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Olio E Limone Ristorante

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17 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (State)
805-899-2699
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 139
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very Interesting Fusion Cocktails

This is a tiny place with great very different cocktail choices. The ambiance it excellent and the food very good too. We enjoyed raw oysters that were infused with 2 different flavors. You will love it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
AprilleWright
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Santa Barbara, California
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Santa Barbara, California
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

This is a tiny place with great very different cocktail choices. The ambiance it excellent and the food very good too. We enjoyed raw oysters that were infused with 2 different flavors. You will love it.

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Santa Barbara, California
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

We made reservations and looked forward to all the acclaim we've heard. We showed up about 5 minutes early and didn't have to wait, our table was ready and found it it to be very comfortable. The staff was as 1st class as you could ever want. Professional, certainly not students working through school. Fantastic wine selection and menu. Dinner... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is certainly the best Italian restaurant in Santa Barbara (we've been to virtually all of them over the years) and very possibly the best overall restaurant. Excellent food, reasonable wine list, great service - what more could you want? Advance reservations; they are often full.

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IPSWICH
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

My husband ordered Asparagus Soup and a white fish filet - well prepared, light and tasty. I ordered a Caprese Salad (very good) and Veal Scallopini with mushrooms and artichokes; regrettably the veal was overcooked and dry and the vegetables slice so thinly that they were indistinguishable. I declined to report this to the waiter as I chose not to... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
Top Contributor
280 reviews 280 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is a very popular restaurant. Reservations are required. The restaurant is small. The tables are close together and it is loud. I had the veal scaloppine. The veal was thin and over cooked. I expected more for $31. Wine was expensive. I was disappointed with this meal.

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OlioSB, Manager at Olio E Limone Ristorante, responded to this review

Dear Charles, Thank you for your review. Please allow me to start of with my sincerest apologies with your dining experience at Olio e Limone. We pride ourselves on having a very talented team of chefs in kitchen and it is because of this, your experience with your Veal Scaloppine comes as a surprise to us. I can assure you... More 

Lemon Grove, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The food here is amazing. Fresh pasta, house-cured olives and olive oil. Everything just tastes sooo good. A little pricey, but so worth it.

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OlioSB, Manager at Olio E Limone Ristorante, responded to this review

Dear Jennifer, Thank you ever so much for taking the time to post such a nice review of Olio e Limone. And I am so glad to hear that you had such a wonderful dining experience with us. We are looking forward to your next visit! Sincerely, Rob Harrah - Manager - More 

Santa Barbara, CA
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The Good...Host was welcoming and efficient. The wine selections are excellent. Pannacotta is always superb. The Not-So Good...Service was slower than I have ever experienced at this restaurant. Food runners are cold and abrupt. Food itself was just average. Sea Bass was tasteless. I'm particularly disappointed because I was entertaining out of town guests. Previously I could count on Olio... More 

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OlioSB, Manager at Olio E Limone Ristorante, responded to this review

Dear Ashley, Thank you for your review. Let me start off with my most sincere apologies to you and your guests regarding your experience at Olio e Limone. We pride ourselves on great food, great service, and creating an overall memorable experience for each everyone of our guests. And it is because of this it is very frustrating to hear... More 

Santa Barbara, CA
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I've been enjoying this authentic Italian restaurant for 15 years now. The one constant through the years is their service and the quality and flavor of their cuisine. I have 3 favorite dishes: the Risotto al Nero di Sepia, Spaghetti alla Bottarga di Trapani, and the swordfish. The risotto is made of black squid ink and various seafood. The Bottarga... More 

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Montreal, Canada
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Great discovery! The place is very nice. And what can I say about the food; it is just delicious! I was there with my mother and we had a lovely evening. To start I had a delicious minestrone and my mom had the special buffalo, prosciutto and beet entree (which was a very nice, original dish). For the main course,... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Great food. Great service. Everything was great, strongly recommend. Wife had the duck raviolis and loved them. I had the scallops; FABULOUS. Minestrone soup is great too.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 17 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (State)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-899-2699

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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