Olivella - Ojai Valley Inn

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$31 to $50
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Ojai Valley Inn’s signature dinner restaurant, Olivella, holds the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star and AAA Four Diamond designations, making it the sole restaurant between Los Angeles and the Northern California region to bear both honors. Chef Andrew Foskey is proud to present a seasonally driven menu with a commitment to valley-grown ingredients and techniques inspired by Italian tradition. As a complement to our cuisine, the award-winning wine program showcases expertly curated discoveries and classic bottlings from notable California and Italian producers.

Kindly note that jackets are not required, and well-kept dark denim or slacks with a collared dress shirt is appropriate. While we would like for you to be comfortable, we respectfully request that you abstain from T-shirts, shorts, athletic attire, and casual wear.
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Anish
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing dinner overlooking the back side of Ojai Valley Inn. They originally tried seating us near the Oak but we asked to be moved to the main part. They accommodated and the service, food, drinks, etc were great. Would highly recommend but it is pricey!

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R789
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful, the service is excellent and the food is delicious. We dine there every time we take a trip to Ojai.

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LaurieB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was lovely: prepared with care, excellent service, and delicious! We wanted a special evening for our anniversary, and this was definitely special.

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vipHollywood
Palm Springs
43 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

I made our reservation several weeks prior to arrival. We were in Ojai attending grandparents weekend at Thacher. I was extremely disappointed being seated in a room off to the side with 6 tables as we were the only ones until 15 mins prior to leaving, fyi our res was 5:30. Was this due to us not staying at the Inn? I have never been treated like this in a restaurant. The waiter was so stiff and continued to push the tasting menu. We are quite aware of what tasting menus are and pairings. When people are not hungry as some in our party were not we do not eat. The food was delicious and the wine list lovely. We have traveled the world and have had the opportunity to eat at many lovely restaurants with michelin stars. I am not sure what the issue was but I didn't care for it. The attitude ruined our meal.

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vippinkpainter
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our evening here. All the food was fantastic. It started with the freshly baked sourdough whole wheat bread. So good . My favorite dish was the mushroom risotto. The mushrooms were crisp and piquant next to the smoky Risotto. The sauce was smooth and creamy and flavorful. Next I had the chicken. The sauce really added to the flavor of the chicken with greens and other tender vegetables. Some of the best chicken I’ve ever had.
They ended the meal with super delicious truffles.
We had a great table where we could still see the setting sun over the mountains. Beautiful. What a perfect romantic valentine dinner for two!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience4

The restaurant called us well after we already booked our reservation, but a couple of days before we were supposed to arrive - too late for us to make other plans, to tell us they changed their menu to a prix fixe menu at $195/person. I thought this was really bad form, but was too busy to change things at that point. (It would have been $295/person if we chose the wine pairing, BTW.) We had a $150 bottle of wine and including tip (which I admit, was generous), the bill came to $700 for two. Let’s just say I’ve had much better prix fixe dinners for two under $300 in San Francisco including great wine and a generous tip. The more I think about it, the more upset it makes me. The food was good, but not worth the price. Not by a mile. Honestly, I’ve been more satisfied with my meal at much lower-end restaurants. We got very little value out of our experience. My comments should not reflect negatively on the kitchen staff, wait staff or the hotel grounds. They did the best they could I’m sure, and the hotel is amazing. But I would never eat there again and would tell anyone else considering staying at Ojai Vally Inn to eat at Jimmy’s Pub or another restaurant instead.

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vipDinewithJB
Los Angeles
93 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Ojai Resort is first class... except fir the food. Olivella tries hard to serve an upscale dinner experience and though service is good, though they seem to try too hard, the food is lacking.

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vipcforan22
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Food was amazing. If they’re serving octopus, try it!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

great service, but way overpriced given quality. Probably wouldn’t go back.

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JakeM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently celebrated our anniversary at Olivella and we must say that the service was extraordinary. Our server David was extremely knowledgeable and made our time here quite memorable. The manager Brett, is proving to be a wonderful asset for this venue. We will absolutely be back!

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vipDanielleG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Gorgeous restaurant with the most lovely and kind staff. Was disappointed with the food; it was average at best. We ordered the tuna crudo to start and each got pasta (the bolognese and truffle); while the meal was generally good, I was definitely disappointed. This is probably because the night prior we ate at Ojai Valley Inn's other restaurant, The Oak, which was incredible (weaker ambiance, much tastier food).

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LAvisitor
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful all around!

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ElianaT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was truly excellent and the wine list exceptional though pricey. The food was good, but not outstanding. There were a few standout dishes but the rest were good but not memorable.

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yummyyumyums
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My husband ordered the New York strip for $67 and was served a half of a strip in 3 chunks. That would wrk if he were doing a spa vacation but he was not. The 3 chunks were delicious and perfectly prepared but needless to say, he was still hungry.

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KatDoc
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Yes, it was Christmas Day and busy. The food was mediocre at best. And way too expensive for what we got. Other restaurants in Ojai are better.

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vipDanielleg
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Completely different experience tonight!! FANTASTIC!! Blown away!!!! Thank you !

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vipDanielleg
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Vacation. Last time was much better but I guess many changes with the seasons. Lacked salt, a little not to much going on this time. Whatever he was serving in May this year was exceptionally better, look forward to trying again tomorrow evening. We talked this place up a lot and hope tomorrow will be better

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LoriR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal with outstanding service. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. My husband and I shared the first two courses and then got our own main courses. Plenty of food.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, wine pairing.

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vipjkl1
Los Angeles
122 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Wonderful and creative food. However, it took a long time to receive our drinks/wine and each course. The waiter was very friendly, but he kept disappearing and the restaurant was not crowded.

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vipDivDoug
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything prepared to perfection. A very nice date night location!

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Anonymous
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive, knowledgable staff who work around food sensitivities to deliver a remarkable meal! Memorable for me are the octopus appetizer, duck entree, and chocolate dessert. Also multiple pasta dishes freshly made in-house.

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PenelopeD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been enjoying various restaurants at the Oaji Valley Inn for25 years. I think Olivella has been the best upgrade made to the dining experience at the Inn. Of course it's expensive. And of course I save it for "special occasions". But the chef is developing such an interesting pallet, I find that there are more and more "special occasions" each year. I definitely will be back this June during the Music Festival

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BonnieS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food and ambience - a little pricey, but worth it....

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vipErinS
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing.

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vipSteveZ
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Pros: exceptional food and service; cons: overpriced and bizarre tabling. We arrive at 6 pm and were shown some tables on the outside balcony...one table for two was exceptional; we asked for that table but were told it was reserved. Instead we got a lousy table right under a loud speaker with music. When we finished and left at 7:40pm the original exceptional table we asked for was still empty... very poor form.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had a great time here! We ate out on the balcony so we could see the sunset while we ate our 4 course meal. I highly recommended coming here!

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ArnoldS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We sat outside and the atmosphere was wonderful. The service was timely but not rushed. The food was delicious.

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vipLizC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were outstanding

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amitchell
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dakota provides us with excellent service! He was very knowledgeable

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Merkee
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food excellent, service wonderful, view from patio beautiful. It was perfect dining experience.

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StephanieH
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal! The atmosphere, staff, and food were top notch! We recommend the 4 course option.

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Bruncher13
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Chris, was outstanding. He talked us through the four courses and provided exceptional wine pairings. One dish came out not to our liking and he quickly exchanged it. It was a truly memorable birthday for my husband and I highly recommend sitting outdoors for the pink moment. Thank you Ojai Valley Inn! You never disappoint!

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vipMarybeths
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was a great place for a girls night out celebrate a birthday!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The amount of food was so small and so overpriced; it was outrageous for what was servedThe waiter was very nice, but we will NEVER go back and have actually told some friends who are going to Ojai Valley Resort to stay away from that restaurant.

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drinkeatbemerry
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took myself on a vacation and it was fab! Hostess even gave me the best seat!!

Families, couples and groups of couples surrounded me but the wait staff never made me feel different. Great solo vacay!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful waitress! Wonderful food! Beautiful night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious!! Everything!!

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vipMauiDad
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great option for a nice dinner with friends on the property. Food was perfect size/serving size b/c you will eat a lot.

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ZoeM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant, an exceptional experience. Between the inventive and satisfying food, impeccable service, and beautiful setting, cannot go wrong at Olivella.

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