Leonardo Ristorante & Pizzeria
Tomato sauce, mozzarella, cured prosciutto, arugula, parmigiano
'Pick me up classic lady finger, espresso, mascarpone, cocoa
Spaghetti alle Vongole
Spaghetti and clams in a white wine clam sauce
Amazing experience. Great food and everybody treated us like royalty!
We chose Leonardo's based on our daughter and son-in-law's recommendation and were pleased beyond expectations. Our server, Sean, was engaging and knowledgeable and clearly enhanced our dining experience. The food was outstanding -- among the very best Italian dishes any of us (there were four) had ever had. There was not one complaint about the food -- other than the portions were so large that we had no room for dessert.
Among the four of us, we had the lasagna special (unlike any lasagna we had ever had) that was spectacular. The chicken parmigiana was excellent -- and unlike many restaurants, not pounded so thin to be rendered tasteless. The other dish, pasta with sausage and mushrooms was equally good.
The only negative about our experience, that is completely outside the control of the restaurant, is that due to Covid 19, there is no indoor dining. As such, the restaurant has extended itself to a small patio and part of the adjacent parking spaces. While the noise was minimal (most of the stores in the same area were closed), the overall atmosphere was less than ideal. This, however, will change once indoor dining restrictions are lifted. This should absolutely not stop anyone from dining there -- the food and service make up for the location.
A must visit restaurant anytime you're visiting the Solvang Area.
We have eaten here before pandemic. Now they don’t honor corkage so you can’t bring your own wine, and you chance what they have in stock. The gnocchi had way too much cheese on it and was over cooked and gritty. It was a busy Monday night, and many restaurants in the area are not open. I’m hoping it was just an “off” night.
Delicious Italian food!
Food was good but service was slow.
The staff was very friendly and the food and drinks were great. Would definitely eat here again. I had the branzino and it was cooked to perfection.
Good dinner. Service was excellent
The patio was nice for outdoors dinning
Great food, great service, and great atmosphere! I felt like a regular at this local spot. Thank you!!
Wonderful food with many specials. Away from the hustle and bustle of the tourism area. Outdoor seating in front and on back patio. Overall great experience.
The food and service is always excellent. They have done a nice job of setting up outdoor seating in the back and we enjoyed the ambiance.
What a wonderful last-minute find! We are not locals and were only in town for one night and happened upon this gem of a restaurant. The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable about their menu and preparation. We met the owner who was gracious and served us a couple of side dishes so we could try a few different items. Thank you for such a lovely experience and making us feel like we were in Italy where food is an experience.
Some of the best Italian food we’ve ever tasted ( and we’ve been to Italy!). The veal stuffed tortellini with mushrooms and a cream sauce was absolutely delicious as was the risotto with scallops. Wonderful caprice salad and a great wine list makes this one of our favorite restaurants. They make a great espresso too.
We had the pizza and pasta pescatore. Both were delicious!
It was okay, service was slow and not allowed to have my own wines opened...when other places do so now!
I'm always reluctant to write reviews during COVID, but this is the second time we have been to Leonardo's and neither time was great. Admittedly it was better the first time we visited before the pandemic, but still not stellar. Service was super spotty, and it seemed as if no one knew what they were supposed to be doing. The food was fine, but honestly just hadn't been seasoned properly. Mostly, it just felt like a underwhelming experience for the $135 bill for two people. I'm sure things will improve as they get a better handle on COVID dining.
The food was amazing. While they service was busy it was clear the serving staff was working as hard as they could. We received our food on time and it was perfect. We saw the chef walking around and asking everyone how their meal was and giving free drinks to those who had to wait. I could see that they really cared about their customers and overall it was a great experience. Would come back again.
During the COVID-19 issues this place was wonderful
This gem just east of downtown Solvang is fantastic. The food is divine and the wait staff is attentive. The lemon Sorbet was to die for. Yum Enough said!
What a nice diamond in the rough! The restaurant is located in a strip of stores just before you get to the casino (Chumash). Very nice and knowledgeable staff. The owner, Leonardo has always been at the restaurant every time I have dined there.
Try the carpaccio and the various cuts of meat. I think one of the waiters is related to Leonardo, maybe his brother, they kinda look alike.
Very good and prompt service. The prices are comparable to the others in the area. Give them a look/see. With covid, reservations are needed, especially on the weekends, because people are taking staycations and not vacations....
Really Great! Grazie, Leonardo!
owner and staff are very polite and they know how to take care of their customers.
if there is some special request that they are able to accommodate they would do it with pleasure.
We stopped in Solvang on our way down to Los Angeles. We really LOVED this food! We had the Chicken Parm, Chicken Picatta, tiramisu and a special dessert that was like beignets. We also had a great salad. We would most definitely return here if we get to stay in Solvang again! Strongly recommend.
Outdoor seating was private and comfortable. Great tasting food and well prepared. Desserts are worth considering as they are worth the stay. I would recommend this restaurant especially for meetings and family time together.
MR Santa Ynez CA
Nice place w good pizza (prob more) and solid service.
Leonardo’s does not disappoint. They have the most amazing staff who are like family the second you walk in the door. The food is so fresh and everything was amazing! We can’t wait to go back!
Leonardo's was a great find. We were lucky to get a reservation and we had a truly delightful dinner and time. The greeting was warm and every member of the team was outgoing, helpful and perfectly friendly. I cant say enough about the place, the food and the great evening we had.
Absolutely incredible food and service!! Perfect place to get out while still being safe .. Food is exceptional and wait staff is impeccable!
Excellent food, we were all very happy. Just wish we could have opened the wine we brought & paid corkage. But, you do have a great wine list! Good service too...
Highly recommend this restaurant. Certainly in the top three in SY valley!!!
Will be back frequently!
One of my favorite places. Leonardo’s is quality Italian. Try their Lobster Ravioli. Some of the best Italian food I’ve had.
Food was superb! Can’t go wrong with the menu the ingredients are fresh and everything tastes authentic. Great service we would definitely recommend.
What a hidden gem in a small quaint town. The food and service is amazing... we came back the next day just to try a different entree. We really enjoyed the authentic food and outdoor ambiance. Great staff!
Terrific menu and amazing food. Loved every bit of our food. There were 4 of us, we all raves at how good it was and can’t wait to go back. Lasagna, fabulous, octopus salad, fabulous, Branzino fabulous, service was terrific as well thank you!!
Went here based on other peoples reviews.
We showed up with a bottle of our own wine to have with dinner. We were told that we could not bring our own wine into the restaurant that it was a Covid restriction by SB County. We had to leave the bottle at the front desk. So here is the funny thing about that - we had dinner the previous night at SY Kitchen and there was not an issue with bringing our own wine. It felt like this restaurant only wanted to have you buy from their overpriced list. We got a bottle of local wine and it was so hot that it was heat damaged.
The food was good to very good. The service was okay. When we sat down, we were told of no specials for the night. However, every table that arrived after us was told of the specials. This after the wine thing made us feel very special - Not.
Would I go back, nope.
Food was fresh and delicious. They had several specials available including their regular menu. We ordered the porcini risotto with seared scallops and the spinach/ricotta ravioli. Bread was served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Since we are in the virus situation there was outdoor seating in front and back of restaurant. Service was quick, servers very friendly.
Service was friendly and prompt even though we had a server that was being trained, it was handled very professionally. The food was delicious. I had the Sea Bass “Branzino” and it was prepared perfectly. They did a great job taking in to consideration the restrictions that they have to operate under. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for good Italian food.
We called to see if we could come earlier than our reservation and were graciously accommodated. We were seated right away and it was early, 5:30, so noise level was minimal as only a few parties were seated. The waiter gave us excellent suggestions: I got the sea bass which was grilled perfectly and my husband had the seafood linguine which was also very tasty. We had dessert, again by the waiter’s suggestions, and we were not disappointed. We had tried a different Italian restaurant the night before as a suggestion from a local tasting room and the food was inedible. This was a very welcome experience.
Perfection! In a covid world I felt so safe eating there. Tables far apart. Opted for back outdoor dining area, wait staff, cooks, busboys all were masked, gloves etc. Beautiful meal, my truffle pasta was not overpowering with truffles, the wine selection is first rate. I would highly recommend this place. Charming, professional waiters, delicious food.
Good old style Italian food as well as pizzas. Covid-19 makes a tough but they did a great job! This is not one to be missed if you like Italian food :-)
The food was excellent, the service was underwhelming and discombobulated. In times like these (thanks, 2020) I will happily extend some grace. I’ll definitely be back when in the area.
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