Julienne

Julienne

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://restaurantjulienne.com/
  • Phone: 8058456488
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner
    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Californian, French
  • Executive Chef: Justin West
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Santa Barbara
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is free after 6:00pm. There is also a pay lot behind located one block away
A word from Julienne
We are focused on bringing you local flavors that reflect the seasonality of the Santa Barbara Farmers Market. We are seeking to exemplify regional cuisine such as that in Europe and other parts of the world. Our feeling is that by using as many local ingredients as possible we can develop dishes that are truly Santa Barbara's cuisine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Julienne reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (65)neighborhood gem (41)special occasion (39)romantic (27)notable wine list (18)hot spot (10)good for groups (5)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • mind-blowingly good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The three of us had the three-course meal, each choosing different courses. I started with the Korean-style beef taco, which was so good it left me thinking I wanted to eat only that for the rest of my life. The ricotta ravioli with roasted strawberries, my second course, disabused me of that notion. My entree was rabbit loin and rabbit sausage over celeriac puree (a special), another delicious revelation. The others were as delighted with their dishes as I was with mine. They said the wines paired by the restaurant were delightful (I don't drink). And the service was brilliant. The meal wasn't cheap, but we dined for over two hours and had a wonderful time. It was a hot night, but fans kept us comfortable, and they are getting A/C.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall ok
    Lina
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Service friendly and good, would recommend to book a table on first floor, food overall ok, minimalist on ingrediens e.g. House salad served with one slice Avocado and two Tomato. Heilbut,Fish of the day was overcooked, dessert was not fresh, as indicated in the menu
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    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I want to like Julienne more...
    SBgal
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    A large group, seated in the middle of this restaurant, makes for almost intolerable noise levels. I would have given 1 more star, except for: (1) We were seated right behind the loud group. The noise level kills conversation. There was room up near/by front windows. I should have requested to be moved but my friend was already there and seated. (2) I chose two dishes that clashed with each other. A very rich starter followed by salmon (which came in a bowl of spicy & rich broth). (3) With these prices, why charge $2/per plate for grilled Ciabatta. My guest had chosen the "Little Bit Of Everything" for her meal, so she had nothing to eat for 15-20 min. while I ate my starter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful restaurant.
    sbfoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food is consistently awesome & original. The service if very good. I think its Santa Barbara's best restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best in Santa Barbara
    PbcnewyorkVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food at Julienne is reliably good and often creative. We come here whenever we are in town--and we live full-time in New York City, so Julienne could compete there! Not a big place so noise is under control. Just wish they had outdoor dining!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic
    chaq319
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent food, locally sourced ingredients, knowledgeable staff, and an overall amazing experience. I recommend the wine pairing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 3 time (still) lucky
    JamesR
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    3rd time at Julienne and each time has been fantastic. Great food with an interesting twist (try smoked mussels for starter and beef cheeks for main). Would heartily recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Notable dish
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    All was really good, but the chicken liver pate was really special. OTT with flavor. The steak was prepared very well, but had a béarnaise sauce that was spiked with five spice powder (or similar), weird/different
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation
    Reservations
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    When I made a reservation for two and noted it was my wives birthday I was certainly disappointed that they were intended on sitting us on the communal table in the middle of the room. When I questioned this seating I was patronized by the front desk that "the regular tables are only 6 inches more spread apart than the community table". 6 inches is obviously nonsense and a very much unappreciated response. I will certainly be letting my voice heard on Yelp as well and don't plan on returning to this establishment. The food was pretty good though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MissFoodie
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My boyfriend and I used to live in Santa Barbara but now live in Los Angeles and we make it point to come here almost every time we are in town. We are in love with everything about this place, from the amazing seasonal menus to the open kitchen to the opportunity to chat with the owner. I recommend getting the three, four, or five course tasting menu (depending on how hungry you are) and asking for chef's choice. You will get to try new flavors impeccably and interestingly prepared. Atmosphere is sophisticated and comfortable. Waiters are attentive, fun and knowledgable. Owner is passionate and talented. You will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is probably our favorite restaurant in SB. Most of the others that re "fit for foodies" are way bigger. The food is consistently good, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The atmospherre is casual, yet the food is seriously good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Going Strong
    LosFelizNatv
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our table of five all had the make your own 5 course tasting menu and we were all thoroughly satisfied. The wine pairings made the meal all the more special. Standouts included the Gulf shrimp with pork dumplings in a lemongrass broth flavored with jalapeno peppers, the smoked mussels, the fettuciine with fava beans, eggplant and the lightest lemon scented cream sauce, the bouillabasse, and the beef cheeks. Justin West is a great chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extraordinarily flavorful food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food here is quite possibly the most interesting and delicious in Santa Barbara, but it's very singular. It's good idea to read the menu before you go to see if it's what you'd like. It's also worthwhile checking whether they have a large group scheduled. If they do, it's extremely noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Julienne
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The Julienne is great for foodies. If you want to know what is hip in the food world this is the place. My wife had the mussels with chorizo & cannellini beans. I had the chicken fried chicken. Both were amazing. I would have had the beef cheek, but they had runout. I had that the last time and it is a do again. This is a go to place in Santa Barbara, CA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • twice in a week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had a 2 x 2 incredible meals here. The restaurant itself is assuming in terms of decor. What I like about this is that you get the feeling that they are not trying to craft a brand identity that will get stale in a few years. You also get a feeling that they are putting their resources into exploring food, and they are definitely doing just that. The arugula salad was off the charts. I know arugula salad sounds a little boring but this one had all kinds of surprises sprinkled throughout. It was like a treasure hunt. I don't know how to describe the chicken-fried-chicken other than it was like an aromatic cloud. The chef owner is so enthusiastic. I Can't wait to return, which I plan to do for my third meal there in a week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Willy
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is the second time I ate here. The first time I was pleasantly surprised. This time, I asked for the chef's choice, 3 course tasting menu with pairings. None of the three courses were particularly tasty or well presented. Bland and uninteresting despite excellent service. I won't return.
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  • Lucky find
    Kazzy25
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My husband and I were visiting SB and happened upon a review for this spot. We opted for the three course tasting menu and were not disappointed. Plating was very appealing. Service was leisurely-European style. The dishes were well seasoned,fresh and unique. My husband loved his mussels and chorizo. The stone fruit salad with oat crumble was delicious as well. We would recommend this spot highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic Dining
    CHLAW
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Julienne is not your typical restaurant. We enjoyed the home made charcuterie as appetizers, a nice difference from the usual salad choices. I really liked their appetizer called "pickled stuff" which was a nice assortment of vegetables, while my wife found it overpowering. Pickled vegetables are very in now and often served with a main course, which we both like. The choice of entrees are very small with a fish and a meat or poultry dish. We both had the seabass and found it very fresh but too salty for our test. Nonetheless this is a really nice dining experience and I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cozy place with big punch
    lafoodlover
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Unexpected gem. Tried set menu with wine paring, unbelievable, especially in small town like Santa Barbara, food. Both pleasant to look at and excellent in taste. Wine paring was excellent too. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seagipsy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I have always been impressed with the food and service here. I stop by everytime I pass through town. The local yellowtail ceviche and the braised beef cheeks were two of the best plates I have had in the last few years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need to improve flavor balance
    Luv2dinesanjose
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    It has very nice ambiance. The corn bisque was a bit too salty. The sauce/stew accompanying the halibut did not match much the flavor of the fish. The lettuce side accompanying the ravioli was burnt almost to ashes. The cereal Infused ice cream was way too sweet. Maybe it was a bad day, but there some element of refinement missing in the combination of flavors and accompaniments,
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • avoid
    lmh1VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Sadly disappointing. Terrible service. 50 mins before even a glass of wine was served at our table, which was set down in such a manner that it was practically spilling out the sides of the glass. Distracted and cavalier attitude of waiter, who, after ignoring us most of the evening, stopped by our table at one point to inform us that, "Everything good here? They are still working on your entrees, so we'll just letchya go!" Not certain what that was meant to convey, but eventually we did get our entrees, which were mediocre. Honestly, probably would have enjoyed food if our waiter had been competent. I loved my dining companions, and that was the main reason for dinner, so didn't bother to complain. Overrated by more than a bit.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Gem!
    dp66VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    we have been going to julienne for almost 5 years now. we drive 2 hours just to eat there. the food is outstanding every time, and the people behind the food couldn't be nicer and more pleasant. this restaurant is as good as, or better, than most bigger name places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will go back
    Adub
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    If you get a tasting menu, it's a lot of food. No complaints there. The wine list had great selections on it, and our server was friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place
    lunchbunchVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I live in LA and this Santa Barbara restaurant is outstanding. I only eat here when I am visiting. I wish it were close to me, I would eat there more often. the tasting Menu is the best, and do get the wine pairing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always awesome!
    mg12VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My 5th visit to this restaurant -- every time a very special meal, enough to where I've driven about 75 miles out of my way in order to eat here. One of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at, and I look for an excuse to go to Santa Barbara just so I can eat here! Great job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative stand-out
    Sblocal
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Justin West's housemade charcuterie is consistently a standout. On this night, the pork dumplings served in broth with perfectly poached shrimp & padron peppers was also a delicious, creative success. However, the duck breast entree was uninspired and bland. Service is friendly, if rough around the edges (when Emma is not on site), and there is a consistent, over-long wait between first courses and entree. It always seems to take about 20-30 minutes for our entrees after we have finished the previous course.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the greats!
