Olio e Limone Ristorante

4.7
1542 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 1542 people are saying
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JessK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greet outside set up. Wonderful service and amazing food

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AdamH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food from scratch ! Nice people , quiet , romantic . Food came out hot and fast and was delicious . Took my wife for her birthday and she loved it

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RobertB
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience1

The Covid lock downs have left restaurants scrambling for staff when they try to reopen. It shows up in the degradation in the quality and speed of service. It doesn't help that we have to eat outside on the sidewalk where there is constant foot traffic. I have no desire to have passerbyes inspect what I'm eating. Time to open up inside dining and time to hire upgraded staff.

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WobblyBadger
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Alberto, where are you? Your restaurant needs you!
We have been to Olio e Limone many times and have consistently rated it as by far the best Italian restaurant in SB, serving exquisite food, expertly prepared. Sadly, for our anniversary dinner this year, we were deeply disappointed. The aubergine soufflé bore no resemblance to a soufflé; it was a rather mealy and tasteless luke-warm "thing" that needed every mouthful of the delicious tomato sauce that came with it. My crab-cake was tiny and massively over-salted. For the main course my wife (who grew up in Italy and knows a thing or two about Italian food) had the Pasta Bottarga. A vast bowl of too-dry pasta arrived, with barely any bottarga. What there was was very mild in taste, and missing the breadcrumbs and garnish of parsley that is an essential part of the recipe. I had the seafood salad, which was ok, but far from remarkable, and swimming in a lake of dressing. A dead giveaway that something was amiss was the fact that every plate appeared disconcertingly fast - in less than 5 minutes from order, something that never happens in a normal kitchen. This instantly signaled that everything was pre-cooked, re-heated and thrown together by an assistant instead of being cooked to order. For the money one pays at Olio, this is disgraceful and we felt as if we were being rushed, and served with sub standard food. Our Argentinian waiter was excellent. The rest of the staff seems rather careless and unmanaged. The topper was that despite my notification in the reservation that it was our anniversary, they completely overlooked the fact. All this cost us over $200. Alberto, get back in there, and save your restaurant. It's a disaster.

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vipjohnb
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’ve been dining here for over 15 years. Consistently delicious and authentic Italian food, plated exquisitely
and served graciously. I live in LA and on special occasions. I have even driven 2 hours each way for “a trip to Italy”.
During Covid they’ve set up a charming patio for alfresco dining.

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vipPbcnewyork
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food seemed uneven at our recent visit. Also, the menu featured a lot of chicken instead of some nice veal dishes, quail, and fish. I ordered a quail and mushroom pasta. I could taste nothing except the heavy red sauce. Wasn't even a fresh tomato sauce, which would have provided a more delicate flavor. Just disappointed this time. My husband and friend liked their duck raviolis. We will return but we've also discovered even better and more authentic Italian cuisine elsewhere in Santa Barbara.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A person, who seemed to be the owner or leader, was unnecessarily abrupt when I asked him a question.

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debbiem
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had a wonderful lunch at olio recently I had the fixed price menu with a wonderful creamy asparagus soup that was vegan the salmon portion was so big I took almost half home we also enjoyed the panna cotta for dessert which was delicious.

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Andy
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great Easter dinner at Olio e Limone Restaurant. Food and service were excellent. Ambience was nice and relaxed.

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PaulG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We did not find the food to be exceptional. Pasta was just OK.

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NewYorker123
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, fantastic service, and exquisite food. I will be returning.

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JudyD
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a varied and interesting menu. Great service and comfortable dining room with great music.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For son’s birthday I took him and his gf to Olio e Limone - one of our first excursions to a restaurant that can actually SERVE you at a table, in COVID recovery stage where businesses getting back to normal. Server was excellent - we couldn’t decide on a wine so he gave us tasting of 3 of his recommendations and we all agreed on the Italian varietal. We ordered a goat cheese ravioli, and 2 of us had the beef tenderloin atop thin potatoes - all were exquisite. Thank you Olio family - you are always top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A lovely meal , on a warm beautiful Santa Barbara night.
Food was delicious and service very friendly and accommodating.
We both had fish; fresh and tasty!

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NormaW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Disappointed with attitude of the host who sat us at our table and no one on the waitstaff smiled. The food was good hence the 3 stars. We are out of town guests and was looking forward to our dining experience.

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MonikaM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We thought the food used to be better in the past!! I had the Tenderloin, and it had no pureed potatoes, as it shows on the menu, just some kind of tortilla (maybe made out of potatoes?) underneath the tenderloin (which was very good), and there was maybe only one tea spoon of pepper sauce on it, which you really could not taste or see at all. Also, the whole dish was covered in arugula, which was drenched in a very strong strong, sour vinegar dressing. Very unappealing to look at, since all you could see was a plate with arugula....
My husbands dish, a pasta dish with Dungeness crabmeat and one large prawn was ok, but also nothing spectacular at all.
Anyway, not that everything was bad, just not as good as when we were there at other times, and we decided for now that it was time to try out other places for a while...
Also, when we told the waiter that we did not find the pureed potatoes - he then argued with us saying that there never was pureed potatoes served in the past - when it is clearly listed in the menu. Service overall pretty mediocre!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Probably will not return. I thought their food was very bland. Crab cake was overpriced and nothing extraordinary. My 2 other entrees (shared with my sister) were a mushroom fettuccine and artichoke chicken dish, both were good not great. I thought their service was good enough but not worth the price I’m paying to dine. I was dying to try this place however, most likely will not return. I will say—the ambiance is nice and very romantic.

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KathereneS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Servers were amazing. Great place for a hangout with some friends and a nice dinner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service were excellent. Ambiance was just ok.

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RayA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was lacking. Concerns brought up to management weren’t addressed. Nobody really seem to care. We’ll never be back.

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JennD
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Santa Barbara. You cannot go wrong with a meal here.

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vipJoyful
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic that Olio e Limone is back to serving lunch again, and now with outside seating! Sat outside on a gorgeous, sunny day with white tablecloths, and food and service were outstanding as always. Wait staff was extremely attentive to accommodate different diners' sun/shade preferences. Can't wait to go back.

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vipkitgirl
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I dined at the restaurant on Friday evening and had a wonderful Prix Fixe dinner which included a salad, a large portion of perfectly cooked salmon and panna cotta for dessert. The meal was delicious and we both took leftovers home with us. Both of us enjoyed our meal at Olio e Limone and would definitely come back.

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ShashankM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We went for a nice meal with friends. The service was not very warm but a great place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

They had awful service. Very very bad manners from the woman hostess. Waiter was over worked. She was indifferent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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DamianW
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the accomodations , service and food were great. we stopped in at the pizzeria and picked up a butterscotch budino to go.

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LindaS
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back inside a restaurant since last March. Everyone and everything was exceptional

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PaulineM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food wasn't quite as good, and the prices were about 25% higher. Understandable because we want this restaurant to survive. Disappointed that there is now a $6 charge for the olives that used to be free, but our waiter did comp us a small portion.

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CliffG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in the Sierra Foothills. When we visit Santa Barbara, we never miss a chance to eat at Olio e Limone! The food is alway delicious, and authentic Italian. The service is excellent. The wait staff is friendly, but not to the point of being annoying. They have made excellent accommodations to provide a great dining experience outside.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, one of the best meals I have had in a while. Fantastic selection, flavorful salads, fresh made al-dente pasta, wonderful meat and on point espresso. Staff is present but not visible, sliding in an out with little notice. Music just right background volume and outdoor dining is romantic and quiet with ample heaters. Would go every weekend if I lived here. Also had the pizza two nights earlier and browsed the store. Great pizza and great selection!

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vipLaurieD
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu had something for everyone and then they had specials. The wine list is well balanced with Italian and American local wines. No bottle is over $60 and very good. Couldn't pass up the Oso Bucco even though I had two other entrees in mind. Service was prompt and attentive. Outdoor dining but on a quiet blocked off street. Definitely would return.

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vipbones
Houston
134 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Covid notwithstanding it was inspiring to see how hard they are working to keep it going. They were still requiring outdoor seating and it was Brisk! Plentiful heaters made it ok. Enjoyed the duck and mushroom raviolis, lamb chops and burrata salad.

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AndrewM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, service and wine! Very nice experience

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ElizabethE
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved Olio e Limone, from the very kind server to the superb food, I felt like I was back in Italy!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a birthday, olio e limone never disappoints! Food was fresh and delicious, the barrel aged Manhattan was fantastic and service was excellent. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating family get together while outdoor dining snowing in Santa Barbara *** Silvio made sure we were fed and kept us dry! Service and food was great!

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LynnB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was OUTSTANDING as usual. This is the best, most authentic Italian cuisine in the area and we love how nothing stopped Olio e Limone from bringing forward their very best service, presentation, vibe and food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food here. It is fresh and clean. Love the soups, fish, pumpkin ravioli, pastas! All great. Pear walnut salad bread YUM. It won’t disappoint!

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 1542 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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