O’liva – Taking a Culinary Step Back to Move Forward

Monday 10th, August 2015 / 13:24 Written by
O’liva – Taking a Culinary Step Back to Move Forward

Embracing the Past for a Healthier You & Community




O’liva, a new restaurant in San Antonio’s historic downtown Plaza de Armas, is bringing fresh, locally sourced, healthy cuisine to downtown. The brain-child of local Chef Chuck Hernandez, this eatery’s mission is to help people embrace healthy eating by taking them back a step.


In a society where people are accustomed to shopping at large grocery chains, they usually aren’t aware of where their foods come from. We support farmers from South America because we want grapes or melons all year, instead of supporting local farmers and buying foods when they are in season locally. There is a whole generation of people who have never grown a vegetable, much less picked them. But the times they are a changing, as witnessed in an increase of local farmers markets springing up everywhere.

There is also a increase in restaurants featuring farm-to-table, locally sourced cuisine. O’liva is one such restaurant. But O’liva is more than just locally-sourced, organic ingredients.

O’liva is:

  • A tasting room where you can come in any time and sample Salud de Paloma exceptional Texas cold-pressed extra virgin olive oils from Drippings Springs, TX.
  • Wine Flights of some of Texas’ best wines every evening, Monday – Friday from 5:30 – 7:00pm.
  • Retail space & boutique where any number of exciting Texas products can be purchased for gifts or simply for delicious enjoyment.
  • Mercado O’liva, a monthly open air market & farmer’s market downtown. See locations, days & times here.
  • Gourmet CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) an investment in your health and your local farmers.
  • Fresh food any way you want it; dine-in, take out or catered.

Chris Cook is the executive chef of this farm-to-table restaurant and under his watchful eye, everything seemed to be going along without a hitch at this soft-opening. Salads, meats and dips were presented beautifully and everything was flavorful beyond belief. I tried as much as I could and loved everything I tried. And even though the place was packed to standing room only, everything seemed to just flow smoothly. The contemporary modern interior in this historic old building just seems to fit O’liva perfectly. Past and present meet in perfect harmony!

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O’liva is housed in a historic part of downtown which was once a military training ground, Plaza de Armas and it sits right next door to the historic Governor’s Palace. In fact, O’liva hosted a pop-up dinner on the patio of the Governor’s Palace in June. But even though O’liva is clothed in history, Chef Hernandez is ready to move forward and create a new future for this downtown space.

O’liva opens to the public Aug 12. Stop in, enjoy a tasting of olive oil, have a wine flight and savor in the wonderful cuisine that is O’liva, like the Buckwheat Hotcakes with ginger & agave berry compote for breakfast, the Organic Pot Pies – Chicken with wild rice for lunch or the Local Grilled Achiote Chicken, currants and grains, squash, au jus for dinner. And save just a little room for Olive Oil ice cream or Peach Shortbread with blueberry sauce.

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For information visit www.olivasa.com. Follow them on Facebook.

**Full Disclosure: I attended a soft-opening preview in exchange for my review.  All opinions are mine.


115 Plaza De Armas #107, San Antonio


(210) 229-2638

Monday – Thursday: 7 am to 9 pm
Friday: 7 am to 10 pm
Saturday: 8 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 2 pm; brunch 10:30 am – 2 pm


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