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
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.
Overall great experience! Staff was nice ...
Overall great experience! Staff was nice, informative when asked a question about the menu and the food was delicious! We are not from the area so didn't know what to expect but were happy that this place was recommended to us ! I love their creative drink menu as well. I am a tequila girl and was happy to see a different tequila than patron. I think I found my new favorite drink spot. Also Rich came by to talk to us and made sure our drinks were up to par! Great service!
** I took off stars because there was no hostess at the front and we had to wait about 5 minutes before a waiter greated us and sat us. Other than that everything was wonderful from start to finish.
This is a real qualified Italian restaur ...
This is a real qualified Italian restaurant, served Italian food and fine wine. The waiter is Italian accent English. The only thing I think is not perfect is the bread is not hot and crisp. The appetizer olive is amazing. Here also have the special Italian wine, Amarone, Barolo, Gaja... the price is reasonable. Five stars
Such a lovely place to enjoy lunch with ...
Such a lovely place to enjoy lunch with a friend! Wonderful food & service! We thoroughly enjoyed the olives, beef carpaccio, asparagus soup and mushroom risotto. And the wine was delish! Service was excellent allowing us to linger and enjoy without constant interruption. Thank you!
VERY authentic Italian fare, with severa ...
VERY authentic Italian fare, with several Italians working there. Owned by a Napolitano, it is the most authentic taste I've had here. We DEFINITELY recommend it! We went for our anniversary and they treated us SO WELL!!!
Our family of four dined there on Dec 26 ...
Our family of four dined there on Dec 26. all the food we ordered was good except the pasta with dungeness crab meat. It was salty and the sauce was too strong. Services were hurried and almost rude. When we asked about the fish of the day, the waiter was almost scolding by saying "wait until I finish myntoday's special list" Also when he wanted to check my children's ID, he just said, show me your ID. I know it was a busy night, but the abruptness and rushed services should not be part of this elegant and expensive restaurant.
Superb in every respect, as always. We' ...
Superb in every respect, as always. We've eaten there countless times, and it's by far our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara and one of our favorites in the world. Again on this occasion, every single morsel of food was perfection. We love this restaurant (and its Pizzeria next door) and can't wait for our next opportunity to dine there.
Excellent Italian and mixed Mediterranea ...
Excellent Italian and mixed Mediterranean menu. Excellent professional wait staff. Food can not be beat. Definitely a first class experience at a reasonable price. Wine list is top shelf. Cocktails are also very good. It is a bit crowded, but for me that added to the pleasant atmosphere. I've been there many times, and I always come away happy.
Outstanding culinary delight! From th ...
Outstanding culinary delight! From the moment we walked in, our experience at Olio e Limone was a pleasure. The service was impeccable, the food was absolutely delicious, and the ambience was romantic, quiet, and added to our wonderful dining experience. We will always return to Olio e Limone when we visit Santa Barbara.
After at least 100 visits to this excell ...
After at least 100 visits to this excellent restaurant over past 11 years, the food was not hot at delivery, the service was very spotty and clearly not 'on par' with many previous occasions. Maybe Monday night staff issues??
We had dinner at Olio e Limone to celebr ...
We had dinner at Olio e Limone to celebrate our anniversary. The restaurant has a cozy atmosphere and we were seated at a quiet table near the window. The hostess dropped by with a card wishing us a happy anniversary. Our waiter was excellent and very aware of the table. We felt well taken care of throughout the evening. The food was delicious and prepared to our liking. I had the quail salad and seafood pasta, my husband the short ribs. The pasta was a little salty, but still very good. The short ribs, my husband reported, were delicious. We were surprised at the end of the meal with a complimentary dessert and more good wished. Our entire experience helped make our celebration a memorable one. We will definitely return and would recommend the restaurant without reservation.
My family took me to Olio e Limone for m ...
My family took me to Olio e Limone for my birthday. It is my favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. We were seated in the window, which I loved! Our waiter was Italian and that added a nice touch. The mushroom risotto was heavenly as were the appetizers we ordered. They have an extensive wine list and we treated ourselves to a wonderful Brunello di Montalcino. My daughter and I are gluten-free and the waiter was very knowledgeable about the accommodating menu. He brought us extra olives since we couldn't enjoy the bread and an incredible dessert with a candle. There is a reason Julia Childs loved this gem of a restaurant. You are transported to another place in a tranquil yet relaxed atmosphere where you get to slip away and just enjoy it all.
We had a wonderful dinner. The Dover so ...
We had a wonderful dinner. The Dover sole was perfection. The porcini mushroom risotto was just OK though. It seemed to lose something midway through, and I like when it's still savory and delicious by the last bite. The warm frutti di mare salad could have used more "frutti" if you know what I mean.
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