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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 3.25mi
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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

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
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Local Ingredients (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Romantic (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Casual (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Fun (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Hot Spot (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Authentic (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Business Meals (4)
Cozy (4)
Healthy (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a pleasant experience dining here. Chicken Curry salad is a luncheon favorite. Hamburgers are also excellent. Wide selection of wines.

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Met my nieces and their moms for last minute Sunday lunch & were given wonderful table (for 5) out front and the food was delicious as expected. They loved it & we will definitely be returning 😊

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

My wife and I created a stop off here on the way from San Francisco to LA to come to this restaurant. It has always been one of our favorites and never disappoints. To me it seems like the perfect restaurant: consistently good food, somewhat ambitious but totally unpretentious; wonderfully efficient and friendly but unobtrusive service, fantastic and very reasonably priced wine list; very pleasant decor and style, pretty good value.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We sat outside to have a slightly more quiet, intimate evening and it was all we'd hoped for. The staff teamed up to bring us whatever we needed quickly and efficiently. We always come here for the unique and creative pizza selections. The crust is light and airy, consistently delicious. The Central Coast wine selection is off the charts and you can browse to your heart's content. They may be tired of any Sideways references but for us it reminds us a favorite film we can still enjoy over a bottle of Andrew Murray (any Andrew Murray!)

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Wonderful wine, delicious food and amazing service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

First we were running late for our reservation. We called he restaurant and the hostess was very accommodating and called us back to let us know it was not a problem.
My wife and I shared the beets and burrata salad. We also shared the pork chop from the specials and everything was delicious. The wine list is extensive and I highly recommend the bread.
Good service and friendly staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This was our first time at this restaurant and we will definitely be back. I had the ravioli which, upon request, they were able to lighten up for me. The pizza that we shared was also very good - it was the special of the day which was an Italian beef pizza with spicy sweet peppers. Wine list is very good and service was prompt and attentive without feeling rushed. There were a lot of families there the night we were there so it is also a kid friendly restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Service was terrible. Been there many times but our waiter Benjamin was just not on top of things.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Fantastic place to eat. Highly recommend if you're in Los Olivos.

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Always terrific -- great food, service, and wonderful location in the middle of cute Los Olivos.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Fun, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Nice ambiance. tasty food in beautiful presentationSuperb server who gave excellent recommendations

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

They make their own pasta and each time I have had their different types of ravioli it is delicious! It can be noisy, so be aware of that. Nice variety of wines also.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Can't say enough good things about the service, the food and the overall experience. Hats off to the whole staff. Will be back soon.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very helpful and informative Somm. Great food. Extensive local wines.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our dinner at Los Olivos Wine Cafe was delicious, great ambiance, and excellent service!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great restaurant with good food options, and extensive wine list. Service was a bit slow with bringing bread, but I guess it was being baked! It ended up being a bit pricier for dinner, so probably would go there for lunch next time. Most of the meat/seafood dishes are over $30.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I always love this restaurant, perfect for anything you want and need!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

A great stop for lunch in Los Olivos, very friendly waitstaff, happy customers, simple but great food, reasonable noise level. Definitely not fancy, but fun. Many, many wines for sale.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 2, 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 24, 2017

Worst service in the valley and that takes work

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 24, 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 22, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 21, 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 18, 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 18, 2017

Food always excellent. A bit noisy for conversation.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 18, 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 17, 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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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 17, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 14, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 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 October 31, 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 29, 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 28, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 27, 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 21, 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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vip
 (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 16, 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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 (Los Angeles)·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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