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Relais de Paris
Relais de Paris

Relais de Paris Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.relaisdeparis-santabarbara.com/
  • Phone: (805) 720-4041
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - close; Sunday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary European
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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A word from Relais de Paris
Relais de Paris is modeled after a 19th century French Brasserie to create simple traditional French dishes using the best local and organic ingredients available in the Santa Barbara area. Our specialty is our "Sauce Originale" which has been kept a secret since its creation in 1959. In addition to our well-known and famous "steak frites," we offer a range of bistro dishes and amazing desserts that are well-suited for all tastes. Our inviting atmosphere makes Relais de Paris an ideal place to enjoy a fine meal with friends, family and colleagues in a pleasant Parisian Brasserie setting.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We have gone to Relais de Paris many times and each time the food is delicious. However, the service is always iffy. This night in particular it was awful. Our two year old's food got to the table at the end of the meal. Orders were forgotten altogether and drinks only came when we reminded them. I do wish they would get their act together."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "My husband and I ordered the steak frites, which was delicious. The steak was cooked perfectly and the sauce was delectable. The fries were very good but not piping hot. We ordered a scrumptious red wine to accompany our dinner. The servers were friendly and efficient. The group at the table next to us spoke French throughout their meal, so it was just like being in Paris for a night!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Had moules and frites. Good--not outstanding. This place could be better. The setting is great, nice bar but it is just misses. The staff while friendly is just not ON. It was not busy at all, but took some one five minutes to come to our table. At least acknowledge our presence. How hard is it to get water and bread to the table? Second experience and the complaint is consistent."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Had a dinner for a family weekend and there were 11 of us. We had the best food, wine and the waiter was a doll!!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Read the reviews and decided to try it. Great food!! Entrecôte exactly like in Paris. My boyfriend had the filet mignon with potatoes gratin. I recommend their French fries instead of the gratin. Can't wait to come back again. I ordered a martini and sent it back. Stick to the wines. Great selection and some by the glass are reasonable. Enjoy! We sat in the patio in the back and it was perfect for a romantic dinner :)"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My companion and I dined here for the first time on a Wednesday evening (using a Groupon voucher). Our server was quite friendly and appropriately attentive. We both got the steak frittes dish --- I wish I had asked for the "gravy" on the side (because I don't like my steak and fries to get soggy), but honestly the flavor of the sauce was unlike anything I've had before. REALLY good! I have to agree with previous reviewers who suggested you might want to use your bread to get every last drop. The "frittes" were worth the calories! The place itself is charming and unpretentious. The menu is not extensive, but appears authentic. I'll go back."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "The food is simple but quite delicious. The shellfish special actually does have a certain complexity about it - layers of flavors like only the French seem to have the ability to do. All dishes have great sauces for that matter. Some reviewers seem annoyed that the sauce Originale is overrated. I say, come on, people, lighten up, or don't be so Americain. It's wonderful - yummy, and complements both the steaks and fries. Sure, it's not full on French Gourmet like I had in Strassburg prepared by an owner-chef which was incroyable. But this is solid French food that I could eat once/week. The portions are fairly large, especially the steak entrees. The atmosphere reminds me of a bistro in France, fun, casual, but also stylish. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We dine out often and really enjoyed our evening meal and experience at this charming French restaurant. The mussels and steaks were very tasty and the salad was yummy. The fries weren't fantastic but fine. The meal felt French which is unusual in SB! Service was attentive and we'll go back again! Thank you."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "A nice selection of Easter brunch specials served by an excellent waiter. We continue to enjoy Relais de Paris and look forward to our next visit. A restaurant to which we will take family and friends and recommend to others. Don't leave without enjoying desert!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "A gem of place in Santa Barbara. We loved ambiance, the warmth of the staff and, of course, the food. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We happened upon the place when looking for a new place to eat in SB. The reviews were glowing, so we were excited to try this place. The reviews were right. We both had the steak and frites. Wow. We also started with the shrimp. Wow. Salad was minimalistic, but that was okay, because we were not there for the salad. The gal serving us was friendly. There were even small children in the place, and the staff took pains to accommodate those families without disturbing the other patrons. Not always easy to do. We plan on returning to Relais de Paris repeatedly so we can try EVERYTHING on the menu."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Our server use knowledgeable and attentive, great attention to detail. We had a wonderful dining experience and enjoyed the mix of French and English being spoken all around."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We felt like we we back in Paris after dining at this charming bistro; It has a similar menu and ambience. Loved the moules frites and the entrecote, which was perfectly prepared. The frites were perfect--prepared the French way, which is to fry them twice! We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Even though we made our reservation days before our arrival, the minute we walked in the hostess proceeded to point out all the tables which were reserved, where we could NOT sit. I said I didn't care which ones were reserved, I just wanted to be seated at a table. Also, the place was quite noisy. We asked them to please turn down the music volume."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the food and had a great bottle of champagne at a reasonable price. Most of the dishes we sampled were prepared in a traditional French style, and were very good. The escargot were prepared in a manner we had not seen before (in a puff pastry), and we didn't love it. The biggest issues were the service and the noise level. While our server had a fantastic demeanor and attitude, she was in the weeds all evening, and didn't seem to realize that she was. Additionally, the restaurant was unnecessarily noisy. Many times throughout dinner we heard dirty dishes crashing into a bin, which is one of our big pet peeves. Overall, this is a nice place to have available to us once in a while, but will not be a regular choice."