Last week, we kicked off the most traveled month of the year with a road trip to Sides Hardware and Shoes in Los Olivos. The next stop, literally right around the corner, is Los Olivos Wine Merchant and Cafe.
They've been serving local, organic, sustainable food since 1995. And, all their Dressings, Sauces, Pastas, Pizzas, Breads, Desserts, and Ice Creams are freshly made in house.
The exterior is beautiful, boasting of lush trees & vibrant colored flowers on the patio. Upon walking in, you might recognize the Wine Wall from a little 'ole movie that put Central Coast on the wine map, Sideways. (They even offer a 3-course "Sideways Tasting" for $39.) The interior is classic contemporary with white, black, and neutral tones. And, the service is neighborly, warm & inviting.
- tangy with a touch of spice, needed more creamy cheese, Golden Beets & Burrata with Roasted Hazelnuts, Fresh Horseradish, Spinach, Whole Grain Mustard & Lemon Vinaigrette $12
- hearty & rustic, Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with Olive Oil Smashed Potatoes, Swiss Chard & Crimini Mushrooms $25
- divine, woodsy, rich 'n creamy, Housemade Mushroom Trio Ravioli with Ricotta, Porcini Cream & Parmesan $17
- zesty, herbacious, soft & fluffy, Rosemary Focaccia Bread with Parsley & Red Wine Vinaigrette (complimentary)
If I had to compare Los Olivos Cafe to Sides Hardware & Shoes, I'd say the dishes here are richer, larger, and a classic Mediterranean style.
So, you better bring your appetite, as both the hand model and I had to take half our food home – not by choice.
But, don't worry. No one's gonna look at you Sideways if you drink the Merlot.
2879 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441. 805-688-7265.