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Olio e Limone Ristorante, Santa Barbara, CA

Olio e Limone Ristorante

4.6
4.6
2016 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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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 2,016 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
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Santa Barbara

    Fit for Foodies

  • Santa Barbara

    Special Occasion

  • Santa Barbara

    Italian

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  1. SG

    SueG

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  2. DL

    DonLA

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.

  3. PD

    PsyDoc

    Phoenix

    114 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    114 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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!

  4. B

    Biarritz

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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!

  5. s

    summersungrl

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. R

    Rockerbox

    Central Coast

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 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.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect Mother’s Day. Thank you.

  13. d

    dsancarlos

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 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.

  14. 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.

  15. JL

    JohnL

    Detroit

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely place, great food and excellent service.

  16. 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.

  17. WD

    WandaD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    My guest's pear tart desert was microwaved, ruining the crust. Her entrée was served cold, they microwaved it. The sauce, of course, broke. The service, however was excellent, and the room was lovely.

  18. MP

    MarlaP

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Elaine and her husband have created a welcoming oasis of consistently delicious food (I loved the salmon special), a warm atmosphere and a fabulous staff. We had a wonderful evening.

  19. EG

    ErinG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dine here every time I come to Santa Barbara. We always eat inside. Great food, lovely ambiance and wonderful service.

  20. FC

    FlyingChef

    Baltimore

    70 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience3

    A total lack of kitchen management and nobody to talk to about it lead to a very long wait for an inadequate meal. This is not the restaurant it used to be and the owners need to stop neglecting it

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We always eat there when in Santa Barbara. Great place and our waiter was fantastic

  22. JB

    JonathanB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Eva the maitre ‘d sets the standard

  23. MD

    MarinD

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Good as always. Service a bit slow due to an event slamming them. Still acceptable

  24. LM

    LelandMont

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Lovely low key dining on contemporary Northern Italian

  25. BC

    BobC

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Attentive but not intrusive service, spectacular food and wine (we loved the special Dover sole.) overall a great evening, just what we have come to expect. Lovely

  26. k

    kerris

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Waiter recommended to us a great Italian wine and he also explained some entrees we were considering since it was our 1st visit!! Service was great and we`ll return to the restaurant and try more dishes .

  27. t

    tobyandoak

    Denver

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Tomatoes on caperse salad were poor quality Ravioli were under cooked but tasted fine Crawfish and prawn pasta dish was ok Nothing special! Service was good but one waiter worked hard to juggle all tables

  28. BY

    BarbaraY

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were welcome and seated quickly. John and his team were attentive but knew we were not in any rush. Carpaccio and the spinach ravioli. Two perfect items for us. A glass of wine and our meal was complete. Everything about Olio & Limone keeps us coming back every year we visit Santa Barbara.

  29. BA

    BARB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT FOR THEIR EXCELLENT FOOD, GOOD SERVICE. THE STAFF IS VERY PROFESSIONAL. AMBIANCE IS GREAT. GOOD ATMOSPHERE.

  30. z

    zocal92

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I arrived at 5 pm. Absolutely no entry until after 5 pm. We decided beforehand to have a light Sunday night meal and so we split a carpaccio appetizer, eggplant ravioli, and a pear tart for dessert. Since it was my wife’s birthday we received a complementary Panna Cota with fig balsamic. A very welcome finale to an excellent dining experience. The service was prompt, friendly and the servers were knowledgeable about the menu ittems. Each selection was flavorful, and prepared to perfection. The wine list had numerous selections from local wineries and I was pleased to see some of my past favorites on the list. We ordered several by the glass. All in all it was a perfect evening with municipal parking one block away in a very busy restaurant district. We plan to return on our next visit. Bravo to Olio e Limone.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Amazing food. Took a star off service since they took a long time to greet us and kept saying I’ll be right back-and then ignore us. Other than that glitch, perfect and look forward to coming back

  32. AM

    AMPH

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They were so great at accommodating a last minute change to our reservation, which made our night very special. Food is always excellent. Great wine and cocktails too.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Vacation getaway — good tasty food, but the soup was unfortunately microwaved, scolding hot veggies but lukewarm soup ;(

  34. NG

    NatalieG

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing hostess! Made us feel so welcome! She gave us a choice of tables and checked on us during our visit. Wait staff was great! Food was delicious! I highly recommend this restaurant!

  35. CW

    ChristineW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious, fresh Italian food in the heart of beautiful Santa Barbara. This is a must visit place anytime in the area. Good service, fair pricing and outstanding cuisine. Well done Olio n Limone!

  36. AP

    AnnP

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Very slow service. Food was ok. Not very special

  37. L

    Laird

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Everything we had was exceptional. Very professional waitstaff. Highly recommend.

  38. BR

    BrianR

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All excellent

  39. L

    Lilly

    Central Coast

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food, great service, lovely and relaxed atmosphere.

  40. AP

    AsPF

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Clearly and simply the best Italian restaurant in Santa Barbara.

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 2016 OpenTable diners.

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

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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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