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olea - New Haven

4.9
4.9
1041 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (203) 780-8925

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Manuel Romero

  • Private party facilities

    Olea can accommodate up to 40 guests for private events in part of the restaurant enclosed by a shimmering curtain, and larger parties can include up to 80 guests throughout Olea. And we love to create special nooks for smaller, more intimate gatherings.

    Call 203.780.8925, OR info@oleanewhaven.com, to begin the process of creating a unique event.

  • Private party contact

    info@oleanewhaven.com: (203) 780-8925

  • Neighborhood

    New Haven

  • Cross street

    Crown and Chapel

  • Parking details

    -FREE PARKING-Park your car in Temple or Crown St Garage, enjoy a meal (with a check of $50 or more) & park for free. Ask your host about validation when arriving at Olea. Exceptions: no validation for private events, restaurant week, holidays or Yale commencement. For more information, visit the Park New Haven website.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Dessert

  • Cheese Platter

    • For One$12.00
    • For Two$18.00
  • Torrija$13.00

    caramelized soaked brioche, Tahitian vanilla infused milk, honey-rosemary ice cream

    • Modern Lemon Pie$14.00

      meringue, pineapple ice cream, lemon curd

      • Honeycomb Bonbon$14.00

        70% dark chocolate, white chocolate-honey mousse, passion fruit curd, honey crumble, lavender ice cream

        • Chocolate Textures$14.00

          chocolate mousse-vanilla ice cream sandwich, milk chocolate rice crispy, chocolate-hazelnut ice cream, nougatine, mint-rosemary infused white chocolate soup (contains alcohol)

          • House-Made Ice Cream

            honey-rosemary, passion fruit, lemon peel, hazelnut-chocolate, crème brûlée, strawberry sorbet, blood orange sorbet

            • Three Scoops$12.00

          Last updated: March 11, 2022

          What 1,041 people are saying

          Overall ratings and reviews

          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

          4.9
          4.9 based on recent ratings
          • 4.9Food
          • 4.8Service
          • 4.8Ambience
          • 4.6Value

          NoiseModerate

          Loved For

          • New York / Tri-State Area

            Spanish

          • Connecticut

            Best Overall

          • Connecticut

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          1. w

            warygary

            New York Area

            13 reviews

            5.0

            13 reviews

            Dined 4 days ago

            overall5food5service4ambience4

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          2. PK

            PeterK

            1 review

            2.0

            1 review

            Dined on May 8, 2022

            overall2food3service2ambience1

            Went there for dinner on Mother's Day - the only option available was a 3 course $60 pre-fixe menu. While the food was well prepared with fresh ingredients, the selections were very limited and the portions were quite small. The kids menu was even more limited - just one option. The space is quite small, so the decor should be warm and cozy, but instead feels sparse and utilitarian. Total bill was over $250 for 3 people - really overpriced. There are so many better value restaurants in New Haven - management really needs to reconsider their menu and prices. I will not return.

          3. OT

            OpenTable Diner

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on May 8, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Food was amazing service was great especially because it was Mother’s Day which is a very hard day to please a large crowd! Looking forward to going back when it’s not a holiday and screaming children😉 Highly recommend going!!!

          4. OT

            OpenTable Diner

            New York Area

            3 reviews

            5.0

            3 reviews

            Dined on May 8, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            The food was delicious, and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back.

          5. MM

            MayraM

            New York Area

            17 reviews

            vip
            4.0

            17 reviews

            Dined on May 8, 2022

            overall4food5service4ambience4

            Excellent holiday menu (mother's day) with lots of options. Friendly and prompt service but more important delicious food. Not from area but will return again!

          6. m

            mes1523

            New York Area

            8 reviews

            vip
            5.0

            8 reviews

            Dined on May 8, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Wonderful experience from start to finish. Nice outdoor seating area, very attentive service, and beautifully presented & delicious food. Made our Mother's Day very special. Highly recommend.

