Plano >Food & Dining > Olea
will return if I'm ever in the neighborhood again....
We have been here 1 time. The patio is nice but it was cold so we sat inside. it's a very
relaxed, comfy envrionment, the deco was pretty nice, there was a guitarist playing the whole time and singing...which was really great. we enjoyed a few small dishes and the sangria. The server did seem a bit cold.
Romantic, Chic, Delicious and Flavorful.
I have visited the restaurant several times over the last 6 months or so. At first I was a little daunted at the expansive menu catering to a wealth of Mediteranian dishes from the north coasts of Africa to the regions of Spain and Italy to the Isles of Greece. Never have I seen such a veriety in a Meditteranian restaurant and it be done so well on every level.
The tappas are flavorful, especially the crab acras with its creamy and decadent sauce and the potato wrapped shrimp that had a crispy jacket of paper thin potato strips wrapped around succulent jumbo shrimp. The main courses are a rare treat, especially when you order a special item like the roast lamb, or flame grilled herbed steak or one of Chef Joshua Gurvey's daily items and it comes out to you seasoned superbly [I have never had anything served to me at this place that was over seasoned or under seasoned and this is very rare I find in todays retaurant industry] and cooked to perfection. They actually know what medium rare is supposed to look and taste like here! The salads are perfect for lunch or a light dinner, I especially like the salad of tomoatoes, cucumbers and black olives in a light oil-herb sauce-clean yet still flavorful. The ceaser dressing is the best I have tasted anywhere, here in Dallas or in my travels throughout the US.
Desserts: what can I say about something that is so decadent, so rich, and yet you want more? The tiramisu is the first one that I would try if it is your first time to the place. Rich and creamy, without too much coffee flavor or too much chocolate, it is perfectly balanced and the presentation with the chocolate espresso beans is delightful to the eye as well as the palate. Chef Gurvey also makes one of the best chocolate mousses around!
This is not the type of place to bring young children and in fact one night was almost ruined by a youngster screaming except for the expert handling of the staff. Get a sitter and bring your loved one here for romance!
A wonderful place to experience.
The first time I visited Olea was for a birthday party I organized. This was a new restaurant and I did not know what to expect. I spoke with the manager and took a leap of faith? The service has exceeded all my expectations and the menu was excellent. The staff was amazing at managing a large party and very accommodating to our needs. A terrific experience!
My second visit was for a dinner on a week night. We were equally impressed with the service, atmosphere and quality food. For me, Olea would always be a perfect place for a special occasion.
Great place. We have been here a few times. Never been disappointed. Relaxed, comfortable place. Enjoyed the food and wine. The server did seem a bit uncaring. I would still return. Hopefully they can get the servers to smile and be friendly.
bad service and overpriced food. We had terrible service and our server even rolled his eyes when we told him we weren't that hungry and would be sharing a meal. It was a week night, it's not like they were busy or anything. The food was less than average, but the price I expected much more. I wouldn't go back. The patio is nice but their wine list is nothing special and Id rather go elsewhere.
Amazing Executive Chef - Joshua Gurvey. I truly enjoyed my meal at Olea on Tuesday night. The atmosphere and service was exceptional. The menu is extensive and varied between tapas, full plate meals, salads, soups, and desserts. I would like to extend my highest compliment to the Executive Chef - Joshua Gurvey. He made an order of Chicken Carbonara for me (not on the menu) that was amazing. His Tomato Basil soup was the best I have ever had and the desserts (chocolate mousse and Tiramisu) were spectacular. Pascal, the owner, was attentive as he strolled the restaurant tending his clients. I will be recommending Olea to my friends.
First-class tapas and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in Plano..
Located in the Lakeside Market center, Olea offers a range of Mediterranean cuisine drawing from Moroccan, Spanish, Greek and Italian influences. Diners enter to a copper-walled bar, glowing with warmth. For tapas, sample the Trio of Spreads served with pita triangles, the white anchovies with potato salad or marinated mushrooms. The porcini risotto is rich and full bodied, a fine companion to the steak filet, which is available in a 4- or 8-ounce size.
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