Recent OpenTable awards:
Best Overall Restaurants in CT
Best Spanish, New York / Tri-State Area
Top 10: Best Restaurants That Are Fit for Foodies, New York / Tri-State Area
Top 10: Best Restaurants for Overall Cuisine in CT
Top 10: Restaurants with the Best Service in CT

Olea is honored as one of Connecticut's Best Latin American/Spanish restaurants and for Best Tapas by Connecticut Magazine
— 2017 Best Restaurants: Experts' Picks, Connecticut Magazine, 5 January 2017

"Chef Romero has an incredible knack of taking familiar Spanish / Mediterranean ingredients and flavors, and translating them into stunning and sophisticated dishes that delight all your senses."
It’s All In The Details!
Fairfield County Foodie, 15 December 2016

Chef Romero appears on "Better Connecticut"
— hosted by Scot Haney and Kara Sundlun, "Better Connecticut," 23 November 2016

Recipe for Olea’s Tomato Gazpacho
— Stephen Fries, New Haven Register, 17 August 2016

Olea named #1 Diners' Choice Best Spanish Restaurant in the New York / Tri-State Area
— OpenTable, June 2016

Olea: Experience authentic Spanish cuisine with an innovative twist
— Dana Buckmir, Danalicious Reviews (formerly posted on, 10 May 2016

Recent OpenTable awards:
Top Ten Best Spanish Restaurants, Diners' Choice, New York / Tri-State Area
Top Ten Best Overall Restaurants, Diners' Choice, Connecticut
Top Ten Restaurants with the Best Service, Diners' Choice, Connecticut

Olea named #1 Diners' Choice Best Spanish Restaurant in the New York / Tri-State Area
— OpenTable, November 2015

25 Best Things to Do in New Haven, Connecticut
—, October 2015

Olea named one of the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America by OpenTable
— OpenTable, September 2015

"Olea, New Haven"
— Spencer Caldwell, New Haven Living, Hartford Courant, 24 April 2015

"Olé Olé Olea!"
— Grace Castillo, Yale Daily News, 27 March 2015

"Curtain Rises on a Spanish Second Act"
— Sarah Gold, The New York Times, 21 March 2015

"At Olea, It’s All About That Bass"
— Lucy Gellman, New Haven Independent, 5 February 2015

"Olea in New Haven Delivers Extraordinary Spanish Dining"
— Elise Maclay, Connecticut Magazine, 27 January 2015

A review from the-e-list
— the-e-list, 20 January 2015

 "Don’t Miss New Haven’s Olea Restaurant"
— Faith Middleton's Food Schmooze on WNPR, 10 December 2014

"Try This New Haven Restaurant Week Recipe"
—, 29 October 2014

"Former Ibiza Chef Opens Sleek Olea in New Haven"
— Linda Giuca, Hartford Courant, 7 October 2014

"New Eats: Olea"
— Liese Klein, New Haven Magazine, pages 58–59, October 2014

"Pictures: Olea in New Haven"
— Patrick Raycraft,, 26 September 2014

"Welcome Back 2014"
— Chew Haven, 4 September 2014

"Ibiza Becomes 'Olea': Same Chef, New Owner"
— David Sepulveda, New Haven Independent, 3 September 2014

"Olea to Offer Fusion Food to Students"
— J.R. Reed, Yale Daily News, 28 August 2014