olea - New Haven

4.8
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$31 to $50
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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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CD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing less than outstanding on a very busy night.

SM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Valentine's Day experience was fantastic! The food was some of the best food we have ever eaten and we are looking forward to a return trip. The service was also excellent!

s
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even on a busy night like Valentines day, Olea makes dining out a pleasure. The food is delightful, as usual, and service is excellent despite the the large number of tables for 2. Cocktails always amazing, the special menu had enough choices to please everyone, and servers were attentive. Special touches like red roses on each table and the assortment of desserts to share made the night memorable.

Always a wonderful experience

GY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal.

RC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We would happily return to Olea. We ordered from the prix-fixe dinner menu, and while we would have liked a couple of additional options, the food was delicious and well-presented and the servings ample. The restaurant was attractive and busy. Our only real complaint was that although we had a 5:45 reservation to assure we had time to walk to our concert at 7:30 and arrived on time, our main course did not arrive until 7:00 PM meaning we had to wolf it and dessert down and run. Our server seemed a bit overwhelmed, so we would recommend some attention to pacing/staffing.

JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at Olea this past weekend. It was a birthday dinner for my wife so I wanted it to be special. Our server, who was terrific throughout the evening, acknowledged my wife's birthday and even brought us a special small treat with dessert. He also made great dinner recommendations and brought me a tasty non-alcoholic drink.

C
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, superb service....somewhat loud but very enjoyable. Excellent wine list wih reasonable prices; staff happy to recommend.

d
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the three course seasonal dinner. Every course was delicious and just the right size. I would definitely go back!

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful menu focused on Spanish food with an accompanying wine list. Service was wonderful and don't skip dessert.

p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food- excellent service

LC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely first rate. We had the octopus appetizer and it was the most tender I ever had. The Jamon Iberico was cross cut from the shank, gave it a different texture and more flavor. The bacalao was fresh instead of what we thought going to be dry salted, but was very fresh and delicious. The boneless suckling pig was another new twist, with the meat chopped and rolled into the cylindrical piece and f crispy skin. The sauce was a perfect accompaniment, not more, not less.

The service couldn’t be more attentive and friendly, making a perfect anniversary dinner.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the chefs tasting menu and every course was delicious and beautifully presented. We cleaned every plate! Service was on top of everything and very helpful when we asked for recommendations. Best meal we had in New Haven.

DB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding, but you will pay for it!

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service. A New Haven favorite among many excellent restaurants.

P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful inventive food, attentive service, comfortable business casual atmosphere however VERY noisey and difficult to have conversation. Our favorite restaurant in New Haven - highly recommend! (Just wish the management would add more sound proofing!)

PH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very happy with the quality of food and service

GP
26 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Lots of good choices on the menu as well as the special. Charcuterie was delicious as was the Bronzino. Very nice setting and attentive service.

DF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and atmosphere! Highly recommend the deserts.

s
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. My favorite restaurant bar none. Chef Manuel Romero has a real gift for combining flavors and textures to make each meal delightful. Service is attentive, making each meal am experience to remember

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best restaurants we had the pleasure of eating in for a very long time

PC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I used to love this place. Atmosphere is beautiful, drinks are great, food was not as impressive this time. Would probably go back in the future, but disappointed this time.

OT
New England
49 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Sophisticated use of ingredients. Very welcoming and attentive staff.

N
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Family dinner for 5 people. Recommended wine was excellent, and everyone enjoyed their different dishes. I will have the verduras again next time we visit.

c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

My roast pork entrée was very dry. The appetizers were small portions and very good.

s
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always find a great choice for dinner at Olea. Service impeccable as always, good selection of wines and drinks, and creative and delicious meals. We often go pre-theater and have never been disappointed.

EK
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service.

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the chef's tasting menu with the wine pairings. Both the food and service were fantastic. Highly recommended.

C
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and service.

DD
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner off the prix fixed menu in a warm atmosphere with just a hint of wood smoke smell, whatever that was. But it made a chilly night feel warm.
The mushroom risotto with peas and carrots was perfectly done and just the right amount. The romaine salad was fresh and icy, though I am one of those people who likes more salad dressing than most. Unfortunately we declined dessert because we were too full. My guest had the salmon, which she said was great. The tapas menu is creative and affordable for those who don't want to spend a lot...and you could here. Excellent wine list. We were smiling when we left.

a
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time at Olea but we will be back!

S
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wait staff excellent and well informed. Food innovative and delicious. Lovely ambiance.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and delicious quality food. Perfect spot for a date night.

J
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great wine and cocktails. Most of the food - excellent. For my entree, I had the squid ink pasta - it was good but not the standout compared to our appetizers and my wife's entree (duck). I probably wouldn't order it again.

B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The cocktails had a nuanced taste - some of the best I’ve had. The ravioli special and the suckling pig were delicious, the vegetura rather bland, unfortunately. Overall, however, superb cocktails, meal, and wine selections. Service was delightful from door to table.

RN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

JG
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always . One of the best restaurants in New Haven

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was my boyfriend’s birthday, I wanted a nice romantic setting with great food and service and got it .definitely recommend for any semi-intimate experience. Our sever was amazing and thoughtful and you could tell he really cared.

HC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in New Haven without any doubt. Food is superb as is service.

LM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Seated in a space by ourselves. A large cold looking room with white light. The large area we were in had many empty tables with a couple seated at a distant table. The wait staff were fine but difficult to understand. My husbands short ribs were good. My shrimp was ok. This restaurant was attempting to be something it wasn’t.

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