Nella Kitchen and Bar

4.7
389 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
S.Y. KITCHEN

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.




Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
What 389 people are saying
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SarrettaM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. The pizzas are not heavy and the dough is beautiful light and airy with an incredible crust that shatters in tasty bits like a perfect croissant.

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Zedsefan
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience2

This was our second visit. Not as pleased as we were on our first try. I ordered the fillet with spinach and my wife had the bolognese pasta. My fillet was merely okay... flat and poorly seasoned. The pasta was too salty in my opinion. On the upside, the tuna tartar starter was excellent, as was my spinach. Probably won't be back.

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vipTadB
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A relaxed, gourmet place to have lunch and wine country. One of the specials was a truffle sausage and mushroom flatbread that was loaded with fresh shaved truffles. The bread was fluffy and delicious. It was a little pricey with the fresh truffles, but worth every penny.

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KalL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Juan Carlos was amazing!!

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AngelaJ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Kace, Steph and bartender all fabulous!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience and will return.

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vipJane
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just always wonderful in so many ways. The food is excellent, service attentive but not intrusive. Ambience very relaxed. Carefully chosen wine list. A regular spot for us when we are in the Santa Ynez Valley. Only wish it were closer to home!

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Beams
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant place to have lunch. Nice atmosphere. Food is good, a bit expensive. Staff is very good.

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vipJane
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal, and overall experience. All five of us were very happy with our meals, especially the shared truffle pinsa and the five-hour Bolognese .The wine list offers a wide range of options, including many local wines you might otherwise miss. Service, as always, was superb.

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MichaelG
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, atmosphere, and service! One of the best pizzas I’ve ever had!

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Boaterbob
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always excellent. Will always recommend Nellas! Cannot go wrong choosing this place.

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JacquelineB
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit to Nella. We really enjoyed it and will spread our outstanding experience to everyone! We will be back to share it with friends and family!

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Mindy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The service could be improved. We were told by the waiter there was only 1 special, but later heard another waiter tell the tables surrounding us a whole menu of specials. We later expressed to our waiter that we thought the duck was dry compared to when we've had it elsewhere, but was not offered an option to replace the item or to have it taken off the bill. I was celebrating my birthday along with what appeared to be a few other diners. It appeared that the other diners received a complimentary dessert with candles like I had been offered the previous night at SY kitchen, so I thought I would too receive a complimentary dessert like the other diners but sadly I was not. I'm unsure if we just got an unexperienced server but I would have expected a manager to check on the tables as well considering it was a very slow night at the restaurant. I expected better service and food since this restaurant was a part of the same group as SY kitchen in Sants Ynez, but was disappointed with my experience.

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vipashleyp
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, food and service. It was busy so a little loud for our older guests but the trade off was good energy.

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vipLACA4ME
Los Angeles
103 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic addition to the restaurant scene in Los Olivos matching great wines with wonderful food. The lunch menu was comprehensive, food presentation and taste were fabulous and the service amazing. If you thought you knew pizza, think again! Not NY or deep dish Chicago style but a light, almost "fluffy" piece of pastry with delicious toppings (think there were 5 or 6 different offerings on the menu). Other entrees were also creative and delicious. Can definitely recommend a stop at Nella's Kitchen if your ever in the area.

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ThomasL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

The waiter was super loud and the accoustics was subpar

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vipCounterbander
Central Coast
100 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Disastrous service ruined the occasion, so that we had to reschedule our next meeting. Lunch arrived 65 minutes after ordering, and after multiple reminders. Weak offer of compensation (a top-up of wine).
The menu offered bore little resemblance to the menu online at OpenTable. None of the starters matched. Also, beware of exaggerated pricing. How often do I want a $60 steak at lunch? (OpenTable says it's $36). You'll be hard pressed to find a glass of wine under $17. Come on, this is wine country! GIve us some range!
The interior is OK, nouveau bland, a bit disappointing for a historic building.
All that said, as other reviews have noted, the food is imaginative, tasty and well presented. It just should be half the price.
We went away disappointed and won't be back.

