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Olio Pizzeria, Santa Barbara, CA

Olio Pizzeria

4.5
4.5
1214 Reviews
$30 and under
Pizzeria

Olio Pizzeria is an upscale-casual pizzeria with salumi bar/wine bar/full bar which was inspired by the myriad neighborhood pizzerie and enoteche found around the corner from just about every piazza in Italy. This idea began to take shape before Alberto and Elaine Morello even opened Olio e Limone Ristorante, their fine dining Italian restaurant next door. Wine bars serving boutique salumi and formaggi are ubiquitous in Italy, as is a regionalism which the Morellos are excited to share with you. Sicily is an emerging powerhouse, and touches of Sicilian food and wine delight their guests. You’ll also find exciting tastes from Campania and other emerging regions on their menus, wine and beer lists. Takeout available. Buon appetito!

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Booked 13 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Pizzeria, Italian, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 899-2699 ext. 2

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Alberto Morello

  • Catering

    When approved again: Contact our Event Coordinator to plan your next catered event. Our pizzaioli (pizza cooks) will make Olio Pizzeria pizzas in your own outdoor wood-burning oven! Antipasti, salads, salumi, formaggi, dolci and more available as well.

  • Private party facilities

    Limited availability and lower capacities during COVID-19 distancing measures. When approved again: Private dining at Olio Pizzeria for up to 22 guests in the Terrazza Room and for up to 32 guests in the Taverna Room. Inquire at http://www.oliopizzeria.com/privategroup-dining. Fine Italian private dining for up to 40 guests in the Cucina Room next door at sister restaurant Olio e Limone Ristorante.

  • Private party contact

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

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Cross street

    State

  • Parking details

    Lot Parking: Santa Barbara City Parking Lot #5 - first 75 minutes free/paid for by downtown merchants, then $1.50/hr. Street Parking: Green curb areas after 6PM and all day Sunday. Alternate parking available at the Granada Garage (Anacapa x E. Anapamu Streets) and Teen Center lot (Chapala x W. Victoria Streets).

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,214 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. DL

    DaleL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great value and excellent menu choices. Definitely the best pizzas we have had outside of Rome.

  2. g

    ginger

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The salad, pizza, and wine were all great, but omg the budino. No words for how delicious that is.

  3. 2

    27ramos

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food5service3ambience5

    Overall the staff is very friendly, unfortunate that our hostess watched us while we finished eating and made to feel like a nuissance. Our servers were always very nice. A shame she made us feel unwelcomed with our special needs child.

  4. CS

    CaitlinS

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was the best we’ve had in a long time. Thank you!

  5. AD

    AuntDabee

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another wonderful meal at Olio Pizzeria! It never disappoints. Friendly service and great food.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Cute, the pizza

  7. TL

    TobyL

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    First meal out in nearly 3 years. Favorite pizzeria. Outdoor terrace setting. Great food. An array of pizza, pastas, and apps. Very attentive service. Place was packed and deservedly so. Looking forward to our next visit.

  8. M

    Mely

    New Orleans

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food. We had the Parma pizza, bolognese pasta and chicken picatta. All were delicious. The Tiramisu dessert was probably the best I've ever had. We went on a mid-week night so it was quiet. We have tried to go on weekends and it's really busy. I would strongly suggest making a reservation if going on a busy evening.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great service and the food is amazing.

  10. S

    Sues

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    We did not receive our drinks until after our food came out - this was after asking 2 waiters other than the one serving us about the 20+ minute wait. They never brought out one of our appetizers. Our waiter walked past our table several times and never made eye contact. He never came to our table to ask if we needed anything. The restaurant's hostess was rude to us. When we asked her about our missing drinks she asked sarcastically, "Well, then do you want them cancelled?" She never voiced any concern or contrition. Our group represented three senior adults, one who is black. We wondered if either of those factors could have resulted in our very poor service and this frustrating experience.

  11. JL

    JudyL

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Very busy but enjoyable

  12. DM

    DrM10

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated my nephew receiving a school award The service was great, especially the personal attention received from Cleo!

