Connecticut’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: Olea

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Olea is a 2019 award winner for restaurants in Connecticut!

When you want a mouth-watering meal and an incredible atmosphere in New Haven, there’s no better option than Olea.

Olea has received almost 1,200 reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.66 stars, earning them an outstanding Rating Score™ of 96.62 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top five restaurants in all of Connecticut!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Bravo, Chef Manuel Romero! Thank you for bringing the authentic flavors of Spain and Galicia to Connecticut! [He has a] fresh, authentic, as well as an innovative take on timeless recipes. His lovely wife, Andrea, keeps the front of the house running as a five-star restaurant.” – Luis S.

Not Your Average Restaurant

Manuel Romero, the Chef at Olea, generously gave us a few minutes of his time to tell us about this one-of-a-kind business and its award-winning online reputation.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that sets Olea apart from the many other restaurants in Connecticut. Manuel told us that what makes people want to stop by Olea is their unique menu, as well as their many positive reviews.

Manuel went on to say:

“I think that New Haven is a really nice town for foodies. To me, it’s the best town in all of Connecticut because people got different choices. They can find any kind of restaurant in New Haven, and I’m proud to be working here. I’ve been here since 2001.”

Building Success by Taking Care of Their Customers

When we asked Manuel about Olea’s secret to such a strong online reputation, he told us that they try to take care of their customers as much as they can and to provide them with a meal that they enjoy.

Outside of building the kind of online reputation any business owner would envy, Olea has spread the word about who they are and what they do by focusing on providing specials and a unique menu for their guests.

Clearly, Manuel knows a thing or two about growing a business and building an online reputation. Here’s his expert advice for the many other business owners out there:

“Success is a result of working hard and taking this business very seriously. Love what you do; enjoy it, and try to do it the best. Try to take care of other people. I just want to do the best I can so people can enjoy their meals. It’s one of the best ways of enjoying life — just having a nice meal with the right people at the table. Try to keep the flavors of the ingredients, too, so people will notice what they eat.”


Congratulations to the team at Olea for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Manuel, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Olea in New Haven. Visit their website today!

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