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Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
American, Wine Bar, Mediterranean
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2879 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441 (Highway 154)
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 10:30 am
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Oakville, Canada
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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120 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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58 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is our go-to place when we are traveling the central coast. They have some interesting and tasty lunch options. This last time we sat at the bar and had fun talking with bartender Sarah who helped us pick out a rose for lunch and a couple bottles to take home. Our salad was so good and so fresh. We... More 

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is a lovely setting with great food. Their outside patio is covered and inviting, but with temps in the 90's we chose to sit inside. All the food was very good as was the service.

Thank Ron T
Carlsbad, ca
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited for dinner and really enjoyed our meal. The service was great. Great selection of wine and a full bar. Nice find in a small town.

Thank lubigolf
Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is long overdue. We stayed at the Fess Parker Inn last Valentine's Day and met friends for lunch at the Wine Merchant. We enjoy the patio for wine sipping and people watching. We all ordered salads and were very happy. We always eat here when traveling to wine country and would make a point of stopping whether we stayed... More 

Thank Elaine W
Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Traveling from Los Angeles to Arroyo Grande, we were fed up with the traffic on a Friday afternoon and were getting hungry. A quick check of TripAdvisor where to eat in lovely Los Olivos brought us here. We made it in time for the "late lunch menu," were seated on the patio out front, and ordered the baked brie plus... More 

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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
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
Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?