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olea - New Haven

4.7
544 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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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
What 544 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

This is my new favorite restaurant in New Haven.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Fabulous meal - each course was delicious and well prepared. Service was attentive and server made excellent suggestions as we chose to share a variety of dishes. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Very creative menu. I had the ceviche appetizer. and it was fantastic, as was my entree, the duck breast. Loeved their dessert selection as well. The portion sizes are just right. I didn't feel too full or like there wan't enough. Yes, its expensive, but was well worth it. Will be back.

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

We were there on a Monday night with a few other small parties and one large private gathering behind their privacy curtain. Pretty and quiet atmosphere. Staff is very friendly our waiter was just right and made good recommendations. We ate branzino, beef and squid ink pasta - enjoyed the taste and the presentation. We shared 3 scoops of interesting flavors of ice cream for dessert.
Olea is upscale without being pretentious. We will return.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Love this restaurant. Here for an anniversary dinner and the food and service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

As always, very good food and excellent service. Our special place when we go to New Haven.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Fantastic on all counts - service, menu, food, wine list, location, ambience. Very enjoyable and hope to return next time in New Haven.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Had a truly outstanding meal while visiting New Haven. Would definitely go back

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Had anniversary dinner in Olea and it was very special. Food was unbelievably delicious. Service was superb. It is a gem in New Haven . Highly recommended restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Outstanding

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Consistently one of the best restaurant experiences in New Haven. The food and service have never been anything short of excellent. Juan Carlos and the rest of the staff are such total pros while also cultivating a relaxing, down-to-earth atmosphere. I've always enjoyed the duck breast and rabbit entrees (don't sleep on the cochinillo, either). The oxtail croquettes, chipirones w/ squid ink, and grilled octopus are all must-try starters. They also offer jamón ibérico by the ounce, which everyone should try at least once, but if you don't want to spring for that, the charcuterie board -- particularly the chicken liver pate -- is a worthy substitute.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Currently the best restaurant in New Haven. I brought my family and they all absolutely loved it. For the incredible skill of the chef and quality of the food the prices are more than fair. Atmosphere is wonderful and service is excellent. It was a little noisy early on for easy conversation with older companions, but still 100% worth it in every way. I had the sweet forest dessert after delectable suckling pig and it was the most clever thing I have eaten in ages. Absolutely go!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

We have enjoyed Olea several times before, including for birthday dinners and for a party. The food is consistently top-notch, as well as very attractively plated. This evening lived up to our recollection. The service was attentive in every way without hovering, in spite of the restaurant’s being nearly at capacity with one very large party and lively bar crowd. We informed our server that we had theater tickets, and he repeatedly checked to make sure we were comfortable with the pace. We enjoyed a three-course prix fixe dinner and had plenty of time to walk to our play.

Smoked salmon and arugula salad was served with a refreshing light cream dressing. Three mushroom croquettes were crunchy on the outside with flavorful filling. The sea bass was outstanding, with white beans and exotic mushrooms in a delicious sauce, with creamy mashed potatoes. Pork tenderloin with accompaniments including cabbage was equally savory. Pound cake was moist and delicious. The coffee was excellent and we were offered seconds.
We will return more often.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

For the second year in a row, we enjoyed a FABULOUS Mothers' Day occasion !!! From Appetizers through dessert, ALL food is PHENOMENAL - exquisitely prepared / presented / served and absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Service is meticulously polite, efficient and FLAWLESS - this establishment is all about EXCELLENCE / SOPHISTICATED REFINEMENT yet with a very low key, relaxing, FRIENDLY atmosphere in which to be at ease and feel immediately at home - drinks are also outstanding, including "virgin" cocktails - HEARTILY RECOMMEND - YOU WON"T REGRET IT - $ very well spent !!!!!!!!! We enjoyed more than Union League, which we also love!!!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

an extremely enjoyable serendipitous experience... comfortable atmosphere... great waiter... good food... and one of the best deserts that we ever had...

