The Short Order
Situated on the busy corner of West Alameda and Galisteo streets, Restaurant L’Olivier is one of Santa Fe’s best-kept secrets. Owner Xavier Grenet is both a classically trained French chef and a bona fide French person, and the whole vibe of his restaurant has a distinctly Gallic insouciance. The lunch menu offers a pleasant mix of classic bistro fare and Americanish items, all reasonably priced, while at dinner, the menu transforms to high-end Frenchish cuisine with a bit of New American thrown in. Nearly everything is perfectly executed, the flavors melding where they should, the ingredients handled with a masterful, and never overbearing, touch — the mark of truly fine French cooking. Recommended: Gazpacho, duck confit with lentils, mussels with frites, braised short ribs.