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
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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
The service was courteous, timely and kn ...
The service was courteous, timely and knowledgeable about the fare and wines. The food was excellent! We had fish and filet and they were both prepared to perfection. This place is a must for a date or special occasion.
Amazing!!! I have fallen in love with L' ...
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 dec ...
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 ...
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.
Lovely restaurant with excellent French ...
Lovely restaurant with excellent French food! Ambiance and service can't be beat!
We have been there at least 4 times and always look forward to visiting when we are
in Santa Fe. Xavier and Nathalie (owners) are special people!
A must for anyone who loves French cooki ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
We made reservations and ate here to cel ...
We made reservations and ate here to celebrate my birthday. What a great find. The food we had was absolutely delicious and the service was impeccable. We recommended to several native Santa Feans and will definitely be back.
I only ordered an appetizer which was a ...
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.
Delicious. It's been a very long time si ...
Delicious. It's been a very long time since I have had such a meal. Short ribs cooked to perfection with a purée and green beans; beautiful wine sauce. Kir royal to drink and a beautiful Tarte tatin to finish off. Highly recommended.
You know you have eaten an extraordinary ...
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 knocke ...
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!
We hadn't been to L'Olivier in a while a ...
We hadn't been to L'Olivier in a while and were delighted with our dinner there last Saturday night with friends. The foie gras of the day was prepared perfectly with pineapple. Branzino was the main event for two of us, while one of us had a delicious, rich and fit for fall, lamb tagine. I had the tender, juicy short ribs in a rich gravy, served with creamy mashed potatoes and crisp green beans.
The dining area is cozy, very quiet when we got there at 6:30, louder when the place was full by the time we left. We'll definitely go back!
We were staying a block or so away, went ...
We were staying a block or so away, went past here several times. Then looked at Open Table and Trip Adviser reviews and decided to try it. Excellent food, well presented. Very knowledgeable wait staff ( I should have gone with his first suggestion for wine pairing). A great place for couples to enjoy fine dining in a relaxed setting.
Glad to discover this gem in the heart o ...
Glad to discover this gem in the heart of downtown Santa Fe. Small, cozy and quiet. Service was superb - our waiter was most knowledgeable and helpful regarding both the cuisine and the wines . A delightful experience.
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