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Over all a wonderful evening. We were seated in the back, a space that does not have the same character as the front dining room. It feels a little lost, just tables scattered in an empty room. As always the food was outstanding. The vegetarian in our party felt the offerings for her were rather slim although she enjoyed her plate of creatively prepared vegetables.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Best restaurant in New Haven
The sweetbreads were delicious

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We were surprised when we learned the menu did not include tapas which apparently is only served at the bar. The menu was interesting and had nice selections. The apple salad on Boston lettuce was very good as was the wine. The pasta on seafood in squid ink was apparently very good. But the branzimo and sea bass were dry and tasteless. Presentation was nice. Wine was good and they gave us complimentary potato bites and chocolates. We had high hopes when we walked in because the ambiance was contemporary and lively. We won’t go back.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This is perhaps the best restaurant in New Haven. We’ve tried to get reservations a few times and were too last minute, but lucked out for Saturday. My husband and I dine out a lot and our meal on Saturday was delicious Also not a single ordering or serving snafu. Waitstaff was very pleasant and accommodating. Don’t miss the opportunity to dine her e if you get the chance.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

tucked away spot on high street, away from the bar crawl crowd, but not hard to get to. fantastic service, excellent food, great drinks. prices definitely match the quality of the experience, but i definitely don't feel i overpaid for anything. portions are small, but definitely adequate, and the quality more than makes up for everything. i could share an appetizer, have an entree, and still be just hungry enough for dessert at the end of the meal. i pointed out i was there for a birthday when i made my reservation and the kitchen brought out a couple small rounds of complimentary treats throughout dinner, and dessert came with a stately, celebratory candle, a quick "happy birthday and thanks for sharing your night with us" from the server and nothing over-the-top.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Although we didn’t have good service at all, the food was delicious and we had a lovely table by the window.
Each time we go, I didn’t something new to try. Desserts are delicious!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Wonderful, Before a venue dinner . Second time we have dinned here and both times it’s been excellent. Three of us dinned and found the cocktails fresh and crisp the duck, the vegetable and the black sea bass entrees were delicate to the palate but vivid in taste. Loved it here!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great food and worth the drive. I would recommend it to all my friends.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Fabulous wine food and service!!!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The food is excellent, the service is very, very good, but you have to do something about the noise level when crowded. Especially when you have a cocktail party going on in the curtained space. Put up some white heavy curtains to absorb sound.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Always amazing! Food and service are exceptional. The tasting menu is always a treat. Chef Romero is so creative. It is my favorite restaurant by far.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

One of my favorite New Haven restaurants. Haven’t been there in awhile but glad to make it back and see that it’s as good as ever. If you want a great dining experience and don’t feel like going into NYC give Olea a try.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Olea is by far the best restaurant in New Haven. Superb service, ambiance and menu.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

While the food was good and our waiter was nice, these are the only positive things I can say about our experience. We had an 8:00 dinner reservation, but had to wait until 8:20 to be seated. We were actually ok with that - the problem came when we waited 45 minutes for our appetizers and then another hour for our main courses. We were not served dinner until 10:15 - no explanation! Our waiter did apologize when the food finally came, but no one offered an explanation or accommodation. The waiter then brought the four of us, four complimentary truffles - one each. While I understand that things happen, I would have appreciated an acknowledgement from management and more than a truffle.

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2.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Between a vegetarian and nut allergies the restaurant mentioned has little “choice”. The manager aggressively and adamantly refused to allow us to order from the tapas menu which can only be served at the bar.

Deciding what “can” I eat is a very different dining experience than deciding what “will” I eat. The former is one of the great pleasures of a going out for a nice meal. The managers aggressive enforcement of the rules was illogical, rude and ridiculous.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Drinks were delicious and so was the food. Servers take pride in their work. We had the prix fixe and everything was perfect

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Very good food and service! A very well-runner restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Without doubt, New Haven's best restaurant in every way.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Fantastic cuisine!! We did the tasting prix fixe menu with non-alcohol pairings by special request. The bartender mixed us the most refeshing, intriguing, delicious, and quite attractive “mocktails” for each of our courses. Also, it was my friend’s birthday, which I put on the reservation as well, & they came out singing with a festively decorated dessert. Can’t recommend Olea highly enough!

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