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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 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
Really wanted some seafood for appetizer so they brought us the Crudo menu. Had fantastic hamachi carpaccio. One of us had the Dover sole special, the other the corvina special. Both were excellent. The third diner had the tenderloin medallions which were reportedly great. Really sad that the closer Olio in Westlake closed and we have to go to Santa Barbara.
Our five-member Common Ground Botanical Art Group has lunch at Olio e Limone every month or two as a special treat. The food is SUPERB! The setting is comfortable and quiet: how nice it is to talk and be able to hear each other! And the service is excellent.
It is a delight to return again and again.
Excellent as always, great Italian Cuisene! Our Brazilian/Italian waitress was awesome as there was only a 2 person wait staff w/3 bussers. Even though the house got packed all at 6:30-6:45 pm & there was also an impropmtu last minute private pharmasutical party that the manager was tending to she made sure to give us excellent service.
after two wonderful dinners, a disappointing third. The server refused to substitute mashed potatoes with a side of plain pasta without a surcharge (as if a handful of pasta was worth its weight in truffles). My creme brûlée was horrible (eggy, ice cold, soft crust) and left uneaten, with no apparent interest from him or anyone else as to why. The carpaccio pear salad and insulate primaverile were only fair this time, and the duck ravioli was good, but not nearly as delicious as before. A note to the restaurant about the substitution charge went unanswered.
Olio must of had a off night. From the time we walked in No one noticed us at the door so we sat at a table and waited about five minutes before anyone arrived at the table the service us. The dishes were not exceptional like usual. It seemed like they had their B team Working the restaurant. Usually they're very good but not this night.
Olio and Limone holds out a promise of superior Italian fare that it does not quite fulfill, especially given the exorbitant prices. A spare, lively, and crowded dining room greeted us as we walked in and were guided to our table in the back. I've sat at diner stools that had more distance between customers. Service was brisk, efficient, and friendly, but the food does not live up to the expectations implied by its prices. A mixed green salad with sliced pears and gorgonzola for $15? An arugula salad for the same price? I had the Tagliata di bue and my companion the fish special the Dover Sole. My steak was expertly cooked and placed on top of a thinly sliced potato they called a "tart," though bore a striking resemblance to a potato chip. It was $36. My date's sole was good, but somewhat unimaginatively sautéed in butter and lemon. Two salads, two entrees, and two glasses of wine ran $183 with the tip. Spend half as much and go to Milk and Honey for better food, or spend just as much and go to the Lark for a meal you'll never forget.
The best of six restaurants that we dined at during our week in Santa Barbara and Paso Robles. Started with a wonderful artichoke appetizer that is not on the regular menu. It was superb. For an entree, I had the Fettuccine con Spugnole e Asparagi - a awesome combination of ribbon pasta, morel mushrooms, asparagus, and cream. Just bursting with flavor, and I'm a meat and potatoes guy. My date had a ravioli special stuffed with sausage and basil in a delicious tomato sauce. Another superb dish and to top it off they carry one of my favorite wines - a bottle of 2004 Il fauna Di Arcana Toscana. Highly recommend!
The food was amazing. Very authentic and delicious! The cocktails and wine were fabulous, and we loved our server. The only negative was that our table was not ready when we arrived (even though we had reservations). We were made to wait almost 30 minutes and we were asked to wait outside where it was freezing cold! We subsequently came back inside and stood awkwardly by the annoyed hostess who wasn't nearly as annoyed as we were. Overall, outstanding experience. Some of the best food I have ever tasted !
We were so excited for a special romantic evening. Seated at the table right by the door. All night incoming guests stood right over our table. I had made a reservation. A month in advance. Service was rushed. Waiter never stopped by to check on us. Courses came out too quickly. Yet our Desserts were served 10 minutes apart. No offer for coffee. It was a very expensive menu. We were visiting from out of town excited about a Valentines meal at an outstanding, well reviewed restaurant. What a huge disappointment. The food was delicious, but every other aspect of the dining experience was sub par. Clearly the restaurant was working hard to make as much money as possible rushing guests through their meals.
Olio e Limone is now one of my favorite Santa Barbara restaurants. Service is attentive, the food and drink menus are extensive, and the tastes...well, they are delicious.
Our server this evening was informative and helpful as we sought to make wine and meal decisions. The meal started out with a basket of bread and olive oil, and the olive oil is exceptionally good (and sold by the bottle!). We also shared a bufffalo mozzarella, tomato and fresh basil appetizer.
We each chose pasta dishes, with me ordering the tagliolini al pesto (spinach ribbon pasta with garlic, tiny bites of green beans and cubed potatoes, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese), and my dining companion ordering a carbonara pasta dish. The tastes were very different, but both were very, very good (we just had to share!)
Need to return again soon with even bigger appetites, to have room for another course and also dessert!
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