Olio e Limone Ristorante

4.7
1594 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 1594 people are saying
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MenuMaven
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Our dinner was very good. Service is excellent.

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NATHALIEL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Get away for a few days

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vipSilviaB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, superb service! I recommend the Squid Risotto!

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EricaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal - felt very pampered and the food was delicious.

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BuzzM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, the fixed price 3 course dinner was very good, great choices, an excellent value.

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vipJanG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best. Our go to restaurant for the 20 years we have lived in Santa Barbara.

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SharonS
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb Italian fare, innovative specials of the day and a raspberry creme brulee not "to be missed!"

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minag
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 27th anniversary. As always a lovely dinner to be had at Olio e Limone. Thank you Elaine

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
104 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was exquisite and they had an extensive menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite Italian restaurant in Santa Barbara!

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vipGeraldF
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I, along with another couple, have been returning patrons of the restaurant for many years for our traditional New Year's dinner and escape from LA to Santa Barbara for a foursome four day get away. Elaine Murillo operates one of the finest dining establishments anywhere. The cuisine, service and ambience are always excellent.

In addition to the above, her husband and I, close friends of almost 60 years, had our annual "Guy's Retreat" this past weekend in Santa Barbara. Of course, dinner was at Olio al fresco. The outdoor dining experience was exceptional. A great deal of effort and expense has been expended to make dining charming and delightful. As always, the cuisine and service lived up to Elaine's high standard.

Our foursome will be returning to Olio this New Year's Eve once again!

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vipJanetB
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not the first time we have come here and it won't be the last. We had the fish special with side of Vegetables and potatoes and had sorbet for dessert. First class experience. Definitely recommend.

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NadineB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from start to finish, as we walked in the door to leaving. Such a beautiful atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible, fresh food. Great service. Generous portions.

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vipPhilly
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You will never be disappointed at this establishment. Everyday dining, special occasion, date, business, they will do their best to make it memorable. The service is detailed, friendly and attentive without being pretentious. The quality of the food is outstanding. We have tried most items on the menu and have never had a complaint. The Dover Sole is always my favorite, with a salad as a first course and pasta second course split between 2 people and then a cannoli for dessert. Their burrata is delicious.
Tiramisu is always a good bet, and of course the gelato for dessert.
Their veal chops are excellent. Vegetable sides are fresh and simply prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The fish and dessert were outstanding. Would have appreciated being waited on by the same individual.

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SteveS
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we have eaten here every time we are in Santa Barbara and it has been terrific each and every time! Service is spot on. We had veal ravioli with truffle. amazing plus roasted white asparagus ! Server selected two very nice reds to go with each. Looking forward to our next visit!!

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MarleneD
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have always enjoyed Olio e Limone but this visit was exceptional. We went for my son's birthday and the appetizer, white asparagus with pancetta and truffles, was wonderful. I had the cod with hearts of palm and spinach and the fish was cooked perfectly and the dish as a whole was terrific. My son's pasta was also fantastic. I always tell people that this is an example of high quality ingredients cooked to perfection. As always the service was great. I hope they keep the tables on the sidewalk/street.

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vipBebe
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect evening.

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vipjma5742
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and the street ambiance works just fine these days

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

great meal

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

39th wedding anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall excellent. Friendly staff, very well prepare fresh food; high quality wines by the glass

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JamesB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Felt safe with the customer spacing. Food was great

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Bunnyinsb
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time. The food was delicious. Our waiter was delightful. Looking forward to going back soon.

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vipChrissy
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly excellent southern Italian food

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JessK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greet outside set up. Wonderful service and amazing food

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AdamH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
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
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food and cocktails. We were seating outside and it was warm in early afternoon but later , when it got chilly, they tried to turn on the heaters , they were dying ( no gas) and it was cold to seat and enjoy the food. It’s my only complain but otherwise I Definitely could see myself going back.

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WobblyBadger
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
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
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
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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vipCosmo7
Los Angeles
511 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time visiting.....can sit outside or inside.
Food was good.....
brother visiting from europe....and he enjoyed it as well

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vipPbcnewyork
Central Coast
49 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
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 on April 6, 2021
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
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
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
2 reviews
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
2 reviews
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
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JudyD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 1594 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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