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“A terrific small town restaurant”

Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe
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Ranked #1 of 12 Restaurants in Los Olivos
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: American, Wine Bar
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Highway 154
Description: 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.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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139 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“A terrific small town restaurant”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

The small town of Los Olivos an hour drive north of Santa Barbara, CA fits the image of a get-away-from-it-all place. The restaurant was what I was hoping for in a small town setting - that local feel, friendly people having a good time, friendly servers, excellent food. A good menu for lunch with interesting twists on many favorites. The wine store selection represented the regions vinyards very well with hundreds of bottles to choose from. This will be on my list of favorites to visit again.

Visited April 2013
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Wisconsin
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81 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Energetic Atmosphere”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Stopped here for dinner while we were staying in the area. Wasn't sure what to expect with the mixed review. Overall it was pretty good. Very good / expansive wine list. Service was ok. Although our waitress looked a little over worked we never felt neglected. We started with the Basil Arancini - fried risotto balls, molten mozzarella, tomato presse. It was very fresh and perfectly fried. I had the Pappardelle Bolognese - beef, carrots, onions, celery, extra virgin olive oil, parmesan, fresh herbs. It was tasty, but way too much food. Felt bad that so much had to go to waste. My husband had the Morro Bay Black Cod - orzo, fennel, leeks, tomato-smoked paprika broth. He said it was excellent, great flavors and well prepared fish.

  • Visited April 2013
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Tesuque, New Mexico
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21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Cool, Hip and Classy”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Visited some friends in the area and had a great lunch at the cafe. Nice variety on the menu and outstanding wine selection. I don't generally drink wine with lunch but the place makes you feel welcome and the Bernat by the glass just seemed to complete the ambiance!

  • Visited April 2013
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Tustin, California
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Don't miss this Cafe”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

A wonderful place for lunch or dinner. We have eaten here many times and never been disappointed. Service is good, wine list is outstanding.

Visited March 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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166 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Terrific wine selection”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

The place is often crowded, but service is excellent and the food is fresh and delicious.
We return here fro lunch whenever we're in Los Olivos

  • Visited February 2013
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