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About olea - New Haven

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.

39 High Street
New Haven, CT 06510
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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

Sunday - Closed.

Cross Street:
Crown and Chapel

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(203) 780-8925

Website:
http://oleanewhaven.com/

Parking Details:
Validation

Executive Chef:
Manuel Romero

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
3 course menu
chef tasting menus
wine pairings
paella night

olea - New Haven Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (31)
Special Occasion (28)
Good for a Date (24)
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Romantic (22)
Business Meals (19)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Worth the Drive (17)
Authentic (16)
Tapas (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Fun (8)
Healthy (8)
Cozy (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Casual (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
People Watching (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Service, food, drinks, and overall experience were phenomenal. All service from coat check to our waiter along with a discussion with the owner manager was done with a smile. Service was attentive yet not bothersome. If you needed something, all that you had to do was to make eye contact or look over your shoulder and someone was there very quickly. The menu variety was perfect and prepared with a wonderful Spanish flair. You can chose a variety of small plates or an entrée and you will be pleased. A very nice drink selection as well. Thank you for a wonderful dinner.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic meal. The best restaurant in New Haven. I highly recommend the Chefs Tasting menu if you go on a weekday. It was five courses ($65 per person) and every single course was delicious. I think the ceviche was the best I've ever had!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent restaurant. Everything was perfect. Food was delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food and service. A little pricey, but you get what you pay for.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Always amazing. Fresh ingredients, excellent presentation, delicious, and the service is stellar. My favorite restaurant bar none! I love their tasting menu, but am also happy ordering from the menu. I have never had anything that was not wonderful here. I always feel welcome and always enjoy the entire experience. Food is beautifully presented and Chef Manuel Romero has a gift for blending flavors. A must try for ayone who appreciates great food

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fun, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

As always, great food and wonderful service. Our favorite place in Connecticut.

Tags: Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I’ve eaten here every time I come to New Haven. Great cosy ambiance drinks and good service. My friend ordered the special fish and asked for a different preparation that the restaurant accommodated with alacrity. Unfortunately my dish was disappointing — the quail. It was not well presented (lackluster) and wasn’t that tasty. So I’d go back but recommend the restaurant improve that dish

Tags: Healthy, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Tapas
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was good - but have had better for price. Duck was somewhat overdone for liking (usually medium). Server was impersonal, unengaged, and made almost no eye-contact. Remainder of staff were courteous and pleasant. Overall experience (except server) was alright.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We wanted to try oleo as one of a few restaurants that we hadn't been to in New Haven and it was restaurant week at the time.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Terrible service, my dish was extremely over cooked. Taste like it was cooked in a crock pot for days. Wouldn't recommend, for the price you expect quailty service & quality food.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Truly incredible food and a fantastic ambience as well. The prix-fixe three course dinner for restaurant week was exquisite and it was a great occasion for an anniversary dinner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Olea is a special restaurant with nouveau Latino cuisine. Service is friendly and attentive, food is delicious, prepared thoughtfully and presented with style. They sent out a complimentary app, a birthday dessert surprise, and Parking was free with validation!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We went for New Haven Restuarant week and everything was top notch! From the food to the service, the cocktails, and the wine. Highly recommend! We had a great service even though it was a full house.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Went for Restaurant Week in November 2017 and I was blown away! Not the first time I've dined at Olea, but was so impressed with the menu they had pulled together. PLEASE add the mushroom veloute to the regular menu :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We made an early reservation and the restaurant staff did not appear to be ready. It took about a half hour before they took our order. The food was adequate, but I could have prepared the same meal at home. When the check came it was over by $30 and it took a while to catch the waiter's attention to get it corrected. The staff was very nice, they just seemed distracted.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent food and good wines. Best bar man ever!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

It is THE best restaurant in New Haven on so may levels. The food is exquisite always changing menu with the all time favorites as well. The service is excellent. Everything from the simple salad with crisp granny smith apples to the ceviche are excellent The fish is always fresh and the dishes are beautifully prepared.The dessert was great I has a fruit salad in a coconut soup.
Olea is just spectacular each and every time we go.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We've been going to Olea and it's predecessor Ibiza for many years. The food is always excellent and there are new offerings on the menu. The service is always very good and the wine list is exceptionally good. I've always been able to get good recommendations for a wine to go with our meal. We think Olea is the best restaurant in New Haven.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food at Olea is consistently bright and fresh. The presentation of the food is expertly put together and each course is impreecibly thought out and prepared. This is the best restaurant in the New Haven for sure. In the "best" category there is the long serving and professional staff, ready to serve and explain, with your satisfaction in mind. Keep up the good work.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The entire staff as lovely and attentive, food was superb and the overall experience was very pleasurable. It was our first time to Olea, but we will return.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

consistently outstanding experience from entering to leaving the restaurant

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was superb. We were delighted with each and every dish. However, the wait staff was overly attentive to the point where I literally waved them away at one point. It became almost absurdly funny. Unfortunately, it marred the dining experience.

