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Mattei's Tavern
Mattei's Tavern

Mattei's Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.MatteisTavern.com
  • Phone: (805) 688-3550
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch
    Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 2pm

    Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Robbie Wilson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please email Events@MatteisTavern.com for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nojoqui Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Mattei's Tavern
As seen in Santa Barbara Magazine's Annual Best of 2014 Issue...

The new Mattei's Tavern is a discovery, interpretation, and definition of Santa Barbara cuisine and spirit, sourcing local ingredients from Santa Barbara County and the Pacific Ocean. Chef/Partner Robbie Wilson celebrates the product and artisans of the Santa Ynez Valley.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Fantastic food and awesome ambience - service was slightly slow - but we were there while there was some sort of big event going on right outside the restaurant, so we assume that might have been the cause. Otherwise no complaints and still your absolutely best call for dining when in the Santa Ynez area."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This was our second time eating at Mattei's. The first time we sat on the enclosed porch - brighter, but noisier, too. This time we sat inside and the noise level was perfect....very quiet. The food here is fabulous - we both got the rotisserie chicken (encouraged by our waiter and the couple sitting next to us) - this is not your usual rotisserie chicken!!! The chef had a slight Asian twist on this dish, and the rice to accompany the chicken was unlike any rice dish I've ever had - a little crispy! Both of our appetizers - the beef tartare and the squid were impeccable and delicious. We will eat at Mattei's again when we are in the Los Olivos area."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner. Server was knowledgeable and the food was excellent. The open kitchen provided us with a great show!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Sitting next to this tricked-out retro wine trailer (see it to believe it!), and listening to a fabulous folk singer-songwriter guitar player, four of us had a beautiful outdoor Sunday brunch. Mattei's is a gem - feels like a farm, but with refined elegance and great affordability. The brunch dishes are totally fit for foodies - although the service was a tad slow. However, it gave us more time to enjoy the beautiful day and listen to the great guitar playing!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Cannot comment on the dinner service - we had a very nice lunch. We ate inside and it is quieter than outside - which is something we prefer. The food was very good - a mix of breakfast and a couple lunch items. Burger was good - messy but good. Fried could have been more sparing on the salt but had good texture and flavor."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We were eager to try Mattei's. Unfortunately we caught them on a bad night. Arrived and were seated for our 7:45pm reservation. While reviewing the menu we were told that they were out of 4 of the 6 entree selections, and 3 of the appetizers. Really? We were a bit confused and were told that there was a group and things has sold out. OK, but groups can be planned for. We talked the server into begging for a chicken entree so we both did not have to have steak. We tried to order wine and there was no wine by the glass list. Staff overall was friendly but a bit frantic. Wine glasses sat empty and had to flag 3 ppl to reorder. Food - some very good, some average. Rotisserie/grill chef was great to interact with. Hopefully better next time"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Extensive imported wine list. Not a lot of fine dining in los Olivos."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We were very disappointed that the two wines by the glass we chose from the menu were no longer available. We were told that the wine list is changing and hasn't been updated yet ... maybe crossing them out might be a good idea. Then, I was told that the chardonnay they are now substituting for the one on the menu is $8 more per glass. Are you kidding me? I declined and did not order wine at all. Our bread arrived at the table as we were taking our last few bites of our entrees."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Mattei's is the best kept Brunch secret. Not overly crowded, live music, beautiful setting and most importantly the food was fantastic. We had the croque madame and the fried rice, both were delicious. Although the description of the fried rice was a bit subdued the kimchi, pork, rock shrimp and rice made for a unique combination."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The food is amazing, the staff is incredibly friendly and professional, I can say we had one of the most memorable dinner experience during our week end trip. Highly recommended !! The tables facing the kitchen are a great experience !!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Once again, another great dinner at Mattei's Tavern. The Tombo Tuna and the Morro Bay Oysters were great as ever. Sommelier Stephane Colling recommended a Riesling that was amazing and he served it in this really tricked out decanter in the shape of a grape vine. Anyway, great food. Great wine list. Great vibe."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Brunch movie set perfection: gorgeous outdoor location, acoustic guitar/singer, fantastic food and drink. The strawberry/Riesling cocktail was refreshing and not sweet made with my daughter's yummy Bloody Mary at an adorable pop up camper bar cart. She enjoyed egg whites scrambled w salmon and chives and I splurged on the sourdough waffle w whipped marscapone, bananas and dulce de leche and it was worth it. We shared potatoes and spectacular bacon (they are really good at bacon in Los Olivos). We lingered quite a while. Go!