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
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

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

MP
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
68 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

KD
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great server. Randy was great ! Party of seven well taken care of.

RP
Central Coast
38 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great server, Brian! Food was excellent but it was too noisey!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner. Food was fantastic. Loved the environment. Price was very good for the quality of food.

D
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in our area. Great food, service and value. Its a treat to eat at Olea’s.

l
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local find. Attentive, friendly staff. Great food and drinks. fun atmosphere. Guaranteed to run into a friend or two!

MS
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and service! Christa took care of us without hovering. She was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. The Manager Kevin kept checking in to ensure everything was good. Love this place and will be going back as soon as possible!

N
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant! I've been here several times and it never disappoints!!!! Best meat and cheese board anywhere!!

SS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was very good, service was excellent but the venue is very very loud.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was nice and attentive, good ambiance and great food!

NB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and atmosphere, bartenders are always so nice !

LN
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without a doubt, one of the most amazing restaurants I’ve been to in a long time. From the moment we walked in the service rocked!! The place is happening with a mixed crowd. We started with the amazing monthly crafted cocktail and a welcome appetizer. Then ordered the trout appetizer...yummy!! Proportions are large, deliciously a mix of flavors and I promise you you’ll eat every bit!! Chow!!

RO
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely PERFECT!!!

The food was as memorably delicious as ever and positively cravable.

Everyone there including the General Manger greeted us with a sincere sense of hospitality...they made us feel welcomed...and like VIPs.

CR
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was awesome, food was high quality, ambiance is great but very loud restaurant!

K
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good drinks. Good food. Good service. Recommend.

LE
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent menu and food is very good. We had a party of 7 and were seated in a semi private space near the rear of the restaurant. Nice but looked straight into the kitchen. There is a large curtain separating the area from the entrance to the kitchen but staff kept opening the curtain. As soon as one person closed it, another opened it and left it open. It was very annoying and distracting. It seems like an easy fix to tell everyone on staff that the curtain is to remained closed. My only complaint. Otherwise really like this restaurant.

TS
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Our server was solid. Thanks!

AH
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food great, room loud would request the patio going forward, our service was a bit over the top - nice, but maybe a bit too chatty.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Two ordered the filet and two ordered the Chilean sea bass. Service was great. We will be back.

H
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was delicious, the restaurant is beautiful, service was spot on

BD
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I would recommend to go on other than weekend - SO noisy, but Tuesday was perfect - all Good!

C
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food always delicious. Been here several times. Not to heavy feels like a healthy but tasty meal.
Staff friendly and attentive. Good beer and wine selections

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food

KM
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food here is always very good. I had the special which was beef short ribs with mashed potatoes and it was very good. They also make great cocktails too.

C
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great server!! She was really sweet and super efficient!! Loved our meal.

DM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the great food and enjoyed having service people who are cheerful, knowledgeable, and accommodating.

BS
Phoenix
32 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good -- Salmon special and pork special were terrific!
Service was superb!
We sat on the patio which made for easier conversation with our fiends.
We'll be back soon!

O
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table was ready upon arrival - Great hostesses - shout out to Amber. Patio was nice and cool even on a hotter night. Randy was very attentive. She always seemed to be around when we needed to order more food/wine. Duck wings are becoming a classic! Found a great bottle of meritage (or two!). Kevin was managing that night and made this a quality business dinner - thank you!

CR
Central Coast
36 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I’m sorry to say we didn’t enjoy it. Just wasn’t a great experience and we did not enjoy our food.

D
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed at Olea's. Creative food selections and top notch service.

C
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and really friendly service. We ordered some entrees and I guess the ticket got lost so it took extra time. While we were waiting, we were given a comped appetizer, pasta in a brown butter sauce, delicious! After dinner, a free dessert was brought to us! Then, as we were waiting for the check, the server said that our entrees were on the house as well!! We ended up only paying for the wine that we had...This kind of service just does not exist anymore!! We would have been happy with just the comped appetizer because most restaurants these days don't really care that much about great customer service. Well done Olea, well done.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Husband’s birthday. We eat here often

MI
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is awesome, and the food was great!

k
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wait staff, wonderful food and.nice vibe

WB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! We are from Laguna Niguel and need to venture out more! I am so excited to have found this place. The food was fantastic! I had the duck confit and pasta. The portions are huge! Thank god as I was able to bring this heavenly dish home to eat later. We will be back.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing. Everyone was super nice!

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