Olive and Vine - Glen Ellen is an upscale restaurant located in the San Francisco Bay Area that offers a modern American farm-to-table menu. Every product and ingredient used at Olive and Vine is fresh and locally sourced. Try elevated dishes like homemade pappardelle with maitake mushrooms and chard, English peas and sheep's milk ricotta croustade in leek parmesan broth.
The elegant interior of Olive and Vine is comprised of 40 foot ceilings and hardwood floors. It's decorated with vintage crystal chandeliers and historical photographs of Glen Ellen. The tables are outfitted with Riedel stemware and Italian pearl-handled flatware. This is the perfect spot for a romantic evening out or an intimate meal with family and friends.
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Glen Ellen. It is now closed. They are opening, later in the year, in Sonoma. It will be worth checking out the new location just to see the new building. But this restaurant will be worth going to anywhere because of the interesting menu. Love it...
Shucks, they are going to be moving. Glen Ellen has lost a gem, but at least they are moving to Sonoma. I just hope the building dept has the heart and brains to fast-track their restoration of a great old building "the cooperage" which is on 1st West. At least they will be available for catering while they are setting up their new shop.
It was a wonderful experience! It was my 60 th birthday and everything was perfect.
Been here a number of times over the years... become somewhat familiar with the owners: chef and sommelier... the restaurant is not that close to our house so we don't get there too often, but when we do, we tell ourselves to come more often...the best service and food we get to regularly...
The food, ambiance, service and wine list are all fantastic! WE have been enjoying Olive and Vine for years and look forward to going to their new location in Sonoma this spring.
Olive and Vine was recommended to us by foodie locals as their favorite. It lived up to the expectations. The food was exquisite and the service was first rate. We drove out from the town of Sonoma, about 15 minutes. The restaurant is in a the Jack London Center with the entrance on the side, not in the front as it appears. We had a great table by the front and though it was busy for 9 pm, the noise level was low so conversation was quite easy. With help, we selected a lovely Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, shared a dumpling appetizer, that was excellent. It was more of a soup than we anticipated, so sharing was a bit of a challenge, but they brought us two small bowls. We both loved it. My wife ordered the lamb chop that she loved. I had the osso bucco which I would highly recommend. My wife concluded her mail with a lovely pear pot pie which was accompanied by a vanilla bean gelato. Though she was full, she ate almost all of it. We loved every aspect of the Olive and Vine. We did hear that they might be moving closer in to Sonoma.
Special menu meat was tough. Everything else was fine.
Menu choices excellent..Osso Buco with pork shank was unique..flavorful, veggies tasty. Other diner had the lamb chop which was beautifully prepared. Service was great and even the background music was nicely chosen. The restaurant is closing soon to move on to more diners in Sonoma
Food was delicious, including the desserts and coffee. Service was just right!
Literally one of the nicest dining experiences I've had in years. The steak was incredible and the wine list was great, as you would expect. Elegant without being formal or stuffy...
OLIVE AND VINE IS OUR FAVORITE SONOMA COUNTY RESTAURANT. EVERYTHING ABOUT IT IS OUTSTANDING ... THE FOOD, THE WINE, THE SERVICE, THE AMBIANCE, ETC.. IN ADDITION THE OWNERS, KATHERINE AND JOHN ARE TWO OF THE MOST GRACIOUS FOLKS AROUND. THEY WELCOME YOU AT YOUR ENTRY. THEY VISIT YOUR TABLE TO ASK ABOUT THE FOOD AND WINE. THEY ARE ALWAYS LISTENING. THEY ARE TRULY AND GENUINELY INTERESTED IN THEIR CUSTOMERS. SO FOR ANYONE WHO IS LOOKING FOR A RESTAURANT THAT IS BETTER THAN BEST THEN LOOK NO FURTHER THAN OLIVE AND VINE, IN GLEN ELLEN, SONOMA COUNTY.
Olive and Vine reminds me of those quiet, intimate, gastronomical wonders that dot the countryside in Provence, France. It's just a shame they are moving to a bigger place in Sonoma Square. I do hope they can keep the charm that went so well with truly spectacular food.
