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olea - New Haven

4.9
4.9
1089 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
In the heart of downtown New Haven, Connecticut, Olea offers an innovative interpretation of Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. Chef Manuel Romero and his team explore these flavors in their food, wine, and cocktails, locally sourcing many products and importing specialty items from the Mediterranean region.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (203) 780-8925

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • Executive chef

    Manuel Romero

  • Private party facilities

    Olea can accommodate up to 40 guests for private events in part of the restaurant enclosed by a shimmering curtain, and larger parties can include up to 80 guests throughout Olea. And we love to create special nooks for smaller, more intimate gatherings.Call 203.780.8925, OR info@oleanewhaven.com, to begin the process of creating a unique event.

  • Private party contact

    info@oleanewhaven.com: (203) 780-8925

  • Neighborhood

    New Haven

  • Cross street

    Crown and Chapel

  • Parking details

    -FREE PARKING-Park your car in Temple or Crown St Garage, enjoy a meal (with a check of $50 or more) & park for free. Ask your host about validation when arriving at Olea. Exceptions: no validation for private events, restaurant week, holidays or Yale commencement. For more information, visit the Park New Haven website.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,089 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Spanish

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  1. AG

    ArjetG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual. Great food, amazing dessert, nice service, even good coffee!
  2. s

    sshelley

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as usual. We had the tasting menu to celebrate out anniversary, and it certainly did not disappoint. Each course was better than the last with a great variety of flavors making it a wonderful experience. Chef Manuel Romero has a real gift for combining flavors and creating a wonderful presentation of each plate. The service was professional, friendly and attentive. This is still my favorite restaurant anywhere.
  3. LR

    LizR

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in New Haven - great for special occasions and small groups. Menu has lots of variety and the food, service and wine list are all exceptional
  4. NB

    NancyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always. One of our very favorite places. Food is uniformly delicious and service is wonderful.
  5. v

    vamosrafa04

    Philadelphia

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding dinner! From the atmosphere, service and the food, everything was exceptional!
  6. K

    Katatrubka99

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is absolutely delish. We had outdoor seating which was on a parking lot- not recommended. To many cars passing by Service was very nice. I would still highly recommend this fine restaurant.
  7. GB

    GlenB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful, creative tasting menu. Expert wine pairing with sommelier teaching us about each course. Superb service. Highly recommend.
  8. SL

    SteveL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Olea is one of our favorite restaurants, it never disappoints. We have been coming for years. Food is fantastic, staff is friendly and professional. It is a must if you haven’t been.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food delicious and service was great - definitely would recommend and return!
  10. SW

    StevenW

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful food and service at this New Haven gem.
  11. LR

    LindaR

    Tampa

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have not be back to Olea since the beginning of the pandemic but they have lovely outdoor seating. The meal was excellent and every bite was perfect as were the wine pairings. My fish was cooked perfectly. Service was also superlative and we cannot wait to go back!
  12. KK

    KarinaK

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed Olea!! So good and would visit again
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were outside on a beautiful evening. Might be noisier inside.
  14. M

    Megan

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent! Absolutely delicious. The restaurant was a little empty for a Friday night, but the food was one of the best in New Haven.
  15. MF

    MikeF

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative cuisine, delicious! Super friendly and attentive team. Thank you
  16. RM

    RonaldM

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb meal in every way, ambiance, service and most of all cuisine. Perfect place to celebrate any milestone occasion or a night on the town.
  17. MV

    MichaelV

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing place. Celebrated my friend’s birthday. I was there 5 years ago. Will definitely be back for my birthday in January. I drive almost 2 and a half hours to eat there. Worth the drive. The staff and the Head Chef are the best . Thank you so much for this amazing experience.
  18. B

    Beauty99

    Charleston

    30 reviews

    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was very mediocre and the servers weren’t able to make recommendations. I had great expectations for this restaurant since it’s rated one of the top in the state , and that just isn’t the case. It’s not bad, it’s just not very good either. We spent $300 on apps and wine for two people, so it wasn’t particularly affordable either . We won’t be back.
  19. IS

    IrynaS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time visiting Olea and they did not disappoint! Everything was amazing.
  20. l

    luveatingout

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great birthday meal for my mom. The food was all excellent and the David, our server was great. We had a 6:30 reservation and were sat in a back are, with another large party. The ambience was not great, but the food made up for it. I would also suggest additional vegetarian options. That was the one down side. My daughters choices were limited.
  21. EK

    ErinK

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and thoughtful service! We loved it.
  22. JB

    JanetB

    New York Area

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the tasting menu for my birthday celebration and it was awesome. Creative menu and executed extremely well. The only course that we weren’t blown away by was the short rib ravioli. It was still very good, just not as outstanding as the others. Kudos to the excellent servers throughout! Thank you!!
  23. SP

    SuzanneP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the tasting dinner and loved everything we got to try.
  24. WT

    WorldTravler

    New York Area

    304 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    304 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always my favorite in New Haven. There are always specials. Last night I had the most delicious shrimp with garlic, chilis, pea purée, cilantro!! It was fabulous. We had tuna tartare, white anchovies, duck, salmon and Cornish hen. All was absolutely perfect. Great refreshing sangria. Excellent service. We try to come at least once a month. Really fabulous.
  25. T

    Tony

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best chef in CT!! Spanish food at the highest level. Been going there for years. Our favorite restaurant in Ct..
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, cocktails, and ambiance. A hefty price tag but we’ll worth the experience.
  27. C

    Cheetka

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was wonderful, ambience was nice although it did get loud later during dinner when restaurant filled up. The white sangria was nothing special abd I didn't finish it (would not order again); appetizers and entrée were good but relatively small portions and desserts were under par. It felt a little like the chef spent more time thinking about the visually appealing plating for a number of dishes then the quality/taste. Unlikely to visit again.
  28. s

    sshelley

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely evening. The food was delicious, the service was excellent. Olea is a great place to go to enjoy an evening with friends. We each tried a different enter and they were all wonderful. I had the shrimp appetizer and the duck confit. Both were delightful ( as always). Service was attentive without being intrusive. I am grateful that this lovely restaurant has continued to exist despite these hard times and has maintained quality and has a wonderful ambiance . Still my favorite restaurant of all time.
  29. IS

    IanS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the best restaurant in New Haven. The wine list is overpriced, but the corking fee is reasonable if you bring your own.
  30. RA

    RobertA

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant in New Haven. Great food, great cocktails!
  31. CG

    CarolineG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and outdoor dining experience!
  32. S

    Stoneroom

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in all facets- meal and service. Outside venue is a plus. Had octopus as an appetizer which was superb followed by short rib special which was equally delicious.
  33. FS

    FalguniS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. We especially enjoyed their desserts. Would definitely recommend to others.
  34. S

    Seamaven

    New England

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! What a treat. I was a party of one and sat at the bar. The food was fresh and innovative. Loved the amuse and bread. Outstanding!
  35. HC

    HollyC

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten in restaurants in Chicago, Boston, New Orleans and Miami in the past 6 months because of work and vacation travel. This restaurant has been the best by far: creative cuisine, fresh ingredients, outstanding service, craft cocktails, and a superb wine list. Wow!
  36. B

    Bill

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, very good food and drink and WONDERFUL friendly service
  37. Z

    Zachi

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Juan Carlos was awesome. We will of course be back. The pre fríx meal is amazing as well!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our dinner experience at Olea. We came half an hour earlier than our reservation but they let us take our table. The staff was very attentive with impeccable service. I ordered the Cochinillo which would take 40 minutes to cook but with the great shrimp ajilllo, Jamon Iberico appetizers, and wonderful bread, we didn't even notice the time. This is one of the best meals we've had since we moved to CT from NY. The restaurant is also beautifully decorated. I will take my friends from NY here.
  39. J

    Jessie

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely amazing and the service was excellent.
  40. N

    Nancy

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our all time favorite restaurants in New Haven. Never disappoints!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

olea - New Haven is rated 4.9 stars by 1089 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Google Map for olea - New Haven

39 High Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Crown and Chapel

  • Neighborhood

    New Haven

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    -FREE PARKING-Park your car in Temple or Crown St Garage, enjoy a meal (with a check of $50 or more) & park for free. Ask your host about validation when arriving at Olea. Exceptions: no validation for private events, restaurant week, holidays or Yale commencement. For more information, visit the Park New Haven website.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • Executive chef

    Manuel Romero

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (203) 780-8925

  • Private party facilities

    Olea can accommodate up to 40 guests for private events in part of the restaurant enclosed by a shimmering curtain, and larger parties can include up to 80 guests throughout Olea. And we love to create special nooks for smaller, more intimate gatherings.Call 203.780.8925, OR info@oleanewhaven.com, to begin the process of creating a unique event.

  • Private party contact

    info@oleanewhaven.com: (203) 780-8925

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