Succulent Cafe
Succulent Cafe

Succulent Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.succulentcafe.com/
  • Phone: 8056919444x
  • 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 8056919444x

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.
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Succulent Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (36)neighborhood gem (23)special occasion (21)great for outdoor dining (19)notable wine list (18)romantic (13)great for lunch (11)great for brunch (8)good for groups (8)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Took my lady friend here on our first date. Good wine/beer selection, lacquered wooden tables and chairs, its a cozy place. First off was the complimentary homemade preserves and bread brought to our table. Very nice touch. Ended up getting the pizza and pork loin. Both were very nice, well presented and delicious. The pizza was LEGIT~! Great place for a first date if you're worried more about the food and less about what you're going to talk about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Succulent was just that!
    travlinLAVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Excellent dining experience....my husband had the meatloaf, and was smiling with every bite....I had fantastic lamb chops.....of course wine selection is terrific being in the wine country. We often visit Los Olivos, Solvang, and Santa Ynez....this is the best dining we have found as yet....still love the Hitching Post for steaks....but for something out of the box...this is the place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Repeat customer
    Repeatcustomer
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Fabulous food and reasonably priced....will be back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food4wine
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    excellent food. personal very frienly. ambience needs improvement to make it more cozy,in our opinion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food here!
    JChow
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Read reviews and tried it out during the long weekend while visiting Solvang. It's crowded for each meal so butter to do the reservation in advance. Food was good and service was sweet. I liked the Three Little Pigs which had a pretty big portion and good taste though my hb's pasta was a little flat. Since it's not a romantic restaurant, I don't think needs to be so dark to be hard for reading menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stellar!
    Belmontian
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    From the generous and delicious starter to the bacon sundae dessert the meal was flawless!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BRtheFoodie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was a little spicy for our pallet especially as we had told the server that we did not anything spicy. The cheese platter was great. Restaurant was very noisy and they need some sound proofing in the ceiling
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow!!! Everything was FABULOUS!
    Belmontian
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I am consistently impressed with this restaurant. They serve innovative food made with local fresh ingredients. They were serving a Triple Threat bacon cheese burger, beer and dessert combo - amazing!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious in Dane-ville
    buzzkehl
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solvang experience
    rleeo
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    very good lamb burger. French fries among the best I've had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful experience!
    TheOcho
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bacon Desert
    TheWop
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Gotta try it once in your life. Bacon, salted caramel ice cream, cookie made with bacon and whipped cream. Awesome and decadent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    lbdiner
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • local flavor
    Cyndee
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth visiting!
    socaldixiegal
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A reason to go to Solvang.
    BeeGee
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • needs a new approach
    Mary
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie haven in wine country
    AngusmcgVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a favorite!
    vegheadcharlie
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • YUMMY
    Vixter
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful comfort food
    Friendfoodie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Do eat here!
    Veeyawn
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food in Solvang
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Dinner
    pbfoodie
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 91 reviews are from the Succulent Cafe reviews archive.
  • Splendid Vittles
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food
    Bdaydinner5
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Loved the ambience and interior of this restaurant! The food was amazing - definitely worth it if you're in Solvang!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    Upinflames
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience!
    TheOcho
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for Breeakfast Luch or Dinner
    Naglerr
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pasta specials = awesome
    RandL
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    BlueMoonVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not up to what we were told
    PLynnP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality not what we expected
    PandMVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    For service and mediocre food at best. We would not go back
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • consistently good
    Mary
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not extraordinary but a nice night
    Nothinfancy
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Off night?
    luv2travel
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Killer Dessert
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful menu with beautifully
    LoboVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic