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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
First time at this restaurant. Liked ambiance but tables are on top of each other. No a/c on and it was 100+ degree day. Woman at table next to us had to step outside to get some air bc it was so warm inside. (We heard that bc tables are so close.) It may have been broken but it was warm in there.
Service felt a bit rushed, but everyone was very pleasant. Liked the bread and olives served before our meal. Tomatoes for caprese were not quite ripe though but cheese was moist and nice presentation.
I struggled a bit finding a pasta I'd enjoy on the menu; I'm pretty picky though. My husband's dish looked amazing but I'm not a fan of quail. If you do like quail definitely try that pasta dish! There were a number of great "secondi" options; I was just in the mood for pasta.
Pretty extensive wine list but pricey. If you bring your own corkage fee is $20.
Panna cotta was very good, served with fresh berries.
Would I go back? Yes but only if a/c was working!!!!
Has been one of my favorite restaurants for many years. Unfortunately the service has gone down hill steadily over the past year. The food remains outstanding and the ambiance is very nice but the service spoils the experience. The waiters have become arrogant and non-attentive.
One of the best Italian restaurants I've been to. The food was delicious, and the service was outstanding. Ubaldo is fantastic and took such good care of us. We'll be back and are telling family and friends that go to Santa Barbara that they should definitely eat here.
We were celebrating two 50th Anniversary birthdays and everyone enjoyed themselves. As owners of a condo across the street, we had never eaten at your restaurant and we are so glad we did. The food and the service by Ubakdo Foschi was exceptional! He recommended delicious items and his service was exceptional!
Ubakdo was one of the best waiters ai have ever experienced!
I love this place for the quiet lunch atmosphere and the attentive service from all the staff. The food is consistent every time and super delicious. I have fond memories here because my mother loved to dine here. I've never been happier after a meal anywhere else.
We had a large party of 13 for an anniversary celebration, and we had teenagers, adults, and seniors. The service was excellent: we were all served at roughly the same time, our extra requests were attended to with hospitality, and no one seemed rushed or hurried even with a large party. The homemade pastas were delicious as were the specials.
The Perfect Meal
We had what we consider a perfect dining experience here tonight...so rare! The service was exceptional, the Sunday night early crowd sparse. Fresh Bread, House Olive Oil and fabulous Marinated Olives were brought to the table with our drinks. We had wonderful italian wine by glass recommended by our top notch and knowledgeable waiter. We literally ordered almost all the specials, they sounded so good! Burratta Salad was divine with roasted veg and fresh tomato. Hubs had Housemade Spinach Ravioli Stuffed with Cheese and Sausage. I had a Fresh Dover Sole in White Wine Butter Sauce with Perfect Potatoes and Italian Sautéed Chard. The subtlety of sauce flavors was amazing. Expresso and silky Panna Cotta with Fig Reduction and Fresh Berries for dessert. This is the kind of meal and the kind of place where you just sign the check and you don't care what it costs, it's that good! Pricey but so worth it. We are picky, chefy ,foodies so this generous a review and our experience was an unexpected treat!
Celebrated our anniversary during lunch at a very nice restaurant in Santa Barbara recently. The service was excellent and the menu items sounded delicious. My wine choice was top notch. The ambience and decor was elegant. Though sparsely attended, you can certainly hear other patrons' conversations - maybe consider adding some soft background music - classical or theme related (Italian, opera, or some other choice) would help obscure the conversations. Also an acknowledgment of our special occasion would have been graciously received.
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