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Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe

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2879 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441 (Highway 154)
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 10:30 am
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San Diego
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Right across the street from the Fess Parker Inn, a lovely restaurant with excellent wine selection.

Thank Michael N
Marina del Rey, California
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156 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We sat outside for lunch after wine tasting and it was just right. Shady and relaxing. They have a great wine list, being also a wine shop. They were out of our selection and a representative of the wine shop recommended a lovely alternative. The dipping sauce is wonderful. Basically I used the bread as a dipping sauce delivery system.... More 

Thank dwalker43
Thousand Oaks, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Los Olivos is one of our favorite go-to spots when we want to get away from our home in southern California. And, Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe is our go-to place to eat when we do make the drive. The ambiance is cozy and casual. We've been in the winter when the fire blazes, making it feel a little like... More 

Thank RobinH2220
New York City, New York
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had breakfast here food was great we sat outdoors and it was really nice they have a tasting room inside that was very pretty would definitely eat there again

Thank mimi719
Los Angeles, California
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Wine Merchant is a restaurant and tasting room. It is a roomy and airy setting with a menu that offers a very nice selection of entrees, salads and desserts. My husband and I visited the restaurant twice in one weekend in 2015 (we stumbled upon the place on our own as opposed to having read reviews). The first night... More 

Thank LincolnOsiris
Oakville, Canada
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Los Olivos Café & Wine Merchant is a great spot for lunch or dinner when visiting the Santa Ynez wine region. The atmosphere has a rustic, casual elegance. The service is great. The food is delicious. You must start with the olives. They are warm and the spice extracts the varied flavors of the different olives. The beef sugo reminded... More 

Thank Rosemary M
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

The perfect place to stop in Los Olivos. Probably the best, really. Keep on eyeball on the hours, since they have a restricted menu during that 3-5 time. Well spaced tables, wonderful patio. Veggies with smoked mozzarella is a revelation. Perfect wine list.

Thank LowMilesMom
Shawnda M, Owner at Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience! Glad you enjoy our extensive wine list and roasted vegetable appetizer. More 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

I was there with colleagues tonight. The place is lovely. The terrace in the middle of the quiet and pictureste town of Los Olivos is an invitation to sit and enjoy. The extremely friendly and competent service guided us to excellent regional wines and great food. The desserts were a highlight too.

Thank WoREditor
Carlsbad, California, United States
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60 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

I have been visiting this restaurant every year for the last 15 years and it has been consistently great. They have a lot of wine to choose from and the food is really good. Being featured in Sideways has not changed them in the least. This a restaurant I look forward to visiting when I am in the area. If... More 

Thank Eric G
Shawnda M, Owner at Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your 15 years of visiting us when in Los Olivos! We are so glad to hear that we have consistently provided an experience you look forward to every year. Thank you for sharing on Trip Advisor! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

Perfectly divine! We sat on the patio... Beautiful summer day. We shared an Olive appetizer, a pizza and Summer salad and tried a few local wines. Food was fresh, and service was just right. We really loved the dipping oil that they served with the freshly baked focaccia bread. (They sell it in the market!)

Thank Janice M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $35
American, Wine Bar, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 10:30 am
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2879 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
    (Highway 154)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Olivos
  • Phone Number: 18056887265
Since 1995 the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe has been serving organic, sustainable cuisine along with over 500 wines (mostly local). In fact, much of their produce is grown from their CCOF certified organic farm less than a mile away. The Wine Merchant offers retail pricing and offers a fun assortment of wine related gift items and specialty products. The Wine Merchant & Café has been voted "Top 100 Wine Lists in the Country" by Open Table and has been awarded the "Best Restaurants for Wine" by Wine Spectator since 2007. Whether you are dining or shopping for wine, their friendly staff looks forward to welcoming you with Los Olivos charm.

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