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
Olio e Limone is my favorite restaurant ...
Olio e Limone is my favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. I love bringing people here who have never been because it is very unassuming from the outside, the inside is very simple with white table clothes then you taste the food which is neither-the food is amazing! The servers are attentive without hovering and the presentation is gorgeous. This is the kind of place you tend to linger over coffee and dessert because it is that good.
Our friends loved their meal. My wife an ...
Our friends loved their meal. My wife and I did not. Salad was so so. Our entre of crab/prawn spicy tomato sauce over pasta was too dry. Deserts were fabulous
Very nice atmosphere. It did take a long ...
Very nice atmosphere. It did take a long time to be served we noticed. The pumpkin ravioli very small portion. My special of squid ink pasta and seafood was perfect. Very lovely evening.
Visiting Santa Barbara on business and v ...
Visiting Santa Barbara on business and vacation. Pricing is too high for the quality of food. $16 basic salads (non-entree) and $25 pasta (tagliatelle) make the bill quite expensive. Salads are average quality; nothing special. Tagliatelle pasta tastes like raw tomato paste. Bill before tax was $150+, with only 2 glasses of Chardonnay. We at at Ca' Dario the next day for lunch. What a fabulous place! Costs much less for well made food. Spend your money at Ca' Dario. You will not be disappointed!
Great Place for Graduation Dinner
We enjoyed a lovely graduation celebration dinner with our family and friends at Olio e Limone Restaurant. The staff was attentive, service was excellent and food was delicious! The prix fixed menu for that evening had ample choices for all of our varying tastes and each course was delightful. Proportions were ample as well - we left the restaurant fully satiated!
Had a wonderful family dinner to celebra ...
Had a wonderful family dinner to celebrate my daughter's graduation.
Always a great restaurant to come to. Gr ...
Always a great restaurant to come to. Great service and delicious food.
Great food great service we love this Resteraunt
The most amazing Resteraunt we love it. It is a must we you visit Santa Barbara.
I had a nepia risotto that was terrible. It was supposed to have plenty of seafood but I could only find calamaris. It tasted like fish scales and gave me lots of gasese. The waiters noticed that I did not eat my meal but did not care. Its a very expensive place and definitely not worthy to go.
terrific wait staff handled our orders with professionalism and good humor. Our waitress did an excellent job describing menu items, and we were not disappointed. The panna cotta with fig and balsamic reduction was fantastic!
Night at Olie E Limone!!!!
Outstanding food preparation. I am from Naples Italy and it captures the taste of the region. Wonderful customer service form start to finish. If your desire a before dinner drink they have a great bar that is part of the restaurant and well as a dedicated pizza shop as well. I have to try the pizza next time.
Always a wonderful experience. Food is a ...
Always a wonderful experience. Food is always quality and prepared well. We eat here often and have never left unsatisfied.
Been a customer for years. Love their p ...
Been a customer for years. Love their pasta and risotto dishes !
Awesome Service & Ambience
We were in Santa Barbara for our honeymoon. I mentioned this on our reservation and the hostess made sure we received a special dessert :) The service and food were outstanding. WIll definitely be back and recommend to friends. The following day we cam back and the Olio e Limone Pizzeria also fixed us up a perfect picnic lunch for our road trip home! Both places are great! Grazi!
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.
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