Oliver's

4.8
528 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Vegan
Through creativity, innovation, and an abundance of care, we prepare minimally processed plant-based cuisine that is delicious, vibrant, and nutritious.

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in the Santa Barbara area.

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Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, very nice server, lovely ambiance and healthy yet delicious food!

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GB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I have ever been to. The food is incredible, wine great, staff and hospitality is amazing and ambience is vibey but not posh or pretentious. All was perfect. The jackfruit taco was out of this world, and so was the Cauliflower and crabcakes. Please open up in London!

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TP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! The ambiance, the service and the food were all outstanding. I came here with my mother for a mother/daughter date and we’ll be back for lunch tomorrow :)

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JP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. It was my wife’s birthday and they gave her a free drink.

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J
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The restaurant is a very chic little spot in Santa Barbara, but other than the appearance it falls under the threshold of amazingly lack-luster. Terrible food for the price, very reminiscent of house made dinner for a huge profit margin. Seems like the only thing that could give the food flavor was the small dish of salt at each table. Don’t know if the target demographic is satisfied, but coming from the LA food scene, this food seems so unremarkable and flavorless. Would absolutely steer away from this place and spend money elsewhere if in need of a vegan fix. Like Little Pine in Silver Lake but done by amateurs looking to upcharge and swindle at every turn.

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LA
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Visited on our way up to Santa Barbara for the weekend based on great reviews. Great ambiance dining outside. For some reason, I've found that when there is nobody in the restaurant at lunch and waiters outnumber customers, the wait staff does not come and check and Oliver's was no exception.
The food was very good and served promptly, but pricey. I had the humus and my wife had the salad - she liked it (except for the vegan goat cheese) and the size of the salad. The caramelized onions on my humus were very tasty, so I asked for more. I was surprised there was an extra charge - they are entitled but a mention of the charge would have been nice. I'm glad we tried it - they do great things and are very creative for a vegan venue, but I think I'll pass on a return visit.

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HA
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not being a formidable veggie I really appreciate the menu and the taste of our dinner. The young lady that serviced us was beyond excellent. She was very caring and accommodating. Everyone from the time we arrived and departed, including the other dining clients, was in reality stunning. I look forward to dining there many, many times. Thank you.

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Boise
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the whole experience!! The earthquake was a first:-) Thank you very much

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NT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome to have a vegan- fine dining experience! So happy you added lunch menu.

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PK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, lovely wait staff. been multiple times and have never been disappointed. My guests have always been pleased and satisfied. Pear and Gorgonzola flatbread, crab cakes and impossible burgers are all winners!

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MP
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place. Cool vibe, helpful staff, delicious food and nice atmosphere.

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DL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

You must try it. Great outdoor seating and bar. Food will surprise you. You will love it if you are vegan. You will be pleasantly surprised if you are not.

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CA
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally tried Oliver’s and we were not disappointed! The food was delicious and complex, creative, and satisfying. Four of us shared several “small bites” and we all were pleasantly surprised by how much we loved our meal! I’ve been to other vegan restaurants that seem to heavily rely on sweet potato. Oliver’s has a wonderful array of flavors and vegetable bases. We all loved the “crab cakes”, the Kung pao cauliflower, the mushroom tostada, the artichoke flatbread, and the pad Thai. Our waitress was very helpful, friendly, and warm. We sat out on the beautiful patio under the string lights in the- such a lovely setting. No one left hungry!

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GI
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Oliver’s. Excellent food and wonderful service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy, stylish, vegan, hip, cool

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

While we’re extremely pleased to see the emergence of more vegan specialty restaurants, it is very frustrating when there are no options to accommodate a whole foods plant-based diet. Literally EVERY dish was loaded with oil! While the consumption of high-oil food is consistent with the mainstream vegan diet (which also includes French fries, potato chips, and other foods with high levels of unhealthy oils), it is entirely inconsistent with the WFPB nutritional lifestyle being adopted by a growing number of health-minded individuals. Please offer some good oil free options.

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MT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend visiting from the East coast. She was blown away!!!

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WT
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ambience and service very nice. Not a vegan so the food was just okay for me.

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MT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down our favorite restaurant! So excited that they will start serving lunch this Tuesday!

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N
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

consistently incredible experience loved by everyone I have shared my favorite SB restaurant with. People, setting, and food are exceptional.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve eaten here several times now, and the food is always delicious.the portions are large, so sharing is perfect. We had the artichoke crab cakes, the Brussels sprouts, and the pad Thai. Great choices to have together. The Brussels sprouts were amount the top 2 ever for this dish, and the crab cakes and pad Thai didn’t disappoint either. Service was good, not great, and the decor is a bit bland, but relaxing.

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J
Palm Springs
38 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So nice to pull up a chair and enjoy a place that is 100% vegan. No need to ask "Does this dish have any X?" Patio is lovely, so is inside. Service great.

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oliver's is a wonderful, unique, high quality plant based restaurant. It is a delight to have such a wonderful, creative dining option in Santa Barbara.

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IJ
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb vegan restaurant with creative and delicious offerings.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our daughter graduated from UCSB and we were also celebrating Father’s Day.
We went for the small plates! We ordered and consumed EVERYTHING! We also had all three desserts which were wonderful!
The food was excellent and the service was perfect!
We live in the PNW so I am not sure if we will become “regulars” however when we return to Santa Barbara, we will be back!
Thank you all for a memorable experience!

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BS
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oliver's has delicious food, friendly and attentive service, and lovely ambience in a beautiful setting. Highly recommended!!

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CM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was possibly the best vegan and gluten free meal we have eaten in any restaurant!
Delicious and beautifully presented with lovely service.

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SR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great and if Anna is your server, you'll be well taken care of...excellent friendly service. Feels good to eat "clean." (Recommend chopped salad!)

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SH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully thoughtful plant-based menu, friendly and prompt service, great wine list.

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w
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with excellent service.
A little pricey but worth it. Enjoyed the food even though I do not eat vegan often.
Wine by the glass choices were good and fairly priced.

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CR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it and we will be back! We arrived at 5 so it was perfectly quiet and serene the way we like it. Excellent service and delicious healthy food. We sampled a lot of different dishes and loved everything. Beautiful presentation

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only amazing food but also super healthy!!! The atmosphere is awesome as well!!!

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TP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very creative and tasty vegan food

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s
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three friends met at Oliver’s and had a great experience. The food, imaginative, flavorful, decorative. Our waiter,
attentive, helpful, knowledgeable. A good time!

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L
Central Coast
47 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, very friendly stuff. Thank you!

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DR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant for family celebrations. Inventive food, excellent wine list, and warm ambiance. A great choice for out-of-town visitors, as well: elegant Santa Barbara sans snoot.

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PC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere outside was awesome! We had a great cocktail sitting by A fire pit on comfy sofas.
The space moves from outdoors to indoors seamlessly. We love the Decour in the restaurant. The only thing that could’ve been better with the table tops. There were only two real wooden tables and the rest had a kind of vinyl pebbly texture to it. Food was excellent and the service was very good.

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H
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Second time trying with about 6 months in between. Disappointed in the service, specifically since there were only a few tables.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming little venue with these enchanting lights that hang from the trees... Felt like Alice in Wonderland sitting under the trees. The rest of the decor was beachy, open, airy, light, beautiful and tastefully done. Philip our host was most accommodating and sat us in the patio with our dog. The wait staff were just as gracious. The vegan fare was Ah-Maze! Non vegans should not be afraid to try this food! The drinks were sooooo good! We can’t wait to come back up from LA to visit again!

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