Olivella - Ojai Valley Inn

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The 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.
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PD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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

BS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

ES
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing.

SZ
Los Angeles
24 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.

OT
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!

AS
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.

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were outstanding

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

Dakota provides us with excellent service! He was very knowledgeable

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

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

SH
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

B
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!

OT
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.

d
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!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful waitress! Wonderful food! Beautiful night!

MD
Los Angeles
9 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.

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

It was delicious!! Everything!!

ZM
Los Angeles
3 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.

DD
26 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious food on the patio. We had the tuna crudo, truffle risotto, scallops, filet mignon and The Miracle Cake (gluten free). The ambiance can't be beat!

K
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great food! Very knowledge staff and beautiful view.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unsurpassed service from beginning to end!

TM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our time at Olivella. The sweeping views were so nice. Food and service were both very good. We both thought the portions were just right. We will be back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here for our 20th wedding anniversary. The food is amazing and the service is outstanding as well. Feels like a special atmosphere while still being relatively casual. Loved it.

KB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service. Great ambiance. Will recommend to friends and look forward to returning.

OT
Jacksonville
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside . Beautiful views. Service was excellent as well as the food ! Awesome wine list!

A
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tasting menu with wine paring. Beautiful view off the back terrace.

J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside seating area is stunning and during sunset. The service and food were great.

LB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a special dinner celebrating big birthdays for two of our adult children. Our server was gracious and accommodating. One of our grandsons gave a five star review of his dish, the New York strip, but his really raved about the broccoli. Said it was best he had ever had, and he eats a lot of broccoli! The chicken, however, was dry according to one of our party. Otherwise we enjoyed the environment and the food overall.

S
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't wait to go back! Our meal was delicious. We loved everything we ate (and are still talking about the spaghettoni).

z
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food

OT
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I brought my family there to celebrate my birthday. Our server Craig was great. The first course came out and one of them was wrong. So we sent it back and it took 25 minutes to get it again. It ruined the experience because we couldn’t eat at the same time. The second course came out and my steak was medium well and not rare as I asked. So I waited until everyone was done eating which ruined the experience for me. When they brought out the dishes they also didn’t know where they were putting them. Auctioning out dishes is not four star status. We sat at 645pm and left around 1030pm. The dinner took way too long for three courses. I was very disappointed.

M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful view, incredible food, great service! We are locals and will come back!

DT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't visited the Inn for quite some time and it still as beautiful as ever, and all the improvements are amazing. We had a beautiful table at Olivella, overlooking the golf course and surrounding mountains. Service and food were both outstanding. Will definitely return, hopefully soon.

GG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, though pricey

j
Los Angeles
117 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic evening. The food was creative, innovative, and delicious. The service was amazing. Helpful, attentive and very nice servers. The wine was excellent. Very helpful sommelier. We were a party of six and everyone had a terrific evening and a fabulous meal. There was even a 7.1 earthquake and everyone stayed calm. We will absolutely return.

KR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulously romantic sunsets. Great service and attention to details in everything they serve. Meal was delicious in all the right places - light starter to decadent rich deserts! Highly recommend for any occasion!

OT
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

IN
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Allow me to be succinct. Ordered the NY Strip for $66. When it arrived, I asked the waiter, "Where's the rest of my steak?" He laughed. I didn't.

GM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What an amazing experience from the Ambiance to the food to the service everything was great

AF
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a split second we thought we were dining in Tuscany. The views from the terrace were stunning and the food was to die for. Our server made excellent suggestions — we especially loved the tuna with compressed honeydew melon. I will be dreaming about that for a long time.

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on the patio. It was a beautiful setting, the food was wonderful, service was excellent. Could not have asked for a better evening.