olea - New Haven

4.8
604 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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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Neighborhood
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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
What 604 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.3
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olea has a dining room and bar area. You can only have the tapas at the bar. We chose the dining room and I had the prix fixe menu and loved it! Plenty of food. My bf got his own meal and it was quite large. Both dinners were utterly delicious. I had a cava-gria for a drink and it was fantastic and not light on the brandy. Loved it!

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LA
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will return often!!! Creative and truly delicious food!

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CB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is, without a doubt, the best restaurant in New Haven and probably the best in Connecticut. The food is always outstanding and the service is professional, yet warm and friendly. It is a wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion, or for a special dinner anytime.

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SF
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding. The food was creative and uncommon. The waitstaff was very attentive and accommodating.

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MM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Olea and we can't wait to return. My husband grazed through the menu, started with the charcuterie which contained a few wonderful surprises, on the head-on red shrimp (to die for!), then the grilled octopus and finally the roasted suckling pig. The great food, friendly atmosphere and professional service, made for a perfect evening!

P.S. We noted how many regulars were dining there, which only confirms how fabulous Olea is!

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V
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olea is always a wonderful experience. Great cocktails, apps, entrees, dessert, wine selection, staff, and service. Highly recommend!

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W
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We frequently visit Olea when we are attending events at Yale, especially the theater. It is always a great experience. A good parking lot is right across the street and they will stamp your ticket. Very good wine list and a ceviche to die for.

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JO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Gourmet food, impeccable service, great wine pairings, beautiful setting. Small portions, somewhat pricey.

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CA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

We went back to Olea some months after our last visit. We had no remarkable memories. Our most recent visit did not change our impression. It is a very "standardized" place offering a cuisine that pretends to be Spanish more than it actually is. Tiger Fish (how Spanish...) and alike... the menu never really changes, and targets folkloric notes more than good cooking. Nothing is terrible, nothing is really good. The service is perfunctory at best. It is disturbing that they can look attentive on weekdays but lose any interest on weekends, when all restaurants in New Haven are fully booked. Except that local customers then remember. This place is well behind Roia, Zinc, Orcio, Midpoint Istanbul, and many other restaurants in New Haven. It is just overrated. Nothing is terribly wrong, to be clear, it is just mediocre food, uninspired cooking creating a fake impression of Spanish folklore.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Olea continues to be the best restaurant in the new Haven area and compares well with the best in New York. The chefs tasting menu is amazing

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DA
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were delighted with our experience. The food was excellent and the service was great.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great as always. The noise level is so high that older guests could not hear companions and probably won’t return which is a shame...the food is inventive and wonderful

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c
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

They always deliver with fabulous choices and top notch quality. A bit expensive so we usually go on special occasions only.

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ME
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Good presentation. Very expensive for the food they serve. I will not recommend.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way
Food, Service, ambience
Olea never disapoints

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CD
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our restaurant of choice for an anniversary dinner. The restaurant went above and beyond our expectations. The service was second to none, the food was incredible, & the overall experience was one to remember. We will definitely be back.

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P
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable dinner. Creative dishes, but not ultra-modern. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable, both food and wine. He clearly enjoys his job. Best service I've had in a long time. Only minus was that one of the day's specials was sold out, disappointing my wife. But she had no trouble finding a delicious alternative.

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GM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still a shining star in the Connecticut restaurant scene.

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TE
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd time here and we still love this restaurant. The food is outstanding and the service could not be better. They really know what they are doing. Thanks for a wonderful night again!

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SR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third trip here. The food is excellent. We had the special of tile fish and bacalao and split the pulpo appetizer. Highest marks for preparation, seasoning and presentation.

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TK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is absolutely outstanding! One of the most beautiful and flavorful meals I Ha e had in a long time.

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CW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great. Good food and atmosphere

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EE
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The food and service here are excellent, which are the two main things most people want in a restaurant. The cocktails are unique, tasty, and generous. The only down side is the extreme noise level due to very poor acoustical architecture of the room and the lack of any sound-absorbing materials.

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T
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love Olea. The food is always incredible. Service was a little slow this time but assuming mainly due to some sort of a private event happening in the back.

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G
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals I've had in some time. As good as the food tastes, the presentation almost made it too beautiful to eat! As visually wonderful an experience as you could imagine. Staff was attentive and helpful. Graciously accommodated our request to move away from some loud neighbors. Very well done!

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J
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
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
4 reviews
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
87 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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a
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the menu; great for date night or business dinner; family dinner. Delicious menu options and wine selection.

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