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Oliva - CLOSED

161 E Houston St, New York City, NY 10002 (East Village)
(212) 228-4143
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Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: East Village
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: East Village

16 reviews from our community

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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
New York
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2011

This is one of those places that falls into the category "I wish I knew where the locals eat". Oliva is a great neighborhood restaurant in the very cool lower east side. It's a perfect place to have an affordable and delicious meal without all the touristy nonsense one can find, too often, in destination cities. The seating is small... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

To start it off the sangria is great and is served in huge pitchers which never hurts. The actual tapas were really tasty with my favorite being the bacon wrapped dates. Only complaint was that five or six of their tapas on the menu were not being offered that night which is very disappointing and the ham and cheese platter... More

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New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

The pollo ajillo was so flavorful. You mostly get tapas here, which is good because we were all able to order different things and sample a bit of everything. Dessert was a chocolate cake with a side of vanilla ice cream... one word: Scrumptious! The service was fantastic, very attentive (Gonzo our waiter was an angel!) If you are down... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011

My wife and I loved it here.. Would definitely try to eat here again. The live music really got the place hoppin'! Go!

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Antwerp, Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2010

Went there without knowing what to expect. And we were positively surprised! The food was awesome (mmm there cheese selection is divine & the serrano is heavenly!) and the cocktails were fresh & delicious. Friendly service & reasonable priced. Quite loud music but that just adds to the Spanish vibe. Met Julio the owner who bought us a shot while... More

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New York
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2010

When my girlfriend and I couldn't get into the Mercury Lounge due to a sold out show, we decided to pick a new place, and just give something a try. Stumbled down Houston street and saw Oliva on the corner. It was just great! Had the Paella, Filo wrapped portabella mushrooms and the grilled octopus; with a grande pitcher of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2010

Great Tapas, Mamajuana, Good live music.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2010 via mobile

Great little restaurant. Lively atmosphere. Live music and people dancing. The tapas was delicious. Recommend the tortilla with chorizo and the bread crumbed olives.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2009

I'm sure there are better tapas places, and I'm sure there are worse. The food was good, but not superlative. We ordered 4 dishes, and two of them stood out for very different reasons. The spinach and manchego empanadas were divine. Alas, the bacon-wrapped dates were overcooked dates wrapped in a long strip of undercooked bacon. The atmosphere was lively--especially... More

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new york
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2008

The food is average, the place is extremely noisy, dark and kind of dirty, service is good.

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