Food. Friends. Family.


Welcome To Olives


For several generations, the name Massad has been synonymous with culinary excellence–both in the Bekka Valley of Lebanon and in Mankato, Minnesota. With over 40 years in the food business, John Massad continues to be a master at his craft. As a young boy he decided to take over his family businesses in Lebanon and has never looked back. In 1971, John married Najwa and they had two daughters, Meray and Karla. Together John and Najwa have etched themselves in the fabric of Mankato’s culinary culture with Olives, Massad’s Grille, and Najwas Catering.

“We take great pride in what we do, especially when it comes to our food.” – The Massad Family

Mediterranean & American Cooking


Our entrees draw on classical Mediterranean and American cooking techniques with a lighter modern approach to the culinary arts.

People Are Talking

“Best Restaurant in Mankato”

“Every time, we’ve had delicious food, great service, and a relaxed atmosphere. I would highly recommend Olives!”

“Fabulous food & flawless service”

Great food, great service. Everything that we order is always excellent. “

“Best Food in Mankato”

I went to Olive’s with a friend and was amazed at the quality, presentation, and taste of the food (the lamb is amazing).

Delicious Food Attentive Service

I have been a guest at Olives on a number of occasions and feel compelled to let others know about this gem in greater Minnesota.

Breakfast Buffet

An Array of Fresh Fruits, Yogurt and Cereal, Breads, Pastries, Make Your Own Belgium Waffle, Hearty Oatmeal, Bacon, Sausage, Hashbrowns, Juice, Milk and Coffee. 

Mon - Fri 6:30am - 10:30am
Sat 7am - 10:30am
Sun 7am - 1pm 

Lunch Buffet

An assortmentan of many salads and artisan sandwiches (including the schwarma), hummus, baba ganoush, meats and cheese, assorted breads and olives, and a cup of soup de jour.

Mon-Sat 11:30am - 1:30pm

The Massad Group

The Massad family restaurants including Olives, Najwa’s Catering, and Massad’s Grille in Mankato Minnesota.

Delicious Entrees created by executive chef John Massad, a full bar, and unique atmosphere make Olives Mankato’s best fine dining experience.

In over 20 years of catering Najwa’s Catering has delighted thousands of clients in the Greater Mankato Area.

With the unique combination of healthy, high-quality food and affordable prices, Massad’s continues to etch itself in the culture.

Hours of Operation

6:30am – 9:00pm

7:00am – 9:00pm

7:00am – 8:00pm

BREAKFAST (Regular Menu & Buffet)

Mon-Fri 6:30am -10:30am
Sat 7am-10:30am
Sun 7am-1pm 


Mon-Sun 11am-4pm


Mon-Sat 4pm-9pm
Sun 4pm-8pm


Mon-Sat 11:30am-1:30pm

Drop Us a Line

Don’t be shy. Let us know if you have questions!

(507) 386-1001

Twenty Civic Center Plaza,
Mankato, MN 56001

Olives is located on the first floor of the Mankato Hilton Garden Inn and directly accross Hickory St. from the Verizon Wireless Center.

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