This is my third time at Ole,
This is my third time at Ole, and it has always been great. This time we had the paella, which was truly excellent. I want to commend the staff for going "above and beyond" in accommodating one of my guests who is gluten and lactose intolerant; the servers graciously and cheerfully helped her choose specials tapas for her, thus making the dinner an enjoyable and delicious one for all. My out-of-the-country, well-traveled guests were so impressed with, and so enjoyed, the food and service. And I have to say a special word about the incredible hot chocolate, which I now have every time I go to Ole, and which was a bit hit with my guests as well.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Just an amazing tapas
After 4 visits this restaurant now becomes one of our favorite places for Spanish tapas. Definitely better then Philly's Amada. Everything we had was FULL of flavor and delicious. The BBQ Duck was outstanding. The service is great and the ambiance is nice and quiet when we are their around 5pm, but could be louder later. We live in Baltimore, Md area but make trips to Newark 4-5 times a year just for a taste of OLE Tapas. Wish they would open something similar closer to us.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was an outstanding experience
This was an outstanding experience & meal! Wonderful food, delicious & fun tapas variety. But the BEST was Scott, our server. Friendly and helpful, an amazing waiter. Thanks for a wonderful experience!
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Top of the Tapas
Though the geographic location is not elegant, the interior of the restaurant is fine and the food and service are superior. As with any tapas restaurant, having enough people to justify ordering a wide variety of dishes is important. Our moderately-priced wine was excellent and again, the service is great.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
A fun local spotting hidden
A fun local spotting hidden in a strip mall - don't pass this place by for good tapas and good service - I have not tried a steak yet at this restaurant but for a local spot this restaurant exceeded my expectations.
4/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Interesting, but expensive
Excellent, warm, freindly, knowlegable customer service, except our drinks sweated all over the otherwise beautiful wood table all night and no one offered to wipe the table. The food was mostly excellent, except one Tapas was way too salty. The round booth we were in was very, very nicely cozy and intimate...very comforting and romantic that way. However, it woud have been prefferable to seperate the noisy group crowd from the quite dining crowd. The deserts were out-of-this-world delicious! However, our sangria had little to no alcohol and was very expensive.It also had small bits that clogged the straw....take my advice, just ditch the straw. Overall, very interesting, but expensive experience.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
My favourite restaurant hereabouts
Spanish tapas and all quite tasty. It's where I eat when I'm near Newark.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Cinco de Mayo
Had a wonderful lunch with Mom and a friend. Got to try some new dishes Pinchetos (chicken, pineapple, chorizo skewers) and some classics-Gambas (shrimp & garlic & Seta Confrit (mushrooms with black garlic and onions) YUMMY! But of course, we had to have the pitcher of Sangrias. What an awesome way to spend Cinco de Mayo. The service is always great-Thank you Christina-you Rock!
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't miss it!
Ole Tapas has been and contiinues to be one of my top 5 favorites in the Wilmington-Newark area. Don't let the modest facade fool you. This Spanish restaurant has it all. The wine list is superb and is full of Spanish wines that are not your typical offerings. Trust me, there are a lot of tasty offerings on the list. If you aren't sure, ask your trusty waiter. They give you a choice of wine glass size too, so you can try several wines along with your multiple tapas. The small dishes are especially good for allowing small groups to have a taste of their friends' favorite dishes as well as their own. It also allows one to experiment with dishes outside of your comfort range. There's a lot of awesome flavors on the menu. Enjoy!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mothers Day 2013
Fabulous. food, service and atmosphere it is great place for special occasions
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time server earns stars.
It always great to enjoy tapas at Ole. We have some favorites but when our first time server did such a great job explaining the specials for the evening we were hooked, and also not disappointed. We enjoyed a nice leisurely dinner and enjoyed speaking with the owner in spite of he and his staff being extremely busy at the time.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Once again, Ole Tapas is a great place. Croquetas, ajillo gambas, and the tomataos were phenomenal.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall the food was good. The only issue is that the place advertises steaks. I was not as pleased with my steak. Requested med rare, came out med as well not as hot to melt the gourmet butter.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is Great! Service is Horrible!
The food was delicious, but we (party of five) had to wait forever for it although the restaurant was virtually empty. We waited an hour for our appetizers & almost two hours for our entrees. We were told by our server (who was the only server that evening) that they operate on a skeleton crew Monday nights, because business is typically slow then. Unfortunately we went on Monday night & witnessed the skeleton in the flesh (there was no crew). If you plan on dining here, do not go on Monday night!
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
muy buen lugar para disfrutar
muy buen lugar para disfrutar de un buen vino y una buena cena!
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous Food / Slow Service
We loved the food and the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Ole Tapas. I highly recommend it. The paella was fantastic. The portion size was unbelievable. The only negative was that the service was slow even though the restaurant was not full. However, all of the staff members were so friendly and courteous and the food was so delicious that I would definitely go again.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The empanadas were the best I have ever had, seriously. So good that I ask the waiter to tell the chef. He made a personal visit to the table to thank us, and was very friendly, courteous, and gracious. The Spanish rioja wine was great. It was dry, but not overly dry, went well with the tapas foods, especially with the bacon wrapped, blue cheese stuffed figs. The wine had a nice, lingering after taste without being bitter. I'd definitely drink it again. The meal was a great success and we will be back!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still great. New updated menu
My fiancée and I have been here several times in the past, and were really interested to see the revised menu withe the new chef. Menu selections still include the great oldies, and some new dishes including wonderful lamb meatballs, octopus (vey tender) And duck fricassee. Service at bar with bartender Scott was exemplary. Gazpacho has always been a tasty summer item. Empanadas change regularly and are a wonderful surprise. Don't forget to share with everyone, a great way to have a food adventure. Try their sister location(Ole cafe) on Main Street for weekly drink specials and lite fare. Keep your eyes open for the various food festivals that they have......we loved the ceviche festival which just ended. Will go back very soon...loved it.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding food and service.
I think it can be difficult to find good tapas in the states. Ole Tapas was excellent. We ordered several different tapas and there wasn't one that didn't get finished at our table of 5.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Tapas Place.... for Delaware
For the Newark/Wilmington dining scene, Ole is great. It doesn't compare to some of the Philly tapas restaurants, however. (but it's not as pricey,either!) And they usually have some interesting wines, although their list isn't extensive.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
You MUST try!!! WOW!
Unbelievable food - a true gem!! Can't wait to go back!!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent as always
Love this place. Doesn't look like much from outside but walking into the restaurant all that changes. Wonderful service, amazing food, great times. Go!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best restaurant in Delaware!
The food is divine. Each tapas or item in the menu is a delight first for the eyes and then the mouth. Each bite is a taste of heaven. The service is very professional and the atmosphere is romantic. The food at Ole Tapas is not the typical chain restaurant food , I love Ole Tapas for its originality, every item in the menu is a discovery of blends of savors perfectly married. Being French I like fine cuisine and I am always satisfied when we go to Ole Tapas.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a pleasurable dining experience at this restaurant. Everyone was very friendly and the food was fantastic. We ordered 5 Tapas for the 2 of us and we each had a drink. My Sangria was a bit watery, but the fruit was nice and included strawberries. All 5 dishes were wonderful and I especially liked the shrimp with garlic. Upon leaving, the owner spoke to us and we discovered that he had opened another location on Main Street in Newark. That location would have been closer for us if we had known. I highly recommend this restaurant.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
What can I say? This is by far, one of the best restaurants in Delaware. I encourage any and everyone to treat yourself to this wonderful dining experience.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food and service
I have been to Ole many times, and it is always wonderful. The owner, staff, bartenders and chefs are friendly, welcoming and great at what they do. The food alone would have me coming back, but the personal attention and obvious enjoyment of what everyone does is an added bonus. I will keep recommending Ole to everyone I know - and continue to eat here!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A chance visit
Was meeting my wife at the Wilmington train station and began to think, where to get dinner? Open Table included Ole Tapas as one of my options. Having eaten here several times with colleagues from work, I've always wanted to bring my wife but we live 50 miles away, Now was our chance. Great dinner and a fine time with our server Scott. Don't let the outside (strip shopping center) fool you, this is a real deal restaurant inside.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pass us the tapas
What a fun spot! Large menu with something for everyone.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here is great and we really enjoyed every item ordered. The chef even sent out a complimentary tapas for us to enjoy! Parking is convenient, location is great - just outside of Newark. I'm looking forward to trying Cafe Ole on Main Street - hoping the quality is just as good!
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun Spanish Food with Twists
Had a lovely evening, all driven by a super enthusiastic host/server/bartender. Many small plates, as typical of Spanish tapas, but with some more local ideas built in (cranberries, pumpkin, Kennett Square mushrooms...). Generous portions for the price, and their Passport can earn you a free trip to Spain, even if it is a 1 in 400 chance...
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great overall experience!
