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
294 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (216)special occasion (171)neighborhood gem (147)great for outdoor dining (145)romantic (135)notable wine list (48)hot spot (37)good for groups (21)late-night find (13)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Everything was Amazing!
    CambridgeDiner
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I went to Oleana with my boyfriend on a Sunday night. It was less crowded than I expected and we were seated immediately, even though we were early for our reservation (however, that may have been due to the day and the fact that its the summer). All of the hostesses, bartenders, and waitstaff were so friendly, helpful, and knowledgable about the menu - I think we were served/ helped by about 5 different people that night - which was actually a great thing! We each got a different glass of red wine and both were delicious. For dinner we ordered the vegetable tasting menu and the Sultan's delight. All of the food was amazing, the combination of flavors and spices was incredible! I loved every single dish! I can't stop talking about Oleana!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BeefVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Did not know what to expect but Oleana did not disappoint. Innovative menu and inventive use of fresh ingredients and spices. Everything smelled and tasted just right and balanced. We had a hard time deciding whether to stick with just the small plates or slowly gravitate to the larger fare. We ended up mixing two plates of the larger plates and did not regret the decision. We tried to leave room for desert but failed...oh well we'll just have to make it back next time. If you get a chance on a nice clear summer day try the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed bag
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My companion cannot eat gluten. The waiter rattled off a confusing list of the items on the menu we could eat -- which made it exceptionally challenging to know what our options were. It seemed that there would be no special accommodations -- for example, it wasn't possible to have the watermelon and feta dish made gluten free. The waiter didn't listen well - any options for something light? he recommends a rich entree. Any options for an earthy wine? he recommends something fruity. We ended up sharing four of the small plates and were very disappointed with two of them - for example, the buttered hummus was tasteless. I appreciate staff were able to make a tasty ice cream dessert for us that was gluten free.
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  • complex mediterranean fare
    Slightfoote
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Delicious food, complex recipes, good vibe to this place. Having a mezze lineup as well as an entree lineup allows you to try multiple plates without busting your belly or your wallet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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  • Delicious food, long wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was very good, especially the spinach falafel. We ordered mostly mezzes. All of them were great. The medium service score is primarily because it took 30 minutes between the first set of mezzes and the second set of mezzes. Too long!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • elsaVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Vegetarian course: subpar, too much fried items, too small portions.
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  • Wonderful
    Kareyj
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We were here to celebrate my birthday. It was a wonderful occasion! The food was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goobers
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was out of this world. We ordered (and devoured) enough food to feed a small army and were pleasantly surprised by each unique dish that arrived at our table! The baked alaska was the perfect ending to a scrumptious meal. Service was slow (it took 30+ minutes just for us to get drinks) but the food was so good we were willing to overlook that part.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AS USUAL:
    Lilah
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    a wonderful evening. We have been coming here for our wedding anniversary celebration for the past "x" number of years, and are never disappointed. This is a special place with special food to delight your palate. It IS a rather expensive outing, so we dress to the nines, order all the specials, indulge in a nice bottle of wine, sit back, forget about the money and just let the magic of Oleana wash over us for an evening. The staff was wonderfully attentive---perhaps because they knew it was our 38th wedding anniversary?---and we left happy and well pleased with our special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Delight!
    SheWhoMustBeObeyed
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We had just been in Turkey this spring and much of the food here was very authentic! We had a great waitress who patiently explained the mezzos and advised as to what would be the right amount of food and what would be too much. On a beautiful summer's evening, we were able to sit on their very pretty and atmospheric patio. It is shaded by large trees and you completely lost sight of the fact that you were in the midst of busy Cambridge. We'll be back, albeit for very special evenings as it is expensive. SheWhoMustBeObeyed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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  • "divine" from an 8-year old
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Oleana is always excellent and Wednesday was no different. Even my 8 year old grandson (who lives in Europe and is a real "foodie") used words such as "magnificent," "superb" and even "divine" as he experienced 8 or 10 different meze plates! An 8-yr old doesn't use those words to describe food very often! Sitting in the garden is just perfect and was worth a bit of a wait. The waitstaff is great -- knowledgable, friendly and efficient. Oleana continues to be a shining star on the local restaurant scene!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What more is there to say?
    daduncan
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Eggplant never had it so good! I miss the Rieslings, though. Bring some back, please!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome menu by an awesome chef
    cgantz
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The ambience and interior of the restaurant are great. From the moment we entered, I had the feeling that we were being taken care of. Our server was very positive, and had a ton of knowledge about the dishes, ingredients, and wine. I think the seats at the bar would be a great spot for foodies, and the main dining room was great for a romantic date.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    Crumpet
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Can't say enough good things about this place! The food is delicious and we sat outside, which was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    enjoyed the vegetarian tasting. My colleague from India who is vegetarian was impressed.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent food, terrible service.
    SDiner
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    One of the reasons to leave your kitchen and head out to a $30 per entree restaurant is the expectation of good food and good service. Oleana is five stars on the former, it's about negative four stars on the second. We arrived for Sunday dinner around 7 PM. We were seated immediately and then sat... and sat... and sat... waiting for 25 minutes until our server stopped by, filled up our water glasses, and took our drink order. We waited another 20 minutes until our drinks - glasses of wine for the table - arrived. After another 20 minutes, the waiter took our order. It broke down even further from there. No check ins, no friendly words. Just terrible service paired with great food - such a disappointing experience.
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  • Just lovely
    JonnieLaw
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    After hearing nothing but great things, I finally went here for my girlfriend's birthday and had an excellent time. Each dish was perfectly executed and our waitress was knowledgeable without even a hint of pretension. In fact, the entire staff seemed very relaxed & friendly, yet still attentive. Beer list was diverse enough and paired nicely with the food. I didn't quite understand the organization of the wine list, but the content was great: a lot of boutique wines and others off the beaten path. We will definitely be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enter the Arabian Nights
    feastbeast
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Anna Sortun has recreated Turkish cuisine as it must have been at the Ottoman Court. Everything on a plate has a flavor worth savoring. The vegetarian tasting menu was fascinating, as was the Sultan's beef, and the deserts made me break my resolve not to have another bite. Turkish food filtered through the imagination of a culinary genius.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect and delicious- our favorite
    wendyb
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Oleana is our favorite restaurant .. it is always perfect.. the flavors are distinct and crafted with precision. My favs are the deviled eggs, the falafel, the chicken and the baked Alaska! All four of us enjoyed every dish!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still My Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Love Oleana's food is always great especially the Meza plates and I am sure there will be a day where they stop selling main courses and only serve these. Food is interesting and priced well and quality is consistent. I have tried other places and always come back here.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    All the staff was very kind to accommodate a 3-year old (very hyper) and 1-year old (throwing all sorts of stuff on the patio) at our 6pm reservation! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful,wonderful,wondeful
    14lochlassVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Wonderful and creative food, wonderful outdoor ambiance, friendly servers. We cannot wait to return. If you are looking for a bargain restaurant this is not for you.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My boyfriend and I made our reservation about 3 weeks in advance and were very excited to dine at Oleana. After reading many reviews, we decided to order 6 meze and 1 dessert. It was the perfect amount of food - some may prefer less, but it was perfect for us hungry people! We had the burrata which was a special served with fried green tomatoes, the whipped feta, fried mussels, quail kebab, octopus coca, and sultan's delight. All were great, the feta and sultan's delight were my favorites. Our server was knowledgeable and efficient. Our food was delivered by different people each time, but I felt that was just fine. I think the servings, though expectedly small, could have been a tad larger for the prices. Also, I wish they had a full bar.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Delicious!
    Tiffany
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Oleana has great flavors and is actually very fairly priced for the high quality of the food!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Funny timing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was wonderful, but it was not well paced. I don't know if there was a mix up, but I ordered the vegetable tasting menu, and the first two mezes came right on top of each other, and then we waited almost 45 minutes for the other two and my husband's entree. It would have been nice to have time to enjoy each dish on its own merits.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super slow kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We have been to Oleana many times and the food is outstanding. However, this last time, after talking the place up, we took a couple of friends and it wasn't a great experience. Even calling a month ahead of time, the earliest reservation we could grab was 8:30pm. After being seated, we were greeted by a waitress who appeared to be fairly new. She had trouble with the beer and wine list and disappeared quite a bit. When it came time to eat, we waited over an hour to get our food! Our bottle of wine sat empty and we were REALLY aware of how long we were waiting for food. We starved ourselves during the day in anticipation of overeating that night - we were hungry. Worst part -not even offered a glass of wine or discount for the wait!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • wonderful anniversary dinner
    Peter99
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed our 15th anniversary last week at oleana. Great atmosphere outside such interesting and tasty food and a special treat at the end just for us. Wait staff was excellent.
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  • One of the Best
    dkatz
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My family eats at Oleana at least once a summer, if not more often. We eat outside in the garden, which is lovely. Food is delectable. We all consider it a special treat. Service was a little lacking this time, but it is the kind of place where you don't care very much because it is so pleasant, the food delish, and the overall dining experience something to be relished.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ViankaVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Oleana is one of myfavorite restaurants in Boston. Amazing food and the outdoor garden is beautiful!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Wonderful Dinner
    weitzmansf
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    It was a great dinner. The Mezze's have really expanded, especially in the vegetarian area. Thank you! Dessert is something you should save room for! Could not believe one table had three kids under the age of five, and the eldest nearly knocked over a waiter while running with his umbrella. This is NOT a kid restaurant! They welcome kids, but I don't think other diners expect kids to be heard or running around.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Art Food
    DivineDining
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Exquisite tastes, lovely ambiance. Doesn't get much better than this!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    Lodom
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    My family and I went to Oleana's for dinner and the we ordered tons of appetizers to share and they were very good. We had the monk fish and chicken for our main course and they were delicious as well. Our server was very informative and helped us decide on the items to order and share from the menu. I would go back for dinner again.
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    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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  • Still outstanding after 13 years!
    ricewings
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I ate here when it first opened, and periodically afterwards, and it was always terrific. Returned for a special birthday dinner after about six years away, and I was blown away. The meze were fantastic-- from simple items like cacik, to complexly flavored Sultan's delight and Vermont quail kebab. Our waiter was wonderful-- she made recommendations, steered us towards the right quantities and best complementary choices. We also had the hangar steak and lamb shawarma entrees. The mix of Turkish and Mediterranean flavors -- from zaatar to labne, was great. And the smoky eggplant puree-- to die for!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Outstanding
    ABCambridge
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Still one of the best restaurants in the Boston area. A real gem.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was very good but service was horrendous. We have been ciming to this restaurant over the years and the food is always very good. However, the service this time was so bad that we doubt we ever will go back.
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  • Patio dining was fantastic
    wingfwdVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Oleana is one of the great restaurants in this area and eating outside on their patio for the first time added to the legend. My wife and I shared four mezzes (carrots, olives, octopus, and fried mussels) and one main (monk fish). All were great with the octopus and monk fish at the top of the list. Wine list is interesting and easy to pair.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Worth going to Cambridge
    ToujourslacuisineVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Arrive early and you can perhaps snag a table outside. Inside is quaint. It took awhile for my waitress to warm up and give me good suggestions and chat about the food, which was excellent. The specials were quite special.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • DisappointedPatron
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Arrived restaurant 15 min late for an early dinner reservation at 6:30 pm. Was told that since normally guests are expected to finish their meals in 1 hr 45 min, we would have only 1 h 30 min to finish our dinner as our table was booked for another party at 8:15 pm. Couldn't believe what I heard, as dinner is a leisure fair to enjoy wine, food and conversation with friend, it's not a timed feeding for caged animals, especially for a high end restaurant with such a respectful rating on Zagat. The service was rushed, was asked whether we'd like our food to be boxed when there were plates on the table that haven't even been touched yet. Will not return.
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  • Service Flew South
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Oleana has been one of my favorite places for special occasions for over 10 years. Dining on the outdoor patio is such a treat as it's so pretty. I was there last week to celebrate an anniversary and the service was very poor. We waited 35 minutes in between ordering two meze selections. That was a long time to wait and we had to continually flag down our server for more wine. On that topic, the wine is pricey and the glasses are filled only a 1/4 full. Overall, I was very disappointed and will rethink where I celebrate milestones after 10 years of frequenting Oleana. The server was not as experienced and enthusiastic as in previous visits.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Phenomenal
    YoniGVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Outstanding food, fresh and flavorful, clever combinations, ample servings, tasteful beyond measure! (Private parking lot, too.)
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.