Ole Tapas Lounge & Restaurant
Ole Tapas Lounge & Restaurant

Ole Tapas Lounge & Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://oletapaslounge.com/
  • Phone: (302) 224-9378
  • 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
50 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (43)good for groups (33)special occasion (26)neighborhood gem (23)romantic (23)notable wine list (16)great for lunch (5)late-night find (5)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • A Newark gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My favorite restaurant in Newark. This isn't for those who are looking to fill their stomachs. If you are looking for a fun, different and/or romantic meal this place is for you. The service is great and the food is as well. It's a little pricey for the amount you get but like I said this isn't for those just looking to stuff their faces. The food is very good and well presented. Great for foodies as you get to try different tapas with different flavors. Very good wine as well. A fantastic date place. Just an enjoyable experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new menu & entertaining service
    pwoodsideVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    When I go out, I want to enjoy my meal, and I want to feel that it was worth the cost (being away from my child, eating something I can't make at home, and enjoying the location) - and Ole never fails to deliver on any of those hopes. The menu has been updated and we tried a few of the newer items - Vieras con Tocino (scallops), Caldo Gallego Estilo Ole (seafood stew), and Setas al Ajillo (mushrooms) and each was delightful. The scallops were wrapped in bacon, cooked to perfection and had a wonderful pesto. The seafood stew was plentiful and included langoustines and an amazing sauce. The mushrooms were delightful, and Ole did not skimp on the accompanying bread as a vessel. I also cannot say enough good things about our waiter - Juan. He was funny, entertaining, and was able to answer most questions we threw at him. I would, as always, highly recommend a trip to Ole
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    If you are looking for a great place to have dinner with your partner or a group of friends this place is great. Good food, drinks and wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Our waiter John was excellent and the bartender was a hoot. We have been here a number of times and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent, you've got to go!
    Jrba
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Really impressed with Ole'. Our server Greta, made all the choices and parings, she did an excellent job and was a pleasure to have a s a server. Her knowledge and delivery are superb! Now for the food....WOW! Tasty, well prepared, nicely plated, and the favors for each dish complimented each other perfectly. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Repeat diner
    toppingcat
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is my third time here- food is usually fantastic. Stewed lentils is an all-time best dish. Only complaints this time were a noisy birthday group near us in back, and any dish with bacon was terrible- all fat. Still enjoyed all the other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always amazing
    anonymousVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    we have been going here for years. we are always amazed by the food and service every time. if you haven't been here you should go. the best things on the menu are- gazpacho, figs wrapped in bacon, and fried calamari. sadly they discontinued the tres leches dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Service, Great Food, Try it!
    BeanieVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I found this restaurant on open table and I was pleasantly surprised by the outstanding waiter, delicious food and the accommodating hostess. The waiter did a great job recommending menu items based on my preferences and I thoroughly enjoyed this dining experience as a direct result. I will definitely seek out this restaurant again the next time I travel to this location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ABSOLUTELY DECLICIOUS
    AmandaBVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My friend and I had a fantastic lunch at Ole Tapas Lounge & Restaurant. The restaurant is reminiscent of Span and the staff are welcoming and friendly. Our server, Casey, was wonderful - knowledgeable about the food and wine choices and able to pace the meal to perfection. The food itself was delicious. We had the serrano ham, mushrooms, chicken croquettes, duck, steak with truffle potatoes and finished with the figs, in addition to some yummy Penya red wine. Everything was wonderful but our favorites were the duck and steak dishes. All plates were generous portions made for sharing. We had a thoroughly lovely time and will be back again soon. I would not hesitate to recommend to my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Outstanding
    anon
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Both the service and the food were spectacular! I just dined here on Saturday and I have already recommended it to all of my friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent choice near U. of Delawar
    AMFNYC
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This turned out to be a great place to take my daughter, near the University but away from the places she usually goes to on Main St so a new experience. Ordering several tapas plates makes for a fun and lively meal, the food was good, and our waiter Juan was very pleasant. The restaurant checks IDs for drinking so note that (if you have underage students with you).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Our first visit to Ole Tapas certainly will not be our last! Started with the chef's soup of the day, mushroom. Three of us thoroughly enjoyed six different tapas, wine and desserts (just the right size). Our server, Jack and the rest of the wait staff couldn't have been more attentive. We drove 40 minutes to meet our friend, a true 'foodie', and it was an awesome dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    Lorenzo
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Excellent food. Very nice place. Super clean, great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spain in Newark
    lomoalioli
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This place reminded my wife and I about when we lived in Spain years ago. The food was very tasty and although not everything is completely Spanish, the dishes that are not are still quite interesting and Spain-inspired. Our server Casey was outstanding and knowledgeable, and was kind enough to listen to us ramble about our travels. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid romantic spot
    givememore
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It was my fiancee's and I first time here. We had a blast sharing different dishes with each other. The servers seemed well educated on the menu. The wine selection was legit and I highly recommend it to anyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this tapas restaurant
    PapaFlattop
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    When my wife and I need a night out and a change of pace we go to Ole Tapas. We can order a variaty of tapas style foods a bottle of good wine and never break the bank. There were more families with kids this visit which added to teh noise level, but wasn't a distraction to our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday celebration
    EdelVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    10 of our family members joined us to celebrate a birthday. The food was great and the service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Fuzzof1980
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Staff was very friendly and food was excellent: nice presentation and good timing for a tapas restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Time
    DSSC
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We enjoyed a great meal and service at the bar last week. Dave the bartender looked after us with an eye for detail, remembering how we liked our drinks and he was quick to make sure we didn't need to ask for anything. It was great food and the kitchen was able to make the food exactly how we asked for it. We would go back to enjoy the specials that they offer and you can't miss with the happy hour menu at the bar, both early and late so it makes a great later night stop for a drink and a bite or bites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always amazing
    Gwenny
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tapas!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 458 reviews are from the Ole Tapas Lounge & Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.