Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe

4.5
1494 Reviews
$30 and under
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At the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe you really do get to taste the Central Coast. Much of their produce is grown less than a mile away at their own CCOF certified organic Cafe Farm. 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 and award-winning 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.
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50slc
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, hard working staff, well thought out nightly specials. Would definitely return next time in Solvang

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our first stop in Los Olivos! Great food and service!

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vipGDL1
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When in Los Olivos, we always try to dine at the Wine Merchant. The menu is always interesting, with many options for various food preferences. Service is prompt and friendly. The wine menu has a good selection from local wineries. And finally, the food is always well prepared and tasty.

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EricK
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the home made ravioli as the main course which was very good. Just the right size portion. Started with the olive tapenade, hummus and flatbread - very good. Had the spinach salad before the main course. Salad was a great balance between the vinaigrette, pecans, cheese, and the apples. Live music performed by a single singer with a guitar. Perfect atmosphere.

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vipEileenC
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We go to the Wine Merchant often. This time we both ordered pasta dishes. Would not recommend the pasta here - really mediocre. The waitress (new) said my pasta was a white sauce when in fact it was a brown sauce. The sauce was odd in taste. We’ll take a break from Wine Merchant for a bit.

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BenBuddy
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Once upon a time...it was the Los Olivos Cafe...and now it is a combo tasting room and superb dining venue. Not cheap, but what is these days? Value comes from flavor matching quality and healthy. If you want to remember this wine country destination, then this is the food that soothes the soul and complements the terroir. The Bernat wines are more than good. Do follow the suggested pairings. Parking can be annoying and OpenTable is a must.

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vipMmac
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The salads were flavourless and lettuce was wilted. The entree took forever. Won’t be going back. So disappointed. We usually eat here when we come into town but they need a new chef.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and we wish we could eat more because there is so much on the menu we still want to try. We will definitely be back!

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chrism
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to end a day of wine tasting. We were there on a Sunday night so it was a perfect atmosphere fir a special occasion

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Mediocre
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They had a descent selection of vegetarian items that did not disappoint. The servers were attentive without being overly present. The prices were reasonable for the caliber of restaurant.

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Valerina69
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I've been there several times and have always enjoyed it; however, this time we didn't have the best time for several reasons. We felt super rushed and worse, we had 5 people at a table that was really too small for even 4 people. We had 3 tasting flights, 4 appetizers, we each at our own glass of water (which we wanted), 1 large bottle of sparkling water with 3 glasses, bread....basically ZERO room for hardly anything at the table, then, they brought our 5 entrees. It was just a mess. Our waiter didn't seem very attentive, as I kept asking the bus boy to take away plates, or grab us whatever we needed. I definitely will be back, but if we're put in a similar situation, I would definitely say something before it get out of control.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and good food! Can’t wait to go back!

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DELM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat in the Valley. Our server was the best server we have ever had, she made sure our drinks were to our liking, we had a spill and she came back with paper to cover over the spill, everything we needed she went above and beyond. The flat steak was the best meal I've ever had. Definitely recommend this to anyone visiting the area.

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MarkS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! Very friendly and fun. Delicious food. We would highly recommend

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vipwinemanofnh
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We found ourselves at LOWM for a reservation for dinner on a Sunday night recently. We were seated promptly to a table for 4. The wall of wine sure is impressive, filled with local wines and others. Food was solid, delicious: we had salmon, cheese board, salad, and the chicken. Salmon was sophisticated with filling sides/finishes; chicken generous with simple sides were delicious, portions were respectable, and service on point. We ordered a bottle of the Fiddlehead 728 Pinot, and was delicious as anticipated. Dessert was a little limited with nothing flashy, but solid offerings. No cocktails, beer and wine only, and no digestivs to finish a fine meal. Cappucino was great. Value prices in many cases.

Ambience was warm and welcoming, but appeared a little dated to us. Nonetheless, worth a visit while in town. Thanks for the experience LOWM! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Delicious food. Great selection which made it easier to choose. We’ve been there a few times. We will go back!!

