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
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.
The fresh pasta was delicious and the chocolate banana bread pudding was amazing.
It was my parent’s 23rd wedding anniversary and they made it beyond special!
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.
Best Italian food in SB. Sicilian cuisine at its best. Interesting cocktails too.
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.
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.
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.
LDelicious food and great service. Definately would return for great Italian food.
As always....excellent food, excellent wine and excellent service.