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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 WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "Best Hamburger & fries in town!! Husband enjoys the flat iron or flank steak...iceberg wedge Is great to share before meal; desserts look good, but we are always too full to try :( Service is efficient & friendly, our go to place when we want simple food & good unpretentious service."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food and service is always great. Plan to go early or later on Friday or weekend becuse it hard to get it around 7pm."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We have been frequenting the Montecito Café since it opened in 1986...The food never fails to impress us. Superb place for dining...all occasions!!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "we had a fairly new server who was very attentive and kind...however, we were a party of 5....all regulars of the cafe for over 15 years; asked repeatedly for bread...never received.....waited for over 20 minutes + for tonic to add to cocktail, servers usually check in throughout dinner for requesst...not the case. This was a birthday celebration. Food was great. Service not so....but, in time I'm sure will do fine."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We are regulars to Montecito Cafe when we are looking for well prepared, unpretentious food! The menu remains the same, many offerings to suit whatever you feel like eating, lunch or dinner; however, it is very difficult to verve away from that wonderful hamburger on house made bun, the frenchfries are fresh, crisp & thin...and the napkins are large, cloth & able to spare your clothing from the deliciousness escaping from this handheld delight! The staff is always efficient, warm & friendly, making this our go to place for a nice, informal meal. Glad they joined Open Table, making it even easier to make a reservation & get points in addition!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Easy location to get to....pleasant walk along Coast Village Rd. In Montecito. Food is consistently good and reasonably priced. That's why the locals dine here. I enjoy their salads, husband says 'burgers are superb! ' And they are known for their Coconut Cake! Once you taste it, you'll be hooked! Servicer are attentive. Gets busy and sometimes too loud at dinner."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We took another couple to celebrate over a special dinner and we were all extremely pleased with our meal, service and the whole vibe of Montecito Cafe. I highly recommend the salmon on smoked wood with roasted beets and spinach. They were happy to sub in spinach instead of potatoes for my diet restrictions. Out friends loved the dinner and said they felt spoiled. Thank you to Montecito Cafe!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The nice variety of menu items and specials make Montecito Cafe the place we always come back to. It's a great place to bring friends and family . Try the duck and have the coconut cake for dessert."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Consistently great food at reasonable prices. The coconut cake is a signature dessert always delicious. The goat cheese pancake appetizer deserves special mention."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "The Montecito Cafe has been one of our favorite places for years and is a great spot to brings friends and family visiting Santa Barbara. The food is always delicious with something for everyone and the desserts are amazing. Be sure to make a reservation because it does get busy there."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "All was wonderful at wethe Montecito Cafe: ambience, service, food, and my girlfriend! We recommend!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Food is excellent, wonderful ambiance, great restaurant! One of our favorites in Santa Barbara!!!!!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "I have been going to the Montecito Cafe for nearly fifteen years, and it never disappoints. It's always busy, and for good reason. The menu offfers a variety of food, which is always well prepared and served attactively in servings that are manageable. Taste trumps quantity at the Montecito. The servers are very professional. They're all moving but alway attentive. The bar across the entry way is gem, too. To me the best indication of its excellence is that in an area frequented by tourists like me, the Montecito is a locals favorite."
    Dined on 12/28/2013