134 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA | Directions 0213942.370624 -71.097224
Sun-Thurs 5:30-10pm; Fri-Sat 5:30-11pm
Neighborhoods: Area IV
Makes up for in taste where it lacks in organization. – Hubby and I had heard in advance about reservations being lost, cramped dining areas, food shortages on high-volume (holiday) weekends. But we had also heard about the phenomenal food, so we planned around the restaurant's shortcomings. We watched the weather for what was sure to be a gorgeous night, called for the earliest reservations they had (the ONLY way to get garden seating- and a bonus to actually see the garden in twilight), and we dined at a most leisurely pace allowing us to enjoy several courses and staff to attend to us.
This meal qualified as one of the best in my life in a restaurant and SO romantic!
Vegetarian heaven... – Even with all of the wonderful meat dishes I have had here perviously, my girlfriend and I decided to eat purely vegetarian last night and ordered the 5 course (+ dessert) veg. tasting menu plus a couple of other appetizers to share. The pumpkin falafel on a creamy beet mixture was incredible, walnut pate with pomegrante seeds...some sort of lightly friend cheese with roasted eggplant and pepper on top...the dishes just kept coming out!!! finally, the ricotta and bread pudding with kale and red wine was the kicker as our final dish, too bad we couldn't finish it as we were stuffed by then!!!. 6 out of the 8 we ordered were amazing and I would love to go back soon and get them again. But, somehow we managed to eat all of the incredibly delcious Panacotta for dessert...that little wafer oatmeal and butter crisp on the dessert was to die for. We wanted to kidnap the pastry chef for our kitchen. At $40 for the 6 course vegetarian tasting menu, it was a steal and highly recommended! great for dates, intimate, albeit a little cramped, but worth the close quarters. looking forward to it getting warm again someday in the distant distant future to sit again in the back patio!
fresh tasting food, pretty ambience – I typically don't enjoy Mediterranean food, but I was pleasantly surprised by the dishes at Oleana. When I went, it was warm enough to sit in the garden, which is quite lovely and has spacious seating. There are also plenty of fleece blankets for colder nights. I started dinner with the sangria, which was yummy. For starters, I enjoyed the spreads more than the appetizer that we ordered (the haloumi cheese, which tasted rubbery). My entree, the ricotta and bread dumplings, was delicious. The dumplings were light and finely textured. Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to try the desserts, which are all ice creams, I believe. A big caveat - our server had a bad attitude. I don't frequent establishments for their poor service. I think that other people have made similar remarks. So for the young woman with the blondish hair - lighten up on your uppity attitude because it's really unpleasant, even when people are in a light mood.
Try it; you'll like it – We were two adults and a teenager at Oleana last week. The tables were all taken for the evening so we had seats at the cramped bar. We had delicious entrees, but there was really nothing else on the menu that interested us: there were appetizers, but not much that was not heavy-sounding or cheese-laden. The main course plates held exactly what was described on the menu and nothing more--no starch, no veg.
The food was well-presented and imaginative (not such great teen food). Service, even at the bar, was quite good.
Give it a try.
Great food, lovely patio, amazing dessert – I ate at Oleana with a large group last summer and we all loved it. The service was great, the food was creative and delicious, and the prices seemed reasonable. Dining on the patio was especially pleasant. The most memorable part of the experience was the incredible Baked Alaska -- like another reviewer said, the depth and layering of flavors was out of this world, and it stands out in my mind as one of the tastiest things I have ever eaten.
meager portions, high prices, terrible service – I don't mind spending some money for a great meal. But I must say this restaurant failed on so many counts that I can't imagine why it remains popular -- except for perhaps the outdoor dining. The entrees are too small given the exorbitant prices, and they try to put too many things together that simply don't work. (This includes the strange desserts.) Our waitress was frankly stand-offish, and the servers kept bumping into members of our party and rudely interrupting the meal just to fill water glasses. Wholly unacceptable.
Favorite Restaurant in Cambridge – This place is just wonderful. Everything on the menu is delicious and the desserts are superb. My favorites include the hummus appetizer, the ricotta and bread dumplings, and the baklava. The decor is nice - it's cozy in the winter and romantic in the summer. The prices are reasonable for the delicious food. The service can be hit or miss but it's usually not bad.
Simply Fantastic!! – Went to Oleana for the first time, not expecting to like it. I now consider it one of the better dining experiences I've had in the Boston area. The waitstaff was attentive without being overbearing, the food was inventive with good portion sizes, and the atmosphere in the restaurant was warm and cozy. Definitely upscale dining without the pretension and a great value for the money!
Highly Recommended – If youre in the mood for something different, try this place out. Food, service, and ambience were great
Management/Staff are nasty – I just don't get it, how does restaurant staff get so snotty? Maybe they always were. Don't they understand that I worked all week and am choose where to spend my money. I won't do it at this place again.
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