Having never heard of this restaurant before I was a little skeptical of the glowing reviews, but I am in full agreement with everyone who recommended it. Each dish was not only delicious, but also presented very artistically. There is a lot of variety on the menu so there is something for everyone. The service was fantastic and the dishes came at just the right pace to enjoy each one without being rushed but also without having to wait. I'll definitely be going back again.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every time I go to Ole, it is wonderful, and I can't wait to return. For this dinner, I went with two girl friends for a girl's night out. We ordered patatas bravas (highly recommend - there are two different types of potatoes cooked to perfection with a slightly spicy sauce), squid, beef empanadas, crab croquettes, and much more. Everything was delicious, was perfectly paced and was just the right amount of food.
As always, the staff exceeded our expectations. The bartender made our night fun and flirty and light. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful (one of the girls had never been to Ole before) without being condescending. And the owner made sure to say hi.
I would highly always recommend Ole!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is very well prepared.
Food is very well prepared. Service and presentation are excellent.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't miss going to this restaurant....the tapas are to die for & wonderful beverages!!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took my family of eight, and had a wonderful time with friendly waiters and great tasting food. We had Paella Mixta, and a bunch of Tapas. We all left more than satisfied.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice little spot for dining.
Nice little spot for dining. Waitress was outstanding and very helpful with the menu. Her suggestions were right on!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the mussels I get them extra spicy and the lamb meatballs. The service is always great!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a very friendly place. Great drinks and food!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Enjoyable and Tasty Place
We enjoy dining at Ole Tapas. The food is excellent, the service is good and the ambiance is nice. The guitarist that played on our first visit was amazing and they often have music and entertainment that is excellent. Highly recommend for gluten free diners. They are super careful about ensuring your meal is gluten free and will even do what they can to accommodate any dish to suit your allergy needs.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun Dinner Place
We took our granddaughter son and her sister there for a fun dinner experience during the UD Parents Weekend. It's a fun place for a group with the food choices and having it brought out in waves. Good conversation place. Not fancy but it worked out fine for us.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We found this restaurant on our B and B's website and were thrilled with the recommendation. We were in town for Parent's Weekend at UDel so had a group of 8..the restaurant is in a strip shopping center but once inside, the menu, decor and ambiance are wonderful. Excellent service; waitress very helpful in explaining menu items and very attentive. The owner came by and chatted which I always find refreshing! We were full but still found room for their desserts...delicious!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were in Newark for a conference and looking for a place to eat dinner. This was an exceptional find. We really enoyed Ole Tapas. The food and service are exceptional; we ordered a series of small plates(tapas) to share and found that we savored the food and the experience more than if we would have each had a large entree. We certainly did not leave hungry; as we finished one plate our waiter took our order for the next; the pace was just right. Our favorite was the ceviche; we also enjoyed warm dates stuffed with blue cheese.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice tapas plates, somewhat
Nice tapas plates, somewhat Americanized, but very good and properly sized with good variety.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love their food
Great food, great service. You have choices of tapas that are great for adventurous and non-adventurous people... lots of options. Tres leches dessert was delicious. Thank you to our server for great recommendations on wine and dessert!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun find, parking challenge
Enjoyed the evening w/ friends and fun food. Parking was terrible with absent signage for alternative parking locations.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sunday Night Treat
One of our favorite restaurants. Authentic and delicious. Not the place to run in, eat and then leave quickly. You stay awhile, enjoy the meal and make conversation.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
A pleasant, relaxed, varied meal
A nice, varied menu of tapas and a relaxed atmosphere makes this a nice place for an unrushed meal for business or pleasure. Calamari were excellent. Lamb meatballs very good. Hummus not-so-much (unusual flavor for hummus, we felt). Seafood-and-chorizo were also quite good. On a Tuesday night, business was very slow, leading to very attentive service and a bit-too-rapid succession of tapas at the table (we asked our waiter to slow down). Our featured wine, a Spanish tempranillo, was very good. Decor is smooth, trendy and quiet. We will definitely return.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good was very good, nice variety.
Overall very positive experience. Food and service was very good. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very attentive wait staff
Very attentive wait staff with a great selection of tapas. There was a flamenco guitarist who played throughout the night and drew in a pretty great crowd. An A+ experience!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect for so many occasions
We discovered this restaurant while searching for Spanish places when we moved to the Delaware area. From the first visit, the food and service have been outstanding. It's not terribly pricey, but it can add up quickly since everything is so delicious and each plate is about $6-7. For two people, we usually spend about $50. They have special events including flamenco dancers, wine tastings, and NYE. They also have a "frequent diners" account that can allow you a chance to win a trip to Spain. I highly recommend this place!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM