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Scarlett Begonia
Scarlett Begonia
  • Address:
    11 W Victoria St. Ste 10
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    Santa Barbara
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Scarlett Begonia Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.scarlettbegonia.net
  • Phone: (805) 770-2143
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast & Lunch

    Tuesday - Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm


    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Avery Hardin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is located in City Lot #5
A word from Scarlett Begonia
Scarlett Begonia will always strive to have interesting, thoughtful food.
Menus change weekly with an innovative fresh look at breakfast and lunch and dinner. Cocktails and appetizers begin at 4:30pm Tuesday thru Saturday nights with full dinner service from 5:30pm to 9:00pm, with breakfast and lunch running 9am-2pm Tuesday thru Sunday. It is our goal to provide Santa Barbara with a restaurant that showcases progressive modern food, using sustainable, organic, high quality ingredients coupled with innovative cooking to be one of the most food-centric restaurants around.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "The Chef @ Scarlett Begonia goes shopping on Tuesdays at the local Farmer's Market. Whatever products capture his interest, he purchases. At the restaurant that evening, he prepares a new recipe from those products. The Farmers Market Special is a prix-fixe 3 course meal (salad, entree, dessert, & special cocktail) for a nominal $35 charge. Service is excellent. And a different movie is screened on an outside wall of the patio dining area each evening. We've enjoyed two Tuesdays at Scarlett Begonia and have decided the Farmers Market Special is a must-have meal. We'll be back."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Just looking through some restaurants in the area.....loved the name: Scarlett Begonia! Talked some friends into joining us and we all really liked the service, food, and the atmosphere. It was a fun find and we will DEFINITELY be back."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "I went with my wife and two boys (11 and 13) for brunch. Food was very good and the service was quick."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Excellent dinner before a show at the SoHo. Nice touch with movies on the building wall. We'll be back."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This place is very understated. First of all if you have not had there bacon maple biscuits you have not lived. This is a morning treat. We decided to try them for dinner and were pleasantly surprised. We ate out in the courtyard and it was very pleasant. My wife start out with Cariar lime gimlet. She loved it. We next had crispy chicken wings that were very tasty. We both had their Manila clams with sausage and red? beans. Delicious, we both agreed that it is a do again dish. Great place!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The courtyard where this restaurant is located is simply lovely. Feels like you're in Europe! Our waiter was friendly and attentive. We got the burgers because we'd been told they were good, and we weren't disappointed. Very tasty with heirloom tomatoes, etc. French fries were also excellent. We enjoyed a relaxed, nice mail and will go back again."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We ordered olives and bread to start, and several small plates to share for dinner. People that came in after us got served. We were polite, and after 35 minutes asked 2 waiters if we could get the olives and bread to start. We asked about the wine list, the waiter offered us a taste. We wanted to order a bottle. He never came back. After 40 minutes (no not kidding) we got olives. Then 5 minutes later bread and all the small plates at once. There was no room on the table (as all came at once). The food was cold. The waiter offered to comp us the bread ($2.00). The food, other than being cold, was flavorful. Clams in broth - delicious. Vegetarians and Pescatarians, not many options for you at Scarlett Begonia."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Nice setting out in the courtyard. Limited but interesting menu, all well cooked. Service not slick, but friendly and competent. We had a great time. Film projection was a great touch..."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Delightful spot, tucked away in a courtyard off State St. The food choices are eclectic--which for us was fun. Wonderful homemade pate, fried chick peas and a great hamburger. Wines are reasonable and many local. Sit inside out out--so works in any season. Staff is friendly and not pretentious."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Lots of flavors in the duck entree. Reasonably priced wine. Nothing else on the menu looked appetizing. They're trying to be very green."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We had a great time! We ordered the farmers market meal on a Tuesday night, which is their special on Tuesdays. The food was excellent and it came with a wonderful craft cocktail and a desert. We enjoyed it all. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We were in the mood for a slow brunch and Scarlett Begonia did not disappoint. We ordered a bunch of different items - the cinnamon roll was a hit, but you can skip the cold asparagus soup - and were impressed across the board. The ketchup was the only disappointment - I know they make it in-house, which had me excited, but it was a little too sweet and marinara-like for our taste. Definitely get drinks! The king's lemonade and scarlett peppernell were BEYOND."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Really disappointed with the food here. Steak was so rare it was cold even though we had asked for medium. Fries were soaking in oil. How can you screw up fries??? Dessert (creme brulee) was blah. We left everything unfinished."