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Olea

Mediterranean Taverna
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  • Mediterranean, Greek, Small Plates/Tapas
  • 171 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn NY11238 40.6876736 -73.9706124
  • (At Adelphi St)
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  • (718) 643-7003
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User Ratings (Based on 27 reviews)

4.015
Food 4.2 Value 3.9
Service 3.9 Atmosphere 4.1

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(718) 643-7003
Website:
www.oleabrooklyn.com
Notes:
Take Out Visa, MC, AmEx
Hours:
Sun-Thu: 10am-11pm Fri-Sat: 10am-12am
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Outdoor Dining, Live Entertainment, Happy Hour, Raw Bar, WiFi, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out

User Reviews

  • Olea

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/28/2012

    Always satisfied

    We've been coming here since we moved to the neighborhood and though we don't go regularly, we are always excited to go and thoroughly enjoy our meals. We never get anything other than tapas because it's more fun that way, but all the dishes are delicious. There is also great live music a couple days a week. The bar staff can be obnoxious, I agree, but we've never had to wait for more than 15-20 minutes for a table so it's sort of a non-issue.

  • Olea

    Posted by Kat on 07/26/2012

    Pretentious

    Arrogant staff and bar staff worse, overly loud, party scene, long wait for tables, over-rated obscure wines, oily food and silly imitation tapas. Should par down the menu.

  • Olea

    Posted by anonymous on 05/08/2012

    Excellent

    Don't let yourself be turned off by the unecessarily curt hostess- the food is always cooked perfectly and the flavors and combinations are delicious.

  • Olea

    Posted by elizabeth g on 03/09/2011

    Best restaurant experience in a long, long time

    Living in the neighborhood, I had walked by Olea a number of times and always thought it looked so warm and nice inside. My boyfriend and I finally made our way there last night. The ambience is perfect--warm lighting, beautiful touches that make you feel more like you're in a mediterranean home than a restaurant, and musicians playing awesome, chill middle eastern music. Our server was very nice, patient, and attentive without smothering us. And then there was the food. Everything we had was delicious and made with great care, even down to the bread that came on the side. This restaurant does everything right and I can't wait to go back again. Such a treat.

  • Olea

    Posted by xFountainhead on 08/29/2010

    What Happened?

    I was a disciple of Olea in the early days. They emerged as a fresh face with innovative and flexible fare, a great space and vibe. The food was always executed well - clean, on the money. Tapas were really good. But recently the food seemed sloppy, oily, careless, and one dimensional. Goat Cheese croquettes were good but in the Tapas minority. The mushrooms never rose above being soaked in bland oil. Promise of a falafel crust on the artichoke hearts tasted like raw Near East box brand. Aspargus Ricotta Crostini missed badly with perfectly cooked asparagus refugees in a bizarre orange pool of sauce. And what is it with the thick slabs for crostini these days? It is hard to eat. The Pork Chop sounded great. Sadly twas but a bland, grey slab that lacked char and was no match for the garlicky yogurt cucumber topping. The cabbage slaw leaked it's watery liquid on otherwise delicous mashed potatoes. The place is perfectly situated to escape from the DeKalb and has the best atmosphere around. It's nice to sit outside without the waft of trash or roar of sirens. Great staff and lovely home feel. I hope they will bring back some of that great food I remember.

  • Olea

    Posted by PBZ on 06/06/2010

    Great brunch

    The green eggs (cilantro infused) and ham is delicious. Also, Fridays are Spanish Fridays and they'll have a paella special and live music. Can be a long wait for brunch.

  • Olea

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/31/2009

    Love their brunch!

    Green eggs and lamb and a bloody mary, por favor!

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