olea - New Haven

4.8
704 reviews
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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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Naples
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent service, nice ambiance

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flawless meal - every dish comes out perfect. Not your typical Spanish restaurant - this is an elevated meal experience

WC
Jackson Hole
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Spanish food and attentive service. I will definitely go back for more.

CB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, the food was outstanding and the ambiance complements the entire dining experience. I will deffinitevely come back and recommend this restaurant.

M
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and superior service always a pleasure to dine there

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, good service. A little hard to understand the waiter.

s
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful dining experience. The food is superb and the service outstanding. I feel welcomed as soon as I walk in, and cared for during the meal. The chef has a real gift for combining flavors to make each course delicious. The presentation of each dish is exceptional. The cocktails are also amazing.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is amazing!!! Great service!!!

G
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

There was a large group, VERY NOISY, & acting like they owned the entire dining room! It was a private group, but no separate room, no barrier of any kind!! I ask the manager to please tell them to dial down the noise as there are OTHER PAYING guests in the dining room & some of us are SENSITIVE to noise level!! They should have either booked the entire restaurant or the restaurant should have informed other guests!! I would have NOT booked there had I known!! The restaurant did nothing!! I eventually told one person from the group how obnoxious their noise level is to OTHER guests!!!

p
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, service and food, and all within a few steps of Yale’s great museums. Highly recommend.

M
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent.....

R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always had fabulous meals at Olea. This time, I was celebrating with a friend. The menu had new options along with some of my favorites. Every dish was intriguing
and delicious - a feast for all the senses. Service was prompt, friendly and unobtrusive. Definitely a place to enjoy a special occasion.

R
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall a great experience. Excellent service and food! It was our anniversary and they made a special little celebratory dessert for us! I’d definitely recommend Olea!

TF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olea is always superb from the food, wine, cocktails right down to the service

AE
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food: so good that it makes the world stop for a moment -- you take a bite and just slow down and enjoy. Service: attentive but not fussy.
Atmosphere: How nice to eat in a place that's quiet!

B
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food with superb service. Especially good for before going to a play at the Shubert.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down best resturant in town

JB
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The croquettes were exceptional. Lovely personalized dessert plates. Definitely coming back.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food here is wonderful. The space is great. Service is adequate.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing.

KS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservations are suggested as the place fills up fast. Beautiful restaurant, very classy decor and waitstaff. Food was amazing. Not an extensive menu but plenty of choices. Fully stacked bar and plenty of drink specials. We really enjoyed our night out there. Would definitely go back again.

L
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place food was absolutely good but the amount of food they serve for the price wasn’t worth it.

BB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

RO
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was outstanding. We had the short ribs which were very tender and flavorful and the tenderloin which was cooked perfectly.

B
New England
34 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful new Spanish restaurant has emerged in New Haven from the ashes of the old Ibiza. Whereas Ibiza was more oriented towards tapas dishes, Olea brings a bright, energetic approach to a wide array of wonderfully cooked, fresh Spanish dishes. Great wine list, too.

N
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Given that Olea is a Spanish restaurant, I was expecting to find more Spanish flavours on the menu. I would say the offering is closer to French. The food was very nice on the whole but missing the X factor and sometimes the flavours weren't well balanced (such as the sfera dessert.) The wine options were great and the service was impeccable.

p
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us dined on a Tuesday night. It was a wonderful menu, good wine, great service. The restaurant is quiet- no music at all, which is great for discussion.
We had halibut, ceviche, ribs and butternut squash ravioii- all were excellent

BP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for Mother’s Day, they opened specially on Sunday for it. The restaurant was comfortably full, and the service was excellent from the start. They took our coats, sat us immediately, and we had a perfectly paced dinner from water to dessert. Everything was immaculately cooked, with perfect textures and interesting flavors. We skipped the Mother’s Day prix fix, and had the red snapper special and some pork dish I forget the name of. All the appetizers were exceptional and the presentation of our entrees was flawless. The wine list was interesting and had a nice range of prices, we got an incredible reserve red from 2012 for $62 - one of the best bottles I’ve had out ever. Only complaint is we felt the cuts of meat themselves were not exceptional, but they were only slightly below the standard set by everything else.

CT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Still one of the best in New Haven.

N
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautifully presented and delicious cuisine.

LH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always delicious and the staff is always accommodating and friendly.

R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Can't go wrong at Olea. Not the cheapest restaurabt in town, but superbly creative menu, knowledgeable wait staff. Wine list is very good.

MC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olea is an attractive restaurant with superb staff. My friend and I each ordered a beef dish, hers was from the menu and mine was a short rib special. Both were delicious. The sides that came with them worked to complete the meal and the portion size was perfect. We also received a complementary amuse bouche as well as two pieces of chocolate to finish our meal.

Service was attentive without being intrusive. I highly recommend Olea.

OT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is amazing!!! Strongly recommended.

OT
New York Area
247 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olea is by far the BEST restaurant in New Haven, many try to compete but they are still the best on all levels, both food quality and service. The roast pork and the branzino are excellent as is the tuna tartare Desserts are always inventive. A trip to New haven would be incomplete without a visit to Olea!!

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Naples
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food beautifully presented in a great atmosphere, highly recommended. The foie gras is to die for!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food as always.

WC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Olea for a special occasion recently. Food and service were exceptional. Was also able to enjoy downtown New Haven prior to our meal which was fun as well. The wait staff was attentive to our every need and more. The pace of service was perfect and the food was delicious along with a tasty Spanish wine pairing offered by our waiter. Presentation of the food was also excellent and a reminder how attention to detail can add quite a bit to a meal. We will return soon.

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my fiance out to celebrate completing her PhD with both of our parents. The staff was amazing from honoring my special request for a surprise champagne toast on arrival, to being perfectly attentive all night - they were top notch! The food was as always superlative from apps to dinner and dessert. Thank you Olea team a truly special evening!

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