10 Places to Score Delicious Eats in Los Olivos

Los Olivos is a charming, small town located approximately 30 miles north of Santa Barbara. A lovely drive on a winding road gets you there in a little over a half hour, depending on traffic. It's a hot spot for wineries and vineyards. In fact, there are several dozen wine tasting rooms dotting just a few short blocks.

And, of course, you know what goes well with wine, don't you?

That's right: food! Although lesser known for its restaurants, Los Olivos is home to a shockingly varied (and delicious) assortment of dining options. From breakfast to lunch to dinner and beyond, explore this list of the 10 best restaurants in the area to find your favorite flavors. 

If you are in the mood for a burger, there are several good options including the Los Olivos Cafe and Sides Hardware and Shoes. Both serve up a large burger with all the trimmings and are great date night restaurants. Don't forget to make a reservation!

For those of you with a powerful sweet tooth, Los Olivos happens to be the headquarters of the most delicious cupcake shop on the Central Coast. Pop into Enjoy Cupcakes to enjoy delicious baked cakes with spectacular flavor profiles, like vanilla marscapone chardonnay and caramel pinot. 

Amazing. Romantic. Decadent. Relaxing. These are all words that you will use to describe your dining experience at the Ballard Inn & Restaurant. Located at the edge on Santa Ynez, just a short distance from both Solvang and Los Olivos (two...  Read More

Los Olivos may be a wine-oriented town, but you can't drink wine and nothing else (at least we don't think you can). When you need a perk up in the morning or a wind down in the afternoon, stop by Corner House Coffee for a cup of joe or mug of...  Read More

Are you in the mood for soups, salads or sandwiches (or some combination of the three)? If so, head on over to Panino is Los Olivos for fresh, made-to-order fare at reasonable prices. The salads are huge, and the sandwiches are served on your...  Read More


Mattei's Tavern opened in the spot formerly occupied by Brother's Restaurant. The warm, open space is still as inviting as ever before. The dinner menu offers salads, starters and platters to begin your meal. Then move on to the mains for...  Read More

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Mmm, Greek food in the heart of wine country! If you love feta, grilled meats and libations fit for the gods, head to Petros restaurant inside the Fess Parker Inn and Spa in Los Olivos. With a menu that reflects upscale California-Hellenic...  Read More

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What a super place to enjoy cupcakes in Los Olivos. Enjoy Cupcakes bakes up both traditional and non-traditional flavors! From peanut butter to pineapple rosemary chardonnay, they claim to have served over 500 flavors to date. Visit their...  Read More

Part barn (visually), part grocery store and part deli, Los Olivos grocery is a multi-tasking shop and restaurant for locals and hungry travelers alike. Deli sandwiches, pita pockets, burgers and more can be ordered while you shop the aisles...  Read More

Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe serves lunch and dinner, specializing in mediterranean dishes that celebrate local flavors. Ingredients are selected to be as organic, sustainable and even wild as possible. Every dish is created to pair well...  Read More

This is one delicious lunch stop that you probably won't find on many Los Olivos restaurant guides. Disguised as a perfectly normal grab n' go convenience store, R-Country Market has a perfectly serviceable deli counter. Their sandwiches are...  Read More

Opened by the Nichols brothers in Los Olivos in 2012, Sides Hardware and Shoes is a friendly restaurant with good-sized portions, decent prices and an impressive menu. Sides deal heavily in savory pork products, including pig-ear nachos, bacon...  Read More


Meet Geneva Ives

Geneva Ives moved to Santa Barbara in 2000 on a whim (ok, and to go to college) and never looked back. She loves Santa Barbara because it’s really one of America’s greatest small towns - it...  More About Geneva

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