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The service was great, the food was wonderful and the place is beautiful, what else would you want? Nice, well priced wine selection right on State St, well they have that too. I'm sure we will be back soon."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Exceptional service, great food and great outdoor seating."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Relais de Paris is one of our favorite local restaurants. We've been there many time and keep returning. Though the menu is rather short, everything on it is excellent. The chef really knows what he is doing and puts out delicious, fresh dishes. Can't wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Very very long wait . It took them about 1 hour to sit us down with the 7 pm reservation . Short on staff"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Too many patrons, too little organization. Dishes seemed to come out of the kitchen at random, which was hard to fathom considering the very limited menu options. Pommes frites barely lukewarm, although the rest of the meal was good. Our waiter was on the run constantly and it detracted from the service we got. Won't repeat."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Waiter was a little flustered as it was a busy night but Colin behind the bar and Marilyn more than made up for that. The owner offered a Rose for the lady of the table on valentines day which was a really nice touch. Highly recommend! Food was good and the decor was spot on creating a good atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Very nice bistro. My wife and I felt very welcomed there. We went for a Valentine's Day lunch (to avoid the evening crowd) and had a wonderful meal. The French Onion Soup was very good! We had the Entrecôte Steak which was excellent. The French Fries awesome! Charming atmosphere and great service."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We go for the french fries (appetizer) but thoroughly enjoy the entire menu. The bouillabaisse is wonderful--the broth favorable and light. French onion soup perfect. And their signature sauce for steak and fries is so good you want to soak up the leftovers with bread."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Really good food. Just like a brasserie in Paris. We had dinner there two days in row. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "A wonderful New Year's Eve dinner, with a delicious salmon filet for me, and a spectacular vegan entree for my wife. Our waiter was attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful, and the wine list was extensive and reasonably priced. We loved the pommes frites, too."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This restaurant name is known for their steak frites (as in Paris), but there are other menu selections. It's reasonably priced and pretty good. Would rate it at 3.5 stars, but there isn't that category. Seat by the front window is pleasant, if you can get it."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "The french fries are the best--everyone in the restaurant was having them as an appetizer. I had the special (bouillabaisse) which was wonderful--the broth was quite flavorful. I do not know why there is not more traffic in this restaurant. It is not your typical French restaurant--the food is not heavy or overly rich."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "great food, even better hosts. Wonderful ambience. Overall, perfect Paris bistro experience"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Good location, easy to find, good food and service. Ambience is excellent. Sparkling water was too expensive though, we really felt like we were in Paris because of the water. Water was more expensive than the wine. The employees were very accommodating. Coffee was good. It was a great experience overall. We miss Paris that is why we decided to have my wife's birthday dinner here."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We are French and live in Los Angeles. We would absolutely drive another 80miles just to eat there again! It taste exactly like in France. Everything from the mixed green salad to the profiteroles was outstanding. We are already planning our next trip!"
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "We have been at this French bistro in the renovated Ruby's Café space a few times now hoping the food and experience would have improved by now being in such a primo location. Unfortunately, that has not yet happened. The menu is very small which was, at first, intriguing but in the end we had little to choose from and ate what amounted to an expensive ham Panini with cheese and fries (incredibly unremarkable fries despite the hype) and shrimp skewers that were suspiciously spicy without reason for scampi (covering bad shrimp?).The staff is nice but the experience is similar to visiting a small sandwich shop in Europe with no fanfare. Conspicuously absent is the French culinary greatness that could be (frogs' legs or bouillabaisse?)"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "Great ambience too bad the food and service ( the waiter ) were not acceptable. The food was not so "authentic" tasting, just salty and not prepared very well. The waiter did his job, but with an attitude that added to a disappointing experience."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "I am surprised by the negatives reviews for Relais de Paris. We've dined there about 10 times and always had wonderful experiences. We have taken friends & family with us to share the joy of this little gem of a restaurant. Though there are some minor weaknesses, they won't keep us from returning time and time again. The pros far out weigh the cons... Cons: Short menu and no specials. Proper (large) wine glasses would be an improvement. Wine list could be expanded, but we often bring our own and pay the modest corkage fee. Pros: EVERYTHING offered on the menu is delicious. The service is great. The room is very nice and comfortable. The bar is quite beautiful. Authentic French food and ambience (it makes us feel like we're back in Paris)"
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "No red wine glasses. Need I say more? The place was practically empty."
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "The Open Table link "wasn't working" did not have our reservation, after looking at 2-3 empty 2 tops for 15 mins we were seated. Service very disorganized, Both my husband & I have worked in & owned restaurants the gaps in training & running the room were obvious. Food was fair to good (We did love the asparagus appetizer). Had to ask two different wait staff for water when my glass was empty, my husband's wine order a disaster They really need to get a handle on how the dinning room should run and who has responsibility for what. With some organization they probably could have handled the busy night, not have had to turn away the 5-6 parties our main course might have been delivered with warm fries. Probably will not chance it again."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "My husband and I had an outstanding meal here. Our service was excellent, the food incredible, and we loved the ambience. We would definitely return!"
    Dined on 8/4/2013
  • "I have eaten at Relais de Paris in Paris, relais de Venise in New York; all maintain the wonderful flavors I first experienced in Paris.....kudos!!!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Meghan the bartender is wonderful - really makes you feel like a guest in her home. We love this place, a little touch of Paris here in Santa Barbara. Unique ambiance. The meringue/raspberry desert is out of this world!"
    Dined on 8/2/2013