Great dining in wine country!
This restaurant certainly lives up to its billing - a creative menu and an unbelievable wine list. It's not often that a wine list needs a table of contents, but this one spans 27 pages and includes some 700 wine choices. We had gotten used to paired wine dinners during our week of wine touring, and were able to create our own at Los Olivos from their extensive offering of wines by the glass. We had two different appetizers and two main courses (we always switch half-way through to expand our dining experience even further), and with the expert counsel of our server re able to select four different wines - 2 whites and 2 reds - that complemented each dish perfectly. All in all, a great evening!
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went with a group of 8 for a bachelorette party and everyone LOVED their food. I can't wait to go back!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best spot in Los Olivos
Went to the Wine Merchant for lunch on a Saturday. Our table was waiting, service was fast and friendly, and the Reuben sandwich was one of the best I've had. Other diners enjoyed the meal and wine selections as well, and we all had a great time. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for your next visit to the Solvang area.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beets and buratta app with
Beets and buratta app with mushroom ravioli outstanding.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Absolutely wonderful made from scratch meals. Service is outstanding. Only wish the restaurant had more space and Windows to enjoy the ambiance food Olivos. There is a quaint patio in the front of the restaurant.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We recommended the cafe to four frinds and made a reservatio fo six. All the first-time diners could .not have been more pleased. Ordered the stuffed squash blossoms fo the table - a big hit!
Entrees included ribeye, orechiette with chicken sausage, salmon and the meatloaf special.
All dishes were great.
Added a local Pinot Noir from an extensive list to complement the meal.
One of our must stops in the Santa Ynez Valley.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is a gem!
Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café is always one of the highlights of my trip. This restaurant has a fantastic wine selection, and the farm to table style food that I love. The customer service is always fantastic. You can tell the staff enjoys working here, and are very knowledgeable about the wines and food offered at this fine restaurant. I love the ambiance. You can tell much thought was put into every detail of the restaurant! It is by far my favorite restaurant, and look forward to coming here every time I make the trip out to Los Olivos! I always highly recommend LOWM&C when friends and family visit the area!
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Visiting from Boston
This was our first time in Los Alivos, and this restaurant was recommended by our B&B. I had the mushroom ravioli (outstanding) and my husband had the or hitter with saussage, which he also thought was very good. But the star of the show was their wine list . All local with a large selection by the glass. Our server, who was fabulous, gave us great srecommendations, and best of all everything on the menu plus a whole lot more is available for purchase at about 30% off the menu price. We bought 2 of the selections we had at dinner. Overall a very enjoyable experience.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food at reasonable prices
I tried the short ribs and they were excellent. I would of liked some more vegetables instead of green beans. Someone at the next table ordered gnocchi and it looked incredible. She said it was delicious.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Estive no los olivos com meu
Estive no los olivos com meu marido e minha filha de doze anos,o ambiente e bem agradavel para familia,casais e turma de amigos.Carta de cervejas e vinhos gigante,impresionatemente grande.Os pratos sao enormes,nao precisa pedir entrada,poruqe jvem um couvert de azeite temperado com ervas ,alho e pao.
7/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Los Olivos Cafe is a must-go place! My top recommendation to all in the area.
7/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ask for Karen
Some people poo poo this place because of its Sideways movie fame. Don't listen to them, we had a wonderful meal here. Black Cod was yummy and Salmon was amazing. Their bacon is to die for. Karen was a perfect server, she's been there for 17 years and knows a lot about the wine country. Definitely ask for her.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
get rid of the flys
Only negative was the amount of flys on the patio....totally annoying
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service
We had a wonderful time. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. We had a certificate for a free wine tasting but arrived after 5 pm, which is generally when the tastings end. They allowed us to have our tasting at our table, which was very nice of them. We tasted the Bernat wines and liked them all. I had the salmon, which was served with these ricotta pot-stickers that were to die for. My sister had the Parmesan gnocchi, which she said were the best she's ever had. The waiter was very friendly (but not overly) and attentive. It was a wonderful night out and I highly recommend.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
always a fun spot
I always go here when in town doing our "Sideways" thing. You can't go wrong with the wine selection or food. The service is top notch and everyone has a smile. I only wish they had more of a steak selection.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
not sure why you named this dessert café scream but after having it oh my gosh we definitely screamed :) it was so delicious and Karen our waitress was quick to suggest chocolate sauce when I told her to please hold off on the carmel (I don't like carmel) what a recommendation again screamed with delight so delicious :)
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant in Los Olivos
Every time we visit the wine country, we have to eat at Los Olivos Cafe! Their salad with raspberry vinaigrette dressing was delicious! The cheese plate is great for sharing, while the black cod was really good it's a little salty on the other side but it is still very good!
