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
291 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (224)special occasion (174)neighborhood gem (160)great for outdoor dining (155)romantic (130)notable wine list (54)hot spot (40)good for groups (17)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (5)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • 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
    • Food
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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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  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st Anniversary Dinner
    Alex
    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
  • Always a pleasure...
    HeatherfeatherVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Oleana never disappoints. From the location, with the jewel-like patio and gorgeous interior, to the friendly, intelligent, extremely knowledgeable staff, to the incredibly flavorful and surprising cuisine; it's a winner all around. I especially love the option to eat entirely from the Meze section of the menu, for the opportunity to taste and savor many dishes, or the choice to follow the more traditional route with meze and entree. Wine list is always stellar as well. For a night that indulges all of your senses, look no further.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mimi
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The combination of spices and flavors in the dishes is wonderful. You can order and share several mezze ( middle eastern tapas). Leave room for the baked alaska for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lots a tapas
    QGoldVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Falafel is outstanding. Note that they only serve beer and wine cocktails, no hard liquor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oleana
    Nida
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The reservation for this restaurant was made 4 weeks in advance with a special request noting that this was a special occasion and we were coming from out of town. The restaurant was practically empty when we walked in and we were seated in a corner (nothing spectacular). Our mezzes came about 15 mins after sitting, our entres came about 40 minutes after the mezzes. My friend ordered a sprite and instead got a coke. The customer service was lacking quality big time. I don't think we will be back anytime soon.
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  • Great food & excellent service
    TMEO
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This is a special restaurant. No other like it in the Greater Boston area for food quality and uniqueness, ambiance & service. I highly recommend it for romantic occasions or any other special occasion. Of course, go just to experience it as well! You'll be glad you did. I suggest ordering from the "meze" part of the menu so you can try a bunch of different dishes...sort of tapas style. And sit outside in warm weather to really capitalize on the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ijejoe
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Best vegetarian food in the Boston area. Without peer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative Greek style
    CallalillyVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food here is really spectacular! The chef (a woman with an all woman team) is clearly masterful and creative. The attention to detail in every flavor and texture combination makes every dish special. The seating is crowded and the place is noisy, but the atmosphere is happy and friendly. Our server, Tracy, was superb--so professional, warm, and really bright. She made the dining experience as special as the good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much going on
    Fussy
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Perhaps my wife and I are too old for this highly rated restaurant. We both found the food to be too busy, too many tastes and textures, and not all that great. Perhaps we ordered incorrectly. Most people around us seemed to be having a selection of mezes. We each ordered a meze and an entree. One of my wife's 3 lamb chops was improperly cooked, the other two were as-ordered, but all were tough. My bluefish, when I could find it under mountains of cabbage and other stuff, was quite good and nicely cooked. The potato side dish was very salty. The service is excellent and the ambience terrific. I wish we had enjoyed the food more as all other aspects of our experience was excellent.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • collchar
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was wonderful! Lots of different experiences for us! We enjoyed trying the many different offerings. The wait staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. Always had full water glasses and used plates were quickly cleared. Would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hard to top
    Swordfish
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Possibly the best overall dining experience we've had in the Boston-Cambridge area. Setting, service, and food werer all outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment to say the least
    eliet
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I truly wanted to love the restaurant but at the end it was a let down. Some Dishes seemed like an after thought. The Falafel was impeccable. The chicken zaatar encrusted skin was phenomenal but setting it on a cheese pancake (a mush mess) was just silly. I love Mediterranean when it is elevated and experimented with, but not at the expense of its flavor and delicate balance. The Maamoul desert was a disaster. A good maamoul is crumbly and full pistachio and of rose water flavor cookie. The one at the restaurant lacked the delicious stuffing and the buttery and crumbly shell. The restaurant actually charged for 4 small wedges of pita bread (really). Generosity in the food is lacking and that is the first trait in the Mediterranean cuisine.
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  • JomartVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was great but the octopus meze was quite bland even though it was cooked well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rickandquie71
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Shelly(?) just a fabulous server. Extremely impressed with her menu knowledge. Food, wine were perfect. I gotta tell you. Oleana won the day
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the Meze as your meal
    IandA
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The Meze "appetizers" are so delicious and the favors are so unique that we always order 4 or 5 for the two of us to share. And the bread is so yummy! And the wait staff has always been Ifriendly and helpful with our choices. Couldn't ask for a better dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Intricate food, intimate setting
    SpiceCollector
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We ate dinner outside in the back, on a night with perfect weather, so we lucked out. The food (you can order an entree or stick to small plates) seemed impossible to reverse-engineer - my favorite kind. It really opened our eyes to new possibilities. The waitstaff was great - just the right amount of attention - rounding out a perfect date night dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but Patio was hot...
    LateDiner
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Terrific and creative food. The mixtures of flavors are incredible. Only weakness was we were under the overhang on the patio and it gets VERY HOT there if it is a hot day. My wife was especially hot sitting on the bench. On a hot day/evening, only opt for the patio if you can sit away from the overhang (and hope it won't rain - they do have umbrellas for the tables as well).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    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!
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    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!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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