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Arts & Letters Cafe
Arts & Letters Cafe

Arts & Letters Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.artsletterscafe.shutterfly.com
  • Email: lisan@sullivangoss.com
  • Phone: (805) 730-1463
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Avery Harden
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Lisa Neustadt (805) 730-1463
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact Lisa Neustadt, at Lisan@sullivangoss for banquets information

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Arts & Letters Cafe
The Arts & Letters Café serves classic bistro fare in a beautiful courtyard setting in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara.
Our chef uses the freshest local ingredients to prepare soups, salads and sandwiches in the California cuisine tradition. The Café is also pleased to offer a fine selection of California wines and a full bar.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "Located one-half block off of the main drag (State Street) downtown Santa Barbara. This hidden gem is a find. The setting of this garden café is the courtyard of a lovely art gallery. The limited menu features organic, locally sourced and grown products. The freshest greens and range free - antibiotic free meats and poultry. Delicious food in a quiet, lovely setting. We would return."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Such a great spot for lunch, love the outdoor seating!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The setting in the enclosed courtyard with the sparkling fountain in the center can't be beat! the food was delicious; I had the soup of the day, a very good puree of vegetables with a plate of flatbread with goat cheese and olives. Just perfect! the service was gracious, and we entered and exited though an art gallery - what could be better!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Delicious lunch in a beautiful setting. Love the patio and fountain."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food pretty good. Service somewhat confused the day my wife and I had lunch with another couple. Location great - in the heart of town. Parking rates not bad."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "I've been to the cafe twice now and have been impressed with the food and the service both times. I would return there in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "There was no baked dessert (cake or pie) when we were at this restaurant when we were there. We like this kind of dessert."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Arts & Letters is a lovely space in an art gallery. Our server was charming, prompt, and very helpful. The restaurant serve inventive dishes, all fresh and clean. My husband enjoyed the shrimp pasta and the pumpkin soup. The soup is delicious, not rich, with the flavors of pumpkin pie spice, but is not sweet like pie. I enjoyed the shrimp salad. A perfect way to end a weekend in Santa Barbara! We'll come back when it's not raining so that we can enjoy dining in the garden!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The most Romantic garden dining with delectable food!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The four of us couldn't get over how the setting made us focus in on how beautiful a day it was. The ambiance, the plantings, the food, combined to help us realize how fortunate we are to be alive."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "This was my third visit to this charming restaurant inside a gallery. The attraction is the fountain/garden setting and the menu based on an organic, locally-sourced, and humane ethic. On a day that threatened rain we were able to enjoy the garden because of the high retractible canopy and the cozy heaters. Our well-presented meals also displayed attention to delicious flavor melding. Lunch at Arts and Letters is a many-layered experience."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Arts and Letters Cafe has been my favorite lunch spot in SB for years! The garden ambience with the fountain creates a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. The food is excellent - dependable quality. Wine is well matched to their menu. Service is consistently professional and friendly. If it's raining (if it would only rain!), the indoor space is cozy, quiet and hung with stunning art from the gallery. Wouldn't change a thing!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Nice quaint patio dining.... The reviews don't lie"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Food is good, prices reasonable...server seemed a little brusque. Been here many times and find that food is consistently good.jo"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "beautiful courtyard setting with an art gallery...excellent service. Pasta was perfectly prepared and presented. My pastrami sandwich was delicious and very tender. Nice local wine list..a special place To celebrate our wedding anniversary."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "My steak frites was actually a little disappointing, though my wife and our guest seemed to enjoy their meals. I didn't care for the sauce that accompanied the pieces of meat. However, the frites were outstanding … perfect! and our server was especially nice."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This is a real gem; quiet, outdoor ambiance, excellent food (they do only lunch, seven days), a wide variety of choices. Recommended without reservation."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Glad we made reservations as courtyard was pretty full. Great crab salad and fig dessert. Good service and beautiful, serene courtyard."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "Had a wonderful business lunch - my favorite place for this sort of thing. We had a nice quiet table in the corner and the service was excellent. I did think, however, that the curry chicken (both salad and sandwich, we had both) which I have always enjoyed, contained far too much curry powder, to the point of being tastefully unpleasant."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "The location is charming, the food excellent and the service was spot on!"
    Dined on 10/20/2013