Born in the heart of the wine region of Penedès in Spain and with more than thirty years of experience in the restaurant business, Chef Daniel Olivella brings authentic Spanish flavors to his establishments in the Bay Area and Austin.
He began his career as a teenager in his hometown of Vilafranca del Penedès at L’Era, which was the first international restaurant in the area. He then made the move stateside where he trained at Chicago’s La Paella. It was in Chicago where he had his first experience with Richard Melman’s restaurant group, Lettuce Entertain You, at Café Babareeba and Shaw’s Crab House. Olivella ventured west to Palm Springs to work for Sydney Chaplin at Chaplin’s Bistro, then continued on to San Francisco’s renowned Zuni Café owned by Judy Rogers. Given the opportunity to work in his home country, Daniel returned to Barcelona, where he worked at Servicio Wilson, a hot spot during the 1992 Olympics.
Upon returning to the States, he was offered the position of Chef at Thirstybear, which in turn led him to open B44, a Catalan bistro in the heart of the Financial District in San Francisco. Most recently, Olivella opened Barlata in Austin, Texas, where he currently resides with his family.