Local Dish: Oliver’s of Montecito

Posted on Dec 18 by SEASONS Magazine

Oliver's of Montecito is drawing raves for both its decor and its gourmet vegan cuisine. Photo by Jim Bartsch, courtesy Oliver's.

Oliver’s of Montecito is drawing raves for both its decor and its gourmet vegan cuisine. Photo by Jim Bartsch, courtesy Oliver’s.

This season, plant-based cuisine takes center stage at Montecito’s newest restaurant, Oliver’s of Montecito (1198 Coast Village Rd.), which brings health and wellness to the forefront of the dining experience. The restaurant’s creative dishes are made with organic and fresh ingredients, and local residents are welcoming this new addition to the dining scene with open arms.

Oliver's of Montecito is drawing raves for both its decor and its gourmet vegan cuisine. Photo by Jim Bartsch, courtesy Oliver's.

Oliver’s of Montecito is drawing raves for both its decor and its gourmet vegan cuisine. Photo by Jim Bartsch, courtesy Oliver’s.

Oliver’s innovative menu is inspired by nature, minimally processed and carefully prepared to provide guests with delicious and vibrant food. All of the dishes are vegan and vegetarian, using seasonal veggies to nourish the body.

Start your meal with one of the standout small plates, such as zucchini flatbread, topped with arugula pesto, peaches, caramelized onion, cashew cream and zucchini blossoms. Delicious!

Oliver's of Montecito is drawing raves for both its decor and its gourmet vegan cuisine. Photo by Jim Bartsch, courtesy Oliver's.

Oliver’s of Montecito is drawing raves for both its decor and its gourmet vegan cuisine. Photo by Jim Bartsch, courtesy Oliver’s.

Entrees range from seasonal fare—toasted farro risotto with sweet corn and patty pan squash—to more unique dishes like carrot Udon noodles with roasted baby bok choy, coconut-miso broth and basil-lemongrass pesto.

Also, be sure to try one of Oliver’s specialty cocktails, which are mixed with organic cold-pressed juice from the local juice shop, Juice Ranch. Pairing high-end spirits with raw organic juice allows guests to indulge in the delicious libations with half the guilt!

Oliver’s is open for dinner Sun.-Thurs. from 5-10 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. from 5-11 p.m.

By Lohana Richmond

This story was originally published in the Winter 2017-18 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.

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