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We are very excited to present Olé's renovated space and updated bar menus to the neighborhood. Olé has been in Inman Sq for 15 years, bringing traditional as well as innovative Mexican cuisine to Cambridge. With our 6 seat bar served us well over the years, but we always wanted a little more. Now we have it!
Please join us in our new space name with new cocktails, wines and Chef Erwin's new bar dishes.
More about the Restaurant:
In eclectic Inman Sq. lies a distinctive restaurant - Olé, where Chef Erwin Ramos creates authentic Mexican delicacies from Veracruz, Oaxaca, amongst others. Popular for table side-award winning Guacamole it's the perfect destination for an outstanding evening.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Hours of Operation:
Monday -Thursday: 5:30 - 10:00 PM
Friday - Saturday: 5:00 - 11:00 PM
Sunday: 5:00 - 9:30 PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Mariachi on special occasions
Please contact Mary Ann Ramos for details.
There is a parking lot behind the restaurant which is metered parking until 10:00pm.
Red line to Kendall Square
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Ole serves upscale, modern but authentic dishes. Hospitality, tapas, and maragritas abound. The bold food and flavors of Chef Erwin Ramos take this hip urban neighborhood spot to a new level.
Olé Ratings and Reviews
Our food was delicious. Our server was friendly but so, so, so slow. The space itself is very warm and welcoming. They are going for the tequila crowd and were a bit surprised by my order of a glass of wine... wine snobs look elsewhere! After all is said and done, the mole sauce is worth every penny.
They must have a new cook at Ole. We stopped going there over a year ago because the food was cookie cutter Mexican. Now its got new style, new deliciousness and a sense of the Mexican market and the best Mexican kitchen at the same time. Maybe the best Mexican food in Boston.
I'm not sure if the place is under new management, or what, but it's completely different. The front part, which was where the atmosphere was, now appears to be a different entity entirely. It was too bright and empty- I think it might be the take out . Handwritten signs pointed top Ole being in the back room. There was little to no atmosphere back there. A fire at least made it look cozy but it was a 70 degree evening and made the room too hot. The menus were dirty. The guacamole is not made at the table anymore, but it was excellent. Of a party of 3, two of our plates were ok, the third was great (a steak plate special). The margaritas were mostly ice. T
The food is incredible and highly recommended. The ambiance is not what it was before the remodeling. We were seated in the take out part of the restaurant (in front) despite having had a reservation. The front lacks ambiance and is loud. We asked to be moved to the back and fortunately there was room for us. In the future, I'd request to be seated in the back restaurant. Or better yet, if not wanting a margarita (which are quite good), I'd just get the food to go.
Ole is apparently under new management. The prices seemed higher than before, but we had not been there in a while. It was practically empty on a Saturday night around 9. The guacamole was not good. It was made at the table and it was so loaded with salt and lime that you couldn't taste the avocado. They did take it off the bill. The rest of the food was ok. We were expecting the old Ole and were disappointed. They may improve with experience.
They have redesigned the bar area and down scaled the menu. I was looking forward to the old Olé and was disappointed. We were told we couldn't sit out back because of the heat so we had to sit out front which has no ambiance. This used to be one of my faces but no more.
We have eaten here for a number of years but didn't realized that the restaurant has changed hands. The menu is now very limited, the food is so-so (but the guacamole is still excellent) and the redecoration changed things for the worse. We were quite disappointed. There were only 3 other tables of people there. We could have saved a lot of money and eaten in the casual front of the restaurant. We won't be back, which makes us sad because we used to love it.
This is one of my Inman favorites and I have been going there consistently for a really long time.
The service is great and the ambiance very nice. Their margarita options and entire drink menu is awesome. I would only recommend them to offer more meatless options and more apps choices at the restaurant.
Real neighborhood gem with excellent service and great Mexican food. The menu is not long but everything we had was excellent, high quality, and reasonable portions. The staff were also helpful to us in choosing among 20 (!) kinds of tequila. Definitely recommended.
Ole used to be my favorite restaurant in the area, but over the last last few years they have made some pretty big changes. I am not a fan of the changes! The menu has been cut to less than half of what it use to be, and they didn't keep most of their best dishes (the dishes you can't get everywhere else). It's actually a totally different restaurant, that has a name that I used to love. Quite sad...
Very disappointing. I've been here once before and I raved about how great the food was. I came back bringing a friend we were so disappointed. Last time the salsa had a roasted tomato taste this time it was bland. The guacamole was too salty. They didn't have the pineapple juice for margarita so I tried a new one which was too smokey. The rest of the dinner was really not good. Unsatisfied with the food, the service was also slow and the ambience had changed. Before the room was dimly lit, now it's too bright. Lastly, there was a cat at the table... I mean I understand service animals but having a dirty cat a table where other people eat is absurd. That is not the fault of the restaurant though.
