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Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe
Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe

Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.losolivoscafe.com
  • Phone: (805) 688-7265
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: 11:30am - 2:45pm; Afternoon Menu: 3:00-5:00 Dinner: 5:00pm - 8:30pm

    Now serving Breakfast from 8:00-10:30am on Saturdays and Sundays!

    Open 7 days a week
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Chris Joslyn
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: From assisting you in choosing your wines and selecting your customized menu, we take pride in making your event truly a Central Coast experience. The Los Olivos Cafe has served guests since 1995. Now the Wine Merchant and our outside catering division can offer more to what we bring to you. Our beautiful wine country is the perfect place to host a memorable event. Allow us to make your catered affair truly special. We take great pride in bringing you remarkable food paired with gracious hospitality and an award-winning wine list.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room seats up to 40 guests and is the perfect venue for an intimate gathering. Our attentive service, exceptional food, and award-winning wine list will set the scene for an unforgettable event. Our private dining room is available to reserve for lunch and dinner.
  • Private Party Contact: Matthew Negrete (805) 688-7265 x214
  • Special Events & Promotions: Visit our website www.LosOlivosCafe.com to view our upcoming special events and you can always check us out on facebook at Los Olivos Cafe!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highway 154
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is parking throughout the quaint town of Los Olivos. There are on-street spaces conveniently located directly in front of The Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe.
A word from Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe
At the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe you really do get to taste the Central Coast. They take great care in selecting each item that makes its way on your plate. Choosing ingredients that are local, wild, and organic whenever possible. You will enjoy the rustic-elegance of the Cafe paired with friendly and attentive service. Their extensive wine list offers the best wines of the Central Coast Region. The best part is after you dine you can take home your favorite wines at competitive pricing and bring the taste of the Central Coast home with you. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent experience at Los Olivos Cafe. Phenomenal wine selection at reasonable prices and great food. Kyle was an incredible waiter and provided the perfect balance of attentiveness without being overly intrusive !"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Good food and service. Not that romantic. Pretty noisy. Better for a party."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My sisters and I celebrated our 9th annual "sister trip" by attending the Los Olivos Cafe. We were seated at a table by a door and were not pleased with the foot traffic of the waitpersons. We asked for the newly opened table by the window and were promptly moved by our vary capable waiter. He was courteous, respectful and helpful. the Salmon and mushroom ravioli were excellent."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I've eaten at this establishment three previous times, all very positive... and I am sorry to say that our recent experience was troubling. I am sorry I did not say something when I was there. The first course of salads was fine...but things went downhill soon after...we waited over 45 minutes for our second course...when the food arrived, the pizza was undercooked and the fries I had ordered were soggy. The turkey burger was on a "focaccia bun" which was doughy, too thick, more bread than meat...The house wine at $8 was well priced but was totally unmemorable, made me wonder why even offer it? Our waiter was oblivious to the fact that we weren't getting good service, we had to enlist others to get the job done..."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I have been here about 4 times and it's always great. I had the Ravioli and it was really good. Last time I had this awesome Turkey Lasagna which I was dissappointed that they didn't have it this time. I love everything about this place. The only down side is I wish the menu had a little more variety and options. Besides that this has always been one of my favorite places."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Went here since this restaurant was in the movie sideways. Great food and wonderful atmosphere. Tremendous wine selection even by the glass. Great service."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Been coming here for many years now. This time was delicious, as usual. What's impressive about the Los Olivos Cafe is that everything we've tried on the menu is good. And, they're consistent. The do what they do very well. Great wine, great food, great atmosphere. What's not to love? We try to go here every time we head up to the SY Valley."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The only complaint I have is my salmon was a little bit on the dry side. Other then that everything was fine. My husband was very happy with his lamb shanks dinner."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "My wife and I usually stop here when were in the area and the food is always consistently good. You can't go wrong - good food, good wine, nice atmosphere and outstanding service."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I admit that I chose this restaurant because of my love for the movie Sideways. Our choice of seating didn't start off that great, especially when there were other tables avalible. About 15 minutes after we were seated a huge party came in and took over all open tables. No problem, we came in on a booked night. We were seated at the table closest to the kitchen but the table was far enough from the door that it didn't bother us at all. The staff were attentive and friendly. I would have to say that the service was perfect overall. Tha ambiance was eclectic and sophisticated. The food was very good. We will definitely come here again when in town."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This is a charming, low-key place to enjoy great food and shop for great wines at a reasonable price. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this restaurant!!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Amazing food and service. We had the cheese plate appetizer, mushroom ravioli, chicken sausage and pasta and the braised lamb shanks. We were all impressed with the quality of our dinners. The wine list is extensive. My husband chose a wine flight which was 3 glasses and a healthy pour of each. Split dessert and the tiramisu was super. Definitely will return."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This is a fantastic cafe with exceptional food, outstanding service and great wine. Do not miss this when you go to"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Been visiting wine country for past 3 years and always include this as one of our night's out. This visit, restaurant quite lively but have been there when was perfect for casual romantic evening. Food always fresh and pretty consistent in quality. Only drawback this visit was guests with us ordered ravioli asking for substitute of marinara for cream based sauce. It was delivered "drowned" in marinara. Tasted fine, but did not look appetizing."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Start with the service: Our waitress was wonderfully attentive without being intrusive. She genuinely seemed to enjoy serving us and helped to make the meal a special occasion. The food was excellent. I have eaten here several times in the past and always before had the wonderful baked brie. This time we went for something different -- ordered far too much food -- and it was all good. I particularly liked the special duck confit, and the pate plate."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Our 4th time to this restaurant. Every time we visit Los Olivos to visit wineries and see the entrance to Neverland, we stop for dinner at Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe. I could be sarcastic and say there are not many opportunities in town for a quality dinner. But that has changed over the years, and the last 3 years has seen a wonderful revival in the fortunes of Los Olivos. The economy is clearly improving as there are more restaurants, more wineries, etc. in the town itself. That said, we always go back to the Wine Merchant & Cafe and are NEVER disappointed. It's always crowded, the food is fantastic and the wine selection superb."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My Caeser salad was amazing, although charging me $2 to add a couple of anchovies seemed excessive. At least I should have been told beforehand. We both loved our Orchiette pasta. And a large portion too. Fabulous. Thank you for a great evening!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Always a great place to stop for lunch. Fantastic wine list."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Beautiful setting, Beautiful food, great wine:) great service"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Food was okay. Service was okay. Ambiance was okay. Noise level was loud. It was just okay - and a little disappointing."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I've know this place from the Sideways movie, and had the chance to visit the wine country with my wife. The service was great, they were able to give perfect advice on the food, specially because we are both vegetarians. My wife is not much into wine but the waitress could find a white that would fit for her, and found a perfect red from Curtis that was a perfect match with my ravioli. Dessert was GREAT. Definetly a very calm nice place to a couples dinner."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Good food, solid wine list, but service was so so, we've had more memorable service @ other local places. The restaurant wasn't that busy either. My wife had beef pappardelle and I had the burger, both we're good. We brought our own bottle of Syrah, but the wine list is extensive. The place doubles as a wine shop so wine lovers can indulge too. Vibe seemed just a bit off as 1/2 the venue is a wine shop while the other 1/2 is a restaurant. Kind of a hybrid feel here and felt torn between truly enjoying meal and wanting to spend more time examining wines - perhaps if service was a bit more welcoming and on par w/ service typical of other area eateries rating would have nudged higher."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We celebrated a small birthday gathering and ordered from the fixed price, three course menu which included a glass of wine. The selections were great. The ravioli was a hit, the short ribs were very tender, but the sauce was a bit heavy and covered the taste of the ribs. The barata and beet appetizer was exceptional - a must try!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We never miss our favorite table on the beautiful patio for a lunch that is always expertly prepared and paired with wonderful local wines. They use the very best ingredients and change their menus to reflect the bounty of the seasons. Don't visit wine country without a stop at this charming restaurant."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "We always stop in when in town and are return guests at the cottage owned by restaurant owners of Wine Merchant. We love the cottage and the food is fantastic and fresh every time. We shared a salad and pizza for lunch and LOVED our meal. The pizza is well seasoned, perfectly cooked and delicious. The Greek salad is fresh, crisp and full of delicious ingredients. We also enjoyed a wine tasting at the bar. A wonderful afternoon...and we will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Romantic - fun - great service - mostly great food!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "All three courses were equally good. Ordered beets and burrata (sp) for appetizer. Plenty for two. Also split a greek salad. Wife had duck duo for main course and loved it. Both duck and fava bean rice were excellent. I ordered a pizza (cheese, mushroom, and arugula) which was very nice. Great service! Very attentive without being int he way."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Great food and service! Great wine! A must place to visit in Los Olivos."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had a wonderful lunch outside with another couple. We shared the buratta starter and had a great Rose. My strawberry salad was excellent. The outside deck is beautiful with the branches and made it special"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Very good food but somewhat indifferent service. The BBQ beef brisket sandwich and their pizzas are excellent -- the gluten free pizza is amongst the best we have had. Too bad the service doesn't match the food. Portions are quite large but are reasonably priced. I do recommend this place as there really aren't too many options in Los Olivos."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Our family enjoyed our evening here immensely. The food was outstanding and the service perfect, lovely ambience as well. The staff was warm and helpful. We highly recommend it."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Solvang for the weekend to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary we had a great experience at Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe! The food was sensational, we split the Artisan cheese plate for a starter, the fig pate and hard cheeses were out of this world. The entrees and wine did not disappoint especially the fish dish I had. We split a dessert, the S'mores sundae and it was one of my top 5 desserts ever!! Our server was soooo nice and knowledgeable and we could not help but leave her an excellent tip. I highly recommend Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe if you are in the Los Olivios area, we have eaten lunch there in the past and it was also excellent!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We love the Wine Merchant. Our favorite dinner spot in the Santa Ynez area. Great wine selection. Fresh local food that is always delicious. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Everything was excellent. Our table was ready for us. The server was outstanding. The food was delicious. We are from Santa Barbara and it made a special outing for a special occasion. Thank you for the birthday dessert."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We continue to go back to Los Olivos Wine Merchant & café. We normally sit at the bar. George is extremely attentive and is very knowledgeable. Food is always fresh and very good variety. The house owned winery offers some very good variatels and a nice wine flight as well."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We planned a group trip to a few wineries that started with a picnic lunch at Fess, and ended with dinner at Los Olivos, and this restaurant was the perfect end to a marvelous day. The menu had enough range for our entire group, and the price was quite reasonable. I would highly recommend this restaurant - it doesn't look like much from the outside, but everything we had off the menu (and there was lots of sharing with our large group) was fantastic. The staff were great about accommodating our group - there were two large groups the evening we came, and ours was slightly smaller, so we were out in the main area of the restaurant (they have a private dining room). Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "did the "sideways wine trail". this place still great after all these years. had the beets and burratta, salmon plate. and of course, glasses of wine."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Oh wow this place was off the chain. Food incredible. The butternut squash caprese was the most delicious thing ive ever tasted. Had the baked brie and the lamb shank and the chicken. All perfectly cooked. Wine was fantastic. And really cool place to take a bottle home as well. Even though its also a restaurant prices are pretty fair. And our waitress was awesome. Very patient and super helpful. Recommend"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Ambiance, service, great food and wine. What more can you ask for?!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant twice in the past couple of weeks for a day trip to the wine country and then an evening of dinner and a show. Both occasions the food was fantastic, servers were friendly and knowledgeable and the atmosphere was very relaxed. If you ever get the chance to try the chef's special, Garlic Trotulle - it's amazing!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014