The food was good, and place attractive. And it was not very noisy per se, but the acoustics were so poor that we had a hard time hearing one another. Given that the entire point of the meal was to talk and catch up, that was a bit of a disappointment.
Absolutely fantastic dinner, authentic modern Spanish cuisine, one of the finest restaurants in Connecticut with an expertly selected list of regional Spanish wines from small artisanal estates to the best Rioja wineries. Can't go wrong here at any level.
Superb!!! Excellent food and ambience
One of the best ever! Exceptional authentic Spanish. The tables are too close, and that is the only negative tips for couples privacy.
We came for a Valentines dinner two days late. It is unquestionably a happening place as we had heard from numerous friends. Beautiful presentation of foods. The hostess who is so good is probably one of the owners because we would have had a much worse experience without her. Our waiter was mediocre at best. The hostess got our drinks when it appeared we had been deserted by the waiter. The hostess took our orders when the waiter was once again missing in action. We didn’t know if it was because we were two woman who he thought were unworthy of serving? In any event that leaves you with a really bad feeling about the place.
We started with gazpacho and a special butternut squash soup with Brie cheese. Both were delicious! We also ordered the “tenderloin” steak and the verduras vegetable plate. The vegetables were superb and the various sauces were delicious! Beautifully presented. The “tenderloin” steak was anything other than tender. It was tough and only parts of it were edible. We took the remainder home to give to the dogs. Maybe the steak was an aberration because it is obvious the chef has a vision of what his food should be and that vision is lovely, but not necessarily executed as envisioned.
We might go back as we are foodies, but we will order something other than the steak. And if the waiter is the same inept one that will be the last chance they get. The water server was really great! Our water glasses were never empty. That part of the service is addition to the hostess was fabulous. The inconsistency between brilliance and total ineptitude made it a weird experience. We would recommend Olea but with reservations.
Our waiter never introduced himself.. service seemed a little rushed at first. But over all the food was excellent. Price wasn’t bad at all. I Highly recommend Olea!!
Food was delicious. Great service. We went for a special occasion and they took great care of us. Wine pairings with food were fantastic.
We love the restaurant and it's new look. If, however, you have hearing issues, you might want to go when it's not too busy. Fabulous menu, great service!!
Great food and great vibe!
On Valentine’s Day I asked to see the regular menu and the server said no, just this menu. I then ordered off of the special menu and every dish needed salt. I am a Chef that works for the max restaurant group and by far one of the worst service I ever had. My server took 26 minutes to get us our check. He never came and checked in on us. Probably one of my top worse experiences at a restaurant.
Food was excellent. My wife and I had bacalao and black sea bass which was prepared to perfection. Everything about the meal was beyond what I had expected. Service was very good as was the noise level.
Our 4th time at Olea They never disappoint
Just keeps getting better!!
Olea’s is Haute cuisine - Mediterranean/ Spanish continental / tapas - at its finest. Right in the heart of New Haven. Excellent wine menu (try the Albariño if having white; the “San Francisco” Tempranillo if red) and service is very professional and attentive. Enjoyed the Bacalao (Cod) and the was told the Salmon was also execellent, as was the kale salad. Arguably a bit pricy - but glad to have such a quality dining experience in New Haven.
Still the best restaurant in New Haven, probably in the state, hands down. If you are tired of the usual branzino/salmon/rack of lamb/steak or pie/chocolate mousse ubiquitous choice set, Olea offers creative alternatives, which are not last-minute messy experiments, but true and tried classic dishes, just not available anywhere else around here, so they feel new. Take, for example, fideua. This is how Spaniards prefer their paella, especially in restaurants, where any rice-based dish is simply just not viable, that kind of rice inevitably ends up being overcooked when prepared in a restaurant kitchen with its quantities and timing (you rarely see Spaniards have rice paella or Italians have risotto in a restaurant, they make it at home for this very reason). The appetizers are really the highlight of variety and uniqueness. The wine list is short but carefully designed and very reasonably priced.
Olea really impressed us with its cuisine and the service. Raul was our waiter and he made us feel comfortable, provided excellent service with a smile. The food was excellent. I would recommend the ceviche, branzino fillet and “the forest” dessert.
This was - at least to date - our real fine dining experience in New Haven.
Olea is genuine quality cuisine presented in a sophisticated setting - but without any trace of pomp or ceremony. So thoughtful the way they realised we would share the starters and so brought them one after the other in two half portions!
The suckling pig was delicious as were both the butternut squash soup and the oxtail croquettes.
Easy, but attentive staff. Not a cheap dinner, but portions are generous enough to make sharing a main viable if you are not too hungry.
There is music, but so softly in the background as to be really unobtrusive. Very attractive room.
We’ll be back on a future visit.
This was my second time at Olea and it's a great place for a culinary "experience". Most of the main dishes consist of a large protein atop some sort of vegetable. The portions are moderate, but you will be left satisfied. If you are adventurous this is a great place for you, but if you prefer more "traditional" food you might have trouble deciphering the menu. Everything I have ever eaten from the menu has been delicious - even if I was skeptical based on the description. I would highly recommend to all you "foodies" out there.
Really wonderful dinner. Food was excellent, from the appetizer, entrees to the fab homemade ice cream. Everything was so flavorful and very unique selections. I cannot say enough about the service. . . it was excellent, professional without hovering, really sweet. We will recommend to friends and definitely return.
Olea is always delicious and exciting. There are always seasonal specials. The fish, branzino is the star preparation and the ceviche misto appetizer is delicious. The wine list is excellent and the service perfect. I wanted fruit salad for dessert which was not on the menu that night but in a full restaurant they made it for me anyhow.
Their new restaurant Kala is equally as fun.
Excellent service, very tasty food. A bit noisy but to be expected in a small open restaurant. Highly recommended, we will be back to try different dishes!