Will definitely come back to this place!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Los Olivos cafe continues
The Los Olivos cafe continues to be an excellent experience. Came back after three years and the food and service are as excellent as before and the wine list an absolute dream. Cannot recommend highly enough
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always try to dine here
We always try to dine here when we're in the area. It never disappoints!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Los Olivos gem
Great ambience, amazing food and friendly service. A great place to get Sideways!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
There were 6 of us having dinner and I requested a quiet table away from the door. We were seated in the "private dining room" with a few other parties. The room was fine, but lacked any kind of atmosphere. The food, though, was excellent. The sea bass special for the evening was outstanding, as were the short ribs, rib -eye, and lamb shank. The last time we visited, we had to choose 5 different wines off of the wine list before any of them could be found on the shelves of the wine shop. This time, our choices were available.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect in every way!
We were staying in Santa Barbara & friends had suggested this restaurant for dinner. We made reservations without knowing that this is 30-45 minute drive from Santa Barbara. I called to let the restaurant know that we were going to be late because of the drive & they held our table until we arrived. The drive over was through beautiful ranches & scenery! The little town of Los Olivos was so pretty & quaint & the restaurant was amazing in every way. We sat outside on the front porch & enjoyed a wonderful meal in a beautiful setting.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best place to eat outside
Food and service very good. Try to eat under the wysteria outside. Extensive wine list fairly priced.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant had a nice ambiance. I loved how the wines were against the wall to be viewed. The food was outstanding and Fiddlehead Pinot we ordered was divine. The only negative comment I have was about the bartender. We sat at the bar for awhile before getting a table. The bar was not busy but the bartender would not help us. After about 40 min of waiting on her to come back we gave up and asked the hostess for a table. After the bartender saw this, she came right back to closed us out. Surely she wanted her tip. Anyways besides that I would highly recommend this place.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We stopped in early and got our pick of tables. Husband had the sideways meal choice that included first course, entree, dessert and a glass of house Pinot for $34. He chose the butter lettuce salad and the beef short ribs, which were amazing. Meat fell apart in the plate, veggies were fresh and the flavored were distinct, yet blended well. I had the chef's special quail paired with a richer, better Pinot. I practically licked my plate clean. Dessert was flourless chocolate cake with vanilla and caramel sauce. Warm, substantial and fabulous. Service was great, even though a crowd quickly arrived for the dinner hour. This place is on my 'must dine' list for our nest visit.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant Featured In Sideways
First and foremost, we wanted to try this restaurant because it was featured in the 2004 movie Sideways. The food was excellent (we both had the salmon entree) and the restaurant has an impressive wine list. The next time we are in the Solvang area, we will definitely visit this restaurant again.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Last Dinner of a Foodie Vacation
We tend to make dinners the focus of our rambling vacations up and down the California coast and this trip was no exception. We had excellent meals Healdsburg, Bodega Bay, Fairfax and Buellton. We had eaten lunch at the Los Olivos Cafe several years ago and gotten great advice on local wine there. We also loved the ambience and thought it would be a good, yet casual spot for our final dinner before returning home. We were completely impressed with the food as well as the service - a perfect "final dinner." My wife had a spinach capellini special with loads of summer vegetables. I had the Caprese appetizer and the roast chicken with duck-fat seared potatoes. All perfectly-cooked and flavorful. Gina, our waitress, was attentive and fun.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful dining experience
We loved the wine list and the food and service was exceptional.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and Great place for dinner !!!! We have gone there before and will go there again !!!!!!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wine Merchant delivers a great time
We had a wonderful meal of mushroom/ricotta flatbread pizza and mushroom pasta. It was great to share both dishes and everything was carefully prepared, perfectly seasoned and well proportioned. The wine selection is fantastic and we started our dinner at the wine bar for a tasting first. The staff is knowlegeable, friendly and helpful. We will definitely return.
