Showing off its Nuevo Latino flare, Ole Ole dishes out innovative Spanish and South American cuisine in a fun and funky setting. Its flare for, well, flare, is seen everywhere: in the bright, crimson walls, in the artsy light fixtures and especially in the music (it's the kind that makes you want to get up and salsa). This lively environment is definitely aided by the full bar, which specializes in such Latin classics as mojitos, margaritas and Spanish wines.
Taking in the colors, the music and, of course, the drinks, it's easy to forget that this is actually a restaurant, and one with an extensive menu. The appetizer list features three choices of empanadas, two ceviches and almost-exclusively seafood-based tapas.
Entree-wise, there are plenty of chicken, beef, seafood and vegetarian dishes to choose from, including chicken in adobo sauce and lobster- and crab-topped tilapia with a mango salsa. While the food isn't quite as spicy as the environment, Ole Ole makes up for that with its desserts. With a longer than average dessert selection, don't leave without indulging in pastry chef Jeremy Sher's mango mousse, served on a delicious pistachio cake.
Average cost: $21-$30
Centerstage Reviewer: Ashley Hamilton