Olio e Limone Ristorante

4.7
1718 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 1718 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Celebrating my birthday over dinner. Even though the birthday was in the notes, there was no mention of it by any of the staff.
Food was good, excellent waiter. Had to wait 30 minutes for take away boxes.

Wines were well priced and great selection.

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jkg14
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Consistently great meals. If you like Italian, the menu is superb. Very friendly staff. A great place to dine.

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vipSarah
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Too many customer dogs barking!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Fabulous risotto

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vipMarsha
Central Coast
173 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner...we had the bruschetta to start, and then the duck ravioli with mushroom sauce as our entree. Incredibly delicious! The service was excellent and the hostess (I think her name is Eva) was terrific in that she knew the table we had requested and checked back with us to be sure everything was OK. We will be back to this place again and again!

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FLAVIOM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food was just average for such highly recommended place
Perhaps a bit pricey for the value
Still a reasonable place for a decent meal

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary! We had a fabulous table. The service was friendly, efficient, and warm. The Bolognese is delicious. My husband had the sea bass and it was to die for. Anniversary dessert was icing on the cake. Literally.
I am an Olio fan. It’s always so dang great!!!

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vipNeal
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation for 5:45 no one was there as we arrived within 15 min almost every table inside and out was filled. Make a reservation. It is a gem. Braised short rib over risotto was a special and it was to die for. Warm seafood salad another favorite. The chocolate banana molten cake such a decadent ending !!!

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LeanneP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the top ten places for outstanding food! A special occasion go-to that never disappoints!

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FredK
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience

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DonS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've patronized Olio since it opened, and it never disappoints.

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vipJim2
Central Coast
45 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

A place I’d like to like, but!! Been here a handful of times and each time something was a little off. Food is usually pretty good. Sometimes the service is slow or with “attitude “. This time it was the wine. I asked them to select a wine for me and it was drinkable, but only so, so. Santa Barbara has so many nice restaurants. Sorry. Maybe my expectations are too high. Covid-19 has hit restaurants hard, so give this place a try.

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vipdecorate4u
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, drinks, service and location!! I will definitely be back soon!!!

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vipJoyful
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely fabulous, from salad to dessert. The ribeye was sensational. The lemon sorbet served in a carved-out lemon--amazing! Outside dining is under a lovely, shaded canopy in the parklet, perfect in early evening when the sun was still too hot. Can't wait to go back!

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mari
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian !!!
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Simon
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipRobert
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A favorite restaurant, and never disappointed. Great food, friendly service.

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vipDeborahK
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Veal ravioli with black truffle speck was DELICIOUS!

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vipCindy2Dine
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really nice old fashioned dining experience. The service was great, ambience pleasant and the choices for the wines by the glass were really good. The only weak course was a tomato caprese salad. The tomatoes were tasteless and the dish was under seasoned. The veal raviolis in a mushroom cream sauce were outstanding and the lemon tart to die for.

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vipOutoftowners
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

All the food we tried was great! Very accommodating to our food issues( gluten free and lactose free). It was so nice to be able to enjoy such wonderful sauces with gf pasta!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked our reservation here at the last minute because we needed dinner before traveling home. It was such a delight to find Olio e Limone on our last day in Santa Barbara! The staff was so wonderful. Our server made excellent recommendations on wine pairings. The pasta was out of this world-I had an angel hair dish and our son had tortellini filled with cheese and spinach. My husband took the server’s recommendation on the special and had a dish of perfectly cooked risotto and short ribs. They even sent us back to our hotel with dessert to enjoy. I cannot recommend this gem enough!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food and lovely outdoor setting! Perfect before dinner concert!

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vipSteve66
Los Angeles
127 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a Santa Barbara favorite, though this last visit was not the most spectacular. Service was outstanding, but the entree special of braised short rib, while accompanied by amazing truffle risotto, was a little tough and underdone.

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vipLynnS
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place to bring my mom for lunch. Easy to park and walk. We sat outside. Service was great and food was fresh and delicious. Flooring was a bit uneven and chairs were a bit low which is a bit difficult for a 90 year old. Everything else was great! Thanks for a lovely lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant inside and out and chose to sit outside because the weather was mild. Excellent service, menu and wine selection. Will definitely be back.

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Jakeeee
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The host was rude and they like to seat friends over new guests.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, wonderful safe , amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Asked for a romantic table 3 weeks ahead of time when making my reservation and did not get one. Food was great but dessert selection is weak. Service was very good. Overall a good experience just would have been nice to have a better table

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AngelA
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Wine selection very good. Server very knowledgeable and made great recommendations. Food was out quickly after each course. Sat outside and the weather and location were perfect for the evening.

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viptastygirl
San Francisco
99 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just all around fabulous. Every one who attended to us was great. The food was amazing.. and we don’t give that accolade out too often..A great experience.

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richc
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The servers were rushed and pleasantly unfriendly. The salad dressing was bitter. The cab that we had was not hearty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious, loved the drinks!

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vipDaveY
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner. We enjoyed outdoor dining with a great service from a nice engaging server (Johnny?). Our party of 6 loved the food. Beautiful and elegant appetizers such as beef carpaccio with arugala, eggplant souffle, and hamachi. We all ordered pasta for a main course. The spaghetti bottarga and squid ink risotto were amazing. Great selection of Italian wines in all price ranges. The flan and signature chocolate banana bread pudding were a great finish to the meal. Can't wait to return for another meal. My vote for the most consistently great food and service in Santa Barbara for decades.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining experience was exceptional. The food delicious and the service fun and relaxed. It was an incredible evening. Thanks for the warm hospitality!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning food, service and ambience, highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service!!

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vipstevea
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is top rate. The service is extraordinary. And, folks in the restaurant care.

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ChristopherD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great. We all loved what we ordered. A special place for a special celebration. Will be back!

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Ollie2015
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner spot in downturn SB on Victoria and state street
First time here

Delicious!!! Amazing!!! In a nut shell

Made reservations online
Parking is available on the street or public parking
Indoor and outdoor seating available
Dog friendly location

Service was top notch
Explained all the special answers questions about how menu items were prepared
Very personable and friendly

Food was delicious, fresh, filling, soothing, flavorful, not heavy, comforting

Order the Italian style crab cake
Crunchy exterior
Delicate soft fresh fried cake compliment mix greens and sauces - very light and could easily be shared as well a meal in itself

Special short rib
Tender falling off while cutting served over creamy risotto and mix vegetables

House made duck ravioli - 6 served - very light filling with duck and served with a porcini mushroom cream sauce - not heavy but major just right potion to leave room for other eats

Dessert tiramisu and pear tart
Tiramisu served like a sundae with a piece of biscotti
Pear tart - pear warm the tart room temperature and with vanilla bean and warm caramel sauce

Overall love the ambiance service food was fresh there was a rush to go through the meals very friendly service everyone checked in on the table numerous times

Definitely a place to revisit that is tucked away ☺️

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 1718 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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