Drunk Brunch: The Olive Tree

Written by on September 9, 2015 in Bars - 1 Comment

Back in 2009, The Olive Tree was one of the first restaurants I ever visited in Columbus. That’s back when I was a part of a defunct Twitter food review experiment called “Tastecasting,” back when I blogged about restaurants on the also-now-obsolete and rather-ambitiously-titled blog “Greatest City of All,” and back when I wasn’t actually old enough to drink alcohol – though admittedly that didn’t stop me much. I hadn’t been back to the Hilliard restaurant in the six years since, but when I came across their Sunday brunch I knew now was the time for a return visit – and an adult beverage.

There are no specialty brunch cocktails offered for this drunk brunch, but they do serve up Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers for only $5 a pop. The Olive Tree also has imported beers from Israel, Lebanon, Greecy, Italy and Spain, as well as a few wines from the same regions.


If you’re bored with bacon and over over-easy eggs, The Olive Tree’s authentic Mediterranean dishes are just the switch-up your breakfast belly is begging for. From Israel and North Africa for Classic Shakshuka – poached eggs in seasoned tomato sauce with bell peppers; to Morocco, for Shakshuka with spicy beef sausage; and to Greece, for spinach, tomatoe, onion, olive and feta omelette. I settled on the Bureka, a flakey puff pastry filled with feta and parmesan cheeses, served with a hard-baked egg and fresh, juicy Israeli salad on the side, adding the optional upcharged avocado.

Olive Tree Brunch

For dessert, a rich slice of tiramisu and a serving of Turkish coffee. If you’ve never tried Turkish coffee, it’s a roasty, finely-ground coffee typically served sweetened with the perfect kick to accompany a sweet treat.

olive tree dessert

The Olive Tree is located at 3185 Hilliard-Rome Rd in the Hilliard. Brunch is served Sundays from 11am–2pm.

Read about other Drunk Brunch spots in Columbus

About the Author

Cheryl Harrison. Editor of Drink Up Columbus. Geek of the craft beer/board game/sci-fi varieties. Fan of patios.

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