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gbpubgrub
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was very good. Wine list is extensive and broad, with relatively reasonable prices (there's a wine shop attached to the resto). Our only misgivings were with the service, which felt rushed and not particularly gracious.

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jjc654
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely luncheon with friends! Great place to enjoy wonderful food and wine!

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RoseH
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming to this restaurant. The food, service, and overall atmosphere is spectacular.

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IsaacB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and service was wonderful. Very nice for the price and the wine list is incredible.

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LorraineS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thought the food was excellent and reasonably priced. Very pleasant atmosphere, too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
53 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit. For my Sisters birthday. Marvelous and fabulous time. Will definitely cone back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, extensive wine menu with knowledgeable Somm, will definitely return and have the mushroom ravioli and to try the pizza.

DG
vipDeanG
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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ArtF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant for dinner in the Santa Ynez Valley. The atmosphere was lively and menu included one-of-a-kind tastes, like baked brie. Recommend making a reservation since there are few alternatives in downtown Los Olivos.

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here many times. It continues to be a great place in Los Olivos.

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Missywinesalot
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I come here a few times a year and enjoy it each time. The staff is friendly, the service is great, the food is superb and their selection of wine is excellent.

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vipStephanieR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever we’re done here it feels like a special occasion. It was the last day of our vacation and we were so grateful to be there! Give me another

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vipRobynB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We were all a little disappointed. The food was pricey and mediocre. Service was decent, but since our party of 6 was large, we were seated in a back room with 2 other large tables and it was difficult to converse or even to carry on a conversation with the person next to you.
We visit Los Olivos almost every year and I definitely would not go back.

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LindaS
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful place to eat. Great wine must, friendly, prompt service, food was delicious!

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SandraE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Disappointed that there was a fixed menu, it did not say anywhere when I made a reservation that this was the case. However, the food and service were great. I would say the courses offered didn't have much of a "flow" or connection to each other.

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vipSEB1
San Diego
95 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

As always, good food and reasonable prices. However, no acknowledgement was made of our anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! We’ve dined here several times and always have a good experience.

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LorraineO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The waitress had to be asked for sweetener and mustard (which never came) twice, but otherwise the service was fast and the food good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is always consistent. Our waiter this time barely came to the table, she was not impressive. We didn’t come at a time when she had gotten slammed, end of night etc. The wasn’t any real reason why the service lacked. Many prior experiences have been great service there and overall the place is favorite.

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Christina
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and wine. Look forward to going again soon. Oh the deserts are amazing

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MikeG
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had been here for lunch before. There was Christmas Market going on with the streets closed. It was very boisterous and festively loud. It didn't bother us as we weren't looking for a romantic cozy dinner. Food was very good. Server was a little reserved and didn't seem to fit the scene. But he was polite and nice. Johnny-on-the-spot with water and taking dirty dishes away. Hostess was very pleasant. We will definitely be back as we live close and it is our kind of place!!

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RogerC
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This was our maiden voyage at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Cafe. We began with an insalata salad and flatbread with hummus. Both well-prepared and tasty. Our entrees were a lamb shank and cassoulet. The former was very tender and went well with the Bordeaux wine we brought with us. The cassoulet was an unmitigated disaster being so dry it was virtually inedible. We tried, but failed. After saying it was not the kind of cassoulet I found when I lived in France they promptly removed it from our bill. The service was attentive and courteous. My one surprise was the $30 corkage fee. Outrageous. We will be back.

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LMGA
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pastas and salads. Great fish too. Their wine list is massive so there’s lots of options, plus they always have great flights if you don’t want to commit to one kind of wine. There was live music the night we were there, acoustic guitar and singer, it was enjoyable and created a lovely ambiance. Highly recommend.

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ChrisY
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We lived in the Santa Ynez Valley for 30 years, and Los Olivos Cafe was one of our favorite go to restaurants. Ate there on November 27...nice ambiance, Bernat wine was wonderful, but food was very disappointing. Salmon was tasteless, orecchiette mediocre. Mentioned it to some friends and they said the food was not what it used to be.

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Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 688-7265.

Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 1494 OpenTable diners.

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