Leonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria
We had a beautiful birthday dinner there and the service was fantastic. The food was a smash hit with our younger kids!
Excellent food and service. This restaurant gets a later crowd than most. There were several open tables until 7:30 which, if you like dining early, leads to a more quiet atmosphere. I highly recommend the Cioppino, it's not cheap but worth the price, and enough for two. Their veal is always great as well. There have been times when we have shared a pizza and a really good bottle of Italian red wine. It's often a great evening when the wine cost is higher than the cost of the entries. Corkage is $20 if you prefer to bring your own. ENJOY !
Food, service and ambience excellent. One suggestion, please get a better selection of white wines!!! There’s 12 refs by the glass and a great array of bottle choices and only 4 whites by the glass. Thanks! A very good experience!!
So good! Just what I needed. Delicious Fresh Knowledgable authentic Northern Italian light satisfying smile yummy my kind of place! Thank you! See you next time 🇮🇹🍇🍷🍾🧡
Friends Birthday. Service was exceptional and food excellent.
The best wine, food and service I have had in a very long time! I will be going back very soon! Dan, local resident
Missed seeing Leonardo.
We enjoy his company when he greets guests.
Our server just moved here from Chicago and prior to that- Italy! He couldn’t have been more wonderful! Completely enjoy hearing about his 4 children and living in Italy. He truly makes an incredible experience and the delicious food is the icing on the cake!
Great place. Had my brother's 50th birthday on Solvang and I took our group in there for their first time. It definitely won't be their last.
This is our second time. Just as good as the first...very authentic. Pizzas are great. Had a great talk with Leonardo about how he makes his pizza since I make it at home. It was very cool he took the time.
The food is excellent and the menu choices are varied. The service is good and the staff was accommodating. Would recommend it highly.
Love this place, and will return as soon as possible.
Wonderful experience. Friendly, perfect service and great food.
This is the restaurant we like to dine at when visiting Solvang. Leonardo is a gracious host, the staff is attentive, there is a nice wine list and the food is delicious.
As always, The Wine Merchant Cafe gave us a delicious meal. Each of our party, which included a 14 and 16 year old, loved their meal. The baked brie appetizer and the hummus and flatbread were delicious. The mushroom ravioli is rich and decadent and the burger was simply perfect. The only item that could be better was the hearts of romaine Caesar....they served it in a little bowl with the salmon on top and had very little flavor and the presentation was very lackluster and didn’t live up to the price. But, we have gone to this restaurant with guests and family multiple times in the past and they have consistently been excellent.
This was one of the best meals and dining experiences I’ve had in a very long time! Our server, Arturo, was extremely kind and attentive. I told him I was gluten free, so he was very accommodating and offered GF pasta and bread suggestions. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday, and he went above and beyond to make sure it was perfect. Everything was so good, that for the next night we had in town we brought our friends back in, and asked for his suggestion. He immediately served us bread (remembering I was GF he brought me that option also). We met the owner, who was gracious and as well, and had another fantastic meal. Cannot wait to go back!!!
All staff in general are so polite and friendly
Waitresses allways suggest you what is the specials on their restaurant but also they give you other choices of food.
I truly recommend this fabulous restaurant
It was so good we ate there twice.
My wife and I were in Solvang for my birthday and looked this restaurant up on Yelp and thought it looked good. We were beyond surprised. We both work in businesses where we have to go out and eat a lot, and were both blown away by service, food, ambience, and the wine! We went back the following night and ordered the exact same thing we had the night before. We are already trying to get back up to eat there again. I highly suggest getting the "Penne Leonardo’s". You won't regret it!
Fabulous experience! Food was amazing!
Great food, great service
Very good food and service...really enjoyed myself with friends! Last time I was there they charged me for splitting a salad with my husband ($5) and when I went back to ask about it, they gave me a gift card which was one of the reasons I came back (& of course the great food!) This meal gave me a better lasting impression because the last time I felt a little “wronged” so I was glad that everything went well! I’ve never heard a “split charge” for a salad? Most of the time they are way too huge for 1 person! Since my husband and I have salad every night at home (very Italian) with our meal, we almost always split one when we eat out! VERY GOOD meal and service!
This restaurant is a hidden gem. The food was fantastic. We allowed our Italian server to guide us and he did not steer us wrong. The roasted beet salad, the prosciutto wrapped breadsticks, and pizza were so delicious as were the entrees. There were many specials of the day from which to choose, and each was mouth watering. we had to try dessert, and these did not disappoint. We will make this a must do on every visit to Solvang.
Always a wonderful visit with staff and an excellent meal!
Our dinner was fabulous and our server, Shannon, was outstanding! He gave us excellent service and always came by to check on how we were doing! Our dining experience was enhanced by his attentiveness and his wonderful personality! Thank you Shannon for making our evening delightful!!
