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Coast & Olive, Santa Barbara, CA

Coast & Olive

4.1
4.1
580 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Coast & Olive is located in the historic Montecito Inn providing an exquisite mix of Italian, French and Mediterranean cuisine.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:30 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (805) 690-3920
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Chris Mottola
  • Neighborhood
    Montecito
  • Cross street
    Olive Mill Rd.
  • Parking details
    Free Valet Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Sat - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Join our NEW Happy Hour with new items and special prices!!

What 580 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Healthy

  • California Central Coast

    Romantic

  • California Central Coast

    Lively

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for brunch

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for business meals

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for groups

  • Santa Barbara

    Healthy

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for fine wines

  • Santa Barbara

    Romantic

  • Santa Barbara

    Lively

580 Reviews
  1. bigeater

    Central Coast

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My favorites are the unusual cocktails so delicious, and the changing menu of different flavors combined with top quality fish or beef or poultry. The portions are on the large side and not overpriced. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Terrific

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent and the Chef visiting each table is a nice touch.

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  3. GigiT

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was lovely - great food and superlative service. Our group loved all our choices - seafood platter, hamburger and trout almandine all were delicious. The entrees were followed by a fresh blueberry tart with a pastry crumble and drizzled with what we think was a marscapone crème. Superb. Great service from Duschon and Ella. We will be back.

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  4. DanielaH

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The spaghetti carbonara was a joke. Bland and mushy and they used cream instead of the original recipe with egg yolks and parmesan mix. Really bad.

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  5. bigeater

    Central Coast

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It has been a while we were there last and the restaurant has greatly improved with an inventive menu! All dishes were delicious and we look forward to becoming regulars!

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  6. DonL

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best tasting food on the Coast Village Road strip!

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  7. WendyL

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We stayed at the Montecito Inn and decided to stay close for dinner after traveling. What a wonderful surprise it was to have such a fantastic dinner. Great service, great ambiance … Such a fantastic way to start our trip. We will definitely be back!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent but would be better if several of the choices were a bit less exotic.

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  9. Lilacgbcs

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Cute spot! Yummy food and drinks! Just had hh, need to try everything else!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I just think the food quality is very mediocre. Worst Crudo we’ve ever had. The roast chicken was good, as was the burger… But not good enough for us to want to come back. I was also disappointed in their wine list. For Montecito, I expected more. 

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  11. LaurenK

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall dining experience at Coast and Olive was excellent. The atmosphere is low key but hip. I appreciate that there is spacing between tables. The menu has a good variety of foods. We had 4 guests in our party and everyone was happy with their meal. The bar's offerings are extensive and nicely presented. Definitely a fun place to stop by for drinks and an appetizer. The evening was enhanced by an attentive and well trained staff. Overall, a fun evening with good value for the price.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent experience. Wonderful food, great service and a lovely setting. We are from Washington D.C. and are used to dining in terrific restaurants. Coast and Olive was as good as most there if not better.

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  13. maliburon

    Los Angeles

    88 reviews

    2.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Hamburger and Chicken sandwich both not very good....chicken was over cooked and hamburger was tastless....no flavor even with the cheese...they didn't even melt cheese on it...just a slice on top...don't put a $22 burger on menu if you can't make it really good. we go here a couple times a year and it seems they never get it right. bummer since we live right down the street.

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  14. MatthewH

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was excellent. Food was really good but not 5 stars worthy. Filets were excellent and cooked perfectly but the mashed potatoes were average.

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  15. NormaP

    Baja California Sur

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food!! Vegetables amazing, Same as the Brussels and Filet mignon

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  16. JudithH

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The trout was just delicious and Service outstanding

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  17. MLisa

    Central Coast

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I always return to this restaurant because it is just so lovely and comfortable. Typically for brunch. They have great cappuccinos and cocktails. There is plenty of friendly staff. The side salad still tends to be my favorite. Excellent avocado toast with egg but some of the food is a bit bland. The quality and presentation is excellent but we are not sure what is going on with the flavors. And, with that said, we have tried nearly everything on the menu.

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  18. MollyL

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delightful time at Coast & Olive - the food was incredible, the service outstanding, and the ambiance was both hip and comfortable. We will definitely be back!

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  19. Counterbander

    Central Coast

    137 reviews

    3.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointing. This historic and congenial room, with its white tablecloths and upscale stemware, promises some sophistication. The service and the wines were in line with that. But then, it's just comfort food - with sides like mashed potato, fries and beans - at fine dining prices. The menu befits a diner in Texas and serves up bland, tasteless and unmemorable food. The cauliflower was almost raw. At these prices, there are countless more interesting and tasty offerings in town. And the place needn't be so cold, if they used the other (lobby) entrance door.
    Coast & OliveResponded on November 12, 2023
    Thank you for your visit to Coast & Olive! We appreciate your feedback and hope that you will give us another try in the future. If you have a free moment to reach out, we would like to hear more about your visit so we can make the appropriate corrective actions needed to improve our overall quality of food and service. Warm Regards, Chef Chris General Manager Coast & Olive

    2 people found this helpful

  20. SeanH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Average food. Loud environment. Restaurant was freezing.

    2 people found this helpful

  21. Sybil

    Central Coast

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner last night was superb. The new beet avocado & roasted Brussels sprouts were dressed a a lovely flavor. Of course my favorite is still the trout amandine. My guests were impressed. Thanks to Ellen & staff for excellent & friendly services. Oh yes don’t forget to order their version of Apple Strudel topped with ice cream.