I would happily come back to try more of the exquisite cuisine.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Are you looking for fine dining but are tired of having you evening ruined by the mere presence of a child? Than Olea is your restaurant! Server Raul is on guard for any family (well-mannered or not) who dares to dine at his establishment. Raul will ensure that the small beasts leave Olea scarred, knowing they are not welcome. Why ruin your perfectly fine evening by the awful smell of a tiny human. People who loathe children deserve a sanctuary where they can dine in peace. So embrace your inner Lady Tremaine and dine at Olea!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Olea was a last minute dinner decision and thank god we went. The food was absolutely delicious and, although we were the last dinner guests, the staff treated us beautifully and we did not feel rushed. The portion sizes are perfect the cocktails were great. I would highly recommend the Olea to any foodie who loves a great experience! Definitely going back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Excellent and personal service including helping us choose the drinks and the food. The branzini was the best I ever had, expertly cooked and presented and very sweet as were the accompanying vegetables. My husband’s risotto was excellent too. Can’t wait to go back!

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food fantastic. Waiter was not very friendly and hesitant to recommend their most popular dish due to “how long it takes to cook”.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

very good food, great wine selection, and the desserts were outstanding

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Outstanding. You are treated like gold the second you walk in- the food is prepared beautifully- and was delicious. We will be back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food, fantastic sangria, and our waiter was right there when we needed him but did not interrupt our evening.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 24, 2017

That was an experience, not just dinner. Everything was absolutely delicious including dessert. Anyone visiting New Haven must absolutely stop by for dinner. My wife and I were in town with our son for a tour of Yale University and when I asked OpenTable, there were so many choices because there are so many good restaurants in the area. So, I chose this restaurant because it had close to a 5-star rating and it was only a couple of blocks away from the hotel. I highly recommend Olea!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

This restaurant, food and service, gets better and better. The range of choices, specials and menu is always a wonderful adventure and makes choices difficult. It is perhaps the best, and most distinct and comfortable restaurants in the region. The intimate ambiance of lighting, seating and sound [somewhat different if groups are present nearby] is in contrast to many "loud" restaurants in town. Lastly, and a minor item, all the staff provides excellent - friendly and quiet service - but are sometimes difficult to understand, but the Owner is very gracious and helpful. My guest said it was one of the best meals he has ever had and would come back to New Haven just to go here again.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Olea's decor was clean/modern. The bar was pleasant for a cocktail before heading to the table. I enjoyed the octopus and the asparagas with romenesco sauce. My friend had the branzino and enjoyed it very much. The waiter was terrific and would return if ever in New Haven again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Good food but not good service. Communication difficulties with waiter. Also less salt please. Nice ambiance. Validated parking.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

excellent service, excellent food. great ambiance.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The best restaurant in New Haven without a doubt. The service and food were perfect and I am a difficult customer. There were new additions to the menu that were exquisite. The gold and red beet salad with figs and goat cheese was sublime. The crab and shrimp ravioli had pasta skins so light you did not even know they were there and the red snapper with fresh tomatoes was amazing. Supposedly they are opening a new restaurant at Skiff and Whitney in Hamden. I can't wait!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Olea is one of our go-to choices for dining in New Haven. The food and service are both consistently excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Delicious food --especially enjoyed the fideuá main course and the grilled octopus tentacle resting on some type of saffrony pillow for appetizer. Highly recommend the cavagría (sangría made with sparkling white wine) --aromatic, with hints of elderflower and a trace of fruit. The beef main course, however, was uninspired despite its description on menu. The menu can be a bit confusing as there is no labeling of types of dishes (appetizers vs main course). Staff is attentive. Decor is pleasant. Prices are steep.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Pleasantly surprised! Excellent menu choices and everything was delicious. The octopus app was amazing! We also ended perfectly with the deconstructed connolis. The atmosphere and interior was beautifully decorated. Will definitely go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Pork shoulder medium rare ....dry & tough . App and dessert excellent. Wife's duck / med. rare tough / so- so. Loved her salad and dessert.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Gracias a todos. Juan Carlos, como siempre, todo excelente - servicio superior y cena fantástica.

Luis de Ocejo

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