Food and service were amazing. Waiter was GTEAT! started with the mushroom ravioli in a white sauce with ground ham, then had the steak. Boy were cooked to perfection and were amazing. Can’t say enough. If you visit Solvang and want Italian, this is a MUST!
Good food. Great senior.
I have dined at Leonardo's, maybe 6 times and would say the "fair" rating given can be attributed to the restaurant just having an "off" night.
Excellent food, service is good and my wife and I enjoy going to Leonardo's whenever we're in the area! My favorite dish is Leonardo's Cioppino...I believe it's exceptionally delicious!
A happy find along our route. Fully enjoyed the experience and would return if in the town, and might go out of my way to return.
We always look forward to driving to Santa Ynez and eating at Leonardo’s. The service is always excellent - we even had a lovely Italian server named Leonardo! Good wine suggestion and the fish (we each had a different offering) was cooked just right and tasted “magnifico”. Hope to be back sooner than later!
As always, warm welcome, excellent food and outstanding service!
We chose this restaurant as a romantic night out following reading the reviews online. Unfortunately our experience here was sub-par. We had a reservation, and after confirming it with one of the staff at the front of the restaurant, we were seated. Almost immediately a young woman (head hostess or manager maybe?) walked over and abruptly asked, "Do you have a reservation?", to which both we and the young gentleman who checked us in responded yes. She then proceeded to curtly ask, "What is the name on the reservation?", and after we answered, she left to go check the information. We are not sure why we were being treated this way, and the young gentleman who seated us seemed to be just as perplexed. We were early for our reservation, there was no one waiting, and there were plenty of open tables. Eventually our server came over to take our order, although he seemed to be telling us what to order instead of asking us what we would like. When we gave him our preference, we were told they were all out (the restaurant had only opened an hour earlier...). I expressed my disappointment, so the server said he'd check. He came back a few minutes later to say, "You're in luck, sir. We have one left." My wife ended up ordering another dish the server recommended since she was also told they didn't have any more of the entree she wanted. When the food came, her dish was flavorless and mine was saturated with oil. Neither one of us ate more than a few bites. We were tempted to mention our disappointment in the food, but at this point we just wanted to leave. When we received the bill, we saw that my order was charged about $8-10 more than indicated on the menu. We questioned our server, and he told us that what I ordered was the special as they were out of the dish I had wanted. Excuse me?? Since when do restaurants have the right to substitute an order at a higher cost without first notifying the customer? We definitely will not be returning to this restaurant.
Immaculately clean and tastefully simple, yet elegant interior. Food was classic Italian at its best! I had Sole
Piccata and my husband had the Veal Scallopini Marsala. Both were delicious. Nice protein portions and appropriate side portions of roasted potatoes and spinach. The Cesar was creamy but not over dressed and had a delicate flavor. If we lived here we would eat here on a consistent basis. Arturo was a very personal and attentive server. The owner and chef were present in the dining room conversing with guests and personally greeted us as first comers. This is everything a diner is looking for in a restaurant.
My wife's birthday. We do go frequently. But this time they really went out of their way, without asking, to make her experience extraordinary. Arturo was wonderful, the entire staff was on their game, and Leonardo too! I like the fact you can go there for a simple meal, or an extensive dining experience. Never disappoints.
Service was a little slow and seems to cater big time to the locals. I didn’t feel as welcomed as an out of town guest. Food was very good. I asked for something to be omitted from my dish, it was not. The waiter never checked back with us. I spent a lot of time picking it out of my dish. Gross! Overall I’d go back the food was good.
Enjoyed our anniversary dinner. The food was excellent and prepared exactly as described; we will return again, as it is one of our favorite restaurant.
We each ate a different type of entree, from seafood to pork chops it was all delicious. The wait staff was great and the wine choices are exceptional. We definitely recommend Leonardo’s to everyone.
The best Italian restaurant in the region. Staff is VERY friendly and attentive. Fennel Sausage pizza was AMAZING. The Beef Carpaccio was delicious and the panna cotta was sublime! I would recommend this restaurant with the strongest recommendation possible!
We made the mistake of eating outdoors, which diminished the experience. The restaurant is in a strip mall and so we were at the level of (and overlooking) the parking lot. The service was outstanding, however, so absolutely no complaints there. The pork special was a huge thin piece of meat that was well seasoned but probably due to how thin it was, too tough for my taste. I would've liked a thick chop instead. Salad was excellent. Will be back, but will sit indoors.
Leonardo makes you feel like you are in his home...welcoming, accommodating and the service staff are wonderful, engaging, funny and attending to your every need. Transported to the best of Italian fine dining in the quaint little village of Solvang.
I recommend this restaurant with 10 stars!!