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
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: 8058992699x3
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
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.
An outstanding evening. Our server, Gis ...
An outstanding evening. Our server, Giselle, knew everything about the menu and wine list, and gave us good recommendations. We had the gnocchi, spinach/ricotta tortelloni, duck/porcini ravioli, and chocolate/banana bomb, along with excellent salads and wine. All were superb, and the service was flawless.
We had an amazing experience at Olio e L ...
We had an amazing experience at Olio e Limone! My mother has very limiting dietary restrictions, all of which were accommodated, and the server/manager couldn't have been more charming and helpful. Everyone's meal was delicious (especially the European sea bass special) and my family is still raving.
dinner was excellent - our party had bro ...
dinner was excellent - our party had bronzino, pumpkin ravioi and quail and we all thought our meals were terrific. We were in the "quiet room" which was nice for conversation. The waiter was helpful and fun. They have a nice wine selection too. Nothing pretentious about this place - just good food in a pleasant atmosphere, where we weren't rushed. Definitely would come back here.
We had a lovely experience here. The foo ...
We had a lovely experience here. The food was all excellent. The service was attentive but not intrusive and the ambience is cozy, romantic, comfortable. Had been meaning to try this restaurant for years and finally did and was glad to have done so.
My friends and I have had lunch at Olio ...
My friends and I have had lunch at Olio e Limone several times and been delighted each time. The food is superb. The service is excellent. It is nice to be able to hear each other. Parking is convenient. It is a little expensive, but frankly it is worth it.
We are looking forward to our next lunch at Olio e Limone.
The restaurant is cute and a nice enviro ...
The restaurant is cute and a nice environment for a nice dinner. Our waiter was hard to understand and we waited for over an hour for our food. The food was just ok. I had a mixed salad with grilled quail, there was very little meat, took me 2 bites and the quail was gone. The salad wasn't that good, I didn't even finish it. The others at my table had pasta and 2 out of 3 thought it tasted just ok. We had chocolate bread pudding for dessert and it was really good. Lastly, we split our check and each of us had a suggested tip amount that was based off the full amount not our half. This is such a scam because not everyone will notice and just pay it. I don't mind tipping for good service, but I'm not about to tip 40%. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this restaurant.
My wife and I have visited Olio a number ...
My wife and I have visited Olio a number of times, both the restaurant and the pizzeria. We have always been pleased by the choice. We recently celebrated my wife's birthday. As usual the meal was superb. We chose from the daily specials as well as the regular menu. Great attention was paid to everything from the complimentary bread/oil/olives to the main courses. I had let the restaurant know of the special occasion and their attention (and dessert) made it so. I do need to point out that the service was extraordinary
I should note that a few years ago my wife and I chose Olio to host a dinner for 10 friends when we were celebrating another special occasion. We will no doubt do the same at some point in future.
I asked for a substitute risotto instead ...
I asked for a substitute risotto instead of potatoes. They brought me undercooked risotto and forgot the other vegetables that were included in the dinner. I've always had a stellar experience here until recently. I'll opt for another standby quality restaurant instead from now on. When I told the waiter about the crunchy risotto he did offer to bring me something else, but we were all finished with our meals by that time.
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