Restaurant-Style Olive Oil and Herb Bread Dip

This Italian restaurant copycat will rock your socks! Grab a baguette and your favorite extra virgin olive oil to make this delicious garlic herb bread dip! My family and friends absolutely ADORE this restaurant-style olive oil and herb bread dip.

This Italian restaurant copycat will rock your socks! Grab a baguette and your favorite extra virgin olive oil to make this delicious restaurant-style olive oil and herb bread dip!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Since it’s clearly not Christmas yet, what’s wonderful is that my sun bubble is back!!!

Aside from being as made up as Kim Kardashian, a sun bubble is that magical time when the morning sun hits my dining room window at the most perfect angle, with the most perfect intensity, at the most perfect time of day: NAP TIME! Oh and doves cry, and angels get their wings. Or I just get really awesome photos. The latter seems a tad more practical.

I’m so excited to have found my sun bubble again that I’m not even going to acknowledge the fact that it’s about to pop. Or maybe I will. I’m moving. Actually I’m moving, and then I’m MOVING! Body and blog. Details to come; promise! But until then, I’m going to go ahead and require that you pretend it’s not hotter than Hades outside and roast your garlic. Pretty please? With olive oil on top?

Thanks! You’re the best!

This Italian restaurant copycat will rock your socks! Grab a baguette and your favorite extra virgin olive oil to make this delicious restaurant-style olive oil and herb bread dip!

Restaurant-Style Olive Oil and Herb Bread Dip

Grab a baguette and your favorite extra virgin olive oil to make this delicious garlic + herb bread dip!

Restaurant Copycat Olive Oil and Herb Bread Dip

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Restaurant-Style Olive Oil and Herb Bread Dip




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This Carraba's bread dip copycat is packed with flavor and oh-so-easy to make!


  • 1/2 cup quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2-1 whole head of roasted garlic, peeled
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, plus any extra to taste
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • a pinch of thyme
  • a pinch of cayenne or white pepper
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • optional: freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • not optional: roasted garlic; it's too good to skip! serve with the freshest baguette you can get your hands on!


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Grab an entire bulb of garlic and slice a little less than 1/4 of the top off, just enough to expose the cloves. Drizzle with olive oil and seal into a pinched pouch of aluminum foil. Roast anywhere from 40-60 minutes, depending on your oven and patience. Once the house starts to smell like heaven, resist the urge to dive in to the oven and spread the entire thing on toast. Better yet, roast a second bulb so you can do exactly that!
  3. Alternatively, you can roast the garlic ahead of time and store in the fridge for up to four days, and simply whip this up whenever your ready for some serious dippage. I typically roast a few bulbs and use the golden cloves in recipes throughout the week.
  4. Once your garlic is ready, the cloves should practically be bursting from the bulb. Remove anywhere from half to the entire clove and blend together with the olive oil using a food processor or blender. Add the herbs and seasoning blend and let it sit so the flavors can infuse the olive oil. You can dig in after 20 minutes or give it an hour or so, totally up to you!

Courses Appetizer

Cuisine Italian

Creating that insanely addictive bread dip from Italian restaurants really is that simple, and if you run amuck with a hunk of parm and your cheese grater? Well then you know how awesome that first bite is about to get.

And second.

And third.


I’m hooked!

This Italian restaurant copycat will rock your socks! Grab a baguette and your favorite extra virgin olive oil to make this delicious restaurant-style olive oil and herb bread dip!

but really . . . how was it?!

This Restaurant-Style Olive Oil and Herb Bread Dip is AMAZING! After making that garlic, parsley, and oregano olive oil spread for my Beetza the other day, this was naturally the next step.

Well a step, followed by a trip, followed by me falling face first into the bowl like I’ve never seen food before. In college my roommates and I were irrationally obsessed with this ultra processed, additive-filled parmesan herb bread dip seasoning mix that they sold at “Club Pub.” (aka Publix for anyone who didn’t live in Tallahassee) I’m pretty sure it became a makeshift hangover cure of sorts until we discovered brunch. Anywho! I always vowed to make a healthier version at home and, as is tradition, always forgot. 

Can I just gush over how glad I am that I finally got my act together!? This stuff is amazing and about to be my new secret weapon when I have friends over for dinner.

I’ve got something else up my sleeve for my paleo buddies but as for everyone else, we carb. We carb hard. If you thought you were a fan of bread before, just wait and see what happens after you introduce your bread glorious bread to this crazy delicious dip. 

