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 Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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L'Olivier Ratings and Reviews
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.
L'Olivier is a favorite restaurant when ...
L'Olivier is a favorite restaurant when in Santa Fe. The food (squash blossoms, short ribs, branzino) was outstanding; the wine selection excellent; and the service impeccable. Our thanks for another great dining experience.
Great Country French
Xavier is a terrific chef. We had a dover sole as well as a Bronzino, both with sautéed spinach, black rice and a wonderful sauce. The squash blossoms and the lobster salad were incredible as as was the Apple Tatin. It is also unpretentious. The service was calm and efficient.
We visit Santa Fe often. This French res ...
We visit Santa Fe often. This French restaurant was a fantastic find and we will be back again and again. Food was superb, the waiter was charming, the outdoor area looked great(bad weather prevented the patio being open). Family run, chef has impeccable credentials. It was like being back in Paris. Husband and I had a wonderful meal in a charming setting. Wine list great ! Centrally located in the Santa Fe plaza. Try it! See you soon L'Olivier.
Unfortunately I had eaten at Geronimo the night before so the bar may have been set a little high, but I didn't expect L'Olivier to disappoint. I started with Foie Gras which was an ample portion, and interestingly served with pineapple. For the main course I ordered the duck. I love duck and have had it prepared all over the world. While this entree was cooked perfectly the meat was tasteless, without the sodium rich gravy that is was served with. If it weren't for the au gratin potatoes I would have returned it and ordered another Foie Gras.
What a wonderful find in Santa Fe! We got a last minute reservation on a Friday night and it exceeded our expectations. They were gracious about accommodating my food allergies and even though we were the last customers of the night the food was fresh, beautiful and the service impeccable.
We went to L'Olivier with two very close friends. The four of us enjoy good food in pleasant surroundings, and with good service. We were very satisfied on all accounts.
We had a very nice position by a window at the front of the restaurant. It was quite a quiet corner which was perfect for us since two of our party have some hearing challenges.
Squash Blossoms were just in season and two of our party had those and were very impressed. Two of us split the oysters which were very good also. The Elk Tenderloins and Duck entrees were very well cooked and prepared. The wine we had was good and quite reasonably priced. One of our party, recovering from surgery was pleasantly surprised to find that they served a non-alcoholic beer! We skipped desert on this occasion. Price was a $100 per couple with generous tip.
Charming restaurant run by a husband (in the kitchen) and wife (front of the house) duo. They are wonderful. Carefully selected wine list coupled with weeknight Prix Fixe menu and wonderful service equalled a night of luxurious fun that didn't crimp on our budget.
We are fortunate to have this wonderful French Restaurant here in Santa Fe. We are looking forward to the warm weather and outdoor wine bar!
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