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About Olive Thyme

Just like its owners, Olive Thyme Turkish Cuisine on Sandgate Road in Albion is where Turkish tradition meets modern inspiration. Nestled in a beautiful heritage-listed 1920s building, this restaurant has a warm, welcoming ambience of polished wood floors, intimate table settings clothed in white linen and walls adorned with colourful china plates. In true Turkish style, a centrepiece counter displays tempting entrée platters and desserts so guests can take a peek before ordering mezze plates like white anchovies, Turkish bread, red onion and parsley. Perhaps opt for dishes of spiced lamb meatballs, sumac onion, parsley and cucumber with yoghurt and pilav, or Fremantle octopus, tahini bean purée, daikon, olives and activated walnuts; before indulging in desserts like vanilla bean gelato.

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Location & Map

293 Sandgate Road, Albion 4010 QLD - See Map

Opening Hours

Mon  Closed
Tue  11:30:AM - 2:30:PM
Tue  5:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Wed  11:30:AM - 2:30:PM
Wed  5:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Thu  11:30:AM - 2:30:PM
Thu  5:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Fri  11:30:AM - 2:30:PM
Fri  5:30:PM - 9:00:PM
Sat  11:30:AM - 2:30:PM
Sat  5:00:PM - 9:00:PM
Sun  11:30:AM - 2:30:PM
Sun  5:00:PM - 9:00:PM

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Member Reviews (67)


A Must Try
Went for my birthday and could not have picked a better restaurant. The food was simply amazing. One of the best dining experiences I have ever had in Brisbane. Will be back.


Exceptional New Year's Celebration at Olive Thyme!
Stepping into 2024 at Olive Thyme was an absolute delight! Chef Yalcin orchestrated a culinary masterpiece, flawlessly serving a diverse crowd with an array of delectable dishes that left everyone in awe.
The live music added a perfect rhythm to the evening, blending traditional Turkish melodies with contemporary beats. It created an energetic and lively ambiance that resonated with the diverse group of celebrants.
Olive Thyme's food was nothing short of extraordinary. Chef Yalcin's creations were a symphony of flavors, each dish reflecting his culinary expertise and passion. Serving a large number of people simultaneously didn't compromise the quality; instead, it showcased the kitchen's efficiency and commitment to excellence.
The New Year's Eve special menu was a gastronomic journey through Turkey, featuring both familiar favorites and innovative seasonal additions. Every bite was a testament to Chef Yalcin's dedication to delivering an exceptional dining experience.
Beyond the culinary delights, the hospitality at Olive Thyme was outstanding it was a night filled with warmth and celebration.
For those in search of an authentic Turkish culinary experience paired with an inviting atmosphere, Olive Thyme is the go-to destination. This New Year's celebration, orchestrated by Chef Yalcin, was truly remarkable, and I eagerly anticipate the culinary wonders that await at Olive Thyme in the future. Highly recommended!


A Dazzling New Year's Eve Celebration at Olive Thyme
As 2023 came to a close, I had the incredible fortune of celebrating New Year's Eve at Olive Thyme, and it was nothing short of spectacular! The star of the evening was undoubtedly Sibel, who hosted the event with a warmth and charm that made everyone feel like family.
The live music was the soul of the party, infusing traditional Turkish melodies with a modern twist that kept our spirits high and our feet tapping. The atmosphere was electric, with a blend of locals and visitors alike, all united in celebration.
The food, as always, was a culinary journey. From succulent kebabs to delicate baklava, each dish was a testament to the authentic flavors of Turkey. The special New Year’s Eve menu featured some seasonal specials that were absolutely delightful.
But it was the warmth of the hospitality that truly set the night apart. Sibel and her team at Olive Thyme went above and beyond to ensure everyone had a memorable evening. Their attention to detail, from the decor to the seamless service, made us feel truly special.
If you're looking for an authentic Turkish experience with a side of unforgettable memories, Olive Thyme is the place to be. This New Year’s Eve celebration was one for the books, and I can’t wait to see what Olive Thyme has in store for the next one! Highly recommended!


Can’t think of anything else to say other than beautiful food, beautiful, friendly service
Absolutely amazing
Thank you Olive Thyme
You made my night


Second visit as good as the first. Can’t speak highly enough of this restaurant from ambience to service, it’s amazing food and impressive wine list. Thanks again Olive Thyme, we will be returning soon.


Delicious food! Outstanding service and quality!
Exceptional, delicious menu, exquisitely and authentically presented.
Everything you eat is organic and very healthy.
It is always a highlight of Olive Thyme visits.
Lunch or dinner the unique Turkish touch is an artwork in itself on each plate.
Compliments again to Sibel and Yalcin first and all of the restaurant team, you are The Best!


Absolutely amazing- the moment u walk through the doors a beautiful smokey aroma intoxicats your senses and u can't wait to sit down and just eat - the food came out super fast, perfection portions and the flavour is simply flawless. IF U ARE A BRISBANE LOCAL OR JUST PASSING THROUGH - OLIVE THYME IS A MUST!!!!!


The best Turkish Fine Dining experience I have had. Amazingly delicious Turkish Cuisine. All I can say is you need to come and try, you won't be disappointed ??


What a feast??
We love Olive Thyme and we dream about Olive Thyme food when we are away from Brisbane. Best Turkish restaurant we have ever been to. Food is simply amazing, hats out to the friendliest chef Yalc!


Love, love, love the lamb!
Best I’ve ever eaten!
The entire dinner was amazing and the rose was sensational!
Thank you for your beautiful service and authentic atmosphe,
Love it all


My family and I have been returning customers since the day Olive Thyme opened and each and every time every component of this amazing restaurant keeps getting better and better! The quality, presentation and taste of the food is incredible each and every time not to mention the service provided by the lovely staff and incredible atmosphere! Highly recommended and wish we lived closer so we could go there every day ?? if you haven’t tried yet, RUN, don’t walk as your taste buds have missed out for too long!!


Great time
Went with some friends and really loved the food, the drinks and the atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.


Great service, amazing food !


Enjoyable evening
Lovely atmosphere and great food although 3 out of 4 mains were average. Service could have been better. Lychee martini’s to die for!!!


Words Cant describe the taste
You need to go in experience, the mouthwatering taste cannot be described in words. Amazing variety of 5 star dishes cannot find a fault in any of them. Atmosphere and the staff are so nice. Cant wait to go next time??


amazing restaurant
each time I go the food is amazing, very tasty. love their mezze’s. The owners are very sweet and always welcoming


Amazing food skills,i loved grill octopus plate,see u soon Olive chefs Mr Karaman.


Simply Divine
Quality food served with a personal touch and great passion must try!


The best Turkish restaurant of Brisbane
I have been in Olive Thyme. I just have to say that it's the best Turkish restaurant of Brisbane. The atmosphere is amazing and the staff are the best. The food tastes Turkish. I'm exciting to come back to olive Thyme.


Good food, great staff


Great experience, delicious food &


Unassuming, welcoming and then completely blown away. Sibel is the perfect host, making you feel at home, while Yalcin prepares every dish a masterpiece of flavour and authentic style! Fresh ingredients, expertly crafted and paired with the perfect wine.
Try the octopus, lamb koftas and rolled baklava!

Christian Kittel

Exceptional food and service


wonderful service, classy setting and delicious food.

What a treat!!!



How lucky are we to live around the corner from Olive Thyme! Whenever we want to sample Brisbane’s best (by far) Turkish restaurant it’s just 5 minutes away. Thanks to Sibel and her staff for moving to Albion.


Great food! Impeccable service! Our 3rd time!!!


Love it
Beautiful Turkish food, great atmosphere and great service


Exceeded our Expectations
We were recommended to dine at Olive & Thyme for their authentic Turkish cuisine. Our meal ended up far exceeding our expectations. The food was absolutely delicious and their wonderful staff went out of their way to make our dining experience the best it could be. Even though the restaurant was full we didn’t feel crowded, the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. We will definitely be back!


Kim Walkington

Amazing food, fantastic service
My favourite restaurant and where I take all my family and friends.


Wonderful food, atmosphere and staff. Very welcoming and hospitable. Will definitely return.


Very attentive staff and really yummy food, lovely presented.


Highly recommended


very welcoming staff , great service, yummy food always fresh ,definitely would recommend this place to everyone


Outstanding food and service.


5?very welcoming staff , great service, yummy food,definitely would recommend to everyone


Best Turkish food I’ve ever had


Mouthwatering Turkish food every foodie has to try??


Amazing yummy food and beautiful owners. Thank You Olive Thyme Team.


I’ve been thinking the whole drive home on how to describe our experience tonight and I just cannot find the words. I don’t think we have ever stayed close to 4 hours in a restaurant with our 3 year old daughter. From the ambience to the decor, the staff and most importantly the food we cannot fault a thing! Everything has been thought of so finely, the flavours are amazing and absolutely incredible, it definitely is not your standard Turkish restaurant (finally!) if you are after a true Turkish, fine dining experience look no further. Definitely something Brisbane has needed for a very long time and safe to say they delivered above and beyond! You truely need to experience it for yourself to understand this review. Wishing this restaurant absolutely nothing but the best and utmost success!


