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Julienne Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://restaurantjulienne.com
  • Phone: (805) 845-6488
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner
    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French, Fusion / Eclectic
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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!!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Incredible cuisine and service - completely different than anything else I've experienced in SB. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "A delightful spot. The dining room is tight and the noise level is definitely a factor. But...the food and service are superb. They offer a short menu with interesting options and then augment it was specials. Our salads and entrees were outstanding both in flavor and presentation. We'll definitely be returning soon."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We are local foodies in Santa Barbara. I love farm to table dining as we have a tremendous bounty here. If I didn't like diversity I would eat here every time I dined out! Julienne is by far my favorite restaurant in town. The chef is so creative in the designing of dishes. The restaurant has a good vibe that is very relaxed and the staff is professional and engaging. The food and wine is excellent! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Booked it because of OpenTable rating. a string of long blonde hair came out of the rib entree. No refund because I discovered the hair after eating more than half of the entree. The waiter became pushy when I asked about the refund."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I had the ricotta ravioli with charred strawberries, chicories and almonds - it was out of this world excellent. The noise level was very high, it was difficult to carry on a conversation. As for the service: although we were not ready to order immediately, once we were ready it took a long time until the waiter came around and we could place our order. I would return specifically for the cuisine."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We love everything about Julienne! It is now our favorite Santa Barbara restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed a lovely wine and went for the three course offering. The starter and salads were large, almost too large. The main course was small as we prefer and very tasty. I had the duck which was perfectly done. The salmon and mussels were also delightful. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Delectable! Great flavors. Ac was out so went w cold plates and homemade ice cream. Great!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Terrific food and service (thank you shout out to wait person Peter) Lovely vegetarian offerings too"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I dined here with my sons and we shared a number of dishes Interesting food and good service Nice to share plates and they were good with that "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Truly couldn't have had a better meal here. 45 dollar three course selection meant we tried six dishes, all excellent. This place shames so called "local" source restaurants in New York, perhaps because California actually has local ingredients. Honestly couldn't recommend it more. Truly wonderful food, because tasty not because of "audacity". If you take food seriously, want some place truly lovely, go. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "LOVE- consistent, progressive and most unpretentious food and ambience since Julienne opened its doors. Only gets better! Justin and Emma are dedicated to the palette of their diverse following."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Great twist on your typical meal. Unusual pairing of foods together. Delicious! We didn't get it but there is a tasting menu that our neighbors got and is a great way to try everything."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "What a great restaurant!! I honestly love when the chef walks around and checks on the tables. The food was so phenomenal and attention to detail on each dish was so superb. Seasonal menu and I can't wait to go again!! Santa Barbara folks go out and support this classic and fabulous restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Justin is an exquisitely talented chef who never fails to come up with exciting and innovative flavor profiles and dishes. If you haven't been, GO! If you have been, GO BACK! This is a local spot that needs to be supported. Thanks to Dinesh and Braydon for excellent service and a delightful evening!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Julienne is one of the select three-or-so very fine restaurants in Santa Barbara. It is our favorite. Order the sampler menu. This gives a couple up to six items total. “A little bit of everything” is a wonderful choice of starters if you enjoy charcuterie. This might be the single strongest point of the joint. We have never had a soup here that was anything short of delicious. The seafood is good, but it is not a "seafood restaurant." They a recently won a prize for their “bouillabaisse” that is perfectly okay, but will have you scratching your head, “Didn’t we order bouillabaisse?” It can get too salty at times. Otherwise great! Restaurants are one of the weakest points about Santa Barbara. Cherish the few, and support our community."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The server was great, the food was amazing. It's a once every few months type of place for our budget though. A little over a hundred (including tip) for (2) 22 ounce beers, an appetizer and two entrees."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This is our 3rd time eating at Julienne. We can count on the food being exceptional. The salads are out of the ordinary and very good. We ordered a fish and a beef entree and both were excellent."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We have never had a bad bite at Julienne--Justin, Emma and their crew are excellent all round. We've taken so many people here, and everyone has been blown away by how good it is. Our foodie friends from LA say it's better than any resto down there! The menu changes often, so you're always surprised by something new. Justin, Emma and little Mikey hit the farmer's market twice a week so you know the produce is local. We'd go there more if our budget allowed!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food was good (not great) and inventive. The smoked mussels were not good. The service was fine but the noise level was so high it was difficult to have a conversation."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "While in Santa Barbara decided to try Julienne due to other reviews. We had a wonderful dinner, we did the 3 course meal and we enjoyed our pick of items. This is a great to try various things on the menu, great concept to have on the menu. We also enjoyed the wine pairing for our various courses. Server was informative and we had great service. Would recommend trying this place out."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Always fresh seasonal flavors. Truly from the Farmers Market. You will see restaurant owners Justin and Emma at the Farmers Market many times per week picking out the local best."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "A great dining experience. I had the ricotta fritters, the cauliflower salad and the trout. My wife had the jerked yellow fin tuna, the lettuce salad and the Rock fish. We ordered the tasting menu and were more than satisfied with the quantity of food. We have never left Julienne's hungry. The flavors and presentation were excellent. I have a salt allergy and Julienne's has always been very accommodating and contrary to some opinions, none of the dishes were missing flavor even though they were missing salt. We have been going to Julienne's for 3-4 years and have always been pleased with the food, the service and the ambiance. When we are in Santa Barbara again later this year, we will be going there again. I can hardly wait."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I loved the food but the server was cold and uninterested. The restaurant was beautiful romantic and very intimate I would return."
    Dined on 3/6/2014