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About Olio Pizzeria
Olio Pizzeria, opened in July 2010, is a causal pizza bar/salumi bar/wine bar/full bar which was inspired by the myriad neighborhood pizzerie and enoteche (wine bars) 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, in 1999. Wine bars serving boutique salumi and formaggi are all the rage in Italy, as is a new regionalism which they 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. Join Olio Pizzeria for private dining for up to 32, group dining, or send an inquiry regarding catering. Buon appetito!
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Pizzeria, Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Brunch & Lunch
Daily: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Daily: 11:30am - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
(805) 899-2699 ext. 2
Contact our Events 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.
Santa Barbara City Parking Lot #5 (first 75 minutes free/paid for by downtown merchants, then $1.50/hr).
After 6PM and all day Sunday, there is free street parking on Victoria Street in the green curb areas.
Alternate parking available at the Granada Garage (Anacapa x E. Anapamu Streets) and Teen Center lot (Chapala x W. Victoria Streets).
Private Party Facilities:
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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Olio Pizzeria Ratings and Reviews
Oilo Pizzeria is a busy, usually crowded noisy and fun place to have interesting single plate pizza or other Italian food. You can sit at the bar and watch the pizza crew assemble the pies, watch the game on TV at the end, talk, have a drink and enjoy your meal. We visit Olio a few times a year as a place for two couples to meet, have a bottle of wine and catch up over dinner. Well recommended asa reliable place. But: reservations are essential.
Absolutely terrible service. We had to keep flagging down our waitress to order drinks, then order appetizers, etc. two of the four meals came at least fifteen minutes before the others. I will not go to this restaurant again. My water glass was empty multiple times during the night. Overall, a terrible experience.
Normally I love this place. Maybe this was an off night but the servers all seemed stressed and unhappy. It was a Wednesday night and I think there was a show going on nearby so it was a bit busy. Anyway, or main server was ok but we rarely saw her - nice though. Our bus boy was a clueless idiot. He never gave us water and when he delivered our pizza he literally threw it on the table knocking over a olive oil bottle. He did even apologize or right the bottle. It was bizarre.
Olio should have bread. You have to ask for it and when it does come it's 3 small pieces. You're an Italian restaurant, serve plenty of good bread!!!!
My sister and I had brunch at Olio Pizzeria on 12/3/17 and both ordered the DELICIOUS Strapazzate (smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, asparagus and mascarpone toast). We also tried a special yummy holiday cocktail (icy blue topped with egg white froth) and hazelnut panna cotta for dessert. Our server was there when we needed her and was especially friendly.
We had previously enjoyed Olio Pizzaria several times, but in this instance, they disregarded our reservation and seated us at a bar table in the midst of the jostling bar crowd and couldn't even visit our table for 10 minutes of so. The person in charge of seating people was unruly and unapolegetic, basically saying 'get over it; not my fault; email the owner'. Others waiting for a table were also told the same thing even though they had reservations as well. Probably won't be back. Too bad, because they have good food. Simply too crowded and unresponsive to their repeat customers.
We love eating here usually, but owing to a nearby concert and the beginning of the holiday season, the place was jam-packed and the problem of its crowded entry-way was magnified accordingly, with people getting testy and pushy, and hostesses and waiters looking and no doubt feeling strained and overworked. Put on a few extra staff, why don't you! While the food is always good and the prices reasonable by today's standards, the dining experience wasn't quite worth the candle on this occasion--a watery drink, a chopped salad that was also watery and somehow oversimple. Lovely lovely trout and carrots however.
We love this place but hadn't been in awhile. We were not disappointed. We love the warm Italian atmosphere, the great service and the delicious food. My 20 month old granddaughter, who has stopped eating meat and seafood, gobbled up the squid ink calamari right along with her grandfather. My husband and I ordered salads to start, which were fresh and tasty. My daughter ordered a bread appetizer, which she enjoyed. We also ordered two pizzas. I was happy to be able to order one with a gluten free crust. I also ordered a glass of sangiovese wine, which complemented the food perfectly. We look forward to returning.
Olio is losing its edge. We shared appetizers, pizzas. Some of appetizers were very weak - burrata cheese plate, eggplant carpaccio lacked taste. Pizzas were fine. Waiter needed an upgrade on style and delivery.
Hope it gets back on its game. Has always been arrogant with its customers. So given its down turn on performance and food, not a good reason to go back soon.
Made last minute reservations and was glad I did. Place was packed house on a Saturday night and for all the right reasons. The trippa was fantastic and coming from a family of women who can cook it, it was out of this world good. The parma pizza was great and we polished off all but one slice with the help of a few Italian old fashioneds and a tasty apple pie inspired cocktail.
We hardly ever experiment with Italian food prepared outside of the tri state area but this place was an absolute ringer. Would recommend to anyone out there that’s wants tasty authentic dishes.
Excellent pizza with a thin and crisp crust, simple and fresh toppings, good salads and large beer and wine selections. We shared the chopped salad- a favorite and very good, and the con vegetali pizza which had roasted eggplant, bell peppers, zuchinni and cherry tomatoes. I am a vegetarian and liked the pizza very much. Fast and attentive service- tables are close together and can be noisy.
Have eaten here many times since it opened many years ago. We had a very disappointing meal on our last visit.
Carpaccio appetizer was good....everything else was quite mediocre.
We were seated in the back room, which is dark, near the bathroom and has bad acoustics.
Pizza crust was not good....overly chewy. Mozzarella cheese on the pizza was not of good quality.
Won't be going back any time soon.
We've been here often and enjoy it for a casual night out. We enjoyed our meal and the servers were very attentive. Our waitress was especially helpful and friendly. Sadly, the hostess was very off-putting. She hardly gave eye contact when we arrived and checked in ( we had a reservation) and took us to our table with no pleasantries and again no eye contact. Thankfully the experience after we sat was very good. Perhaps this hostess needs further training.
Great mix of classic and contemporary casual-italian just off State St.
A little website confusion over the 'Restaurant' VS the 'Pizza Restaurant'; one more casual than the other - could be clearer, but did not cause much of a hiccup. We opted for the more casual.
Great Old Fashions & wines by the glass.
Enjoyed cabrese salad, bruschetta & meatball apps.
Classic margherita pizza was very good. The special prosciutto & fig pizza was excellent.
Service was very attentive and friendly.
Though we love Olio and were excited to bring my father -in-law for a casual , yet delicious dinner, we were disappointed by the seating arrangement, over 30 people were crammed into a tiny room, I mean we could not get up without bumping into a party of 18 or so , the room was extremely hot and air conditioning was not working properly. Even with reservations well in advance we didn't get nice seats. I addressed it with the server and the hostess , but they said they can not accommodate us. The food was great, but the special occasion was dampened by the seating ,so we didn't even get to dessert and left as soon as the savories were finished.
We love all of Olio restaurants and frequent them when we are in Santa Barbara, were very excited to bring our parents for special occasion, but with terrible ambiance and so so service left disappointed.
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