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Nella Kitchen and Bar, Los Olivos, CA

Nella Kitchen and Bar

4.7
4.7
619 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.




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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–8:00 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

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What 619 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 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

    Innovative

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Neighborhood gem

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Romantic

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Good for special occasions

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    Most Booked

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  1. K

    Kevin

    San Diego

    46 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Well done restaurantant in the hotel, excellent specials, good wine list, good service
  2. M

    Michael

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and bar. Service was attentive but not overly so allowing you to enjoy your meal and conversation. Will definitely be back.
  3. LH

    LarryH

    Anchorage

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good food and service. A little pricey, but that’s the way it is in our little town of Los Olivos.
  4. M

    Mary

    Central Coast

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Everything we had was delicious and perfectly prepared. Great pinsas, pasta, and the duck dish was melt-in-your mouth. The steak had no sides - a few potatoes thrown in for the price would be more satisfactory. The gelato dessert was to-die-for. We had a little glitch with the wine, but our waiter was able to work it out. They have a great bartender here, so consider the specialty cocktails. Upbeat atmosphere - a bit noisy if you want a quiet romantic dinner, but still worth it.
  5. K

    Kdine

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It would be helpful if wait staff would state the price of the chef's specials for the evening. I was surprised when we received the bill for the special Pinsa for the evening - it was $20.00 more than other Pinsas on the menu, and was not that good. Disappointing!
  6. B

    Bulldog80

    Central Coast

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nella's is really hitting its stride. Interior could be a little warmer
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of 3 enjoyed excellent service and excellent food . Guests from Los Angeles were very impressed. Chef Luca received praises from everyone. They will be telling their friends about Nella in Los Olivos!
  8. JL

    JrryLouise

    Los Angeles

    134 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    134 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Dinner on Tuesday night, the place was packed with diners. While we waited for our reservation at 7:30 there was no place to sit, so we had to stand for 15 minutes before we got a seat at bar. The bartender basically ignored us. We had to argue with hostess to get seated inside instead of the patio where the temperature was in the 40’s. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, we ordered a glass of wine and lemonade. I ordered steamed clams and was told they were out of them. I settled for an order of meatballs, my wife ordered a pensa with artichoke hearts. The meatballs were flavorless and pensa was bland. Overall, a very disappointing experience, especially since we drove from LA for the occasion.
  9. D

    Dale

    Fayetteville

    28 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Only restaurant I've been to that you had to pay for bread prior to dinner, seated outside, prime steak was not prime. In fact, it probably wasn't even choice. Lamb chops were over cooked and tough. Understand the pizza might be good but is that what you come to a fine dining establishment for? Overall value for the dollar was really poor. If this place was anywhere other than Los Olivos it wouldn't last. But not a lot of choices in the area. If you're there and want a better meal, suggest the Wine Merchant, great food, service and wine list.
  10. MB

    MichelleB

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. My husband and I split the artichoke pizza and the apple arugula salad. It was one of the best pizzas I have had.
  11. LG

    LucG

    Hawaii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    At time of reservation, only seating available was 7:30 PM. Was greated by “you’re our last (clients), kitchen is about to close”… Didn’t feel welcomed. Go across the street to the Wine Merchant instead.
  12. CW

    CherylW

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always LOVE our margarita pizza~ and our waiter was so sweet and nice too!
  13. c

    chico58

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A little loud in the dining room even at 6 pm. Music needs to be lowered.
  14. M

    Margo

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nella is a wonderful dining experience! Their Signature Cocktails are interesting, location and ambience are outstanding, Stephanie and her wait staff were completely attentive and wonderful. It was my daughter's birthday so even though we did not order dessert because we were full, we'd notified staff via the reservation and in person that it was her birthday a one scoop of Gelato and a candle or a small cupcake and a candle might be a nice gesture considering I spent $300 on lunch...however she did not get that recognition : ( The Flatbread (Truffles and mushrooms and herbs) as well as Duck and most other dishes were remarkable!!! However I ordered the Soup of the day which really turned out to be little more than a tiny bowl of very unremarkable bean soup which I found so tasteless unlike their other dishes, that after 2 bites I ate no more because "why bother" and it was removed without further notice or inquiry by the waitstaff. So essentially would I recommend it, yes, by all means. Would I go back; I'm certain I would occasionally. I thought overall it was a fine experience. I think it needs a little further refinement but in general it was a lovely time.
  15. LG

    LocalGal

    Central Coast

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, drinks, deserts, service and ambiance!!
  16. SY

    SuzanneY

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, fantastic service and a wonderful atmosphere. Had lunch here yesterday; baked bread, scallop appetizer, Lamb and Ciopinno entrees with profiteroles for dessert. Everything we tasted we excellent. The Pom Martini’s were yummy too. Definitely recommend Nella’s for an enjoyable dining experience.
  17. OL

    OliverL

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nella was a 20/10. Everything was perfect. James our waiter was epic and so knowledgeable. He helped us order the perfect meal and drinks. We got the tuna app and the pasta and lamb chops. Everything was insanely good!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a group of six friends on a Saturday night. We made a reservation several weeks in advance; no issues and were seated right away. The restaurant was busy but the staff were very friendly and fast. Food was great. We’d go back!
  19. NL

    NicoleL

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We arrived 5 minutes early for our reservation and could only be seated out side on a windy evening. We chose to wait to be seated inside instead. About 20 minute wait, so why did we have a reservation? The hostess wasn't very nice, but the rest of the staff was accommodating and kind. Server was great. Food was delicious. Nice and lively ambiance. It was pretty loud, but we were thankfully seated in the room near the kitchen where it was a bit quieter.
  20. MK

    MartinK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner outside with friends visiting from Oregon. They loved your pizza's, and excellent salads. Sat outside because inside can get a bit noisy. Was very comfortable with a heater. Our waiter was the best! Can't remember his name but great service and funny personality
  21. CA

    ChristinaA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely and great service. The bar is relaxed and lively while the table was cozy. We enjoyed the food and will come back.
  22. KT

    KarenT

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve eaten at Nella a few times. The service is attentive and each meal has bee wonderful! The pins are a must try!
  23. JC

    JoeC

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I split the roman salad with the lemon vinaigrette dressing - excellent. Then we split the pizza special, white pizza with cremini mushrooms, Italian sausage and truffle. It was a small pizza but delicious. I would say it was a $20 pizza with $25 of truffles grated on top. The real deal. Great pizza - priceless flavor. We are fans. Also enjoyed conversation with locals about the great farm stands in SYV. But don't take my word for it, go see for yourself. And feed yourself, it is delicious.
  24. LB

    LindaB

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friend’s Birthday
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious!
  26. BR

    BernardiR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were staying at the Fess Parker Inn for two nights and was very pleasantly surprised how good Nella's was. We sat outside on the porch and enjoyed the ambiance so much. The pasta we had and the tomato burrata was delicious. I will definitely return.
  27. MJ

    MarleeJ

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary. Everything was exceptional from start to finish. We started off with the scallops. They were fresh, deliciously seasoned, and perfect for sharing. We were recommended to try the pisano. They had a truffle and sausage pisano that sounded amazing. It was as amazing as it sounds. For our entrees we chose the lamb chops and the prime new york. Both were incredible and cooked perfectly, although the lamb chops were our favorite and usually my husband doesn’t like lamb. For dessert we ordered the cream puffs. It came with four so it was perfect for sharing. Overall, the food , the drinks, service, and atmosphere were perfect! We definitely will be going back!
  28. F

    Foodie

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server couldn't have been better! After having so many post covid bad experiences this was refreshing. We ordered the Burrata salad and steamed clams to start. Both were absolutely fabulous! If you dine here the Pizza is a must to eat for one or share. We ordered the evenings pizza special and the crust was crisp and light. Cocktails were perfect and a generous pour on the wine. If I lived closer this would be my go to place.
  29. BB

    BonnieB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good food good service but noise level was really high, unable to have a conversation
  30. BS

    BarryS

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful thoughtfully prepared food especially their Pinsas.
  31. m

    mikepru

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was just great. Neat location, great food and wine, service was terrific.
  32. JG

    JohnG

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Very good food and service but way too noisy inside with the wood floors and low ceilings. Shout to be heard place. Would go back if sitting outdoors but too cold last night outdoors.
  33. a

    aimeek

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely staff. Awesome bartender. Food was great as always. Duck dish is worth drive from SB any day of the week!
  34. MM

    MonicaMacias

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Great food! Everyone was exceptional!
  35. MM

    MelindaM

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great restaurant. Best duck EVER! Very nice ambience warm and inviting. Excellent craft cocktails!
  36. MS

    MarcS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great choices on the menu. Heirloom tomato salad was good as was the Bolognese. The pizza was quite tasty and I liked the John Dore but it could have been seascape bit more in my opinion. I would definitely return
  37. L

    Lamoor13

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I’ve ever eaten anywhere.
  38. KB

    KarenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love your food and ambience. The music does not fit the atmosphere. The music is too loud and not pleasant. Our only complaint. Thank you.
  39. b

    bayparkgirl

    San Diego

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Fabulous dinner with outdoor dining! The Romini Lettuce salad was light and lemony, and it went very well with the Ono fish special of the night. The food was excellent, and the service was good, but the kitchen was a little slow to prepare the entrees. Overall a great experience!
  40. I

    Iowafoodie

    Des Moines

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Outstanding food every time. Heirloom tomatoes followed by tagliatelle bolognese and then the incredible cookie gelato for dessert. A great bottle of Castello di Rampolla Sammarco Sangiovese that was drinking perfect. What I don't get is the total disconnect between the food,service,wine and the interior decor. They didn't change anything from the previous Texas steakhouse decor. Paint the walls a nice cream color such as Benjamin Moore Aura, trim in White Dove, replace the black Americana spindle chairs with nice square walnut ones, throw white linens on the tables at night AND get rid of the barn door. Done and totally different feeling to the room.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

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 619 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 24 times today
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–8:00 pm Bar Daily 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • 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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