Used to love this restaurant, but they have slimmed down the menu to a handful of items and really killed off any sense of value. The food was no longer interesting and creative like it used to be - - they still have the super-high prices, though! $19 for 3 dry, americanized enchiladas was such a let-down! The table-side guacamole was made with unripened avocados, so it wasn't creamy, but rather chunky and grainy/chewy - - still $14 as before, just less volume. Plus both rooms were loud and kind of uncomfortable - both the restaurant in the back, as well as the relocated Olecito take-out counter and tables at the front. Such a shame!
The restaurant is now confined to the back room and the front has become the take out area. The front is airy with window tables looking out on the street and offering privacy. The back has a low tin ceiling and now has many rather bad and rather large paintings of Mexico.
While our dishes were delicious (other than guacamole made from a barely ripe avocado ) the new noise level and ambience are so bad that we won't go back. It's a shame the new owners made the decisions they did.
Ole used to be a favorite; we'd recommend it to ALL of our friends.
New ownership: not doing it right.
Food was meh, just not special anymore. Even the chips and salsa were generic.
For the money? A joke.
I used to spend $100 for a cozy table, an incredible menu and amazing drinks.
The old atmosphere was rich and classy, the former service warm and friendly.
This time, we had 2 drinks and a menu of tacos and enchiladas for $150, all to the tune of way-too-loud dance music, bad lighting, bad art, a terrible, moody server...we were standing for 20 minutes just trying to get out of there. Nobody took the hint. Nobody offered to comp dessert or anything after what was obviously a botched service. 90 minutes, folks. For tacos.
You're better off going to Painted Burro in Davis Sq where they're actually tying – and succeeding!
The restaurant was busy as it was cinco de mayo. They were over 30+ minutes late seating reservations. Several tables were open and the host was lost and confused. There was a hostile waiter named Brian bossing the host and the guests around and making the situation worse. He was very rude and aggressive. Once seated, our waiter was great and the food was good. None of us will go back after the way Brian spoke and treated us and other guests.
Sorry to do this but I have to be critical. I was disappointed. I have been going to Ole over the years and it has been a tradition to bring Boston Marathoners into Cambridge for theirpost race dinner. Last year- it was amazing. This year- the complete opposite. I guess I have not been back in a while and didn't know that Olecito is now at the front of the restaurant- super casual. The back of the restaurant is for dining. It is much darker in the back and missing the warmth and light from the front windows.
Regarding the food: the menu was limited, the prices were high for the amount of food on the plate and overall, the dishes lacked attention. It did not feel special- as it had in the past. The guacamole is still good but everything else- there is just something missing. It was a Monday night so I dont know if that was the reason, but there were not many people eating in the restaurant which seemed unusual. In the past- it was busy with runners and their families. I hope Ole makes a comeback and someone let's me know- I always liked it before for Mexican food in Boston. For now, I won't be back.
They have reconfigured the restaurant to be a take-out place in the front and a smaller restaurant in the back. The tables and seating are roomier and more comfortable than in the past where we always felt we were crammed in like sardines and had to juggle items so all our food & drinks could fit on the table. The new set-up is better and much more comfortable. Somewhat disorganized, slow service. We sat, ignored, at our table for 15 minutes with no menus, no water, no chips & salsa, no cocktails. It took a long time for drinks to arrive. The food did arrive in a timely fashion and was incredible. The free salsa is delicious, the made-to-order guacamole was wonderful, the waitress recommended the Duck and the Chiles Rellenos, which members of our party ordered and LOVED. They accommodated a vegan guest graciously, and were impeccable with the timing and service of the birthday cake we brought. Even though I thought the service was slow, we loved our waitress and gave her a big tip. Other than the initial wait, the service did not ruin our evening. We had a nice time.
So disappointing! We didn't realize that Ole had new owners. While all the servers did a good job, the host was hard to find and not very accommodating. They lost our reservation which we made on Open Table (and were able to show our confirmation email) and would only seat us after we insisted. The bathroom had only cold water and nonpapee towels. The menu was spare with very few choices, many of which seemed to be Americanized. The chips, salsa, and guacamole were very good. But the enchiladas mole poblano were mediocre. Tres Leche cake was good but it would have been a lot better with decaf coffee which they did not have. Nor did they have the wonderful spiced coffee that the original Ole offered. A favorite of ours has now become a no-go. We will not be back.
We've enjoyed Ole Grill many times in the past. This time we were surprised to find ourselves in a noisy back room with a menu limited only to the antojitos (tacos etc.) We were told Olecito had moved into the front of the restaurant, and a renovation was taking place. On our way out we bought some delicious green pozole for lunch the next day, but we had invited a guest, and this wasn't the experience we were expecting.
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