Santa Fe, NM 87501
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
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
L'Olivier Ratings and Reviews
We came during Santa Fe Restaurant Week. They were swamped, but even with a reservation screw-up (on my part, not theirs) they accommodated our party of 7 nicely. The food was great (not always the case at many restaurants during this week) and the service was excellent, even under the stress of a packed restaurant. We were on the late side for Santa Fe with a reservation at 7:30 and things calmed down as dinner went on. They were also very smart in offering a $15 off coupon per couple for the next time we go. They know they are attracting mostly locals during this week, and that's good marke I got. We have eaten there before this and enjoyed it, and we will be back.
Amazing food! Big game + French cuisine = happiness. The elk tenderloin in a red wine sauce was nothing short of spectacular. I would have given them 5 stars but felt rushed - I had just received my aperitif when first course showed up and it accelerated from there. However, owner came over and resolved. I would go back in a heartbeat.
We've been to l'Olivier on several occasions and are never disappointed. But four of us tried their weekday prix-fixe for the first time. It certainly won't be our last. While not extensive, there's enough variety on the menu for every palate to be pleased. Escargots were perfectly prepared and authentically French. The arugula and fig salad with goat cheese was subtly dressed and filled the plate nearly to overflowing. The fish of the day was salmon and it was pronounced a great success (though I must admit I can't recall the preparation). Three of us ordered the cassoulet, admitting we feared it would be dry as is so often the case with cassoulet. Not here. It was excellent, the beans done to a turn, the duck crisp and meaty, the pork tender, and the sausage appropriately spicy. Creme brulee and frozen nougat were our desserts of choice, both worthy of all that had come before. This could become a weekly destination. Very highly recommended, including non-prix-fixe evenings.
I took my girlfriend to dinner here on her birthday. We were seated right away beside the fireplace, which was great since it was a chilly 19° that night and added to the overall mood and ambiance. For an appetizer we shared the Tuna Tartare which was perfect for two as we decided which wine we'll be having. The wine list was quite extensive and offered everything from a glass to bottles and even half bottle options.Our host Anthony was extremely helpful in describing each dish on the menu as we were deciding what to have as well. After much thought we decided on the Duck Breast drizzled and roasted in an orange marmalade or sauce with Parmesan Riotta, and Fried Kale. The duck came out perfectly cooked as it was succulent and not overcooked with just the amount of orange sauce that didn't over power the taste of the duck. I'd highly recommend the duck. The parmesan risotto was creamy and tender, not mushy. Desert was amazing. We had lle Flottante for desetert which literally means floating island since its meringue floating on crème anglaise. The meringue was so light and fluffy it felt like I was eating clouds. Overall the experience and cuisine was amazing and kind of surprised us to find a great French place in Santa Fe. I would definitely return the next time we're in Santa Fe.
It had been over a year since having dinner at O'Livier and that was too long. This quaint little Bistro is definitely a local gem. The menu is limited but all the key bases are covered when it comes to main courses. The food was excellent with super service. It was great to see the owner/chef doing the cooking!
The restaurant was having an off night. It was Saturday evening and not very busy and they had one server. My dish was very salty and the waiter didn't come back for at least 13 minutes and I also wanted some pepper perhaps to compensate for the salty meat. By the time he came back we were well into our meal. He did apologize and gave me a port Tawney on the house which was very kind of him.
Amazing!!! I have fallen in love with L'Olivier again after staying away for awhile. I had a bad experience one evening with really terrible service but last night was perfect. Service was impeccable - thoughtful but not hovering. The salmon was perfection - cooked perfectly and an 8 oz portion which is really generous in restaurants today. My friends had the pork tenderloin in a mustard sauce which was excellent as well. So so good! Already made reservations for Restaurant Week and can't wait to see what specials they come up with.
We came to Santa Fe for vacation and decided to try this place because of the exceptional reviews. We ordered foie gras for appetizer, 3 course meal and the elk steak. Everything was delicious and prepared with heart! The salmon could use a little more seasoning but it didn't bother me much because the rest of the meals were so great. Service was wonderful and the manager lady was really hospitable. We highly recommend it and will come back next time!
