Get us in your inbox



  • Restaurants
  • Inman Sq
  • price 3 of 4
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
Oleana, Restaurants and cafes, Boston
Photograph: Elan FleisherOleana

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

One day, Boston will erect a statue in Ana Sortun’s honor—that’s how revelatory her Eastern Mediterranean cooking has been to the city. After a training stint in Turkey, Sortun came back to Boston and opened Oleana in 2001, introducing Bostonians to fragrant, spice-laden cooking with seasonally grown ingredients. Delicate small plates (meze) like chickpea crepes, lamb siniya and spinach falafel are both revelatory and pleasing to a wide range of palates (Oleana is nirvana to vegetarians), though larger entrées like the lemon chicken with za’atar and Turkish cheese pancake are equally flavor-packed. The homemade ice creams are a must (always keep an eye out for the salted butter varietal), as is a seat on the patio during the warmer months, ideally underneath the fig tree.

Written by
Time Out Boston Staff


134 Hampshire St
Cross street:
Elm St
Red line to Central Square, then 15min walk or bus 83, 91
Opening hours:
Sun-Thu 5:30-10pm; Fri, Sat 5:30-11pm
You may also like
You may also like

The best things in life are free.

Get our free newsletter – it’s great.

Loading animation
Déjà vu! We already have this email. Try another?

🙌 Awesome, you're subscribed!

Thanks for subscribing! Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon!