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olea - New Haven

4.9
4.9
1119 Reviews
$31 to $50
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

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • 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

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • Executive chef

    Manuel Romero

  • Private party facilities

    Olea can accommodate up to 40 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,119 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Spanish

  • Connecticut

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  1. AP

    AdamP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding cocktails that are served with a flair. Delicious butternut squash soup. Main courses very tasty, presented beautifully, portions of sensible size. Very attentive staff. Complementary treats offered. Exceptional wine list.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the service were exceptional.
  3. BN

    BethN

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent — well cooked, beautifully plated. I particularly enjoyed the succulent foie gras. And the amuse-bouche definitely amused my bouche! The service was very attentive but not intrusive. There was very little delay between courses. I would certainly be happy to go back & try out more of the menu!
  4. u

    upky

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice little place in new haven, nice food and nice service
  5. IR

    IsabelR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My most recent meal was outstanding, with everything up to the high standard usual at Olea. Special commendation goes to the duck confit - a mix of melt in the mouth succulent meat with perfectly crisp, salty and delicious skin paired with a surprising display of apple and zucchini nuggets on pillows of dreamy parsnip puree...pure heaven. Service was attentive and smooth, every dish delicious and carefully presented - the ideal dining experience, except that I miss the days of tablecloths and noise dampening walls. Olea is not particularly noisy compared to its peer restaurants, but I would prefer less background noise while partaking of its delights.
  6. EA

    ElizabethA

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner, great drinks and A1 service. Will definitely be coming back!
  7. EH

    EliasH1

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Con mi familia. Un lugar espectacular con platillos muy consistentes, no creo sea únicamente el mejor de new haven si no uno de los mejores de esta region en estados unidos. El servicio siempre puede mejorar!!
  8. JF

    JoeF

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent as well as the service. We can't wait to go back!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal food and service. New favorite place.
  10. SZ

    SylviaZ

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food and amazing service sitting at the bar! The restaurant week menu was great!
  11. CO

    ChristopherO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were excellent! My wife and I appreciated the 'Anniversary" bonus as well!
  12. FL

    FLAMINGO

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant week menu and wine pairings were exquisitely prepared and presented. The wine we’re new to me and expertly chosen and explained. We were warm enough outside with the heaters. A lovely evening. Highly recommend.
  13. NT

    NecroTek666

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, ideal parking across the street. Highly recommend.
  14. S

    Shashi

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was prepared and served exquisitely. Olea is our favorite restaurant in New Haven
  15. AC

    AnthonyC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The owner is welcoming and friendly. The food was well prepared. The presentation was lovely. I would definitely recommend. We ate outside. It was a beautiful evening and we were comfortable with the heaters.
  16. AL

    AndrewL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fantastic dinner at Olea! Sat at the bar this time and ordered from the restaurant week menu. Plus I enjoyed some oysters to start which were excellent
  17. BK

    BrynnaK

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outside. Great service. Excellent food.
  18. AC

    AlyssaC

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our second time dining at Olea and it was just as fantastic as the first time. The flavors are amazing and the service is excellent!
  19. S

    Stefano

    New England

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, we enjoyed a wonderful and magical evening at Olea. You cannot go wrong as they are consistently excellent in every way!
  20. OT

    OpenTableDiner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an absolutely superb dinner at Olea. The food, service, and ambience were outstanding.
  21. A

    Anonymous

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always superlative.
  22. VC

    VeronicaC

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A very enjoyable fine dining restaurant. The waiter was attentive to my gluten intolerance.
  23. DA

    DALDine

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Chef's tasting menu with wine pairing is outstanding! Great value.
  24. C

    Chapmom

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yale parent weekend
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal served very graciously
  26. M

    Mark

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience all around. A favorite to return to often!
  27. EC

    ElizabethC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An outstanding experience in one of the finest restaurants. We in New Haven and Connecticut are extremely fortunate to have Olea in our midst.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Olea NEVER disappoints!!!
  29. JT

    JohnT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Some of the dishes are outstanding, like the Ceviche, and everything is at least very good. Service is attentive but not intrusive. Tables are well spaced. With drinks and wine, it is not hard to pay $100 per person, but you will have had a wonderful meal.
  30. AG

    ArjetG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual. Great food, amazing dessert, nice service, even good coffee!
  31. s

    sshelley

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as usual. We had the tasting menu to celebrate out anniversary, and it certainly did not disappoint. Each course was better than the last with a great variety of flavors making it a wonderful experience. Chef Manuel Romero has a real gift for combining flavors and creating a wonderful presentation of each plate. The service was professional, friendly and attentive. This is still my favorite restaurant anywhere.
  32. LR

    LizR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in New Haven - great for special occasions and small groups. Menu has lots of variety and the food, service and wine list are all exceptional
  33. NB

    NancyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always. One of our very favorite places. Food is uniformly delicious and service is wonderful.
  34. v

    vamosrafa04

    Philadelphia

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding dinner! From the atmosphere, service and the food, everything was exceptional!
  35. K

    Katatrubka99

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is absolutely delish. We had outdoor seating which was on a parking lot- not recommended. To many cars passing by Service was very nice. I would still highly recommend this fine restaurant.
  36. GB

    GlenB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful, creative tasting menu. Expert wine pairing with sommelier teaching us about each course. Superb service. Highly recommend.
  37. SL

    SteveL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Olea is one of our favorite restaurants, it never disappoints. We have been coming for years. Food is fantastic, staff is friendly and professional. It is a must if you haven’t been.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food delicious and service was great - definitely would recommend and return!
  39. SW

    StevenW

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful food and service at this New Haven gem.
  40. LR

    LindaR

    Tampa

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have not be back to Olea since the beginning of the pandemic but they have lovely outdoor seating. The meal was excellent and every bite was perfect as were the wine pairings. My fish was cooked perfectly. Service was also superlative and we cannot wait to go back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • 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
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

olea - New Haven is rated 4.9 stars by 1119 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 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

  • 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

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • Executive chef

    Manuel Romero

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (203) 780-8925

  • Private party facilities

    Olea can accommodate up to 40 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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