We love this restaurant. Everything
We love this restaurant. Everything interesting and delicious. Wonderful comfortable daytime setting. On your way out, enjoy the outstanding art gallery.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is prepared with style. While largely local ingredients the touch in preparation makes a huge difference. The soups are great ( the house pumpkin is worth adding). Either before or after lunch spend some time in the galleries which have excellent offerings. We love it all.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Lunch
The courtyard setting of this restaurant was perfect for lunch on a warm afternoon. I had the salmon salad which was delicious. The salmon was grilled perfectly and the dressing amount was just right. The menu said it came with haricot verte but on my salad these were missing. My daugher got a burger which she asked for medium rare but actually came quite rare. She ended up picking it apart a bit because of that but didn't want me to send it back. I got my 1st glass of chardonnay pretty quickly however had to remind our server 2 times after I asked for a 2nd glass to have with my food. All in all, we enjoyed ourselves mostly because it was a lovely afternoon and the setting was beautiful.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I recently hosted a group of eight seniors at the Arts & Letters. It was ideal, both food and atmosphere. The sunshine was good, but there was shade. The food was excellent. Several guests expressed a desire to return.
5/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Santa Barbara at its best...
My favorite spot with its sheltered outside patio boasting plenty of shade for comfort. The pumpkin soup and half a sandwich is perfect. Passing through the art gallery on the way to lunch is an added temptation. Andrew Wyeth paintings and drawings are a feast to the eyes though too expensive for actual purchase.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Arts & Letters Cafe is
The Arts & Letters Cafe is consistently excellent in both food and service. One can always count on them for a pleasant
dining experience. We especially like the creative menu and quality food to go with it.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
I really enjoyed lunch at the Arts & Letters Café: the food was excellent, the service was professional, and the most pleasant atmosphere of the outdoor setting was a delightful experience.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A favorite lunch place in
A favorite lunch place in Santa Barbara -- pretty indoor atrium filled with flowering plants...good salads and sandwiches, plentiful plates...have always had excellent service. And fun to browse the art gallery entrance into the restaurant, as well.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our book club meets once a month for lunch at various restaurants around town. Not only did Arts & Letters Café offer fabulous food, they also split the check. Who is that accommodating these days? The food is beautifully presented and reminds me of the unique restaurants I find in San Francisco. The portion sizes are not going to please a football linebacker, but are perfect for real people. The patio offer romantic ambiance. Every time I eat at Arts & Letters, I wonder why I don't eat there more often. It's terrific.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the 'OpenTable' reminders leading up to the lunch. Arts & Letters has great food a sweet environment and terrific service.
In my 'OpenTable' reservation I had asked for a table in a corner or quite area because this was a business meeting. Unfortunately they gave us a table in the middle of the patio in the harsh sun. Two people in the party had already arrived so I didn't want to change the table - but it was a challenging situation. The food and service were great though.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Such an amazing place to sit down for lunch, with a really really awesome menu. It is my new go to place for lunch for sure. Oh and prices are good as well.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Upon entering the restaurant
Upon entering the restaurant we walked through a small art gallery and entered the indoor courtyard where we were seated by the central fountain. My dining companion, who is vegetarian, was able to order her BLT with avocado instead of bacon. My Bahn mi, soup and salad combo was both flavorful and just the right size. Our waitress, Sybil, was most helpful, suggesting items on the menu. Overall we had a very pleasant experience and will definitely return when we visit Santa Barbara again.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The location is charming, the food excellent and the service was spot on!
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Glad we made reservations as courtyard was pretty full. Great crab salad and fig dessert. Good service and beautiful, serene courtyard.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely for lunch
Had a wonderful business lunch - my favorite place for this sort of thing. We had a nice quiet table in the corner and the service was excellent. I did think, however, that the curry chicken (both salad and sandwich, we had both) which I have always enjoyed, contained far too much curry powder, to the point of being tastefully unpleasant.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM