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Olio e Limone Ristorante
Olio e Limone Ristorante

Olio e Limone Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.olioelimone.com/
  • Phone: (805) 899-2699 x1
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch

    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm


    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Alberto Morello
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: 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 info@olioelimone.com or (805) 899-2699, Option 3.
  • 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 x3
  • Special Events & Promotions: Christmas Eve, 12/24/12: Regular hours / regular menu.

    Christmas Day, 12/25/12: Closed

    New Years Eve, 12/31/12: Join Olio e Limone for their our annual Cenone di Cappo d'Anno (New Year's Eve Feast). PRIX FIXE MENU ONLY during dinner hours ($75 per person, food menu only).

    Valentine's Day, 02/14/13: Festa di San Valentino (Valentine's Day Feast) PRIX FIXE MENU ONLY during dinner hours.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Lot Parking:
    Santa Barbara City Parking Lot #5 (first 75 minutes free/paid for by downtown merchants, then $1.50/hr).
A word from 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was fresh, homemade, and flavors were well balanced. They only complaints were that the waiter did not inform us that we would be charged to split the meal and our waiter had us wait awhile between dessert and receiving our check. But overall worth trying because the food was amazing."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Santa Barbara has lots of great restaurants, and several really good Italian restaurants. I have always enjoyed my meals at Olio e Limone, but the latest meal was the best yet. The special quail appetizer was delicious; delicate morsels, boned, except for the leg & stuffed with Prosciutto and a roasted fig. Very special confluence of taste. The tenderloin entree was perfectly cooked; tender and seasoned to perfection. The server was attendant, and very knowledgeable and helpful with wine selections. We go there on special occasions- this our 4th anniversary - and the meal made our day even more special."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Many Italian restaurant exist but very few brings a real Italian experience. From the host and waiter greetings through the coffee and desert, we enjoyed our dinner at Olio e limone and it felt really like Italy. The restaurant is tiny but has class while remaining comfortable. The food was great. You must try the mozzarella do buffala and tomato, the duck tortellini with porcini mushroom sauce and the limone tart for desert. Great food in a nice neighborhood."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I decided to come here for dinner for our date night. We had both never been here, but we were not disappointed. We were seated quickly, the server was very informative and catered to our needs. The food tasted great as well, and the wine the server recommended paired well with my dish. We had a lovely dinner. Thanks!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Toma is wonderful from the minute you walk in and are greeted at the door. It has a relaxed feeling ..yet elegant. The service is efficient, friendly, and spot on. Our needs were attended to before we knew we had them. Yet they are never hovering...the wait staff just appears when needed. The food was perfect..every bite was delicious. The room is relatively quiet so you can enjoy a conversation without yelling at each other...and you can actually hear what is being said by everyone at the table. It really was a perfect evening."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This was a great guess for dinner. Living 300 miles away it looked good on line and sure enough was. Great Italian cuisine!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Food is always well done. Service was a bit slower than it has been in the past."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Olio e Limone has always been a favorite and our dinner did not disappoint. We started with a glass of Prosecco each and dined on first class Italian cuisine from appetizers to dessert. The carpaccio was amazing and the veal scallopini with artichokes very original. The service was top notch and we left full and happy. A great special occasion restaurant. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Very nice dinner - tables not crowded together - food so fresh and not overcooked. Good wine list."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • " This used to be a special little gem of a restaurant where you could tell the chef took special care with the food. Now that they have expanded twice - into the pizzeria and crudo bar next door - the quality of the food and service has declined. Like so many other restaurants, they got the "expansion" bug and now the original restaurant is suffering. The food took forever to arrive and was just ok - not great. Sadly, we will not be going back"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Pleasant and warm environment but crowded and noisy a bit. Our sitting was uncomfortable, with other guests and stuff bumping agains a chair and dishes moving overhead. But the food was outstanding with both Italian appearance and aroma. Selection is good but not outstanding. Good place to visit but not too often"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food was exceptional and excellent. Dessert, bread pudding was fair, cappachino arrived piping hot but unfortunately,tasteless. That Olio is next to New Vic makes an added plus for a total evening out. We will and have been back many times to Olio"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We showed up at the front desk at 7:50 for our 8:00 reservation and restaurant not full.Stood there for 10 minutes, as waiters worked around us, no host or hostess, I guess, and no one ever greeted us. A waiter finally came up to a family,without reservations, and spoke to them. I informed him we had 8:00 reservations, and he said they had been waiting a long time and he would be back in while to get us. At 8:15, we left, without him ever returning, went next door to Bouchon, without a reservation, very busy, and were seated in 10 minutes, and had an amazing meal."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "A dear friend and her daughter visited, while they attended UCSB's back to school orientation and activities. I wanted to think of a spot that appealed to all three of us. My friend loves fresh pasta and I wasn't sure what her daughter would like. Olio has everything! There is something for all tastes."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Although we arrived at 715pm for our 715pm reservation, there seemed to be no host or hostess available to seat us. After waiting far too long for this, we were finally seated, with attitude, and then were ignored for another significant amount of time. I have no idea about the food, as we got up and left in frustration. We walked 2 doors down to another restaurant, and they seated us promptly, and served wonderful food. Try BOUCHON, not this place!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Olio e Limone has long been our "go-to" restaurant for special occasions and treats. We love to take friends there and recommend it with complete confidence. Somehow though, we hadn't been in a while -- until Sunday night. We wondered if it would be the same or if perhaps the creation of a third Olio (Olio Crudo) might have diluted the attention to culinary detail and the commitment to the highest standards of food and service. We needn't have worried. Olio e Limone is still the best! I had the beef rib special and nearly wept when I reached the last bite! My grief was eased by the delights of their lemon tart and an excellent coffee. We'll be back, of course! Nicki"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I dined here with my fiancée last week and we were probably the youngest diners in the restaurant (we are 28 and 32). The servers clearly judged us by this fact, as we waited over 40 minutes to have our order taken. Mind you our reservation was late enough already (8pm). We saw other tables seated after us receive their main courses before we received our appetizer and it was disheartening. We were really hoping for a nice romantic dinner together. The food was delicious and one of the other servers, Gustav, seemed really lovely and genuine. I wished we could have received the same service."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My guest and I agree, we have seen many reviews stating that it was an exceptional restaurant. However, while the butternut squash ravioli I ordered was flavorful, but a little strong, the sauce was way to thick. My guest ordered a dish she had in Italy and loved, and not seen on the menus here, called Fettuccine ala crema di Scampi. It was very salty. When asked by the waiter how it was, there was no comment by the waiter We would rate it over all maybe a 4 out of 10. Also I thought it a little strange that at the height of tourist season, there were only three other tables of diners at the lunch hour. For the last couple of years we have been lunching at Santa Barbara's best and all were full or nearly full at all times of the year."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Good Italian/Sicilian restaurant in Santa Barbara but not perfect. Pasta, which is naturally a featured item on the menu, was all slightly overcooked. To be really good pasta must be cooked al dente, and it was kind of soft here. One of the desserts was great, the panna cotta with fig and balsamic but the other, the chocolate banana bread pudding, was undistinguished. However, everything else the four of us was excellent."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Thanks to open table reviewers, I decided to book a reservation here and was not disappointed. I had the Taglioni al Pesto and was very happy. The pasta was fresh and cooked perfectly and the pesto was outstanding. The service was friendly and made great recommendations from the menu. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Olio e Limone has a broad pasta menu, but we chose not to have pasta on this visit. We had caprese salad and prosciutto di parma with pecorino and pear salad. The mozzarella was fresh and soft. Then we had the sea bass special and scallopine di vitello ai funghi e marsala. Both were delicious. The wait staff was attentive and friendly. Love this place and wish I lived nearer to it."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "What great Italian food! Mushroom Risotto and Duck Ravioli were to die for! Service was very attentive."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Loved this place so much! A healthy pour on the wines, wonderful waiter and outstanding food. We went to the Lark the next night and it paled by comparison."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "great food, great place - we had a great time eating at Olio e Limone"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Away from the tourist scene. This is an excellent restaurant with exquisite food. I loved the osso buco. Excellent service. Silvio, our server, was very helpful and patient. He made excellent recommendations and took the time to chat with us. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Overall a good experience... Probably the best for Italian food in SB. The front dining room is a bit noisy with diners talking. The back room is quiet and generally more pleasant. Service was on par but smiles were rare from the staff. Food was very good and I recommend sharing."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The restaurant has a very pleasant ambience. A nice energy level but not too loud. Menu has a lot of options and the food and service were very good. Will go again the next time we are in Santa Barbara."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "One of our favorite restaurants in SB. I try a different starter each time and I am never disappointed. Great entrees, great specials, very good wine list, delicious food."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "What a beautiful, elegant restaurant. We met friends here for a meal and were delightfully surprised by the ambiance and quiet surroundings. It was so refreshing to go to a restaurant where you do not have to yell above the music. The meal was exquisite and the service impeccable. Cheers Olio Lemon, well done."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Second only to Downeys, this is the classiest restaurant in SB. Specials always good."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Beginning with a wonderful Egg Plant soufflé, and both entrees - Osso Boco the Filet Strip - they were cooked to perfection. The Osso Boco reminded me of how my family would make it. This was accompanied by a delicious risotto. A must for anyone liking Italian food. I know that we will be certain to make a reservation on a return visit. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We eat at "Olio" 2 to 3 times a month. One of our favorite SB restaurants. Menu has such a great variety to choose from, that it is hard to pick...some times, I'll have a few appetizers for dinner as their choice of appetizers is phenomenal and I can't get beyond the appetizer section. Try their warm seafood salad, monkfish liver with braised endive (this was a special and not always on the menu) and their white Mediterranean anchovy filets. Good eats"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My husband and I went there for our Anniversary and overall we had a good time. We were a little discouraged at first with our seating arrangement as we were sat very close to two other tables and basically heard every word they were saying but after our first cocktail it no longer bothered us. We were surprised how quiet the overall restaurant was because usually Italian restaurants have music playing and everyone is talking and enjoying themselves. There was no music and it was much like a library where everyone was whispering but maybe it was because the food was so good no one wanted to talk, they were just eating. Everything we had was amazing and we enjoed our first experience."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Olio e Limone is Santa Barbara's most exquisite Italian restaurant. This time, I chose it for my daughter's high school graduation dinner (8 people) and we were not disappointed. The menu is decidedly Italian, highlighting local ingredients and wines. The owners (an Italian-born chef and his hospitable wife) are often on-site or nearby at their adjacent pizzeria and crudo bar."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Always reliable and consistent; always the best food, wine and experience. We love it all as frequently as possible. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Our waiters, Stephan & Rafael, made our wonderful lunch quite memorable. The food was expertly prepared and artistically presented, flavors unmatched, and the service impeccable. We even met the owner, Alberto, who was very kind and made us feel genuinely welcome. We will be back as sure as we will recommend to all who ask where the best Sicilian food can be found----Olio E Limone, naturally."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "I felt I was back in Tuscany. Wait staff is Italian, they know how to provide outstanding service and the food was excellent. My wife and I enjoyed it thorough during our special night out."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Had an amazing dinner with my wife while enjoying a romantic weekend in Santa Barbara. Great service, great food, great ambiance. I had the seafood risotto with squid's ink. It was amazing. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "It was my husband's birthday. We wanted to celebrate with a special dinner. We drove up from Ventura. The service , ambiance and food were really wonderful! I'd love to return for lunch sometime. I'm not sure if they have a lunch service, but we could try the Pizza or Tapa places. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "It took a while for the waiter to come over. We asked another waiter about an appetizer we saw, he reacted as though we accused him of something. Our waiter finally took our order. He was very aloof like he wanted to be somewhere else. We paid in cash. I was waiting outside for my gf while she stood in line for the barroom. The hostess comes out to me and said "you have not settled your bill" I told her there was $100 and a $20" (that included a 20% tip). So apparently the waiters also steal. Won't go back. There are plenty of other places in SB"
    Dined on 5/24/2014