olea - New Haven

4.9
923 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 923 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.8
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Noise · Moderate
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTony
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

both food and service was below normal levels of excellence

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AmyG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipGeorgeY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and cocktails.

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MM51228
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the gazpacho and marinated anchovies appetizers and steak tips main course with sides of mushrooms and potatoes. Everything was cooked perfectly and very fresh. Very nice evening out in New Haven!

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Howard
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and ambience---the roast suckling pig was fantastic and the chocolate medley was a perfect dessert. Bravo!

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williamg
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to dine in Olea after such a long hiatus. Magnificent as always!

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vipJeralyn18
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place for any type of special occasion. Truly a gem in New Haven. The food is a mouth full of flavor in every bite with the sophistication of a chef staff that understands overtones, undertones, flavors and textures.

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ShalevG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We had a wonderful dinner at Olea, mostly including cocktails and entrées. The food was delicious, the service was friendly, and the atmosphere was nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfection in every way. Book a table and you will not regret it!

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SarahD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always outstanding. The tasting menu offered several surprises and some beautifully executed standards. My only disappointment was that among the delicious wine pairings there wasn't a sherry ... but that's a quibble.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner which was a chefs tasting menu was absolutely spectacular. The excellence of each dish was deliciously memorable. We have visited Olea for the second time and have been undeniably impressed with every aspect of this restaurant. The authenticity is fresh, bright and so tasteful! Olea is a pure a jem!

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vipIanS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down New Haven's best restaurant. Quality of food, service, and resentation, are invariably first rate.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After nearly 16 months since last dining at Olea, we were happy to see that the food, service and ambiance were as good as ever. The staff is very attentive and the food and portions were excellent. One of our New Haven favorites.

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AngelaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and so was the service. We had lots of seafood-baby squid, ceviche, fresh anchovies, branzino. Would definitely recommend!

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vipCBee
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a fine dining experience. Love eating at Olea!

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MKayy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We did the 6-course Chef's tasting with the accompanying wine pairings. Each bite of food was thoughtfully curated, meticulously prepared and beautifully plated. The wine pairings were wonderfully complimentary to each dish. We had a true culinary experience and thought the service and ambiance of the restaurant also helped to create a memorable meal.

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vipLTCT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely anniversary celebration, food and service were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration. Very accommodating to party size and food requests!

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KathleenPerkins
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience2

The noise level is almost unbearable, but the food is so good and the presentation is exquisite. The only thing I would suggest is a serious investment in an acoustic ceiling which would make the whole experience perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and complimentary snacks. Always a pleasurable experience with good customer service and delicious food!

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Bsbsbs
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the tasting menu. Most of the dishes are good but the duck leg is oily and comes with sweet sauce, which we don’t like very much. The meat itself is a little bit dry. Other dishes including the tapas, fish and the dessert were good.

Overall the service was good, though the server forgot to introduce the food for our tasting menu.

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EnriqueC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and outgoing staff, food was absolutely amazing.

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Sammy
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Almost everything is perfect. One of the best restaurant in New Haven.

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Lila
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First indoor dining in 15 months. Tables spaced, wonderful food and setvice.

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linda
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The testing menu was AMAZING; beautifully presented, great descriptions by very attentive staff, and all high end gourmet. Highly recommended.

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AliceI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinners every time we’ve visited!

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vipRobertG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Spanish cuisine in a spectacular setting- don’t miss this place the experience is wonderful service impeccable and the food is delicious!

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vipJedward
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It’s just ok…nothing to crave

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LuigiC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere! Had outdoor seats with heating, which was great

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AndrewY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and experience

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Marcia
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly delicious food, excellent service, quiet and intimate dining.

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Jenny
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely birthday dinner at olea. Would highly recommend!

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IngridB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

"Energetic" doesn't exactly describe the noise level. We sat outside, for pandemic safety, and apparently the outside area abuts a party area for fraternities, and the wait staff and proprietors can't control the noise. I couldn't hear my dinner partner at all. Would be good to find a way to change that.

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sshelley
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. We enjoyed the tasting menu which had a variety of courses, all of which were delicious. The scallops were great as were the quail, the duck breast, and the pork. The perfect ending to the meal was the dessert. The food quality is always fresh, delicious and well presented. Service is always outstanding. This is my favorite restaurant bar none.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipTony
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT SERVICE AND WELL MANAGED. OUTSTANDING FOOD!

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ZandN
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a celebratory dinner for our wedding night. It was perfect. We look back to having many more dinners there.

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DWBl
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a early reservation and essentially had the place to ourselves. The service was highly personalized! The food and presentation was exceptional and we will recommend olea to our friends and family.

FAQs

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

olea - New Haven is rated 4.9 stars by 923 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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