Restaurant L’Olivier: The Olive Tree is a sacred tree, and a symbol of victory and peace, victory, hope, abundance, wisdom and fertility.
What more fitting name than Restaurant L’Olivier, whose chef loves what he does and is committed to the tradition of excellence in food and hospitality?
Chef Xavier Grenet, a native Parisian, was trained at L’École Française de la Gastronomie Ferrandi in Paris and at L’École Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland. He has 30 years of experience.
Chef Xavier came to the US in 1993 and joined The New York Times’ 3-Star-rated Restaurant “Les Célébrités” at Hotel Nikko. He then headed west to San Francisco’s landmark restaurant “Barcelona” as Executive Chef. There, he earned high praise and attention from often-jaded local food critics for his cuisine's explosive yet balanced flavors.
An avid fan of the Southwest, Chef Xavier moved to in Santa Fe in 2000 and transformed the way we think about local cuisine by applying his own French techniques to classical and traditional recipes.
In January 2002, Chef Xavier was awarded the recognition of his peers with an invitation to prepare a dinner at The James Beard Foundation in New York City.
Restaurant L’Olivier, Xavier’s first venture into restaurant ownership, launched in 2013 with his wife, Nathalie, his partner and manager.
This restaurant accepts reservations during Restaurant Week.
229 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501