Olio e Limone Ristorante

4.7
1490 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Reopened with all health and safety protocols in place.
Olio e Limone Ristorante, located in downtown Santa Barbara's historic arts district, serves artisanal 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 eggplant souffle, then tuck into a plate of house made duck ravioli. And be sure to take home a bottle of their own olio, an organic extra-virgin olive oil made from Sicilian olive varieties.
Bonus: their Milano-styled Olio Crudo Bar, and authentic pizzeria next door at Olio Pizzeria.
Private dining in the Cucina Room for up to 40 guests to resume once permitted.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1490 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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vipDakini2
Las Vegas
41 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent in both food quality, taste and selections. Service is wonderful. Ambiance created in an outdoor “Covid” year is beautiful! So sad for the lockdown during our holiday season which will impact five star restaurants like Olio e Limone restaurant. 💜

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vipashleyp
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic as was the service and setting!!

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MicheleL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and service. Patio well set up for covid with heaters.

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KalpanaS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The service was also very excellent.

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AndrewM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great staff. Had a great dinner and look forward to coming back when we are in town next.

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SamuelM
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! My family enjoyed it so much we went back for a second time the following day. Great food and service. And the ambiance was just perfect! Highly recommend!

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Julie
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and wine. It was a fun experience to eat outside during this covid time. Looking forward to going back.

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EpicureRayna
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The menu was too eclectic for my taste, missing the whole point of Italian cuisine: not complicated, but with a few perfect flavors. My saltimbocca had marsala sauce, my eggplant timbal had all kinds of stuff, my gnocchi were equally chuck full of all kinds of ingredients. The food was pretty good, but generally, overdone in terms of complexity. It was well-cooked and delightfully served, however.

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vipCharlesL
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal Italian meal with great service. We sat outside on a cool night, but their heaters kept us warm. We had a wonderful evening with great food, terrific service with a wonderful atmosphere. Highly HIGHLY recommend.

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JulieS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way! Would highly recommend. Enjoy!

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gertie
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as the short ribs are, go for the duck ravioli.

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TheresaS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waiter remembered me from my last visit and was very welcoming. The patio was very pleasant. Food was excellent as always. I will be back more often.

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vipMcwelen
Central Coast
27 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Like most wonderful restaurants this year, Olio has lost a step from the instability caused by Covid. The salmon was wonderful but the chicken with artichoke hearts and lemon was tough. The asparagus soup was a delight but the Panna Cotta was ordinary. The ambience was a bit spartan, the service was mostly very professional. Restaurants have been put through hell and it has taken a toll.

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vipMelru
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my top choices in Santa Barbara. The service is excellent, the atmosphere is peaceful and the food is always good.

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Felipe
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Olio e Limone. Eva (host) was wonderful, she was handling several things, was able to sit us inside before our scheduled time. Thank You Eva. Food was great, Service excellent. Well done.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It is always a special treat for us to dine at Olio e Limone Restaurant to enjoy an authentic Italian cousin. Service is efficient and warm. I would just suggest to have more "authentic Italian" desserts. We will keep going back as our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another superb meal at this truly authentic Italian restaurant, with a nicely varied menu of appetizers, pastas, seafood and traditional meat dishes, perfectly prepared. Seriously, one of our favorite restaurants in the world. Even foodies admit it's outstanding. Share the tortolloni di spinaci in a fresh tomato sauce as a starter. Yum!

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vipBikemore
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

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Chris
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

e had a ftic evening. The food, the service...everything about this place is perfection!

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viptuckerteam
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surpassed expectations! Terrific waiter with great suggestions. We had the spinach ravioli, pasta bolognese and the burrata/egglant salad was amazing!

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vipwangmeyerhoffer
Palm Springs
68 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We could not have found a more perfect place for a late dinner on a difficult 500-mile road trip that began with a flat tire! It was like coming home, except with no cooking or dishwashing. The food is superb, and the drinks are generous (always one of our criteria for a repeat!); service was gracious and humorous. Our fennel soup (fantastic!) was served with "Olio" written in an olive oil float. We exclaimed how nice that looked. Our wonderful server placed it in front of us with a flourish, remarking, "Sorry, no room to write the phone number!" Olio e Limone is right next to a public parking lot, so on top of all its great attributes, it is also very conveniently located.

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vipMessyKitchenHappyBelly
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect for a romantic anniversary dinner. Delicious risotto and ravioli special and wonderful service.

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Eric
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

had a nice time dining, it is what i have expected

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DavidR
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food ,service and outdoor safe dining experience . Very relaxed and quiet . Best restaurant in SB. Highest Recommendation

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OpenTable Diner
Baja California
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honeymooners

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. A true gem in Santa Barbara.

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vipJimmfsg
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nice night. Service was great. It got really busy after we arrived so maybe got lucky.

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vipBill
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful pasta - ours had a short rib sauce that was spectacular!

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vipJoeandrobinlaws
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, hospitality, wine selections were all outsanding. Silvio was a great server too.

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SteveMo
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable and the specials that evening were delicious. We enjoyed their seabass dish and a special pasta. Will become a dinner spot for us when visiting Santa Barbara.

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vipJoeandrobinlaws
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and very reasonable and excellent wine list. The servers are professional waiters and are very friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipGabrielaP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic meal.

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grateful
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Street side seating for fine Italian food. Pastas and fresh fish were our choices during our last visit. A lovely place to celebrate life.

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Topcat
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are fortunate to have a gem like Olio e Limone in Santa Barbara.

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RickW
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic. The service was attentive but laid back enough that you can just enjoy. The outside dining was set up will observing Covid.

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JacquelineD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Have been coming back for years and always the same high level .

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Yuriyama
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The calpaccio, salad, the pasta, every dish was excellent! Service was very professional. Will visit again for sure.

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RichardG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be back! The food was the greatest we’ve had in a long time.

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CatherineP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, authentic food. Lovely atmosphere. Ate outside and enjoyed the cafe setting.

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vipRobertG
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We always enjoy Olio Limone, we especially liked sitting outside toasting our anniversary.

FAQs

Olio e Limone Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 899-2699 ext. 1.

Olio e Limone Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 1490 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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