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Oleana

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Oleana Review

With three restaurants (including Sofra in Cambridge and Sarma in Somerville), and a cookbook to her name, chef-owner Ana Sortun is one of the city's culinary treasures. So is Oleana, which specializes in zesty Eastern Mediterranean meze (small plates) plumped up with fresh-picked produce from her husband's nearby Siena Farms. Although the menu changes often, look for the hot, crispy fried mussels starter and the smoky eggplant puree beside tamarind-glazed beef. Lamb gets jacked up with Turkish spices, while duck gets accented with saffron and hazelnuts. In warm weather the back patio garden is a hidden utopia.

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • No lunch.
Updated: 11-13-2013

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    A terrible Disappointment

    I went for dinner with my husband on Wednesday 13th Sept. We have just moved into the Inman Sq area and had been told wonderful things about this restaurant. My husband seemed happy enough with his meal but I ordered what was meant to be a squid dish, with one piece of squid in the entire bowl. My fish was not goo and the waitress was very patronizing and austere with us...she even CORRECTED my husband's pronunciation when he ordered a bottle of the Rioja. We both grew up in Europe, this never even happened to us in France!! The whole meal was over $160 and to be honest, if the food had been even half as good as we were told, it would have been worth the snooty waitress and large bill. However, it wasn't and even though we will pass it everyday going into work, that is the closest we will ever be to this restaurant's doors ever again. A Terrible Disappointment.

    by Daniloukate, 9/15/07
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    Food that Transports to Paradise

    Ana Sortun uses spices most of us don't have on our pantry shelves to create dishes that are memorable. Creative menu with plenty of fish ad meat dishes. Whipped feta with peppers and spices a greatv starter with bowls of tiny olives. Tamarind short ribs were unbelievable, sweet and tangy glaze on meat that fell off the bone. Grouper in parchment was fragrant with spices and sole just delicious. THE dessert to have is Baked Alaska with coconut ice cream. Unbelievably good. Two can share. A special occasion place to go every week - of your pocketbook can afford it! Good wine list.

    by mrgs32, 3/21/08
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    Excellent Cambridge option

    One of Cambridge's best restaurants, a pricey Mediterranean influenced spot that's vegetarian friendly. Has a nice patio area for warm weather dining. Desserts are a strong suit here, especially the baked Alaska. Service can be slow, but otherwise well worth it. A very long walk from either Central or Kendall on the red line -- best to take a cab from one of these stops as the area around it can be a little dicey at night.

    by bachslunch, 12/2/08
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    Oleana Review

    We went on a weeknight, the restaurant was full, but not overly busy. Our waiter was very attentive, and good about answering questions. We found the food outstanding. The Turkish spiced lamb steak was so tasty, and perfectly cooked. But even better was the small serving of moussaka that came with it. I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you are int the area.

    by china_cat, 2/16/10

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