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 25, 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 (223)special occasion (173)neighborhood gem (160)great for outdoor dining (154)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
  • Emperor's New Clothes?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This was our first visit to Oleana. We went with high hopes, but we left wondering if all they hype is something akin to "The Emperor's New Clothes". Our waiter hovered from the moment we arrived, stopping by repeatedly when we had barely sat down and hovering again after we had ordered a bottle of wine--trust me, we're not lingerers. Then insult was added to injury when our entrée took forever to arrive--we didn't complain, and our waiter did apologize, but the irony was not lost on us. Finally, the food was just okay, including a strong dose of sugar in my lamb entrée--is sugar the new cream? What doesn't taste good with a strong dose of sugar in it? The patio is glorious on a nice night; the restaurant felt overcrowded.
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  • Excellent Birthday Meal!
    Reece
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    This was my first time at Oleana and it certainly lived up to it's reputation. We got (2) small plates and (1) entree and a small birthday dessert for the two of us and it was just the right amount. You must try to spinach falafel when you go there! Also, not sure what the dessert was that they brought out to us - some sort of fried ball with caramel sauce, but I am definitely going to ask for it again next time I go! All-in-all, this was one of the best dining experiences that I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    foodlove
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Just as delicious as the reviews say! Our waiter was attentive and very helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, a wee bit loud
    EatLuvNap
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Terrific food (duck was scrumptious) some of the portions seemed a little small. Amazing how one infant banging with fork on plate can echo annoyingly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joey
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Top notch food in a cozy intimate environment. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Why do I need a reservation?
    KatieBelle
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I don't understand the purpose of making a reservation. It seemed like it wasn't really necessary, especially for patio seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Best restaurant in Boston!
    JOSteinVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This is my second visit to Oleana. The food is outstanding and service wonderful. I cannot wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pumpkin
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Enjoyed dining on the patio. The service was wonderful. Only regret was that on a cool night they did not light the heating lamps or have enough blankets for everyone. The temperature definitely distracted from the experience. Otherwise terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delicious evening
    Judy
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We made a 5:30 reservation which turned out to be perfect - we got a seat outside on the patio. It was just lovely outside and the food was outstanding. Especially loved the spinach falafel and scallops with spring pea salad. The profiteroles were wonderful but too rich for one person - would have been better to share with a group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio, decent food
    CambridgeMom
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We arrived about 30 minutes early for our reservation, intending to get a drink at the bar before being seated for dinner. We were shown to an outside "holding" area on the side of the patio, where there was a large party taking up most of the space. The were seated on bar stools and drinking beer and wine. We were handed drink menus, but no servers came to take our drink order. We waited about 15 minutes (standing), hovering over the folks dining on the patio. Eventually I went back to the hostess stand to see if I could place our drink order and was directed back outside. The hostess told me she would send someone over to take our order shortly. After a couple more minutes, a host came over and took us directly to our table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exquisite
    SeattleSavvy
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We were visiting from Seattle and a friend recommended Oleana's. What a wonderful place. It was a beautiful night in Boston so we sat on the patio. They have a perfect menu for having dinner with a vegetarian. Both of you get what you want from the exceptional variety of the menu. The service was impeccable and very attentive. I will definitely come back when I'm in Boston next.
    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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Nice place so would recommend but expensive and a specific kind of food so not for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • General Impression
    luv2dine
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Food is very creative, service was fair( long wait between courses).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So good!
    QueenReggieVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The food at Oleana was soooo good. Our group ordered lots of meze plates, each one as delicious as the others. Many of the dishes had familiar ingredients but with a scrumptious twist. It was the spices that made the difference for us. Very thoughtful to have the glossary of terms and the cheerful staff were happy to explain the dish. Definitely try the crudités. Sounds simple but what a great way to serve raw baby veggies: diners dip them in almond butter and then dukkah, a nut, seed and spice blend. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    meas78
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    delicious food, professional service, great ambience. you must go there! but book s tablu in advance, it is always full.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veggies Star!
    OldHorizontalVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Great flavors with strong Mediterranean influence. Suggest sharing several of the small , flavorful starters. This is a gem, each time we return we appreciate it even more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arabian nights at Oleana
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The menu has a big selection on appetizers and small one for entrees so we diced to order only from the appetizers and share. Most were really good some were just okay - we loved the braised tamarind beef, grilled octopus and the fried mussels but did not go crazy for the whipped feta and did not bother finishing the grape leaves lamb "pie". Bread was great. The highlight was the pistachio dessert - well balanced and just the right amount of everything. Will come back for that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Party in your Mouth
    EastSider
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Our sunny, dependable, uber-cheerful server, Shelly, exclaimed that the food she was presenting was going to be "a party in your mouth." She was utterly right! The tastes conjured up by Oleana are extraordinary: yummy, inventive, creative, playful, and completely delicious. Be sure to try the "spinach falafel, tahini sauce, beet yogurt with watercress." It's amazing. Everything is amazing. And it's OK if you don't believe me because then we'll be more likely to get a table the next time we are clamoring for great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oleana is even better on the patio!
    BoulderEatsWellVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I loved Oleana already, but having dined on the patio recently causes me to up their ambience score to match their still-stellar food rating. I love to share a ton of the meze courses for the table and then share desserts - the Baked Alaska AND the Profiteroles are truly UNFORGETABLE - just amazing. Service is well-informed, offers real recommendations, and is very friendly, but the way they fill the patio as soon as the doors open since it can't be reserved seems to result in slammed servers out there who aren't as accessible as I'd prefer them to be when the food is at this very high level. It's worth the effort to get on the patio - it is a stunning space. Now I have been here twice this year - and cannot wait to return again ASAP!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Bites
    RestaurantAdventurerVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The dishes are incredibly flavorful and visually appealing. They can a be a bit hard to share among more than 4 people, as each person just gets one or two bites. This is probably our favorite restaurant in Boston and very popular, so it can be hard to get a reservation on short notice. Definitely check it out!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We've eaten here on three occasions. The food is wonderful in all ways. The wine recommended by the sommelier was perfect with our meal. Our waitress was pleasant enough but seemed too busy to be attentive (the restaurant wasn't full).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Oleana's is a treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I was seated at the rear of the back porch near the water fountain and garden; so it was quiet and peaceful. Neighboring diners were also quiet. The service was friendly without being intrusive, and the food superb if you like to be a bit adventurous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food in Nice Ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I've been to Oleana twice already and can't wait to go back. The food is delicious and really unique! I brought different friends and family to that place and they all really enjoyed it. I recommend it strongly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice experience sharing food
    infrared
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    A combination of the veggie taster menu and a few other small plates was ideal for our group of five.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a local treasure
    Larry
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Oleana never fails to amaze me with its imaginative and wonderful food. The menu boasts unexpected delights and can satisfy many tastes. I look forward to every visit there keenly and always leave with thanks for the total experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply incredible
    gggg
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Incredible food. Warm service. Unpretentious, even though it is perhaps the best dining experience in Cambridge/Somerville. Just go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trouble with special diets
    FussyVegetarians
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    After stating our dietary issues and asking many questions, our food came with items that were not o.k. for us and they at first just took the items of concern off our plate, even though they were on top of the food that we could eat. This led to a very uncomfortable meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Going downhill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Here for my fourth time and must say, although the food was good, the service has declined tremendously. Waiting for menus, to order, then 45 min for just the first course. I would have to argue that it WAS one of the best in Boston a year ago, now just another expensive, over-priced, bad service place to eat in Boston. Would suggest trying Sarma, if you want the chef's food, where the service is still good.....for now
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  • Loved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We loved our dinner. Sat on the patio. Food was delicious white sangria Great. Going back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Our Favorite Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We come here for special occasions and the food is always interesting and excellent. Care is taken to craft the dishes and they keep a good number of old favorites combined with new and interesting inventions. The prices are comparable to anywhere around and when we go elsewhere often would say, We could have gotten a better meal at Oleana's for the same money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back again
    Luv2dineout
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants. You can taste every single spice in the food. This visit was a little bit disappointing. The lamb needed more flavor, I could not taste the spices. My dinner companion asked for medium rare for the ribeye but it came medium. The baked Alaska is one of the main reasons I like to dine here, but I felt a little disappointed. Probably just an off night. I definitely will be back to give another try. Still is one of my favorites.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sush
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Wonderful food and vegetarian friendly. Wonderful service. You may have to wait when you first get there, but it is worth it... overall very accommodating and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!!
    Arnod
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Excellent food, amazing flavors; my strongest recommendation. There is no other place like it.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    BostonAndy
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    My wife and I love Oleana! Every dish is prepared so well and is very distinct. We have come here twice for special occasions and have not been disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • wonderful food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    simply wonderful food but the $6 small bottle of tonic water was ridiculous
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oldie but still a goodie
    BeefVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    The experience is top-notch all the way through. Food remains excellent and the friendly service makes this place special. The duck breast is really special, make sure to give it a try. Outstanding all the way around.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    horrible food.That was the most horrible experience I had my life. please dont call yourself middle eastern food. you have nothing to do with it. For anyone exploring middle eastern food, this place is NOT for that. Go elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Phinda
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This was a very nice restaurant with unusual delicious food. The service was outstanding and I thought is was a very good find in Cambridge and easily walkable from Le Meridian Hotel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 173 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 3110 reviews are from the Oleana reviews archive.
  • Excellent
    bill
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The meal overall was excellent. It always is. On this particular day I got to eat what I have decided was the single best bite of food I've ever had in my life. We had the special salad which was great. On my last bite I had a goat cheese stuffed date which I ran through the walnut/roasted red pepper/spices pesto which was on the bottom of the bowl with the dressing. This combination of crunchy, chewy, creamy, salty, sweet was perfect and literally almost brought a tear to my eye. Amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!!!
    XXXXVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The food is unbelievable as well as the service and ambience. Outstanding restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate