Ole Tapas Lounge & Restaurant
Ole Tapas Lounge & Restaurant

Ole Tapas Lounge & Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://oletapaslounge.com/
  • Phone: 3022249378x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday-Thursday 11:30am-9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday 11:30am-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Basque, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef:
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Since Ole Tapas! is built around providing flavorful Spanish food and drink, we do not limit our meals to our Tapas menu. Ole! takes food to your event’s location, catering events with only the best Spanish food and at the best prices possible. Our extensive catering menu of many unique Tapas, satisfies the different preferences and dietary considerations of your guests. Our catering can serve groups as small as five and go up into the hundreds. Additional services and help, including service staff, are available so that we do all work.
  • Private Party Facilities: Coming Soon!
  • Private Party Contact: Manuel Aguinaga 3022249378x
  • Special Events: Make Ole Tapas the home for your next private party! Ole provides a unique atmosphere with the same food and wine that you come to expect from us, sure to make any party memorable. We offer a multi-course buffet style dinner tailored to your wishes. Please contact us for pricing and more details.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Ole Tapas Lounge & Restaurant
Ole Tapas Lounge & Restaurant is an authentic tapas restaurant specializing in seasonal tapas, Spanish wine & especially family style entrees. With the warm mood lighting & upbeat Spanish music, this vibrant new restaurant will make you feel like you are in Seville, the capital of tapas.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Ole Tapas Lounge & Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (47)special occasion (34)good for groups (28)romantic (28)neighborhood gem (27)notable wine list (15)great for lunch (10)late-night find (8)hot spot (6)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Always amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This location never disappoints! The food is amazing and authentic. The service is really good and the staff is extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend the basil strawberry martini, and you really can't go wrong with any menu choice. I can't wait to dine again !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time Tapas
    Canes44
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    First time at ole' Tapas and went for the paella but my date did't like it and it only came in a large quantity for two or four. We did the tapas thing and tried several different dishes that where all excellent and enjoyed a pitcher of sangria. Service was very attentive and she explained the menu and made some great suggestions which made the whole experience something special. Will be back on a Sunday when the special is all you can eat Paella and you can try all five of them.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite a pleasant surprise...
    SanibelSue
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    When I saw the location, I almost didn't go in...seedy stip mall outside of Newark. What a mistake that would have been! The three of us tried a good sampling of the menu; appetizers, salad, tapas, deserts and there was not one dish that wasn't delicious. The wines were reasonable for a very decent choice. Our waitress was perky, knowledgable, prompt. If this restaurant were in a better location with a classier name, it could be a top choice. As it is, it's a gem in the rough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    jessy116
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It was our first time trying tapas and this restaurant is the perfect place to try it out.Every bite of our food was delicious.The restaurant was very clean and cozy and the service was excellent.Thanks for an awesome experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the drive!
    websurfer
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were looking for a restaurant near where our daughter was attending a party. I just went on the internet to see what was in the Newark area. The website was wonderful. My husband wasn't sure of my choice since I hadn't read any reviews, just went off the look of the website. The location is in a small strip mall, we were a little worried. But walk thru the heavy door and you have no idea you're in a strip mall? Service was fantastic, the food delicious. It's not in our area but are considering the long drive to enjoy this restaurant again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tapas!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    First experience with Tapas and will definitely go again! Great service and food was excellent. I want to try their Paella next time. The BBQ Pork and Scallop Tapas were quite delicious. Their steak dishes also very good. My wife loved their Truffle Mashed Potatoes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful restaurant in Newark!
    fhpfoodie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great food and service! The decor is beautiful and very intimate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as Usual
    Heather
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Fabulous Hummus and gambas. Always one of my favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hire New Staff
    Dakotakate88
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I made a reservation for 7:30pm and was forced to sit at the bar until 8pm when the bartender took pity on us and made the hostess do her job. Apparently there had been two booths open behind us for ateast 10 minutes. Our server was obnoxious and spoke to us like we were small children. The food was okay, but way too expensive for the amount of food on each plate. We ordered four small tapas plates with no drinks for $50 and grabbed burgers on the way home. So not worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    anchor14
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was excellent! I would highly recommend this restaurant especially as a date night. Sharing tapas was so much fun. Ambiance and service was phenomenol!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FYI411
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had celebrated three birthdays at area restaurants and hands down the owner and staff and Ole Tapas took it to the next level with their personal attention to detail to make the dinner a very special night out for my wife.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a taste of Spain
    robo1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Service was timely and attentive and the food and atmosphere reminded us of an elegant restaurant on the Ramblas of Barcelona
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mix and match
    Review
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    loved it. once you mix and match several tapas dishes it makes a very filling meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Excellent Paella! Staff makes you feel like family.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    John
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I enjoy tapas and this was excellent. It was the first time my dining companions had tapas and they absolutely loved it. We will be back. Service was excellent and very friendly explaining in good detail what the dishes were.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has matured well
    DelawareBYOBer
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was our second time there. The first was right after it first opened several years ago; clearly the staff was in training. Now they are polished and the menu has plenty of traditional tapas and entree choices plus a variety of interesting other plates. Our server put in our order to pace the arrival of our 5 tapas plates, and they arrived hot and fresh. A very good job all around, and we plan to go back again soon, perhaps for the 'ceviche festival' they are doing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't judge a book by its cover
    alison
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The standard strip mall facade does not serve the restaurant well, but one inside the delicious, authentic & beautifully prepared food will win you over. Eating tapas is a fun experience, for a date night out a group dinner. This place is a hidden gem among the other disappointing choices on Kirkwood highway.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good eats
    Berk
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this tapas experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service
    Bluemarge
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Very Spanish (NOT MEXICAN). Service is great. Food is exceptional. Great for couples and groups. A real Gem. Duck tapas is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not sure what happened
    reeser
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I have been to Ole many times. My experience this week was much different than any other time I've eaten there. Service was painfully slow, even though we were one of only five tables dining in the entire restaurant. Our waitress was friendly but inattentive. One of our dishes came out without a main ingredient, no explanation. When we asked, we were told they were out of it. We sent it back and asked if we could order something different, but no one ever came back to ask us what we'd like to replace it with. They did make up for this by allowing us to use 2 coupons instead of their usual policy of 1 per table, but it was still frustrating. Hopefully they were just having an off night, because Ole was previously one of my favorites.
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  • Great Find for us.
    RoninBear
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Never judge a book by it's cover! Was not expecting the treat within it's outward appearance. We will certainly retun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The BEST Spanish cuisine in DE
    akd0714
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I've been going to Ole Tapas for years and I must say it is by far my favorite Spanish restaurant, and overall my favorite spot in Delaware. The food is always amazing. The staff is friendly and helpful. I will be going here for years to come!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AAA++++++
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Went on a date and had a great time.... Good and service was excellent!!!! We are going back...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WAH
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The service was great. We were seated promptly at a very comfortable booth and our beverage order was taken right away. Servers were knowledgable, friendly and attentive. We had Queso Frito and Ceviche as Tappas and for main course, Churasco and Picanha. Tres Leches followed for dessert. All was excellent. Will definaty go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ole!
    Kristina
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My bf and I dined at Ole Tapas on 6/20 and really enjoyed it. We started with a pitcher of the red sangria and thought it was great! We ordered 2 items off of the regular menu; salmon ceviche and steak with chimichuri sauce and they were perfect! They were both so incredibly deliscious and flavorful, we wanted to order more but held back. They were having a Latin American Food Festival which had a special menu so we also ordered 2 items from there; papas al la hurancha (sp?) and arroz con pollo. The papas were so good and that's saying a lot because my bf is Peruvian and his family makes the best! We weren't in love with the arroz con pollo...it was okay. Overall we will 100% be back and would recommend Ole Tapas to all of our friends!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CarlaB
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our go to place. Revolving menu and wine list - always make it interesting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Tapas
    KMart
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great tapas selection and each one is delicious. Sangria is also very good, but if you're not a fan, plenty of other cocktails and beers to choose from. Great meal overall!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always wonderful
    pwoodsideVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Few places keep me coming back for more the way Ole does. The patatas bravas alone would be enough reason, but the fact that the staff and owner always make you feel welcome and remembered doesn't hurt either. Each of my reviews are the same for Ole - always amazing, the food is outstanding, and the staff, inviting. Thank you again for a wonderful evening! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpectedly Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We chose this restaurant for dinner based on reviews on the internet whilst on holidays. Food was amazingly creative, fresh and tasty. Smaller dishes allowed us to try more than going with some of the standard larger meals. Lentil stew, lamb meatballs and molten chocolate cake were outstanding as were the available cocktails and mixed drinks. Need to revisit next time we are Delaware to try the scallops which sounded delicious but unfortunately they had run out by the time we ordered. Staff and owner were genuinely friendly with no pretensions and willing to explain dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We working in area from out of town and tried Ole Tapas, everything was wonderful and was best meal we have had on the road in a while
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Meals in Newark
    ksala
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Everything about Ole Tapas is amazing. I went there for my birthday/graduation celebration and had the best time. Great portions to share, and ends up being pretty reasonable for the amount of food and the quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hole in the wall
    gugooly33
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Although Ole doesn't seem too appealing from the front, this restaurant had lots to offer! It was beautiful inside, and with opentable, I booked a reservation for 10 people. They were able to sit us instantly and began drink orders. The menus offered a variety of foods! The tapas were large and the cheese plate was delicious. Tapas we ordered were: salmon croqutas, paella croquetas, lamb meatballs, duck, curried chicken, curried beans, flatbread, chorizo sliders, and more. We were hungry! They were all amazing and we had leftovers to take home. We were really impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    martidoll
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    it was a wee bit busier than when we have been before and the service was not as good (still pretty good though always is better than most)> Also they had us down as reservation for 6 and we were a two party reservation and then we were sat at the world's smallest table right in the main traffic area. Bit stressful having plates of tapas on a small table with people zooming by. But it worked and food was excellent as always. Great place. Just pick your times and days so you arent in there when it is packed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience!
    Fran
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We haven't been back to Ole Tapas for a while... And thought it would be fun for our 30something kids to enjoy a different meal. We were right on: lots of great Tapas dishes for all of us to enjoy. No room for dessert.. It was lovely to make so many different choices. And service could not have been better! Ole!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    DelawareFoodies
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Awesome as always. Great place to bring your friends. I can't wait to try the suckling roasted pig!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    DSSC
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Great place for weekly dinner specials and staff service for a special occasion. We were very pleased that our reservation time was able to be changed on the same day and found the specials for the evening and the staff extremely accommodating. We will definitely go back and try their happy hour drink and food specials.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gigiVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Went here with my daughter for a mother/daughter dinner. Her first time there and trying tapas. We ordered the scallops, omlets and kale. Our favorite was the kale with blue cheese. Outstanding! Sangria was very refreshing. So great to try something new and will be going back again! John, our server, was great! Love the booths by the bar. Only draw back - guitar music was nice but had a hard time talking to each other.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mothers Day/Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We celebrated Mother's Day and my daughters 25th Birthday at Ole Tapas and had a great time. The food was delicious. We would order 3-4 tapas at a time and the food kept coming and coming. I love that Meddertarian style of eating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    MommaJLG
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We decided to try this restaurant for Mother's Day at the encouraging of our daughter who had been there twice with her high school Spanish class. We thoroughly enjoyed trying Tapas for the first time, and everything was great! Our waitress, Kat was very helpful and everything was brought out in a very timely manner. We can't wait to go back to try the paella; it takes a little longer to prepare and we didn't have enough time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    BajanDiva
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    It is so nice to visit a neighborhood non-chain restaurant. Have enjoyed every visit to Ole. The food is always appropriately seasoned--and fresh. The owner is attentive to the customers--ensuring that he at least greets everyone. The scallops are amazing--fresh, sweeter
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 430 reviews are from the Ole Tapas Lounge & Restaurant reviews archive.