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.
Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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L'Olivier Ratings and Reviews
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.
nearly empty - granted it was a Tuesday ...
nearly empty - granted it was a Tuesday night. Decor looks like a coat of paint was slapped on.
food was not bad but it wasn't great and it was VERY EXPENSIVE. For 30 bucks more I would have gone to Geronimo's. Would not go back and would not recommend.
A very disappointing experience all arou ...
A very disappointing experience all around. Unfortunately, I will probably always remember the Escargot in particular. It amounted to five snails swimming in unseasoned butter along with a handful of kitchen scraps, the highlight being the cubes of thin sliced lunch meat!
Truly tasteless in every sense of the word.
L'Olivier is one of our favorite restaur ...
L'Olivier is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Fe and for the price, it's one of the best values in town. We love French food and they do it so very well and have a nice selection of appetizers and entrees. I love that we finally found a restaurant that doesn't feel the need to throw chiles and heavy spice into every dish. The wait staff was also excellent and so attentive without being a nuisance.
If you don't try L'Olivier while in Santa Fe, you are missing out! ;)
L'Olivier features classic French cookin ...
L'Olivier features classic French cooking, well prepared. The ingredients are fresh and the menu varies with the season.
The chef and his wife, both French, work hard to create a dining spot that will please a wide variety of palates, and the dining room is nicely decorated.
We were asked several times about our re ...
We were asked several times about our reservation, and felt as if we were an inconvenience in their night. The patio is loud with traffic, being right next to busy stop signs. Having gone unnoticed or uncared about for some time after we were switched to a different table, we left never receiving service.
We had dinner on Bastille Day with a fri ...
We had dinner on Bastille Day with a friend. We enjoyed all the courses from the squash blossom appetizer, the fig salad, and the duck which was excellent with the dauphinoise as only a French chef can prepare it! My husband and I split it. We like to split main courses so that we can enjoy more than one course without having a doggie bag or waste. We also split the salad three ways. Our friend had the fish and enjoyed it. We also shared a very good tarte tatin and sorbet. The deserts were reasonably priced. We are glad to have found the chef again since he used to be at Ristra.
This was only our second time at L'Olivi ...
This was only our second time at L'Olivier and the first time was outstanding. This visit we were sorely disappointed. We shouldn't have sat outside (noisy traffic), and that decision was on us. But our waitress was quite simply horrific. If we hadn't been with an out-of-town friend, we would have left. She got our drinks wrong, and then tried to blame it on the bartender after asking if I still wanted it or what I wanted her to do about it. This was after we waited an inexcusable amount of time for the drinks in the first place. Ordering our food she actually asked how we wanted the snapper prepared....as in rare, medium rare, etc.....and then was shocked when we questioned her about her question. I wonder, had the waitress ever eaten fish? Clearly a very inexperienced waitress, which is fine, but not at an expensive rather upscale French restaurant where the expectation of service is much higher. L'Olivier, you can do much better!
We loved our evening. The same waiter he ...
We loved our evening. The same waiter helped us on a previous occasion, and he's always helpful and courteous. So is the host. The food is always superb. And I discovered a fantastic Chardonnay. The only negative on this trip was the heat; it seemed the air conditioning wasn't working and it was oppressive, which took away from the enjoyment of the meal.
Excellent food, great ambiance. It was a ...
Excellent food, great ambiance. It was a bit loud because it was the 3rd of July and people were already showing off their muscle cars and motor cycles. We try and eat at l'Olivier whenever we are in Santa Fe, which is twice a year. Dogs are welcome on leashes and on the terrace outside.
We had lobster salad, foie gras, ris de veau, and seabass, which were all delicious. Highly recommend l'Olivier in Santa Fe, NM.
App and salad came at the same time, no ...
App and salad came at the same time, no water refill, asked about second glass of wine at the end of the meal. Short rib was a greasy mess, trout was bland, too bad we were prepared to for a great dinner but was short on many fronts, short staffed and short on training.
The husband and wife team that own this ...
The husband and wife team that own this restaurant have created a delightful Santa Fe hideaway for those choosing a quieter and more romantic dining experience.
While the patio is comfortable (and a bit boisterous), we found the dining room to be French-country chic in a way that fits perfectly in this older and smallish building.
And the food! Our waitperson guided us gently through the many choices of appetizers, daily specials, entrees and desserts...all to be paired with an appropriate wine. The vegetarian will find many choices, with the squash blossom stuffed with Boursin cheese highly recommended. For those preferring a bit more protein, the elk tenderloin was a delicate, melt-in-your-mouth delectable. The sorbets are a recommended way to end off the beautiful meal. Consider an aperitif of Sauternes as a beautiful match for the Pear Sorbet before you then head off into the cool summer night of Santa Fe!
Our meal at L’Olivier’s was splendid! Th ...
Our meal at L’Olivier’s was splendid! The food was delicious, as were the wines. We developed a good rapport with the manager (wife of chef) and the waiters and decided that this is an ideal place for birthday and anniversary dinners. Being Wednesday night, it wasn’t crowded, and we had a good choice of seats when we arrived at 6:30. All in all, it was a successful, enjoyable, meal.
A touch of France
A French Bistro style with a true ambiance and with exquisite small bites of delicacies. This is only for those who miss the true sophistication of a meal of vibrant tastes and selections. This is not for the American who is looking for the hearty belly filling carbohydrate meal.
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