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Olio e Limone Ristorante

886 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Olio e Limone Ristorante, located in downtown Santa Barbara's historic arts district, serves artisanal Zagat-rated 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 burrata salad or white Mediterranean anchovies, then tuck into a plate of house-made ravioli filled with roasted eggplant and goat cheese, topped with a fresh tomato and basil sauce and shaved ricotta salata. And be sure to take home a bottle of their own olio, an organic extra-virgin olive oil made from Sicilian olive varieties. Private dining in the Cucina Room for up to 40 guests. Bonus: their pizza bar, salumi bar, wine bar and full bar next door at Olio Pizzeria, with private dining for up to 32 guests.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation

Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm


Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm
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Phone number
(805) 899-2699 ext. 1
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Alberto Morello
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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.
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Private party contact
Events Coordinator: (805) 899-2699 ext. 3
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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 Events Coordinator at or (805) 899-2699, Option 3.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Lot Parking:
Santa Barbara City Parking Lot #5 (first 75 minutes free/paid for by downtown merchants, then $1.50/hr).
Banquet, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine


Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Our sumptuous $80.00 per person 3-course prix fixe Festa di San Valentino (Valentine’s Day Feast) dinner menu will be served all evening Wednesday, 02/14/18. No regular/open menu available during dinner on this date. For a more casual celebration, check out our sister restaurant, Olio Pizzeria.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
Dined 4 days ago

Our food was very good, especially the risotto. Our overall experience was not. The dining room and our table were small and very crowded. The restaurant was understaffed and service was fair/poor. 3 of us sent our drinks back and reordered. Perhaps the regular bartender was not there. It may have been an off night for this restaurant, but I wouldn't rush to go back.

vipWayne (New York Area)
Dined on January 7, 2018

The food is excellent and the service is old-time Italian, meaning they serve you well, but with attitude. When I pointed out that two things I ordered didn't not come as described in the menu, and I was pretty much told I was wrong. One of their "signature cocktails", a Manhattan, was really an Old Fashion. I pointed out that the drink had an orange peel and no cherry which would indicate I'm correct, but the waiter said I was wrong which means he didn't know the difference. Then, for dessert, the waiter described a chocolate bread pudding. What came out was a molten chocolate cake. I like molten chocolate cake, so I ate it, and it was good, but it wasn't the dessert that was described. Other than that, the food was great and was served in perfect timing.

tweetie (Palm Springs)
Dined on January 6, 2018

The fresh pasta was delicious and the chocolate banana bread pudding was amazing.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
Dined on December 31, 2017

It was my parent’s 23rd wedding anniversary and they made it beyond special!

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
Dined on December 14, 2017

What you would call neuvo Italian, all the dishes were well prepared and presented. The Mediterranean Sea Bas special with a cherry tomato sauce stuffed with sauteed spinach and capers was delightful. Wouldn't hesitate to order again. The butternut squash ravioli were good, but not "oh my god", the tomato sauce tasted like a bland tomato sauce. The pear salad is ample for two and outstanding. The olives put on the table are excellent along with the bread. The menu is creative and doesn't have the expected normal Italian dishes, all are uniquely done. The drink menu is creative and the good. The wine list is well balanced with a good selection of wines, though it tends to be on the higher priced end with a corkage fee of $20. Our waiter was excellent, knew the dishes and could explain them clearly, he was also adept with the wine list, though we brought our own, a unique Italian white, Grechetto. We did offer the waiter a taste, which he appreciated. Is this my go-to Italian restaurant in the Santa Barbara area, no, but it is a good solid restaurant that deserves another reservation.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
Dined on December 10, 2017

Best Italian food in SB. Sicilian cuisine at its best. Interesting cocktails too.

OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
Dined on December 9, 2017

Really enjoyed our meal at Olio e Limone! The food was excellent, the ambiance was warm and the service was top notch! We will most definitely be returning.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
Dined on December 9, 2017

Had dinner for five, a quiet gathering. The menu was wonderful, the service exceptional and the food was prepared incredibly. We enjoyed three courses with accompanying wine. I highly recommend.

vipAlexfosb (Central Coast)
Dined on November 30, 2017

We have been going to Olio for about 12 years. Haven't written a review in ages. It is the most consistent high quality authentic Italian restaurant in the whole area and did not disappoint during our most recent visit. The Stuffed Quails were delicious, meaty and very hot when served. Many restaurants can't seem to manage that. Excellent Pinot Noir by the glass also at a 'correct' price. Clearly for people with more taste and wanting a quality environment with professional service. We are all lucky that Olio y Limone is here in SB.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
Dined on November 28, 2017

LDelicious food and great service. Definately would return for great Italian food.