The Unrefined Olive is Ottawa's first Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar tasting bar. You can sample 50 fresh premium olive oils from up to 7 countries in the northern and southern hemisphere. All balsamic vinegars are aged minimum 12 years and are from Modena Italy. Sample fig, cranberry pear, pomegranate, or dark chocolate. There are flavour fused olive oils where the olives are crushed with blood oranges, limes, and eureka lemons. Flavour fused olive oils include mushroom sage, Tuscan herb, basil, garlic, and hot chili olive oils. Come try what we have to offer, and we fill the bottle for you on site. 151 A Second Avenue in the Glebe 613-231-3133

Foods from The Unrefined Olive

2013 Jun 12
I haven't been out and about much in the last year as I've been looking after a very ill family member but today I was in the Glebe and I checked out The Unrefined Olive. My friend wanted to go in and I admit I was only mildly curious but the young man who served us won me over. He was knowledgeable and quietly enthusiastic and I ended up tasting several olive oils as well as some balsamics. I had never sipped an olive oil or balsamic alone, although I use both in cooking, but they encourage you to try as many as you want and it was quite an education. It was not unlike a wine tasting with tasting notes posted with each stainless keg. I chose an organic Cerasuola olive oil from Sicily as well as an 18 year old traditional balsamic condimento and also a cranberry pear white balsamic. The price is by the size of the bottle and is the same for all their products. 200ml for $12, 375ml for $19 and there is a larger bottle available but I can't remember the size or price. They fill the bottles to order. It was actually a conversation about olive oil here on Ottawa Foodies that got me thinking about the olive oil I use and what I'd always considered to be an extra virgin olive oil probably wasn't. I loved learning about the various olive oils and balsamics, enjoyed tasting the varieties and now I doubt that I'll bother with grocery store olive oil or balsamic again.

2012 Dec 22
I have been using their products for awhile and just rave to everyone about them.. Following the staff's great advice I use the lime fused oil over broiled fish and make the best vinaigrette with fig balsamic vinegar and blood orange olive oil....that is just a start. Great, great hostess Christmas gifts. Don't miss going and getting your oils and balsamic vinegars for everyone on your list!!!


2013 Apr 29
We've tried only a few bottles of vinegar so far, but they are out of this world. Definitely worth a visit--and pretty hard to leave without buying something if you actually do a tasting.