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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.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
French, Southwest, American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 11 AM - 2 PM
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4 PM - 9 PM
West Alameda & Galisteo Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Music Thursday and Saturday
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, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
L'Olivier Ratings and Reviews
We've been delighted to dine at this wonderful restaurant ever since it opened 2-1/2 years ago and it never disappoints. It is, in our opinion, one of the best places in Santa Fe, which is saying something. The food wonderful.... beautifully presented, by knowledgeable and pleasant servers. A nice wine list, with some excellent choices. This restaurant is a must try when in town.
Our first visit to L'Olivier, and hopefully one of many. Very warm and friendly environment.
Food was very French and tasty, with moderate prices. Has outside patio, which can be a
bit noisy, also no parking, in an area of heavy traffic and high parking demand. Wine list was
small, but of high quality. We were dinner guests, but would plan to do lunch next visit,
as there is ample outside dining space very appropriate for people watching.
We had a really terrible experience at L'Olivier. The service was abysmal. After we placed our order it took a very long time for our food to arrive. People seated after us received their food before we did. Even getting the check was an ordeal. Two members of our party ordered the steak cooked the same way. One came as ordered. The other was almost inedible--poor quality meat, overcooked. The only option for the vegetarian member of our party was a very nondescript wild rice dish. We will never go back.
I wish the food had been presented with more "art"and at least more color. The escargots had visual appeal, but I would have preferred less ham in that dish. Visually, the salmon/black rice dish was boring. For example, a couple of cherry tomatoes would have added color. For me, it was too much salmon in ratio to the rice. Not everyone desires big portions of fish or meat. Some of us desire more veggies along the fish or meat and that's not expensive to do. I loved the taste of the ile flottante but it was kind of a stingy portion. My friend didn't really enjoy the frozen nougat but I didn't taste it so I can't say. Good food overall, though, and a very nice atmosphere. I recommend it.
Our meal could have been better with a better waitperson. Our waitress got the order wrong, didn't acknowledge it, and didn't handle it well. One meal was delayed then and came out undercooked. A second one was prepared, but again, there was a wait.
The owner made up for it well by her friendliness and swift attention. She comped us for three desserts for our birthday celebration, which was very nice.
I will return, but suggest that the waitress and servers need more training (i.e. - bring all the accompaniments to the table when you serve the food, not wait until the final entree finally shows up). A little more polish and the service will be much improved.
L'Olivier missed, but just barely, on each course. Calamari fritta were two minutes under done -- just a little too doughy to be delicious. Lardon/frizze salad, the lardon needed bumping up, just like the calamari, they were underdone. The mussels were good, but the broth was way too salty. I have to give L'Olivier a B. Were the chef to exert him or herself, this would have been a terrific dining experience. Alas, someone was AWOL. Darn!
The duck was good but I expected better for a French restaurant and the $30 price tag. I would prefer fresh steamed vegetable to the strange fried kale on my plate. The service was professional but why one has to ask for bread is a mystery to me. This will be my last visit to this restaurant--there are too many really great restaurants in Santa Fe to waste a night out on nothing exceptional.
We were seated outside on a lovely evening. Unfortunately the traffic and motorcycle noise was so deafening that it really spoiled the experience for us. We were served water immediately and then waited almost 30 minutes for a server to come. When we finally asked to be served, the waitress was OK although we had to ask her for bread twice (it never arrived) and on the third request another waiter brought some to us. The meal itself was delicious, but I the bill for 5 people was over $500 with tip even with 4 people ordering the prix fixe. For that quality of service, it seemed a high price tag. I would definitely give it another try and eat insde because the food was authentic and good.
Dinner was nice to sit outside, but it is street-side, not back far enough, and the motorcycles going up Galisteo Street are very distracting and irritating. I think the restaurant needs to build some kind of wall. The food for 2 of the 3 of us was excellent (I had the braised short ribs of beef-very succulent, one of the guests had coq au vin, and she loved it), the 3rd ordered the steak frites and felt it was a tough cut of meat. She didn't eat it and the waiter didn't ask why. I enjoyed it, but there was some lack of attentiveness with the waiter/bus staff. Would go back because my food was good, but I wouldn't think of it in the top 5, among all the excellent alternatives in Santa Fe. They appear to have a beautiful, set-back, outdoor bar, and I wonder why it isn't in use? We would have sat there!
We were there to celebrate my wife's (Sheila) 80th birthday which happened to coincide with a scheduled wine dinner, perfect! We lucked out by getting Zach for our server who, among his other of his talents, turned out to be a fellow bee keeper as well as a well informed wine steward. The wines were well paired with our halibut and pheasant courses finishing off with a Moscato paired with clafoutis. We even shared Sheila's birthday with the 2 year old granddaughter of Xavier and Nathalie, what a fun night!
We went to L'Olivier's for a date night recently. The special that night was the mussels, which are a must have! The date and goat cheese salad was large enough to split, and we were really glad with ordered it. The wine list was thoughtful and not overpriced, unless you were buying California Cabs, or Parker-rated wines.
We think that L'Olivier is the most consistent fine dining venue in Santa Fe. Other of our favorites are sometimes great, but sometimes a bit "off." This gem is never off! Each course is impeccable. And, because we are locals, we can take advantage of the week nights with a Prix Fixe menu. Such an incredible bargain. We wish they had a full bar, but that's the only tiny pebble on the smooth sandy beach of gastronomic exquisiteness!!!
Second time to visit the restaurant.... Our first visit was much better experience than this one. Lovely menu with nice offerings...Checked in and the hostess says... Oh you JUST made the reservations-yes and was it ok???? We did not think it was ok! NICE QUIET TABLE-the young man who gave us water was amazing and delightful-as for our server-it was like he could care less... asked for plain horseradish for my oysters-comment: NO we are FRENCH, walked away-do you not serve bloody mary on weekends? I decided to pass on apt. Husband had the Arugula Fig Salad- delicious, but I guess since they are French Fresh crushed pepper is not available! Feel when you order a bottle of wine, whether $50 or $200 server should top you off-NOPE not this server. We got our meals and the server came over to check on our wine, never came back until we asked for the check. Our dinners Suckling Pig was perfectly done and delightful, my husbands Elk Tenderloin was equally tasty and enjoyable. Unfortunately, it was not good. We decided to tip the first young man and not giving the server our standard tip...
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