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Olio e Limone Ristorante

911 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Special Occasion (26)
  • Fit for Foodies (25)
  • Romantic (25)
Olio e Limone Ristorante, located in downtown Santa Barbara's historic arts district, serves artisanal Zagat-rated Italian cuisine. Meaning “oil and lemon” in Italian, their restaurant’s name reflects husband-wife team Alberto and Elaine Morello’s philosophy: rely on the integrity of the ingredients and quality of the preparation to provide Santa Barbara diners “simply sophisticated” Italian cuisine served in an inviting atmosphere with European hospitality. Start with burrata salad or white Mediterranean anchovies, then tuck into a plate of house-made ravioli filled with roasted eggplant and goat cheese, topped with a fresh tomato and basil sauce and shaved ricotta salata. And be sure to take home a bottle of their own olio, an organic extra-virgin olive oil made from Sicilian olive varieties. Private dining in the Cucina Room for up to 40 guests. Bonus: their pizza bar, salumi bar, wine bar and full bar next door at Olio Pizzeria, with private dining for up to 32 guests.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation

Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm


Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
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Phone number
(805) 899-2699 ext. 1
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Alberto Morello
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Private party facilities
Olio e Limone Ristorante provides exclusive authentic Italian Private Dining in the Cucina Room for up to 40 guests. Casual Italian private dining available next door at Olio Pizzeria (Terrazza Room and Taverna Room) for up to 32 guests.
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Private party contact
Events Coordinator: (805) 899-2699 ext. 3
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Whether you are planning a wedding, birthday or holiday event, or perhaps a family, social, business or philanthropic gathering, our experienced kitchen and wait staff will help make your special event memorable.
We custom-create catering menus for each of our guest's events to accommodate various needs, tastes, and budgets. Contact Olio e Limone Ristorante Events Coordinator at or (805) 899-2699, Option 3.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Lot Parking:
Santa Barbara City Parking Lot #5 (first 75 minutes free/paid for by downtown merchants, then $1.50/hr).
Banquet, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 911 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

My sisters and I were looking for a good Italian restaurant and chose Olio e Limone because it looked authentic. It definitely was. I lived in Italy for a year and have a hard time finding good, authentic Italian food. Alberto and his restaurant delivered and then some. All the staff were friendly and engaging. A lovely wine list and amazing desserts. Our waiter, Ublado, was helpful and made the whole experience very enjoyable. Go eat at Olio e Limone!

3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Loved coming back to Olio for Dinner, except that our waiter seemed a little disinterested in his job.

vipFoodie (Grand Rapids)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Absolutely one of our favorites in Santa Barbara. Our third visit and they didn’t disappoint. One of the best Dover Sole’s that I’ve ever had any where. Lovely restaurant and very traditional Italian gentlemen servers. It’s a wonderful experience. For a lighter choice make sure to dine at their pizzeria next door. The best Neapolitan style pizza we’ve ever had. The chef owner has it all mastered at Olio!

KathrynA (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

All was good as usual but our waiter was fairly dismissive, not particularly kind.

Jaggs (London)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

While I’ve had other excellent meals at this restaurant, this was a disappointing trip. I don’t think I’ve ever had tougher chicken anywhere—and I’ve been to plenty of banquets! The roast chicken was roasted black and the meat, even the leg meat, was dry and very chewy. I’ll wait awhile before returning!

BarbaraB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Excellent Italian food. Artichoke soup was so delicious. All food was flavorful, fresh and served hot. Very good wine list.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This place is normally one of our favorites but should be avoided on V day. It was crowded, super noisy, the service was poor and the meal was overpriced. But I guess we should expect this on such a holiday.

Suzonthego (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We were there on Valentines with a fixed menu. Although what we received was delicious, I also felt it was quite overpriced. Because it was Valentines I wish they had made a little more effort to make the atmosphere romantic. Decor maybe? Free glass of champagne? I had pre requested a "Quiet table" however was given a seat right by the front door which kept being thrown open with cold air pouring in and people standing around waiting for the hostess to get to them. Service was good. It's a nice spot but they could try just a bit harder to make it more special.

OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Decent Italian restaurant which did not have either of the wines we wanted although on their wine list. Food was good but not exceptional, service seemed tired or bored.
I suspect there are other better Italian restaurants to try.
Won’t go back not because anything was wrong just because there are so many other places to try

JasonS (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a great time here. The food was awesome and the WAITER was really good and on top of things. He knew the menu front to back and took really good care of us.