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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
I guess I must be missing something beca ...
I guess I must be missing something because this restaurant seems like a lot of pomp and hype but fell a little flat. Not in the service and the ambiance, mind you. They were on point. The food seemed a little too old school Italian for the price. The ingredients weren't given a chance to shine in a few of these dishes. Before you go on about "authentic" etc, understand that it's 2016, not 1978. Classic Italian specialties don't need to be so heavy that you'll only dine with friends in the medical professions.
This is our favorite restaurant in Santa ...
This is our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. The food is always great as is the service. It's quite cute, great wine. Fabulous desserts. I'm a pasta lover but my husband had the veal chop and loved it and our two friends enjoyed their loupe de mer and another pasta dish.
Try it, you'll love it!
We escaped a hectic work day and used Ub ...
We escaped a hectic work day and used Uber to the restaurant. The excellent service wand hitch allowed us to linger over every course was a great blend with the excellent h housemate ravioli. The wine was Louie good and affordable. It was a lovely 3 hour dinner that let us relax and forget our day.
We stayed at the Lavendar Inn and Peter ...
We stayed at the Lavendar Inn and Peter recommended Olio e Limon and Toma. We decided on Olio since our friends we were with tried Toma last time. We were very happy with the location, service, ambiance and most importantly...the food! We had the duck ravioli's in mushroom sauce and they were excellent. We took our own bottle of wine and they kindly corked it for us. Overall a great dining experience and will definitely go back again
Pricy and excellent restaurant. A specia ...
Pricy and excellent restaurant. A special dining experience. You won't find quail, duck filled ravioli, or the excellent gnocchi just anywhere! We brought our own wines so we didn't try the wine list. The food is excellent and the service was fantastic. Very attentive waiter who brought different wine glasses for our pairings. Don't go expecting a bargain, but go to enjoy amazing food!
Restrained pleasant ambience, , multiple ...
Restrained pleasant ambience, , multiple glasses and white tablecloths on view. Well sourced and authentic ingredients simply but skillfully prepared, just what an Italian restaurant should be. Service was attentive and not intrusive.Started next door at their crudo bar to enjoy an aperitif and a beautifully prepared sashimi style appetiser. A wonderful evening!
Food was great and to quote my husband t ...
Food was great and to quote my husband the pork loin dish was the best he had in a long while. We also loved the deserts (pana cota and the pear tart with icecream). We will definitely return when we get back in town.
Disappointing experience. The special fi ...
Disappointing experience. The special fish Branzini came filleted with bones in every bite. The special pasta was a mini ravioli that had so filling just hard little bits of dough. The salad was perfect but all the main courses were expensive and seriously flawed. Will not repeat the experience.
The food and service at Olio e Limone is ...
The food and service at Olio e Limone is always great. What is not so great is their policy of not quoting prices on their specials when they describe them to you and which turn out to be grossly overpriced relative to similar on-menu items. This is laid on you as a "surprise" when you get the bill. This is a very customer-unfriendly practice. You should not be put in an embarrassing position of having to ask what the price is on a special; they should simply state it.
My wife's glass of wine was served with ...
My wife's glass of wine was served with two flies taking a swim. Although the server replaced the wine there was not even an apology. The food was mediocre and far too spicy. The service was substandard, and the value for money was simply not worth it. We felt the reviews were far too generous for this restaurant.
Condescending server-possibly because we ...
Condescending server-possibly because we were 2 middle aged women and a teenage girl.
Never checked on our water, or how we were enjoying the food.
Varied menu, but three of us were really not impressed with food quality/flavor.
Atmosphere was very nice......
May be it was a substitute chef that nig ...
May be it was a substitute chef that night but what is for sure , is that the meal we had was not worth the price we paid. We were a party of three and none of us liked our meal . My pasta was too bland, my friend's pasta was so spicy you could not taste the seafood and our other companion's pasta was so rich she could only eat a bite or two. The salad was wilted and the chocolate bread pudding had a weird consistency and was pretty tasteless. This is an expensive restaurant and I would not go there again at any price.
Outstanding food and impeccable service. ...
Outstanding food and impeccable service.
We ordered tomato basil and mozzarella salad, special pasta with short rib ragu and the salmon special all done to perfection. Our waiter was both helpful and knowledgeable with our selections.
Our only complaint was the cramped size of tables for two. It is definitely a return destination for my wife and me.
Excellent service. We went not knowing ...
Excellent service. We went not knowing what to expect. What a pleasant surprise! This is the kind of place we like to celebrate birthdays at. While it was an expensive "Friday night dinner with friends,". We now feel Ike we have a new special occasion restaurant.
We had a magnificent meal and their menu ...
We had a magnificent meal and their menu is extensive with many rare items. and various pasta and meat dishes. The service was good, but we were next to a rather noisy group of 6 and it was hard to chat over their volume. Great location to eat before theatre performances in the area.
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.
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