Best American food near Los Olivos, California, United States

October 5, 2019 Marianna Hollaway

Reviews on American food in Los Olivos, California, United States. Los Olivos /loʊs ˈoʊlivəs/ is a census-designated place in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California. The ZIP Code is 93441, and the community is inside area code 805. The population was 1,132 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Los Olivos

10. Succulent Cafe

1555 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463-2607 American Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +1 805-691-9444 http://www.succulentcafe.com
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4 based on 576 reviews

Succulent Cafe

Succulent Cafe is in the heart of downtown Solvang, Ca. Our Daily Menu serves breakfast & lunch items and our dinner menu serves up comfort cuisine with a twist! We're open everyday but Tuesday. Lots of bacon, housemade soups & dressings, desserts, and wo

Reviewed By Sprout15

We had a tasty lunch here--sandwiches with fresh green salads on the side. The young man at the register recommended the tuna melt, and he did not lead us astray. It was so tasty, with the tahini dressing. The grilled cheese was less "wow" but still quite good. Service was quick and friendly. Portions were generous. The dining room (food delivered to table after you order at the counter) was pleasant. We would definitely dine here again.

9. Paula's Pancake House

1531 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463-2607 American, Cafe, Scandinavian, Danish Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +1 805-688-2867 http://www.paulaspancakehouse.com
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4 based on 1209 reviews

Paula's Pancake House

Serving classic American breakfast and lunch in addition to our worldly famous Danish pancakes.

Reviewed By jag8386

Everything was fabulous! Our server Dominque was the best! Great sense of humor!! Her service was top notch. The food was fantastic. We all ordered the pancake combo. The pancakes are large thin, airy and delicious. It’s served with butter and an amazing syrup. Eggs were cooked perfectly over medium and nice crisp bacon. Coffee was flavorful and plentiful. I didn’t think I was going to eat it all but it was so good I ate every bite and loved every heavenly morsel. Highly recommended for an amazing breakfast.

8. R Country Market

2948 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441-4403 American +1 805-688-6750

Reviewed By PlatinumHoney

They don't do it every day, but when they barbecue tri-tip, it sure makes a terrific sandwich. Looks like an ordinary market with the usual made to order sandwiches, but if you smell the grill outside and see the smoke, it's time for sure to visit. Overstuffed warm tender soft flavorful meat sandwiches served on a hoagie. Comes with chips. Would have been nice to have some sides, but happy nonetheless to enjoy this lunch. Outdoor seating, if you don't want to take it with you.

7. Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn

3539 Sagunto St The Red Barn, Santa Ynez, CA 93460-9381 American Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service [email protected] +1 805-688-4142 http://brothersredbarn.com/
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4 based on 263 reviews

Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn

With a fresh, de rigueur exterior of barn-red paint, the interior expresses the warmth of a local tavern, using clean lines and a rustic feel. Accented with oak, restored branded wood beams, a white paneled ceiling and wrought iron lighting, the L-shaped

Reviewed By jgotz

We had reservations and when we arrived, it didn't look like we needed them. 15 minutes after sitting, we were glad we had them. The place filled up. Service was what you would expect from a nice restaurant. On point, attentive but not smothering. They did not rush you through your courses and yet were there if you needed them.

6. Tensley Wines Tasting Room

2900 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA American, Wine Bar Wheelchair Accessible http://www.tensleywines.com/
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4 based on 21 reviews

Reviewed By packcal

▪️Location: Los Olivos near the town flagpole. ▪️Parking: Street parking was available during our two visits ▪️Wines: Higher quality reds and a very good value white.▪️Service: Good service during our Aug, '17 weekday visit; however not so during a busy Saturday last Feb. Walked out after a wait too long. There was one busy server. ▪️Recommend? Yes on weekdays, no on Saturdays. IMO, the Aug visit was a 4 star/very good and the Feb visit was 2 stars....resulting in a 3 star review. BTW, this is not a restaurant. It is a wine tasting room.

5. Mattei's Tavern

2350 Railway Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441 American, Pub Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service [email protected] +1 805-729-2857 http://www.matteistavern1886.com/
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4 based on 73 reviews

Mattei's Tavern

Reviewed By stevenk768

My wife and I were excited to experience this historic and charming restaurant during our stay in the even more charming town of Los Olivos. First, the good. The building is historic and nicely restored to recall its late 1800's stagecoach stop beginnings. The restaurant staff that helped us were welcoming, friendly, personable, and appropriately attentive (thanks Brian and Beatrice). We enjoyed hearing the story of the restaurant/hotel's past, restoration, and the new management's story. The bar was vibrant, and crowded with local folk in cowboy hats engaged in friendly conversation.The only downside, and this is truly unfortunate, is that the meal itself was significantly subpar. There is another Yelp review of this restaurant that is critical of the arugula salad, as being little more than a healthy stack of arugula with nothing really to distinguish it. Well, we really like arugula, and we frankly forged ahead, ignoring this review as perhaps being an aberration. We were wrong, and the reviewer was right. Priced at about $13, the arugula salad really has little going for it. Sad to say, if you were to buy a tub of arugula at the supermarket for $5 and heaped it on a plate with a vinaigrette and a few walnuts/cranberries/cheese, you could do as well for yourself with very little effort. There were a few bad arugula leaves in the salad, leading me to believe that this is essentially what the kitchen did. For an entree, I had the rack of lamb, for $42. The lamb presentation was fine, and the portion was ample. However, I was quite surprised and disappointed to find that the lamb had very little flavor. My wife shared the lamb with me, and we agreed that the lamb was simply quite bland. I will say that Mattei's kitchen turns out a very nice mint sauce (not a mint jelly, thank goodness), which helped to salvage the lamb. Unfortunately, I think we can all agree that mint sauce should complement the lamb flavor, not provide it.We skipped dessert, as frankly, we were not optimistic. In sum, this is an historic stagecoach stop restaurant that sadly serves modern truck stop fare. At $30-$50 per entree, Mattei's is competing in a dining segment that brings high expectations. Although Los Olivos is a small town, there are far, far, better dining options available in town, for the price. Overall, our experience at Mattei's was disappointing.

4. The Gathering Table Restaurant

2436 Baseline Ave, Ballard, CA 93463-9711 American, Contemporary Dinner Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Table Service, Free Wifi [email protected] +1 805-688-7770 http://www.ballardinn.com/
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4 based on 207 reviews

The Gathering Table Restaurant

Among the most exceptional and sophisticated Ballard, California restaurants is The Gathering Table. With its captivating and comfortable atmosphere, The Gathering Table is the perfect place for friends and family to come together for a warm, social dinin

Reviewed By MamaFleisch

What a disappointment! Although we had a reservation, we were seated uncomfortably at the end of a banquette, too close to another couple, when there were several other booths and tables available. Our server was at best inexperienced, at worst incompetent. We placed our order for wine, appetizers and mains all at once; some minutes later our server returned to tell us our wine selection was unavailable. We considered the wine list again, ordered a different wine, and changed our entree order (our first wine selection was a red, our second a white due to the lack of good red choices on the list). Our server returned with the wrong white wine, so had to go back to the cellar a third time. In the meantime, our (cold) appetizer was not delayed, so the food arrived well before the wine was even poured. The second course then arrived before we were finished with the first! The food itself was quite ordinary. The main course, coupe de la mer, one of the nightly specials, was disappointing (although the accompanying cauliflower was delicious). The bread and bean dip, touted by the server, were nothing special. The hamachi appetizer was the only bright spot. Toward the end of the meal, the chef came out of the kitchen and chatted with customers at every table and booth except ours and the one next to us! We won't be going back.

3. The Bear and Star

2860 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441 American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Table Service, Parking Available, Highchairs Avail [email protected] +1 805-686-1359 http://thebearandstar.com/
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4 based on 103 reviews

The Bear and Star

Sourcing from the Parker family ranch just seven miles away on Foxen Canyon Road in Santa Barbara wine country, The Bear and Star will raise Wagyu cattle, chickens, quail, bees, heirloom fruits,and organic vegetables. Chef Partner John Cox expertly crafts

Reviewed By Scenic698383

Went there for a business meeting, dinner. The waiter was rude, and had an attitude. The prices should reflect a better experience. The menu has some I terestiG yet limited offerings. The bartender takes forever to get cocktails to the dinning room and doesn’t even know what brandy is!Hi Scenic698383, We're sorry to hear about your recent experience with us. We do pride ourself on excellent customer service and are sorry you received anything less than that. I have shared your comments with our management team so that we can address these service failures and ensure they do not happen again.We hope you'll give us another chance in the future.Best, Greer Shull & The Bear and Star team

2. Sides Hardware and Shoes - a Brothers Restaurant

2375 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441 American Lunch Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Highchairs Available [email protected] +1 805-688-4820 http://www.sidesrestaurant.com
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4 based on 514 reviews

Sides Hardware and Shoes - a Brothers Restaurant

Brothers Matt and Jeff Nichols named Sides Hardware and Shoes in tribute to Milburn Sides who opened his store in Los Olivos in 1901. Serving lunch daily, enjoy The Brothers “bacon steak” – a thick cut of house-made applewood smoked maple bacon, the Hamme

Reviewed By Kathymhardesty

I have long appreciated the talents of chefs Jeff and Matt Nichols in their Brothers restaurants, which also includes The Brothers at Red Barn in Santa Ynez. Without a doubt, the best cheeseburger anywhere close by. They grind the meat fresh daily, bake the buns, make the pickles, it is simply the best! While my husband appreciates it too, he favors the grilled ahi tostada. Both of us love everything here, but since we don't live nearby we stick to our faves most of the time. The apps like their raw vegetable bowl with fresh guacamole is fantastic, as is the fried calamari app. And you definitely should not skip dessert here, like the coconut-dark chocolate sherbert or any of their seasonal fresh fruit cobblers and such.

Top 10 Things to do in Los Olivos, United States

1. Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe

2879 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441 American, Wine Bar, Seafood, Healthy Lunch, Dinner Outdoor Seating, Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, [email protected] +1 805-688-7265 http://www.facebook.com/loscafe/
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4 based on 748 reviews

Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe

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

Reviewed By WildWestCouple

My wife and I and my mother enjoyed dinner here. I had the short ribs and my wife and mother shared the ravioli and capellini. The short ribs were amazing, and my wife and mother enjoyed their pasta dishes. Dessert was also excellent. We highly recommend the Wine Merchant & Café for its excellent food and service as well as the great ambiance.

Top 10 restaurants in Los Olivos, United States

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