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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
We were there on Valentines with a fixed menu. Although what we received was delicious, I also felt it was quite overpriced. Because it was Valentines I wish they had made a little more effort to make the atmosphere romantic. Decor maybe? Free glass of champagne? I had pre requested a "Quiet table" however was given a seat right by the front door which kept being thrown open with cold air pouring in and people standing around waiting for the hostess to get to them. Service was good. It's a nice spot but they could try just a bit harder to make it more special.
Decent Italian restaurant which did not have either of the wines we wanted although on their wine list. Food was good but not exceptional, service seemed tired or bored.
I suspect there are other better Italian restaurants to try.
Won’t go back not because anything was wrong just because there are so many other places to try
Olio e Limone is one of those restaurants that consistently lives up to the good reputation it has maintained for so many years. The owner Elaine is a fantastic host, the food is fresh and wonderful and it's right in the heart of everything good happening in Santa Barbara. I really should go more often!
We first ate at O & L on our honeymoon 16 years ago, and we have returned almost every year since. The food is classic N. Italian, with a number of specials that are very well-chosen. This year, I had the potato and spinach gnocchi, but if I had to do it over again, I would have picked the corbina, a fish that isn't offered much anywhere. Oh, well. My wife had the spring chicken with roasted potatoes and spinach. She thought that the dish came with mashed potatoes and told the waiter, who brought a side for which we were not charged.
I can recommend O & L for any occasion. It's white tablecloths but not stuffy. The menu is pretty extensive, something for everyone.
I am Italian who moved to the US twenty years ago, and I found Olio e Limone to be one of the most authentic Italian restaurant I have tried in the United States.
The food is always exceptional and the wine selection is great.
It is not cheap, which is somewhat to be expected for such quality.
The hostess is delightful, and the overall service impeccable.
I bring people to Olio e Limone when I have to impress them.
Olio E Limone is truly ALWAYS an amazing dining experience! The wait staff is perfection! Every single dish they have is chock full with beautiful, fresh ingredients. And I’ve literally never had anything here that did not taste incredible! I will go back over and over and over again.
Our food was very good, especially the risotto. Our overall experience was not. The dining room and our table were small and very crowded. The restaurant was understaffed and service was fair/poor. 3 of us sent our drinks back and reordered. Perhaps the regular bartender was not there. It may have been an off night for this restaurant, but I wouldn't rush to go back.
The food is excellent and the service is old-time Italian, meaning they serve you well, but with attitude. When I pointed out that two things I ordered didn't not come as described in the menu, and I was pretty much told I was wrong. One of their "signature cocktails", a Manhattan, was really an Old Fashion. I pointed out that the drink had an orange peel and no cherry which would indicate I'm correct, but the waiter said I was wrong which means he didn't know the difference. Then, for dessert, the waiter described a chocolate bread pudding. What came out was a molten chocolate cake. I like molten chocolate cake, so I ate it, and it was good, but it wasn't the dessert that was described. Other than that, the food was great and was served in perfect timing.
What you would call neuvo Italian, all the dishes were well prepared and presented. The Mediterranean Sea Bas special with a cherry tomato sauce stuffed with sauteed spinach and capers was delightful. Wouldn't hesitate to order again. The butternut squash ravioli were good, but not "oh my god", the tomato sauce tasted like a bland tomato sauce. The pear salad is ample for two and outstanding. The olives put on the table are excellent along with the bread. The menu is creative and doesn't have the expected normal Italian dishes, all are uniquely done. The drink menu is creative and the good. The wine list is well balanced with a good selection of wines, though it tends to be on the higher priced end with a corkage fee of $20. Our waiter was excellent, knew the dishes and could explain them clearly, he was also adept with the wine list, though we brought our own, a unique Italian white, Grechetto. We did offer the waiter a taste, which he appreciated. Is this my go-to Italian restaurant in the Santa Barbara area, no, but it is a good solid restaurant that deserves another reservation.
We have been going to Olio for about 12 years. Haven't written a review in ages. It is the most consistent high quality authentic Italian restaurant in the whole area and did not disappoint during our most recent visit. The Stuffed Quails were delicious, meaty and very hot when served. Many restaurants can't seem to manage that. Excellent Pinot Noir by the glass also at a 'correct' price. Clearly for people with more taste and wanting a quality environment with professional service. We are all lucky that Olio y Limone is here in SB.
The fantastic food is only matched by their service with a lovely ambiance. The homemade pasta was delicious (the fettecini with peas and mushrooms and the ravioli with sage). Our waiter, and all of the waiters there go out of their way to make sure you have a wonderful evening. Thank you so much
I have eaten here many tines and enjoyed it. This time no one liked their meal: the ravioli was underdone, squid ink pasta was awful, 3 people because somewhat ill after the meal. Not sure what happened this time. There were kind enough to not charge us for the squid ink risotto. I will go back but will try to order more judiciously.
My wife and I eat at restaurants regularly: 3-5 times per week. This experience was a severe disappointment. The ambience and noise level were very acceptable. The receptionist was appropriate and friendly. The waiter however was extremely arrogant/condescending. More disappointing however was the entrée: sole which was absolutely tasteless. In addition the accompanying broccoli was undercooked/stringy/tasteless. To charge $45 for this entree is criminal! We were visiting from out of town and this restaurant and Janes we're recommended in Santa Barbara. The meal at Janes was outstanding as was the ambience and service. There was no comparison between the two restaurants: like night and day.
On the way back to LA from Solvang, got hungry and stopped for lunch in SB. OH MY GOODNESS! This place was spectacular. Food was magnificent - the 4 of us had pork chops milanesa, Italian sausage & polenta, spaghetti w/ crab & shrimp & sausage ravioli - and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food. Cocktails were great and servers very attentive without pushing us. We had a leisurely 2 hour lunch and had to roll to our cars because we were so full.
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