Olive & Ivy is a coffee shop and restaurant that opened up on the Scottsdale Waterfront this year. I’d like to describe it as the La Grande Orange of Scottsdale, but it really doesn’t compare on every level. For one, Olive & Ivy is massive, with high vaulted ceilings and a full wait staff. But the atmosphere is what I am thinking about, and the super-friendly staff. This place has a buzz which is all of its own.
Cool outdoor signage.
When I’m at Olive & Ivy I feel like I’ve sort of “arrived” as they say, and it’s a very pleasant place to chill. Let’s talk about the coffee. They have several full time barista on staff and so I believe that during most hours of the day you have fairly good chances of getting a decent shot of espresso. The two times I went I was thrilled. I’ve heard reports that sometimes a new barista will prepare an espresso drink though, so it’s probably a work in progress.
My macchiato was amazing and served in those awesome transparent shot glasses.
On separate visits I also enjoyed a mocha and a latte (no flavoring). The latte was just awesome. It reminded me of the latte I had in San Francisco at Ritual. Super good foam, and the milk wasn’t burnt. I can think of a few local coffee shops that should learn how to do latte’s right (I’m talking to you Mama Java’s).
Bakery and main entrance as viewed from coffee lounge.
Anyways, Olive & Ivy is far more than just a coffee shop. But what I am really happy about is they’ve found a way to separate each part. In the entrance to Olive & Ivy they have this great lobby and a ordering counter dedicated to coffee and pastries. Once you’ve ordered, you can take a few steps over to a separate lounge area.
Just a note on the wireless internet: They use Barracuda filtering, which filters out most social networking sites. It’s free, but this firewall prevents a significant amount of productivity for me. Luckily, Arizona Coffee is not banned!
Coffee lounge area.
An amazing pastry — it was filled with a creamy substance. Gosh it was good.
Hot Tuna sandwich — average.
Olive & Ivy
7135 E. Camelback Rd., Ste. 195
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Phone: (480) 751-2200