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Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe

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2879 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441 (Highway 154)
+1 805-688-7265
11:30 - 20:30
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Los Angeles, CA
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158 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was not a memorable meal. It earns its high ratings because there is little competition in this small town. Staff is excellent. Great wine selection and wine prices are reasonable for a white linen tablecloth restaurant. Salads are very good almost entree sized. Bread is excellent. After that you are on your own.

Thank SamanthasDad
Los Angeles
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311 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

1. Open past 2:30p on a Saturday for Lunch- PLUS 2. Plenty of servers and we were seated in about 15 minutes 3. noise level managable to converse with dining companions- 4. salads for non meat eaters- locally sourced and tasty combinations! 5. fresh bread with dipping oils brought for table- complimentary- nice! 6.more than one restroom 7. any of... More 

Thank BackRoadsUSA
LOwinemerchantcafe, Owner at Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe, responded to this review

That's a great list! Thank you for the review! More 

Santa Barbara
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Another great meal and service! Yes they are still probably riding on Sideways exposure however we always enjoy a good experience when in the area.

Thank nadyeve
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65 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Why staying in Santa Barbara, we took a trip up to Los Olivos for some wine tasting. Before we headed out to the wineries, we needed to stop for lunch and always wanted to try this restaurant because of its affiliation with the Sideways movie. Of course, when you are inside its difficult to tell that it was a back... More 

Thank Bickman50
Diamond Bar CA
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had to escape the tourist atmosphere of Solvang and drove north to sample the bucolic Saturday night dining scene in Los Olivos. No reservations...we just wanted to see what was there. So you can imagine our surprise to discover this nice eatery. With no reservations we were quickly offered seats at the bar...fine with us. Ample wine selection, enthusiastic... More 

Thank Alco251
LOwinemerchantcafe, Owner at Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe, responded to this review

Glad you discovered us and enjoyed your experience! Thank you for the review! More 

Geneva, Illinois, United States
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91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This quaint restaurant has a great atmosphere. It's downtown and very well located. We got a table in a back room which was very comfy and private for our party of six. The wine selection was very good. Everyone loved the dish they ordered and the prices were reasonable for the high quality of food.

Thank Jeanne B
Corona, California
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came up to Santa Barbara Country for my sisters 50th birthday and picked this restaurant for their reviews. We couldn't have been happier for our decision. Everything we ordered was delicious and the service was awesome!!! We had reservations and were seated in the back room and that is where the but....came from. The other guests that were there... More 

Thank Stephen A
LOwinemerchantcafe, Owner at Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience and for choosing to dine with us for your sister's 50th! Glad we didn't disappoint! I welcome you to request the main dining room at your next visit. More 

United States
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was delicious and well presented. The wine was very good and our server did an excellent job recommending wines that paired well with our food choice. Excellent service. Roaring fire on a cool night made the atmosphere cozy!

Thank Ryna L
Huntington Beach, California, United States
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450 reviews
341 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent restaurant with delicious local farm to table California cuisine and an extensive wine selection. We enjoyed the patio seating which adds to the experience. Their selection of local wines for purchase is extensive also. Service is impeccable. Reservations are recommended. And yes this restaurant was featured in the movie "Sideways".

Thank Don H
LOwinemerchantcafe, Owner at Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing! Glad you enjoyed everything from our freshly farmed local produce (much of which we farm ourselves) and our wine selection. More 

Carmel, California
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334 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoy this stop for the predictably excellent food and positive, friendly service. A major added bonus is the opportunity to browse through the excellent selection of regional and Napa wines that the store offers.

Thank Jim W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$35
American, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:30
08:00 - 10:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
08:00 - 10:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2879 Grand Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441
    (Highway 154)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Olivos
  • Phone Number: +1 805-688-7265
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?