entrees as well as the grilled meats. The menu also has great vegetarian options. Overall, the service, food and fun atmosphere make this one of our favorite restaurants in Seattle. — D. Horn • October 2015 • OpenTable