          7. OT

            OpenTable Diner

            Los Angeles

            2 reviews

            4.0

            2 reviews

            Dined on May 7, 2022

            overall4food3service3ambience4

            Was in town for a few days and wanted to have a nice dinner with my boyfriend during our trip. Olea had great reviews and the pictures of the food looked incredible. We ordered the octopus, salad, scallops and market fish of the day which was blackened sea bass I believe. While the presentation of the food looked just as incredible as the pictures we saw, what threw us off was the temperature of the food. Nothing was very hot or even very warm, the dishes were almost at a room temperature which surprised both of us. Temperature of the food may have played into the overall taste of the dishes which we were also slightly underwhelmed by. Ordered an espresso Martini to enjoy with desert however it didn’t arrive with desert and by the time it did arrive, we were done with desert.

          8. A

            Anonymous

            New York Area

            26 reviews

            vip
            5.0

            26 reviews

            Dined on May 6, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            This is the best restaurant in the New Haven area. I’ve been here many times and it’s always superlative.

          9. JR

            JennR

            New York Area

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on April 30, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience4

            The food is delicious. The chef's unique take on foie gras made it the best I've ever had. The short rib was fall-apart tender, and the dijon gnocchi puffs soaked up the red wine jus delightfully. The torrijas for dessert with the honey-rosemary ice cream are not to be missed - a rich, custardy take on Spanish "French toast". Olea is a hidden gem of New Haven.

          10. RD

            RichardD

            New York Area

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on April 29, 2022

            overall5food5service4ambience5

            Very good. Delicious food, excellent lighting and ambience. The service is very good, and doesn't draw attention to itself.

          11. AM

            ArthurM

            New York Area

            28 reviews

            vip
            5.0

            28 reviews

            Dined on April 29, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience4

            Everything was perfection- from the food to the service!! The appetizers were well prepared and delicious as well as the entrees and the desserts were exceptional! Parking is free with validation and a short walk to High Street. This is truly an outstanding restaurant In Connecticut. We will be back often.

          12. s

            sshelley

            New York Area

            39 reviews

            5.0

            39 reviews

            Dined on April 28, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Always a wonderful evening. We especially enjoy the tasting menu. Food is excellent. Service is outstanding. My favorite restaurant

          13. IS

            IanS

            New York Area

            1 review

            vip
            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on April 27, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Hands down the best restaurant in New Haven. Ian Shapiro

          14. OT

            OpenTable Diner

            New York Area

            11 reviews

            vip
            5.0

            11 reviews

            Dined on April 21, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Delicious food and great service.

          15. OT

            OpenTable Diner

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on April 20, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            We lived in Salamanca, Spain for several years. Our stellar meal last night at Olea brought us back to that time. The service was excellent without being intrusive. We ordered some of our favorites: red sangria, chipirones (baby squid in its ink), foie gras, cochinillo (suckling pig) and for dessert, Torrijas, (a Spanish version of french toast, but so much lighter and elegant!). Everything was truly delicious and artfully presented. Thanks to all, those serving us and those in the kitchen for a beautiful meal and a beautiful experience. Volveremos pronto! (We will return soon!)

          16. K

            Katelyn

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on April 19, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            We got the tasting menu with the wine pairing. It was excellent! Everything was amazing and the service was top notch.

          17. CT

            CTRob

            New York Area

            166 reviews

            vip
            5.0

            166 reviews

            Dined on April 15, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            First time at this classic and we were very impressed. The decor is modern and clean. The service was outstanding. The menu, while not huge, is varied and all will find something delicious. The food was presented beautifully. The gazpacho was amazing. The ceviche was outstanding. All of our main course dishes were excellently prepared with fresh ingredients. The desserts were also great! Will be back!

          18. MW

            MichaelW

            Key West

            3 reviews

            5.0

            3 reviews

            Dined on April 8, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            The food is always unique, carefully balanced, and delicious. And so it was. even from the Restaurant Week menu. Additionally, the service was outstanding, attentive without being intrusive, even at the end of the second Restaurant Week.

          19. BB

            BritBap13

            New York Area

            7 reviews

            5.0

            7 reviews

            Dined on April 8, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            This was our second time dining at Olea, first time indoors. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Food was excellent and so was the service. Wine was great as well. So glad we have this gem in town!

          20. V

            Vannab25

            Philadelphia

            17 reviews

            vip
            5.0

            17 reviews

            Dined on April 6, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            We went to OLEA for our anniversary. We were prepared to sit inside but the manager, knowing we are COVID wary, suggested the outdoor space. A perfect option, nicely decorated and plenty of heaters. We selected the Restaurant Week menu. Each choice was beautifully presented and delicious. I had the Branzino over polenta and my husband the Duck Confit. Dessert was a rich chocolate tart with a scoop of ice cream. The server, Raul, was professional and appropriately attentive. He suggested a wonderful Chardonnay. A well deserved #1 New Haven restaurant.

