Olio e Limone Ristorante

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$31 to $50
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Italian
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.
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Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in Santa Barbara for the weekend and made a dinner reservation. I had been here once for lunch with a friend so it was on my radar as a good spot. Dinner was delicious. It was busy but also somehow very quiet and service was great. I was very happy with my meal and our dining experience. Would definitely go back next time I’m in SB

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite dinner location in Santa Barbara. Third time I have been. First for my wife. Both loved it. Will be back.

AW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in Santa Barbara. Food was top notch as was service and ambiance. We will go back again and again when traveling to Santa Barbara.

K
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has wonderful food and a lovely atmosphere. The service was excellent. I highly recommend this place for lunch or dinner. It is appropriate for a romantic evening or a group.

SG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Only negative was that the anchovy salad came with Arugula and not mache (lamb’s lettuce) as described on the menu.

AW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

I have hearing problem and being in the middle of the restaurant makes conversation difficult. When we arrived for our reservation, the waiter indicated one of four table in the middle of the room were available. There were two tables in the corners next to the Private dining room that were empty, but I supposed that since those options were not suggested that they were received.
IF we come again I would want one of those table
Thanks you for asking about nice.
Anne Weber

CF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Superb pizza! Many other things on the menu as well - didn’t try. Nice refined atmosphere.

TL
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olio e Limone never disappoints. The cocktails were inventive, strong and delicious, and the wine lists extensive, especially as to the wines available by the glass. They didn't skimp on the salads either, and they were almost large enough to be entrees unto themselves. All the entrees at our table were delicious, but the pumpkin squash ravioli was more so, including the great sauce. Our only regret was we didn't have time for coffee and dessert. It was simply a memorable meal.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and our server was outstanding. Highly recommend and will absolutely be back

r
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we go to Santa Barbara, Olio e Lomine is the first dinner on our list. We love it there, and have not ever been disappointed. The food is always delicious, and the ambiance something we look forward to always. A wonderful treat...highly recommend.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I have been to this restaurant on about 6 occasions and have had the pleasure of meeting Gigi, our waitress, each time but last week, we were met by a very non- welcoming waiter who treated myself and my guests with almost disdain. He had a difficult to understand accent and when asked to please repeat the specials, he seemed to be upset that we couldn’t understand and was reluctant to explain the sauce on the bass special versus plain grilling.
My out of town guests noticed this as well and were upset.
The other waiter assisting him practically threw the silver on the table and was very rough filling the water glasses— I felt I was in some cheap cafe!
When I realized I had no knife and asked him for one, he took one off the adjacent table, and handed it to me with his back turned to me. I felt totally disrespected and I felt that they thought we were tourists who should be gotten in and gotten out as quickly as possible.
The bill of course was steep and I paid it and tipped them although they deserved no tip!
The food was just OK and the whole experience was miserable.
I will never return to this restaurant again!

N
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We don’t get to Santa Barbara often, but when we do we always go for dinner. It makes the whole trip special.

WI
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu had the perfect amount of choices/variety. I was very pleased to find abundant vegetarian options. My husband was thrilled with his “perfect “ ribeye. Service was impeccable and the vibe was relaxed yet casually elegant. Impressive wine selection, but I prefer cocktails - try the Rosmarino! I will certainly come back the next time I’m in Santa Barbara.

JD
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The crudo was amazing. The pumpkin ravioli was unbelievable. The chicken saltimbocca was also a hit!

JP
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Would recommend for the amazing food but the service was lacking

GK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great attentive team service, our server extremely knowledgeable and helpful!!
Excellent job by all!

CR
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good Italian, with a lot of choices. Great service, decent wine selection.

TM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The food and choices were very diversified and an array of good choices. The room was filled and could have ben noisy, however we were in the corner which was sheltered from other conversation (which is a good thing). The service seemed to be either short handed that night or they were just very slow. We had to ask for our server at least three times and when we finally ordered our dessert, they gave us the check first and forgot to serve us our desserts. However, the server did not charge us once the final bill showed up.
Very Good Food!!!

TM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

To be frank, the food was not great and not up to the standards we have experienced in the past here. The blossom appetizer was over done. One of the pasta dishes was low on flavor and one of the risotto dishes was soggy with too much liquid. Very disappointing.

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Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

My friend (who is in the restaurant business himself) and I have eaten here before and, in the past, were happy with everything . However, this time we found the waiters to be very hard to find and inattentive. We hope that it was simply a bad day.

SM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olio e Limone Ristorante is an outstanding Italian restaurant. Excellent food, service, choice of wine and environment. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

GG
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Appealing menu with very good food! The gnocchi and the veal piccata were both delicious. As with many of our Santa Barbara restaurants, servers seem hurried and don't take much time to go over the menu. It took a while for them to come by to take our order for a glass of wine to get us started. All in all I really like this restaurant.

K
Manchester
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Once we were seated we had good service and dinner, however we were left standing by the door for a long time to be seated and felt ignored by staff who had seen us. I appreciate that people are busy but just an acknowledgement that we were there would have been nice. I noticed 2 other customers had the same experience and they just left.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great, service was disappointing

VD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for a date night dinner with my boyfriend. I think I found this place on an internet article highlighting some of the best places to eat in Santa Barbara and the place did not disappoint. The wine list was solid and I thoroughly enjoyed my squid ink risotto. The food was flavorful and delicious. I could tell they used fresh and high quality ingredients with every bite. Service was great as well. We are definitely coming back the next time we find ourselves in Santa Barbara.

S
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent cuisine. Unfortunately, we had a terrible table right by the kitchen and our server, who was really nice, never really focused on us. She was always stopping by on her way to someone else. Still one of our favorite special night out places.

HD
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Ravioli was superb!!!!

PJ
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant in SB.

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DH
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were impeccable. Our neighbor recommended Olio e Limone Ristorante, and we couldn't have been happier!

P
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite SB restaurants. Always a wonderful dining experience. You feel special and never rushed. This time I tried the pasta with lamb ragu and it was delicious! Someone seemed to know it was my birthday, and they brought out a chocolate banana lava cake that was just scrumptious!

S
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, all around

TC
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Olio e Limone. Its my favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara.
Delicious and authentic and everyone there is wonderful.
Thank you!

S
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara. The food is very consistent and the staff is wonderful!

f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another beautiful dinner at our favorite Santa Barbara restaurant! Delicious food and exceptional service! What better way to celebrate a special birthday? Olio e Limone continues to bring the very best of fine dining to our community.

GD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars at Oleo e Limone and have dined here for a number or years and we often bring out of town visitors here for dinner. The food is excellent and the staff attentive and knowledgeable.

l
Palm Springs
53 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a wonderful menu skillfully prepared and served. This restaurant is consistently excellent

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite. The ambiance was great food delicious and service impeccable. I would definitely go back and would recommend it to anyone

PC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Olio e Limone is the best restaurant in Santa Barbara. We absolutely love it! We go back every year we are there. The food is outstanding and the service and ambiance are wonderful. We highly recommend it! We were just there last week after a 2 year absence and were so happy to be back!

S
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, great wine list

m
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Sophisticated Italian food in an unpretentious but agreeable environment. This may well be the best overall restaurant in Santa Barbara.

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