About Olio e Limone Ristorante
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Olio e Limone Ristorante, located in downtown Santa Barbara's historic arts district, serves artisanal Zagat-rated Italian cuisine. Meaning “oil and lemon” in Italian, their restaurant’s name reflects husband-wife team Alberto and Elaine Morello’s philosophy: rely on the integrity of the ingredients and quality of the preparation to provide Santa Barbara diners “simply sophisticated” Italian cuisine served in an inviting atmosphere with European hospitality. Start with burrata salad or white Mediterranean anchovies, then tuck into a plate of house-made ravioli filled with roasted eggplant and goat cheese, topped with a fresh tomato and basil sauce and shaved ricotta salata. And be sure to take home a bottle of their own olio, an organic extra-virgin olive oil made from Sicilian olive varieties. Private dining in the Cucina Room for up to 40 guests. Bonus: their pizza bar, salumi bar, wine bar and full bar next door at Olio Pizzeria, with private dining for up to 32 guests.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
(805) 899-2699 ext. 1
Whether you are planning a wedding, birthday or holiday event, or perhaps a family, social, business or philanthropic gathering, our experienced kitchen and wait staff will help make your special event memorable.
We custom-create catering menus for each of our guest's events to accommodate various needs, tastes, and budgets. Contact Olio e Limone Ristorante Events Coordinator at email@example.com or (805) 899-2699, Option 3.
Santa Barbara City Parking Lot #5 (first 75 minutes free/paid for by downtown merchants, then $1.50/hr).
Private Party Facilities:
Olio e Limone Ristorante provides exclusive authentic Italian Private Dining in the Cucina Room for up to 40 guests. Casual Italian private dining available next door at Olio Pizzeria (Terrazza Room and Taverna Room) for up to 32 guests.
Private Party Contact:
Events Coordinator: (805) 899-2699 ext. 3
Banquet, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Olio e Limone Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
The food was amazing. Very authentic an ...
The food was amazing. Very authentic and delicious! The cocktails and wine were fabulous, and we loved our server. The only negative was that our table was not ready when we arrived (even though we had reservations). We were made to wait almost 30 minutes and we were asked to wait outside where it was freezing cold! We subsequently came back inside and stood awkwardly by the annoyed hostess who wasn't nearly as annoyed as we were. Overall, outstanding experience. Some of the best food I have ever tasted !
We were so excited for a special romanti ...
We were so excited for a special romantic evening. Seated at the table right by the door. All night incoming guests stood right over our table. I had made a reservation. A month in advance. Service was rushed. Waiter never stopped by to check on us. Courses came out too quickly. Yet our Desserts were served 10 minutes apart. No offer for coffee. It was a very expensive menu. We were visiting from out of town excited about a Valentines meal at an outstanding, well reviewed restaurant. What a huge disappointment. The food was delicious, but every other aspect of the dining experience was sub par. Clearly the restaurant was working hard to make as much money as possible rushing guests through their meals.
A friendly atmosphere to eat and enjoy t ...
A friendly atmosphere to eat and enjoy the company of friends. Fix fare menu (Valentine's Day) had three courses with nine choices each - portions were adequate. Overall, a very enjoyable experience on a busy evening. Very expertly managed dining room.
We live a hundred miles from Santa Barba ...
We live a hundred miles from Santa Barbara but will drive there for special occatios to eat at Ollio e Lemone. Its at the top of our price range but well worth it. The best thing is THE FOOD and everything else is very good too.
Olio e Limone is now one of my favorite ...
Olio e Limone is now one of my favorite Santa Barbara restaurants. Service is attentive, the food and drink menus are extensive, and the tastes...well, they are delicious.
Our server this evening was informative and helpful as we sought to make wine and meal decisions. The meal started out with a basket of bread and olive oil, and the olive oil is exceptionally good (and sold by the bottle!). We also shared a bufffalo mozzarella, tomato and fresh basil appetizer.
We each chose pasta dishes, with me ordering the tagliolini al pesto (spinach ribbon pasta with garlic, tiny bites of green beans and cubed potatoes, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese), and my dining companion ordering a carbonara pasta dish. The tastes were very different, but both were very, very good (we just had to share!)
Need to return again soon with even bigger appetites, to have room for another course and also dessert!
Once again a superb meal, from butter to ...
