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Olea, Portland

1338 N.W. Hoyt Street
Portland , Oregon
Tel: 503 274 0800
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Olea exudes a kind of sophisticated nonchalance that can be hard to come by in Portland. It's a polished, urban, grown-up sort of place—where you'll find women in sleek high heels and men looking dapper. Like so many restaurants these days, Olea is a versatile spot: You can perch in the bar area up front with cocktails (the rubytini really hits the spot) and small plates. But, given the quality of the food, it would be wise to head to the spare dining area in back to indulge in a full meal. The room is simply decorated in muted tones, with warm lighting that softens the austerity of the high ceilings and exposed pipes. The Mediterranean cuisine has garnered all kinds of national praise, and it's well deserved. Be prepared for some unusual twists—arugula salad with prosciutto and grilled peaches; pan-seared chicken with roasted grapes, cipollini onions, and prosciutto—alongside more traditional fare like rack of lamb and steak frites.

Open daily 5 to 11 pm.

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