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Succulent Cafe
Succulent Cafe

Succulent Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.succulentcafe.com/
  • Phone: (805) 691-9444
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast
    Sat, Sun: 8:30am - 12:00pm (closed Tues)

    Lunch
    M, W, Th, Fri 11:00am - 3:00pm (closed Tues)
    Sat, Sun 12:00pm - 3:00pm

    Dinner
    Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 5:30pm - 9:00pm (closed Tues)

    Charcuterie
    Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, 11:00am - 9:00pm (closed Tues)
    Sat, Sun 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Brian Champlin/Cynthia Miranda-Champlin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Succulent offers a diverse list of catering options from full-service to fine food to-go, all focusing on seasonal produce and superior product. They are adaptable to your needs, and can deliver a perfect tailor-made solution for your event.
  • Private Party Facilities: While Succulent is a very small cafe, they do offer private dining for the right client.
  • Private Party Contact: Cynthia Champlin (805) 691-9444

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Place
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is parking on the street all around the cafe and a large public lot across the street.
A word from Succulent Cafe
Succulent Cafe is a family owned business that focuses on hand-crafted and local artisan products. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they feature buttermilk biscuit sandwiches at breakfast, gourmet sandwiches and salads at lunch and appetizers, entrees and desserts at dinner. They have a number of hand crafted goods available including pickles and pickled vegetables, jams and jellies and artisan salts. They feature culinary baskets available for gifts and have a great selection of local wines. Their specialty is house cured meats and they feature a variety of farmstead cheeses all from the West Coast all available at the Charcuterie Bar. Food at breakfast and lunch is available to go. They also provide catering services and have a list of cheese & charcuterie platters, box lunches and sandwich platters.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Such a treat to have excellent food (and wine) in Solvang....as a local, I like having someplace to take friends from SB where I know they won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "very good lamb burger. French fries among the best I've had"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Went to Succulent to celebrate our wedding anniversary and enjoyed another amazing meal! The Three Little Pigs is my favorite entree and we were treated to the most amazing bacon and ice cream desert! The food is always fresh and delicious. We can't wait to go back and try more things!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Gotta try it once in your life. Bacon, salted caramel ice cream, cookie made with bacon and whipped cream. Awesome and decadent."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The best restaurant to dine at in Solvang or any other city. Food is excellent, service personable. We enjoy it every time we dine there. NEVER disappointed. ALWAYS superb."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The décor is fun and the layout is confusing. The food was ok but really salty and I salt everything. There were 4 of us two people received their entrée, then 10 minutes later the other two of us received ours. There was an apology but our polite company had to eat cold meals waiting for the others. I won't be recommending or hurrying back. Too bad they are so close to where I live. Could have been great."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Took my parents here for my dads 72nd birthday. Service was great the entire time with our orders taken promptly but not rushed. Mom and I started with the steak tartar which was wonderful. For entrees my dad enjoyed every bite of the short ribs and mom and I split the pork belly porchette which was super tender, delicious and the beans were fabulous. They pack in so much flavor in their meals! A wonderful surprise was an absolutely delicious berry shortcake brought out to my dad for his birthday. Also, an excellent local wine list. The atmosphere is definitely cafe style with bistro style wooden chairs and tables and silverware in jars on the tables. Love having a delicious non-Scandavian choice in Solvang!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "While in some ways it's outgrown it's "cheese danish" trappings, Solvang is still a place this Central Coast native tends to avoid. On a recent trip to see a PCPA show, we decided to try Succulent Cafe. The menu, which is largely meat focused, is one where you simply have a hard time choosing. The menu changes regularly, but think eclectic comfort food and you'll have a pretty good idea what this place is about. The wine list is focused on higher end local choices, but even the $33 Groundwork Grenache we ordered seemed very well selected. Service is casual, but knowledgeable, and the staff seems like they could have been the inspiration for the local characters in Sideways (or is it the other way around). A really great meal."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food here is really tasty, and the portions are generous. That said, I think the chefs try too hard; many dishes have just too many ingredients, and they don't always compliment each other. So stick to the simple stuff. The noise level can be deafening. Many folks apparently go for dinner after wine tasting all day, and they can be LOUD!! The restaurant makes the mistake of seating large tables in the center of the room (there is better space in the back), and when the party gets going, it is impossible to have a conversation with your dinner companions. We almost left, as some other couples did. Go on an off night (mid- week), and only for dinner. Lunch is pretty lame, and there is no table service."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Increasingly, Solvang is acquiring more and more foodie-friendly restaurants. This is a charming, rustic and delicious addition to the neighborhood. From those mini-homemade biscuits instead of the usual bread to the vegan chile relleno, to the yummy deserts (fruit crumble, crime brûlée), don't miss this place on your next stop through the Central Coast."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This was mine and my hubby's second time here. We were equally impressed this visit. I wasn't expecting something out of this world because I ordered their veggie pizza (due to being only one out of two vegetarian meals on the menu that night - which is totally fine). Usually pizza is great, but nothing that particularly stands out. Well I was completely blown away. Every single ingredient complimented the other! Nothing was too overpowering. You can truly tell that the chef takes their time thinking out each little thing and how it will positively accent it's partners in the dish. My husband was just as enthusiastic about his meal as well. We will ALWAYS stop by Succulent while in Northern California, even if it's a little out of our way"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Funky ambience with small wood tables, no placemats or tablecloth, silverware thrown in a recycled coke glass- very casual. Excellent menu. Super thin crusted pizzas. Half the tables were ordering them. Farm fresh veggies. The lamb and duck entrees were creatively prepared, cooked perfectly and delicious. Good wine list. Gourmet chef. Nice attentive waitress. Was $100 for 1 salad, 2 entrees, 1 dessert, 1 glass of wine. Not cheap but excellent food."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The food was delicious. Went with group of six. Wait staff were friendly and the food was great. I he the meatloaf with bacon!!! The Caesar was a grilled romaine with a homemade Caesar dressing. Delicious"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "While there isn't a shortage of places to eat in Solvang there are only a few places that are a must. Succulent Cafe is one of them. Having been twice each meal was delicious and memorable. They obviously care about food, its preparation and presentation. I recommend them to anyone who visits."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We were in Solvang for an overnight wine tasting trip in Santa Ynez. Succulent was recommended by our concierge for dinner and it was a great suggestion. Our table ordered the lamb, the steak, and the duck. Although cooked slightly more than the medium rare ordered, all three dishes were delicious. The restaurant is casual and the server friendly."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Visiting Solvang with a friend on a road trip - read reviews on Succulent Cafe and had a recommendation from our Hotel - Food was great - varied selection and decent wine list - our waiter got a little busy and totally forgot about us but it happens - I would return next time I am in the area"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "This is one if the best places to have a delicious breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner in the Santa Ynes valley. Their palate is spot on. Always the right mix of sweet and savory. My wife is addicted to the biscuits. I'm a huge fan of the house cured bacon. Super delicious!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went after the half marathon as a group of 6, and were still talking about it the next day. Every bite of every dish was so flavorful and cooked to perfection. Our server knew all the perfect wines to pair with everything we were eating, and there wasn't anything left. I know all of us will re-visit succulent on a future trip to the area and will recommend it to everyone we know!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Loved the ambience and interior of this restaurant! The food was amazing - definitely worth it if you're in Solvang!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Great restaurant! Most beautiful charcuterie board I have ever seen. Shortribs are to die for. We were only here for one day but would definitely come back next time we are in the area! "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Wonderful dining experience! The 2+2 charcuterie board was a beautiful display of items to be mixed and matched into a countless array of different flavors! The 3 little pigs entree was perfectly executed and more than enough to share. Tons of flavor abound and will definetly be back!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Inventive and fresh. Many items are home made. The eggs benedict for breakfast is suburb. Biscuits are special. Food is rich and portions large. Good, local wine list. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The pasta specials of the day were outstanding. The 4 cheese Mac and cheese and the veggie risotto were both perfectly seasoned. It's a good thing the food was perfect and didn't need salt and pepper because our server was no where to be found. Service was lacking throughout the meal. We asked about the specials and the server just pointed to a chalkboard and walked away. Overall, outstanding food. Lacking service."