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I was so impressed with the quality and presentation of Mattei's brunch items. My Belgian waffle was indescribably delicious and the bacon was the best!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great experience ...food drink ambience wonderful.Will return thanks"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This place is incredible. Definitely the best meal we had over the 5 days we were in Santa Barbara and adjacent wine country. The grilled avocado was to die for - we ending up ordering three! I think there is some drama with the new owners of this restaurant and the locals (locals are bitter because non-locals bought it and renovated and brought in a new chef) and I have seen bad reviews from some local because of it - but do not believe the negative reviews. Such an amazing meal with friendly, attentive staff and a wine list that is to die for. We had a spectacular evening and this will be our first stop next time we are in the area."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Fantastic dinner evening for my wife and I. First time there. Started at the bar with a before dinner cocktail. The bartender (Jason?) was a great host so we decided to stay at the bar for our meal. The ambience was casual and unpretentious but chic at the same time. We will return soon and will be looking forward to dining inside the restaurant at that time."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The new Mattei's Tavern is by far, the BEST Mattei's Tavern. No more mashed potatoes with every entree(adios Brothers!), but real thoughtful & flavorful dishes. We are weekenders in The Valley & so impressed that we now have a spot that is as good as any place in California, or the U.S. for that matter. What I've really noticed is how pristine the ingredients are. This place obviously has fun, it's like expertly produced, but they don't take themselves too serious. We do!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Updated classics make this an outstanding place for brunch! A really pleasant, very special ambiance round out the experience."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We dined at this restaurant based on a recommendation. To say we were extremely disappointed in the food and wine list is an understatement. The wine list was extensive if you prefer whites (there were only 4 cabs) and you wanted a wine from out of the area. We came to the SYV to enjoy the wines, yet there were very few on the list. This was the first time ever that we did not order wine when dining out! The food choices were odd. There weren't any appetizers that sounded appealing, and there was a limited selection of entrees. The salmon was tasty, but there wasn't anything else with it except for a bit of garnish. One piece of the chicken entree was very good, but the other pieces were under cooked."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This place is not to be missed. Beautiful setting."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Brunch food was expertly cooked, tasty and nicely presented. Their homemade bacon was freakin' delicious. The menu was a loco-vore riff on classic farm-house breakfast fare, tho the egg dishes need a side of some kind of potato thing. Service was charming and attentive. And very knowledgeable about the local wines. The open kitchen fits in well with the old-time stagecoach decor and rooms. The main dining room in the day, however, is an add on to the original building and looks like an addition to a roadside burger/rib joint. It is pleasant enough but doesn't connect at all to the rest of the building. Ikea chairs!!! The inner dining room is small and would not been out of place as the "fancy eatin' room" at Miss Kitty's of Gunsmoke fame."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We noticed an earlier review that mentioned "strange combinations, etc.." THIS RESTAURANT IS A HOME RUN. For some reason, we live in a time warp in this Valley and many people still think flavored mashed potatoes = quality cuisine. I wish to welcome Mattei's Tavern to 2014 & Mattei's you are alone in this Valley.....I thank you for it. Chef Wilson's food is on par with the best in any big city, I just hope these locals & tourists from Encino will open their minds/eyes a little and savor what is truly one of California's best restaurants. My recommendations are: bavette, rotisserie chicken, artichoke, & avocado. Simply the best to be found!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We were walked through the kitchen then back to seats that were bad lighting and in a corner, then the service was very slow and unprofessional. The menus was difficult to understand with the strange food combinations. The food was marginal and un appealing. We will not be return portions very small and over cooked. Great location but the Central Coast isn't New York were you can charge to much and under a preform."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We have had the pleasure of dining at Mattei's Tavern several times. Chef Wilson and his fabulous staff have created an incredible dining experience in the most beautiful setting. Their menu celebrates the locally grown bounty of the Central Coast that highlight Chef Wilson's creative and passionate culinary talent. Recently we enjoyed a lovely weekend brunch dining outdoors on Mattei's back patio and enjoying exquisite food listening to a great guitarist. Everyone in our party ordered something different from their varied brunch selections like cornmeal pancakes with smoked maple syrup and sausage, to yogurt with fresh berries, homemade granola and honey, and amazing hamburgers and pommes frites. We are still savoring our experience! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Mattie's restaurant has had a total face lift and is very chic and upscale now . The food in general has gotten a bit fussy and several complex items had to be explained (for just a squirt of a sauce) The guacamole appetizer was delicious...The restaurant has sadly gone the way of others that charge everything alacarte You have to order any sides to go with your meat/fish etc...but the reasoning is to have a "family style" experience. Tables on the porch are wonderful and the staff is friendly and efficient."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Foodies paradise. If u r anywhere in the area must eat there. Scenic drive to Santa barbara"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "As a chef myself when i dine out i expect to be, wowed. I have severe Celiac Disease and can not eat gluten. They refused to think outside the box and accomadte my allergy and offered me an unseasoned steak with a side of sauce that contained gluten....Unacceptable. the bussed however was amazing and should have been the manager as he was the only one apologizing. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Had dinner on Mother's Day for a party of five. Great food and service! Everybody had a great experience!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This was our first time to Mattei's Tavern since they have changed owners. The menu is very creative, and very well done!! It is no longer a "steakhouse." The only "down side" is that I asked for a quiet table away from the door and heavy foot traffic (like next to the kitchen, etc.). We sat on the enclosed patio which was lovely, but happened to sit next to a table of 8 or more - I couldn't tell exactly how many people, because the kids were constantly up and down, moving into the other rooms and back, etc. I don't object to kids in restaurants, but I do expect them to sit and eat and at least NOT disturb other diners. But we would definitely eat here again!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Very limited eclectic menu. Small portions, big prices. Good service, noisy with LOUD rock (Led Zepplin) music. Most dishes tasty, but again, mixed."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Amazing food and service! The little details really matter at Matties Tavern!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Mattei's. They recently re-opened and it was one of the nicest experiences we have ever had. The Menu is select and portions are perfect. You may share the dining experience on all items if you prefer to do so. We asked for a quiet location and actually elected to sit ring side the chefs area. What a special treat to watch the chefs in action. You must have the grilled avocado with Ponzu sauce and the Arugula salad as an appetizer and the Pot De Creme for dessert. The grilled veggies as a main entree combined with the pot roast was marvelous to share. This will be our favorite dining experience for many years to come. Thank you staff all for a great dining experience and service that was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Everything was gorgeous - the food, service, furniture. We had a splendid and memorable dinner! "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Not ti miss cote de beouf was so flavorful w/ smoked butter and shallots. Salad w/ chopped and shaved walnuts mixed w goat cheese, green olives, green frisee. Refreshing flavors!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We are locals who enjoyed going to Mattei's when it was under the Brothers management. We were checking it out as a possible location for our daughter's graduation night dinner. We found the menu to be limited and definitely not kid or even teen friendly. It also seemed to be somewhat pricy. We were sat in a busy section by the kitchen and went for long periods of time between visits from our server. She seemed to be split between our table at one end of the restaurant and doing something else in another room. Overall, we were not impressed and will probably not go back or bring our out of town guests there either. There are just so many other better restaurants in the valley that we won't be giving them a second chance."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Fabulous, interesting and well prepared meal. Impeccable service from a friendly, knowledgable staff. First rate experience in a nice setting."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The service and food were absolutely great. The location and ambience excellent. Atmosphere was very casual and relaxed. Party of four, one alcoholic drink, two desserts $230.00."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This is my absolute favorite restaurant. Not only is the food amazing, but the service is also amazing. Everyone from the hostess to the manager to the servers make you feel special and truly create a unique overall dining experience that I have not found anywhere else. I highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Best dinner we've had in a couple if years. The place is so cool & original. So happy that this area finally has a restaurant that is one of the best in the country. Try the grilled avocado, artichoke, tartare, and skate wing. Los Angeles doesn't even have it this good! "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We have been coming to Matteis for over 30 years, and have seen many changes, but we were pleasantly surprised by the newest update in decor and food. The updates in appearance do not take away from the history of the property, and I'm thrilled that they kept the cozy fireplace- filled front room. The food was wonderful. We shared a salad, grilled avocado, pot roast entree, and creamed corn side. Staff was attentive and friendly. The atmosphere is classy but not stuffy. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/12/2014