Although the food was very
Although the food was very good, the service was a little spotty at time and the restaurant was very noisy. Hard to hear and talk to the people you are with. We will go back because we enjoyed the food.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
the food was excellent, we
the food was excellent, we all enjoyed every bite. Our waitress was professional and still at a level of fun. We received plenty of attention.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was my second time being
This was my second time being here, and it has been fantastic both times around. The restaurant really knows what they are doing and all the ingredients are fresh and super tasty.
The asparagus with poached egg appetizer is to die for. The Burger is also super tasty. Last but not least the peanut butter and jelly cheesecake is like a little slice of heaven. I am counting down until I get to go back for more!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lovely quiet spot in SB
Nice ambiance, good food right off State Street. Very attentive service. Enjoyed everything.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Delightful Meal
We've been there 3 times, and each time has been fabulous. I ordered the filet mignon, which was prepared perfectly and it was served with au gratin potato and asparagus. My husband had the fish special - sea bass with roasted roots & vegetables. He decided to also get side of mashed potato. Wonderful! Our daughter always opts for the Mac & Cheese and she said it is the best in town. The rolls are a pull-apart style, and flavored with Rosemary. So wonderful! They serve it with butter, but I think olive oil may make a better choice. Wine list is great. The Sunstone Merlot is one of our favorites! Well done Arlington Tavern!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Consistent, very well prepared food. Simple menu, but with plenty of choices that will please. Very fresh (local?) ingredients. A favorite in Santa Barbara. Pleasant staff.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food, service and
Excellent food, service and ambiance. When the Victoria Theatre opens right next door this restaurant will be a perfect pre-show dinner spot. We've eaten at this restaurant twice now and each time every dish was outstanding for innovation, quality and taste.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
I hosted my husband's surprise
I hosted my husband's surprise birthday party there this past Saturday. The food and wines were amazing. I can't thank Allison enough. She was wonderful in attending to all the small details even though they had a full house. They were extremely accommodating. All the guests had an enjoyable experience.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had dinner here on a Saturday night, service was slow, they seemed short-handed but everyone was very nice and friendly. Our group tried the mac and cheese, pork belly, hamburger, the fish entree and a salad, all were excellent. The menu is not very big which I liked but if you are a vegetarian, you may not find something to your liking, check out the menu before you go. They had a nice selection and range of prices for wines by the glass. The ambiance is exactly as the name implies, like a tavern. The prices are a bit high but the food is worth it.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Unique and Accomodating
We had reservations at 5 and our party of 11 each said the restaurant was the best! Our favorite appetizers were the tuna tartar and the Truffle Mac and Cheese, and each of us were busy sharing bites of our dinners. My fried chicken was incredible, the short ribs special were fork tender, the fish, fresh and done to each persons liking, and then the desserts also (we shared 4 among us) were delicious and beautifully presented. My fav was the lemon cake, but the Verne brûlée was the best I've had. Will definanately come back!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great focus on local produce, local meats, and fresh caught local seafood.
The Black Cod was stupendous. They have the best Mac and Cheese that I have ever tasted!
And the warm chocolate brownie for dessert was unbelievable.
Complaints are minor. There was too much dill in the lamb (unfortunately I am not a dill fan), and it wasn't quite savory enough.
We ordered a 3 course tasting menu, which was awesome, but there was an overly long wait for the 3rd course.
The wine pairing was terrific and we received plenty of attention from our waiter and the manager/somalier. Highly recommended. We can't wait to go back.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great find!
Arlington Tavern was recently reviewed in one of the local papers and reading this review encouraged us to try it. We agreed with the stellar review and thought everything we tried was delicious and well-made with high quality ingredients. We especially recommend the Filet Mignon Carpaccio and the Fried Chicken. The Kobe beef hot dog was also very tasty. Seems like it would be hard to get a bad meal here! The only thing that could use some improvement is the service, which is friendly but quite slow. The kitchen may be slow as well which is contributing to the problem, however, the food was so good that we felt it was worth the wait. Overall, we highly recommend this restaurant and encourage others to try it!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food in a comfy atmosphere
A great place for a relaxing and yet adventurous meal. We started with a surprising Watermelon salad which was very good. Both of our entrees where prepared as ordered and very flavorful. The desert was one of the best I have had in town. The service was attentive and very friendly. The wine list may not be the largest in Santa Barbara, but is extensive enough for normal people. A very nice experience.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem off the main drag
Outstanding food that is locally sourced and deliciously prepared! We are thrilled to find a restaurant with a commitment to fresh, locally sourced and properly tended food. We love it and will be returning! The late night menu and full bar makes it perfect for after a show as well.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We greatly enjoyed our dinner at Arlington Tavern. Ron, the chef, combines only the freshest local ingredients to create ambitious, delicious, original and yet sometimes homey meals. I had rarely ever-served-in-a-restaurant chopped chicken liver over crumbled hard boiled egg that brought back fond memories of my childhood sans the hint of fresh dill in the dish. I also had the fried chicken which was very crispy and flavorful but even better when I asked for and they brought a bit of local honey for dipping. My wife enjoyed the watermelon salad w/feta and short ribs that had already fallen-off-the-bone tender and flavorful. Wines are generally local Central Coast varietals. Arlington Tavern is now one of our favorite local SB restaurants.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved the this place. Excellent food, we recommend the beef carpaccio, not only delicious, but presented in a very unique and original way. We sat next to the open kitchen and were able to see the chef/owner of this place working in our dishes. The salmon and smoked beef were also amazing. The service was very good and thorough. And the decoration of the place was also very nice - I definitely would return to try more dishes, when I go there, since we come from Miami. The chef offered a complimentary dessert. Everything about this place was great.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Casual with gourmet dining
We split the crispy pork belly appetizer and had the blackened cod and duck breast for entrees. Chocolate lava cake for dessert. They were all excellent and portions were all good sized. They have a very nice wine and beer list. We were there late and the bar seemed to be active. Service was attentive.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a wonderful experience at Arlington Tavern! I needed a wheelbarrow to roll me out of the room. Some highlights were the fried chicken, beet salad, strawberry upside down cake, the espresso chocolate cake and the duck breast. Make sure to ask what the specials were as they were really fresh and inspired by unique and local ingredients.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great experience
All six of us had a great dining experience right from the moment that we were seated in front of the cooking area! First off one of the owners, Diego quickly jumped in to give us advise on what wines to order as well as details on the food specials. We were all extremely pleased with all of our food & wine choices which included great salads , appetizers and fresh local salmon. To top off our evening we conversed with the chef, Ron , who happens to be the other owner of the restaurant, over some great desserts, including chocolate expresso cake!! Overall a great ambiance that we will definitely return to!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved every visit
We've been here many times now. The food is consistently superior than other restaurants in SB, the staff is friendly / unpretentious, awesome wine selections and I love the atmosphere around the bar and patio.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had been hearing about the Arlington Tavern from friends and wanted to try a meal there. It happened that friends eloped and we wanted to take them out for dinner to celebrate. We had a group of 9 people that all enjoyed the food, wine, and service. It was a last minute gathering and the Arlington Tavern took very good care of us. Thank you!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband, myself and our friends had the pleasure of dining here on Saturday night. I have to say that the food was amazing. My husband ordered the strip steak off the menu and our friends and myself all had some of the specials. The short ribs were phenomenal and the beef stroganoff was to die for! Everything was a fresh and local and we were in heaven. I will definitely recommend the Arlington Tavern to everyone I know.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely Amazing Food & Service!!
My boyfriend and I have been to Arlington Tavern (or AT) a few times now, and every time, we are greeted with a smile from our friendly hostess and servers and from the chefs - they are genuinely pleased that you are there to dine with them. The food is outstanding - seasonal, fresh, flavorful, but not overwhelming. On this occasion, I had the special salad (persimmon, pear, and goat cheese amazing-ness), the small filet mignon, and shared 3 different desserts with my three friends, and I felt incredibly satisfied after the meal (not too full). The filet was cooked medium rare to perfection with scrumptious potato gratin and asparagus on the side. It was a beautiful meal, reasonably priced, great company and wonderful atmosphere. Thanks AT!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pre-Fixe Menu and Pairing!
We brought a group of 14 and Diego created a spectacular menu and several of the guests took advantage of the wine or beer pairing.
Delicious dishes started with the first bite of Mac & Cheese. It was heavenly...and so was the second, third and 15th bites.
We had a very happy group. Each course there was a fight over which dish was better. And dessert only created more smiles.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Loved my wine, the snapper special, the freshly baked chips and the amazing pumpkin cheesecake. The team there was friendly and I really liked the design of the restaurant. It was great to see the kitchen open to everything. Both of my fellow diners also loved their experience. All of the food was so fresh- thank you!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our second visit.
Pricey, aggressive menu, and noisy. But...great service and good ambience - two of the most important factors for dining out - that can make or break an evening. The chicken liver plate to share is very good, slighty odd in texture due to the BACON not detailed on the menu - imagine the surprise of the two Jewish members of our party! Our entrees were cooked perfectly. Seemed very pricey for being called a "Tavern."
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM