Olio e Limone Ristorante
Olio e Limone Ristorante

Olio e Limone Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.olioelimone.com/
  • Phone: 8058992699x1
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch

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

    Dinner

    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • 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 8058992699x3
  • Special Events: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Olio e Limone Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
128 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (87)special occasion (80)romantic (66)neighborhood gem (47)notable wine list (46)great for lunch (26)good for groups (11)hot spot (10)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Special Evening
    Cristiana
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely anniversary evening at Olio e Limone while visiting Santa Barbara this weekend. From start to finish we were very impressed. The host found us a quiet spot in the back room and checked on us during our meal. Our server was very knowledgeable, and suggested an excellent bottle of wine to accompany our outstanding dishes. Start to finish I would highly recommend Olio for the high quality Italian fare (insalata tricolore, pappardelle al Sugo di Quaglie e Funghi, spaghetti allo Scoglio, panna cotta with fresh berries) and extensive wine list. Molto bene!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MHOC
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I enjoyed the restaurant very much. My meal wasn't very good, but my 2 dinner guests have the rib-eye and said it was wonderful. The atmosphere was very nice. Our waiter was not very attentive - little off standish. The rest of the staff was great. Would most definitely return to eat here again despite having a bad experience with my meal choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb supper
    CC64VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Quiet, white tablecloth, abundant staff--all the trappings of a stuffy restaurant taking itself too seriously, but not here. Service was outstanding--attentive and able to effectively describe each dish of interest to us. We had one dish on the regular menu (veal scalloping) and one daily special (fresh salmon), both were delicious (dessert also a treat--coffee tiramisu that disappeared quickly).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    MEBSB
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary and enjoyed everything about the evening. Food and drink were stellar! Service was friendly. We even got a special treat for our celebration. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Loved it!!! Thank you for the great experience!!! Alberto is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Italian Cuisine
    Kate
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We spent a charming evening at Olio e Limone, where the service was attentive, the dining experience unpretentious, and the food unbelievably delicious! The risotto was one of the best we have ever had in the US, and the carpaccio and salads were perfect. Don't miss dessert, either ;-)
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YumYumVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food is lovely and prepared beautifully. One dish was not our best so gave it 4 stars. Had we picked differently would probably give 5
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • yummy!
    caribird
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This restaurant came highly recommended from our travel agent & we tried it for our anniversary weekend. The appetizer with the seafood medley was out of this world! The entrees were very good but not excellent. Our waitress was far and above special. We had asked what the broth was from the appetizer and she forgot to tell us but then called us on our way back to the hotel. That was quite unique that she went that extra mile for us. She also gave us a lovely anniversary dessert even though we didn't order any.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a mixed review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    we went here to celebrate an anniversary. the restaurant is crowded with tables very close to one another and once full, it was noisy. the food was quite good but equaled by many other local restaurants, wine list is extensive, service was good... the prices were a little higher than was justified though. I saw that the wine we purchased, for example, was 50% more than the same bottle at another local restaurant. for two entrees (both beef), two of their lowest priced salads, one of their lower cost bottles of wine, a shared dessert, plus tip we went over $200. Obviously, had we just purchased two glasses of wine and gone with less expensive entrees, we would have had a lower bill but...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very good food - but the ambiance was a bit sterile, oddly do for an Italian restaurant. We enjoyed our experience overall but would love to see the space warmed up and a bit more engaging!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Santa Barbara Restaurants
    Rivka
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We have eaten in both the restaurant for dinner and their pizzeria for lunch. Both are delicious and never disappoint! We always dine in both of their places every time we visit Santa Barbara. I would definitely put it on top of your Santa Barbara dining out list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Olio & Limone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Good pasta, secondi dish was not good, very expensive $$$$ for dinner, go there lunch time less $$
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent downtown dinner
    FranzOst
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Good level Italian cuisine is provided, a fair choice of wines. Food largely standard design, prepared on a rather good level. Starters (anchovies, carpaccio) very decent. My main, for my own taste, too large a piece of otherwise well prepared veal. Quantity can be reduced for my taste, refinement can be enhanced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Evening
    bricesmom
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary at Olio e Limone (did not tell the waiter) and all was perfect. From the attentive, but not intrusive waiter, to the food and the pace in which it was presented, this restaurant did not let us down. Tables are well spaced for private conversations, we ate every morsel on our plates, and even the bread was exceptional. Interesting restaurant as there were families dining (with well mannered children), young couples, old couples - it appeals to everyone. When we entered and were going to be seated there was a 2-top near a family of little ones (unusual for this type of food) and one that was more private. I was fully intending to tell the host 'not by the kids', but he never even thought to seat us there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best in Santa Barbara
    Kdrew
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been going there since they opened in 1999 and it has always been where we go for our Anniversary, date night , new friends in town. We always get great service and good food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Santa Barbara
    AZFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Always a great dinner. Now they have a Crudo Bar for tapas and drinks. Great martinii's , raw items, charcuterie and after dinner drinks. The best keep getting better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavorful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Delightful Italian restaurant. Varity of usual suspects on menu. Duck Ravioli was superb and were the short ribs. Good wine list reasonably priced. Seating was a bit tight. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • top italian dinner
    foodlover
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Italian Restaurant
    Bikemore
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Real Italian restaurant with class
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    DateNightDuo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SANTA BARBARA MUST!
    OHYEAHLIO
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    do not visit santa barbara without dining here! the food is spectacular and the service perfect. ask for the manager rich. this man was so accommodating, knowledgable and fun! he's one of those fabulous finds who figures out a way to make your request/wish come true. rather than excuses, this personable veteran of the business happily delights in finding solutions. he made our dinner such a pleasurable, welcoming, warm experience. make a rez though, cuz the word is out on this neighborhood jewel. enjoy! love and faith LAF!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect evening
    happydiner
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was a great guess for dinner. Living 300 miles away it looked good on line and sure enough was. Great Italian cuisine!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kdrew
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is our Favorite Place to eat in Santa Barbara! We have been going since they opened many years ago, Always Great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodcrazyVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Food is always well done. Service was a bit slower than it has been in the past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    SBPonces
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scooter7707
    Scooter7707
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Very nice dinner - tables not crowded together - food so fresh and not overcooked. Good wine list.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Used to be great
    Marla
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • european
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never made it to the table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
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  • Girls Night Out
    tastey1
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Attitude
    ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Santa Barbara's Finest
    NickiVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious food, judgey servers
    Jiggs
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just OK
    Aunty
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BATNL
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian at its best
    BcbimmerVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Italian food!
    KarenCVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet