Top 10 restaurants in Los Olivos, United States

April 14, 2018 Rosalyn Ihle

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

1. Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe

2879 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441 Outdoor Seating, Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, 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, Accepts Credit Cards American, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 46 +1 805-688-7265
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 664 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 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.

Reviewed By Vikingtravellers

It was mid-week so it was not crowded and we had a nice table with a view of the fireplace. The server was very attentive and helpful. The wine list is extensive and while the meal choices are not huge there are enough to choose from and those on the menu are nicely prepared.

2. Enjoy Cupcakes

2971 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA Takeout American Dinner
Excellent
68%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Enjoy Cupcakes

Reviewed By Jim W - Carmel, California

The cupcakes prepared by this wonderful establishment are varied and absolutely so good. Some will say "cupcakes are cupcakes". Well, you will not say that after you have one of these!

3. Corner House Coffee

2902 San Marcos Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93441 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating Cafe, American Breakfast, Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 805-688-1722
Excellent
45%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
10%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 59 reviews

Corner House Coffee

Located in a restored house from the 1880's, serving Peet's Coffee, Espresso & Tea, Freshly Baked Goods, Sandwiches, Salads, Soup and McConnell's Ice Cream. Lots of Indoor/Outdoor Seating. Free WiFi.

Reviewed By PVPTraveler - Los Angeles, California

We stayed across the street and had coffee and croissants every morning here. It is a nice, rustic cafe space with great seating outside and quite a few tables inside as well. The croissants were not great, but good enough given the great coffee and ambience.

4. The Gathering Table Restaurant

2436 Baseline Ave, Ballard, CA 93463-9711 Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Contemporary Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 52 +1 805-688-7770
Excellent
76%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 182 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 dining experience celebrating the bounty of the Santa Barbara wine country – wonderful wine and delicious food! Chef Budi Kazali artistically melds Asian and French cuisine to deliver a truly delectable and extensive menu that features seasonal, locally sourced produce, seafood, and meats. Whether you’re reconnecting with family and friends at our communal gathering table, or with that special someone at one of our more intimate tables, you’re in for a truly remarkable dining experience. There's something on the menu for everyone, and all the dishes are small plates and meant to be shared, so come hungry!

Reviewed By 758Paul423 - Palm Springs, California

This review only covers the restaurant. I thought the food quality was absolutely excellent. Every dish we ordered was exceptional. That is the end of the praise.

The service was quite amateurish. Most of the staff are early 20-somethings who clearly have not received any training. Our waiter did not have even a marginal grasp of the wine list even though there were $200+ bottles of wine being offered. The chef/owner wandered around introducing himself to some of the patrons (not us) and I was wondering if he could sense that his staff knew nothing. The busboys were almost surly. It was not a 20% tip night........

5. Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn

3539 Sagunto St, The Red Barn, Santa Ynez, CA 93460-9381 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 59 - SGD 92 +1 805-688-4142
Excellent
66%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 211 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 room is refreshed, with higher ceilings and massive glass windows that open the space. As before, there is an open display kitchen observing the chefs at work. Newly created for the restaurant is a glass-enclosed wine room flanking the dining room that co-exists with two wood-burning fireplaces preserved from the original Red Barn. Firewood is supplied by the Agin Brothers, the family that has serviced the Nichols family with seasoned wood for ten years. Two wrought iron and rope chandeliers, hand crafted by local blacksmith Hans Duus, illuminate the room and are lighted with replicas of vintage Edison light bulbs, with more of the Edison-styled glass globes accenting the room. The walls are decorated with historical photographs of Los Rancheros Visitores, the club of local horsemen and ranchers dating back to 1929. Salvaged during the construction was wallpaper discovered under layers of paint and paneling, beautifully illustrated with dancing girls, pistols, playing cards and saloons, now preserved, framed, and gracing the dining room walls. JC's handsome bar was created by locals Scott and Chris Bruhn who used a felled pine tree salvaged from Figueroa Mountain to form the expansive bar top.

Reviewed By mcdedrick - Albany, New York

The food is the star here. Plentiful portioned, extremely delicious food in a casual atmosphere. The shrimp cocktail , prime rib and lamb chops were amazing. Service was prompt and friendly. As is typical of most CA restaurants, local wines are a bargain and we enjoyed a bottle of Gainey Merlot for a song. Overall price was extremely reasonable. Not much to look at decor wise but food made up for it. Easy walking distance from Santa Ynez Inn.

6. El Rancho Market

2886 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463-9444 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 805-688-4300
Excellent
72%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

El Rancho Market

Reviewed By PeggyChism - Long Beach, California

The hot ticket is to go here and have them make you a custom Sandwich ...add cookies and potato chips and head out to Rusack Vineyards buy a bottle of wine and sit on their outside deck and feel the pure pleasure of the Valley. We love this market with it's friendly staff especially the gal that works in the Wine area. This is a must!

7. Olsen's Danish Village Bakery

1529 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463-3634 Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Cafe, European, Scandinavian, Danish Breakfast +1 805-688-6314
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 420 reviews

Olsen's Danish Village Bakery

Authentic Danish pastries and breads. Family owned by a Danish family from Denmark that moved to Solvang in 1970 bringing with them the families bakery recipes. These recipes were created by the current owner's Great, Great, Great Grand Father. Have a great day discovering our "Danish Village."

Reviewed By Topkick642 - Fallbrook, California

They serve the best pastries in Solvang. Large variety, freshly baked and delicious!
Located in on the main street and in the heart of town. They open early and serve coffee and Danish. Once you try their pastries you will want to take some home with you.

8. Industrial Eats

181 Industrial Way Ste B, 10 to 9 Every Day, Buellton, CA 93427-9680 Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, American, Pizza, Street Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 52 +1 805-688-8807
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 402 reviews

Industrial Eats

Wood fired ovens, craft butcher shop, real big fan

Reviewed By Joethecritique - Marlborough

The food was amazing. Ceazar salad was perfectly dressed and was fresh. The mozzarella pizza was very tasty and was well done. My girlfriend loved the white shrimp. Prices were reasonable and service was excellent. And, you can bring your own wine without corkage fee. I would definitely go back if I am in the area.

9. Sides Hardware and Shoes - a Brothers Restaurant

2375 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441 (Formerly Sides Hardware and Shoes) Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 46 +1 805-688-4820
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 458 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 and dinner daily, enjoy The Brothers “bacon steak” – a thick cut of house-made applewood smoked maple bacon, the Hammered Pig Sandwich of Fried Pork Tenderloin with Apple and Mustard Seed Slaw, a classic Brothers Burger and Albacore Fish Tacos. Featuring eight local wines, stored in kegs and served on tap as well as a full list of Central Coast wines.

Reviewed By Kenneth Q - Long Beach

This is our "must go" place when we visit the Santa Inez valley. We brought our grown kids here for their first time. My son and I had the grilled cheese (the wife and I split ours)....it's the greatest grilled chesse we ever tasted with...MoreThank you for your feedback!

10. S Y Kitchen

1110 Faraday St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460-9655 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 805-691-9794
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 324 reviews

S Y Kitchen

Reviewed By mcdedrick - Albany, New York

What a great restaurant in the little downtown Santa Ynez. Easy walking from the Santa Ynez Inn, this cozy upscale restaurant is a total gem. Great cocktails and bar, great menu that isn’t afraid to take chances. The Octopus salad appetizer was shared easily between two people and was awesome!! The pasta special of the night as well as a mushroom papardelle pasta were equally awesome. Our server was so nice and the food arrived right off the stove! The whole experience was the real package. I highly recommend dinner here.

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