Oloroso

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Spanish
A dark, fragrant style of Sherry, Oloroso is a perfect accompaniment to our wood oven tapas at Philadelphia's newest Spanish restaurant!
Join us Saturdays and Sundays for Tapas Brunch Buffet from 10:30 AM-2:20 PM!
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JB
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was the first visit to Oloroso for 3 of us, and we enjoyed it very much. The brunch offerings were diverse and delicious, and we will definitely return.

JB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great dinner we had there. I have always wanted to try Tapas and this did not disappoint. We did the pre-theater menu and it was so nice. We had the salad, the cheese and bread, the shrimp, the pork belly, the potatoes and surprisingly the octopus. We both got the churros for desert. All were so very good.

Though as a high end restaurant their prices are high, but the food was all excellent. As tapas the plates are small, but was mostly filling. The only detraction was the cheese and jam were really less than a teaspoon of the jam and 2 very small slices of the cheese. The rest of the small plates were appropriately sized for tapas sharing

Our waiter was nice and very helpful and kept us going.

I would recommend this place and the pre theater menu.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was slow. We felt we were forgotten about several times. Apps and main courses were great. desert was lacking. Churros were oily and budino was too savory.

m
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came before going to see Hamilton. I had no expectations, just looking to have dinner nearby the theatre. We came early and were never rushed and enjoyed great tapas food. Although there was a pre theatre menu, we ordered from the regular menu. The pulpo oroloso and albondigas were exceptional. We shared the belgian endive salad and the ny strip. Very nice service and would definitely recommend.

M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre-theatre option was great. Enjoyed our meal without being rushed. Would definitely go back!

OT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic!!

KG
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome and creative tapas. Hard to find this quality in the Northeast. Great wine. Really nice atmosphere

BD
Philadelphia
98 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment you walk in to the second you leave Oloroso provides you with a surreal dining experience. The waitstaff and chefs make everything appear as if it was magic--they do that good of a job.
Normally, I am not a fan of Sangria however; this was particularly good with the addition of Aperol and Brandy. The Bacalao was four fish balls perfectly fried so that the cod inside was still cool and moist. The sauces for the pork meatballs and the shrimp dish were so good that I wanted to lick the plates. Make sure that you save room for desert as the churros were melt in your mouth good and the Burnt Honey Budino is so good it defies description!
Whether going for a pre-theater meal or as a destination for dinner this is one restaurant that does not disappoint!

DL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic location across the street from Forrest Theater (saw Hamilton that night). Scallops and octopus were the favorites and we shared eveything. Seafood Paella was great bigger plate. Waitress guided us well, with amount of food (smaller paella) and made it to the show on time. Olorosa also has a pre-theater menu. We sat in the front of the restaurant, with windows open and looked over Chestnut. A few tables out front too!

D
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Customer service was excellent! Our reservation was for 6:00pm and at 6:15 we still were not seated. We were concerned because we had theatre tickets. We waited at the bar and they gave us 3 complimentary appetizers for our inconvenience. The appetizers were delicious, in addition to the other dishes we ordered. It turned out to ne a wonderful dining experience. Would definitely recommend. Thanks again to all the staff at Oloroso!

J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue, food, drink selection, staff and prices. Fun establishment to visit prior to a show. Recommend.

J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the food and the venue slot. Sourdough bread is amazing. Great place to eat if you have plans at the Forrest Theater located across the street.

K
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was quite good-to-excellent; just a bit salty for our tastes.
Service was friendly and efficient.
Sangria, only white available, was overpriced with not much wine in it.
Bottled wine offered in the menu was very expensive; almost all over $50.

OT
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Third visit. They were very good to begin with — and there’s been continuous improvement. Definitely the best tapas in Philly!

A
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the food and the place in general. It's one of my favorites here in Philly.

OT
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

First time here. Nice ambiance
Food was good different... very tasty
I chose the pre-theatre meal...
I was there by myself and felt that staff wasn't attentive... They were respectful but not friendly... I have to waved the waiters to get any attention to my table.

PH
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Paella the best

ME
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointed. Really looking forward to a great dinner before a show. Food was very spicy and salty; absolutely everything. Even the fresh sourdough was salty. Add that to a hefty check, which made it even more disappointing.

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great anniversary dinner. We were seated at the back by the open kitchen so it was cool to see all the dishes coming out. The kitchen was also giving out complimentary apps - a grilled eggplant dish and potatoes bravas- both were delicious. We shared the paella for our main and it was amazing! Pork belly was also very good.

SC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

What a great surprise - we grabbed dinner and drinks before a show. Beets were awesome, so was octopus. Other dishes were solid. Staff was a little slow, but the restaurant was full with pre theatre folks, so as long as you planned for this, it was fine. They graciously accommodated our request to adapt a dish without meat. Bill was reasonable for the quality of the food. We’ll be back!

EF
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We very much enjoyed our time at Oloroso. The highlight was certainly the food-- our party ordered from both the pre-theater menu and the regular menu, and all the options were spectacular. We were particularly enamored with the charred eggplant dish. The space itself is charming but very cramped, especially in the front. The service, frankly, was not impressive. One salad was delivered with cheese when asked for without (and the server came up as everyone finished appetizers with something like "I just remembered you said no cheese, should I have them make a new one?" We had already picked it all off ourselves- dairy allergy.) Our server kept our wine on ice elsewhere and had to be asked/reminded numerous times for refills-- not on one occasion, but every single time. One dish got completely forgotten and arrived at the table well after the rest and only after asking the server about it. We noted that it was likely the kitchen's and not the server's fault and appreciated that the server graciously provided an after dinner drink as an apology.

Overall- we would certainly return for the food, and hopefully at a less busy time where the staff was less distracted.

FM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here before seeing a show at the Forrest Theater, so we tried the theater menu. Everything was delicious, and as a vegetarian there were some nice options for me (I had at least two choices per course, which might seem limited--again theater menu--but at other tapas places I have had 0 choices, so I was VERY happy). The waiter was also fantastic, we were intrigued by the sherry and he helped us to make a selection so that we could try something not too intense. Everything was served in a way that we did not feel rushed (even though we were on a time limit), and overall we had a wonderful time. I recommend ordering the patatas bravas with whatever else you order (we each ordered our own portion because we've had this dish before elsewhere and knew we wouldn't want to share it), because the portion is a bit larger. I also had the eggplant which I think is the best eggplant I've ever had, definitely would get again. We had both the churros and the budino for dessert--and let me tell you the budino was a religious experience. We will definitely be back because we want to try the full menu and more of that sherry!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delectable! The pork bellies, the calamari the beets! Everything was mouth wateringly good. I will go back as often as I can!

A
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding meal at Oloroso. This time, we went for brunch. A beautiful buffet spread with delicious meats, fish and cheeses as well as decadent bites such as crab puffs and ham and cheese croquettes. Fresh fruits and delicious desserts ended a fabulous meal.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing Spanish restaurant. The cook staff has learned the secret of good Spanish cooking. I was transported to a tavern in Northern Spain tasting local had crafted delights.

I have been cooking paella for years and have never found one that reproduces the authentic flavor and and consistency ...with the crispy bits at the bottom....until I now!!!! The staff is very helpful and courteous.

I highly recommend you visit Oloroso and give them a taste. You won’t regret it.

s
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was tasty, one of our many servers (it waa hard to tell exactly who our server was) forgot one of our items but since we were all full it wasnt a big deal.

D
Philadelphia
159 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre Theater dining. Very good 3 course menu for $35 a person. The only thing I didn’t like were the 2 desserts...the churros were kind of oily and the pudding with salted nuts was just weird tasting. But I was full from the first two courses so I didn’t care.

R
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best tapas restaurants we’ve been to. I always gauge by the quality of the grilled octopus, and theirs is outstanding. Tender, perfectly grilled. Chorizo, sausage and seafood dishes are robustly flavorful. Five selections were just right for my wife and I. Superior service. Wine selections average.

OF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We choose the restaurant because it was close to the theater. The food was delicious and the small plates allowed us to share a number of different dishes.

NG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved my experience at Oloroso. Their Sunday Brunch was phenomenal as were their cocktails 🤤💕

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good spot for a romantic dinner.

ES
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been here at least five times. It’s always top notch, flavors and deliciousness. We love the small plates and the vermouth on ice pairs well with the food. Will be coming back. If you are a foodie this is a great spot.

SL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Overall, most dishes lacked seasoning.

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

Our servers were amazing, didn’t have to wait for a drink, great food recommendations and delicious appetizers and paella!

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Philly’s best kept secret for brunch!!! Small but intimate spot for brunch, tucked away from all the hustle and bustle of the city noise, really good quality made to order food, nice open kitchen with helpful and knowledgeable staff, and they certainly make a great mimosa!

L
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything slapped heavy. New dessert twerks. Yeah.

S
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting tapas. Good food and service. Pretty place. Of course small plates add up quickly.

c
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Small plates and tapas. Found it a little pricey for what we ordered. Service was great. Nice wine and cocktail list.

CH
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love brunch here! We need to go for dinner!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food.. excellent service and a nice variety of Spanish inspired food. Some of the twists were unexpected but worked very well. Would go back. Want to try some of the other items on the menu.

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