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Nearby points of interest

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  3. Distance: 6.55mi
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About Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe

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.

2879 Grand Avenue
Los Olivos, CA 93441
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11:30am - 2:45pm; Afternoon Menu: 3:00-5:00 Dinner: 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Open 7 days a week for Lunch, Dinner, Wine Merchant, & Wine Tasting

Cross Street:
Highway 154

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 688-7265

Website:
http://www.winemerchantcafe.com/

Catering:
From assisting you in choosing your wines and selecting your customized menu, we take pride in making your event truly a Central Coast experience. The Los Olivos Cafe has served guests since 1995. Now the Wine Merchant and our outside catering division can offer more to what we bring to you. Our beautiful wine country is the perfect place to host a memorable event. Allow us to make your catered affair truly special. We take great pride in bringing you remarkable food paired with gracious hospitality and an award-winning wine list.

Parking Details:
There is parking throughout the quaint town of Los Olivos. There are on-street spaces conveniently located directly in front of The Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe.

Executive Chef:
Chris Joslyn

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Visit our website www.winemerchantcafe.com to view our upcoming special events and you can always check us out on facebook at Los Olivos Cafe!

Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Notable Wine List (25)
Creative Cuisine (21)
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Good for a Date (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Special Occasion (15)
Casual (14)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Fun (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Cozy (8)
Romantic (8)
Authentic (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Healthy (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Business Meals (5)
Hot Spot (5)
People Watching (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Organic (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food ,wine & service
A fun time to share as a couple or with a group.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Worst service in the valley and that takes work

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a dinner planned for a large party of 9 and unfortunately the room was very loud which was okay but then they completely forgot to put in one of our party's dinner orders! The dinners came slowly as it was, then half the table first, half the table multiple minutes later and then we realized one was still missing, they figured out they never put the order in, apologized but nearly 15 minutes later one of our party members still had no dinner, we ended up sharing because at this point the rest of us were nearly done and this was just ridiculous. We cancelled the order, but shockingly besides an apology and a free glass of wine the waiter and bus boy really seemed to care less a member of our party went without a meal. VERY disappointing.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Ambiance is nice, especially next to the fireplace. Wine selection is extraordinary, as one would expect for a restaurant that also sells wine in the tasting town of Los Olivos. The food, however, was a bit disappointing. It was fine, but not at the level one expects in the wine country. The rack of lamb special was strangely not that flavorful, and the rack had not been trimmed the way I expect, with the fat cap trimmed off. So it was fatty but still not that flavorful and frankly too big with 8 ribs in a single portion. The lamb shank was better, although the meat was a bit dry. The overall flavor was helped by a delicious sauce that had pomegranite and other nice earthy flavors. The suggested wine pairing was fine, but not as good as I had hoped for a wine merchant.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Always consistently great on all levels. Wonderful short ribs, pizza, lamb shank, special ravioli. Just a wonderful dining experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I would have rated this restaurant with 5 stars but for the fact that when we arrived they had no record of our Top Table booking. They then tried to push us into the rear of the building which had two very noisy parties. The rear is drab and is nothing to do with the main dining area. If booking, avoid it at all cost. When I enquired about an empty table I could see in the main dining room we were told that was for six people and we were only five. I refused the noisy table to the rear and at that point rather than lose our business they offered the table just refused to us a minute before. We felt angered and humiliated by their poor behavior. After that things improved. The wines were well priced, the food very good and we had no further complaints. To avoid our experience you should call the restaurant to check they have your booking and not rely upon confirmations and reminders from Top Table.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food always excellent. A bit noisy for conversation.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This is the second time the I have eaten here recently. I used to love this restaurant, but after two times recently I will not be going back. The food is mediocre at best. Over priced and not great wait staff. The pizza is absolutely underwhelming. We had them pack up our leftover and to make matters worse they did not give us a pizza box and just stacked the pizza in a to go container. Save your time and your money. There are plenty of other really great restaurants out there. If you want wine, it is perfect, forget about the food.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I’ve been to Los Olivos Cafe many times. It never disappoints. It’s super cute and quaint and the food is fantastic.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We were driving through town and just love stopping there for dinner. It never disappoints. Great service, ambiance, and food! This is our happy place!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Stopped by on the recommendation of a local wine merchant. The food was good - service was a tad inattentive, but wife had the Sopressata Pizza, which was excellent, as was the Turkey Burger. After lunch, we did the wine tasting, which was OUTSTANDING. Prices were reasonable.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

We were really looking forward to dining there for the first time. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the hostess, who was not friendly at all and a bit rude about our table request. Really set a bad mood for dinner. I contacted the restaurant afterwards and spoke with the accountant who said she was going to have the manager contact me. Didn't get a call from the manager which was disappointing.

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Delicious, eclectic food with impressive wine list

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing food and service! The list of local wines is very diverse and the merchant manager was very helpful recommending wineries according to our preference.
We always enjoy our time in this beautiful local restaurant.
Our friends had a great first time experience and they will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 1, 2017

This is a very cozy restaurant, but with a touch of elegance. Entering, you pass by a wall of wines that stretches an almost intimidating length. But separately to the right is the restaurant, a room that, by contrast, feels almost intimate. The gas fireplace, which was lit this night, adds to how comfortable you soon begin to feel.
The food was quite good, but the kitchen perhaps tries too hard to be creative. I began with a squash caprese salad. The slices of cooked squash, replacing tomatoes, were good in and of themselves, but, of course, they were hot. They warmed the mozzarella, changing its taste and consistency somewhat. It was still a good dish, just a bit odd.
The main course was a soppressata pizza, generous in size. It was tasty.
I was most impressed by the friendly, attentive service. My waitress, perceiving that I was perhaps no great lover of the squash caprese, offered to bring me the soup (about which I had asked her in deciding what to have). While I did no avail myself of her offer, I appreciated it.
I would certainly dine here again were I to pass near Los Olivos.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on October 30, 2017