We made reservations here for Christmas night. They had a three-course Prix Fixe menu for the evening at a very reasonable rate. We were pleasantly surprised at how calm and welcoming the restaurant was (the night before was slightly more raucous). We are both (sadly) on a low-carb diet so we expected to have to pick around some of the food and accepted that we might also indulge a little beyond what is allowed. We had been studying the menu ahead of time so had a good idea what to expect. The menu was limited but with something for everyone (including a vegetarian option). My husband's appetizer was the goat cheese salad with frisee - and mine was a frisee salad with crab cakes. Both were generous but not overly-large portions - just right for a starter. I talked my husband into the filet for dinner, and I had the sea bass. I overheard a woman behind me complain about hers to the waiter, but I found mine delicious - perfectly cooked, moist, well-seasoned. I enjoyed the veggies and sauce and skipped the black rice. My husband's filet looked wonderful as well - he raved about the sauce. We both saved up our carbs for the dessert - it was a hard decision, but we went with the chocolate souffle and crepes souffle. I only had a bite or two of the crepe, but the vanilla souffle inside plus the delicious orange sauce were heaven. The chocolate souffle was perfect - and I admit I had more than a few bites of that. All of the dinner was accompanied with an outstanding 2012 Margeaux at a reasonable price. Our waiter forgot my coffee, but I forgive him - it's Christmas.
A must for anyone who loves French cooking. Everything was a work of art. Sausces truly complimented the courses. We had filet mignon and sea bass. Preparation brought out the flavors without overwhelming the main selection. Desserts were novel and very French. We recommend L'Olivier without hesitation.
The thing we like most is that the food here is consistently excellent and priced lower than comparable food at other restaurants in town. The service here is consistently better than at most high-end Santa Fe restaurants, too. And we like the feel of the smaller room in the bar area. We enjoy telling friends about our good meals here because for whatever reason, L'Olivier isn't one of the places mentioned too often when people are asked, "What are your favorite restaurants?"
We both had the 3-course prix fixe meal - escargot and Coq au Vin and Arugula Fig Salad and Salmon. The entrees were so good we felt like standing up and applauding. (I'm sure my husband will never ask me to make Coq au Vin again!) The desserts are very French but not to our taste, and we were no longer hungry anyway. The Piper Heidsieck champagne was very good and a nice treat for $14.
I only ordered an appetizer which was a quail on a salad. Quail was overcooked and hardly edible and salad was terribly overdressed. I was surprised that the waiter did not inquire as to why I left most of it uneaten. My father and I also did not order entrees or dessert. Those multiple things should have pointed to us not enjoying our meal.
You know you have eaten an extraordinary meal when you can remember that the snow peas and haricots verts were perfectly prepared. I never knew that peas and beans could be anything other than vegetables to complement the main entrées. This was one of my 10 finest meals. Butternut Squash with Lentils as the soup of the day. Escargots en Cassoulet prepared with Garlic Butter, Black Forest Ham, Cherry Tomatoes, Sautéed Spinach and Slivered Almonds. Grilled Elk Tenderloin with Snow Peas, Red Wine Anise Spiced Poached Pear, Sauce Grand Veneur and Sweet Potato Purée so fluffy and delicious that it could be served as a dessert. But that means you would miss the Ile Flottante -- Soft Meringue Floating on Creme Anglaise -- for dessert. It must be seen and tasted to be fully appreciated. Chef Xavier Grenet has set the bar extremely high for any restaurant to match this. And, it was nice to hear French being spoken in the kitchen of a French restaurant. Merci, Mesdames et Messieurs. C'est magnifique.
The owners and staff of L”Olivier knocked it out of the ballpark for their Thanksgiving presentation this year. We were presented with a thoughtfully and creatively designed menu of excellent choices for the holiday including a beautifully prepared traditional turkey option as well as other restaurant favorites. The service was good, especially considering that they were extremely busy, the noise level was not out of control for the place being so packed and every dish was prepared to perfection. We had a great Thanksgiving with you. Thank you!
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