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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 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: (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
Olio e limone never disappoints. Been coming here for 8 years, never anything but spectacular. I only go to restaurant that can prepare food better than me and I was raised in a foodie family. Doesn't matter what pasta you order, always amazing. Fish and chicken the same. Try it all. Can't go wrong.
This establishment has it all together. Beautiful atmosphere, friendly and attentive service, a wonderfully varied menu and excellent food preparation. Did I mention reasonable prices?!? We met friends that we had not seen for some time and spent nearly three hours having a wonderful meal with a server who thoughtfully recognized that we needed little attention but definitely appreciated getting our water glasses refilled. My wife commented that her pasta, a spinach and cheese ravioli was the best she had ever tasted. All of us loved the flavor of the food.
Its a very comfortable space; can accommodate groups and couples without having tables too close together. The special cod dish was fresh and delicious with asparagus and a very light lemon sauce. The veal chop is both large and flavorful. We enjoyed the service which was not rushed, especially nice when you are celebrating.
Very nice, elegant, simple, small restaurant. Excellent staff and service, wonderful dishes for many tastes. Celebrated father's day here, but it's a great place for a date or any other occasion, including everyday dining, depends what you like and can afford. I would come back here another time.
We had reservations for 5 on Saturday evening during UCSB graduation weekend. Seated promptly; the restaurant was very crowded but service excellent. Our waiter was very charming and knowledgeable. This is more of an old fashioned spot--more traditional Italian. Everyone enjoyed their meals (we had a vegetarian and some other food allergies in our group) and there was more than plenty to choose from. Excellent wines; we had a CA pinot and an Italian Barolo, both excellent. Desserts (which we rarely order when dining out) were special--creme brulee was perfect and a very generous portion; lemon tart excellent.
We went to Olio e Limone to celebrate my son's graduation from UCSB. I was not disappointed! The service was top notch, atmosphere classy yet lively, and the dishes nicely presented. The food was very good, but didn't knock our socks off - which was fine, as everything else was great!
We started our evening off with beer/cocktails in their bar/pizzeria next door. Italian beers on tap and a nice assortment of craft cocktails.
Another great meal at Olio e Limone! We always put this on our dining list when we drive up from L.A. to Santa Barbara. We have never been disappointed, and, in fact, have been delighted with the ambiance, service and the food.
I had my favorite pasta dish with fettucine, morel mushrooms, asparagus and light cream. I look forward to ordering it whenever we dine here. Highly recommend to all locals and visitors.
Great food with wonderful service. Charming, intimate ambiance with excellent service and delicious food. I couldn't decide between a yummy ravioli dish and pasta carbonara, so our fab waiter suggested a combo of both. What a great idea and both dishes really hit the spot . Yum! My sister had short ribs and raved about how tender and delicious they were. We shared cannoli for dessert, which had two huge cannoli and, though we were pretty full already, we scarfed them up. Highly recommend Olio e Limone.
Margaret Singer a dear, dear friend, celebrated her 96th Birthday, at Olio, June 11th! She is a vegetarian and they fixed her a feast. The vegies were roasted to perfection! The waiters are personable and kind. Lucky for us we had Dan, Refugio, and Cleo. It was a magical night for her. Thank you.
Loved the authentic Italian flavors and the great ambiance at this little gem. The wine list was accessible and fun, and it was a delight to see my two favorites (Gavi and Soave) on the menu. We split pastas and main dishes at our table and were thrilled with portions, quality, and taste. The steak and roasted potatoes and quail were particular standouts. The lemon tart for dessert though... a little one note. BUT... I will be back and will always recommend this lovely restaurant!!
This was always our go-to for special or any occasions. But the food quality has diminished exponentially in recent years, maybe since owner Elaine left the front and back of the house? Veal was over salted (poor baby calf), Pasta Carbonara was pleasant but under-seasoned. Complimentary olives and burata & prosciutto appetizer were good. But not worth a revisit. Very Sad, after all these loyal years.
My in laws gave us a gift card. We went befor a concert at the bowl and it was fabulous! The bar menu is spectacular. Service was wonderful. Appetizer and meals were delicious. They recognized we were going to a concert so they didn't rush us, but kept us as a good pace to make sure we left in a timely manner and had plenty of time to make the show. It was a keen awareness many places lack. We appreciated it!
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