Fine Southwestern and French Cuisine. Executive Chef Xavier Grenet uses as many local products as possible with his own French technique. He creates a fine Southwestern cuisine, rich in flavors and finess.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
West Alameda & Galisteo Street
$30 and under
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2 minutes away from public parking/garage, entrance on San Francisco Street. Exit by walking on the back side of the parking, on Water street. We are 2mn away.
Or you can park on the other side of the Santa Fe River.
Bar Dining, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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L'Olivier Ratings and Reviews
Delightful food in a rather unremarkable ...
Delightful food in a rather unremarkable setting. Service was a bit slow and the vegetarian entree was a clear afterthought. Otherwise a very good option for fine dining in Santa Fe. They seem to have prix fixe menus and special themed dinners regularly.
This was our group of five's first trial ...
This was our group of five's first trial of a pre-organized meal at one of the Santa Fe Festival retaurants, and may not be the best indication of what a regular visit would provide.
We arrived promply at the advertised time of 6:30 PM, which turned out to be somewhat earlier than the were ready for, or many of the other participants chose for their arrivals.
The service began very well, but as restaurant filled, we saw very little of our waiter.
The food was good, but showed signs of being prepared in bulk. The cuisine was reliably French, without the extra care and taste available in France.
The quality and selection of the wine flight was disappointing, chosen from cheaper wines, not necessarily French, which I expected. The late-harvest wine chosen for the fois gras was overly sweet, with no body, as Sauternes would have given. The fish course was well cooked, and the best of the menu, but the wine was thin, and inexpensive, as I later found out.
It was a good, meal, and not greatly expensive, but not of the level I expect for a good evening dinner. I plan to try it again, outside the busy Festival time.
Fantastic service and food. Enjoyed it ...
Fantastic service and food. Enjoyed it so much since many other Santa Fe restaurants are piling on the chile. All our courses were outstanding..... The server was delightful.
Hope to get back to Santa Fe and will be sure to visit again.
We really had a great time at L'olivier! ...
We really had a great time at L'olivier! The food is a step above most restaurants in Sant Fe. The squash blossoms were melt-in-your-mouth savory. Our Lava Cakes were superb.
If I had one suggestion, I'd ask for an additional vegetarian option as an entree.
Keep up the great work, chef and crew!
L'Olivier served up a superlative dinin ...
L'Olivier served up a superlative dining experience. The food was non pareil and the service exceptional. I say this about the service particularly because the waiter was the only one on a busy night and yet he was warm, attentive and went the extra mile. After a mediocre meal and worse service at Santa Cafe last month, I can easily say that L'Olivier is now my favorite dining experience. And oh the Squash Blossoms. Not to be missed!
Loved the owners were greeting us as we ...
Loved the owners were greeting us as we arrived and checked in throughout the meal. Fantastic service, only negative was the street noise... But apprently it's a Santa Fe thing to have a noisy muffler.
Can't wait to return!
An enjoyable meal. The foie gras was ver ...
An enjoyable meal. The foie gras was very good as were the mussels but the duck was a bit tough. The wine we had was excellent. The service good and the chef's wife seemed to make sure she touched base with all of the guests.
We enjoyed everything about l'Olivier. ...
We enjoyed everything about l'Olivier. Prices at this upscale restaurant were surprisingly gentle on the wallet, all the more surprising for its delivery of a fine dining experience. Food was of high quality, prepared well and simply with blessedly unpretentious but artful presentations. l'Olivier's was busy, but our server was professional, attentive without hovering, and informed about the menu and wines. Ambiance is attractive, simple and friendly. The four of us had different appetizers, entrees and two shared deserts. We all agreed that each dish hit its promised mark. We'll definitely be back.
Had a lovely dinner at L'Olivier. Intere ...
Had a lovely dinner at L'Olivier. Interesting menu, many temptations. Also had a wine tasting coordinated dinner available, but we opted to choose dishes that appealed to us. All were very good, well seasoned, fresh and clearly cooked to order. Good wine list. Service attentive without being obtrusive. Just right!
Lovely birthday evening spent on the pat ...
Lovely birthday evening spent on the patio with terrific food (short ribs, yum--and the fig / goat cheese salad was a scrumptious starter). Excellent service from Anthony, who was spot-on with his wine recommendations. Loved the hummingbirds buzzing us -- no extra charge. :-)
We enjoyed deliciously prepared food (es ...
We enjoyed deliciously prepared food (escargot, duck confit, melting chocolate cake) and found everything well-prepared. Our server was knowledgeable and took great care of us. The decor is simple, tasteful, and relaxed.
The Wagyu Hanger steak with fava beans a ...
The Wagyu Hanger steak with fava beans and tagliatelle pasta was beautiful on the plate but overpriced in the mouth at $28. The beef was lacking any flavor that would prompt "Mmmm!" and the texture was chewy. The grass-fed Rosemary braised beef short ribs with haricots verts and green chile and jack cheese mashed potatoes were the ultimate comfort food, tasting like a perfect crock pot item at home (pot roast), but with distinctive and wonderful potatoes. Overpriced at $29. We are repeat diners there, loving the atmosphere and the menu, but not the tab.
Very traditional French menu, with an ex ...
Very traditional French menu, with an extensive wine list. My husband had the Foi Gras and the Rosemary Braised Beef Short Ribs, I had the fish special - pan seared sole with sautéed spinach and black rice. Both were excellent. We ate on the patio which was beautiful.
We were among the first diners of the ev ...
We were among the first diners of the evening after spending most of the day in Santa Fe, and enjoyed very prompt attention. L'Olivier had some wines on special, which were fun and delightful to explore and expanded our French wine experiences. The mussel appetizer, with fresh bread for dipping, was delicious, as were our duck and branzino entrees. All in all a fine French dining experience in downtown Santa Fe. We were pleased to note that the menu was marked for dairy-free and vegan dishes.
Classic French Food Our second visit to ...
Classic French Food
Our second visit to L'Olivier was with a group of friends and it was just as successful as the first. Delicious food; deft, friendly service; and a quiet, civilized setting. As seasonal residents of Santa Fe we'll be back many times.
Would not go back. 4 omnivores and one v ...
Would not go back.
4 omnivores and one vegetarian
Food boring for all, abysmal for the vegetarian, steamed vegetables, could do better at home.
Waiter not knowledgable at all and did not get owner involved.
Sad, because Ristra (same chef) was previously enjoyed by the whole party in the past.
The occasion was an excellent wine dinne ...
The occasion was an excellent wine dinner with Domaine Ott wines. Everything excellent - well portioned, well paced, excellent progression through a few select, well designed courses to highlight the wines. Each course was well conceived, excellently prepared.
A note: So-called "wine dinners" are -to my taste- frequently "over the top", too much food, wines overwhelming, way too expensive for too much, too fast, inexpert service. This was different, just right.
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