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olea - New Haven

4.8
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800 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 800 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JeffreyB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always service and food were excellant.
Best restaurant in New Haven

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vipSamC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Olea is clearly the best restaurant in New Haven from very point of view: food, service ambiance. They have adapted to the pandemic as well as anyone can. Eating outdoors there is wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasting menu and wine pairing was phenomenal !!
Great value and such a treat to try everything we wanted to try on the menu

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JeralynC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food at Olea was impeccable! My partner had the Cornish hen and I had the duck. Amazing flavors in both the meat and the vegetables and such an original way to prepare beets and peaches! My kiwi soda was amazingly fresh and the service was great. Would definitely recommend! The food leaves you satisfied, not stuffed!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday. Terrific as always. Gjc

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience. Sat outside. Great service. Great food. Really followed COVID safety protocols so we felt very safe and had a terrific experience.

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foodie1964
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is excellent, friendly staff, innovative dishes, beautiful plating and most of all, delicious and memorable. There is so much flavor in all the dishes we tried. Olea is never disappointing. Our meal was superb! One of our favorite restaurants.

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BillClay
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my girlfriend out for our first indoor restaurant dinner in months here. It was excellent!! Everything that hit the table was exceptional. It was a great dinner and Tb it was really nice to have an almost empty room for it.

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BraveChJ10
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you to Raul and the whole staff at Olea for a phenomenal dining experience! From the drinks to the dessert we enjoyed every second of our dinner here. We wanted to try so many things but we started off with the charcutería and beef croquettes. WOW. While sipping our cocktails we enjoyed the music, and our bread with oil. Our dinner came and my husband enjoyed the mushrooms with fettuccine and I, the beef cheek. Never had I enjoyed such a tender piece of beef. Alongside came a parsnip purée, cauliflower and mini potato chips. We ended our meal with the chocolate textures dessert. You name the texture, it was there! We left feeling satisfied and so happy we decided to come here. We enjoyed some complimentary items from the chef and pastry chef as well. We were the last ones to leave but there was no rushing us ever. Please, if you're in New Haven, try Olea. We will be back!

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HarrietB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food and service despite Covid restrictions.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing Spanish restaurant. Service was attentive, drinks were great, and the Chef made paella specially for us. Couldn’t be happier.

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ChristianT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So happy they are open again and we can enjoy their outstanding food in an outdoor setting.

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vipBill
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

as always, great food exceeded by the wonderful service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Above all great service from the moment we walked through the door until we left. This has always been consistent each time we’ve dined here. Food is also exceptional

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vipGeorgeP
27 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

What a nice dining experience. Again! Food was delicious. Service attentive. Vibrant. Can't wait to go back.

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ChristyH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sublime! Absolutely outstanding in every way! Thank you for a memorable evening! We will be back.

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MarianneC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, the service was outstanding and the food exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food , fabulous service. Five star as ALWAYS

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were outstanding

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vipIvymoose2
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Absolutely loved everything. Complements to the kitchen staff. Can’t wait to go back. I must if you are in new haven county.

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BarbaraP
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We had a marvelous meal, beautifully executed and graciously served. I would recommend Olea as a genial restaurant in which creative food is served without prétention. I would return for certain

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious

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vipSamC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in Connecticut and enormously popular in New Haven

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eleR
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent! Great for work meetings as well

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ChristopherD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nothing less than outstanding on a very busy night.

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SarahM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Valentine's Day experience was fantastic! The food was some of the best food we have ever eaten and we are looking forward to a return trip. The service was also excellent!

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sshelley
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Even on a busy night like Valentines day, Olea makes dining out a pleasure. The food is delightful, as usual, and service is excellent despite the the large number of tables for 2. Cocktails always amazing, the special menu had enough choices to please everyone, and servers were attentive. Special touches like red roses on each table and the assortment of desserts to share made the night memorable.

Always a wonderful experience

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vipGeorgeY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great meal.

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RachelC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

We would happily return to Olea. We ordered from the prix-fixe dinner menu, and while we would have liked a couple of additional options, the food was delicious and well-presented and the servings ample. The restaurant was attractive and busy. Our only real complaint was that although we had a 5:45 reservation to assure we had time to walk to our concert at 7:30 and arrived on time, our main course did not arrive until 7:00 PM meaning we had to wolf it and dessert down and run. Our server seemed a bit overwhelmed, so we would recommend some attention to pacing/staffing.

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JohnL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great experience at Olea this past weekend. It was a birthday dinner for my wife so I wanted it to be special. Our server, who was terrific throughout the evening, acknowledged my wife's birthday and even brought us a special small treat with dessert. He also made great dinner recommendations and brought me a tasty non-alcoholic drink.

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Chudsy
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb food, superb service....somewhat loud but very enjoyable. Excellent wine list wih reasonable prices; staff happy to recommend.

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vipdeerhoundjulie
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved the three course seasonal dinner. Every course was delicious and just the right size. I would definitely go back!

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Bajeau
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A wonderful menu focused on Spanish food with an accompanying wine list. Service was wonderful and don't skip dessert.

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phyllisb
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food- excellent service

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LudwigC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was absolutely first rate. We had the octopus appetizer and it was the most tender I ever had. The Jamon Iberico was cross cut from the shank, gave it a different texture and more flavor. The bacalao was fresh instead of what we thought going to be dry salted, but was very fresh and delicious. The boneless suckling pig was another new twist, with the meat chopped and rolled into the cylindrical piece and f crispy skin. The sauce was a perfect accompaniment, not more, not less.

The service couldn’t be more attentive and friendly, making a perfect anniversary dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We did the chefs tasting menu and every course was delicious and beautifully presented. We cleaned every plate! Service was on top of everything and very helpful when we asked for recommendations. Best meal we had in New Haven.

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DavidB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was outstanding, but you will pay for it!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and amazing service. A New Haven favorite among many excellent restaurants.

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vipPfenigart
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful inventive food, attentive service, comfortable business casual atmosphere however VERY noisey and difficult to have conversation. Our favorite restaurant in New Haven - highly recommend! (Just wish the management would add more sound proofing!)

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vipPHF317
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very happy with the quality of food and service

FAQs

olea - New Haven offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (203) 780-8925.

olea - New Haven is rated 4.8 stars by 800 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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