Fantastic service,Super fresh delicious food.


Best family restaurant!
Our entire family really enjoys eating at Olive Thyme Cuisine. Not only is the food amazing, but the atmosphere is gorgeous!! The staff are always happy, helpful and you often find the owners taking time with the families throughout the night. Our children range from ages 7-14 and it’s the first restaurant where they can enjoy a proper nutritious meal and not nag to hurry up and leave. And we are a family that travel with electronic devices may I add.
Thank you Olive Thyme Cuisine for always going above and beyond! We can’t wait to be back.


Wonderful place,great food


Outstanding, Simply was perfect
Outstanding service and the food simply melted in your mouth. Many variety of food to choose from. Such a beautiful restaurant to dine in . We will be back. ??







Everything was excellent from the friendly and welcoming staff to the food and drinks


Best Turkish restaurant we have been to, and our favourite place to eat. Amazing food, great atmosphere and excellent service.If I could rate six stars I would!


From Turkey with love
Every time we come to Olive Thyme, it is an absolute pleasure. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with Turkish ceramic plates, and the waitstaff are very friendly and helpful. The menu caters to all dietary requirements, and each dish has so much passion and love drizzled in. We always order a dips plate with lavash bread, the halloumi dish and octopus meze plate, and we NEVER skip desserts... And every second Friday is live music! A must-go for your next night out.


Wonderful place
Delicious food and friendly staff. We really enjoyed there. You should have go and try lamb cutlets.


Name of perfection
I have dine in there several times. First of all the taste is way beyond my expectations . On the other hand it’s cosy warm and chic environment which gives u an amazing feeling like u are at home with good vibes. The owner Sibel is an extraordinary woman with all welcoming and the stuff are very smiley friendly and kind. I am definitely addicted with your food and hospitality. It is also very good for big groups yet we dine with work colics and very inspiring environment for talk about business but also celebrate birthdays etc. and I love the live jazz on Friday evenings too.


It is one of the best experiences that i have in Brisbane. Not only the very delicious food but also the presentation and service was excellent! I ll definitely come back again and many many thanks for an outstanding dinner.


Best Turkish food in Brisbane.
Love how they have cater to gluten and dairy allergies and have amazing options for vegetarian and vegan diets. The dishes are well presented and the flavours are so delicious ?? I would recommend Olive Thyme to anyone and everyone.

Rowena weder

Absolutely perfect
Best Turkish meal my husband and I have ever had. Beautiful food and amazing service


Olive Thyme bless us away in every aspect. Before anything was the amazing customer service we received. Being a first time visitor to the restaurant we thought it was going to be “Just another Turkish restaurant” but we were blown away at how far from it was and how unique everything was set out from the layout to the menus, everything had a detailed touch to it. The staff were absolutely delightful and especially the host Sibel. She goes above and beyond with her beautiful smile and welcoming personality. The food was to droll over and I cannot wait to go back to Brisbane and visit Olive Thyme again. Everything about the place was great ???? big thumbs up guys!


Best Turkish Food
I have been there two nights ago. Im stiil under impression. How beautiful restourant and foods. You are just amazing Olive Thyme!!!


Amazing Olive Thyme
The food, wine and service was very special. My son just loved the ‘Lamb Cutlet’ and ‘Taze Fazulye’ was so delicious and tasty. The Meze plate was absolutely divine with the rich flavours. I don’t think you can find the same taste anywhere else in Brisbane. Service was also very attentive and welcoming. Finishing with chocolate brownie with icecream was such a great idea. Many thanks to Sibel and Yalcin for sending us home with a good taste in our mouth.


Lovely, delicious and generous plates. Requires online booking
If you want to experience reel Turkish cuisine, this is the place. I recommend Lahmajun, meat platter, meze plate, dips plate and Turkish bread. Also soujook-hallumi is a great Anatolian mixed, the fig puree from Aegean part, hallumi from Mediterranean and the soujook from middle part of Turkey. You can find selection of the best Turkish foods, and the closest taste is just 15000kms away :)


Great ambiance, gluten/dairy/vegan/vegetarian friendly
Private deck at the back is great for big functions if you want amazingly delicious food and great space, family friendly with enclosed kids play area and a devine menu that suits all dietary requirements and budget.




Excellent service, large meals well priced


Amazing Worker and beautiful dishes! Olive Thyme has the best Turkish food I have ever eaten!


As Triditional as home..
Truely amazing hospitality, cultural real taste and unique place !


Simply Divine
You won’t find better, I’m still in shock at how good it is!