  13. JC

    JoeC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    My Wife and I ordered a pizza off-menu, pasta, and a one-half liter of wine. The food was exceptionally good. (I am a NYC (50 years) pizza snob) Pizza was Queen Margarita. good crust - but forgot to order it extra cooked - for crispy chewy crust and a few crust bubbles and burned edges. Next time and there will be a next time soon.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Although the food can be great, tonight's experience was really terrible. First of all, this place is terribly understaffed. And the staff that is working are not friendly or welcoming at all. A request for anything you might need is either forgotten or takes forever, or you end up having to ask multiple servers to get it fulfilled at all. The plastic wrap found in my dinner companions pasta was never addressed at all as the server literally never ever came back to the table once the food was served. The whole mood of the place is "don't bother us, we really don't care, eat and get out" not a good environment. It's too bad because it has tons of potential, but the service ruins it. Plastic wrap cooked into food in unacceptable, and that was really the moment that made me want to write this review. I had to get up from the table and go over to the bar to get my bill paid as no one ever returned as I mentioned before, and it's shocking how unapologetic the staff is as your wandering around with your credit card trying to just find someone to pay. Truly bad experience this evening.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    My husband and daughter love the pizza here! We always make sure to hit this spot when in Santa Barbara!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The white bean soup was incredible! Also highly recommend the capriciossa pizza with an egg. Liked tHose a lot more than the truffle mushroom pizza that had great reviews- personally I found it to cheesey

  17. CN

    CameronN

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Alright, I'm going to keep this short.... I was a BOH/FOH worker in restaurants. I'm sure a lot of people with industry experience still have nightmares about that one job that they hated going to everyday mostly due to a toxic work environment. My experience at Olio was uncomfortable because I could smell the poor attitudes mixed with zero leadership in the entire place. Save your money, there are MUCH BETTER places in the area to get dinner.

  18. F

    Foodie

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    I hate writing poor reviews. Firstly both our sodas were brought in warm cans with a glass of ice. Warm soda is still warm when you put it over ice. Strike one. The bruschetta used to be tasty years ago, but there was no taste . The pizza tasted like microwave pizza. The meatballs were really strange mystery meat consistency and honestly tasted like they came from frozen.. The budino pudding wasn’t set. And they charge so much for this food. I used to live in Italy so I know Italian food very well. This was just gross. My opinion only. It is expensive there and not worth it anymore.

  19. M

    Mary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    Arrived early Sat at the bar (we were the only 2 people) and waited and waited for the bartender finally my date had to raise his voice to get his attention. We were seated in the back corner and waited again until the waiter, very much in a hurry, arrived and took our order without even a hello or good evening. It was my birthday and I included that on the reservation but it wasn’t acknowledged. I was embarrassed for my guest who came up from LA to celebrate my birthday. Olio Pizzeria has gone downhill and for $175. It was a waste.

  20. J

    Jamesnmphs

    Memphis/West TN

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We sat outside in a lovely courtyard, next to the fountain. It was a lovely evening and perfect for dinning out of doors. The only negative was that our table was next to the back door of the kitchen of another restaurant. But that is no ones fault.

  21. E

    Escher

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was very good and professional. The support staff was also good. everyone like their order and we spent a lot of time at the table and never felt rushed while they refilled water and brought take home boxes. No complaints.

  22. UP

    UmbriaPizzaAficionado

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Olio Pizzeria gets high marks for cozy outside dining, and quality food.

  23. s

    simiburtons

    Orange County

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2

    We enjoyed our pizza and our wine very much, however the place was not being run well. We had a reservation and it took more than 5 minutes for us to be noticed at the hostess podium. The bar had no one sitting at it, however it was stacked with used glasses and a slow moving bar tender. Once we were seated by the hostess, the wait staff saw us sit at our table and after 10 minutes we were finally greeted at our table. We ordered everything at once, not knowing when anyone would be back. Our wine arrived and was poured and that was the last time we saw our server/hostess who sat us until she brought the check. We noticed many people wandering around that worked there, but not really doing anything like clearing tables, or helping customers. There was one server running around like he had to do everything, but he was the only one we saw with any hustle. On the upside, the food was great. But this place needs some firm management.

  24. JB

    JasonB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good place for a sit down dinner of pizza and pasta. A good option if your down that way on State street, or if you want to get away from the beach for a bit, its a nice little trip up the road.

  25. a

    adventuregirl

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love Olio Pizzeria…my go to place when I have friends visiting from out of town.

  26. GG

    GreenGoblin

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service and great food! One star for ambience because we were in the corner room looking at the kitchen but it also made it more quiet and private, just not the most eye appealing. Thanks for a great night!

  27. RO

    RobertO

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    First visit in several years was a bit disappopinting. It was always really excellent in every respect---however it seems to have come down a step or two. Nothing bad, but not like it used to be---but what is....?

  28. SC

    SusanC

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3

    The worst pizza ever with zero flavor and boring crust. We had to add salt and basil to give it any flavor

  29. VA

    VickieA

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent staff; especially SAWYER. Very friendly. Delicious and fresh pizza. Superb service

  30. J

    Jules

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great, stopped in for dinner before the film festival service was quick and friendly. We had the arugula and blood orange salad, fried cauliflower appetizer, a pasta, pizza and the trout. Wonderful!

  31. KS

    KarenS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Wish they had more tables for 2 not next to open doors.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Staff friendly, pizza , pasta , calamari were so good! We will go back on our next visit.

  33. TE

    TERRIC

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Sawyer was wonderful. It was perfect eating on the patio.

  34. CC

    ClaudiaC

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    We were seated as soon as we got there ,but our server never came the hostess ended up serving us after 17 minutes which she was amazing !

  35. CL

    CathyL

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really good food and attentive service. It was a busy night and we were never rushed which was appreciated. I will definitely dine here again!

  36. CO

    CynthiaO

    Central Coast

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful pizzaria tucked in a quaint alley way in Santa Barbara. Food & wine selections are ample, & great options. The wait staff is attentive, friendly & efficient. Thank you!

  37. H

    Happ

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were a table of 7 crazy "old" high school girl friends. They were extremely accommodating and patient. We are crazy for Italian food and we were very happy with the outstanding meals we got.

  38. BC

    BeckyC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous farewell dinner!!!

  39. s

    suzzzyq

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was cold and we could have used another heater outside.. otherwise it was great!

  40. DB

    DestinyB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    My family and I arrived for our reservation. There was a small line out the door as it looked like two parties ahead of us were waiting to be seated, or even acknowledged. The hostess, Jenn or Jenny I believe, was running around. She did look busy but she not anyone else ever acknowledged us. She eventually came to use the phone at the podium, still not acknowledging us. My husband walked towards the podium and let her know we had a reservation and she literally just stared at him for about 3 seconds and never responded. We left after that because that was all we needed to see. So we stood and waited for about 10 minutes into our reservation time without being acknowledged and actually got ignored when we tried to speak. So I don’t know how the food is because we didn’t get a chance to see. Based on the service (or lack thereof) I would not recommend coming here.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

Olio Pizzeria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 899-2699 ext. 2.

Olio Pizzeria is rated 4.5 stars by 1214 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Olio Pizzeria

11 W. Victoria St., Ste. 21 Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    State

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Pizzeria, Italian, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Lot Parking: Santa Barbara City Parking Lot #5 - first 75 minutes free/paid for by downtown merchants, then $1.50/hr. Street Parking: Green curb areas after 6PM and all day Sunday. Alternate parking available at the Granada Garage (Anacapa x E. Anapamu Streets) and Teen Center lot (Chapala x W. Victoria Streets).

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alberto Morello

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (805) 899-2699 ext. 2

  • Catering

    When approved again: Contact our Event Coordinator to plan your next catered event. Our pizzaioli (pizza cooks) will make Olio Pizzeria pizzas in your own outdoor wood-burning oven! Antipasti, salads, salumi, formaggi, dolci and more available as well.

  • Private party facilities

    Limited availability and lower capacities during COVID-19 distancing measures. When approved again: Private dining at Olio Pizzeria for up to 22 guests in the Terrazza Room and for up to 32 guests in the Taverna Room. Inquire at http://www.oliopizzeria.com/privategroup-dining. Fine Italian private dining for up to 40 guests in the Cucina Room next door at sister restaurant Olio e Limone Ristorante.

  • Private party contact

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

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