Oleana
Oleana

Oleana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oleanarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6176610505
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:

    ** Please note that we do not reserve tables on -- or take requests for -- the garden patio. Patio tables are seated on a first come, first served basis and are weather dependent. All Opentable reservations are for indoor tables only. **

    Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm,

    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish
  • Executive Chef: Ana Sortun
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Offered during daytime hours, 11:30am - 3:00pm
  • Private Party Contact: Janice Goldsmith 6176610505x17
  • Entertainment: live Turkish musicians Tuesday nights on the outdoor patio, weather permitting

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Btw. Prospect & Columbia
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There are two lots available for guest parking after 5:30pm. One is directly across the street from the restaurant. The other is diagonally across the street at the E.L.I./Fitness Together lot.
A word from Oleana
Oleana is a neighborhood restaurant with a strong focus on flavors and comfort. The cuisine centers on the Arabic influenced foods of the Mediterranean with a strong lean towards Turkish fare. Winter months feature a roaring fireplace and in the warm weather the gorgeous garden is open for dinner.


** Please note that we do not reserve tables on -- or take requests for -- the garden patio. Patio tables are seated on a first come, first served basis and are weather dependent. All Opentable reservations are for indoor tables only. **
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Oleana reviews from OpenTable diners
301 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (236)special occasion (179)neighborhood gem (160)great for outdoor dining (156)romantic (127)notable wine list (60)hot spot (46)good for groups (20)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (4)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Yummy chicken with alternative side
    tacogirl
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Trying to eat lowcarb, chef accommodated me with a lovely sauteed kale/spinach saute under perfect chicken breast with great spices. Wonderful!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Oleana Exceptional
    foodgirl
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Oleana has a reputation for flavor and did not disappoint. Rarely have we eaten at a place where everyone was delighted but on this occasion our party of five was unanimous in their praise. The world travelers with us noted that Oleana is an exceptional restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Super special!
    Maureen
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food here is outstanding, surprising, unique, and delicious! Wine list was superb. Service was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I heard it was better than Sofra...
    GrapesVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    But not, it was advertised as Turkish food but wasn't, it was more eclectic Mediterranean. We went for the meze but The crispy Brussels sprouts really were burnt. The food rather than simply prepared was more complicated and over done. We arrived a little early and were guided to a bench in the main path of the servers and they were quite huffy as we were in their way.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfection
    mjro
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Oleanna never disappoints. The tastes are complex, layered and rich without ever being fussy. The style is casual yet never sloppy. Approriate selection of wine and when the weather cooperates, garden dining. Simply there is nothing better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Farm to Table - Turkish Food
    finediningfor2
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We enjoy eating middle eastern cuisine and passionately demand farm to table quality in our dining experience. In this neighborhood gem in Cambridge, you may have both experiences in a lovely atmosphere with fabulous service. This restaurant was selected for the Turkish food but delivered far more in terms of the quality and purity of the food, presentation and service. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unbelievably good!
    Colemink
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We were seated in the patio as it was a warm October evening. Lovely atmosphere. We ordered some mezzes and each one of them was so full of flavor and unexpected combinations. The chicken and lamb main dishes were also fanatstic but maybe a bit much after all the mezzes. So unfortunately no room left for dessert. Definitely a place to come back to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hungryasabear
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Menu and dishes were imaginative and delicious. We were seated in the garden--charming. Waiter was gracious and attentive--so were other members of the staff. Would eat there once a week or more if I could.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fourth visit to Oleana
    jfjeld
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    As wonderful as always. The chickpea terrine was amazing as were all of the other dishes. The wine selection is perfect for the food selection. We sat on the patio on a rare warm and cloudless October night. Very wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening at Oleana
    SuzaNYC
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    What a a memorable dining experience! The five diners in my party ordered 9 or so mezze items and two desserts to share. Everything was extraordinary. In particular, the falafel, the octopus, the fried mussels and the sultan's delight were magnificent. Every time a plate came we all said "this one is the best of the night." Highly recommend this lovely place. Our server was warm and informative; she made great suggestions and steered us toward the best items on the menu and the right quantities to order. The wine list is impressive and we chose a moderately priced merlot that accompanied our food well. Would definitely return next time I'm in the area. Seems like reservations are a must for this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small dishes are good, others... no
    Mfr22
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I had the lamb dish with the cabbage. It was a huge disappointment. I was surprised that Oleana's quality has dipped so much. The profiteroles were doused with too much caramel. They weren't that exciting.
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  • a really great evening
    joshanna
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Like some reviewers have mentioned, we skipped the main entree and had the mezze instead. The mezze (appetizers) are deceiving since they seem small, but for the two of us we ordered two to start with a bottle of wine then a third later on and by the 4th mezze we were stuffed! Server was knowledgeable and friendly. It was our anniversary and they brought us a little dessert to share with a candle. Amazingly even with a $35 bottle of wine or bill only came to $80. Can't wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Palate pleaser!
    Dinerdelights
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    With an intimate setting, flavorful food, and knowledgeable servers, Oleana provides the ultimate dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth coming back to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant in Boston. My wife and I decided to do a tapas approach on our recent trip and it was great. The server was helpful and the food arrived in a timely fashion. Prior to this we have always had a traditional appetizer/meal/dessert approach. We are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • serge
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    this place is in decline, living on past laurels while appealing to a younger clientele
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    fit for foodies
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  • Wonderful dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Had a delightful meal on the back patio. The wait-staff were remarkably friendly and informative about the food and wine. Bravo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exquisite food!
    KathrunVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Oleana delivered beautifully to this vegetarian and nonvegetarian family. We will be back! And the wait staff was perfectly attuned to our wants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • GRdiner
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Always delicious. Interesting and tasty combinations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    kawolf
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Orleana offers a palate of tastes built on seasonal vegetable harvest delighted our experience. We were seated in the bar area for an early dinner and despite the lack of ambience, we were had excellent attention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's the best.
    frenchVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I used to eat at Oleana very frequently, once a month or more. I hadn't been there in a while--just a matter of schedule. It was ALMOST worth having stayed away to be reminded how absolutely incomparable the food is. Everything was terrific. Oleana makes me eat slowly because I want to savor every bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than all the rave reviews
    notcooking
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We did the Mezze (small plates) for a group of 4. Each dish was outstanding and each was unique. We sat outside on a cool fall night but the heaters kept the patio cozy. A vegetarian could happily eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • barnes
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Oleana was a bit difficult to find . We had a wonderful evening dining outside Food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid but not spectacular.
    lwarren912
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had not been to Oleana in several years and decided to return on a Sunday evening, which was not our preference but the only reservation available for several weeks. The highlights included outdoor seating - their patio is new to us and quite intimate, (although the tables are close enough together that we heard nearly every word of our neighboring diners' conversation) and the spinach falafel - which included delicious pickled vegetables in a creative wrap. The downside: the mediocre service - dinner was nearly 2.5 hours and not because we lingered. We had the vegetarian tasting menu and the bottom line is that although there were highlights at Oleana, there are more creative and delicious vegetarian tasting menus in this city.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Standing Room Only
    cuitcnyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Well, what can one say; Oleana is fantastic in terms of food, service and ambiance. Maybe too good! Lines out the door for late night diners wanting to eat outdoors. We made reservations 3 months in advance and it was worth the wait. The chicken entree and the lamb meatballs were wonderful. My swordfish scallopini was unusual; tasted good, but was not what I expected. Creativity in the kitchen sometimes yeilds unexpected results! My even if unusual, the taste was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food... But
    Turkish21
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We came here while driving through New England to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. The reviews on yelp, plus that this establishment won a James Beard award drew me to Oleana's. The food was fantastic, it exceeded my expectations. The food service was great, but the restaurant was very warm to the point of discomfort; it felt like eating in a sauna. I also requested not to be seated in the bar area tables and was still sat there even though tables were available in the main dinning room. Additionally, this was rated as romantic place to eat, but the noise level and table proximity to one another in the bar area left us wanting; especially after we could clearly hear both conversation from tables on either side of us.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite food
    Jb9000
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The food was truly exquisite--I'd highly recommend the buttered hummus plate. It's a bit pricey so I'd probably reserve this place for a special occasion in the future, but really great food.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out Of Town Diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I visit Boston for my work. I discovered this restaurant 2 trips ago. I dine here every time I am in the Boston. The dishes are very unique and all are incredibly delicious. The last two times I was able to eat outside. The garden is magical. They also have a wonderful bakery called Sofra, which is also great for lunch. I can't wait for my next work trip, so I may dine there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the wait
    KandC
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    My husband and I have been trying to get into Oleana for months and finally got a 9pm reservation on a Monday night for our anniversary. It was worth the wait. We sat outside even though the evening was a little chilly. They provided heat lamps and blankets to keep us cozy. The wine list was well selected and we chose a great Lebanese red which I will be trying to order by the case. Then selected 5 meze dishes and a main to share. Our server was incredibly knowledgable and had great suggestions. We loved the special fattoush salad, whipped feta, tamarind beef and the swordfish main course. Overall a memorable and delicious evening making for a very happy anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LOVE Oleana!!!
    Jules
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I have yet to be disappointed by Oleana. Their food is yummy and wines fabulous....I suppose my only negative comment is that it is a hard place to get a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We loved our meal-our 29th anniversary! Food and service great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    emilieVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Wonderful food with interesting combinations and spices, outstanding vegetarian options, remarkably reasonable prices. The service was professional and friendly. Go!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We tried to get a reservation last year one month in advance for a family birthday and this restaurant all booked up. This year, I made the reservation three months early! The food is amazing! We loved everything. We will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Outstanding once again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Some of the very best food in New England with great service.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Its amazing!!!
    mickeyme
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We got there for our anniversary and it was awesome! We tried vegetarian tasting menu and ordered a dish with blue fish. Both were amazing! We sat in the patio surrounded by beautiful garden and music. Couldn't ask more. Got to try it again!
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    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    Stef
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being excellent, the evening was a 20 due to the stunning food and our server Shelly. Her suggestions, her management of the meze servings and her quiet enthusiasm and pleasant demeanor were perfect. Thank you...another great evening at O.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oleana's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food, wine and out standing service. Always an exciting adventure especially picking the appetizers and main course Our favorite restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boston's Best
    4thefunofit
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    You simply can't appreciate Boston's restaurant scene without visiting Oleana's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magical
    SummerWind
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful special evening where deep private conversation was central. My friend said it was the best meal she's had in years. Three hours flew by.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with my daughter
    Dave
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We arrived late (I did) for our early dinner, but seating was not a problem. We ordered an appetizer of warm hummus, which was very good. I got the striped bass, which was a nice portion but was smothered in a pile of chopped herbs. I am generally happy to each fresh herbs, but I was also looking forward to enjoy my fish. I could not taste it at all. My daughter had the lamb, and it was very, very good. Overall, the restaurant is a nice place. I will go back again to try something else. Every dish that went by looked outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Anniversary Dinner
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We loved our anniversary dinner here. Our server treated us so well. She very kindly took our photo and then sent us dessert and comped our drinks. We will most definitely return to Oleana!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate