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“Not as special as we had hoped”

Olio E Limone Ristorante
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Ranked #29 of 536 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: State
Reviewed September 13, 2012

We were told to come here by the concierge because it was the best Italian in Santa Barbara and it was to be just like you were in Italy.
I don't know if he had ever been to Italy, because it reminded my husband and myself of your usual American/Italian restaurant.
The food was fine. It wasn't bad, it wasn't great.
There was about a foot and a half between tables, so it was uncomfortable to get to your seat and sit so close to the table next to yours. The atmosphere was really just ok. Everything was really just ok.

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Dropped in on Saturday night with friends after a movie - good thing we had reservations. The place was packed and the energy (and noise) levels high. We ordered pizzas, beer and salads and all were excellent. I had the Rianella pizza with anchovies and Italian oregano that sparks your taste buds in a wonderful way. It was thin crust, wood-fired very crispy and the savory flavors truly fantastic. We ordered three specialty beers and were delighted that our friendly and professional waitress provided helpful insights regarding the various brews. By most standards this is a pricey salad, pizza and beer place but it's well worth it for a genuine Italian pizzeria experience.

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Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

+ ordered the fish of the day and a pasta dish - both were absolutely delicious
+ had cannoli for dessert - best cannoli we've ever had
+ very nice atmosphere, small and cosy

- bit slow on service
- fish portion was perfect but the pasta portion was ridiculous, more like a few bite taster than a main meal

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Thank sev3
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

These guys have the best pizza in the world. Everything is fabulous, and the offerings are more interesting than most Italian-style bistro's. The service is top notch, and they're very accommodating to children. They are not inexpensive, but you get what you pay for - a memorable meal. We go here every year we are in Santa Barbara.

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Reviewed August 21, 2012

Al of the food was wonderful and the pasta with sausage was the best. Wonderful flavors in all of our dishes.

Thank sageOC
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