olea - New Haven

4.8
960 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
What 960 people are saying
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StevensonC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
37 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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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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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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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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
285 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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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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious meal with phenomenal service. Everything was delicious. Olea is my new favorite restaurant in NHV. Came here for DPW dinner no. 10.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat great food and service?

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vipTerriC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!
Raul is a wonderful waiter! Thanks for another great dinner experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! Best around the CT!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great basic outdoor seating. It could be nicer if they decorated it as their indoor space is beautiful but open and Covid safe. It’s nice not to be sitting next to the road. Tables are far enough apart. Food was delicious as always. Service was excellent considering they had to bring everything outside.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A really great dining experience with attentive staff and delicious food. The plating for all the food was sublime. I’d recommend getting the suckling pig - delicious!

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KatieD
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect dinner experience! Not rushed or fussed over but never felt neglected. Food was DELICIOUS! Our party of three split everything: squash salad, tuna tartare, charcuterie, grilled octopus and the duck entree. Lovely atmosphere and amazing food!

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MGCAA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've been to Olea probably over 20 times and it has never, ever disappointed. It's a superb restaurant on all fronts-- food, service, and ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Great drinks
Overall 5 stars
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CTVisitor
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Attentive service. Brought extras out for us to try. Tuna tartare was outstanding. We all loved our entrees- salmon, scallops, cannelloni. Brought surprise to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. The entrees came out fast after the appetizers, would have liked some more time in between, but can’t wait to go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Olea made our anniversary so special! 5 stars all around.

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LindaR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful - exceeded expectations in four and service. Creative menu

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RiTess
New England
52 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely outdoor seating. No fault service. I will preface by saying I don't eat meat - my choices were good but not quite as flavorful as I d hoped. Dessert ( my favorite course!)was fancy which I find hard to get these days, photo worthy.

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vipAnne
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. The staff is warm and friendly and the food outstanding. The outdoor space is very nice and not in the street! My favorite restaurant in New haven.

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Nancy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service -- everything about this place is excellent!

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jon613
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in New Haven. The Spanish cuisine there rivals anything you can find in NYC. The owner and staff are warm and attentive.

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vipTony
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

both food and service was below normal levels of excellence

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AmyG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from start to finish. Great service from friendly and experienced waitstaff. Food was perfectly prepared. Serving sizes were just right. Suckling pig and duck breast entrees so delicious! Topped off with the cheese plate and three different flavors of ice cream along with espressos with brandy and honey. Yum!! Will be back again.

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vipRobertG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed dinner tonight for my husband’s birthday- great food wonderful service

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vipGeorgeY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful evening. Wonderful outdoor seating.
Food and service excellent as always.

FAQs

olea - New Haven offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 780-8925.

olea - New Haven is rated 4.8 stars by 960 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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