Olea Newport Beach

4.6
357 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(949) 287-6807
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Jared Cook
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Parking located behind the restaurant.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 357 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic: from hosts to servers to food presentation to the food! The hosts were charming, the servers phenomenal and the cuisine beautifully presented and extremely tasteful: we had three starters , especially the duck liver pate was so great, the salmon was perfectly prepared, the sea bass was insane, the filet mignonette was perfection and the burger was fantastic, we had a spectacular culinary fun night and I would highly recommend this restaurant as a must go!

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BL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurant. The cuisine is imaginative and flavorful at great prices! The starters are exception and uncommon -- and terrific flavors. Service has always been friendly, attentive and superb.

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

Olea was a great dining experience. They were a little late...10 minutes or so..seating us for our reservation, but made up for it! They have us a complimentary appetizer and just overall the service and food were great.

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

The food and staff are always outstanding.
Paul makes it all happen..

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g
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Soup bland. Jidori chicken memorable. Salmon excellent. Very noisy. Service solid

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated two birthdays on Friday night. The service was excellent, from changing our reservation when we were running late, to the server who brought us extra dessert for the birthday girls. The food selection was fabulous and we really enjoyed the duck wings for an appetizer. The cocktails have great names. For dinner we had the steak, short ribs and stroganoff. They were all excellent. The dessert were delicious. The chocolate cookie thing was beyond good. Love this place.

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SF
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

While the menu is varied and most interesting, the taste does not live up to expectations. Having gone twice, we'll not hurry back any time soon.

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OC
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food and cocktails were excellent, but be prepared for a loud setting unless you sit outdoors on the patio. We went early to have a cocktail but every seat was taken and not really conducive to getting a drink while you wait. However the manager got our table ready early so we could sit and have DELICIOUS cocktails while we waited for our friends. We started with the pate and duck wings - both were delicious. We then had the osso buco and the chicken schnitzel, both of which were large portions and very tasty. The dessert was amazing ice cream sandwiches made with chocolate fromage cookies filled with peanut butter gelato! The server was kind enough to make it with 4 so we could easily share the dessert with the entire table. We would probably request outside dining next time - will definitely return, lots of other menu items we want to try.

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T
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had good service, the appetizers were really good. I had the ribeye steak which was good, all in all it was good.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

So disappointed, researched and booked for my husbands birthday because of the beef stroganoff, it looked Delicious, unfortunately the noodles were not cooked, they were hard and not edible, when the waiter came to ask us about dessert ,we told him and he said we should’ve flagged him down earlier, we could not flag him down because we had not seen him and he did not check on us since the time he took our order, I was hoping for this to be a nice birthday celebration, will never return or recommend!!!

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NF
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Olea several times, really impressed with the food and service, and the value. LOVE the pate, the burger (one of the best in OC) and the chicken schnitzel, which is huge. Kudos all around.

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AH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome all around! Excellent food, service and cocktails ❤️

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KB
Orange County
419 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We had the special John Dory fish with seasonal veggies and for appetizers the fried green tomato and the agnoletti pasta. For dessert the cookies with peanut butter ice cream. All were fantastic.

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G
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Too noisy. Food Ok. Tables packed in. You can’t have a conversation without raising your voice.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall it was a great experience, very good food and fun atmosphere with an attentive staff.

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NH
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

great service , incredible food ! nice atmosphere , great place to celebrate

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MB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had dinner here on a weeknight with a group of seven, and the service really stood out. Olea's team is accommodating, and served us with incredible efficiency and good cheer. The food is delicious, and there are plenty of things for vegetarians to eat. Highly recommended!

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bryan, our waiter, was excellent

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party arrived at different times, but those who arrived first were seated immediately and able to get drinks as we waited for other members. The food came out very quickly with a great interval between appetizers and main course. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal and looks forward to returning for another dinner soon!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, incredible hospitality and the best food in Orange County hands down

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LD
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We were in no rush enjoying our company but It took forever for both round of drinks to arrive. The appetizers were slow and I had to ask twice about our dinner order.
I felt bad for the waiter who was trying to be upbeat.
The cheese, meat board was tasty. Dinner not so much.
Sea Bass average, stroganoff was poor! I like chunks of meat not something obliterated.
For the price, things need to speed up! 3rd time here. 1st was good. 2nd ok. This time very poor. Not sure there will be a 4th visit!

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L
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was super friendly and very informative.

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WS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took relatives from out of town to dinner and they continued to rave about how great the food was and how great the prices are.
They found a new favorite when they fly into orange county.
Paul you have another convert!

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Great Service! Great food! Enjoyed every minute!!

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SS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressive menu with many creative selections-
Everything we tried was delicious!

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RW
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love coming here! Staff Were great & food delicious!

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OT
Orange County
58 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and cocktails! Very friendly staff at all levels!

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EM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have had dinner here several times and always had a great meal. It is a little pricey, but the vegetables are fresh and the recipes delicious. It is my new favorite.

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OT
Orange County
175 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I look forward to my regular visits to my favorite Newport Beach restaurant, and so proud they achieved BEST NEW RESTAURANT from OC Foodies this year!! My opinion exactly! Thanks staff, Chef and Kevin!!

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A
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very warm and friendly staff - great ambience. A couple of waiter and serving glitches but made up for complimentary dessert which was well received. Overall it was a pleasant dining experience.

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JS
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our server was great. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Very noisy inside during peak times. Good cocktail bar too.

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GB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best overall dining experience. It has it all...amazing service, great food, an interesting menu, craft cocktails, not to big, not to small. I never feel like I overpaid for the experience. They are very helpful for special events as well.

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L
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This restaurant is so noisy it is almost impossible to have a conversation at the table. Our wait staff did not explain menu options clearly. We started with one waitress, but soon others followed. No continuity........nor communication among them. Young restaurant........

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KM
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit and once again we enjoyed our meal. I had the halibut special and it was wonderful. They have great cocktails too. I had the Rich Girls and I loved it. The service was very good.

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MF
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place gets 11/10. Phenomenal food and service. Highly recommended!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and great service!! Definitely recommend!!!

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RN
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. 4th time there. Can't wait to go back. Try the local sea bass!! Diver scallops excellent as well.

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WS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olea is always consistent with their service and food Quality.
It's our new favorite hot spot.
Chef Paul is involved in how everything flows to ensure an experience that is never disappointing.

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n
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Olea on Saturday to celebrate a birthday--there were 7 of us. We were given a lovely table in the rear of the restaurant and we had a wonderful evening. The service was extremely attentive and the food was absolutely delishes. We cant wait to retun.

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