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.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
$31 to $50
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(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: 8058992699x3
Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Olio e Limone Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
Delicious and authentic Italian food. W ...
Delicious and authentic Italian food. Wonderful fish. Desserts are too good for my waistline.
Outstanding sevice by Giselle!
This is undoubtably one of the best restaurants I've eaten in. The veal parmigiana was superb! The Venica Jesera Collio Pinot Grigio was the perfect suggestion and it was kept cool through the whole meal. The atmosphere is quiet and the wait staff was excellent.
My favorite Italian restaurant in Santa ...
My favorite Italian restaurant in Santa Barbara. The ingredients are fresh and the food is consistently excellent. The wine list has a wide variety of Italian and California wines. Finally the service is superb.
Nicer than expected for a touristy area. ...
Nicer than expected for a touristy area. Service was excellent.
very disappointing. Poor service, ridic ...
very disappointing. Poor service, ridiculously small portions on one and way too large on another. It didn't live up to my expectations or some of the reviews that I'd read.
In decline? We used to think this was a ...
In decline? We used to think this was a top place for a professional Italian experience. But not on this showing. Dismissive service fromthe greeting through departure. Pasta fishes were amateurishly cooked (uneven, tasteless) and drably presented. Even the quantities were small - lind of requiring you to order a secondi. Meanwhile the prices have risen to big city levels. Many better options in town these days.
Excellent Italian in Santa Barbara
We went there on Saturday April 30, 2016. Easy to make the 8 pm reservation on OpenTable. We were promptly seated. The 2-top we were initially seated was reserved for a larger group that came in later. We were moved to a 4-top of our choice. The bread was fresh, and the signature Sicilian olive oil (chef is from Sicily), and three different olives cured with garlic and a unique touch of lemon peel was superb! We ordered two signature vodka cocktails - a Peach Punch for my wife, and a Capolavora (blood orange) for me. Both were good. We split all our dishes (a practice that served us well in Italy in 2014). There are additional charges for split dishes, but well worth the prices ($2 on appetizers, $5 on pastas and secondis). Our first dish was the warm seafood salad in lemon white wine sauce. The seafood (shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari, and scallops) was well cooked, and the vegetables had the crunch of gherkins. Just the dish that needs to be sopped up with bread! Our primi was the homemade garganelli pasta in a lamb ragu! Superb! The lamb taste was there in the front, but not overwhelming. It was suffused with a tangy essence of tomato in every bite. One of the best pasta dishes we have had in a while. Going to Union in Pasadena for Mothers Day - will compare with this dish! For our secondi we had pork tenderloin in green peppercorn mustard sauce, with pureed potatoes and garlic sauteed spinach. The tenderloin was good (though one piece on my plate had a little grist that was hard to chew), the sauce was excellent, and there was a shower of thin crisp fried onion threads that really enhanced the potato puree. Good idea to provide some contrast for this accompaniment. We were planning to walk down to McConnell's for ice cream, and were so full we skipped any coffee and dessert. Overall an excellent dinner. Will surely visit on our next trip to SB.
Back room blues
If you are seated in the front room, the experience and ambience are fine. The back room is less good, the service slower and generally you receive less attention. The food is excellent no matter where you sit, but for a special occasion insist on the front room.
Delicious and unique pasta dishes. Classic yummy desserts. Could make a meal on appetizers and desserts alone. Great wait staff.
My mom and I go on a weekend get away for Mother's Day every year and this year we went to Santa Barbara (my alma mater). My mother is very picky and absolutely loved it here! Our food was delicious, I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great Italian spot there.
Favorite Santa Barbara restaurant!
We live in Southern California and only get to Santa Barbara occasionally, but we always eat at our favorite restaurant Olio e Limone. We enjoyed a cocktail at the Crudo Bar, then had a fabulous meal at the restaurant. The food is incredible, and the ambience and service are excellent. We look forward to dining there later this summer.
We really enjoyed the food. Very authent ...
We really enjoyed the food. Very authentic Italian. The spinach tortelloni was excellent! Loved the brown butter sage sauce. Wish it had more of it and no tomato sauce. The caprese was outstanding. Pasta with sausage was delicious. Service was wonderful. Wine by the glass is pricey. Tables are tight so you can hear other conversations but it is not loud.
Over rated food
Over rated food
Great service, coffe and desserts, food was just ok. I expected more.
Only complaint was that it took way too ...
Only complaint was that it took way too long for our food to come out.
Celebrating my birthday. Couldn't decide ...
Celebrating my birthday. Couldn't decide on a dish, so they made a dual dish. They made desserts for me and treated all of us special. Have been there a couple times before and will continue to go there every time we come to Santa Barbara.
Used to be better ...
This was our "must" restaurant in Santa Barbara for each of the last five years. This time it simply was not as good as it used to be. The food wasn't up to previous standards (there were five of us ... no one's was a stand out.) Service was awkward and not particularly welcoming. This was probably the last trip we'll do there.
Great Italian food
Great dinner. The pasta is very good, and lots of choices. The service was very good. The place is small so seating is very tight.