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "It is a hidden location. It is in the inner courtyard of the building, so it is not visible from the street. We sat outside. We enjoyed that very much. The food was delightful. We had to ask for a description of several ingredients. The portions were the right size. We had a child with us. There really weren't any options for kids on the menu and they did not offer us a kid's menu. The service was friendly and quick. I recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a delicious meal at Scarlett Begonia. Everything was excellent and beautifully presented. Service great and the setting is charming and quiet. We ate on their lovely enclosed terrace and even though it was a cool evening, to heater made it very comfortable. I found the outdoor dinning area much more appealing than the interior. Couldn't have been happier!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Visiting Santa Barbara for the weekend and after seeing its other reviews, we decided to try Scarlett Begonia. Great decision! We arrived just before the kitchen closed, but received outstanding service and accommodation from the moment we arrived. Fun and interesting cocktails set a delicious and relaxing tone. The food was superb! One of the best duck breasts I have ever had. In a quirky, hidden spot, but would return here in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Found this restaurant in the AAA magazine and enjoyed it. They pride themselves on fresh local ingredients and the dishes were very tasty: duck breast with lentils & mushrooms, and crème brulee with unusual flavors."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had brunch at Scarlett Begonia and everything was fantastic! We started with the coconut pineapple drinks which were delicious! We ordered maple bacon biscuits that were just awesome. My meal was the lemon ricotta pancakes, my favorite. I highly recommend Scarlett Begonia!!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Local food and uniquely prepared for a foodie's adventure. Both owner and chef came to meet with us and answered our questions about preparation and ingredients. Also try the cocktails prepared with farmer's market ingredients....a special treat. We will be back. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Hard to find, but once you are there, really relaxed patio seating, good food and friendly people."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My wife and I were both impressed with the food. We had the kale salad (in season), the duck and the charcuterie. The service was a bit slow, but it was a very busy night."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Though it began as a breakfast and lunch place the satisfying, seasonal and adventurous cuisine here seems to have caught on with night time diners. An ever evolving menu - featuring a prix fixe Tuesday Farmers Market dinner, uses the freshest ingredients imaginatively combined, skillfully prepared, beautiful on the plate and delicious to eat. The room is comfortable, the music is great but not dominating ; the waitstaff is knowledgeable and attentive and there is also outdoor dining. Not a huge wine list, but well-chosen; also craft cocktails. The menu is not huge, but within the dishes being served on any given night Scarlett Begonia is doing some of the most creative and delicious food in town. And I haven't yet done breakfast there! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "my boyfriend and I eat put 5X's a week and we have been to almost all of the restaurants in the SB area. We were disappointed with Scarlet Begonia. We had a relatively early dinner and 2X's a giant trash can was wheeled by our table...even brushing up against my arm. Why take so much trash out so early and through the restaurant? I understand that is their only way to dump trash, but waiting for the end of the night with no customers there is the way to do it. I was in the restaurant business for 22 yrs., and there is a way to do things and not do things. Their home made bread is delicious and their mussels are good. We found it very noisy and a long wait for small bites to the main course. Wine list by glass and amount was very adequate."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Came for Mother's Day after wanting to come for brunch for months and was more than happy with everything. It was a fixed menu, but the amount of choices really allowed you to try a little of everything, that is if who you're dining with is willing to share/split entrees with you. My mom had a great time and throughly enjoyed the fact that they gave all the mothers a little gift at the end. Can't wait to go back again! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We chose Scarlett Begonia for Mothers' Day lunch - a $52pp prix fixe menu starting with delicious almond, chocolate and regular croissants as the breads, then an appetizer and main course. Each appetizer and main course was a recognizable dish created in a creative manner, i.e. caesar salad, but with kale, bacon and other dressings, or eggs benedict with Scarlett Begonia's unique additions. Everyone at the table raved about the food and enjoyed the brunch immensely. We would happily return again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I went on Yelp to find somewhere for brunch, and what a great find! Such a hip little restaurant with AMAZING flavor and great service."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Brunch here was outstanding-the maple bacon biscuit was the best biscuit I have ever had in my life, and I'm from the south! Our group of six got to sit outside in the courtyard by the fountain and it was so quaint and peaceful. Everything we ordered was delicious. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I dined at the Scarlett Begonia for weekend brunch and I appreciated the unique options on the menu, a welcomed change from the classic eggs Benedict or omelette. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner at Scarlett Begonia. My husband ordered the "On the Fly" 3-course farmer's market special menu, and I ordered from the menu. His meal was perfect for a foodie, with very special, innovative courses. I selected a delicious kale salad, and an entrée of duck breast that was outstanding. Both of our desserts were sinfully delicious. We added fun cocktails, and it all added up to a special dinner and one we hope to repeat soon. The service was outstanding, too."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Although the food was tasty, the portions on two of the three courses were meager considering the price. I don't consider a sweet danish bread a course in itself and the two ricotta pancakes were smaller than small.The kale salad, on the other hand, was huge and delicious. I was very disappointed in the menu choices and the lack of beverages included in a fixed price that was over $100 after tip and tax."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We were visiting Santa Barbara from out of state and wanted a lovely place to meet an old friend for Easter brunch. Did a search on open table to see what was available and after reading reviews online selected Scarlet Begonias. What a wonderful find. We were offered a set 2 course menu but for each course there were at least 7 offerings all most appealing and varied. The highlights: Eggs Benidict with crab cakes; Ricotta and Lemon pancakes , and pork belly in place of bacon. Can't wait to return. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The food is delicious, the setting is lovely, and staff' are friend and attentive to details! Plus they make the most amazing french fries you've ever tasted!! Crisp to perfection on the outside, creamy on the inside :)"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We had a pre-theatre party of 8, and when 2 more wanted to join, the restaurant said no problem. An hour before our reservation, the restaurant called and asked whether we wanted to sit indoors or out. On their suggestion that it was a bit breezy, we chose indoors. We had a long table against the wall, immediate and thoughtful service throughout the meal. The pappardelle with the 63 degree egg was a delicious, sensual experience. But the charcuterie appetizer with chicken liver mousse, country pork pate, and a delightfully smooth pork pate with cinnamon and cloves was the standout event of the evening. Will definitely return to this charming restaurant steps from the theatre."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "OK, I like the concept of this restaurant and its location, however, it totally fails to deliver. I've been there for dinner and lunch. The dinner was poor in both service and food. Dishes came late - or not at all - items on the menu were not available because they'd run out and the meals we did receive were mediocre. I want local restaurants to succeed, so I gave them another chance at a lunch last week. We couldn't even get anyone to take our order; the entrees we ordered were just adequate and then we couldn't get the bill. The staff walks around smugly managing to avoid any eye contact with the diners. I hope this restaurant can get its act together, but until then I'm not going back."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Strikingly presented food with surprises in the tastes. Some (like the pate) were good, others (like the soup) ho-hum and bland. Service did not make us feel special: no server exchanged more than a half-dozen words with us. Interior is pleasant but unremarkable. Wine list is short and pourings are not generous. And yet, it's pricey. In sum: worth a try, but there's better value at other high-end places in town. And please put a dinner menu on the OpenTable Menu tab."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We celebrated my husbands birthday...there were 7 of us and we had a wonderful experience! The staff was overly accommodating, friendly and went out of their way to make sure we had a great celebration. The food was outstanding, just fantastic! A couple of days before our reservation I ordered a birthday cake, from the restaurants bakery and it was out of this world delicious, and the decorations were so clever and spot on, loved it! I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Stopped here for brunch before a matinée. Fun menu and fun server. Definitely would go back. Line was out the door, so I was happy I made a reservation."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Not sure how long this restaurant has been open, but the night we were there it seemed very disorganized, and it was t even close to full. Friend had iced tea,"sorry we don't have lemon". Really? A restaurant /bar with no lemon. Then we asked for a little more bread and were told no "because we're busy, we won't have enough". On and on... Poor service, food really wasn't good. Sorry to relate all this but we were very disappointed."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had a great brunch to celebrate my brother turning 21! They have the most inventive cocktails and drinks beyond the usual mimosa's and bloody mary's. The "Liquid Breakfast" is a must try for all you bacon lovers! And the food was delicious! Shrimp and grits, lemon ricotta pancakes and maple bacon biscuits are a must! I really wanted to try everything on the menu. Reservations is highly recommended on weekends cause it's a popular spot for brunch so the wait can be long without a reservation. I wish I lived closer to SB so I can eat here more often!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We had dinner here at our final night while staying 4 days in Santa Barbara and it was by far the best. I wish we had experienced lunch or dinner because the menu looked amazing. Our dinners were all excellent, fresh ingredients, creative selections and wonderfully prepared. Service was outstanding! Make reservations!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014