Arlington Tavern
Arlington Tavern

Arlington Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://arlingtontavern.com/wp/
  • Phone: (805) 770-2626
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5 - 10pm
    Sunday 4 - 9pm
    Bar: Monday - Saturday 4pm - Close
    Sunday 4 - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State Street
  • Parking: No
A word from Arlington Tavern
Arlington Tavern brings the traditional tavern experience to modern day, in a contemporary atmosphere.

Chef Ron True serves his hand-crafted, farm fresh take on American Tavern classics, using the best local ingredients he can get his hands on.

Cozy tables set amongst red leather booths, exposed brick walls and a buzzing open kitchen set the scene for modern comfort cuisine at its best. Patio seating allows guests to enjoy dinner and drinks outside all year long.

Signature dishes include AT Fried Chicken, Lamb Shank, Crispy Pork Belly, AT Burger made with Rancho San Julian Beef and crowd-favorite Mac & Cheese.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Arlington Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (18)neighborhood gem (13)special occasion (10)romantic (8)notable wine list (8)good for groups (6)great for outdoor dining (4)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Good for a date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I took my fiance here for his birthday. The atmosphere was lively, but sometimes it was hard to hear and I felt like I had to shout. The service was good and everyone was very friendly. The only downside was that the food portions were smaller than we expected. The food was good, but not amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arlington Tavern did not disappoint
    SBSoftwareGuy
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We had a great birthday celebration dinner and the service made it fabulous. AT is one of our favorites both for celebrations as well as quiet and romantic evenings and we take advantage of it at every opportunity. Though not typically considered to be a kid place (really nice upscale food, nicely set tables, etc.) they made us feel very welcome and handled it well. We brought two pre-teens, one toddler and an infant to our pary of ten and we were fortunate to get the back room pretty much to ourselves. We were the largest noise contributor of the evening and felt a little out of place because of that but the staff never wavered in their efforts to serve our needs. There were food offerings that suited the kids well (grilled cheese with short ribs and a cup of carrot soup, french fries with gravy, mac & cheese) and everything the adults ordered was delicious (pork chop special, short ribs, fried chicken, the salad special with pineapple guava, pomegranate and persimmon). Add a bottle of wine and some IPA and we were done. The service was attentive and friendly and we never lacked for anything at our table. I had the feeling they were making special efforts to make it a nice evening but on further reflection I think we simply got the typical AT treatment and it was great. Good food, friendly service and a great atmosphere. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    CatJVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We did the 3 course meal with pairing and all of the food we had was great! Would definitely recommend for anyone visiting Santa Barbara.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AT Pre Arlington Theater
    JacksonBrownefans
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We chose this spot for our pre-Arlington Theater evening. The food was great, but the service was marginal. They were not very well prepared for full capacity. Very hard to get the waiter to come around to our table. We would have ordered more food and wine if we had seen the waiter again, but although we allowed for plenty of time (90 minutes prior to showtime) he never returned to the table to check.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The first visit was made last year in 2013. The fried chicken I had was the best I have ever tasted and was so memorable I made it a point to return when I drove from San Francisco to S CA this year. Alas, the fried chicken was no longer prepared the same way; no longer a dark brown crust that enveloped a succulent and moist dark meat. It has become mainstream with a light golden crust surrounding the usual chicken breast which unsurprisingly was dry to my taste. My companion ordered the soup of the day - sweet potato - but when it came, a substitution was made. The wine list is adequate but unsurprising. It is heavily patronized and the bar, noisy and crowded, so it should be a commercial success. Will I drive an extra 50 miles, no.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • truthindining
    truthindining
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Went here for the first time with my daughter. We chose the two types of tuna to start While we love raw tuna, poke, etc., couple that with homemade potato chips . . . yup, pretty much perfection. Then we heaped on the pork belly and potato salad and we could have been done with our meal and gone home happy. Nope, we ordered the smoked New York steak con frites, and the fried chicken with mashed potatoes and kale. Yup and more yup. Ended the meal with creme brulee. Been there and done that? Nope. This is a smaller portion, albeit sweeter, but the layer of sugar was so thin, it made it work. Lemon, blueberries and thyme AND CAKE. Yup. Going back? Yup and yup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    zacker
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We did not care for our dinners on Thurs. Night. The service was good and the place is cute-before it fills with 2 or more tables then the noise is unbelievably LOUD. The hamburger was ok, the pork belly terrible, the special not memorable. Sorry we would NOT go back. We went one time in the beginning when they first opened and weren't impressed. Ditto this time. Also, the menu is tiny and hard to find anything exciting to order.
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  • good but loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Everything was great until a large group arrived and the noise level went through the roof. It became almost impossible to talk!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely
    Guest
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was delicious! Our server was very well informed. The only downside is that they had no liquor, a cocktail would have been nice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maria
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    If we could give it more stars, we would. Excellent food and outstanding service. Truly a gem. The manager, Jonathan, was outstanding helping us accomodate some special requests. The food was excellent and we received a great deal of attention. The Carpaccio was AMAZING, we had to get a second order. The mac & cheese a MUST HAVE. All our food was delicious and perfectly prepared. We will definitely return to try all other menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Consistently Outstanding
    SBKingVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We dine here frequently. Each time one of us will comment about how well the staff does everything - from food, to service, to the friendly atmosphere. Tonight we enjoyed the special watermelon salad - exquisite flavors of sweet & sour with fresh greens and goat cheese. A true winner! The duck special rocked; the burger is arguably the best in town (just my humble opinion). I love it when the restaurant asks how you want the burger cooked and then it arrives perfectly prepared to your specifications. All this with attentive but not overbearing service. We plan to return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KAS1VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Best fried chicken anywhere. Hamburger was likewise terrific.
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  • FABULOUS SERVICE
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food at Arlington Tavern is good, which is good enough. Our waiter was outstanding.... which is better than good. One diner's filet mignon was pronounced perfect. My mussel and clam bowl was presented with a truly burned piece of bread. The shellfish was good, the sauce good, but honestly, would you really send a piece of bread burned on the grill to a customer? One was not burned - couldn't that have come out first and then the second delivered when it was done properly? I would go back to this restaurant if I were in town again, just for the terrific waiter.
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  • Love this place
    AmieataVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    You MUST order the Filet Carppacio, my favorite! Food is first class, amazing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Arlington Tavern
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Even though I check fit for foodies. The Arlington has a limited menu, but what they serve is very good. We started out with the tuna tartar. It was split between one one side a spicy tuna and on the other a sesame oil tuna and served with home made herbed potato chips. When the potato chips would not be my first choice they worked. They could have been a little more crispy. The tartar was fresh and very tasty. My wife had the filet mignon and loved it. Cooked to perfection. I had the smoked NY strip with a mountain of French fries. Lightly smoked flavor and cooked to perfection. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good atmosphere
    sariela
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The mac and cheese is fabulous, but I suggest getting at least 2 orders as everyone at the table will want some. The only thing that was so-so was the filet mignon. The burgers are delicious and their salmon special were great. The desserts are delicious, but really tiny, not for sharing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great find!
    AndyFoody
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Terrific food, Spencer was a great waiter, nice place .. I had the New York strip, perfectly done, wife had salmon, also very good. Salads, wine, service, ambiance .. a very good place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • good food, so-so service
    fjames
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We come to Arlington Tavern here and there for special occasions. We really enjoy the food but the service is never great. The servers seem low-energy and uninterested.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sddiner
    sddiner
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Although we came in and had some specific issues, namely my son's food allergy, the staff was very accommodating and helpful. This is a big deal to us, as we really like good food and need to know what's in it. Fantastic entrees, and was impressed with the draft beer and wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 109 reviews are from the Arlington Tavern reviews archive.
  • Great tavern!
    IGreenelsh
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    First time to visit the Arlington Tavern. We are from out of town. We had a wonderful waitress and the food was real good. We had the Gruyere Mac and Cheese for an appetizer and it was fabulous. The wines were very good. We had the fried chicken and the black cod for entrees, all cooked to perfection. Crème Brulee was yummy! Overall, we had a great dining experience and would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • one guy's opinion
    sund
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Cannot recommend this restaurant more highly. It was a quiet evening while we were there for a small family dinner. Food was excellent, service was superb, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Great story behind this restaurant, also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful
    flojo
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great food! Lovely staff. Perfect location for the 4th of July.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodcrazyVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The food was delicious! Farm to table style that was really tasty!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • exceptional food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I came in about ten minutes before the restaurant opened and they still greeted me very nicely and sat me right away, even though they were still seeing up for the evening. The braised rib special was delicious and I left nothing on my plate. Robert had extensive knowledge about wine, especially the local wine region, and paired my glass of wine with my meal exceptionally well. This place was a gem and I would come back over and over for the great quality food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Barb
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I love the Arlington Tavern. It's my favorite place to take friends and family for the first time...to get them hooked! The Mac & Cheese is the best anywhere. The burgers never disappoint and no one makes french fries better than AT does! Diego is always a gracious host and the service is always the very best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    jimzgirl
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This was our second visit to AT and we brought friends! The entire menu is great, you just can't go wrong. Service was excellent. We plan to come back on our next vacation...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • graduation dinner
    malou
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Its a small intimste restaurant, that night they have a set-up menu for graduates which everything tastes excellent. They have a notable wine list and beer. I would highly recommend this place to friends and family .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous meal at a sidewalk table
    dgsdinesbVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great selection of menu items. The award winning Bouillabaisse and King Salmon dishes were fabulous
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gmfoodie
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    food was very good but the price value wasn't there. The menu is very limited. I suspect the Happy hour menu (both food and beverage) may be where AT has the best price value and menu variety. Service was attentive although the staff was often too relaxed and visiting with "off duty" associates coming and going.
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  • First Time
    chrisVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We had an early Sunday dinner before a movie. The Tavern was practically empty at 5PM. The menu had something for every taste and wines by the glass were reasonable. The AT salad was over dressed but still good ( I would request lite dressing next time), and our main course Bouillabaisse was somewhat under seasoned but the fish was cooked perfectly.
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  • Great local, fresh food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Very nice spot for a quiet dinner with friends. The food will not disappoint. Attentive service as well.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Pre-Theatre Food
    Abermant
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We have always been impressed by the freshness, quality, and creativity that Chef Ron puts into his food. And once again we were not disappointed. The best seats in the house are right next to the kitchen, where you can see Chef Ron working and talk to him about his flavors and combinations - especially wine pairings. For example, his flavorful local cod dish, which is rich with texture and flavors, is beautifully cut by a glass of local Storm Sauvignon Blanc or the smoked NY strip pops with the smokiness inherent in the J cabernet sauvignon. Lastly, AT has added outdoor dining. My wife and I may sound like we're promoting the Arlington Tavern - we are - since we both feel that AT is one of the stand-out local fare restaurants in SB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    KD119
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I loved Arlington Tavern! The atmosphere was great, I loved the exposed brick and open kitchen. The waiter was very pleasant, and the other staff all seemed very nice as well. The chefs all seemed very happy, and were talking with the guests. A very enjoyable, comfortable feel. The food was so fresh and delicious. We had the caesar salad, mac & cheese, and fried chicken. It was probably the best fried chicken I've had- it was so fresh and surprisingly light for something fried, and the light sauce on top of the mashed potatoes really brightened it up. My mom and I have been talking about it for a few days now. I would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank You Diego!
    GR8service
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Thank you Diego for your excellent care given to me and my group of 4 .... I think we were rather loud (a bit embarrassing for me) ... but you were super professional and took excellent care of our table .....
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tavern was empty
    2Locals
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Folks were waiting for tables at 3 adjacent restaurants yet Arlington Tavern was quite empty - that pretty much says it all. As its name implies, the pub menu is limited to about 8 main courses. They serve wine and beer only. Our waiter forgot to tell us about the specials that night. This was our first visit so we both had the AT fried chicken - it was good, but not enough to get us back.
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  • Outstanding food experience
    craigallen
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Arlington Tavern is a hidden gem among the many restaurant options in Santa Barbara. The menu features a focused offering of outstanding dinner choices, each with amazing flavors and interesting touches. We ordered the wine pairing, which allows the patron to order three of anything on the menu - appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Each item the patron chooses is paired with an appropriate wine. The experience was fantastic and I would highly recommend AT.
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    fit for foodies
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Good food. Service relaxed but attentive. Tasty an interesting small plates. Like the option of the steak in "His" or "Her" size portions
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arlington Tavern is Amazing
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I have been to AT several times, and each time I go I walk out amazed at how good and unique the food was. The service is amazing and the presentation of the food (as well as the taste) cannot be better. I also love the atmosphere and the setting. The restaurant itself is really well done and interesting. I have recommended it to every friend or family member that has come to Santa Barbara. If I ever want to go out to dinner, AT is top on the list. It is my favorite restaurant in SB.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not again
    carmaria
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    food not described correctly. chopped liver is not pate. lamb shank had flavor,but was fatty and had too much bone. foreshank not hindshank. not domestic lamb. could walk across the street or around the corner and get a better value.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing...
    happyeater
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The menu is extremely limited, so we wanted to order the "special" (tacos) which we were not allowed to have unless we were in the bar (??). We had an appetizer and went across the lot to Olio Pizzeria.
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