I found this restaurant after searching for a romantic restaurant. The food was very good. A little expensive for pasta but I knew that going in. It really wasn't romantic - just a room with a lot of tables. Not even romantic lighting. I had read previous reviews saying that the service wasn't great but ours was. There were at least three people making sure everything was going well during our meal. They provided a birthday dessert which was one of the best desserts I have ever had. Overall it was very nice.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A small place, great food, great wine, great service.
We ate excelent.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for a special birthday!
Service was superb, food was fantastic from salads to dessert. Extensive wine selection (only wish I could afford some of the really special Italian wines). My wife's birthday dinner gathering with family was a memorable occasion at Olio e Limone!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent restaurant. Our
Excellent restaurant. Our best experience by far in Santa Barbara! We dined there twice in during our one week stay. The second time I ordered something that I did not care for - it was not because it was poorly prepared. It turns out that I do not care for striped bass. Without even my asking, and without expecting the waiter to do so, he did took the cost of my dinner off our bill.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
For six years we have been enjoying Olio and it never disappoints. Highly recommend to all age groups and tastes.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Italian style food selection. Super convenient for theatres and shopping. Excellent service and good wine list. A bit pricey without wine! Adjoining pizzeria is superb and moderately priced.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place was recommended by a friend was a bit skeptical since this friend have been wrong before. Let's just say, the place did not disappoint. The wine, food (Osso Bucco...not sure how to spell it) was the best ones i've tasted. Accompanied by a good bottle of red along with my girlfriends lobster ravioli was a perfect pairing. Would definitely go back and recommend this place.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
When I asked my daughter where she wanted to have her birthday dinner she said Olio and Limone without hesitation. I had never been there. We were well cared for. The food was very nicely done. We had the grilled vegetables for an appetizer and that was totally YUM. Our server was very helpful and assisted me in my choice of entree. Both our choices were well displayed, colorful and delicious.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
With lots of choices, choose this
Santa Barbara has lots of nice restaurants in the downtown, but our local friends directed us to this nice spot off State street. We arrived a little early for our 6:45 reservation and were given a choice of tables. By the time we left the place was very busy. The four of us shared appetizers and then ordered four different entrees. I had the duck breast special for the night that was to be served with balsamic reduction which I cannot tolerate. The chef made a substitution with Marsala, and that was perfect with the roasted figs and vegetables. I think that the wine list, impressive with local selections, was a little high in price. We would also like to try the Olio Pizzeria located next door to the restaurant the next visit to SB
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice dinner
Good was great as well as service. Only downside was a loud talker at the next table.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special place in Santa Barbara
Whenever I'm in Santa Barbara (unfortunately not often enough) I make sure to have dinner at Olio e Limone. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is great. Lovely evening!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Itallian Food
Wonderful place for dinner, great food, great service. Our waiter was great and ver helpful. The food was fantastic. We will be back again and again
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
simply one of the 3 top restaurants
Olio e limone is doing everything right. Great food, excellent service, comfortable well appointed room. It's hard to beat this restaurant in Santa Barbara
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We try to dine at least one evening at Olio e Limone every time we visit downtown Santa Barbara! The reception was warm & inviting, the food was delicious (except for the Tiramisu which was just about adequate), serving staff were excellent and the atmosphere is upscale and the noise level acceptable. A very good Italian restaurant indeed.
8/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
This restaurant was recommended as a place to go to celebrate our wedding anniversary. What a great place to celebrate, service was great, food excellent and the restaurant was quiet and peaceful. Thank you for adding to our wonderful day.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food. Tight quarters.
The food is just incredible. However, tables are very very close together so no privacy.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
best restaurant in Santa Barbara
Everything about Olio e Limone is first class. The food is extraordinary as is the attitude, service, and amenities.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good restaurant, good food,
Good restaurant, good food, but the wine list was a bit expensive. Would have appreciated some at $35 to $40.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great wines,little vegetarian
Aside from a few typical pasta dishes, there are very few vegetarian options if you don't eat meat and fish. Otherwise, this is an excellent restaurant with an Italian feel. The small table ambiance is delightful.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best ....
Do not miss this restaurant if you are in Santa Barbara and want a wonderful Italian meal with impeccable service. Outstanding in every way.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best duck ravioli ever!
If you choose to go to this restaurant, don't leave without trying this dish. BEYOND delish!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
For a lovely dinner...
Very well trained staff adds to the lovely ambiance. Food well presented. Extensive and interesting wine list. This was our third time there and it didn't disappoint. Some items are pricey like the Dover Sole for $45. The roasted chicken was beautifully done and the pasta was firm and not overly sauced. The dessert of bread pudding should have been our first course. Yes! It was that good.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second visit to Olio e Limone. and it did not disappoint. Food and service are both excellent in quality and presentation. I personally would like to see more entrée options, but overall the selection is fine. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a nice dining experience.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
lovely as always
we come up from LA once r twice a year and this is our favourite place. One appetizer stood out and that was the artichoke hearts with Buratta - to die for! Also check out Oleo Pizzeria next door - THE BEST.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious...from start to Finish!
The food and service were superb. As an Italian, I often find "authentic" Italian food difficult to find. This is it!!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a special dinner with friends. Their sauce is truly authentic Sicilian and I was raised on this kind of sauce.
Their pasta and breads are excellent. Pasta is cooked al dente.
Appetizers are unique. Desserts are exceptional. Best cappuccino and espresso we have had, nice and hot and rich.
Will frequent this restaurant whenever we are here .
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our new favorite restaurant
Fabulous food great waiters! Buy the olive oil, it's wonderful. I tried the pork cheeks which was a special. Every bite was exquisite!!! Loved the pear salad too. Try the appetizer specials. We had creamy mozzarella topped with lobster, Yum
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved the dinner
The main dish and the salad were superb, as was the wine. We'll be back soon
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great, almost perfect.
Great place, almost perfect. We split a pasta to start and it was fantastic, just a bit too spicy and we like spicy.
My wife had the steak with truffle oil. They could have saved a few $s and used half the oil. That being said it was very good.
I had the lamb. Cooked to a perfect medium rare, but there was something not quite right with
Balsamic reduction, too sweet. I'm being a little hyper critical but they are so close to a 5.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Olio many times and it is consistently one of our favorite italian restaurants. There was an unusually long period of noone coming to our table when we first arrived larely due to many diners arriving at the same time. Once our waitress did come, she stopped by often. My duck ravioli appitizer (they will do half portions) was fabulous as always as was the grilled chicken entree. The food runners who delivered our meals did ask we wanted peper but when i asked for cheese they never came back.
Overall, very nice white tablecloth SBA Italian! We will go back.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
I wanted a nice restaurant
I wanted a nice restaurant to celebrate our anniversary while we were on vacation in Santa Barbara. I found this on trip advisor and be based on the reviews, I made a reservation. We were so happy with the restaurant. The food was excellent as was the service. I would recommend it highly.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food for the Itaian
The menu and food prep is not for the spaghetti and meatball crowed. This is the real stuff, leave the kids at home or if old enough they can go to the pizzeria next store while you enjoy yourself.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Santa Barbara Italian
I love this place. Great Southern Italian food. And right next door to Bouchon, my favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. Cool country feel, excellent service.
10/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent tasting meal
We enjoyed great Italian food. My husband ordered the tasting menu which was delicious and well priced with wine pairings. The grilled vegetable appetizers were just right and the chocolate bread pudding as wonderful as described. The service was excellent once they got going.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Perfect Evening!
Enjoyed an evening to remember in Santa Barbara at Olio e Limone. The cuisine was delicious and the wine list offered a broad spectrum of wines and spirits. The setting is upscale with linens and table settings that set the tone. Above all, the service was superb, attentive but not overbearing. Would come again in a heartbeat. Make this restaurant a must when visiting Santa Barbara.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, fun staff
We enjoyed a great dinner served by some fun and friendly staff. We will be back to this restaurant!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice night out
We found this restaurant on Open Table, which is great because we never would have found it just walking around State Street as it is on a small side street by the parking lot(another good bonus!). The food was flavourful and we ended feeling like we'd had a special meal. My husband's only complaint was that his espresso didn't come with a raw sugar clump and lemon peel....it had no lemon peel and sugar packets.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food & wine as well as service being excellent. Highly recommend.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always outstanding--- a group
Always outstanding--- a group of seven give an enthusiastic thumbs up!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a find !
The Italian menu was outstanding; the wine list extensive; service excellent without being obtrusive. It was a little noisy, but that was because it was completely full of people having a good time. We've had few meals, over many years in Italy, which would measure up to the fare at Olio e Limone.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Recommended all the way from Laguna beach by 2 different people. The place is a case study in creating fresh balanced dishes. Moderately priced and an absolute GEM
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
after the Santa Barbara Marathon.... this was a great way to relax and celebrate!
good food! good wine! and the creme brulee was exquisite!!!
top notch service and award winning ambiance!
we loved our visit!
Darin & Maria
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great as Always
Its a safe choice if you want to make sure your guest won't be disappointed !
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our first time here. The food was good, the service was great and the ambience was nice. Wine list is extensive with many different options. Just a perfect night!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went to Olio e Limone to celebrate my mom's birthday. The food was great, highly recommend the duck ravioli. The service was excellent and attentive, and our waiter was very helpful with choosing entrees for dinner. The chocolate bread pudding with bruleed bananas and vanilla ice cream for dessert was delicious.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have enjoyed Olio Limone many times, it's our go to upscale Italian restaurant in Santa Barbara. My wife started with a veal ravioli dish that was spectacular while I enjoyed the bottarga (not usually on the menu, you have to ask for it.) Her main course was the salmon, which she declared was one of the best salmon dishes she ever had, and she's a serious salmon lover. I had the branzino which was nicely prepared. The service and ambience was perfect-- it's what we've come to expect at Olio Limone.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything about Olio e Limone screams quietly
'Italy'! Our table was ready and waiting. The servers
poured water, brought the surprisingly thorough wine list
and went over the special plates for the evening's offering.
We chose salmon rolls stuffed with something wonderful
and a lovely Sancerre wine. Did not disappoint!
Main course was the halibut and my date devoured the
scallops...Because it was his birthday, the staff surprised us
with a lovely little cake & candle. Yes, this was a night to remember
and a restaurant never to forget!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
My fiancé and I came here on a Sunday night, and it was surprisingly quiet. The ambiance was cozy, simple, and romantic. Our waiter brought us a small dish of green olives marinated in olive oil with hints of garlic, lemon, chili flake, and Italian seasonings. They were YUMMY. The olive oil served with the bread is absolutely delicious. We started off with the Caprese which was good. I had the special; a homemade veal ravioli in a creamy mushroom, truffle, and pancetta sauce. My fiancé had the veal scallopini. Both were heavenly. I would HIGHLY recommend Olio e Limone. The only drawback was our waiter was a bit stuffy.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, great servic
Fantastic Italian restaurant. Have been here twice and the service was fantastic both times and the food is absolutely delicious. Split the spicy crab pasta and lobster risotto and both had wonderful flavors. Will definitely be coming back!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always great to dine at Olio over the years. We've never, never been disappointed. The menu is robust and interesting with fresh faire and wonderful regional Italian perspective. The service is personal and attentive. The wine list rocks! Desserts are outstanding. What's not to like?
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM