Olio e Limone Ristorante
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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Italian eggless custard; aged fig balsamic & mixed fresh berries
Prosciutto con Bruschetta
Parma prosciutto; country bread, chopped tomatoes, garlic & basil
Ravioli di Zucca
Housemade pumpkin ravioli, creamy sage parmesan sauce
New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers
Our sumptuous $90.00 per person 3-course prix fixe Cenone di Capo d'Anno(New Year's Eve Feast) dinner menu will be served all evening Friday 12/31/21. No open/regular menu available during dinner on this date. For a more casual celebration, check out our sister restaurant, Olio Pizzeria®, next door.
Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers
Join us for an Italian Christmas Eve! We'll be serving our regular menu (no prix fixe menu) and festive specials.
Amazing quality from top to bottom.
Always wonderful there!
fabulous osso bucco. beautiful saffron risotto underneath . enjoyed the etna bianca white wine . branzino perfectly cooked. great service. enjoyed the parklet ambiance.
Wonderful dining experience.
Just regular food, not an exquisite culinary experience
Perfect. Great food and service!
Very disappointed. Food was good, but the service was not good. We sat for 40 minutes before our order was taken, the waiter spilled our wine, we had to ask for our order to be taken, never told us the specials, our table was across from the open door and we were very cold. A table if 6 in the middle of the restaurant we felt very ignored.
Everything was just great!!! Food,wine,deserts …. Was my daughter's birthday and she was soooo happy!!!! Thanks guys…🌹🌻
It Was our 47th anniversary. My only complaint is that the hostess would only show us the one table and gave us no other choice of table and was not particularly nice about it.
Such a great authentic Italian restaurant in gorgeous Santa Barbara.
The food was prepared very well with the presentation done just a well. Highly recommended. Very Elegant!
My husband and I came here during our Honeymoon trip to Santa Barbara. The food was delicious! My husband is a picky eater with special dietary restrictions, so fine dining doesn't always work for him. However, he loved the pumpkin ravioli. My only regret was we didn't leave room for dessert. Definitely hope to come back!
Dinner was delicious. It was outdoor seating. It was cold out but patio heaters did the job.
Absolutely wonderful - as always!! Our FAVORITE Santa Barbara restaurant for fine dining. ❤️
Awesome food and ambience . Best Italian place in SB!!
Food was good both appetizers and main course.
The welcome at the entrance was horrendous !
No smile, no "nice to see you" completely closed face of the person , we felt like we annoyed him : we almost left at this point to go elsewhere !
Loved our meal. Service excellent. Tables a little too close for comfort.
The experience was very nice however the seating outside was so heavily interrupted with passers by it was quite distracting and uncomfortable a few times...not sure what, if anything can be done!
Eggplant appetizer is outstanding. Bread & olive were perfect.
Pre-occupied waiters/ busboys- I asked three times for water withOUT ice (including in Spanish-) and received water with ice. Why?
Great night out for dinner and theater, perfect combo!
Great food as usual. The restaurant was very busy and the small waitstaff did a good job taking care of everyone Not the prettiest restaurant in town, but the food is really excellent and consistent
Service was poor
After reading the high scores on Yelp and some of the reviews, we were looking forward to trying Olio e Limone. When we got there we found the room to be old fashioned and charmless and the food to be tasteless and lacking flavor. You know immediately if a restaurant is going to be good or not from the moment they set down the bread basked - and the bread that was delivered to us was coarse and bland. Even the balsamic vinegar lacked flavor. We ordered the caprese salad to start and the buffalo mozzarella and the tomatoes were tasteless and uninteresting. I ordered the chicken saltimbocca and the prosciutto was flavorless as well (likely not true Parma ham) and the pounded chicken was dry - and there was almost no sauce. Hubs had the lamb chops and they were lovely but the red wine reduction sauce had very little flavor and was not the deep, savory veal reduction demi glace sauce that we love with red meats. Daughter ordered the truffle risotto and we were surprised to see a plate arrive of white risotto with asparagus - not the darker, mushroom-studded dish we were expecting - it was more of like a spring vegetable dish - not a truffle risotto. Son ordered the seafood pasta, which I tasted, and was so disappointed in the small bits of drab, tired crab - definitely frozen or canned. Ridiculous for such a well reviewed and pricey restaurant. Perhaps we had the 2nd string chef? I'm not sure. But overall it was a very disappointing meal in a dreary room. With SO many exciting and delicious options in the city, we will not be returning.
Food is good, but the service felt rushed. I asked for another pasta sauce already on the menu, and they said too busy. There were 5 tables. The last time we were there they accomadted us with requested sauce. They were also so busy (sarcastic) that are food came out in like 7minutes. I felt rushed, and I was made too feel like it’s more important too turn the tables than please customers. I will not return.
The decor needs some work but I like how it’s authentic. Very expensive for the portions but very well done and flavorful food.
We love coming to Olio e Limone whenever we visit Santa Barbara. Last night did not disappoint.
Fabulous outdoor area for seating with heaters. Had a great branzino and a Muscovy duck special with a fabulous fruit reduction sauce. The spaghetti bottarga was perfect as always. A nice white wine from Sicily ( Etna Rosa ) was enjoyed. Esteban provided fantastic service with food , wine , water, and heater adjustment. Can’t wait to return !
For a table of 6, 3 entrees were served and then about a 10 minute wait for the next 3 to come out. This is really bad. We won’t be back.
Food and service is wonderful. Highly recommend this for any occasion.
As Always, The Best!
Hands down, Olio e Limone is the best Italian restaurant in Santa Barbara. We've been patrons for years and can't recommend it highly enough!
My birthday and my son’s birthday celebration at Limone. My second time at this popular restaurant. I requested a nice quiet table for three of us and was placed into a cramped corner with a very noisy couple who was on a first date and trying very hard to get to know each other which I prefer not to listen to at our birthday celebration. The waiter was polite but seemed annoyed with all of our requests for water, bread, lime and appetizers. The main waitress was nice efficient and good.
Meals were ok not great or awesome. Don’t think I will return with so many choices in SB!
Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous in every way:
I want more!
Everything was satisfactory, but my second drinks brought it after I finish my food, and I didn’t accepted
Great meal and service! Looking forward to returning.
Great soup, which was a tomato/eggplant. The caprese was so-so. The bruschetta was good. Very good bolognese and swordfish special. Delicious dessert!
Excellent food and service!
Excellent in every way -- we'll be back soon …..
All good.Very enjoyable
My friend and I came here for dinner while on vacation. We were seated outside which we asked for. Outside seating was under cover with space heaters. They served bread with olive oil. We asked for balsamic vinegar abd it was brought to us. My friend ordered the pomodoro pasta and a side of veggies which were both excellent. I had pumpkin ravioli with cream sage sauce. The ravioli dough had pumpkin in it and the filling was pumpkin. I enjoyed my dinner, but felt it leaned a little too sweet especially by the time I was finished. I would have liked more fresh sage taste. I think the pumpkin ravioli would be great to split for starters and then one of the more savory meat dishes to go with.
The service was very good. They were very attentive. Refilled our water. They took care of all our dining needs.
I would recommend. Enjoy!
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 1850 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.