L'Olivier
L'Olivier

L'Olivier

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.loliviersantafe.com/
  • Phone: 5059891919x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, French
  • Executive Chef: Xavier Grenet
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West Alameda & Galisteo Street
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: 2 minutes away from public parking/garage, entrance on San Francisco Street. Exit by walking on the back side of the parking, on Water street. We are 2mn away.

    Or you can park on the other side of the Santa Fe River.
A word from L'Olivier
Fine Southwestern and French Cuisine. Executive Chef Xavier Grenet uses as many local products as possible with his own French technique. He creates a fine Southwestern cuisine, rich in flavors and finess.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
L'Olivier reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (84)special occasion (55)neighborhood gem (46)great for outdoor dining (42)romantic (41)notable wine list (31)great for lunch (16)great for brunch (5)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)good for groups (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Wonderful Dinner!
    ExquisiteVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Friends recommended this place or it would never have occurred to us to try it. The food was really wonderful! The mix of french and New Mexican ingredients was a delightful surprise. Each dish was beautifully prepared. We sat on the patio & it was quite intimate with the fire going. Just a lovely evening! The close proximity to the Plaza is nice for tourists, but I saw mostly local foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good but not Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Small warm restaurant with somewhat crowded tables and uncomfortable seats. Our four starters were lovely. The Elk main course was cooked strangely, apparently starting with a large tenderloin, then sliced, and when it was seen that it was too rare, the slices were arrayed and put into the oven. This resulted in an overdone slice, a medium slice, and two raw slices. The sauce was quite salty. The Halibut was quite good as was the chocolate soufflé and the off-menu cheese plate. The service was good, but not particularly friendly.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something special for Santa Fe
    patti83
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The most important feature is the Menu and all the daily specials. Everything if fresh of the day. The menu is creative and unusual with a French influence and sometimes a southwestern twist. A very peaceful atmosphere in the center of town, walking distance to most shopping areas and the Plaza. Very friendly staff who knows how to accommodate your needs and never rushes you. Recommended for all occasions.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is always wonderful.
    TJGIntlVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I regularly send friends, both in and out of town, to this great little French restaurant. One of my favorites in Santa Fe. I wish L’Olivier continued success and I will certainly support it. I recently brought our group of 7, and everyone loved their meal. The squash blossoms are wonderful, although the cherry soup was heavily seasoned with anise, much too strong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Dissapointed!
    Localgal235
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Not what I expected. Disappointing experience with our food. Presentation not pleasing and food was undercooked and cold.
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    great for brunch, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was our first time at this restaurant and it was wonderful. We will definitely return. Our group had Squash Blossom Tempura and Escargot for appetizers. For entrees, we had halibut, snapper, sea bass, and chicken and everyone loved their food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Dining Experience
    SFDiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Celebrating the end of our annual Opera bonanza in Santa Fe, our group found L'Olivier a perfect setting and equally delicious dining experience. All our choices on the menu, from the elk to the beef and the duck, were superbly prepared with excellent sauces to highlight the varied meat tastes. We know because we all excitedly sampled all the dishes on our table. We could not have done better that evening to pair our dining experience with our continued love of the Santa Fe Opera.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Ambience, service, and food were all fantastic! Love how the chef incorporated green chile into his french style. Highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had the squash blossom and an oyster special for an appetizer - both delicious. For our main entree, I chose the Sea Bass while my husband had a swordfish special. His was DELICIOUS! Mine was just average. However, the chocolate mousse dessert made up for it! And he had the cherry soup for dessert which was also amazing. Service was perfect. Outdoor patio is amazing as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have had better
    Babykitten
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I ordered the duck confit salad as a main course. I love duck confit and always order it when I see it on the menu. It was dry, and not at all succulent and flavorful the way good duck confit should be. Dessert was so so. Without wine, and with only one entree, two appetizers and two desserts, bill was $78, plus tip. I would not return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent entrees and apetizers
    Terry
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    But the desserts were only so so. We asked for a quiet table outside and were placed next to the street. Loud motorcycles passing by interrupted our conversation. The service was fine only it took forever once we were seated to get a waiter to take our order. We had to tell a passing waiter that we were ready. With tip it cost the three of us $190 and we only got one appetizer, 2 glasses of wine, and 2 desserts and 3 entrees. So it is quite expensive. On the site it has two $$ which is not accurate. And either on your site or theirs it says dinner under $30 while most entrees are more. Wines are expensive and appetizers are too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice patio w jazz
    nordicaVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The night we dined there was a great jazz duet playing, adding to the ambiance of this Santa Fe French restaurant. A nice lobster salad was followed by scrumptious short ribs and slightly overl-cooked halibut. A friendly wine list and server rounded out a pleasant evening downtown.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food4meVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Excellent French chef==a great dining experience. Quality ingredients presented in an elegant way.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok
    wwwwVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Need serving staff. Food was good but it was a very skeleton crew.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovesantaferestaurants
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Expected bigger portions for such a huge price. Sea bass good enough that I would have liked more than a two inch x 4 inch sliver for the money. Overall good experience, and great patio, but will only be a special occasion-when-i'm-not-that-hungry spot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had a 7 45 p m reservation and were seated immediately . Restaurant was crowded. Drinks were offered and delivered promptly . All three of our courses were excellent . Lots of interesting dishes on the menu made it hard to choose. Only criticism is of the location where parking is a problem but of course this has been an issue for all the restaurants at that address. We will definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New fave
    peb3VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    With great food, good service and a charming atmosphere, l'Olivier has become our new Santa Fe non-splurge fave.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • An outstanding restaurant
    alwaysthere1VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The menu selections are all so inspiring that selection was a hard choice. I had a wonderful lobster salad as an appetizer snd deliciously prepared Halibut as an enter. The wine list has many good, yet modestly priced choices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem in Downtown Santa Fe
    epicuriousVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Each of the several times I've been to this restaurant I've been happy with the food and service. The ambiance is appealing though it can get busy.The latest visit I have to say my lobster salad starter was tired,but my partner's salad special was very good and the duck we both chose was excellent. There is a bar indoors where you can dine, and they've made an appealing outdoor dining space with another bar and also tables.The waitstaff have always been very efficient.Unless you're lucky enough to find a space on the street, parking is a problem,but there are several parking lots within a 5 min walk.For visitors, the location is central to the Plaza area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New in town-Good!
    Cathy
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Three of us dined and loved it. One had the scallops, one the halibut and one the elk tenderloin. We all loved each others' dishes. Portions are very adequate without being too much. The accompanying sauces and vegetables were delectable. My halibut was roasted in a mascarpone sauce-lovely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Criticalwoman52
    CriticalWoman52
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    If you hadn't just walked through downtown Santa Fe, You would think you were in France! Perfect seasonal food, expertly prepared and beautifully presented. The appetizers and salads were a taste of summer! Don't miss the squash blossoms stuffed with goat cheese and fried in a light tempura batter! We will definitely make this a regular on our trips to SF- lovely out door seating and interesting wine list as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RioinNjVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    One great finding in Santa Fe. Nice cozy place with a lot of outdoor seating. Although the food presentation needs a bit more sophistication, my dish was excellent. Definitely worth going back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommended
    Foodlover102
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Selecting L'olivier for dinner in a quick visit to Sante Fe was a wise move. The quality of the dishes was excellent & the service was unobtrusive and well done. Only complaint: entree does not come with any accompaniments.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Place
    MoonSong
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Best Restaurant in Santa Fe! The food is the best French food in all of Santa Fe. Great owners, staff and ambiance. Highly recommend it to visitors and townies alike. It would make Julia Child smile!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Epicurius would be proud
    Robert
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I have eaten at this establishment several times. This was truly amazing dining. Gracious host, amazing food, great service, in a wonderful environment. For what more could one ask?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite Combination
    ScepticalDiner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    L'Olivier provide us with an exquisite combination of outstanding food and satisfying portions. For our first visit: wonderful food, delightful ambiance, and NO COMPLAINTS.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We will definitely make this a regular on our rotation of favorite places. Downside is that it is uncomfortably loud inside and definitely needs baffles or other sound dampening solution. We went outdoors so we could carry on a conversation but the service was rather poor outside. However with the food so excellent we'll keep trying.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French Beauty
    nightout1934VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    wonderful addition to the Santa Fe dining scene..the space has been beautifully appointed...the chef is clearly talented..enjoyed every course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chosh
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    One of my favorites in SF. food is creative and well prepared. Waitress was attentive and charming. Nice to see a reasonable wine list. Owner is attentive and on top of things. have eaten there 6 times in the last few months and enjoyed it every time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    AesopVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We eat at L'Olivier at least once a week when in Santa Fe. Great food, reasonably priced.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Irish friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We wanted a special place to dine with our Irish friends on their last night in Santa Fe and L'Olivier was the perfect place. The service, food and wine were excellent. We chose it because of our past experience at L'Olivier and our friends were very impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Chip
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    My wife and I have eaten at L'Olivier five or six times since they opened and the food has been excellent every time. It was the first time we sat outside and they have done a great job with the patio. We went there July 4th with our friend who is visiting from France and she was very impressed with the quality and creativity of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner on patio
    localwtaste
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Had great expectations with lovely setting and cuisine. Wonderful tasting squash blossom tempura appetizer but was tiny with only 3 pieces; very disappointing when we were expecting a little more bounty. Appreciate the care with which chef made creative vegetarian dish with grilled vegetables Napoleon but sweet pepper sauce was not very flavorful. Too pricey for what we got. Wish there were more moderately priced items or smaller plates so we could return, but as it is, it is unlikely we will. Patio is lovely, although our table had a view of a wall that was unattractive - would be nice if there were some flowers or attention there. Service was lovely.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WOW!
    DanM
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Dinner for four and we all shared each other's meals. The food was fantastic! The wine list is good. This was one of the best meals I've ever had, not just one of the best meals I've had in Santa Fe. Highly recommend!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first time and won't be last
    transform
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    went to L'Olivier for the the first time on our anniversary this week. we made reservations and could have be seated outside or inside...a little too windy for outside, so inside it was. we were welcomed immediately and had a nice selection of tables. the ambiance was fine, pretty minimal in a french way, which we love. water was served immediately, waiter was helpful and quick. without going in to too much detail, our appetizers, entres, and dessert were outstanding!!! the Châteauneuf-du-Pape was velvety and a great pick. overall i would recommend L'Olivier to any one wanting a very nice place to eat the perfectly prepared food and sample a very fine wine list.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    santafefood
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Excellent French food in Santa Fe, a city with many good restaurants. l'Olivier is among the best.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place in downtown Santa Fe
    IllinoistravelerVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Looking for a special place to eat in Santa Fe. This can be it. Great food. Just surprised that they had no New Mexico wines on the menu
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Spectacular !
    FRENCHIE2013
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    One of the best restaurants in Santa Fe. Extremely talented chef, food was well prepared and presented and above all fresh and delicious !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • le olivier
    i8italltoday
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I always enjoy Le Olivier restaurant. Food is good to great. Consistency could be improved. I will return and I will recommend.
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    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a great new find for us.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Food was interesting and well-prepared. Service was attentive but not intrusive. We live in Philadelphia part time and here part time. Philadephia is an incredible restaurant town at the moment so we are very becoming very picky foodies, and this was great food. I highly recommend it.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate