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About Olio e Limone Ristorante
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.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
I had a nice date but the table next to us was talking about bears and how to avoid them. The place was crowded and the food was mediocre . The salad was underdressed and tasteless. The tuna was overcooked to the point I could not tell it was a fish. I did not want to make a big deal about it in front of the date. The dessert was the only decent course which we enjoyed. I will not be back . This place is overrated for the food, ambiance and price.
We took a friend to Olio e Limone for lunch to celebrate his 76th birthday. The service was extraordinary, the meal devine (especially the asperigus soup and Dover soul, both specials for the day), and the wine superb. The "white table cloth" atmosphere combined with understated service that kept our water glasses filled and used plates cleared make it an ideal place for a celebratory occasion, a business luncheon, or simply a quiet meal with friends. Convenient to downtown, the Granada Theater, and the Santa Barbara Museun of Art, a perfect spot for lunch while "on the town."
Excellent food and service. Nice ambiance. Perfect for dining pre-symphony or other downtown SB evening event. Can also accommodate groups. Some how the noise level was fine even as the dining room filled up. We enjoyed osso bucco and short ribs. Nice wine list including good choices by the glass.
Celebrated my birthday lunch, and the restaurant was surprisingly not full. This was only my 2nd time to this restaurant, and it didn't disappoint. I had the lasagna which was delicious, and my boss had the insalata di pomodori e fagionlini to start and the special risotto of the day, both of which were also tasty and delicious. They brought out their dessert of the day which was a heavenly chocolate banana bread pudding with a dollop of vanilla gelato. Absolutely divine and the perfect ending to a delicious meal. Service was excellent as well.
Our meal was just delightful--we had visited the restaurant with friends on previous Santa Barbara visits and enjoyed it. We came back as a twosome for a romantic dinner and it was a highlight of our stay. The black cod was prepared beautifully--moist and delicious. The duck ravioli is absolutely sinful! The wine list has both Italian and California specialities--we tried both. Highly recommend!
Olio E Limone is one of my favorite Santa Barbara Restaurants - I Love the tenderloin on Potato with Truffle Oil and Arugula/Shaved Parmesan. my son had the Veal with Artichoke and it was excellent - Having lived in Italy for several years, this was like going home. Service is Excellent!!! Best Creme Brulee in Santa Barbara.
Once again this restaurant delivers on great good, nice wait staff and a lovely ambiance. The wine by the glass list is well chosen and the corkage reasonable if you have a special wine to bring with you. The salads were perfectly dressed the mains tasty and just the right size to fill and not overwhelm.
Really wanted some seafood for appetizer so they brought us the Crudo menu. Had fantastic hamachi carpaccio. One of us had the Dover sole special, the other the corvina special. Both were excellent. The third diner had the tenderloin medallions which were reportedly great. Really sad that the closer Olio in Westlake closed and we have to go to Santa Barbara.
Our five-member Common Ground Botanical Art Group has lunch at Olio e Limone every month or two as a special treat. The food is SUPERB! The setting is comfortable and quiet: how nice it is to talk and be able to hear each other! And the service is excellent.
It is a delight to return again and again.
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