olea - New Haven

4.8
578 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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  • Good for a Date
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Friday - Saturday: Dinner 5:00 pm - 10 pm

Sunday - Closed.
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Phone number
(203) 780-8925
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Manuel Romero
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Cross street
Crown and Chapel
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Special events & promotions
3 course menu
chef tasting menus
wine pairings
paella night
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food and environment is good, but we got very bad service. The waiter kept asking us whether we’re done with our food while we were having conversations over dinner

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AO
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic Jewel of New Haven! Exquisite! The plating, tastes, and overall ambiance were amazing.

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MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This may have been the best meal I’ve ever had. The food was phenomenal and the service was excellent. I wouldn’t think twice about returning or recommending Olea to someone else. The only thing to keep in mind is that it’s very pricey, definitely a special occasion type place.

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w
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As is always the case at Olea, the food was fabulous. What really makes this a special place is the combination of an interesting menu, great food, warm ambiance and first class service. There is no better restaurant in the New Haven area.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious gazpacho, salmon and tasting menu options too. Great Spanish wines as well!

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really tasty food and great service. Slightly on the more expensive side for New Haven, but definitely worth it! Highly recommended :)

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C
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant dining I’ve ever experienced in New Haven . Every aspect was perfect from the bread to the exquisite , innovative dessert . Excellent , cheerful service throughout the meal . Great job Olea .

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LF
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and while I realize this is intended to be genuine Spanish style, the tapas portions were a bit small. This of course drives up the price. To be fair, an on the House app was served and a nice after dinner desert was served as well. With that comment out of the way, we would go back for sure.

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j
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was simple elegant. The wait staff was outstanding very friendly without over doing it. The food was amazing I had braised short ribs that were so tender you could cut them with a fork my daughter had the rabbit which she loved. I definitely would recommend this place .

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v
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

great food and ambiance. service was a little slow

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MS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the space and the food. Wonderful staff. Truly great meal and ambiance

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TE
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW This is our new best place in Connecticut! 5 STARS all the way. First the area is very nice and parking is all over. The restaurant is very nice inside, lots of room and very clean. Our waiter Jonathon was wonderful and pleasant to talk to, he knew the menu very well and he never let our glasses go empty. The food was outstanding and we found a new Rose' we love. For apps we had tuna tartar and ceviche both were super good but my favorite was the ceviche, it was to die for. My husband had the cod and I had the branzino but were delicious. We both had dessert but mine was over the top like a little enchanted forest. The little comps throughout the night were a real nice touch too. We are still talking about it 3 days later. Thank you to everyone for making our night special. We can't wait to go back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was phenomenal! Tuna tartar, octopus, Prix Fixe app setas y jamon, entree pork tenderloin - each bite so flavorful, dessert was chocolate brownie, basic only in name. High compliments to Chef. The only less than outstanding to note was our server was a bit unfriendly. He was professional but when asked how the octopus was, his reply was “I don’t know, I don’t eat it.” Appeared bothered by the fact that we inquired. I’ve eaten at high end restaurants where the i octopus was inedible. He must of noticed my annoyance fo his reply because he did soften. After the very first bite of food, I knew we were on for an outstanding meal. There is a chef’s tasting menu offered, I can only imagine the treat one would be in for.

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere with an out of the ordinary menu. Beautiful presentation. You will not need a take home container, the portions are smallish but the flavor of the food and general polish of the entire venue is more than worth the cost.

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K
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I went to olea for my twentieth birthday, and it was incredible. The food was excellent, and the entire waitstaff went out of their way to congratulate me and make it special.

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NF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomemal food, excellent service, and cool atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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T
Minneapolis
80 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food at Olea was very good and the company of friends great. The service was efficient and the waiter respectful, but he was very detached and lacked engagement skills. We had to ask for additional bread, & water, and things were placed on the table with no explanation or care. We enjoyed the excellent bread, peppers, as well as octopus appetizers and the suckling pig, and black squid/seafood pasta. The ice cream 3-flavors was very good.

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KM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olea never lets you down. Great selections from wine, appetizers, entrees to desserts.

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DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the best restaurants in New Haven. Excellent food and service!

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JW
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice first time dining experience. Gourmet dishes. I had a delicious roasted suckling pig dish. My wife enjoyed a shrimp over squid ink angel pasta. Beautiful presentations. Recommend the Sweet Forest. A work of art as much as a delicious dessert.

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AO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful night! Atmosphere was wonderful for date night with my fiancé, food was delectable, service was spot on. Will definitely go back and we hope to make Olea our go-to restaurant.

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GC
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time for olea, and just as good as the 1st time. The 1st time was a group of 8 - all loved the restaurant. This time we met a friend who cannot eat beef or dairy, and she was able to find plenty to enjoy on the menu. The waiter even brought our friend sliced strawberries with the chocolate bon bons with the check at the end of the meal so that she could have her own special treat. I find the atmosphere so comfortable for great conversations.

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VS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the fish special so much (halibut) I came back a second night. Wait staff and service people excellent. The rest of the menu was a balance of fresh vegetables, meat, pork and other innovative Spanish influences. Not too fussy, but very special. Decor and ambiance very tasteful. Within walking distance of my hotel and the common. New fave in New Have.

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KM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice dinner. Gracious server. Authentic Spanish. Will return.

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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I believe this is the best restaurant in New Haven. I have dined here several times and the food is always exceptional. Great Spanish wine list and excellent tapas and dinner entrees. The daily special fish dish is always delicious.

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s
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! We had the tasting menu which offers a wonderful array of different flavors and a great chance to try the wonderful variety of flavors that Chef Manuel Romero can create. This is by far my favorite restaurant, bar none. I enjoy every dish and the service is superb. I come here whenever I can.

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RT
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely meal here in New Haven with my daughter. Great food and great service. We always try to eat here at least once when we can get together. Truly enjoyed our evening.

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AB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my boyfriend here for dinner. It was a Monday night so it was quiet. Our server, I think his name was Raul, was great. He was very attentive and nice. They sang happy birthday and lit a candle on the dessert. It was a nice touch. I would go back for a special occasion.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. The atmosphere was fantastic.

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C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were beyond our expectations. Everything was exquisitely prepared. Some
of the appetizers were served at colder temperatures than expected, which prevented the food from fully developing the intriguing combinations of flavors, but that would be my only criticism. We certainly will go back soon.

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Y
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best restaurant in New Haven amongst some great restaurants.
This is jot just about a good meal. It’s about a ding experience.

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S
New England
32 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very good meal. The sangria was very nice. We each chose the special of the night with 3 choices. Each one was delicious.

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JS
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food this time was very good--almost as good as our first times there. It was a busy night and we were late for our reservation. The personnel were faultlessly gracious and attentive, never hovering. We regard this restaurant as moderately expensive, and have gone there regularly for special evenings. We have not been disappointed, and will continue to think of it as a New Haven gem.

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CH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Chef Manuel is the mastermind of terrific cuisine I have come to enjoy over the years. Thank You Chef !!! Hope to see you again soon. David

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BG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olea's is consistently outstanding in every way. One of a very few 1st picks in New Haven for every special occasion. And a great place to be adventurous in trying new things, as one can trust that here the food quality will always be 1st rate.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we enjoy this place - the food, the drinks and the company. Never disappointed-

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OT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is my new favorite restaurant in New Haven.

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Beautiful food, imaginatively prepared. Little treats from the kitchen very much appreciated. Great wine list.

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N
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We headed to Olea for our first stop on our anniversary evening out. We had two delicious cocktails and two fantastic appetizers. Our server was wonderful, and when he heard it was our anniversary he brought out two delicious truffles on a plate with Happy Anniversary painted in chocolate (one is missing in the pic because I ate it so fast!).

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