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
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.
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!
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