Once again a superb meal, from butter to dessert. Service was prompt and graciously included some special requests. The grilled vegetable appetizer: richly caramelized with fennel, radicchio, tomato,red onion and asparagus, was enough for four of us. The duck ravioli was as wonderful as I remembered, and the veal scallopini was both tender and well flavored. I had a not-too-sweet chocolate bread pudding topped with banana, and tasted the cannoli and the mixed berry sorbetto. I wish I lived closer so I could enjoy this place more often
I didn't like the room in the back. ...
I didn't like the room in the back. Last time a window table was spectacular in dining room. Our hotel car arrived and the server still had not brought the check; found him where staff gathers placing his wine glass to a high shelf. Otherwise he was quite great but it was like he forgot to deliver the check. Food wonderful. We'll be back :-)
low-key, charming, and romantic Italian ...
low-key, charming, and romantic Italian restaurant. Carpaccio pear salad was perfectly understated, and the insulate primaverile delicious. The choices for the main course were wonderfully plentiful, making a decision difficult. My girlfriend had the evening special, a pasta with mixed seafood in a subtly spicy sauce. I tried the spaghetti allo Scoglio, Both were top-notch, with my only complaint being that the prawn was a tad undercooked. Two desserts, the tiramisu and a pastry shell with fruit and gelato likewise were gems. The meal was accommpanied by a young but smooth Brunello. The finest meal, thus far, in our six week stay in Santa Barbara.
My wife and I have been returning to Oli ...
My wife and I have been returning to Olio e Limone every year for our anniversary dinner for 14 years. It is our favorite Italian restaurant bar none. We travel 120 miles to celebrate, so you know it's not just a run of the mill eatery.
This time I had the roasted quails on a bed of polenta, with a melange of vegetables. The quails (2) were excellent, a very substantial amount of meat, to be sure. The polenta was good, noit exceptional, but more than adequate. I really liked the vegetable medley.
My wife opted for veal scalloppine, with shaved artichoke and steamed (?) spinach. It was served in a lemony sauce, very tasty.
We told the maitre d'hotel that this was a special occasion, and the restaurant comped a dessert, which was unexpected and quite a treat. I can recommend Olio e Limone for any occasion, be it formal or casual.
Olio is our favorite restaurant for spec ...
Olio is our favorite restaurant for special occasions. It never fails to please. It is one of the few restaurants that boasts a stable, professional wait staff of longstanding. And the difference shows in the service and attention to detail. The food, as always, is delicious.
Excellent wine list- more European wines ...
Excellent wine list- more European wines, Italian in particular is no surprise. The service was a little overwhelmed as we were having a special dinner before a performance and so were a bunch of other folks. We got to the performance in plenty of time despite the one hole bathroom; only one bathroom by the way.
Noisy; Too many tables are jammed in too ...
Noisy; Too many tables are jammed in too close together. Our server made us feel like he was doing us a big favor by waiting on us. Our vegetables and potatoes were served after our main course (we had to ask for them) and we're cold.
Dishes are reflective of the finest dini ...
Dishes are reflective of the finest dining options of Italy and specifically Sicily. The tagliatelle with baby scallops, asparagus in a lemon cream Parmesan sauce is spectacular. The Wine Soectator award-winning wine list has some gems from Italy that are hard to find elsewhere.
Please keep in mind that this is a revie ...
Please keep in mind that this is a review of the restaurant on New Year's Eve and may not reflect on a typical evening at Olio e Limone. We arrived on time for our reservation and were not acknowledged for about 1o minutes. The dining room was very crowded and tables for two were (are?) very small and about two feet from each other. We spent the evening unavoidably listening to our neighbors' discussion on what to order and they, undoubtedly, listened to ours. The food was good, I couldn't finish most of the plates in the prix fixe menu. Our waiter seemed annoyed with us from the moment we sat down~ especially when he cleared my plates with over half the portion still there. As the evening went on, the staff turned up some faster paced music seemingly to clear out the patrons. We felt we had to leave 15 minutes before New Year and ended up on State Street alone when the ball dropped. I did not feel the restaurant lived up to the hype surrounding the name. I have thoroughly enjoyed Olio Crudo every time I have been there and recommend it to anybody trying to decide between the two.
We went for New Year's Eve and the Prix ...
We went for New Year's Eve and the Prix Fixe menu was varied, with lots of choices for each course. The food was outstanding, and the service was impeccable. Also, we were able to eat each course in a leisurely manner. Highly recommend this restaurant.
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