Just when you thought Harrogate couldn’t be happier (it consistently tops happy residents’ polls), La Oliva rolls into town with its vibrant, fresh-faced Spanish tapas concept. Located right in the heart of Low Harrogate, just off Cheltenham Parade, La Oliva is by now a sought after restaurant serving up precisely and passionately prepared seasonal dishes demonstrating deep Iberian and Mediterranean influences, all accompanied by a great selection of boutique wine and beer. Gather some friends and get together at La Oliva.
Our evening - and at least 2 other tables to our knowledge, wasn't exactly smooth and efficient! We waited over 30 minutes before being offer a menu and even then we had to ask for a drink order to be taken. It took a further 15 minutes before our food order was taken (with the waitress not knowing what some of the dishes were!) and we finally started to eat at turned 9pm - our table was booked for 7.45pm! The food was good but, even for tapas, it was expensive per tapas portion size. We noticed that where other diners had issues - and there were some, the waitress seemed to engage too much with them which seemed to make matters worse. Overall - food quality good, extremely poor service and expensive so sadly no return for us and, a recommendation to others not to try it out. Sorry
Food was generally very good and tasty. One dish was a little cold but the situation was sorted immediately. Staff were very friendly. Spanish music plays in the background. It is good that this Harrogate independent restaurant was turning over covers the night before New Years Eve.
Very friendly service and lovely food. We also received a complimentary liquor with our bill which was a nice way to end the meal, would eat here again.
There are few pleasures more pleasurable than sitting down to pore over a finely curated tapas menu. One more pleasurable pleasure, we admit, is when the shareable Spanish small plates begin rolling in, and you get to actually indulge in the galaxy of flavours, fragrances, and textures that such samplers and platters provide. Harrogate’s La Oliva ticks all these boxes. The menu at their Cheltenham Parade premises, in the middle of the tourist hub of Low Harrogate, begins the process admirably. Tantalising items pop out from the page: Galician octopus, Chuleton ribeye steak with piquillo pepper, Salmorejo rabbit, and fine Manchego cheese… already one can see how much attention La Oliva lavishes on each plate, making sure the provenance is clear, and that each dish speaks for itself, retaining its simple integrity.
There are, however, a few items on La Oliva’s long and luxurious list that Harrogate’s loyal fans of Spanish tapas keep coming back to this Cheltenham Parade restaurant for. The first is La Oliva’s sublime seafood paella, made to order and cut to size, so to speak, according to the size of your party (be sure to note that you want the paella when you reserve), and the other is the tuna, which has made this Low Harrogate restaurant a destination for connoisseurs of this sought after fish. A highly recommended pairing is La Oliva’s flame-cooked tuna loin (or the tuna tartare), washed down with an ice-cold bottle of Er Boqueron, a Valencian craft beer made with sea water. There’s clearly a bounty here – and not just maritime – for avid foodies to explore.