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171 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 643-7003
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Collingswood, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We walked in on a hot Saturday evening with no rez, but our hostess was very accommodating. After a short time at the bar with a nice special cocktail, the 3 of us were seated at 4 top in the middle of the room. Our octopus and salmon rillette apps were delicious, but the Paellas, Mariscos and Lamb, were out... More 

Thank Robert G
Fort smith
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I traveled to Brooklyn, in July, to meet my new grandson-born 5 weeks early! I stayed 2 weeks to help the family, who live on Layfette, near Olea Restaurant. Just before I left, we had Brunch at Olea. This was not my first visit, and the food this time was just as good-or better than a year ago. The waitstaff... More 

Thank Joni C
Oakland, California
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86 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I dined here twice while visiting a friend who lives in Brooklyn. We waited a while for a table on a beautiful Sunday evening in June and it was worth the 30 minutes. The restaurant is small, comfortable and cozy. It's not fancy but feels welcoming what you'd expect from a nice mediterranean taverna! The staff was great. Very friendly... More 

Thank Markculk
Apple Valley, Minnesota
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at this wonderful establishment for brunch - and very glad we did! Relaxed and earthy vibe (lots of live plants) and quick sincerely kind service! I had the Green Eggs & Lamb (very tasty and a large satisfying meal at a reasonable price, $12), my wife had French Toast (very sweet & rich), and my daughter had the... More 

Thank Steve O
Brooklyn, New York
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325 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We really enjoyed our first visit here for brunch. On a Sunday, wait until 12pm and you can get a mango (& other flavored) mimosa! The french toast was super delicious with a side of lamb sausage. What you say? Lamb? The waiter highly recommended it, and although I'm not a big fan of lamb, I decided to try it,... More 

Thank Ana C
Pottsville, Australia
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127 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

Our last day in New York so why not have a catered breakfast. Three of us enthused over the Turkish, one had the baguette and the fruit bowls were tasty. Apart from the food, which was voted as delicious, the venue was quite eclectic and spacious. I think we should have come here earlier in our visit. Total cost for... More 

Thank brooker36
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

It's hard to find such good quality, good tasting food for a somewhat affordable price in NYC. While Olea isn't cheap, the price matches the quality of the food. Everything tasted fresh and was seasoned spectacularly. The vegetable paella is one of my favorites, and the sangria pairs well with it. The wait can be long, but the food is... More 

Thank Nina L
New York City, New York
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639 reviews
385 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

I came here prior to a show nearby. It's a nice place and got two seats at the bar right away. We had the kale salad which was fine. The mushrooms were okay but a bit bland despite the bechamel sauce on them and fried shallots. The Arctic char was fine but I would have cooked it more pink. The... More 

Thank USCKaboom
Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

Fresh, amazing flavors! Has great Greek flavors. The ambience was really relaxing with cushions and open air feel. Get the Turkish breakfast or the special french toast (might be a seasonal thing).

Thank getem_jbad
Wilton, Connecticut
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250 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

My daughter had tried several times to dine at Olea without success. Third time and on a Sunday for dinner was the charm. Wish they accepted reservations, but glad that we got to experience this terrific neighborhood gem. Fort Greene has many very good restaurants, but this is now our family favorite. Cocktails and wine offerings were plentiful, interesting, an... More 

Thank SusB962

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $40
Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian, Greek, Vegan
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 171 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Brooklyn
  • Phone Number: (718) 643-7003

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?