Olio e Limone Ristorante

4.7
1791 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 1791 people are saying
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JillL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JachP
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was delicious! Highly recommend!

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Klight
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is outstanding. True Italian

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
33 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
45 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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was remarkable the dishes cooked to perfection. No additional seasoning needed on any dish. Had the pear salad. The shrimp and artichoke pasta special snd Luna de mer. A must every time I bust Santa barbara

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Oliver
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely wine selection and excellent Italian cuisine.

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vipChris
Los Angeles
81 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service - love this place

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Elliot
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive wait staff, flexible chef, well-constructed and seasoned dishes

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

They told us they needed to leave the doors open. It was probably colder in the restaurant and it was in the outdoor seating with heaters. In general, I love the restaurant but dinner was a bit cold

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MarleeK
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food selection good, but adding the 5 specials excellent. We both had specials and a special salad, all great. The wine great and our waiter John did not rush us and actually slow rolled every thing, it was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food and great staff

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AnastassiaT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy Italian restaurant in the heart of Santa Barbara, not touristy. Good, attentive service and excellent food. Prices are on a higher scale, definitely a place to celebrate a special occasion. The owner is always there, making sure both food and service are up to par. Overall- a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The ambience was pleasant. The service was kind and gracious, however there were long periods when the waiter had not checked in at our table. The entree was surprisingly salty, and the mixed green salad was drenched in lemony flavored dressing.
I hope this is helpful.

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robertT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food done in style. Proscuitto with truffle oil salad starter was a nice touch. Wine list well paired to menu.

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DanielM
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Without doubt the most pleasant dining experience in Santa Barbara.

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vipMarvelousmarv
Central Coast
64 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was expertly prepared and presented. The service was very good but a little slow. The ambiance outside was quieter than expected. A little bit of Italy in downtown Santa Barbara.

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JohnC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly wait staff and delicious food. One of our favorite Italian restaurants in town.

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vipBillW
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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Jayson
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First-rate restaurant! We are here for a month on vacation, and this was our first meal out, and it was terrific. Service could not have been better, and food was excellent across the board. Sitting outside is paramount to us these days, and their outdoor setup was excellent. Could not have had a better experience!

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vipJayne
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed this restaurant very much. The food was excellent and the service was excellent. I would go back.

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 1791 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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