    1 person found this helpful

  22. KXSi

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the choice of three different pastas. Added lobster tail to mine. Yummy.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. RobinK

    Yucatán

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed our breakfast here. Food was good and prepared the way we requested it. My scrambled eggs were served soft, as I had asked and my steak medium rare. My companion’s omelette was also good. Service was friendly and attentive without hovering.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. MarkJ

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a first date meeting for brunch. I don't think it could have gone any better

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  25. RichardL

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The location is very nice and the service was excellent. My wife ordered a filet and asked for true medium. It arrived almost well done. The truffle fries were soggy. The roasted cauliflower was bland. I've had better dining experiences at this restaurant in the past. They just weren't on top of their game. It's the difference between cooking a meal and crafting one. Would still recommend and give it another chance but won't want to continue dining here if I have similar experiences.

    1 person found this helpful

  26. RobinK

    Yucatán

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was ok. Never got offered a refill on my water and my coffee was late getting to me, although our waiter was apologetic. Food was really good. My simple yogurt and fruit was ripe and fresh and my friend’s omelette looked great with a variety of fresh mushrooms. Overall, totally worth it.
    Coast & OliveResponded on October 10, 2023
    Hi Robin, We sincerely appreciate your feedback and will share your notes with our staff as we continue to work towards a higher quality of service at Coast & Olive. Glad to hear you and your friend enjoyed breakfast. Thanks for joining us! We look forward to seeing you next time! Cheers, Chef Chris General Manager Coast & Olive

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  27. SandyM

    Central Coast

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We haven't been back to this restaurant in a year !? We're so happy we went back ! Everything was wonderful...

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  28. LisaR

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Coast & Olive was out dinner destination on the last day of our SB stay. No plates for apps, asked for them but long delay and then we were “forgotten” after check was picked up although we were the only patrons by that time on the patio. Hostess and our waitress were chatting - we had to get up and ask for the check to sign! Food was bland. Salad wet. Would not eat there again

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  29. Tommy

    Palm Springs

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always pleasing! Good service, good drinks, great food.

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  30. MO2015

    Singapore

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The best part of the dinner was the popcorn they serve for the table. The food was unbelievably bad: overcooked string beans, gritty mashed potatoes, stringy beef rib - better stop remembering 😊
    Coast & OliveResponded on August 19, 2023
    Good Evening, I am sorry to hear of your experience the other week. At Coast & Olive we are always working to improve the overall quality of food and service for our guests. I appreciate your feedback and will address these issues with our kitchen staff immediately. We hope you will give us a second try in the future! Warm Regards, Chef Chris General Manager Coast & Olive

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  31. EdVW

    Central Coast

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a go to restaurant for us as they always come through. The Caeser salad was spot on with delicious anchovies that we asked extras of. My son had the fillet mignon rare, and I had the same, medium rare; both were cooked to perfection and specification. The side of mushrooms, fries and carrots were also perfectly cooked. My reason for not giving 5 stars on the food was because the "port wine bordelaise" that was served on the steak tasted too much like it had a bouillon cube in it, not the reduced port wine that I expected. All in all, still a very good meal, but the steak sauce needs work.

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  32. BCFSanJose

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect food, perfect service. Will be dining there again tonight

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  33. Robert

    Los Angeles

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Construction on Coast Village Road makes outdoor dining less enjoyable.

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  34. sean

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we love this place! ....especially for dinner or even just drinks and appetizers. the staff.... they're great! very friendly and a pleasure.

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  35. Gigi

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    All four of us liked our food from excellent to good. The service was good--not great. The inside ambience was very good. We would all return.

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  36. Robert

    Los Angeles

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice location in the ground floor of the Montecito Inn. Food is good quality but is pricey

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  37. CRKidder

    Columbus

    17 reviews

    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was horrible. Slow to a fault. Two requests for wine list, menus, water, bill. This might be the worst table service in my lifetime (I am 78 years old).

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  38. FrequentFlyer

    Los Angeles

    60 reviews

    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a reservation at 5:30 and in a near empty restaurant the hostess tried to seat us at a small table right next to the front door. When asked to be seated anywhere else (in the near empty restaurant) she grudgingly seat us at a different table. The salmon was way undercooked, the “wild mushrooms” were soggy tasteless completely unseasoned enokis, and the watery broth they were served in made the French fries immediately soggy. The burger was actually quite good however and the table wait staff was great.

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  39. Marsha

    Central Coast

    213 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    213 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very nice meal, the ambiance was good and we will return.

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  40. PeterL

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, the chef had late notice of me dietary needs so a ‘special menu’ hadn’t been created yet; so the chef personally came out and went over options! I’d go back for sure!!

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Coast & Olive using the Order Online button. Coast & Olive also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 690-3920.

Coast & Olive is rated 4.1 stars by 580 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Coast & Olive

1295 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Olive Mill Rd.
  • Neighborhood
    Montecito
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:30 pm Bar Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, American, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Free Valet Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chris Mottola
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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