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119 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Blue Tavern Details
Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 8m - 11pm
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Private Party Facilities:
Private Dining Room of up to 10 people. Buy outs of Restaurant also available.
Private Party Contact:
Jason Talsky (805) 845-0989
Downtown Shuttle stop, Next to Train Station
Free valet parking at 5pm everyday
A word from Blue Tavern
Blue Tavern is 2011 Food & Wine Magazine Best Chef In America Chef Ricardo Zarate new restaurant concept. Blue Tavern is a Cali-Peruvian restaurant that serves elegant food in a casual environment. Famed Mixologist Deysi Alvarez has created seasonal hand crafted cocktail. The wine list has great
local wines and latin wines.
Pizzas from the wood-burning oven, hand-made pastas, fresh local seafood from nearby waters are the centerpieces of the frequently changing menu.
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Diners' Choice Winner
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Blue Tavern -
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The shared plates concept was
excellent, but really hard to appreciate as the noise level was so high we had to shout to the person sitting next to you."
Dined on 8/9/2014
We were on time for reservation
but we were the only ones on time!!! Long wait for small portion high price and what is this roasted tomatoe appetizer with six small cherry tomatoes with tooth picks on a plate with nothing else was my cue to run for the exit... My entre was proportionately small although tasty was hard to justify the $26 price tag!!! Wait staff seemed confused on who was getting what...even my check required a long wait. I'll give it a minus 5 overall!!!!"
Dined on 8/9/2014
We had a group of 7 for a special
dinner and the staff accommodated our fairly large group so politely. All of our choices were familiar dishes with a delicious authentic Peruvian flair. There wasn't a single item that we disliked. We ordered four different appetizers and although some too small to share amongst all of us every one of them were outstanding! The entrees were large and cooked to perfection, especially liked the branzino dish which was cooked perfectly and had an amazing and unique pesto sauce. The service was friendly and prompt and we indulged in three of the dessert selections...all fantastic but the cheesecake was unique, fresh and perfect on a warm evening."
Dined on 8/7/2014
We went their for lunch on my
sister bacholerette weekend. The food was good and the were able to accommodate are large party. The service was amazing! If I'm down in Santa Brabara again I will defiently go back and recommend the restaurant to everyone!"
Dined on 8/2/2014
Disappointed in this restaurant.
Poor service. Weak wine list. Food was hit and miss. Very little atmosphere."
Dined on 7/31/2014
My husband and I dined at Blue
Tavern for the first time this week. The service was excellent. Our waiter was knowledgeable and able to describe each dish and unique seasoning. My husband had the sea bass--exquisite--and I had the quinoa stew, which was hardy and deliciious, with big nuggets of sweet Peruvian corn. We enjoyed the passing trains and it was fun to watch the wood oven pizza master at work. My husband is a foodie and I know we have chosen well when he smiles broadly throughout the meal and walks away smiling. We will definitely return and would recommend Blue Tavern to anyone who likes their food warmly spiced and a little exotic."
Dined on 7/29/2014
The food was good, but relatively
expensive. Our waiter was excellent, but we were a bit disappointed with the hostess. We made a dinner reservation and when we arrived we asked to sit outside. Although only one table was in use on the patio, we were told that all of the vacant tables were already reserved and that we would have to sit inside. After we finished our meal and left, we noticed that several of the tables outside had still not been occupied and that we should have been able to sit there had the hostess let us. It was disappointing as it was a beautiful Santa Barbara evening."
Dined on 7/26/2014
Interesting food, and nice spot
close to the beach."
Dined on 7/23/2014
The food was great, but way too
noisy! Don't go unless you get a table outside. Can't hear people sitting directly across from you. Wine is overpriced. A $14 glass of wine was filled one quarter full. That may be okay if the glass is big, but one of us had a lot less in his glass than the other."
Dined on 7/21/2014
Went here for lunch with a friend.
Both had the cobb salad which was great. More like a wedge with all the ingredients beautifully placed around the wedge. The chicken pieces were more like small chicken fingers, are were delicious. The salad came with the soup of the day. It was tomato basil and for sure was the best I have ever had! We would definately go back for dinner!"
Dined on 7/21/2014
I loved the Blue Tavern - I made a
trip from Los Angeles specifically to try this restaurant as I had already had lunch at Paiche in Marina Del Rey which belongs to the same Chef Ricardo. The food is a little different but still really good. It's a must try for foodies. The only negative thing is that we went at 4pm and they did not have any meats or chicken ready (although listed in their happy hour and menu) so we could only try fish dishes. Except for the disappointment of not being to try those dishes, everything else was great. I highly recommend this restaurant!"
Dined on 7/20/2014
Awesome food, great flavors and
not heavy at all. Suggest eating family style and trying many items, great local beers as well."
Dined on 7/19/2014
We visited for dinner. We were
greeted warmly and seated promptly. Derek, our server was exceptional! He was friendly, attentive and knowledgable. We had the beet salad, shrimp skewers and white anchovy pizza. Would highly recommend all!"
Dined on 7/14/2014
I only wanna make sure that when
you ask if something is not spicy, not spicy at all because it's for little children (mine have 4 and 6) and they tell you it's not, it should be so. It should be that simple."
Dined on 7/13/2014
Interesting fusion cuisine; the
serviche, the scallop salad were excellent, and the beet, nitrates, and tomato salad was a nice twist of a classic. We sat outside and enjoyed the passing street scene. My guess is that the noise inside would have been a bit much."
Dined on 7/11/2014
Great local spot, very flavorful
and unique dishes"
Dined on 7/8/2014
We have always had great meals at
Blue Tavern, and put up with the noise level and inconsistent service. But this time, it was the worst. We sat inside in a booth, but it was so hot we are all dripping. Our waitress, while very nice, was all over us to order, but it took two requests to even get our cocktails. One item never arrived, yet she kept pushing. "Let's get the food going," Really, we'd only been sitting there for a few minutes! The patio dining isn't particularly special -- it's on busy State Street, right on the sidewalk, but would have been the better choice because it was so darn hot inside. Only saving thing was the food, but the ambiance: so loud you must scream to be heard, well we couldn't wait to get out of there."
Dined on 7/5/2014
Blue Tavern gets my vote for the
loudest restaurant in Santa Barbara. Yell-across-the-table-to-be-heard loud. While the food was quite good, the noise levels make this a place I'll never return to."
Dined on 6/28/2014
Amazing, amazing, AMAZING. This
little restaurant is new and a must. We had drinks -- nice to have the option of $5 glasses of wine during happy hour. We had the tomato and beet salad (extra good) -- very fresh and just enough different to distinguish it from others. I had the pumpkin quinoa stew ... fell in love! My sister had the mushroom pizza and it was really tasty too. The Peruvian emphasis blended with 'normal recipe' touches everything has a wonderfully 'new' and unexpected twist. Can't wait to get back next summer but wish it was much sooner. Congratulations to the owners and chef for this worthy addition to the Santa Barbara food scene."
Dined on 6/25/2014
We were so lucky to find Blue
Tavern! I believe it was actually through Open Table! We were at the Solstice parade and were looking for a place for 8 people to have lunch after, found this by accident, and had an unbelievable delicious meal! The nice part was that we could have delicious seafood (branzino is remarkable!) and the kids could have pizza - a win win for all! The service was VERY NICE! I would say not to go super hungry as the food came out a bit slowly, but we would not hesitate to go back and as a matter of fact will do so this week!"
Dined on 6/21/2014
A pary of 4 of us went for brunch
on a Saturday morning and we couldn't have been more pleased! The food was delicious -a combination of creative and fresh, and the service was great. We left our plates clean, and we cannot wait to go back for dinner!"
Dined on 6/21/2014
We came here for lunch after a
recent graduation at UCSB. Lovely place, accommodating service, and great lunch specials. Delicious pizzas done in a wood burning oven. Only problem was that our 3 meals came out at different times and after waiting for all 3 diners to be served, the diner whose pizza arrived first no longer had a hot pizza."
Dined on 6/14/2014
As always, the food, service and
wine were wonderful. Our favorite go-to-restaurant."
Dined on 6/13/2014
We got there at happy hour and
noticed some nice glasses of wine for $5 and $8. The waitress suggested a special wine that was really great....and we assumed it was off the specials list. Wine was great....but...it was $20/ glass. I can't say were were deliberately decieved (the waiters were very gracious)...but in my world, if a recommended glass of wine is $20 a pop, I'd like to have some polite indication of it.....especially since I had ordered a $5 glass of the specials list (indicating my idea of what I want to pay for wine)"
Dined on 6/12/2014
We ate here for Father's Day
dinner 2014, as well as a business lunch the Thursday before, and dinner the week before last. So I have gone 3 times in the last 2 weeks. Everytime the food has been excellent, and the service very nice, attentive, and friendly. They do NOT have a kids menu per se, but they have a wood fire pizza oven to make kid friendly pizzas, and they made homemade parpadelle pasta with a béchamel sauce for my picky 7 year old per our request. Be sure to try the mussels, one of their awesome thin crust pizzas, the parpadelle pasta with beef, and cauliflower side dish. Great new place in SB!"
Dined on 6/12/2014
Usually when you try a bunch of
plates to share, at least 1 is kinda "meh" but not here - we loved every dish and scraped it wanting more!"
Dined on 6/7/2014
The house was very responsive
about moving our 4-some o/s as noise inside is DEAFENING! Sweet service, mgmt & servers anxious to please but they couldn't seem to produce a well orchestrated meal to 4. Tho they warned us the food wouldn't come out at same time (why not?)they left one in our group without any meal at all & attempts to remedy were botched. Sauces can be spicy & neither server nor menu alert unsuspecting diners. Interesting street scene especially the Sunday we dined. They try hard but the kitchen needs to try harder to organize their set up."
Dined on 6/1/2014
Unexpected combination of yummy
tastes. Great spot in up an coming Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara"
Dined on 5/31/2014
Awesome service, very helpful and
unreal, unique food with a little spice to it ! We will definitely be back!"
Dined on 5/26/2014
We have stayed at the Blue Indigo
and had the opportunity to finally go to Blue Tavern. Couldn't wait til it opened. Pricey, you get passed that with the delicious cocktails made with fresh fruits, herbs, juices and spirits!! Food is beyond reproach, service is impeccable. Can't wait to go back!"
Dined on 5/26/2014
Wonderful food at reasonable
prices. The beet salad,calamari,tuna custini and especially the brancino were all great. "
Dined on 5/24/2014
The pizza was tasty and
reminiscent of Italy's thin crusted, wood-fired perfection. The appetizers from the happy hour were reasonably priced with interesting flavors. You can't beat a $5 glass of wine. Go before 6:30 and you can enjoy an extra treat. There are Peruvian spices that add a twist to the "Califorian" theme. I say bring it on. The influence from Argentina and Peru make this restaurant stand out from the rest."
Dined on 5/22/2014
We were lucky enough to go to BT
twice, once for happy hour and then for dinner the following day. For the happy hour, we had the beet, tomato and burrata salad that was the best beet salad I have had. (And I eat lots of beet salads) It was well balanced and the addition of a tiny crusted sugar coating on the beets was delightful. We had a great dinner the next night as well and the service was knowledgeable and very accommodating to our non-meat requests, replacing the prosciutto on the goat cheese pizza with a variety of mushrooms. The only thing I felt was missing were a few more vegetarian options and a salad or two. We will definitely go back next time we are in SB."
Dined on 5/17/2014
The staff here was excellent, very
attentive and delightfully nice. The food is so unique & the best part is everything is made from scratch, farm-to-table. The serrano sauce they use on pizza will tantalize the tastebuds and the ceviche is so bright and tasty. Everything I have ever ordered here has been gobbled up... especially the cocktails!"
Dined on 5/13/2014
Great dining experience.
Energetic, upbeat atmosphere just a long block from beach and around the corner from Santa Barbara's hot new Funk Zone! Also benefits from recently expanded sidewalk that adds a great, outdoor eating experience (and significantly reduces the previous noise level inside the restaurant). Light and tasty Cali-Peruvian menu, served by cheerful and attentive staff. A great place for locals and fun for visitors, too! "
Dined on 5/13/2014
Sat down fast. Rose handed to my
wife for Mother's Day. Waited 45min for food. Never was told why there was a wait. Would of asked but servers were not available. Did get 20% discount and apology from Manager but no explanation on what was going on. French Toast was good. Wife didn't like her under cooked omelet. I also do like dogs, But don't think the should be allowed in any restaurant. "
Dined on 5/11/2014
I really liked this restaurant the
first few times I went, but tonight it was just about average. The cauliflower was excellent, the quinoa pumpkin stew was good, and the mussels were not good. The mussels were so small that they should have removed the item from the night's menu."
Dined on 5/10/2014
We had a delicious meal here and
the service was excellent. What ruined the experience for us was that the music was so loud that we could not hear each other talk."
Dined on 5/6/2014
The mixilogist is a true artist!!!
This is hands down the best place for cocktails in santa barbara!! "
Dined on 5/3/2014
Top quality, freshest ingredients
and wonderful twists on ceviche and sea bass leave me longing to return ASAP!! Unique combinations of flavors explode on the palate, where you can taste each ingredient both individually and in combination. Exquisite!"
Dined on 5/1/2014
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