Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Olea Restaurant
171 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1123840.688564 -73.962767
Mon - Thu, Sun, 10am - 11pm; Fri, Sat, 10am - midnight
Recomended for Saturday brunch – I live near by and love this place, they have a geat brunch on Saturdsy mornings
and every time I pass there it is full. The service is very warm I am not sure if the owner
is working there all the time but I sure feels like everything has to come out perfect.
delicious cuisine – I have had dinner at Olea several times and brunch. The food has never disappointed. I particularly love the raw bar and have found the orata perfectly cooked, never dry. I went on Morroccan Monday and the tagines are wonderful, very flavorful. They have the best dessert ever, affigado, which is icecream, carmel and expresso. The belly dancer on the first monday of the month makes dining there a special evening. I think the atmosphere is cozy and meditteranean. The service is friendly and efficient. Definately one of the best.
Delicious – I am so suprised to read anything bad about this place. I live near by so I go all the time and I always get great food and great service. In fact, I feel like I'm traveling in the Meditteranean when I eat there. The grilled octopus is tender and beautifully cooked, the mushroom risotto is creamy and delicious, and the last time I had steak there it was perfect. The wine list is extensive and interesting and well priced.I just hope those who had a bad experience will give it another go. It has become my regular neighborhood spot.
a wonderful friday night out! – some friends and i saw the forsythe show at BAM and then headed down to olea for dinner. i had passed it many times in the past and always wanted to check it out. a friendly host greeted us immediately but told us there would probably be a 30 minute wait (even the bar bas packed). but, there is a spacious church pew outside, and he served us a bottle of wine while we waited! after about twenty minutes a table opened up. we had a few rounds of delicious tapas (try the turkish cigars and the baby octopus.... the dips were also great). for entrees, some of us (there were 5) had traditional meals (i had the pork- great), but others, not as hungry, had appetizer portions of pasta- the size was just right. the orrechiette was great. for desert we split the chocolate torte and bread pudding, our friendly waitress' favorites. she was spot on. the whole time, there was a guitar player singing in spanish... but not loud enough to interrupt conversation. all the service was super friendly and welcoming! we had an intoxicating (literally/figuratively!) night!
Hmmm – This place has really pretty decor. That said, the service is REALLY slow. Food is mediocre. The BIG problem I've had is the fly problem. Every time I go in there, it seems there are four or five flies buzzing around. I thought flies DIE in winter. I was in there the other day, and it was freezing out, and there was a bunch of flies buzzing around. Does that mean they've been living in there the whole winter? I don't know. Like the decor a lot. It's a nice vibe, but the food is kind of blah.
bad choice – i'm greek and my wife is from valencia "spain" this food is a joke
are this people ever been to Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Morocco
this guys dont know about mediterranean food,
food taste to blend service is bad and slow
and they can fool americans but not mediterranean people
if you want to eat mediterranean, go to an authentic one.
lovely – On a recent weekday evening, everything was perfect. Immediate seating, warm service without annoying or overbearing chattiness (I prefer polite, subtle, not-in-my-face-every-second table service at a restaurant--I'm not looking for a BFF). We has 3 different wines, 1 tapas plate, 3 appetizers and a hearty risotto entree--and everything was perfect. Subtle yet savory Mediterranean fare that's both homey and elegant at the same time. Unclear what happened to the other reviewer's "French toast" but maybe dinner is the time to go. Loved it and can't wait to go back.
Still the one... – Over two years ago, my husband and I were lucky enough to come to Olea on a neighbor?s recommendation. That evening, and every visit since, we left happy to have spent our time, money, and appetites on a restaurant that never fails to please. So, despite a few contrary recent City Search reviews, for us Olea is still the one place that keeps us coming back.
Through the grapevine we heard that a new chef had been hired, and we were curious to taste his food. On our most recent excursion to this Fort Greene gem, we made some of our regular selections off the menu. I opted for the spaghettini with scallops, served in a light, flavorful tomato saffron sauce that was so good our amiable server quickly brought me more crusty bread to soak it up! My husband opted for the pork chop. While the portion size alone was impressive, the sides of rabe and potatoes had my husband declaring it to be a ?home run??I took a taste? it was-- out of the park! We also enjoyed our usual salads and hummus with pita leading up to our entrees. However, we skipped dessert (because we were full not because we weren?t tempted) but ended our evening meal with the gracious owner stopping by our table to ask how our dinner had been. Courteous service and reasonable prices remain a standard at Olea. And, while Olea?s past chef clearly set the bar high, the food that the new chef produced on this blustery winter evening left us warm, satisfied, and steadfast fans of this restaurant?s cuisine.
For me, it remains the one place I choose: for a New Year?s Eve dinner (the past 2 years were simply delicious), for a special occasion, or for a Friday evening meal that is guaranteed to satisfy. Olea reliably provides attentive service, a cozy atmosphere, a friendly host, and, most importantly-- great food! For me, it is still the one.
Fantastic Ft. Greene Food – Great service and warm atmosphere. I had the monkfish which was the best I have had in New York. A fantastic addition to Ft. Greene, I can only hope that we'll see more fine restaurants such as this.
Worst Customer Service – Two strikes and you're out - that's my motto for this mediterranean den of sub par service.
I tolerated the extended delay to receive my dinner the first time I dined at Olea - and when the food arrived they had messed up the order - but the food was pretty good and I was in no rush - so I forgave them. But on a recent Sunday brunch excursion, I was greeted by a uniformly unfriendly staff - starting with the hostess and extending to foul faced wait staff.
We were seated at nearly 3pm - well after the sunday brunch rush - and another unacceptable delay was in store for us. At 3:30pm after repeated inquiries about the food they offered to buy our drinks without offering any explanation. When 4pm ticked by, the novice hostess came to tell us that they could not tell us when the food would be ready. Clearly you jest you're thinking! But I kid you not - the worst "restaurant" I've been to in a long time. Perhaps they need a crystal ball because this establishment should not call itself a restaurant if they are unable to produce the meals they advertise. This is obviously a result of poor management - surly, incompetent staff cannot run a place to the ground without the manager's approval. No mediterranean warmth, no mediterranean food - clearly a NO from me.
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