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Had dinner on Friday night. The place was packed, but didn't feel crowded due to the nice layout. The food was A-Mazing! The scallop wrapped in bacon starter was cooked to perfection, the scallops practically melt in your mouth, with greens dressed with some kind of lemon dressing - it all played well together. Had the beef tenderloin and seabass entrees (there were two of us). Again, perfection. And nice size portions. Service was top-notch and friendly. If you're in Solvang definitely stop in. Oh, and I heard they do a mean breakfast, too."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Enjoyed our meals, once again. Still can't believe that I can get grits in SoCal! The beet salad was really great, and the artichoke/feta dip is a new fave. A little surprised that the Brussel Sprouts and about 4 other items on the menu were not available; we were there on the early side of the evening, too. Just a suggestion: the hostess could really speak quite a bit softer -- she has a fairly loud voice :)"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We ate here on a weekday evening; just the two of us. It had been recommended by our server at one of the wine tasting places in town. On the plus side - all the staff members were amazingly polite and cheerful. On the negative side - the tables are close together so you can hear everyone's conversations and the windows have no shades so we had quite a glare until the sun went down. The pork was not tender and was wrapped in thick bacon with lots of fat (I like bacon to look more cooked). It was not a good 'date night' spot as the other dinners were families with children and the elderly ( I know I'll be there one day and I'll be happy If I have a neighborhood restaurant nearby) - it just wasn't what we'd hoped."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "For service and mediocre food at best. We would not go back"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Great food - continues to amaze. We had the best duck EVER, and the special of the night - baby back ribs. They were moist and meaty. I would skip the pickled vege appetizer. Desserts are great and enough to share."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "There were few options for food that wasn't quite rich. Cheese and red meat are prominent. Berry crisp was delicious, and the wait staff seem to know and appreciate the wine and food menus quite well. There just didn't seem to be anything at Succulent that we wouldn't be able to get elsewhere ... although not in Solvang!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was delicious. Unfortunately, the service was terrible. On the way out I asked to speak to the manager to complain and I was told that our waiter was the manager. Awkward."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Dined for dinner in Solvang with friends who are residents and love this cafe. Meh.... it was ok. Food was a bit on the fatty rich and boring side. Had the scallops crudo, the baby beet salad and the butternut squash crepes which were very uninteresting. Husband had the lamb and said it was just ok. Brought our own local wines and each bottle had a $20 corkage fee...what? They only had small white wine glasses for a big red....joke. For that price they also did not provide ice to keep our white wine chilled....dummies, this is wine country. Dessert was the best! Loved their apple blackberry lavender crumble and their Mexican chocolate bread pudding with McConnell's cinnamon ice cream on top.AMAZING!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Wonderful menu with beautifully fresh ingredients. The beet salad was delicious and the presentation was lovely. We also had one of their flatbread pizzas and the maple bacon brusel sprouts. Really a wonderful dining experience,"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Must Eat! Farm to table, seasonal menu. It's a must to eat here every time I'm in the valley."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Best charcuterie ever!!! Gorgeous presentation. Incredible pairing of flavors. The non veggie pizza was delicious, even for lunch the next day. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This was our second time at this restaurant. The service was great and the food was excellent. We took our leftovers home and enjoyed them the next night."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We always enjoy our evenings at Succulent. Breakfast is great too! The charcuterie is amazing every time, as are each of the entrees we have tried. Highly recommend going here. We will miss this place when we move!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We've been to the restaurant 3 times. Twice for dinner and once for breakfast. Every single item that we ate was delicious! Make reservations in advance. This is now our most favorite restaurant and will always visit it on our quarterly visits to Solvang! Enjoy!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a great experience here on Valentine's (2014) ... the food was amazing, the service fantastic ... I have nothing but good things to say about this place ... a real surprise discovery in Solvang ... will definitely go back again and recommend to friends."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We dined here with friends for Valentine 'a Day. The prix fixe menu was varied and delicious, the service was great and our friends thanked us for taking them here.. We will definitely dine here again and again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was my first time at Succulent Café. I thought the food was excellent, however the plates and food itself was not as hot as one would expect. The chef's creative, the waitstaff is attentive and the ambience is creative food. We will be back to see if the temperature issue was a fluke or design issue."
    Dined on 1/25/2014