          21. SW

            SusanW

            New York Area

            5 reviews

            5.0

            5 reviews

            Dined on April 1, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            We had a fabulous meal! The food was excellent, our service was wonderful, and it has a really cool vibe. It was definitely bustling but never so loud that you couldn’t have a conversation

          22. AG

            AshleyG

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on March 31, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Beautiful place friendly staff lovely food would go back again

          23. NS

            NinaS

            New York Area

            34 reviews

            5.0

            34 reviews

            Dined on March 30, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Love this place. It is expensive. That’s not a complaint, it is worth the money! We just can’t go as much as we would like. The food and service etc are wonderful.

          24. OT

            OpenTable Diner

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on March 27, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            From the appetizers to the desert! Walking in you are greeted by members of the staff that verify your reservation and get you seated right away where a staff member takes charge and keeps an eye on you for the rest of the night. I enjoyed not having to call the coastguard whenever I couldn’t find my waiter because he was always near. Now what matters: the food!! Had the tuna tartare and the oxtail croquet and was blown away. Had the cochinillo and was amazed how well presented it was. All around very well put together.

          25. NS

            NikkiS

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on March 26, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            The food was delicious and accompanied by excellent wine recommendations. Service was impeccable.

          26. JP

            JustPlainJoe

            New York Area

            14 reviews

            4.0

            14 reviews

            Dined on March 26, 2022

            overall4food5service5ambience4

            Very nice evening. Food was tasty and great presentation. Wait staff was attentive. Between the 4 of us, we had a broad range of appetizers and mains and there were no criticisms throughout. The wine list was a bit limited and the "by the glass" selection could be broader to include american as well as spanish varietals. The atmosphere was friendly and the noise level was such that conversations could occur without raising one's voice. Very nice/

          27. OT

            OpenTable Diner

            New York Area

            1 review

            vip
            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on March 24, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Amazing gourmet dinner.

          28. LG

            LisaG

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on March 24, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Excellent! Service and meal was amazing. 1st time and will go back.

          29. JM

            JoshM

            New England

            6 reviews

            vip
            5.0

            6 reviews

            Dined on March 12, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Was amazing from start to finish. We had severe allergies in the group and the attention to detail was on point. The menu is spectacular and the chef spoiled us with some complimentary small dishes. I had the suckling pig which is unique and amazing. The dessert menu was el Fuego. Service and customer experience was nothing short of perfect. In my opinion the best restaurant in new haven and it’s a must do if your in the area.

          30. S

            Sophia

            New England

            2 reviews

            5.0

            2 reviews

            Dined on March 12, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Amazingly delicious and beautifully presented food, especially the foie gras, suckling pig, short ribs, and duck! Very attentive service and a great atmosphere.

          31. LC

            LisaC

            New York Area

            46 reviews

            5.0

            46 reviews

            Dined on March 11, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            This is a WONDERFUL restaurant. A real class act. Delicious, expertly prepared food, service, ambiance, wine selection. A perfect way to spend my birthday. We look forward to returning.

          32. y

            yg1217

            New York Area

            1 review

            5.0

            1 review

            Dined on March 5, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Great restaurant. Food was very good quality and waiters are very nice

          33. B

            Bill

            New York Area

            69 reviews

            vip
            5.0

            69 reviews

            Dined on March 5, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            As always, very good food with GREAT service......

          34. OT

            OpenTable Diner

            New York Area

            5 reviews

            5.0

            5 reviews

            Dined on March 5, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            I love dining at Olea. The service and genuine interest in our dining experience is very high and the food is some of the best in New Haven! Their out door eating area is great!

          35. R

            Rabelais

            New York Area

            13 reviews

            5.0

            13 reviews

            Dined on March 4, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Superb restaurant, outstanding wait staff. Menu is creative, extremely well prepared and always tasty. The suckling pig is a perpetual favorite. Never a disappointment.