What a lovely restaurant. The service was prompt and friendly. We started with the cheese plate and it was beautifully presented. The house made fig jam was exceptionally good. We ordered the salmon and farro and the gnocchi for main courses. Both were very good with interesting touches. Highly recommend!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We have been here previously, and this time was somewhat disappointed. We were at end of one server's shift and we were uncomfortable with his attitude. We needed to ask for bread and he wasn't around much to check on our order. His replacement was much better.
We sat at a table near the bar area and the TV was on the Dodger's game, while exciting was not what we wanted to hear especially spending over $100 for dinner and trying to celebrate a birthday.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I've been here many times and brought out-of-town friends on occasion. The drive from Santa Barbara is breathtaking and the food is always fresh and healthy. A great selection of local wines that changes daily.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The Gnocchi was very tasty and my husband had the chicken sausage which was very tender with a lot of Garlic which we like. The Appetizer Arancini di riso was fabulous! and the wine the Bernat "Intrigue" 2010 was one of the best red wines I have tasted in a long time, mostly because I myself don't like red wine, but this was very tasty. If your in Los Olivas this is a must.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We took out-of-town guests here for lunch as it is one of our favorite spots when in Los Olivos. Food is very good- service was great even though they were extremely busy. Had a couple hiccups that our server fixed right away so we are very happy folks as things happend that the server cannot control.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Wait staff is very friendly and attentive. As a VERY long term resident/local, it is one of our ''go to places'' where quality is consistent and local wines are available. Some ''side by side'' seating in a somewhat European style, but also individual tables and nice bar seating. Prices are reasonable and competitive.....if not moderate ......considering our small town has been adopting LA prices at a rapid rate.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fun, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great environment. Delicious food. Excellent wine. An overall great place for a nice lunch with friends.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Multiple visits here. The food is always delicious.

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

It was my birthday so it was perfect that they satisfy at the table right in front of the fireplace. What a wonderful quaint town and a lovely restaurant. Beautiful wines, or just food, nice service. My birthday dessert was off the hook. Would have been nice, though if they would have written the words happy birthday on the plate like other places do. We definitely will be back!

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 (東京)·Dined on October 9, 2017

I enjoyed the atmosphere of the movie.
The recommended wine was reasonable and tasty.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great restaurant! There was a big group of women dining so it was very loud inside but other than that I highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Casual, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Indifferent, choppy service marred what would have otherwise been a very pleasant anniversary dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 5, 2017

I am vegatsrian and the corn arugala salad was delicious! Food was great, service was a long wait for food but not the fault of our waitress, Karen. She was exceptional but I think someone else was to blame for the long wait. Will always go there when visiting Los Olivos🍷

Tags: Tapas, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Vegan, Organic, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Tucson)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Every time we visit Los Olivos, we go here. We have never been disappointed. By far, this is the best restaurant in Los Olivos.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We always the the Cafe! Went with friends who had never been before and they loved it, too!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 1, 2017

It's fun to go to Los Olivos Cafe. Food is always good, nice atmosphere and great people watching! It was my friend's birthday. Told the restaurant in advance when I booked on Open Table AND they did a yummy dessert for her birthday. A memorable day/evening in Los Olivos.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

It's the hot spot in Los Olivos. Always fun to go and see what new offerings they have.

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Service was great - friendly, prompt and informative. Food was so delicious - fresh and tasty. Will most definitely be back!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I ordered gnocchi and was disappointed that the gnocchi was fluffy, but the sauce appeared to be reheated like leftovers. You could tell be because the butter and milk had that funky separation and texture.
If you are in town doing tastings I would just hop in to one of the other local sandwich spots.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Service was friendly and fast. The wine by the glass menu was more than most restaurant. We shared a pizza that was plenty for 2, and very good. Would go back again if we were in the area.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Lovely dinner and great service! We went to Los Olivos for a girl's wine tasting trip for my sister-in-law's birthday and stayed in town. This location is the best for dinner in the area. I have been there before and knew the food, as well as the importance of reservations, as it is relatively small. Their menu has enough variety to accommodate all. Our server was great and was able to help us find a great bottle of wine to enjoy with our dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were in the Santa Ynez Valley for our anniversary and a friend had recommended the Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Cafe for dinner. We had previously eaten there from breakfast and had a good experience. We arrived about 15 minutes early for our dinner reservation, but they were able to seat us right away. Service was very friendly and the recommendations of the server were spot on. We shared the grilled vegetables with tapenade and mozzarella for a starter, and had pasta for a main course. I thought the mushroom and ricotta raviolis were better than the orecchiette with house made chicken sausage, but both were very good. We each had a glass of the house syrah with our dinners and liked it so much that we bought a bottle to take home. All in all, it was a great evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food was excellent and the service very good. Noise level indoors was a little bothersome.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Varied menu with many good vegetarian options. The roasted veggie appetizer was especially good, as was the Gem salad. I had a bit of a friend's lamb shank and it was tender and delicious, but very rich...definitely more than enough of everything we ordered to share with a friend. Would definitely returnwhen in the area.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (West Virginia)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We visited Los Olivos on a weeknight so the town was not very crowded. We did make a reservation but there were several open tables. This was one of the best meals we ate during a 10 day vacation in CA. The food was very well prepared and the service was excellent. We dined outside on their porch which had lots of flowers and was very comfortable with a good street view if you wanted to people watch. There is also a huge wine market inside where we browsed after dinner. I would definitely return. Everything was terrific!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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