We returned to our restaurant where we held our wedding dinner one year ago with high expectations. As before it was an absolutely delightful dinner. The attention to detail was impeccable, the food was devine, and the service was as always five star. We'll be back soon.
We had a very enjoyable evening celebrating my husband's birthday. He had the Neiman ranch beef Osso Bucco and I had the Porter house lamb chop. Both were very well prepared and delicious. We shared a "lemon Caesar salad" for our first course and it was excellent. We had no room for dessert, but they served us two complimentary yummy chocolate truffles.
Staff is very attentive but not intrusive.
We had a wonderful experience at Olive and Vine. They went out of their way to make our anniversary celebration extra special by customizing our menus and dessert. We arrived earlier than our reserved time and they accommodated us quickly. Our server was so pleasant. There was barely any wait time on our orders. The food was fantastic. Overall, our experience was amazing. Will definitely be coming back to Olive and Vine.
Good food, ample portions, 'average' by-the-glass wines, tasty desserts.
The owners are very congenial and stop by every table at least once a sitting.
I'm looking forward to going back in a few months in anticipation of new menu items.
We made our reservation based on the many stellar reviews others have posted. A funky, friendly place with interesting touches like mismatched chairs & chandeliers. The staff is very attentive and knowledgeable. The wine list is excellent and extensive; owner particularly well versed in regional vineyards and selected excellent pairings. The menu looks enticing, but on arrival was disappointing and ordinary. Some under-cooked. Some over-salted. Some with very little flavor at all.
We returned again to Olive and Vine with friends. Very comfortable greeting from the waitress who saw us at the entrance. Once our friends arrived we ordered an Alexander Hill cab. Two of us had the back cod dumplings to start. Another had mussels. One was the BLT salad that the bacon was terrific. For main courses, the pork osso bucco which was good but a small portion. Another was lamb chop that was good. I had the tuna that was seared properly and tasty. Desserts were a cheese plate and triple chocolate consisting of chocolate cookies, gelato, and ice cream. We hear they maybe changing location in February.
From the very friendly greeting into its bustling, warm dining-room on a wet winter night, to stellar service from the wine bar, to the best brussel sprouts dish I have had (a shaved sprouts salad studded with hazelnuts) to a superb entree of delicious and perfectly prepared chicken served with a side of wild mushroom bread pudding, I cannot say enough good things about Olive & Vine. Although I had decided to forgo a party for a big birthday that is coming up, this restaurant (which caters) made me reconsider. Cannot wait to go back. Kudos to the owners for distinguishing themselves in a very competitive field.
Great experience. My family loved it. We will recommend to friends.
The food as always was outstanding, the wait service attentive and courteous.
The menu and food quality are outstanding. Catherine creates a varied selection and the chefs cook a consistently excellent dinner.
We went to Olive & Vine to celebrate paying off our home mortgage and it was a bit of a splurge but very lovely. Food was great. I had the lamb - it was perfectly cooked and the sides (risotto cake and green beans) were good. My husband had the steak - it was outstanding and his sides (stuffed potato and mixed vegetables) were really good too. He was surprised that he only got 1/2 of a potato - but it was plenty of food. Walnut cake for desert was possibly the "best thing I ever ate." It was a rainy night and the restaurant was inviting and cozy. Of all things, we really liked the flatware and the mix of chairs. Great historical photos and posters, too. We will certainly go back.
We were part of the lucky few to score a table for this (sure to be annual) special evening - "Feast of Seven Fishes" - a pre-fix menu of fish pared with wine!! The quality of the food was superb and the paring of wines perfect! They did 4 big tables and assigned people to a table. It was a great way to meet other locals and made the evening magical - thank you Catherine & John!
You will not find better service anywhere! Water and wine glasses never ran out, special silverware for each course, owner came by a few times, all without being obtrusive. Highly recommended. First class place!
It's no wonder because the food is SO good. We're always seated promptly, and the dishes are so delicious and seasonal. Because I've already had everything on the menu, I especially enjoy the specials - something new and different and always delicious!
