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Olio e Limone Ristorante

4.6
913 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch

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

Dinner

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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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.
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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).
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 913 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJillW (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Dan is an extraordinary server! Knowledgeable, friendly and professional, he made for a satisfying dining experience. We’ll be back soon!

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JRM3 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Very nice. Food great service great. Expensive

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

My sisters and I were looking for a good Italian restaurant and chose Olio e Limone because it looked authentic. It definitely was. I lived in Italy for a year and have a hard time finding good, authentic Italian food. Alberto and his restaurant delivered and then some. All the staff were friendly and engaging. A lovely wine list and amazing desserts. Our waiter, Ublado, was helpful and made the whole experience very enjoyable. Go eat at Olio e Limone!

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JanisB 
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

Loved coming back to Olio for Dinner, except that our waiter seemed a little disinterested in his job.

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vipFoodie (Grand Rapids)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Absolutely one of our favorites in Santa Barbara. Our third visit and they didn’t disappoint. One of the best Dover Sole’s that I’ve ever had any where. Lovely restaurant and very traditional Italian gentlemen servers. It’s a wonderful experience. For a lighter choice make sure to dine at their pizzeria next door. The best Neapolitan style pizza we’ve ever had. The chef owner has it all mastered at Olio!

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Jaggs (London)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

While I’ve had other excellent meals at this restaurant, this was a disappointing trip. I don’t think I’ve ever had tougher chicken anywhere—and I’ve been to plenty of banquets! The roast chicken was roasted black and the meat, even the leg meat, was dry and very chewy. I’ll wait awhile before returning!

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KathrynA (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

All was good as usual but our waiter was fairly dismissive, not particularly kind.

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BarbaraB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Excellent Italian food. Artichoke soup was so delicious. All food was flavorful, fresh and served hot. Very good wine list.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This place is normally one of our favorites but should be avoided on V day. It was crowded, super noisy, the service was poor and the meal was overpriced. But I guess we should expect this on such a holiday.

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Suzonthego (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We were there on Valentines with a fixed menu. Although what we received was delicious, I also felt it was quite overpriced. Because it was Valentines I wish they had made a little more effort to make the atmosphere romantic. Decor maybe? Free glass of champagne? I had pre requested a "Quiet table" however was given a seat right by the front door which kept being thrown open with cold air pouring in and people standing around waiting for the hostess to get to them. Service was good. It's a nice spot but they could try just a bit harder to make it more special.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Decent Italian restaurant which did not have either of the wines we wanted although on their wine list. Food was good but not exceptional, service seemed tired or bored.
I suspect there are other better Italian restaurants to try.
Won’t go back not because anything was wrong just because there are so many other places to try

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JasonS (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a great time here. The food was awesome and the WAITER was really good and on top of things. He knew the menu front to back and took really good care of us.

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Food2good (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Absolutely excellent food and service!!! I would suggest making a reservation as the place is very quaint. You will love the food and ambiance when you go.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We come here every year that we visit Santa Barbara. Best barrel-aged Negroni ever! The staff is warm & friendly - no attitude. Delicious food and bonus that they support the local arts scene.

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SteveG (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Fantastic food made with care! The fresh fish came with this amazing tomato sauce. Really interesting specials - we tried the fresh porcini mushrooms from California sautéed in olive oil and served on freshly toasted bread. Delicious!

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KCoop (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Olio e Limone is one of those restaurants that consistently lives up to the good reputation it has maintained for so many years. The owner Elaine is a fantastic host, the food is fresh and wonderful and it's right in the heart of everything good happening in Santa Barbara. I really should go more often!

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vipCatrichins (Salt Lake City)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Olio e Limone remains one of my favorites again and again.

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Christopher43 (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We first ate at O & L on our honeymoon 16 years ago, and we have returned almost every year since. The food is classic N. Italian, with a number of specials that are very well-chosen. This year, I had the potato and spinach gnocchi, but if I had to do it over again, I would have picked the corbina, a fish that isn't offered much anywhere. Oh, well. My wife had the spring chicken with roasted potatoes and spinach. She thought that the dish came with mashed potatoes and told the waiter, who brought a side for which we were not charged.

I can recommend O & L for any occasion. It's white tablecloths but not stuffy. The menu is pretty extensive, something for everyone.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We had a delightful experience! Our server was delightful and very helpful! Thank you very much

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

I am Italian who moved to the US twenty years ago, and I found Olio e Limone to be one of the most authentic Italian restaurant I have tried in the United States.
The food is always exceptional and the wine selection is great.
It is not cheap, which is somewhat to be expected for such quality.
The hostess is delightful, and the overall service impeccable.
I bring people to Olio e Limone when I have to impress them.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Once again a great experience for our entire group prior to the opening of the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

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vipDeborah (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Lovely table, impeccable service and food!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Olio E Limone is truly ALWAYS an amazing dining experience! The wait staff is perfection! Every single dish they have is chock full with beautiful, fresh ingredients. And I’ve literally never had anything here that did not taste incredible! I will go back over and over and over again.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Loved it!! Great food , love the servers!! A favorite!!

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vipLovefood (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Outstanding food as always. One of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara. Has been consistently outstanding for the past 20 years. After a brief period of off service, service is back up to standards with new wait staff.

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vipMeiP (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Lovely restaurant, very nice staff! It was a delightful dinner, would certainly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
2.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

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.

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vipWayne (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 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.

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tweetie (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

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

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