9/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lovely little restaurant located right in the middle of Los Olivos. Excellent service, food and wine. Can't wait to get back.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, wine, and service
We had a great meal here. The service was super friendly. Wine was great and my husband loved the beer on tap too
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was wonderful - except the 3 bottles of wine we ordered were out of stock. However, they offered a comparable wine with a discount since they were out if our first 3 choice.
Didn't matter though - food & service were terrific.
Will DEFINITELY return for another meal.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great spot for dining in a small wine region . We had a great luncheon with very attentive service from Chris and staff. We were love to return another time for a full dinner.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We Love this Place!
This is one of our "go to" places- the food and service are consistently great! It can be noisy at times, and can depend where you are seated how "romantic" the meal feels. We love the menu because it has fresh ingredients, a nice variety, and the specials are always a hit!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Los Olivos Cafe is always great
I've eaten here at least a half dozen times and have never been disappointed. Their wine suggestions always pair great with the food and everything I've tried on the menu has been really good. The short ribs are particularly tasty! I would for sure recommend it to anyone in the Los Olivos area looking for a great overall dining experience.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent service and tasty food
I had an excellent fish dish and my wife was pleased to find several veggie options.
Our Swedish guests enjoyed their chicken dish
The service was fast, and excellent.
The restaurant was not too crowded, being a Monday evening.
I liked being able to book a table online, and can highly recommend this restaurant.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and great wine shop!
This is one of our favorite restaurants to visit when in the Los Olivos area. The food is excellent. I ordered the Orecchiette with chicken sausage and my husband had the Pepperoni pizza. Both were delicious! I highly recommend eating here for lunch or dinner.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Make sure you go!
The food and service is top notch! You'll love it!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great vibe, relaxing, romantic, and great food! Very happy we tried this place out!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thought side salad was a little
Thought side salad was a little pricy. Wish they had a moderately priced wine on their list, so that two glasses did not cost so much.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was excellent from the hostess to the bus boys. Food was amazing and our server was great. Will return for sure.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent sur tout
Nous avions vue ce resto dans le film Sideways. Il y a 5 ans lorsque nous sommes venus dans cette région pour la premièrefois, nous n'avions pas de réservation et c'était complet. Cette fois-ci, j'ai réservé et nous avons adoré notre visite a cet endroit. La nouriture est excellente, le service courtois et l'ambiamce très agréable. Nous y retournerons.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Nice quiet dinner
We had a very nice, quiet (once the noisy spoiled child left with her parents) relaxed dinner. The service was very good and attentive. The food was very nice, served hot and very timely. Overall a very nice dinner in mid-week quiet little Los Olivos.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Dining Experience
Outstanding food and service. Great selection of food and wine. We had a wonderful time and will definitely return.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Over The Top
Granted my husband's birthday fell on a Monday which deems a lot of restaurants closed or light in attendance.... But this being said the whole evening was to our advantage: small crowd; very attentive servers; fireplace warmth; music ( guitarist & voice were excellent) set the relaxing & festive mood; excellent wine list & very delicious food (both my husband& I had ribeye steaks; our daughter had a huge burger& fries. We were all very very pleased at the overall setting!!
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I accidentally called the Los Olivos Cafe - I had a different place in my mind when I made the reservation. Once I discovered the mistake, we decided to keep the reservation and try it out. What a great choice! The food was fantastic, the service was perfect and the ambiance was so beautiful and peaceful! Thank you! I will definitely be coming back and telling all of my friends about it!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Local and unique restaurant
Being a wine Merchant and café, means lot of wine racked up in the shopping area which looks, good, This place is really a fine but some what casual restaurant. the food is innovative well presented and tasty. The bar is large, great for tastings or eating your snack or dinner.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another nice dinner at Los Olivos C
Had a really good dinner here pre thanksgiving. I had the short rib which was excellent and my wife had the cod which was very good. Salad was very good as was the pumpkin brûlée. The hostess was a bit spacey and made us wait for our reservation table even though there were lots of tables open.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Have been here before always fun and large menu selection.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM