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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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Celebrate Christmas Eve dinner with traditional and contemporary Italian dishes. We will be serving from our regular menu plus specials this evening (no prix fixe menu required). For a more casual Christmas Eve dinner, check out our sister restaurant next door, Olio Pizzeria.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Our sumptuous $80 per person 3-course prix fixe Cenone di Capo d’Anno (New Year's Eve Feast) dinner menu will be served all evening Sunday 12/31/17. Beverages, tax and gratuity not included. No regular/open menu available during dinner on this date.

Olio e Limone Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

service

4.4

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4.3

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4.1

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93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (43)
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Worth the Drive (17)
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Cozy (15)
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Local Ingredients (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
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Casual (6)
Comfort Food (5)
People Watching (5)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

The ambience was very inviting and the food was delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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

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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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 (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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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Oleo e Limone is upscale, and may feel a bit pretentious off the bat. We pressed through that feeling, and are so glad we did. I was vacillating between the risotto and duck ravioli and the staff helped narrow my choice down with great descriptions of each entree'. The squid ink seafood risotto was top notch - actually one of the most memorable dishes I've had at a restaurant in SB! My wife loved the duck ravioli as well. The entire experience was wonderful, and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend or revisit Oleo e Limone!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We were on vacation and looking forward to a great dinner. The initial impression was that this was going to be a great dining experience. The restaurant was quiet and the setting was pleasing. As soon as we were seated, another couple was seated right next to us despite the fact that there were other tables available. Our elbows were almost touching, the seats were so close together. The other couple reseated themselves once they could see that this was a bit too close for both the tables' occupants' comfort. Our waitress was pleasant but absent. She gave us the minimum of attention. The other staff were offhand and acted as though we barely existed or in their way. Their attention was perfunctory and they used loud voices as they called to each other. My husband had ordered a cocktail and I had ordered a sparkling water. They gave him a glass of iced water when serving me my sparking water but at no time during the meal was I offered a glass of water even after I had finished my sparkling water and my husband his cocktail. The salad which we shared was good but it was the special and EVERY table was offered and ordered this almost as though the special needed to be pushed and finished with that evening. My husband liked his octopus pasta dish but my lamb pasta dish had underdone pasta, not very hot and had a cloying sweet taste.
I would not recommend this restaurant given the service, food quality and prices. There are lots of other choices in downtown Santa Barbara.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was excellent service great looking forward to come back

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Overrated, overpriced = Disappointing!
Food was lukewarm, portions were skimpy, service was subpar. But the ambience is nice.
There are several options for better food, better service and better value within 2 blocks.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Best Italian restaurant in Santa Barbara with outstanding service by individuals who are true professionals. Not cheap but worth the money. You will not be disappointed.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Best high end Italian restaurant in Santa Barbara, perfect for a special occasion.
Very authentic food, similar to good restaurants in Rome, Florence and Milan.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Everything would have been completed if the air conditioning was not too cold, damage for the meal

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Over priced. Pastas good. Fish dish excellent. Hard to understand menu.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This was our second time in one week to go to Olio e Limone. The food is excellent. Try the Ragu or Duck ravioli when you go. Excellent service by Gustavo and Dan.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

We went to Olio e Limone based on the review of the top ten restaurants in Santa Barbara while on vacation. We were not disappointed!! The ambiance was just right, the wait staff was very knowledgeable and friendly and the food was fabulous! As a matter of fact, it was so good, when our reservations for another restaurant fell through on the second night of our stay, we decided to go back to Olio e Limone for a second time!! The porcini mushroom risotto was so good we ordered it both nights. I'm sorry I don't live closer to eat there more often, but definitely will recommend it to anyone who goes to Santa Barbara!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food was amazing but our waiter seemed annoyed to have to service us. I had to ask him for bread and then butter/oil. After waiting a long time I asked him to check on our dinners because I saw people served who came in after us. We also waited a long time for the check and I had to ask for that too. I would definitely go back because the food was delicious but I would make sure I did not have that server.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

It was great!

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

The food is always excellent, and the service is great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 20, 2017

I was at a conference at the Fess Parker and although food was provided 3 meals a day, we were tired of eating there. I looked online for a local restaurant and found he menu for this restaurant to be appealing. I was also looking for 4+ stars. There was road construction and one way streets so it was hard to find the place. We called and they were easily able to tell us how o get there. It was so worth the drive and effort to get there. We were both so pleased with our meal. We liked it so much we risked taking our leftovers home to Las Vegas the next day. Mine were still edible and just as good the second day. I would recommend this place in a heartbeat and I live in a town with many famous celebrity chefs whose food does not compare.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We took our daughter here with her friends, before UCSB started. I made Open Table reservations on, a Sunday at 7:30 for a party of 5. When we arrived, we had to go through the Olio bar area because construction was blocking the main restaurant door. The place was full and there seemed not to be a Host/Hostess as we waited to be greeted and seated. Other parties arrived after us and we all stood there hovering over other seated diners because the place is small and tables are very close to each other. Finally we were greeted and seated.

Our waiter introduced himself, very nice, took our drink orders while we looked over the menu. We loved the assorted Olives with Bread. 3 Beef Carpaccio were ordered for the table to all share. Entrees ordered were the Clams Linguine (daily special), the Grilled Veal Chop with Roasted Potatoes and Rosemary Jus and Sliced Beef Tenderloin over a Thin Potato Tart, topped with Arugula. All the food was prepared perfectly and tasted very good.

Atmosphere, small and quaint, a bit crowded. Food and Service, very good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food was delicious, I had the stuffed quail with polenta and it's a must try. Fair portions, traditional cuisine and interesting menu but the ambience is too formal for our taste and the service was a little pretentious.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Met relatives in Santa Barbara for lunch. Excellent service. Food was stellar. Excellent lunch menu with a wide variety of choices. Highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Excellent service! Gigi was knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations. The Martini all' Olio is not to be missed

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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