Olio e Limone Ristorante

4.7
1806 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 1806 people are saying
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vipWilliamP
Denver
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Their special (barreled) Manhattan cocktail was the best ever.

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JDub
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most delicious meal! The service was friendly, helpful and attentive. Can’t wait to go again.

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Daniel
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food. Great service. A bit pricy. I would return here again.

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SuzanneN
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We haven’t been able to return here for a few years as it seems we are always in Santa Barbara on Mondays. So glad we were able to have a lovely dinner last night. We enjoyed crab cakes and a wonderful burrata salad for starters, a quail sausage pappardelle and a spicy seafood linguine. Tried not to fill up on bread but it is wonderful with their house olive oil. Lemon tart and chocolate and hazelnut gelato finished our meal. Will be back whenever we can swing it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One night in Santa Barbara

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vipSilvie
Orange County
67 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated outside with some heaters. We were never cold and the ambiance was very romantic. The service and food were excellent. This is a great a great restaurant that we’ll revisit when we’re in Santa Barbara again. It made our getaway perfect.

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BuzzM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was very good, menu offered a lot of variety. Fish was terrific, pasta excellent. Seating on outdoor patio was very nice. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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RobertaS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was surprised that even with a full house, the noise level was very low! I also was pleased that I did not hear ONE dish being out down with a heavy hand.

Food, service, the whole evening experience was a perfect beginning to going onto the theater afterwards.

We’ll be back!

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AndrewT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great and delicious establishment. Portions vary depending on the dish you get, with ravioli's served around 7 or 8 per dish. Definitely need an appetizer to round out the meal. Service was spectacular and the host was kind enough to accommodate our additional guest to our reserved party last minute. Overall a great location for a date or anniversary, I would not recommend for a larger party, as the food may not be enough for everyone to be satisfied.

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DanaPointFoodie
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We were very disappointed. Expensive for the quality of the food. We would not go back there since there are so many fine Italian restaurants in Santa Barbara. Look at the current menu before you go because the prices are high ex: salad $21, scotch on the rocks $17 etc. Service was very good and ambiance was pleasant.

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NancyB
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We definitely recommend this restaurant. Because we had our dog, we sat outside which was fine. White table cloths, heaters, and water for our dog. Everything was wonderful!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful. Great service

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food was mediocre

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vipJanetB
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Food ambiance and service all impeccable. Definitely recommend.

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vipMarcoS
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with friends. The service was spectacular and our dinner was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food!

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JillL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Santa Barbara!---a little pricey.

JP
JachP
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent. You can count on a beautiful meal with great service. Can’t go wrong at Olio e Limone. Highly recommended

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MarianL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was delicious! Highly recommend!

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Klight
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Had the carpaccio and halibut and finished with the lemon tart. Nice Santa Barbara wines too.

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vipmajorprof
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I thought the food was decent, but not great. We ordered the "special" salad of arugula and peach and the peach was hard and not at all ripe, and the salad too salty from the nuts on top. The veal scallopini portion was plentiful, but the meat was tough. Best thing about the mean was the potatoes.

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RussB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Any time I am in Santa Barbara, I make absolutely sure three weeks in advance to book a table at Olio e Limone, one of my favorite restaurants anywhere! Try the pappardelle with the quail sausage and mushroom! Exquisite. Such a gem of a place and can't wait until my next visit.

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vipCelesteD
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is outstanding. True Italian

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was spectacular. The service, the food, the ambiance.

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SueS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service was excellent food was excellent-lucky to have this wonderful restaurant in Santa Barbara-loved the peach arrugala salad-desserts amazing!

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vipJayS
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was great and the wine list complete.

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Chris
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a thoroughly pleasant setting. Portioning is surprisingly generous given the excellent ingredients used in the food.

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vipbayparkgirl
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent dinner here on a trip to SB! The food was delicious! We started with a peach and burrata appetizer special that was so good. My husband had the duck ravioli and I had the Pappardelle with quail and mushroom ragu. Everything we ate was authentic Italian food, like eating in Italy. It was all delicious! Their wine list was diverse, with lots of Italian options. My only complaint was that the Brunellos were over the top expensive, with the exception of one bottle. Maybe work on getting some more mid-range Brunellos. Otherwise, it was a wonderful dining experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We’ve eaten here several times over the past several years. The food is consistently good, the service attentive, and the wine selection interesting. It’s a small, cozy atmosphere, which we like

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RobertS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olio is the best restaurant in Santa Barbara. Period. Hard stop. It's such a pleasure to dine there and always a warm, inviting and authentic experience.

Yes I'm biased. I've been going there for years and years and years. No, I have no economic or any other affiliation - it's just a great jewel and I'm happy to say so.

Rob

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AsPF
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Because I love Olio e Limone, I suggested It to some out-of-state visitors. They loved it! The food, service, ambience all first-rate. They will be back. As will I.

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ChaR
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, nice parklet seating, good Siciliano wines and olive oil.

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Vinophile
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The only reason there are stars was the food; the food was delicious and beautifully presented. The service less so. One waiter had the grace and presence of a ham-fisted short order cook, including an aggressive and lingering nudge to my breast as he delivered the main course. (No I was not leaning over the table.) We had ordered wine (also delicious) which was placed in an ice bucket on the far side of our table. An excellent spot if we didn’t have to either plead for someone to refill our glasses or walk around the table to get to it. We were celebrating a big-deal birthday and 10 minutes after bringing dessert, my husband was presented with a candle stuck to an empty plate thunked on the table. I appreciate good staff are hard to find right now, but at $250 for two people I expect better.

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vipTrishaM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had to wait a bit for our initial service (not sure why we they weren’t that busy), but once they finally waited on us, the service and food were excellent!!

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SallyY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming and attentive staff, delicious food, outdoor charm all are present at Olio e Limone restaurant.

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vipAlexfosb
Central Coast
47 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Have been going to Olio since 2007, maybe 5-8 times a year or even more often than that (except in recent Pandemic period) and imminently know the taste and quality of the food preparation. This time, we had the Pear Salad, Salmon Picatta and Osso Buco with 2 glasses of Pinot Noir. Salad was great and the Osso excellent, as usual. The Salmon was unfortunately over flavored (heavy handed) with a type of butter sauce on all the veggies and fish. Next time , hopefully we will remember to ask for sauce on the side, but we do not remember this being an issue in all the previous years. Perhaps, the owner/chef was not there overseeing the kitchen that night?

Table setting, linens and service all perfect. Price: $$$ as expected.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesomeservice and food

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luzh
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Italian Restaurant, the food delicious and the service the best!
Thank you!!!

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vipToddY
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Need to enhance the outdoor dining area - ? Flowers ?Nicer linens.

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JulieZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Food!!! The dining experience was wonderful.

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 1806 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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