Stunning meal, wine, dessert at Olio E Limone
Olio E Limone is unequivocally among the top 3 restaurants in Santa Barbara. Each dish is prepared with such exquisite attention to detail, generous portions, and perfect service. I love this place! The Olio pizzeria next door is ideal if you're in the mood for a younger, high energy, loud, bring the kids, delicious wood-fired gourmet scene. But if you want delicious, graceful, no-snobs, white tablecloth, quiet dining elegance, Olio E Limone is the BEST.
We had a great time at this place for ou ...
We had a great time at this place for our date night in SB. We started next door at the bar and got some fancy cocktails (which were amazing). For dinner, we shared the asparagus appetizer (day's special), carbonara, and veal saltimboca. The asparagus didn't quite meet my expectations but both entrees were fabulous.
I'm Italian, so I'm quite picky with Ita ...
I'm Italian, so I'm quite picky with Italian restaurants. This is what I'd call a good Italian/American restaurant. Some dishes are really Italian style (prosciutto, tagliolini al pesto) others aren't (cavatielli with sausage). Interesting wine selection, very good service. Fair price being in downtown Santa Barbara
The food can be summed up in just a few words, nothing overpowering and everything in perfect harmony to create delicious food. Fresh, beautiful food, complemented by a perfect Wine list that was as well balanced as the food. Service was excellent, not too much attention, just enough.
Second visit to this restaurant pre-concert at the Arlington Theater. Consistently good service and food. I look forward to visiting again, next time I am in the area.
Something for everyone
From appetizers to pastas to secondi (meat or fish or veggie) and on to dessert, I cannot add a negative remark. And I am a VERY critical diner.
Everything is so very special at this restaurant. Always a first class meal. Our first choice for a special dinner.
Great Italian Food!
Delicious food, attentive service. Tables are pretty close together unfortunately. (Four tops in the center of the restaurant are better than the ones on the edges). Really enjoyable meal.
Very good but not perfect
Our server was bright and efficient but took a little getting used to her sarcasm. She opened with telling us that a bottle of wine that we asked the price of was $100. more than it was. Not sure why and it was a little off putting but once we realized this was how she engaged she was quite funny. The yellowtail hamachi was beautiful and delicious. Very fresh and seasoned lightly with asian flavors. The white anchovies were also a big hit, so good on a piece of bread with the fresh greens that come with it. Two of us had the braised wild boar special and it was fall off the bone tender BUT it was tepid in temperature. Ugh definitely a mistake that really could have been avoided since it's obviously not a dish that's MTO. One person had the chicken saltimbocca which was perfect. We sat in the back room which is much quieter than the front.
Crowded restaurant with tables too close to each other. Food was fair...mediocre ravioli, decent carbonara, ok chicken saltimboca. Nothing special here. Over priced wine list. Service was good. Was expecting much more given previous reviews.
A fine dining experience
A find dining experience with excellent service. I had the quail and my wife the filet and both were excellent. It's a small intimate room and nicely appointed. We had a starter in the bar and it, too, was over the top good. Join me at ljmartin dot com author of mysteries, westerns and thrillers.
Wide ranging menu that comes thru
We had the wild boar ravioli special, roasted quail and osso buco as well as the standard grilled veggie appetizer and they ALL delicious. Nice service
This wonderful gem tucked in a corner of Santa Barbara is as close to authentic Italian dining as I've found since our visit to Italy is 2013. The quality and flavor of the food was outstanding.
This is a great restaurant for a special event. The cuisine is creative and delicious. The service is warm and precise. They create a wonderful experience for their guests.
Good Italian choice in Santa Barbara
The soup of the day was delicious , roast chicken was good and the veal picata was tasty but heavy in butter. Our server was polite and reasonably attentive. Great place for conversation --all in all a good restaurant experience.
Fabulous quail stuffed with sausage! Sp ...
Fabulous quail stuffed with sausage! Spaghetti with seafood was fine but not fabulous
We went on Valentine's Day and it was amazing.
The food is great. The service is astounding and the wine list is impressive. Also, great cocktails. Wow.
Valentines dinner are hit and miss affairs. For we four it was a hit. Usually a prix-fixe menu offers only a few choices on special holiday dinners. O e L must have offered at least ten or twelve for each course. The beef fillet dish was beautifully plated and cooked. The riff on chicken picatta was the best I've tasted. Moist, tender and flavorful. A trifecta! Even though every table was filled, service was attentive and perfectly paced. All in all, a delightful experience. Great job!
I was trying to have a special evening to celebrate two Birthdays. The nightmare started when I called the restaurant to go from 4 to 5 and they disconnected me 3 times. They said they would give us a nice table etc. We were crammed into a corner by the kitchen. The service was awful and rude. 20 minutes before anyone even said Hello. Another long time before we could order. We made the best of it despite the unfriendly environment and service. The food is good but not good enough to make up for being uncomfortable and no service.
Enjoyed a meal on 2/12 for my wife's birthday. Food was excellent, service was just the right amount of attentiveness. The only 2 minor drawbacks to Olio are the fairly small tables for 2 people and the prices make it a special occasion restaurant.
Delicious. Friendly. Good wine. . We ha ...
Delicious. Friendly. Good wine. . We had a wonderful evening. Highly recommend.
Great food and pear tart was fantastic w ...
Great food and pear tart was fantastic way to end the meal. Noise level was too high to enjoy conversation putting a damper on the evening.
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