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State Street Wine Bistro
State Street Wine Bistro

State Street Wine Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pierrelafond.com
  • Email: manager@pierrelafond.com
  • Phone: (805) 962-1455
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 11am - 10pm Saturday and Sunday 9am - 10pm
    Happy Hour Monday - Saturday 4:30-6:30pm 9:30 to close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Nathan Heil
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro and its sister company, Events by Pierre Lafond, has all of your catering and special event needs covered. Covering the entire Central Coast area, Events by Pierre Lafond caters to any full-service event and venue, offering gourmet solutions to weddings, rehearsals, banquets and retreats. Wine Bistro offers drop-off catering solutions such as boxed lunches for tours, corporate meals, and continental breakfasts.
  • Private Party Facilities: Although we can accommodate large events at the Wine Bistro, our private/banquet facilities are off site at our sister locations and handled by Events by Pierre Lafond at our Santa Barbara Winery or Lafond Winery & Vineyards.

    Depending on the location and type of event we can accommodate small and large parties
  • Private Party Contact: Don Hull (805) 962-1455

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cota & Haley
  • Public Transit: The downtown shuttle costs 25 cents, travels up and down State, to the breakwater and over by the Santa Barbara Zoo. One of the stops is just steps away from the Wine Bistro.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Surrounded by Santa Barbara City parking lots, Wine Bistro guests can enjoy, compliments of the city, the first 75 minutes free of their stay in the lot.
A word from State Street Wine Bistro
With an inviting outdoor patio facing Santa Barbara's famous State Street shopping and restaurant district, guests can relax and enjoy, watching the world go by while sipping a glass of wine. Inside dining is sure to please, as well, with floor to ceiling windows facing the action.

Chef Nathan's contemporary California cuisine with worldly bistro flair has many fans with his flatbreads, mussels, oyster bar, and other unique appetizers.

Paired with hearty dinners, expert service and a quality wine list, the Wine Bistro leaves nothing behind in its desire to be Santa Barbara's best un-pretentious restaurant. Fresh West Coast Oysters Tuesdays and Saturdays Happy Hour Mon - Sat 4:30-6:30 and 9:30 - Close SBW wines $5. Appetizers $9
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Diner Reviews
  • "Had a great dinner here after a day of shopping. The menu offerings seemed a bit off season, but everything w head was great none the less. Great wine selection."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Fresh, healthy and delicious fare, with a great wine list! We love the fact that they consciously accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free diets with really tasty chef-inspired creations. Sustainable fish also!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Went here for lunch, sat outside overlooking state street. Food was excellent, and the lunch deal was good value. Service was just right - attentive but not intrusive. Will definitely come again next time I'm in Santa Barbara"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We were on our way to a weekend of wine tasting in Los Olivos...stopped here for a late lunch and LOVED it! It was cozy, quaint and still modern and eclectic at the same time. Staff was very friendly and food was excellent. Hubby had the vegetarian chili and almost had to wrestle me to keep it. It came on the lunch menu paired with a steak/beef sandwich and he loved it. I had the kale salad with 1/2 sandwich and it was great. Thank you for a wonderful relaxing afternoon on State St."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I lived in Santa Barbara for 17 years and always loved Olio e Limone. The food is great and so is the ambience and service. What more can I say? Everyone should go there!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Had a very relaxing lunch on the patio. Food was outstanding, especially the beet salad (best ever!) and the fresh squeezed mimosas. Service was very attentive / friendly / knowledgeable. Overall a very pleasant and satisfying experience. Really recommend for low key, high value dining."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Wine list was excellent. Food was good but not what I expected from the reviews I had read prior to making the reservation. Seems more of a place to get appitizers and wine as opposed to true fine dinning at a Santa Barbara bistro."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I'd recommend state street wine bistro for a quick bite or easy date night. I wasn't impressed with the service although the food was good. Overall if have preferred another place to spend my money."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The restaurant was empty and the food took forever to come out. Kids were starving and it took a very long time before their plain pasta came out. Won't be going back."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We went to State Street Wine Bistro for New Year's Eve. We had a very nice meal. I would definitely go there again."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Love the menu, which has plenty of interesting organic, vegetarian and gluten-free choices. The table bread was superlative. Otherwise, I really enjoyed my cup of chili (a big cup) which was the other stand-out for me, while my caprese sandwich was very good and my wife thought her gluten-free pasta was tasty. And since we were there on a weekday at happy hour, we conveniently got our glasses of wine at a nice discount from the regular prices. Definitely worth returning!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Combine an excellent wine list, carefully prepared seasonal favorites (I had pumpkin ravioli and squash soup) and an inviting dessert list and you'll have an idea of the food experience here. My colleague from Belgium marveled at the quality of both the food and service, which was neither too hovering nor too aloof. In short, I highly recommend this terrific restaurant to anyone who enjoys good food and wine, and the experience that accompanies it."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "We loved the beet and arugula salad. We presumed it would be a pleasant enough dish, but we were blown away by the arugula "slaw" (for lack of a better analogy). I couldn't put down the fork! Every flavor burst to the fore then subsided to let another take the spotlight. Fantastic. Then the grilled fare was sublime. Perfect wine pairings and an outdoor ambience that we both appreciated and craved. Well done. We'll be back…but not soon enough."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Just moved to SB from Oregon, where Farm to Table is, well, you've seen Portlandia. We came to the Wine Bistro after a day of wine tasting, and have to say it's my new fav place in SB! The quality of the food blew us all away, as did the friendly staff who were attentive and incredibly accomodating. The food selection was terrific, something for everyone, and is flexible enough to cater to a variety of dietary needs/restriction. I am celiac and was actually surprised to see several delicious gluten free options that were not just salads! Very unique, tasty, and simple dishes yet very elegant without being pretensious. The wine selection was excellent as well. I will definitely come back again and again and again."
    Dined on 11/2/2013