Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe

4.6
1298 reviews
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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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MW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely spot with a huge wine selection. Expert wine advice and outstanding pizza a salad. Enjoyed the experience and ambiance.

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DW
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE Los Olivos Cafe. Anytime we come up from LA for wine tasting, we make sure to have a reservation to eat at the cafe. Their food is always delicious and the setting and ambience is really nice. Just enough chatter to make it welcoming but you're still able to have your own conversations. It's an amazing place to eat for a day trip or weekend get away - both lunch and dinner has always been great!

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H
London
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food wine and totally recommend the dipping sauce

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JS
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good service and the food was very good too. We use this as a lunch or dinner spot as we travel to or from LAX.

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good and service were great. Value for the wines??? A little over the top.

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BR
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve and the 43rd anniversary of our first date! Wonderful food and fabulous service. Thank you for your recommendations, Karen. You’re one of the best servers in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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KB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a group of six with Open Table reservations. We were greeted by a very friendly receptionist and promptly seated. While the cafe and bar were crowed with a holiday lunch goers, the service was friendly and professional. The food, Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Pizza, salads and sandwiches, was exceptional, as were our wine and beer selections. Thank you for a pleasant experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful place in Los Olivos with good food and a great wine selection!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adore this place, always amazing!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food wine and service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent selection of wines, great ambience and food. We were a large group with disparate food preferences and there was something for everyone.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really enjoyed the night and was my third visit. Friendly service, quality meal with wholesome ingredients, and clearly labeled gluten free options. They are also accommodating to vegans. Very nice experience we will go back again for sure.

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L
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Wine Merchant for lunch, dinner and appetizers! The Wine selection is amazing. My husband and I love to take family and friends to experience this delicious restaurant.

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T
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy this restaurant. The service is good and friendly.
The food is good and the atmosphere very nice

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LA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food! Neighborhood atmosphere, with yummy food.

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MD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe has been a favorite for years when visiting Los Olivos!!!!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great as usual. This place is my go to in the SYV

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a
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great dinner celebrating my mom’s bday. They had a life guitarist which was awesome. Food was great. Sommelier was awesome and soooo knowledgeable! Great all around experience.

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SD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in all of Santa Barbara County and Los Olivos. Never disappoints. Food and wine are always top knotch and it's just a great overall vibe.

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j
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the gnocchi and pizza, wine pairings were delicious and we had a delicious Tawny port to wrap things up! Very happy about that meal.

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f
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place to go for food and wine in the valley 👍

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RL
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We eat here at least once a week and brought both sets of parents in for the night before Thanksgiving. The food was excellent as usual. Our server Kelly was disinterested and disengaged. We were really disappointed. Not even a thank you or have a good evening. The worst part came when we got in the car to leave and both sets of parents asked us if that was the normal level of service. We told them we were disappointed as well and the management must not have been in that night.

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MO
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to this restaurant many times and it never disappoints. Their butternut squash soup was a real treat as was the tasting flight of wines from their house brand, Bernát.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food great atmosphere friendly service, Great wine.

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H
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I have enjoyed this place several times in the past but was a little disappointed
this time. The location and ambiance are perfect. The service is attentive and the server was knowledgeable and made a very good wine suggestion. What was sadly lacking was the food.
We were a table of four and I ordered the trout. It was okay but had little flavor or inspiration.
My friend ordered the butternut squash pasta and was disappointed due little flavor.
The two meat lovers at our table ordered the rib eye and the burger. The rib eye disapppeared quickly but the burger was not finished and this is a guy who can really eat. Just nothing stood out and usually this is not the case. For dessert we tried the French toast bread pudding with four spoons and it too was okay.

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M
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Week night, not too crowded. Excellent food as usual. Best food in the area.

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy recomendable! Es un templo del vino.

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MW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant is a delightful place, particularly for wine drinkers. We had a great table and enjoyed a lovely glass of wine (or two) and a pizza. For some reason, the restaurant appeared to be short-staffed, not sure why. The waitress was terrific, but catch her if you can. We will return.

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PM
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in the neighborhood but don’t eat here often enough. Well I just may have to change that! My friend and I both had their BBQ Brisket sandwich for lunch and it was outstanding!! Delightfully flavored and incredibly juicy and tender. The meat practically jumped out of the sandwich into your mouth!!

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JK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat here several times a month and have never been disappointed!! The food is always done perfectly and the service is superb! The wine list is exhaustive with emphasis on Santa Ynez Valley and California Central Coast wines!! I highly recommend this restaurant.

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CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Perplexing menu item in the capellini w vegetables. Bizarrely unfit for the menu (whole, pan-sautéed corn kernels? Really?), and not at all good or passable for anything past a kids menu. Fresh pasta is not made/cooked by anyone with artful care or experience in making fresh pasta. “Papperdelle” is not even close to what papperdelle is supposed to look and taste like. It was closer to an over-thick and wide fettuccini, and it was not properly cooked either. Papperdelle is supposed to be near two inches wide, and very thin. Poor technique and execution on every account.

Service was not great either. Appetizer and dinner were served immediately one after the other, before I even had a chance to order my glass of red wine I had talked to the server about doing at the beginning of the meal to enjoy w my entree. Whether this was poor timing by the kitchen or lack of timing/awareness by the server, it made for a rushed and unpleasant dining experience where service had already died down and it was only about 9:30pm. There was no need for the rush.

Really disappointed in this place. I believe judgement should not be so critical in one visit for a restaurant, but for the deficiencies described above i don’t believe a second visit is even worth the money.

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TB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and a wine menu that is exceptional. Worth a visit if you’re in the area.

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LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was seated on the bench that lines the wall, with tables that allow for diners in chairs. There was a quiet person next to me on one side and a lovely family on the other side. I was undecided between two different local wines, and the waitress gave me a sip of each to try.
I asked if I could get a dinner salad that used to be on the menu, and, after consultation with the cook, I was able to get that item. It was delicious. I had ordered a cheese appetizer, but perhaps I wasn't clear that I was ordering, as opposed to making an inquiry, so I didn't get it. However, the waitress very kindly brought me a couple of small chunks of the cheese "on the house," so I was able to sample them with my red wine (one of my favorite flavor combinations). She made sure to offer a dessert, and it was excellent, as well. I spent a bit more than I planned, but it was worth it.

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DR
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

After years of wanting to visit, we finally went with another couple. Everything was good, though not great. Except the wine - what a selection! Would probably return when in the area.

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R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, seasonal farm to table, and amazing wine selection to enjoy with friends and family

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KP
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the corn & arugula salad to start and then the lamb shank and the mushroom ravioli, all were fantastic! Chelsea was our server and she did an excellent job of taking care of us!

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JO
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Was not happy with the greeting and waiter was not pleasant. Felt unwanted. Went because of our anniversary. Didnt enjoy our day.

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FH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and we take clients here a lot. My business is only a 5 minute walk away and we have a wonderful choice of places to eat in Los Olivos

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CL
Tucson
87 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anytime that we are in the area, we never miss going here for dinner. It is always outstanding!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped here on the way to Santa Barbara. Food was excellent. We had the Garlic Fettuccine and the s’mores dessert. Great atmosphere. Best food we have had in California.

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