olea - New Haven

4.8
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745 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.
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S
New England
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fantastic.

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Wait staff excellent and well informed. Food innovative and delicious. Lovely ambiance.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and delicious quality food. Perfect spot for a date night.

J
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great wine and cocktails. Most of the food - excellent. For my entree, I had the squid ink pasta - it was good but not the standout compared to our appetizers and my wife's entree (duck). I probably wouldn't order it again.

B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The cocktails had a nuanced taste - some of the best I’ve had. The ravioli special and the suckling pig were delicious, the vegetura rather bland, unfortunately. Overall, however, superb cocktails, meal, and wine selections. Service was delightful from door to table.

RN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service!

JG
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always . One of the best restaurants in New Haven

HC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in New Haven without any doubt. Food is superb as is service.

LM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

Seated in a space by ourselves. A large cold looking room with white light. The large area we were in had many empty tables with a couple seated at a distant table. The wait staff were fine but difficult to understand. My husbands short ribs were good. My shrimp was ok. This restaurant was attempting to be something it wasn’t.

KW
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was looking for a good tasting menu and took a chance for a birthday dinner for my boyfriend. It was OUTSTANDING!!!
My boyfriend is very particular about his dining experience and he was
I highly recommend this restaurant- food was superb, atmosphere was lovely (felt like I was in a Manhattan restaurant - mean this in the best of ways). Tasting menu was out of this world!!!! Great wine menu as well, love Spanish wine.
Highly recommended!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Overall experience was good and the manager herself was very nice and helped us customize our food based on our specific requirement. Only bad experience was our waiter who seemed rude and too rushed to even bother to listen to us

NH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently one of New Haven's absolute best restaurants.

RS
New England
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. The restaurant noted that it was my mother's birthday and even brought over a happy birthday dessert even when we did not order dessert. They were incredibly accommodating of my toddler despite it being Saturday night. We just moved from Manhattan and food was on par with any fine dining establishment in the city. Highly impressed and would recommend x1000

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints. The menu is extensive and there are always special seasonal additions. The wine list is a perfect compliment to the dinner selections and the service is beyond top notch. This evening we loved the tuna tartar and the grilled octopus appetizers as well as the beef tenderloin entire. Looking forward to a return trip soon.

N
Portland
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding and unique food, great service and good vibes

GG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely lived up to our expectations. Wonderful food with attentive and an elegant setting. Thoroughly enjoyable.

b
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Relative to other restaurants in this area Olea is in top three.

p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this excellent Spanish restaurant next to the Yale Museum of British Art on High St., adjacent to the Yale campus. A Monday night and it was buzzing. Our third visit this year and have never been disappointed with the high quality of the food, service or friendliness of the staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Exceptional food and excellent service. We are new to the area from New York City and it exceeded our expectations

F
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience2

Great address in New Haven. Food sophisticated and good. A bit too pricey. Deserts were delicious, don’t miss.

S
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful ambiance. We were four people for 9 pm dinner. The service was impeccable and the chef who came out later was very charming.

OD
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service! The gazpacho is amazing, the crusted ravioli was divine.

O
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and great food. Friendly wait staff and great atmosphere. All around awesome restaurant.

H
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our second visit and this time we brought friends. It was just as deliciously oustanding as our fist time.

OT
New York Area
263 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Olea continues to be the finest restaurant in New Haven. The chef is a true talent. The food is fresh, inventive and always delicious. Best of all there are always new additions and now a prix fix menu. The gazpacho and Iberico ham are delicious. The red snapper crispy and perfectly plated. The seafood risotto creamy and tasty the service is excellent. Always a treat. Again, . The best restaurant in New Haven.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, wonderful dinner and excellent considerate service. Our favorite restaurant in New Haven. Highly recommend.

E
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Held a special reunion of old friends and we enjoyed an absolutely delicious meal, particularly the pulpo, ceviche, and croquetas as small plate appetizers, and fideuà, solomillo, and special arroz entrées.

NC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal in every way. Best restaurant in New Haven.

PC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Olea is a wonderful experience; my favorite New Haven Restaurant. Great menu choices that are interesting and creative and an excellent wine list. The staff is knowledgeable and attentive.

O
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This is a lovely restaurant with excellent food and excellent service. There was only one problem: the cochinillo, which we really wanted to have, was not available. This was on a Saturday night, and it’s one of the most attractive items on the entire menu. We were very disappointed. But we were nonetheless delighted with the overall experience. (One more thing: the pours on the wine and sherry were both stingy and uneven.)

H
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Appetizers and entrees were outstanding. Our waiter kindly suggested the best wine paring and it was perfect. Just the right amount of food beautifully presented.
The desserts were “over the top” delicious.
We cannot wait to go back.

s
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing! My favorite restaurant for food, cocktails and service. It is a step above all others. Menu changes with the seasons. I love trying new things here. I have never had a meal I didn't love. We usually enjoy their tasting menu, a way to get lots of flavors and a leisurely meal.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food here is out of this world, every time. One of our favorite places anywhere.

JM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, diverse menu, delicious food beautifully presented.

s
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef Manuel Romero has done it again! An amazing meal. I love that the menu at Olea change seasonally, and during this meal we had a variety of courses and despite having come here often over the years each course was new and delightful. We usually order the tasting menu and are always glad we did. This Chef has a wonderful gift for melding different flavors in new and delicious ways. The service was impeccable, always available but never intrusive. The original cocktails are always great. Cannot recommend this restaurant strongly enough. It is my absolute favorite for any and all occasions.

LL
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful space, our table was the best for a special occasion, the service excellent. The food delicious.

AC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So yummy. The food is clearly a step above most restaurants. The Foie Gras is amazing!

AL
New York Area
137 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience4

The restaurant is modern and well decorated. The service and food was very good. The waiter was knowledgeable. The only downside is that the cocktails are expensive and VERY WATERED DOWN. If you are going for a meal, don't order a cocktail....you'll feel a little ripped off. Everything else was great.

RG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The absolute best Spanish restaurant we've encountered outside of Spain! The food is amazing and authentic and the service is simply spectacular! We can't wait to go back!

KC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were EXCEPTIONAL. We celebrated our friends’ birthdays at a great window table and our server thoughtfully brought out our desserts with candles.

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