Olea Newport Beach

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$30 and under
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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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love going there... easy (easy roomy parking!), so welcoming/hospitable and great food. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful choice near our neighborhood.

f
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome cocktails, great food, amazing service!

KT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

another fun place. great energy & fabulous food. Service is on point & loving this place. Wine list Is great... definitely recommend this place & will be back soon

JN
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food staff and ambiance. Highly recommend.

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating several Birthdays so it was a perfect night of amazing food, service and friendship. It was the first time for my friends at Olea. They were impressed with everything. They all gave Olea 5 Stars And will be back.

MP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food the service and the staff are the best and i am looking forward to my next visit the owners
take great pride in their restaurant and welcoming you..

W
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is becoming our go-to restaurant! It is consistently wonderful, with great specials & a daily soup in addition to the regular menu. The service is always excellent as well!

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had all eaten there several times. We love the food. Unique and really good. One of the owners came by to see how we were doing. He gave us cards for the other locations. So nice to see owners involved.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was efficient and free friendly. Food was prepared well and very flavorful. We sat on the patio. It’s was comfortable.

HS
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really lovely cocktails and the lobster special was delicious.

TS
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. Love this neighborhood gem.

WS
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food in Orange County and reasonably priced

MP
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food2service4ambience4

I have been to this place several times and the food has always been very good. Last evening was a big disappointment. The Rib Eye was terrific as usual however this time I had the Salmon and it was very mediocre. My other guest had the Fish Cheeks and they we a total disappointment.... way over cooked. Wish I have better news to report.

TG
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Great service. Lovely, relaxed atmosphere.

L
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Drinks, Food, Service are all outstanding when you want a FINE meal and a lively atmosphere.

W
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Butter leaf salad, wagu burger and home made fries....DELICIOUS! Wonderful cocktails and wine made the dinner with my daughter perfect!
Wonderfully walkable neighborhood restruant.

AS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant is beautiful and has gorgeous decorations. The food was amazing. The Assistant General Manager Stephanie was extremely nice and very professional and friendly.

SB
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had another fabulous meal at Olea. Sat at the bar this time and had wonderful service from both bartenders who also made us killer drinks. Great place.

GG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a wonderful evening celebrating a birthday. Great selection of delicious food, friendly service. It is on our favorites list.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Start to finish ...amazing!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Local neighborhood restaurant. Food is generally good however the special baseball cut swordfish was raw in the middle. We didn’t send it back we ate the edges that were cooked.

KS
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance and delicious seasonal foods. We had the squash agnolotti and filet. Both amazing! My favorite is the fried crab on top of the filet. My favorite drink is the Rich Girl. I like to refer to it as a vodka snow cone.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails are creative and delicious. Entree selections have something for all palates. The wait staff was attentive, knowledgeable, and fun! Highlights: Corn chowder, roasted Brussel sprouts with pork belly, fried green tomatoes with Burrata. Fresh, fresh seafood. Still thinking about the delicious swordfish entree. The only negative was a couscous side dish that was pasty and not especially flavorful. When we said we didn’t care for it, we were immediately given a side of delicious soft polenta. That’s how you do it! This is a must try restaurant.

ND
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We tried this restaurant for the first time on a Sunday evening, meeting friends there. We sat outside since it was a nice evening and there were many TV's on inside. There were only two tables seated outside but we had trouble with service. We thought it was odd that were never offered dessert and had to ask for our waitress and the check. My husband complained afterward that his swordfish was very fishy. He probably should have ordered something else. Our friend ordered the chicken and shared a taste with us. In total, we ordered 2 appetizers, 5 dinners, and a couple rounds of drinks. It all fell a bit flat for our group.

E
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good service. Would definitely recommend.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great ambiance. Loved it!

G
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I invited a friend for dinner at Olea to taste Monday night special of "lobster schnitzel" to find out after the server took the order that the dish was discontinued without explanation. The server, a lovely girl apologized for the change stating that she also misses the dish.
My wife and I are frequent customers of Olea, one of the better restaurants in Orange County, I was disappointed that a special dish I truly enjoyed is no longer available, very much in pace with OC tradition of scaling down foods and service once a restaurant is successful.

JH
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was Our first experience! We loved it!!!
Food was amazing and everyone was so welcoming, we even got a free appetizer!!!
We can't wait to go back..

MQ
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to Olea... it will not be our last!
From the fried green tomato appetizer to the bone-in ribeye, everything was fantastic!

KB
Orange County
452 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Olea is one of our favorite restaurants. The food and service have always been great and the portion sizes are large as well. They also serve vegetables with the entrees where in other restaurants you pay extra. We are usually too full to have any dessert here and we usually bring our own wine. We try to dine here early as the noise can be quite energetic later in the evening.

NT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, ambient and services! Definately my favourite OC restaurant.

OT
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS AMAZING food and service. Love coming here!

P
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food... duck legs and chicken fried lobster, real winners!!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian our waiter was amazing, food was spectacular, and a perfect evening celebrating our wedding anniversary

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

When this place first opened, the food was good. However, the last 2 times I have gone, I was very disappointed. They took the stroganoff off the menu (which was the best thing on the menu). The cheese plate was bad...tapenade had no flavor and neither did the cheeses. All bland. I won’t be back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Overpriced for the overall experience. Somewhat clueless staff made for a forgettable dining experience. Will definitely not come back

MP
Orange County
43 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a very busy Saturday night and a 20 minute wait past our reservation... Everything was amazing! The hosts were great, they kept us informed, were apologetic and provided a beverage for our wait. Our server was on the spot, friendly and accommodating. The food was the best! Cold, fresh oysters. Our entree's were hot out of the oven. The Double R Ribeye cooked as ordered, very flavorful with a terrific reduction poured across. The smoked blue cheese potatoes alone were enough to come back for! Not a big fan of vegetables, but they were just crunchy and tasted great dabbed in the reduction sauce. It was our first time there and we'll definitely be back!!!

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner with our 85 year old Dad and family. Crusts was an awesome server to our group. The food was amazing. From steaks to vegetarian meals, absolutely perfect. Dessert was amazing Creme brûlée to Ice cream apple oatmeal crunchy dessert. Perfection. Grandpa felt very special. Love Olea! We ate on the patio, it was a beautiful night. Thank you!

T
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were greeted warmly and promptly. Our server came right over to take our drink orders and water came right away. Our server was very knowledgeable and when I told her I was GF and DF she told me the dishes that could be made for me! Our dinners were delicious and the service continued to be outstanding the whole night. Will go back again!

TO
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Olea several times and are never disappointed by our choices. We had the most amazing dinner last Saturday night and all 4 of us dining enjoyed our entrees ..... from the Chilean Sea Bass, to the Ribeye and Filet, all were cooked perfectly and accompanied with a delicious medley of vegetables. We always order the dark chocolate chunk cookies for dessert - they are AMAZING! The service was wonderful with multiple servers and staff checking in on us throughout the meal.