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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.
New Haven, CT 06510
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday - Saturday: Dinner 5:00 pm - 10 pm
Sunday - Closed.
Crown and Chapel
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
olea - New Haven Ratings and Reviews
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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