    212to805
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Having moved to SB from NYC a year ago - we were told by many people to check out Julienne for its farm to table goodness. To be honest, from the outside it always looked a bit stodgy and too "romantic date night" for us. We finally went and were totally impressed by both its casual but smart ambience and ridiculously delicious food. Great service, great vibe, tremendous food. This has quickly moved up to one of the top three restaurants in SB. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative style
    BobboVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Admittedly, I had only experienced beef cheeks on two previous occasions, none the less, the prep at Julienne's is clearly a diners delight. The cauliflower salad, homemade mortadella,parpadelle pasta,shrimp with pork dumplings and the special deviled egg stuffed with smoked salmon were all consistent with a truly gastronomical event. A bottle of French wine from St. Emillion, sorry don't recall the exact denomination, was a great compliment at a reasonable price. Service was delightful making the evening a total success.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • goldee59
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I pick this place for special occasions because I always feel special when I leave. It is true SB - fresh, simple, chic and fabulous. some of my favorite meals over the years have been here, cured salmon belly and capers with homemade potato chips, buffalo sweetbreads, and braised beef cheeks with gnocchi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cooking is an art form
    btbtek
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This chef. working in a very modest kitchen and without an army of sous chefs is creating perfectly balanced and and creative cuisine. The setting is pleasant and unpretentious but the food is the point! Jalapeno and horseradish in places you don't expect are present but not over powering, Fish and Meat are perfectly cooked. You can find fancier, but it will be difficult to find better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • freaking delicious
    mbhawaii
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    after we ate that evening my wife and I could not stop talking about the food at that restaurant. everything was absolutely amazing! we will be back next time we go to Santa Barbara.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in Santa Barbara
    PbcnewyorkVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We are New York foodies and in general, find the quality and creativity of most Santa Barbara restaurants to be behind the curve. But Julienne really is right up there. We enjoyed a lovely Father's Day dinner and every dish we ordered was imaginative and very tasty. Not our first time here, but we will definitely be coming more often. The environment is relaxed and not too noisy--making conversation easy. Like this place a lot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a find
    MGD1
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We love this place. The food is so much more interesting than the million Italian restaurants in Santa Barbara. Every dish we had was delicious. My 9 year old had the bone marrow and loved it. I had a soup with wild shrimp and pork dumplings done in a Thai style broth. I also had a kale and cauliflower salad. The waiter was attentive and helpful. Julienne is a cute, intimate restaurant with about 10 tables. I will definitely be back and have recommended it to friends.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Julienne
    Vegas
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This is always our must go to restaurant when visiting SB. every bite it always amazing. Ambiance is nice, service was outstanding, the owner waited on us, her husband usually at the helm of the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great all around
    Willy
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Three of us had the three course tasting menu. Mine included wine pairings with each course and the other two guests had individual glasses of wine. All of the food was outstanding. The service was attentive, friendly and informative. Beautiful spot, within walking distance of historic sites in Santa Barbara and downtown shopping.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible hospitality! Poor service
    Thisplaceisajoke
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Made an anniversary trip from San Diego to experience beautiful Santa Barbara. Made reservations online; explained it was a special anniversary, had flowers sent to table, ready to pay/order everything the restaurant had to offer, but were DENIED service! We both work at 4star restaurants ourselves; & know all about fine dining. This place is a joke! Horrible service & management!! If my lady wasn't so amazing and special, they would have runied the "big night" & entire trip for that matter!!
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    kid-friendly
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  • Very good and unpretentious.
    GSRehobo
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal at Julienne. I like small, unpretentious restaurants with excellent food, which is what you get at Julienne. We had a four-course tasting menu with the wine pairing and found it to be an excellent value. There was an unfortunate incident with an inebriated couple coming into the restaurant, but the staff handled it as well as they could have. We would definitely return the next time we are in Santa Barbara.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Julienne!
    FoodiefromWeHoVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    If you're looking for a low-key spot with fantastic food and wine (think Napa/Portland/San Francisco) look no further than Julienne. We've had several wonderful dinners here, and always make it a point to visit when we're in Santa Barbara. The service is also exactly right - friendly and professional. All in all a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 136 reviews are from the Julienne reviews archive.
  • Amazing
    oatmeal
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Incredible cuisine and service - completely different than anything else I've experienced in SB.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate