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Nella Kitchen and Bar, Los Olivos, CA

Nella Kitchen and Bar

4.8
4.8
954 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Opened in August 2020, Nella Kitchen & Bar offers fresh, modern California cuisine and focuses on 'Roman Pinsas'.
Meals are served on the front porch overlooking Grand Ave where guests are warmly welcomed, or in the cozy Dining Room which also has a private Wine Room that can host family seating and private parties.
Cocktails are focused on classics and served in the Lounge with a lot of bar seating.
As much as we love pets, we only allow service animals at Nella, thank you for understanding.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:30 am–8:30 pm Bar Daily 11:30 am–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (805) 686-1359
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Luca Crestanelli
  • Private party facilities
    Please email us at events@nellakitchen.com for details.
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Ynez Valley
  • Cross street
    Alamo Pintado
  • Parking details
    There is street parking available on Grand Ave.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 954 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Californian

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Overall

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Food

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Service

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Best Value

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Good for business meals

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Good for groups

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Healthy

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Neighborhood gem

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Great for fine wines

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Romantic

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Good for special occasions

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Lively

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Most Booked

954 Reviews
  1. MarkS

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nella is a charming restaurant with a cozy atmosphere and a warm and friendly staff.

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  2. TraceyR

    Central Coast

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely location. Delicious meal!

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  3. ScottA

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ended up going by myself and the hostess was really accommodating by getting me a place at the bar even though it was filled up. Such a great place.

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  4. Bruncher619

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Forrest was great and we enjoyed everything we ordered!!

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  5. RegularDiner

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pizza was a 4.5, spinach pasta was a 4. Wine selection was a 5; however, wine taste was 4. Service 5 except getting water refilled was very slow and had to ask multiple times.

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  6. Sweet

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoy this restaurant every time we go. The food is consistently delicious and the wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend it.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nella kitchen is one of our favorites! We had our rehearsal dinner there a year ago and then ate there for our one year anniversary! It was fabulous and Juan is number one in our book!!!

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  8. ChristianM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was wonderful and several good cocktails to choose from. Unfortunately, it was very loud and hard to have a conversation.

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  9. JennyS

    Palm Springs

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful cocktails and enjoyed our salad and pasta dishes too!

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  10. Wickedjnt

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was lackluster to say the least. She was inattentive as well. We both were excited to celebrate her birthday at Nella and unfortunately we both left less than happy with our experience.

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  11. KFole

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time at Nellas. The food is delicious and the ambiance is very crazy and warm.

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  12. KatyW

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding, we shared the Pinza special, the romaine salad & the tagliatelle bolognese. Delicious. Juan was outstanding!!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The drinks were not great and had to be sent back (dirty martinis). The margaritas were better, not great. The food was not good. We had two of the Pinsas, meatballs, and bread. Meatballs were 1” at best and might as well been store bought frozen. Pinsas were cooked well but the toppings were lacking in flavor. Service was top notch.

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  14. BryanB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nella is always great! I could eat there every night!

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  15. terrel

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good, but not delicious. A lunch for 2, with NO alcohol or wine cost over $80. Way too expensive. Won't be going back.

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  16. KishaG

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and food, they make you feel like you are coming home for dinner. It was our first visit to celebrate a birthday. Very accommodating with a large party of 8. Forest was our outstanding server, you are fortunate to experience his presence if you are at Nella.

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  17. Malibujim

    Central Coast

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We took another couple to Nella and enjoyed lunch on the patio. The staff was friendly and helpful. The Pisa (their version of Pizza) was exceptional. We had a variety of foods, couple of appetizers and entrees. Fun to share the flavors. We will return.

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  18. SarahP

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was outstanding. Chris took care of us as we sat at the bar. The food was absolutely delicious. We will definitely be back.

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  19. Steevo

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was great! We shared a Pinsa for an appetizer. Great tasting and a yummy crust. Each of the four people at our table chose a different entree and they were all delicious. I had the cioppino. The seafood and fish in it were tender and the broth was really good. My knocks on this restaurant were two-fold. First, the noise level at prime time on Saturday night was the loudest dinner environment I have ever been in. It was difficult to even have a conversation among the four of us. Second, it’s really pricey. Dinner for four with wines by the glass plus tip was just under $500. We were celebrating a special event, but otherwise this would be beyond our customary price range. Service was good but the place was crushed so there was no extra time for our server to talk. She just had time to take our orders and then was running from table to table the rest of the time. Not her fault but not ideal for an expensive dinner out. All in all, great food and would go back but would only dine outside in order to avoid the noise level inside.

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  20. JohnM

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Sadly, Nella blew a potential five-star rating for its fine food and reasonable service by its arrogant refusal to accommodate a simple customer request. On arriving, we observed three available tables in a quiet area of the patio and requested one, only to be rudely told by a server "That section is closed". Asking why, we got only a jaw drop and an "I don't know". A manager type subsequently advised it's "Because they don't have enough servers". (Apparently the existing servers could not walk another 15 feet.) So we reluctantly took a table they deemed appropriate, next to an annoying noisy group. Apparently alerted to our annoyance, another manager type came and produced a creative lie that the cause was a sprinkler problem - interesting on this bright sunny day with no water apparent. Did we look that stupid? He continued his insult with a jeremiad about how difficult it is to manage a restaurant. (Like that's our problem, not his.) Open Table could also use some customer service improvement. Unfortunately Nella didn't advise in advance its reservations are made through this poorly structured portal. Using its link to invite guests resulted in them getting a request to enter an access code. What super geek came up with this dumb idea? I'll remember to call restaurants directly for future reservations.

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  21. KathleenH

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We unfortunately ate a big lunch before coming and I wish we had more room in our stomaches because the food was outstanding. The salads were huge, bright and so flavorful. The mortadella flatbread is worth coming back for. Overall an excellent experience.

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  22. YoonheeK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food amazing! Grilled baby artichokes were my favorite.

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  23. JimT

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was warm and friendly. The food was great and sitting outside with heaters was fantastic. The servers are always incredibly kind and efficient.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Try the Pinsa, you won’t be disappointed!

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  25. KenK

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Like its sister locations Toscana and SY Kitchen, food was amazing. Service was great. I would recommend not making reservations on Open Table though. Seems that all the “open table” people were stuck in the back room with zero or little charm. It’s like we were second class citizens. The restaurant was beautiful. It is unfortunate that I could only experience it while being led to our table in Siberia.

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  26. JamieR

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience. Food and cocktails are amazing.

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  27. ailee

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a lovely Valentine's dinner at Nella. we had the special sparkling rose, crab salad and truffle pinsa - all delicious. i had the halibut special and hubby had the pork chop. halibut was seasoned and cooked perfectly, and hubby said pork chop was one of the best he's ever had - tender, moist and full of flavor.

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  28. BobN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Evening entree specials were disappointing and over priced.

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  29. DeeN

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fun time and shared some items. Forrest was amazing.

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  30. WineNdine

    Central Coast

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful place - becoming our regular for some of the best food in the SY Valley.

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  31. ralphthedawg

    Central Coast

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delmonico Steak on of the best I ever had - perfectly done.

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  32. RichO

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A gem hidden in Los Olivos. We went there to sample the local wines, and had heard of Nella Kitchen and Bar, and booked a reservation. It was good that we had, the restaurant was packed. In spite of that the service was excellent, each course of food was properly prepared and when appropriate arrived hot. We ate inside and it was a bit noisy, but not unbearable - actually the buzz was exciting and added to the enjoyment of our visit. We shared a salad and the filet steak - EXCELLENT! Highly recommend a visit

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  33. REVIEW

    Los Angeles

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great and food was great as well! Will go back

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve dined at Nella many times and it has become a favorite for special events. We love it!

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  35. SDUlawprof

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and the food was absolutely delicious.

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  36. Mg98119

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Waited 45 mins for a table (with a reservation). Unlike most restaurants they don’t guarantee indoor seating (even in 40 degree weather). Ordered a special steak recommended by our server only to discover when the bill came it was twice the price of anything else on the menu. ($85) Seems like something that would have been with mentioning. Restaurant was so noisy we could hardly hear each other. In general a super disappointing experience and would not return for dinner.

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  37. WineNdine

    Central Coast

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and staff super friendly, this was our second time and it is one of the best restaurants in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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  38. MichelleT

    Switzerland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was so good! The food, service, drinks - yay for great food but casual vibe in los olivos! ( not a lot of options)

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  39. MeridithM

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only problem was the rock and roll music too loud and didn't fit with the ambience But will return

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  40. ALFRED

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Too many people dressed like casual homeless! Too many infants dining!

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FAQs

Nella Kitchen and Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 686-1359.

Nella Kitchen and Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 954 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 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Nella Kitchen and Bar

2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93441

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Alamo Pintado
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Ynez Valley
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:30 am–8:30 pm Bar Daily 11:30 am–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    There is street parking available on Grand Ave.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Luca Crestanelli
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (805) 686-1359
  • Private party facilities
    Please email us at events@nellakitchen.com for details.
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