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Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe

2879 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
805-688-7265
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Ranked #2 of 10 restaurants in Los Olivos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean, Californian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Highway 154
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Campbell, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I have eaten at quite a few restaurants in the Solvang area and this is my favorite. (Just across the street is Petro's which is also excellent.) The service is excellent. I had sausages made from Boar's meat. My date ate one of the specials (a Salmon dish). Both were excellent. The wine list is local, and very good. The... More

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San Francisco, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

On Monday 6-16 we went to the cafe again for lunch as we were ending our stay. We sat at the bar. The server Cecilia , was not as iintentive as our server at dinner a couple of nights before. We had to ask and remind several times for things we had asked for when ordering. She was more into... More

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Lovely cafe. Food was excellent and the selection of wines outstanding. A must if you heading up to Wine Country and perfect stop in.

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Los Angeles
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We were a fairly large group of of friends and, were politely greeted and were shown a table for 8 near the front window. Los Olivos is a charming rural town in San Ynez. There are wide streets and plenty of parking. The restaurant is very nice inside with plenty of people but not noisy. We began with some shared... More

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I must admit, after reading the reviews I had expected a little more out of this restaurant. We had originally intended to have dinner there, but changed our minds when we stumbled upon it in search of lunch. The atmosphere was casual, just right for lunch....curious to know if there would have been a transformation into something a little more... More

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Plainview, NY
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94 reviews 94 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I had been wanting to come here since "Sideways" came out ten years ago, and planned this wine vacation months ago. Dining at Los Olivos was to be the centerpiece of the trip. The shop is lovely and I enjoyed perusing the wall of interesting wines and other merchandise. Then I was seated in the dining room for lunch, and... More

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137 reviews 137 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

Bought a good quality bottle of red wine after finally finding someone to receive payment. Modest wait as several staff walked by and did not offer either to directly take payment or tell me who would. Then I joined the others at our table. Ordered two of the larger lunch entrees for sharing and soup. Waitress copped an attitude to... More

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New England
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111 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Just one night in this town, and we picked a great place to have dinner. When four friends from our Inn joined us unexpectedly for dinner, the hostess was very nice about relocating us to another table to accommodate all six of us. Great wine menu, and a wonderful selection of wines to buy on the way out - a... More

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Placentia, CA
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176 reviews 176 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We've been to Santa Barbara and Solvang often but this is the first time we have been to Los Olivos. I don't know why, but we will certainly be back. We shared salads and yummy pizza. There were 5 of us and we all loved what we ate. The town is a small one with restaurants and art galleries. Well... More

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São Paulo
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Excellent food, wines and staff... My choice was the Parmesan gnocchi with spinach, peas and mushrooms and was SPETACULAR! For entree I had the burrata that comes with slices of butternut a perfect combination. The price is also ok (~16/18 for each plate). Will be forever in my memories and wish could come back!

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