olea - New Haven

4.8
980 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 980 people are saying
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PeterH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely night at Olea celebrating my partner’s birthday!

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MaddyM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scallops and eggplant cannelloni were amazing! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been there before we will go there again it is a little pricey how far is it but well worth it food and service are always outstanding. We were there for my wife’s birthday and Olea is the perfect place to go for a special occasion For a date night out when you want a fantastic meal. Save room for dessert as they are all outstanding.

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pennepasta
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

we came it Olea with high expectations. we loved the chilled gazpacho, the wine was fantastic. my husbands dish, the salmon - he said - was very good. I ordered all sides for my meal. the mushrooms were swimming in EVOO. the asparagus was covered in romanesco sauce and the potatoes were fried. so nothing special - our waiter was lovely - as were the hosts - and without my prompting reimbursed us for the mushrooms and asparagus. so that was nice and truly unexpected. but it was more that the chef has this beautiful produce, why not let it shine - girlled / sea salt / maybe a little sauce on the side but so the textures and flavors shone thru? it was more of a wake up that "vegan friendly" has it's limits.

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vipluci
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful even, as always the food did not disappoint!

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sshelley
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is lovely. The service is excellent, and the food is delicious!
The chef is gifted at mixing flavors and textures to make each selection unique and enjoyable. The waitstaff is professional yet friendly and helpful without hovering. It is our go to restaurant for any occasion. The menu changes seasonally.
My favorite restaurant!

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vipLucy
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent! This is our go-to restaurant while we are in New Haven (we are from Boston).

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! An overall awesome experience.

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Pljs1
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very flavorful food prepared well. Food arrived in timely manner. Sangrias were very good. Waiter was somewhat stiiff and a little cold. He did not offer any help or suggestions regarding our questions with the menu. Always good food

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viparch
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food and service.

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vipRobertG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant! The food is simply delectable, the service is spot on and you're made to feel welcome immediately on entering! If you haven't been here make sure you go, book a table today they never dissapoint!

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vipMark
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always exceptional! Pleasant, knowledgeable staff and incredible food.

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Berto
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What Can I say? Five Stars ! The service was excellent and the food was delicious. The solomillo (sirloin) was the most tender that I have ate. Stylish ambience

I would recommend this place anytime.

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LindaFromNewHaven
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olea is a neighborhood gem - could be the best restaurant in New Haven. Interesting Spanish-inflected menu, dishes you won't find anywhere else in the area.

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vipKarlaT
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, chef is very delicate with the selection of ingredients and plating. The desserts where amazing, great presentation and taste.

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and wine. Service was warm, attentive, and helpful. We ordered a glass of wine that didn’t click and no problem exchanging for a different one. The dishes are varied, filling and easy to share. I said to my wife that I felt like a restaurant reviewer as we tried several dishes. We come here about once a year but I think we’ll start to come more frequently.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining option with space heaters.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved it. you can write a novel about this place. we loved it.

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dottyz
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Ate outside so noise level and ambience difficult to assess. Disappointed in food. Expected “lick the plate clean” food and,although good, we expected better

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StevensonC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great date night with my wife! The food was great & the service was even better! THANKS!

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JessicaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is excellent. Superb service, delicious food. We sat outside so didn’t experience the indoor atmosphere, but it looks nice inside too! Definitely recommend for a special occasion.

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sshelley
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was varied and delicious. The chef has a gift for creating dishes that have different flavors that always work well together. The service is attentive without hovering. Each course is balanced and portions are good. This is my favorite restaurant for any occasion .

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, and all the service extraordinarily friendly!

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vipleticiaH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience4

The only thing that I didn't like was that the waiter was obnoxious

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Daisy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience. Food delicious. Would highly recommend.

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vipDrMarkS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clearly one of the top three restaurants in New Haven area

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vipMFH2021
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner, as always. The service was kind and attentive and the food is exceptional!

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NYCwriter
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and friendly staff. Terrific location in a charming neighborhood adjacent to Yale campus.

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PaulC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, creative and delicious drinks, great wine selection, and wonderful service. Our favorite restaurant in the area.

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Shibal
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the start our dining experience at Olea was immaculate. We were brought to our tables as soon as we arrived and the food was amazing. The beef tenderloin was one of the best steaks I’ve ever had and the salmon was cooked to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was very accommodating and friendly! The food was fantastic and had something for everyone.

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vipWorldTravler
New York Area
289 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at Olea is a gastronomic treat of epic proportions. Literally the best restaurant in Connecticut on all levels. Food, service , and atmosphere. There are always specials. Last nights fresh lobster over burrata with a tomato granita made every bite a treat. The table then shared the eggplant cannolini with vegetables and then I had the roast sucking pig over dauphinois potatoes. Again the honey chocolate dessert was shared by the table. We try to go at least once a month and look forward to our next visit!!

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laboricua7
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as usual, especially the chef fish special! One of the best places to eat in New Haven.

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vipWestVillageGirl
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

We went to Olea to celebrate a birthday. It was an early dinner so expected it to be quiet. Inside the restaurant was completely empty with workers shuffling about. We asked for outdoor dining, which they accommodated. Sadly, sitting there felt like we were sitting at a funeral - absolutely no ambience or music for a restaurant of this caliber. The service was very slow and the waiter came back to confirm our order which was wrong. We were provided some potato appetizer, courtesy of chef. It was ok, but was cold and quite frankly at this point, we were ready to be disappointed. The food came and was good, but not superb as one would expect. It took them 30 minutes to print our check and when it finally arrived, it had one extra dish on it - the one that we confirmed with the waiter we never ordered early on. I realize these are interesting times and good help may be hard to find. But overall, will likely not return. Too bad.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The most tender octopus I’ve ever had

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KimberlyT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was great. Will definitely be back.

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Treejb
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Olea has great Authentic high end Spanish food. The appetizers and desserts really stand out as interesting and different from the average offerings in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful meal, as always. Tables very spaced out for COVID. A relaxed yet elegant atmosphere, with warm people and exquisite food. We can’t wait to come back!

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olea - New Haven is rated 4.8 stars by 980 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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