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Montecito Cafe

Montecito Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://montecitocafe.com/
  • Phone: (805) 969-3392
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily 11:30am-2:30pm
    Dinner: Daily 5:30pm-10:00pm
    Bar Hours : Daily from 5:00pm-10:00pm,
    Bar is Open until 11:00pm on Friday & Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Mark Huston
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: We will be serving a 3 Course Dinner For New Year's Eve. Please call us for reservations at 805-969-3392

Getting there

  • Cross Street: OLIVE MILL ROAD
  • Public Transit: Olive Mill Rd Bus Stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street Parking as well as free valet parking is available
A word from Montecito Cafe
The Montecito Café is a family run restaurant and was established in 1986 by husband and wife team Mark and Margaret Huston. The food is simple and delicious. The Montecito Cafe has been awarded "Best Restaurant in Montecito" for the last 15 years in a row. We make all of our own soups, sauces, stocks, dressings, hamburger buns and desserts daily from scratch on the premises. We use only the freshest and highest quality ingredients and specialize in fresh fish, salads, pasta, grilled meats, burgers and sandwiches. Our desserts are excellent and we are famous for our coconut cake. We strive to provided quality service and value to our customers every day. We are located in the beautiful Montecito Inn Hotel built by Charlie Chaplin and free valet parking is available.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Diner Reviews
  • "Always one of our favorites. Food is consistently delicious, with a varied menu, something for everyone. The staff is always pleasant, and easy parking. Enjoy! Be sure and have dessert."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We always find a way to stop here for lunch or dinner on our way up and down the Central Coast. Good food and good location. Been doing so for 20 years."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We hadn't been to the Montecito Cafe for dinner for quite awhile but took some friends who had never been before and we all had a lovely meal and the service was great. Year after year the Montecito Cafe is an excellent choice. It never disappoints."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "There are many other fancier and more expensive places, but this nice cafe in the historic Montecito Inn (once owned by Charlie Chaplin) is a real find. Prices are reasonable and the food is good."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I've been here several times in the past and am never disappointed. All the selections are great. Will definitely come back when in the Santa Barbara area."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We have enjoyed Montecito Cafe for the last 19 years never to be disappointed. Consistently superb. Marcelo"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We were looking for a good meal on a Monday evening and Montecito Cafe more than met our expectations. Dinner was great, the wine choices were excellent, and the ambience was "just right" -- Goldilocks-like."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Awesome experience, wonderful food, great service, spectacular setting, nothing better for an upscale, yet casual dining event. Food was superb, service was lovely. All in all a most exquisite place for dinner and conversation."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I go here regularly and am never disappointed! The food is always good and the desserts are incredible! Also the entry way is beautiful and always a pleaser!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful....coconut cream cake was just so-so, but the rest was very good..."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Excellent food. Excellent atmosphere. Convenient location. Close to shopping."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We had not dined at Montecito Cafe for a couple of years and were pleasantly surprise at the menu which has much more variety in food and price than the previous menus. The server was professional and very helpful and friendly. We sat near the window in the ante room of the main restaurant near the pretty fountain and fun people watching toward the sidewalk outside. Our meal was delicious from the celebratory glass of champagne through dessert. Look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We have been dining at this restaurant for years. It is a favorite of locals. The food and service are consistently great. (Although the veal scallopini was very lemony for my taste this time). We usually go early because it can be quite noisy when it is full."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We eat here often and find the service, food, and ambience reliably congenial."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The latest lunch visit was for cousins, who came to SB for a short midday visit, some of them for the first time. One place had to represent the best upscale casual food and ambience of SB and the venue for fun bonding and re-connecting. MC delivered, just as it frequently does for my wife and I and our friends."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Great food, diverse menu, relaxing atmosphere, easy valet parking - what's not to like? I have a friend who visits regularly from LA and this is our go-to spot. Montecito Cafe never disappoints!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "They seated us 30 minutes past our reservation only because the people before us wouldn't leave. As an apology, they waived our cork fee for the champagne we brought ourselves. The service was great and the food was great quality new american!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I've been eating here since I was a kid. It's still probably the best ratio of food quality to reasonable price in the area."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Everything about our dining experience was terrific!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My first time at the Montecito, enjoyed the atmosphere & food, also had great service. Had the El Macho burger which was one of the specials of the day....Delicious! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We were staying at the Four Seasons for a conference and found the Montecito Cafe. The absolute best chicken picatta I've had in my entire life. Seriously, this is a romantic little neighborhood gem you do not want to miss! We will be back!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "If you'd like a good large bowl of pasta, this is the place. But if you're looking for a more upbeat, more hip Montecito dining experience, you'll do better elsewhere. The waitress was friendly and helpful, the ambiance bland but okay, the room not noisy. Maybe if I was a local this restaurant would be okay now and then. But for an out of town visitor, it was pretty dull."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Took the Inlaws for brunch and it was delightful ! The coconut cake was perfect for a light sweet desert....."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had dinner here during a recent trip to the area. A few days before, had a great meal at what turned out to be its sister restaurant. Even though the menu was basically same as the other restaurant in Santa Barbara, all three of us ordered something different off the menu with no drop in the experience at all. Special kudos for excellent service. Professional without being stuffy or snobbish. The notes from my reservation request were obviously reviewed. We were offered a specific table that was going to make it easier for my Dad to hear and for us to be able to converse during the meal. Thank you and highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Made reservations for dinner on Mother's Day and were very excited about the special duck with blueberry, ginger and port reduction sauce, but they had run out at lunch! We asked for the same sauce on filet and lamb chops and were a little disappointed - especially with the lamb. The bread here is always a little disappointing, but the vegetables, salads, soups, etc. are usually perfectly prepared and presented. The hostess was attentive and our server was pleasant but a little scattered."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have been coming here for years and love the place. Formal enough for those who want it that way and casual enough that a jacket is unnecessary. Food is always first rate and a nice mix of styles. Having valet parking there is a real winner as a bonus. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This was a lovely place for lunch, part of the historic Montecito Inn, right in downtown Montecito. The service was stellar: our waiter was friendly, willing to make recommendations and spot on with service. Our table had the yummy eggs benedict, a turkey sandwich with incredible fries and a baked egg panini. The eggs were perfect, and the accompanying provence potatoes, skinny fries and lovely fresh strawberries and blueberries were fresh and delectable. Don't forget desert: the coconut cake was beyond good. One complaint: the egg panini came on a squished up hamburger bun - did they run out of bread? If so, it would have been a good thing to inform us. Our party agreed we go back again and again."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The restaurant is great. The on-line reservation process was bad in that our reservation never made it to the restaurant staff. When we arrived they had no information about us, but made immediate changes to fit us in. I'll call them directly next time and skip your services."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Meal was delicious, but the coconut cake was HEAVENLY!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My friends and I always say that we never had a bad meal at The Montecito Cafe. It is always good and we find ourselves going there more and more often."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Our go to place when we want a simple, well prepared meal. The service is always friendly & professional, the reservation always honored on time. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Fine food, service and location make this one of our favorite places. Montecito Cafe is a great place for dinner for two or to meet friends or family. Try the Coconut Cake."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I have been going to the Montecito for over 20 years. It is always excellent. It is also so impressive when one just walks through the foyer to the restaurant. It is a dining place to impress someone very special."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food is always excellent and the wait staff accommodating. One of my favorite places to eat"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I have frequented this restaurant several times and loved it. Not so this time. Ok appetizer. Entree was not edible and was sent back. No charge for the entree but still a special treat dinner was rather spoiled. Truly tasteless watery completely unseasoned pasta and over cooked rubbery seafood. Very sorry to say because this has been such a special place in the past. Au revoir "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Montecito Café is excellent in every way. The food is always outstanding- fresh and full of flavor. I've never had a bad meal here. The waiters are always friendly and helpful. It's quiet and comfortable here. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Excellent food and Waite staff! :) we are looking forward to returning!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My arugula salad was good, the waitress was great, but my steak was overdone, small, thin, not very flavorful, and expensive. I had been told this was a great restaurant, so was very disappointed. Also, I was not brought everything I ordered and charged for it anyway. My friends seemed ok with their entrées. No one got to excited over the food."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "consistently very good everything.. must have lunch or dinner there when in montecito."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Outstanding chicken piccata - delicious toffee semifreddo - attentive and friendly service. Always a great choice for any occasion."
    Dined on 3/19/2014