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olea - New Haven, New Haven, CT
olea - New Haven, New Haven, CT
olea - New Haven, New Haven, CT
olea - New Haven, New Haven, CT
olea - New Haven, New Haven, CT

olea - New Haven

4.8
4.8
1327 Reviews
$50 and over
Spanish
In the heart of downtown New Haven, Connecticut, Olea offers an innovative interpretation of Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. Chef Manuel Romero and his team explore these flavors in their food, wine, and cocktails, locally sourcing many products and importing specialty items from the Mediterranean region.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (203) 780-8925
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Manuel Romero
  • Private party facilities
    Olea can accommodate up to 30 guests for private events in part of the restaurant enclosed by a shimmering curtain, and larger parties can include up to 80 guests throughout Olea. And we love to create special nooks for smaller, more intimate gatherings.Call 203.780.8925, OR info@oleanewhaven.com, to begin the process of creating a unique event.
  • Private party contact
    info@oleanewhaven.com: (203) 780-8925
  • Neighborhood
    New Haven
  • Cross street
    Crown and Chapel
  • Parking details
    -FREE PARKING-Park your car in Temple or Crown St Garage, enjoy a meal (with a check of $50 or more) & park for free. Ask your host about validation when arriving at Olea. Exceptions: no validation for private events, restaurant week, holidays or Yale commencement. For more information, visit the Park New Haven website.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,327 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Connecticut

    Spanish

1,327 Reviews
  1. Nelson

    Greater Boston

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently amazing!! A perfect spot for any occasion!! Thank you!

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  2. SteveZ

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding Basque cuisine prepared as it would be in San Sebastián. Service was attentive without being overbearing. We wish we lived closer so we could go more often. One of our top dining experiences

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  3. LarryB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing and the service was too! Great overall experience.

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  4. donnal

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, cocktails and service in a stylish space

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  5. JennyB

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great vibe and attentive service! Highly recommend!

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  6. CG123

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and wine were wonderful. Service was great. Highly recommend.

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  7. GeorgeG

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great birthday. Atmosphere, food, drinks and service were impeccable!!

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  8. LawrenceD

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fabulous. Owners have maintained a high standard these many years. Each plate a delicious work of art. A lovely experience, every time.

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  9. BrianR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful experience. Lovely service. Would go back commonly

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  10. Patrick

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is absolutely delicious and our server, Jorge, was wonderful. He was attentive and kind. Sommelier that came to our table to offer wine suggestions offered a great wine recommendation - he wasn’t exactly the most customer friendly person I’ve dealt with but the wine was great. The menu was pre fixe for Valentine’s Day and we made reservations as required. I was unaware that we had “Bar Seating” in our reservation which I don’t mind given how busy Valentine’s Day is. We were happy to get a reservation at all. The issue I had with the restaurant is that when we arrived (as I said I was unaware we had bar seating only) I asked if my fiancée and I could sit at a table by the window because it was empty and was a great place to sit. The hostess sat us there and was very kind. A couple minutes later, a woman who worked there that never introduced herself or let us know her role with the restaurant, told us we were not supposed to be sitting there and our reservations were for the bar. I apologized and said I was unaware and the hostess sat us there after I requested it. She was incredibly rude telling us that while we didn’t have the move, we were causing big problems for her as someone had requested our table in their reservation. Again, I offered to move and she declined the offer. Why come to our table, as we are seated and settled in, tell us that we are causing an issue for you that was obviously not intentional on our part, then tell us we don’t have to move? Completely ridiculous - made my fiancée and I incredibly uncomfortable. Long story short: the food is amazing, the service is wonderful, and whoever works front of house is unprofessional. We’ll definitely be back but I’m hoping the next time is better.

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  11. Nana

    Tokyo

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner there. Foods were very tasty delicious and service was great, friendly and professional.

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  12. LW52

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I don't know why, but we have not been to Olea in a while. From the hospitality at the door, to the table service, to the food and of course the cocktails and wine, to the dessert. Fantastic! The gentleman who I must assume is either the proprietor or manager made us feel like old friends, as did the lady that checked my coat, thank you. We will be back very soon.

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  13. foodenthusiest

    New York City

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good but all the food was all very cold and small portions.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food. Beautiful and thoughtful presentation. The Chef is a culinary master. Even the vegetarian entree was a delightful combination of crispy and tender roasted vegetables over a bed of polenta. Really delicious. The duck was perfectly tender with a slightly crispy finish. Fantastic sauces to highlight each entree. Other recommendations- the salad, charcuterie and course- dessert -the tropical and the torrija.

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  15. StacyT

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal and wonderful service! The vegetarian dish was the best I’ve ever had! My husband had the suckling pig. So a beautiful night out! Looking forward to coming back

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  16. GeorgeR

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a nice meal with friends. The drinks, food, and service were great. Be sure to try an appetizer and dessert for the full experience.

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  17. AceT

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. Excellent food and service. Portion size is good. Drinks and desserts a bit pricey

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  18. monicad

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at Olea but not our last!! We loved the restaurant the food and service were out of this world

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  19. WalmerB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at Olea, had a great time and the food was great.

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  20. Radem

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always excellently prepared and impressively presented. The staff is attentive, patient, and gracious.

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  21. dcrow

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A favorite restaurant in the area. Service is attentive. Staff goes above and beyond to please. Had Octopus, a salad special and fish of the day-Branzino, perfectly prepared and deboned with shell fish in a delicious subtle sauce.

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  22. MikeC

    New Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service. Would definitely return.

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  23. VivianF

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The good is excellent and the staff is do attentive. This is a ginecretaurant experience every time.

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  24. chip

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Genial and accommodating Went out of their way to put together tables for our expanded group

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect. It was perfect! Best everything. Worth it

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  26. RichardE

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Olea has long been a favorite of mine and my wife, along with my faculty and trainee compatriots at the Yale School of Medicine, which is a fifteen minute walk away from the restaurant. Last evening we quite enjoyed a dinner reunion with friends from northern Connecticut. The bronzino special, decorated with clams, was delicious, following the also special blini appetizer adorned with a sprinkling of caviar. Each of the four deserts were tasty ways to cap off the top drawer dinner. I have been a fan of Olea for a couple of decades, and last evening it once again hit the spot. This restaurant remains at the top of my list in the highly competitive New Haven cuisine milieu.

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  27. foodie1964

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Olea is our favorite restaurant in the area. The food is delicious and very inventive with flavors and wines you don't find anywhere else. You can tell Chef Romero is passionate about his culinary creations and the outstanding flavors, taste, and plating derives from the love he puts into every dish. We can't wait to return.

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  28. FlemmingT

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Olea was once spectacular; our last visit was average. Food quality was fine, originality was disappointing. Menu unchanged and no special items, deserts...meh.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great dining experience at this restaurant

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  30. JulieK

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great experience. The food service were extraordinary.

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  31. RachelM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous experience! Friendly and attentive wait staff. Food was fantastic!

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  32. MichelleD

    New York City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    a delightful culinary experience with superb service in a sophisticated atmosphere!

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  33. Canadian

    Greater Boston

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal last night. The ahi tuna appetizer and short ribs were fantastic and the service very attentive without being overbearing. It became noisier as the restaurant filled. Ice cream desert was clearly home made and very flavorful especially the hazelnut chocolate. I will definitely return.

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  34. Mark

    New York City

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very tasty with impeccable service. Would definitely recommend.

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  35. Delcioso

    New York City

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, cocktails and wine. Service was a bit wonky but the team stepped in to assist.

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  36. LawrenceD

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always sensational. Cochinilla is a favorite. Desserts are great. Love the owners.

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  37. BrianD

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hard to say it’s a hidden gem as it’s always busy, but what a gem it truly is! Presentation is amazing as always, appetizers melt in your mouth, entrees masterpieces, and desserts are worth the trip alone.

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  38. Pedro

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best place for an exquisite diner! Recommended 100%

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  39. EmilyB

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    TASTING MENU ALLL THE WAY! I am a “Vegequarian” and the chef was accommodating to my dietary preferences. Delicious food and wine. Service was top notch. Our server’s immense level of knowledge regarding Spain and its culinary history was so fun hear. Total immersive food experience!

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  40. sshelley

    New York City

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An amazing tasting menu. Wonderful for a birthday celebration. Each course was excellent, combining a beautiful presentation and delightful flavor combinations. Always a delight to dine here. Great for special occasions. Highly recommend!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

olea - New Haven is rated 4.8 stars by 1327 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for olea - New Haven

39 High Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Crown and Chapel
  • Neighborhood
    New Haven
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    -FREE PARKING-Park your car in Temple or Crown St Garage, enjoy a meal (with a check of $50 or more) & park for free. Ask your host about validation when arriving at Olea. Exceptions: no validation for private events, restaurant week, holidays or Yale commencement. For more information, visit the Park New Haven website.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Manuel Romero
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (203) 780-8925
  • Private party facilities
    Olea can accommodate up to 30 guests for private events in part of the restaurant enclosed by a shimmering curtain, and larger parties can include up to 80 guests throughout Olea. And we love to create special nooks for smaller, more intimate gatherings.Call 203.780.8925, OR info@oleanewhaven.com, to begin the process of creating a unique event.
  • Private party contact
    info@oleanewhaven.com: (203) 780-8925
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