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About Olio e Limone Ristorante

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.

11 W Victoria St, Ste 17
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch

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

Dinner

Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm

Cross Street:
State

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 899-2699 ext. 1

Website:
http://www.olioelimone.com/

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 Events Coordinator at info@olioelimone.com or (805) 899-2699, Option 3.

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

Executive Chef:
Alberto Morello

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.

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

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

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.

Olio e Limone Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Pre/post Theatre (15)
Cozy (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
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vip
 (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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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vip
 (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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (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.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 28, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 28, 2017

As always....excellent food, excellent wine and excellent service.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The fantastic food is only matched by their service with a lovely ambiance. The homemade pasta was delicious (the fettecini with peas and mushrooms and the ravioli with sage). Our waiter, and all of the waiters there go out of their way to make sure you have a wonderful evening. Thank you so much

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Incredible! I recommend it highly!! The ambience was perfect and the food was phenomenal. Homemade from scratch and tastes like heaven. It’s a must try!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Beautiful decor and very good food. Had the special pasta - short rib ragu on pasta. Very good flavor.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I have eaten here many tines and enjoyed it. This time no one liked their meal: the ravioli was underdone, squid ink pasta was awful, 3 people because somewhat ill after the meal. Not sure what happened this time. There were kind enough to not charge us for the squid ink risotto. I will go back but will try to order more judiciously.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Always a favorite for a special occasion. Great for business lunches too when you want to impress.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

always great! we go there for special occasions as well as when we want to treat ourselves! food is always great!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My wife and I eat at restaurants regularly: 3-5 times per week. This experience was a severe disappointment. The ambience and noise level were very acceptable. The receptionist was appropriate and friendly. The waiter however was extremely arrogant/condescending. More disappointing however was the entrée: sole which was absolutely tasteless. In addition the accompanying broccoli was undercooked/stringy/tasteless. To charge $45 for this entree is criminal! We were visiting from out of town and this restaurant and Janes we're recommended in Santa Barbara. The meal at Janes was outstanding as was the ambience and service. There was no comparison between the two restaurants: like night and day.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

On the way back to LA from Solvang, got hungry and stopped for lunch in SB. OH MY GOODNESS! This place was spectacular. Food was magnificent - the 4 of us had pork chops milanesa, Italian sausage & polenta, spaghetti w/ crab & shrimp & sausage ravioli - and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food. Cocktails were great and servers very attentive without pushing us. We had a leisurely 2 hour lunch and had to roll to our cars because we were so full.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The ambience was very inviting and the food was delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Two of us had a very nice meal at Olio Limone recently. The food was good and they willingly accomodated dietary needs. My friend has the seafood and really liked it. The bread is excellent too. I enjoyed the rack of lamb and it was a generous portion, cooked correctly, but the balsamic sauce was a bit too heavy. It isn't necessary to saturate a good cut of meat and the sauce didn't really seem to compliment or infuse with the lamb. The vegetables were fine and all in all, it was enjoyable and I'd return. It does get a bit loud as it's a good popular Italian restaurant but some of the tables are too close together.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I had a business lunch with some family and a friend. Restaurant was quiet as there were only a few tables busy. We had three different pastas and all were very good. Wine selections were outstanding if pricey. House salad was excellent. The desserts were well made and tasty. A good experience. We will return.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were visiting Santa Barbara and several people recommended this restaurant. It did not disappoint. Wonderful, homemade pastas. Delicious sauces. I couldn’t decide between two dishes so the waiter brought me a little of both! Wonderful food and nice wine list.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The fantastic dinner of truffled gnocchi and Dover sole could only be matched by the wonderful service and the warm atmosphere. A truly lovely evening. Thank you.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Finally, an excellent restaurant with an interesting menu, good service AND you can hold a conversation!

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Have dined here three times within 6 months. As a staple in Santa Barbara dining the front of house staff is amiable, efficient and professional. The kitchen generally has a solid operation in terms of timing & delivery of dishes and the quality is consistently good but not exceptional. Have had both reservations issues as well as waits on weeknights despite having a reservation. Its fine if a bit pricey - such as the $29 sweetbreads appetizer. Described as slightly breaded it was closer to moderate and so absorb the grease and the cook time over softened the sweetbreads.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Wonderful, authentic food in a cosy atmosphere. We had tickets at the Arlington and had plenty of time for a great dinner and 5 minute walk to the theater.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This restaurant never fails to provide a special treat, almost no matter what menu item you order. However, I have to recommend the Duck Ravioli with mushroom sauce as the top of the top. The pasta is prepared perfectly and the sauce is just incredible!! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates fine food, served well.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent authentic Italian food. Very nice menu and outstanding service. Highly recommend!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Lovely ambience. Attentive but not overbearing service. Lovely selection of specials as well as regular menu items.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Very delicious, Sicilian dinner!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Everything at this restaurant was excellent. We've been here several times and we will definitely be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive, People Watching
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had not been in for a while and we both appreciated the great service and quality of the menu. It was a very busy Saturday evening, but the pace of service was excellent. My wife had the pistachio encrusted salmon and I had the veal, both of which were outstanding.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Delightful dining experience. Wonderful attentive charming waiter. I asked for an item not on the menu - pasta putenesca - Not only did the waiter indicate they would be happy to make it for me, but he described the ingredients. It was fantastic!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Visiting from the SF Bay Area ... wow , great food at a very reasonable price ! Had the butternut squash gnocchi and it was to die for; melted in my mouth which is a sign of being freshly made . Service was excellent ! When in the area again, we will return !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

If you're really hungry you'll discover very small portions all at a hefty price. 3 glasses of wine, one salad, 1 small appetizer, 1 mini lasagna, (huge plate) chicken platter $140.00 with $20.00 tip

Tags: People Watching
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great Italian food with Southern Italian emphasis. Good wine list and great service. Highly recommend

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Service and food was great! Had a really interesting dish--Sausage stuffed quails! Ravioli was also amazing. Consumed a really lovely bottle of Duckhorn Merlot. Overall, a fantastic dinner date!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Olio e Limone was excellent in all regards service, food, and atmosphere. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will be back. Well done!

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Very nice. The food and service were great. They knew it was our anniversary, and we were surprised by a nice dessert on the house.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always a treat to come here. Simply scrumptious duck ravioli and fresh local salad greens.
Excellent wine list including many fine local wines. We like to come here to talk. Service is top notch as is the food and it's possible to have a real conversation.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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