We've been exploring the restaurant scene in Sonoma County for a few years, and Olive & Vine has become our first choice for food and community. Our dishes were great, as always. I've had the lamb porterhouse before and think that they do it better here than anywhere else I've found. My wife loved her pork "Oso Buco", and we shared a great pork belly appetizer as well. This is a true farm-to-table delight in a charming setting in Glen Ellen. We also had excellent service from Gretchen as we have on previous visits.
The last Sunday of the month is the live music night, and co-owner John Burdick plays guitar with different guests. We get to these as often as we can, as John sings and plays well, and always includes top-notch guest talent, as was the case at our dinner this evening.
We returned 11.5 yrs after we held our wedding rehearsal dinner at the Olive and Vine. The atmosphere is pleasant. The staff are friendly and very accommodating. The food is great. Wine selection is great. We were very happy with our entire experience. It was nice to see owner/chef Catherine again. We will be back.
This is the best dining experience in the Sonoma/Glen Ellen region. Consistently excellent farm to table food, always perfectly prepared and professionally served by a well trained and attentive staff. The wine list and service are outstanding, the chef/owners are on premise caring for their guests every need and the atmosphere is country relaxing yet elegant. If you miss Olive and Vine you have definitely missed out!!!
Fabulous food and service! Catherine and John run the best restaurant in Sonoma County.
We enjoyed this restaurant! The service was really perfection. Our server was amazing and so were the bussers. The owners came by and very casually made sure things were fine. The food was excellent, especially the steak. I would say that some people might have a hard time finding something they would want to order because it is quite gourmet. I wouldn't bring kids (unless they love steak!) We all thought the side vegetables of cauliflower/brussel sprouts weren't very tasty. But everything else was really good. Don't miss the Pear Pot Pie for dessert.
I took my two best friends for dinner to celebrate all of our birthdays and it was fantastic. When I told them, we were celebrating, the restaurant staff printed up special, customized menus for each of us and rolled them up to be sent home. The food is always amazing as is their wine list. Definitely go for all three courses - it's a great experience.
I absolutely love Olive and Vine. So does my dear husband and our special friend we came with. We all enjoy eating out, though we mostly only do so on special occasions (like this one, my 60th birthday!), and there are a lot of excellent restaurants in Sonoma Valley to choose from. But none has us singing and laughing and delighting like Olive and Vine!
You cannot go wrong by eating here! First off the service is excellent. The wait staff works in unison throughout the evening to make the dining experience relaxing. This truly was a celebration of food, friends and fun. The four of us each ordered something different and all were pleased. The menu is varied but not too extensive. Fresh local greens and vegies are used throughout all of the offerings. We did not have desert. Wednesday is free corkage night in addition to the special 2 course meal option. None of us ordered the special. Be sure to make reservations as they are popular with locals and it's not a large restaurant. We will be back!
The food is outstanding. Great flavors and presentation. Bread and butter should come sooner. Especially if you start with wine. Wine list is expensive. Close to double winery prices. Corkage does not help as it is $25 per. Most expensive in county? Hard to be a local and want to go spend that musch for wines or corkage! Probably drink beer on next visit.
I was excited to try this highly recommended restaurant, and it did not disappoint. Right away the wait staff acknowledged our occasion (my husband's birthday). We were surprised and thrilled that they had taken the time to write his name on the menu (and they tied it with a bow for us to take home!) The food was wonderful. The homemade veggie soup was divine and the brussel sprout salad was exceptional. I had the Osso Bucco and my husband the chicken, both were tender and tasty. My only 'complaint' was that the roasted root vegetables were a bit under cooked. We shared a delicious dessert on a plate that proudly announced "happy Birthday"! Truly a night to remember.
See above title. We love this restaurant, about ten minute from our home. The French influence food is so good and the wine list quite varied. The chef is on the premises and goes around the tables to make sure we are enjoying our dinner. She even offered a recommendation for a recipe. The fixed price menu is a good value, and is offered on Wed. That day one can bring a wine and there is no corkage fee.
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I have been dining at this restaurant more times than I can count and it NEVER disappoints.
Last week's beef bourguignon was excellent! Catherine and John always do a great job.
ANOTHER delicious meal at Olive & Vine. John and Catherine make a wonderful meal even better with their attention to detail and friendly accessibility to their customers. We shall return!