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PDX - Has anyone tried Olea in the Pearl

Chris Cholakis Sep 6, 2005 04:16 PM

Hi all,

Going to Portland on business the week of September 19th and taking some associates out to dinner and want to try something new. Has anyone tried Olea for dinner yet?


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    nwrenn Feb 26, 2007 07:48 AM

    I took a chance and took my girlfriend there for Valentine's day. We were both very impressed. My food was as original and fresh as some Bay Area favorites of mine like A Côte and Citron. The service was impeccable and every course was a well-recieved experience. Amazing addition to the thriving pearl district, and the price seems good if you're used to San Francisco/Seattle/New York prices.

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      strombole Sep 12, 2005 03:14 PM

      Loved the space. Try the chacuterie items (salumi, pate, etc. Had a good experience with the steamed cockles & The salt crusted branzino. (cool tableside service). Service was friendly and in the know

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        shamen Sep 12, 2005 12:12 AM

        I went and thought that the presentation and service were quite good. Olea is a breath of fresh air in the Pearl

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          Robert Sep 8, 2005 12:16 PM

          Roger J. Porter of Willamette Week has.


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            mczlaw Sep 6, 2005 07:36 PM

            OK, it was only the first or second week, but the food was dreadful. Octopus so undercooked, the only proper comparison is with rubber bands. Duck breast that was cold and served in fruit sauce that tasted of sugary syrup. I mean completely unbalanced. I would like to think it has grown since. They were very apologetic and the comp desserts weren't too bad. Plus it is a very attractive space. Feeling lucky?

            For something newish, maybe try Savoy Bistro instead?

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              PdxFoodDude Sep 9, 2005 04:21 PM

              I had an almost identical experience shortly after they opened. I trust Roger though so it sounds like it has improved.

              Link: http://portlandfood.blogspot.com

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