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Olio e Limone Ristorante, Santa Barbara, CA

Olio e Limone Ristorante

4.6
4.6
2040 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian

Olio e Limone Ristorante, located in downtown Santa Barbara's 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 or Sicilian spaghetti with bottarga. 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 contemporary Italian breakfast, lunch & retail spot Olio Bottega, and authentic pizzeria next door at Olio Pizzeria. Private dining in the Cucina Room for up to 40 guests.

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Booked 24 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Sicilian, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 899-2699 ext. 1

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Alberto Morello

  • Catering

    Whether you are planning a wedding, birthday or holiday event, or perhaps a family, social, business or philanthropic gathering, our experienced kitchen and wait staff will help make your special event memorable. We custom-create catering menus for each of our guest's events to accommodate various needs, tastes, and budgets. Contact Olio e Limone Ristorante Event Coordinator at info@olioelimone.com or (805) 899-2699, Option 3.

  • Private party facilities

    Olio e Limone Ristorante provides exclusive authentic Italian Private Dining in the Cucina Room for up to 40 guests. Casual Italian private dining available next door at Olio Pizzeria (Terrazza Room and Taverna Room) for up to 32 guests. Currently not available until health and government officials permit resumption of private and large group events.

  • Private party contact

    Events Coordinator: (805) 899-2699 ext. 3

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Cross street

    State

  • Parking details

    Lot Parking:Santa Barbara City Parking Lot #5. First 75 minutes free/paid for by downtown merchants, then $1.50/hr.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,040 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Santa Barbara

    Fit for Foodies

  • Santa Barbara

    Special Occasion

  • Santa Barbara

    Italian

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  1. SE

    SEB123

    Los Angeles

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Outstanding meal — one of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Wedding Anniversary which I indicated on Open Table twice but there was no recognition of our anniversary. In the past, we’ve used Open Table and indicated that it was a birthday and we’ve received a free desert at this restaurant. We were disappointed with this visit.

  3. RS

    RinSB

    Central Coast

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Outstanding meal. We had the pear carpaccio salad to start - very refreshing. And definitely try any entre -- we had the veal scallopini with artichokes and a very rich (and worth it!) pasta carbonara. Service was excellent -- although a bit too much. Most likely because we were very early - and only one other table was seated inside - so everyone was "helping" make sure we OK.! Always a favorite of ours - it's a must go.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All of the dishes we ordered very excellent. There were plenty of vegetarian options which was very helpful.

  5. DP

    DonaldP

    Oklahoma City

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and food. We always enjoy ourselves here.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    We were in the parklet so the ambiance wasn’t a 10 - like inside - but we still loved being at olio.

  7. J

    Jules

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    I came here for my third time, and to be honest, I was so disappointed in the experience. I was genuinely looking forward to what I have known Olio to have been, to bring some visiting family here to enjoy wonderful food and service. Tonight, everything seemed missing. The food was lackluster, and the service left little to be desired. I’m not sure what has happened here at Olio, but both the food and service have gone downhill. I don’t anticipate returning after tonight’s visit.

  8. B

    Barmar

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really wonderful restaurant! Our waiter was perfect - informative, knowledgeable and easygoing. Food was excellent - and large servings too for a change. Nice park key with heaters. Oh and all of the fabulous bread you want!

  9. EV

    EdVW

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    I had the Special veal chop wrapped in prosciutto, topped with Parmesan with an unbelievable reduction sauce, amazingly delicious. My date had the chicken Parmesan and it was good, but a little to thin, a tad over cooked and therefor a little dry. The special fig appetizer with prosciutto and arugula was beyond delicious, it was like angels singing on your tongue. I would have given 5 stars across the board, had the chicken been like my veal chop. We had a very good head waiter, the supporting staff was a bit sloppy, filling our water glasses with water spilling on the table, all in all a bit nonchalant but very friendly. Definitely going back!!

  10. t

    tommy

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Loved the ravioli truffle and mini oso buco special. Keep it on the menu. Olio remains the best Italian in SB/montecito.

  11. J

    James

    Central Coast

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    No reservations but immediate seating. Excellent menu, service, taste. Third visit. Will return again.

  12. m

    markr

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food , good service , nice table spacing The wine selection is also very good We have been many times and We will be back Thank you

  13. MM

    MichaelM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderfully prepared food and excellent service. Sitting outside is nice . Drinks are good too.

  14. S

    Spencer

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    Phony Italian. Don’t let their pretense fool you. We had dined here before about 2 years ago. Back then, we found the food and service was excellent. That’s all changed. When we arrived, at least three servers looked at us without smiling or saying anything; almost scowling, and we waited several minutes for someone to greet us. We were shown to our table with still no “welcome” or hello. The restaurant was not in the least busy. We chose two specials and one main on the menu. The pasta dishes were bathing in acidic sauce — so much so that it made us want to stop eating it. A decent salad, some nice squash blossoms stuffed with cheese, perhaps too much cheese. we finished our meal and tried for 30 minutes to get our check. Our waiter had completely abandoned us. By this point there were only two other tables of diners. I finally got up and went into the restaurant, and again had to ask twice for the check. Frankly, we hope Olio e Limone closes and lets someone else who really cares take over the space.

  15. BV

    BernieV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent restaurant a new favorite place in Santa Barbara

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Colima

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful. Delicious. Perfection.

  17. BB

    BennettB

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The absolute best, as always!!!

  18. CM

    CaronM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We are local neighbors. Love this place. Always enjoy the visit.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We were seated outside as requested. Staff, especially Pino, were very attentive and helpful with all selections. Chef Alberto visited guests and expressed gratitude. Branzino filet was perfectly prepared. Gnocchi with truffle fantastic. Recommended wines were perfectly paired. Tiramisu and chocolate banana pudding-fabulous. Wonderful SB ristorante with terrific staff. It’s always a treat to visit Olio e Limone.

  20. KJ

    KetherJ

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was fantastic and the ambiance just as good

  21. KL

    KipleyL

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a fantastic dinner with attentive service and nice ambiance

  22. e

    elosb

    Central Coast

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All good. We were not too hungry, so we shared a few plates and were pleased that the waiter didn't seem to mind that we didn't order a huge amount of food.

  23. JE

    JERRYW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service - staff was very knowledgeable and attentive. Food was first rate and very pleasing. I had a fish dish (sole) that was just excellent! Cooked to perfection, and the portion size was perfect! Had a wonderful time.

  24. SM

    SaraM

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was unparalleled- fantastic. We asked our server to suggest a wine to complement our dinner choices and his selection was perfect! Great food and ambiance. We’re returning to Santa Barbara in July and plan on eating here again.

  25. SG

    SueG

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I enjoyed their outdoor seating area. The service and food were excellent.

  26. DL

    DonLA

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    The setting is very nice. Staff polite and try to be attentive but still the service was extremely slow. The food was a very big disappointment. My wife and I both had pasta dishes. Hers was a vegetarian pasta where the heavy cream sauce drowned out any taste of vegetables. Mine was pappardelle with quail in tomato sauce. Very poor. Seemed to be very little quail in my portion and no taste whatever of the quail given the heavy, overpowering tomato sauce. Both of us were very disappointed.

  27. PD

    PsyDoc

    Phoenix

    114 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    The hostess seating people was exceptional. Gracious and efficient as well as helpful. The wine selection was sufficiently good. Ambience was very lovely and the music was kept at a low enough level to allow conversation to take place without having to raise your voice. Menu options were varied and interesting but a bit on the pricey side. Service was less than stellar, but the server had a very large quantity of tables to tend to which may have been due to any number of reasons. Nevertheless, he was quite abrupt. One order was placed for a seafood pasta with a marinara sauce rather than a spicy sauce due to dietary restrictions and we believe that created a problem which should not have occurred. The pasta ended up being a very pricy dish of pasta with one piece of shrimp including the head (yuk) rather than the proposed crab and other varieties of seafood which should have been included in the dish. The angel hair pasta was very tasty and exceptionally plentiful. Perhaps offering half sizes of some dishes would save on a lot of waste. Three gelato desert was very rich indeed! One scoop offerings would be sufficient. Regardless, we will likely try this lovely restaurant again in the future and hope the review will be more fitting for such a neighborhood gem. Don’t let this discourage you from giving the restaurant a try as it certainly could have been a one-off experience. Overall we still like the place a lot!

  28. B

    Biarritz

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our first time dining here. Everything we had was delicious and beautifully presented. Our server was personable and attentive. We will return!

  29. s

    summersungrl

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    This restaurant has been around Santa Barbara for a long time. It is conveniently next door to the New Vic and makes an accessible, close option for patrons to dine. Maybe because it was later on a Sunday, the vibe I got was one of inconvenience. We walked in and there were only 3 tables seated. A server looked at us and went back into kitchen, we waited a few moments and then another server came out and asked us how they could help. We had reservations and they had to look it up on their computer before they would seat us. Once confirmed, we were seated and eventually drink order was taken, food order was taken and we were brought bread. The bread was mediocre at best, barely warm, and seemed like day old bread. No butter was offered only their signature olive oil, no balsamic. We were advised what the specials were, and asked if we had any questions. We were not asked if we wanted appetizers, so we proceeded to order our dinner. It seemed like they wanted us in and out of there quickly. I ordered a special, the Cioppino. The sauce was lovely, as was the shell fish. The rest, a bit over cooked and rubbery. Certainly not what I expect for a $40 dish. No spoon was given initially, no plate for shells or seafood fork - brought after the fact. Again the bread served with it was blah. The other two dishes at our table were decent. The best thing served was the wine and the dessert (Pear dish), which they did so graciously bring to the birthday girl. I expect more from a fine dining establishment and maybe we just went on an off night or after a busy weekend when everyone there just wanted to go home. The server who brought the water was so nice and he also brought the dessert. I might go again but with so many other options it may be a while before I do. I would recommend to a friend but under caution.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to enjoy good Italian and wine. Our waiter was amazing and great with us during our time there enjoying dinner.

  31. HY

    HowardY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    On what turned out to be a breezy, cool night, we arrived 15 minutes early hoping to get a table inside. We were happy to be offered a table near the middle of the restaurant with sufficient spacing around us. The salmon was delicious and my pork chop was tender, already sliced up, with a nice sauce and starch. Our server and bus workers were polite and efficient. Would highly recommend.

  32. u

    unique

    Central Coast

    22 reviews

    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4

    I have been to this restaurant many times and the food as always exceptional. Not last night. It could be we ordered wrong but we did check with our waiter who encouraged us in our choices. Thank nfirtunstelt, everything from the bread to the main and salads was disappointing

  33. KM

    KathyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    There were so many delicious-sounding lunch options I had a hard time selecting one. The duck salad was wonderful. My friend had the lasagna and she said it was the best she has ever had. We enjoyed a glass of wine and never felt rushed. The waiter staff was top-notch without being over the top.

  34. CD

    CelesteD

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was lovely and caring. Food was excellent

  35. R

    Rockerbox

    Central Coast

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    My wife and I met a friend for a Mother's Day dinner at Olio e Limone, a restaurant we have visited a number of times in the past. As usual, the food and service were very good, as were the cocktails. Not cheap, but definitely somewhere to go if you want a good experience and are happy to splurge.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect Mother’s Day. Thank you.

  37. d

    dsancarlos

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a delicious dinner for Mother’s Day. The staff was very attentive and friendly, as always.

  38. RA

    RodrigoA

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Lovely place and tasty food, good for a date dinning.

  39. JL

    JohnL

    Detroit

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely place, great food and excellent service.

  40. SC

    SCOOTER

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have been dining here for years, and it never disappoints.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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 4.6 stars by 2040 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Olio e Limone Ristorante

11 W Victoria St, Ste 17 Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    State

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Sicilian, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Lot Parking:Santa Barbara City Parking Lot #5. First 75 minutes free/paid for by downtown merchants, then $1.50/hr.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alberto Morello

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (805) 899-2699 ext. 1

  • Catering

    Whether you are planning a wedding, birthday or holiday event, or perhaps a family, social, business or philanthropic gathering, our experienced kitchen and wait staff will help make your special event memorable. We custom-create catering menus for each of our guest's events to accommodate various needs, tastes, and budgets. Contact Olio e Limone Ristorante Event Coordinator at info@olioelimone.com or (805) 899-2699, Option 3.

  • Private party facilities

    Olio e Limone Ristorante provides exclusive authentic Italian Private Dining in the Cucina Room for up to 40 guests. Casual Italian private dining available next door at Olio Pizzeria (Terrazza Room and Taverna Room) for up to 32 guests. Currently not available until health and government officials permit resumption of private and large group events.

  • Private party contact

    Events Coordinator: (805) 899-2699 ext. 3

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