          36. AG

            ArjetG

            New York Area

            5 reviews

            5.0

            5 reviews

            Dined on March 3, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Olea does not disappoint. Once more, everything was amazing. The place is busy but quiet and well appointed. The service is excellent. However, the best thing about Olea is the food. Ceviche mixta, octopus, boquerones were amazing, fresh, put together with well appointed flavors. The duck (pato) at Olea is the best I have ever had. Desserts were also fantastic, put together with great fantasy and culinary art. Bonbon and modern lemon cake strongly recommended.

          37. OT

            OpenTable Diner

            New England

            4 reviews

            5.0

            4 reviews

            Dined on February 23, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Excellent food and service! The chicken pate, grilled octopus, ceviche and the deseert Torrija are out of this world. Great ambience too!!

          38. A

            Angelovelas10

            New York Area

            2 reviews

            5.0

            2 reviews

            Dined on February 20, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Hands down on of the best restaurants in CT. From as soon as we walked in the service was amazing. Highly recommended!!

          39. CD

            CassieD

            New York Area

            3 reviews

            5.0

            3 reviews

            Dined on February 19, 2022

            overall5food5service5ambience5

            Our server David P was excellent. Attentive, knowledgeable & professional. He made our dining experience that much better. Bar service was a little slow but it didn’t affect our overall experience. My husbands cochinillo exceeded his expectations, however, all the food was excellent. We will definitely come back.

          40. NH

            NewHaven

            1 review

            4.0

            1 review

            Dined on February 12, 2022

            overall4food4service4ambience4

            As ever, the ambience, attention, and food were first rate. And yet, for a very fine meal (for which one pays top dollar), it was a shade shy of stellar. The croquetas de rabo, for example, were uninspiring despite an enticing description. Perhaps they were overly sweetened from the caramelized onion? Or the breadcrumb exterioir was too thick? And although they were listed as accompanied by Brussels sprouts, there were literally six leaves of one sprout on the plate. It can be difficult not to feel, at times, like some plates lean a little towards that stereotype of fine dining -- the one that lists every ingredient in a wondrous-seeming concoction but then falls a little short on the delivery of that promise. Ditto my butternut squash soup. It was warm and velvety as I'd hoped, but shy on flavor. Two main courses were more successful. The cornish hen was delicious and seemed more a case of something tried and true -- perhaps not innovative, but tasty and satisfying. The branzino (perhaps an overused fish) was tasty as well, though the long list of ingredients were noticeably spartan on the plate. For fear of a similar promise not quite meeting expectation, we skipped desert, though the cappuccino was spot on. Lastly, we used a gift card that left us with $6 (of $125). It would have been classiest, I think, to simply return that balance in cash.

          Safety precautions

          • Cleaning & sanitizing

            • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
            • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
            • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
            • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
            • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
            • Contactless payment available
          • Physical distancing

            • Limited number of seated diners
            • Distancing maintained in common areas
          • Protective equipment

            • Waitstaff wear masks
          • Screening

            • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
            • Staff is vaccinated
            • Contact tracing information collected

          FAQs

          olea - New Haven is rated 4.9 stars by 1041 OpenTable diners.

          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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          Booked 12 times today
          Google Map for olea - New Haven

          39 High Street New Haven, CT 06510

          Additional information

          • Cross street

            Crown and Chapel

          • Neighborhood

            New Haven

          • Hours of operation

            Dinner
            Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
            Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

          • Cuisines

            Spanish, Mediterranean

          • Dining style

            Fine Dining

          • Dress code

            Business Casual

          • Parking details

            -FREE PARKING-Park your car in Temple or Crown St Garage, enjoy a meal (with a check of $50 or more) & park for free. Ask your host about validation when arriving at Olea. Exceptions: no validation for private events, restaurant week, holidays or Yale commencement. For more information, visit the Park New Haven website.

          • Payment options

            AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

          • Executive chef

            Manuel Romero

          • Additional

            Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

          • Phone number

            (203) 780-8925

          • Private party facilities

            Olea can accommodate up to 40 guests for private events in part of the restaurant enclosed by a shimmering curtain, and larger parties can include up to 80 guests throughout Olea. And we love to create special nooks for smaller, more intimate gatherings.

            Call 203.780.8925, OR info@oleanewhaven.com, to begin the process of creating a unique event.

          • Private party contact

            info@oleanewhaven.com: (203) 780-8925

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