Restaurant-Style Olive Oil and Herb Bread Dip

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  • Joy

    Hi, I want to make this for a Christmas gift. Can I use all these ingredients? Have been reading about bacteria if using fresh herbs. How long does it last if refrigerated?

    • Hey Joy! According the recent food safety regulations I’ve read: Raw or cooked garlic and/or raw herbs in oil must be refrigerated and used within 4 days. You can check out for more info on safety guidelines 🙂 We pop it in the fridge and when we’re ready to dive in, run the sealed mason jar under warm water, shake well, and serve!

  • Nicole Ahlstrand

    We made this, it was divine, my honey requested again this Weekend! Yay!,

    • Wooooot! Stoked it earned repeat status! 🙂

  • Love

    Can you make this ahead of time and store in the fridge?

    • Yes absolutely! Simply bring to room temperature when you’re ready to serve and you’re good to go! 🙂

  • Pam Morris

    Can it be canned I wonder? Not sure why not…..Would love to give these as gifts at Christmas.

    • It would need to be high in acidity to can safely I believe? From what I’ve read recently on homemade garlic infused olive oils, it can keep for around 4 days in the fridge (detailed food safety regulations can be found here: You could still absolutely gift with refrigeration instructions and a fresh baguette!

  • Cynthia McCall

    Do you only use one clove of the roasted garlic?

    • Hey Cynthia! You’ll actually want to use half the cloves in an whole head of garlic! For less intense flavor you can certainly add just a few cloves and work your way up to taste. Roasting the garlic mellows the sharp flavor and makes it extra delicious 🙂

  • Danielle

    This bread dip is AMAZING! Quick question, how long will this dip stay good? Left out or refrigerate?

    • Thanks Danielle! It’s perfect as a prep-ahead party dip! <3 As for make-ahead options and storage, food safety regulations vary (more details can be found here: but most say raw garlic and herbs in oil can be stored chilled in the fridge for 4 days. Simply shake well and bring to room temperature or run the jar under warm/hot water before serving.

  • Aubrey

    I’ve made the dipping sauce and would like to say have perfected this ☺️. My husband LOVES it and brags to his Italian grandma. I grate fresh parm and pecorino cheese is the only variation I’ve really made to this besides chopping fresh herbs (fresh herbs makes it amazing if you have the time) thank you for posting this

    • Jenn

      Thank you for the sweet words Aubrey! You absolutely made my day! I totally second the fresh herbs – we moved to FL a few months ago and I’m finally starting my garden with BUCKETS of herbs and I’m so excited to be able to use them in everything! <3 So so good!

  • Sandra

    My husband and I have used this recipe several times. We love it sooooooooo much!

    • Jenn

      So happy to hear it!! Thanks Sandra 🙂

  • Lizzie

    And the cute little curvy dishes came …. from … WHERE????

    • Jenn

      Crate and Barrel! I think they still have them too! <3

  • I’m craving bread like crazy these days, so I can’t wait to whip this up!!

  • Yum! I just roasted up some garlic last week, thanks to the huge bag of fresh garlic that I bought at Costco. Your version looks super good…I will have to try it. Lord knows I’ve got enough garlic to try it (thanks warehouse store!).

  • Yeah for sun! I love it when perfect pictures happen.It’s crazy how much we depend on the sun for them.

  • I can’t wait to serve this next time I have friends over, I love doing little details when guest come, this will help me be hostess with the mostess 😉

  • This dip is pretty much my weakness 😉 I love olive oil dips and allll the bread to dip it in. YUM!

  • Hooray for sun bubbles, especially if they mean you share this kind of magic. Roasted garlic is like manna from heaven. Never optional, and I can’t wait to hear all the juicy details about move 1 and move 2.

  • Lovely pictures, I can almost taste that roasted garlic! Yummy!

  • Such a great idea!

  • Roasted garlic is NEVER optional.

  • OMG. Ok. I’m trying to get my poop together (haha) and get some things in the freezer before I’m semi incapacitated for awhile. Anyway, I was making spaghetti sauce yesterday and roasting the tomatoes, and then decided I would roast the garlic at the same time, because, well…yeah. So, anyway, the aroma was overtaking the kitchen, and I thought to myself: Ok. You know how they tell you to bake cookies when you are selling your house so that people will buy it? If I walked into a house that was roasting garlic, they could ask any price and I would buy it. Seriously. It will be at the Feast. With homemade bread. Lots of it. And I will be happy. The End.