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Blue Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bluetavernsb.com
  • Phone: (805) 845-0989
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thursday: 8:00am - 10:00pm

    Friday-Saturday: 8m - 11pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Peruvian
  • Executive Chef: Alex Carrasco
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cabrillo
  • Public Transit: Downtown Shuttle stop, Next to Train Station
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Loved the food, though their menu is suited for sharing so they brought each one of the 4 items the 4 of us ordered separately. Wished they would have brought them all at the same time and we would have shared that way. The way they did it made the evening very long and we had to wait between the times they brought each item. WAY TOO NOISY.....we were shouting at each other by the end of our meal. Not sure why modern architects don't take this into consideration, hard wood floors, no drapery, not carpeting, nothing on the ceilings to absorb the noise. Probably won't revisit this place because of the noise factor. Too many other restaurants in this town that we can have a conversation at without having to shout.............."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Love the pumpkin quinoa stew. Very filling and nice flavors. Sea urchin crab toast was a little greasey and I personally didn't care for the combination or the gel like sweet sauce. Ceviche with fried calamari was fun but portion size could be reduced by half. Was way too big for starter. The branzino was cooked to perfection! Crispy skin and moist meat! Downside is its less than half block from train station and it's loud when train goes through. Plus is there is valet parking. I hope they make smaller portions or a tasting menu so you can try more of the fun stuff!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The food is fantastic… Tuna Crostini was amazing, Branzino with Jalapeño Sauce fantastic… Quinoa Risotto to die for… Pappardelle with Filet is beautiful. Thank you for coming to SB. Food is arguably as good or better than Lark, but without the attitude or the rushed service. Still a bit noisy on a Friday night, but great energy. Went on Sunday evening as well and it was much mellower."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I had great hopes for my first time here. Even though it hints at Peruvian, there is nothing Peruvian on the menu. Chicken was dry. Ignored Open Table request. Valet left before 9:15pm, needed to search for my car."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We loved the food and the unusual Peruvian/CA fusion BUT the room is entirely too noisy. I couldn't hear my husband who was sitting across from me. He said he will not return even tho food was so good. Can they dampen the noise somehow?"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Very good food, for which we would go back. However, dinner ( 5 dishes) was served within the hour! Little too fast! I get it is tapas style, but a leisure dinner can't be served under be hour!! Burrata salad simple but well executed. Mussels very good, see urchin and scallop on toast was outstanding! Pizza very good, quinoa and pumpkin dish very average, if chef feel the need to add raw onion to it, it'd better be finely chopped, nobody wants eat chunk of raw onion!! Noise level horrible!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "A few friends and I went here for the first time on Monday night and loved it! The seafood dishes were creative, different so flavor land beautifully presented! The pizzas are awesome and so unique! Great bar and wonderful service!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Food was good. Staff very helpful and attentive. The noise level was too high to be able to talk without yelling. This will likely limit the number of times we return for dinner."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I was visiting Santa Barbara and tried this restaurant because my son recommended it. The restaurant has an open dining room that connects the indoor dining area to the outdoor patio, for warmer nights. The patio has heaters that project a comfortable temperature. I ordered the Margarita Pizza and Beets & Heirloom Tomato Salad, with an Ice Tea. It was excellent! The staff was very friendly and my food was served in a timely manner.. I recommend this restaurant! I made my reservation late Friday afternoon, via open table, and they had my table ready for me when I arrived."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The restaurant was much too noisy. We asked to have the music turned down, which they did, but than increased the volume again. Also, the pizzas were very, very salty. We will not return."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The noise level in this room is difficult once it fills up. Fine when half full."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Food was very well done intersting with a lot of flavor and a pretty presentation. The wine list has some nice reds by the glass on it. Definitely a busy place go ready to people watch and have a great experience. Was reasonable for the quality. Especially in SB."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I was looking forward to trying this new restaurant with my visiting family and was disappointed. We ordered the ceviche and it was so sour it was inedible. When I complained about it to my server I received a curt response : "It's ceviche". I will not go into all the restaurants in town and around the world where I have had ceviche. Needless to say I know what ceviche is, and thi s was terrible. The arrogant, dismissive response from the server was even worse. The rest of the meal was good to great. The beet salad and pappardelle were wonderful. However the inattentive, and arrogant service left me feeling I would not return or recommend it."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We arrived early on a Saturday night (5:30). There were four of us, and we were put at a table that at best fit 2. We asked to be moved and were told that "all other tables are taken". The restaurant was about half full. We order two appetizers and three wood burning pizzas. The appetizers arrived (and were excellent). The first pizza did not arrive for at least one hour. The second and third pizzas followed with at least 15-20 minutes between each pizza, so we were not only hungry, but left with no food for fairly long periods. When we asked why this was happening, we were told "they were very busy". The quality of the wood burning pizzas was good, but certainly not worth a 90 minute wait. We would not return here."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Very noisy. Booths very cramped for 4 people. While each individual dish was good, there is too much repetition of creamy spicy sauces, and with such a very small menu, hard to branch out to get variety. Pizza just OK; crust not crispy. Branzino excellent. Overall too much salt! RE service, for 4 people and our first visit, we wanted to try a number of dishes so ordered a pizza, 2 appetizers, a salad and each of us had a main course. Food arrived in such rapid succession that we couldn't finish one thing before another arrived - .i.e. too rushed. Think for everything, we paid are were out in just over an hour, so if you're looking for fast food, this may be your place."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "The food was amazing, but the service was frantic and disorganized and the restaurant is so loud, it's very hard to have a conversation."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Definitely recommend the Seafood Risotto, as well as the Beet, Heirloom tomato, Burrata salad. Everyone there, servers, customers alike, were friendly and happy. Service was on the slow side, and since there weren't many other tables, that seemed unnecessary, but our waiter was otherwise really nice and informative."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Acoustic"s not well planned, too load to have a conversation"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Prix fixe meal was very mediocre. They ran out Of lobster and we had to wait 35 extra minutes for the main course. Service was erratic and wine pairings did not come at he same time with each course.....not a memorable $200 valentine's dinner"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "fantastic dining experience, but not formal. food was brilliant, flavors unique and delicious service was outstanding atmosphere is modern but not overwhelming quite santa barbara. if you don't like a noisy ambience come alittle early. when the space fills up with diners it is a bit loud. also bring your wallet! Pricey but worth it!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food is delicious, I recommend the pizzas, and the full bar will not disappoint."
