Olea Newport Beach

4.5
456 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Welcome to Olea, Cellar. Craft. Cook located in Newport Beach. Our menu features seasonal ingredients of the highest quality and are prepared daily from scratch. Menu selections include exceptional meats, flavorful seafood, handpicked produce from our garden, and diverse beverage selections. We have over 25 wines by the glass, 10 craft beers, and a full bar featuring a wide variety of craft cocktails.

OLEA, named for a genus of trees that flourish in warm and tropical regions and scheduled to open by year’s end, will be a European twist on the Napa/Sonoma-inspired cuisine and spirits at Vine, the restaurant Bendel assumed ownership of four years ago.
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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paul, Brian and Jasmine, what a wonderful experience each and everytime.
Tonight was our delayed Valentine's celebration and you guys made it even more special!!
This is why i recommend you to all of my clients!!
Thank you!!

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really loved the place. Staff are pros. Food was excellent and not just a repeat of some other place

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Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great with quite a selection and the service made the whole dining experience amazing, ask for Brians section!

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M
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a great time on date night. Cocktails, small plates, and entrees. Good all around. Definitely worth another visit. Patio was quiet, Main dining room was a bit noisy. Service was great too.

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RB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were seated outside on a cold rainy night. The are was heated and enclosed but still cold air blowing in. Servers were very kind, and appetizers were delicious steak was over cooked and just not that good. Drinks were tasty. Overall an okay experience. If I were to reckoned or go back, I would just get drinks and appetizers. Maybe try the sea bass. Both the Ribeye and the Filet were underwhelming for the price. I’ve made better steak on the grill at home. Too bad because I wanted it to be good so we have a local place for good dinner.

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CN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Not a fan of the schnitzel - dry and taste weird. Sea bass was just ok. The lobster bisque and burrata salad were the only food I enjoyed.

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m
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my new favorite spot. I love it here. Don’t tell anyone please.

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SD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate on the patio which is a little quieter than inside. Everything was wonderful. I had the Herb Roasted Prime Beef cheek Stroganoff which was so tender it fell apart on my fork. My wife had the Bone-In Ribeye Steak which was so perfectly done and large. We had great avocado sandwiches with ribeye steak strips the next morning to remind us of the great dinner. Great Job Olea.

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Orange County
178 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, or just any day, Olea never lets me down❣️ I dine solo and never feel solo. Kudos and love with lots of hugs to everyone on the Olea team-and thank you‼️

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RG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal as usual. Service was very good. We were there the day before Valentine's Day hoping for a smaller, quieter crowd, but no luck. The place was jammed. However, we had a reservation and waited just a few short minutes before we were seated. Overall excellent. Noise level was pretty high!

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J
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Beautiful restaurant. We had a party of 8, one guest had the ribeye steak was served tough. He asked for a better cut and it took 30 min to come out. By that time we were finish eating.

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DT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration on a Monday night. Probably the best night to dine as it wasnt too loud and we got full attention from the staff. Drinks were 5 star and the food was very good! Salmon was prepared perfect and their veggies were yummy. Friendly staff and beautiful atmosphere.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!! Best service, atmosphere, food and comradery. I’m here at least once a week.

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N
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I can tell they are trying hard but the food is always just a bit blander them you would like it. Salmon simply poached is not restaurant quality. Chicken schnitzel is too dry to serve without a pool of dragthrough sauce. Even my filet, cooked to perfection temperature wise, needed either salt or a sauce to accompany. The veggie sides are likewise unadorned. For the price I expect a few bells and whistles. The wine selection is great and cocktails superb.

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AN
London
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends Birthday, they brought out a ice cream ..

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday with friends. Manager, hostess and server went out of their way to accommodate us and make it a special night. Food and atmosphere are outstanding. Definitely one of favorite places in Newport.

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LE
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great menu selections. Great flavors. Nice fine dining in a casual atmosphere.

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TS
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing dining experience!

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MK
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The atmosphere was loud and difficult to hear and talk. The food was mediocre however, the table service was good. There were 4 in our party. Upon completing dessert, we were approached by Kyle Simpson , VP/partner to move from our table to the bar area where it was louder and had no seats. The reason is he had another party who wanted our table. We were being forced out is how we felt. We will not think about returning.

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BL
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was a special celebration. One of the owners Kyle came over to the table to visit us. We appreciated his personal attention, Chelsea provided us excellent service. Of course the food was terrific ... it always is. We had a great time. Thank you.

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h
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First time at Olea and last night for the Newport Beach Restaurant Week menu.

Easy parking - no valet but you don't need it.
Hostess greeted us quickly and friendly and we were seated within less than 5 minutes.

Waitress arrived quickly but not too quickly and told us about the restaurant week menu and other options. Took our drink orders but then had to come back because she couldn't remember one of the drinks. Drinks then came out slower than we expected but not horrible. Took our dinner order which came efficiently.

Spice Roasted Kabocha Squash Agnolotti - I loved this. Maybe just a little too sweet but I loved every bite of it.

Fried Green Tomatoes with Fresh Burrata Alla Panna - good but could have been a little more flavorful. Good crunch.

Filet Mignon - always an adventure when you order a FM medium. It was closer to rare than it was medium but very tender and flavorful.

Halibut - tender, flaky, really enjoyed. Sides with it were good too.

Dark Chocolate Chunk & Fromage Blanc Cookies - wife loves dessert but this might have been a little too sweet for even her. Tasty but oversweet.

Mexican Lime Crème Brulee - solid creme brulee. Not sure I got the taste of lime though.

Drinks - not stingy with the pour and made well.

Overall - very good service, friendly staff, food good. Won't be our last visit.

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GC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Got sat on the patio which was underwhelming to say the least. If you reserve a table you expect a dining room table not the enclosed patio that was 1/2 empty

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TS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

All 4 of us were first timers and all agreed we would return again. There are so many choices on the menu that it was hard to choose! I had the Sea Bass and it was delicious.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Agnolotti is to die for, as well as the burger and fries. Love sitting at the bar, great wait staff, reasonably priced. Love the place!

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j
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were there during restaurant week- my husband got the halibut which was dry, chewy and tasted fishy... cocktails were amazing. I loved the angioloti appetizer. And my lamb shank was yummy... they took $ off our bill, but my hubs wasn’t satisfied. Next time we will stick to Ironwood which is closer to home.

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SL
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

The food and service were excellent but it was too noisy to enjoy. We even sat in the outside patio but could not carry on a conversation.

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GY
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good but nothing special. Entrees took an unreasonably long time to come out.

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M
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall we were very happy with the food. The food came out fast and very tasty. Our server, Brian, was excellent.

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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!! Of course. Best dinner place in town

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Filet was outstanding.

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K
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olea is an outstanding restaurant with excellent food and friendly service. It is one of my favorites upscale restaurants for dinner. On this visit, my lamb shank and my nephew's fillet were perfectly prepared. My roasted yam agnolotti and nephew's duck liver pate were excellent starters, as were my dark chocolate chunk & cookies, and his Mexican Lime creme brulee for dessert. Our server, Jasmine, was gracious, warm and friendly, and her service was excellent.

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JS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Tried for restaurant week with friends. Food and serce were awesome. It is very noisy

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JJ
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was terrific... food was awesome... prices were reasonable.

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PB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this restaurant. The menu is diverse and the food is thoughtfully prepared. We started with the meat and cheese plate. Loved all of it, especially the toasted pecans. I had the Scottish salmon and I asked for it to be cooked on the well side. This chef does not use salt as means to cover poor preparation, thank goodness, and it was perfect when it arrived. My date had the duck wings and a bowl of chili. We both had drinks, and our server recommended a smoky rye whisky drink for my friend that was not on the menu and he liked it so well that he ordered another. We sat on the patio, and I was actually glad we did because the noise level in the restaurant would have made it difficult to hold a conversation (thus the one star reduction for ambiance). The patio was well heated and our service was always attentive. We will definitely be back! Thank you, Olea for a wonderful experience from start to finish!

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time and were very pleased with how kind and welcoming our server was to our three year old. My son was made to feel very important and special when our server insisted on bringing him a special drink (juice) along with the cocktails my husband and I ordered. We were very happy with our food and drinks! Look forward to our next visit!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I felt the atmosphere while nice was a little confused, TV’s coming down into the dinning room make it seem like a sports bar, but the food elevated more like casual dinning, don’t come here if your looking for a more formal or fine dinning experience. Food presentation could have used a little work-messy, but over all quality of food was very good and enjoyable. Service was friendly and good as well. Great option in Newport Beach / Costa Mesa

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KB
Orange County
430 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Have dined here many times and loved it. This time around the service was lacking (maybe because of Restaurant Week) but we were here early -- 5 pm and it still needed more servers than it had. The food was as good as we remembered but if you were specifically looking for a restaurant week food, the $50 dinner menu only saved you perhaps $2 off the regular menu. We ordered one restaurant week meal and one regular meal. Both were very good.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food but had to wait almost 40 minutes past our reservation time to be sat. The manager and owner were very apologetic and did try and make it right but that’s something they certainly need to work on.

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MT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner with friends for Restaurant Week. Good cocktails, wine, and delicious food.

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EM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here to celebrate a birthday. Great meal, fun atmosphere.

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