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vipWatchful26
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and varied menu. Relatively small but well thought out and fairly priced wine list. Well stocked and great looking bar. Pleasant, attentive servers. All staff wore masks over their nose and mouth (if that’s important to you - it made a statement to us). We’ll definitely be back!

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vipDave
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special Christmas dinner for guests of the Fess Parker Inn, where Nella is located. Easily one of the best meals, from start to finish, we've had anywhere in quite some time. The multiple courses enabled us to sample a beet salad, scallops and beef tartare in pastry, branzino, osso buco, and a panettone with zabaglione for desert. All superb. In addition, the cocktails were deliciously inventive, and the service could not have been better. We'll look forward to dining here again, wherever we happen to be staying in the area.

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Willis
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was on point and the service was great. A bit loud when full, but great atmosphere. The pinsa turned out to be the favorite item. Great for a special occasion.

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Chubs
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday and Christmas dinner with family. Server was very friendly and knowledgeable. Food was excellent!

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Zedsefan
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and an outstanding menu.

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AdrienneS
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Service was very good and food was good not great. Flavor was lacking.

We elected to sit outdoors due to COVID and it was lovely with heat lamps.

Very disappointed that when we walked through the restaurant to leave most of the staff was not masked including the chef we could see in the kitchen. Based upon this and the new rules in CA I would not recommend this restaurant.

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Teresa
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was outstanding - attentive, friendly, professional. His assistants were as great - filling water glasses, taking away finished plates. The outside dining area is wonderful too.

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StephenM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we had a very nice dining experience at Nella Kitchen. My lamb chops were excellent, cooked perfectly and with flavorful potatoes and sweet peppers. I was disappointed in the gem lettuce salad, just not flavorful and really nothing more than lettuce. A very good red blend wine by the glass by The Paring complemented the meal well

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StephanieR
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff who are very patient and amazing when dining with a toddler. Amazing food

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vipMichelleH
Mississippi
17 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for a week of wine tasting, and Nella Kitchen & Bar was our first night out to eat. We were very impressed. Two in our party got lamb, one got duck, and one cioppino. All were excellent. Service was solid, ambiance was pleasant, and good choice of wines. Dessert was a shaved pineapple that was suggested when it turned out our first choice had just run out - it was plentiful and extremely good.

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vipTeresaF
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly service. The Pinsas are always delicious and the tuna tartare is the best ever. Noise level is too much to enjoy an intimate conversation.

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DamianR
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food, amazing staff, and service. We will absolutely be back at Nella in the future.

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KarenT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my birthday in Los Olivos and loved Nella's So yummy. Had the scallops for a starter and then the pizza with the artichokes, followed by cioppino and of course gelato for dessert.

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vipDano
San Diego
85 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica was superb. Her help in deciding food, drink, and wine was outstanding! When we were indecisive, she prodded with options and explanations. We went away sated, yet eager to return soon.

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AndrewT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food
Service staff very friendly and efficient - Grace was our server this time
Great ambience Inside or patio outside

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Catherine
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nella Kitchen is a local gem. The food is consistent and delicious. My husbands loves their cocktails. And the esthetics are clean and cozy.

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DeniseL
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server was perfection! Very accommodating, friendly, and knowledgeable.

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vipScottn
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service a d food great. But, to loud for indoor dining..

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vipcindy805
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Hated both wines we picked. Two whites. Both tasted like vinegar. Sent one back and she got pink sparking. I loaded mine up with ice cubes. Salad was sparse. Marco a almonds dry. Tuna tartare was soupy and avocado creama bitter. the pinzas are the highlight here. Always order a pinza. Was out mr second time to the restaurant. 1st time the best. This time meh.

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vipStephanieY
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food in a beautiful setting! We visit Nella Kitchen every time we are in Los Olivos.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing

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vipAdam
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not at the level of sister restaurant SY Kitchen, everything was "ok" but that's about it.

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LeslieW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and even better food! Service was impeccable!

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 4.7 stars by 389 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.