    Dined on 6/14/2013
  • "The food was unique and beautifully presented. The flavors were delicious and very fresh tasting. I would highly recommend this place, as the food is healthy and flavorful. The ambiance is modern, inviting, and overall very hip. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Too many hard surfaces. Way to loud. Poor wine selection and price options."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Love the Peruvian influence of this new restaurant. I have been here 3 times and it is now one of my favorites. The pizza crust is perfect, and the quinoa and pumpkin stew is the perfect vegetarian dish. The ceviche, too, is wonderful and perfectly spicy."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This is what a good restaurant should be! Blue Tavern has great food, good and friendly service, and great ambiance. The right formula for success. Every item in the menu is worth trying, I never thought I'd like mussels, but the way they were prepared was too hard to resist. My absolute favorite was the seafood risotto but its serious contestant was the sea bass ...perfection! This place was overdue in Santa Barbara, the staff seems very happy and welcoming. Hope they keep up the good work! Thanks Blue Tavern!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "The menu is a mix of main courses and small plates. For some reason even though we each ordered separately main course and starters our waiter seemed to think we would want to share everything so dishes came out one at a time. Once I figured out what was happening I mentioned it to what I think was the manager. Things got better then. I believe our waiter must have been new and not well trained. The food was generally good and interesting. I thought the decor was a little too clinical and it was definitely noisier than to my liking. I had heard rave reviews so I may have expected too much."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We got very good service and the food was yummy. Noise level is high so be prepared. Recommend to eat at the bar or in one of the booths."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Excellent food. Chef knows flavors. The sous-vide chicken, all such chickens in my experience, is dreadful. Wonderful flavors but grainy stewed consistency. It ought to be banned. Loved everything else."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Really nice unusual menu with many healthy options."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "The food was generally excellent. The mussels were fresh and tasty, but much too salty. The same observation was made by friends at another table. The Branzino was great. The tuna crostini appetizer was also great. The prosciutto pizza was very tasty and cooked perfectly. We specified that the pizza was a main course along with 2 branzino and 1 mussel dish, but it arrived with the appetizers and the other main dishes were about 10 minutes later. Not good!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "A great choice for a fun night...the bartender was fabulous - she was entertaining and very knowledgeable about drinks - producing a delicious variety of libations! The food was very fresh and creative. The service wonderful. This would have been a 5 star across the board if the entry hadn't been a bad experience due to the host. We'll definitely be back next time we're in Santa Barbara."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Great menu with a Peruvian influence. The pizza crust was perfect and the ceviche had a wonderful flavor. Varied menu with lots of opportunities to share."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We're not usually "small plate" diners. If you want to be traditional and order separate items and eat at the same time, they may not be able to do that. Food items come out when ready, not timed so everyone can eat together. Server was nice food was some of the best in SB"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "I love this restaurant. The Margherita pizza was excellent--the sauce was wonderful (and not the standard tomato) and there was not too much cheese so the crust was perfect. The sea bass ceviche was in a wonderful sauce that was quite flavorful. So glad they found such a wonderful replacement in this space. My only complaint is that it is a bit overpriced (as was the predecessor restaurant). However, this is typical with restaurants that are attached to hotels."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Not everyone was served at the same time and we think that they forgot about some orders but the staff is very friendly and tried to fix things immediately. I think the drinks are overpriced but they are interesting and the food is great."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Mediocre at best. Didn't really see any Peruvian influence to any of the menu. This place has an identity crisis. Server disappeared for about half an hour, and insisted upon calling me bro....don't call me bro. Food was prepared well, just boring. Steak, potato gratin, and mini wedge salad??? Hello 1970's. Not going back any time soon"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "I booked Blue Tavern for a birthday celebration dinner and was not disappointed. Not only was the service flawless, the food delicious, but we also got a complimentary birthday flan. Will definitely go back when I'm in Santa Barbara. And I was happy to know that they serve breakfast and lunch as well."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "I wasn't sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by how fast the food came. I sometimes don't like the family style concept, but this was great -- really great. Great tastes, interesting stuff. I can't think of anything that wasn't great. And I can be a tough critic as I'm so spoiled :)"
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Overall a great experience the only thing I wanted to share is that is was really hard to have a conversation on Saturday night. because it was too loud in there and the tables are very close togther The restaurant was packed so it is understandable I guess."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Having enjoyed chef Zarate's creative Peruvian dishes at Mo Chica in LA, my wife and I were looking forward to trying his new restaurant in Santa Barbara. Although it claims to offer Peruvian influenced cuisine, the only thing on the menu I found to be even remotely Peruvian was the Pisco Sour, which was excellent. The limited menu is mostly nouveau California dishes which are common throughout Santa Barbara. This not to say the food isn't good. Everything we had was well prepared and flavorful; it just isn't Peruvian. Blue Tavern's prices are definitely up there with the best restaurants in SB. Unfortunately, this is inconsistent with its location in the funk zone of lower State Street."
    Dined on 12/4/2013