Barbareño

4.7
553 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
At Barbareño we seek to help further shape and define Central Coast cuisine. We take our inspiration from traditions and specialties of our area, delicacies unique to our region, and the many outstanding purveyors with whom we are so fortunate to work. In all of our efforts, we hope to capture the essence of a particular place or local flavor, embracing the nuances that make our food and drink unique to our home. Please note: Online reservations are limited by our inside dining space. If we are booked online, please call in to make a reservation for our heated patio or to check for additional dining room availability. Barbareño requests a credit card number to hold reservations for parties of 6 or more. A $20 per person cancellation fee will be assessed in the event of a same-day cancellation (within 24 hours of the reservation time) or a no-show. Thank you for understanding.
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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular! The menu is elevated and creative without being “stuffy”

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I want so badly to love Barbareño, but the service is underwhelming every time. Food is good, but overpriced for what you’re getting/this level of service. I have had better service at counter order restaurants.

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LD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was really a nice food experience. The chef obviously spends time and effort putting dishes together, both in their planning and execution. The only thing that I would say is the food was a little heavy, I expected a little lighter, more vegetable based since it touts itself as quintessential Central Coast.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a wonderful discovery! The food at this restaurant is outstanding! Everything was fresh with great tastes and interesting pairings. This restaurant is a hidden gem in Santa Barbara ! It was our 44 th anniversary and a complimentary bubbly was sent to our table- so nice. The service was great. We won’t be waiting for a special occasion to return to this restaurant for sure.

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LF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a restaurant with a small seating area inside and a larger patio outside. It was a cool June night so we were grateful to sit inside. We were welcomed by the hostess and seated immediately. The wine selection by the glass was decent, but for a place that only serves beer and wine, I would have expected more choices. We ordered the grilled avocado appetizer, plate of pork and cheeseburger. All were delicious and would definitely recommend them.

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London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service!

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J
Tampa
70 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was top-notch - definitely fit for a foodie. Great wine list and very knowledgeable, caring staff!!

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TB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant in SB. We visit SB 5x a year, and patron many restaurants, including the Four Seasons and El Encanto. WE ALWAYS rate Barbareno #1.

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AR
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Barbareño for our joint birthday. Every element of our experience was terrific - the staff, the background music, the wine suggestion/recommendation, the food explanations, and the food itself. Our meal was so delicious! We got a garden salad, which seems simple enough, but all of the greens were direct from a local farm and tasted so fresh. Next we both got the tri-tip. It is one of their signature dishes for good reason. The meat was smokey and cooked perfectly. Last, they surprised us with a bowl of pecan praline ice cream for our birthdays. It was the perfect end to our meal. I highly recommend going and experiencing this terrific restaurant!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food was delicious, and the patio was very nicely decorated and quiet

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our dinner at Barbareño was excellent. We indicated that it was our anniversary on the OpenTable reservation, and we were greeted by complementary wine when we arrived. The service was terrific throughout the night, as was the food. The dishes were delicious and surprising. We will return in the future.

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DC
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Usual trusts on flavors. Delicious food

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JP
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food! Can’t recommend enough

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

This restaurant is run by some people trying hard, but lacking experience. Needs work, though there is a foundation.

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V
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is really delicious but the staff is also very friendly and accommodating. We enjoyed ourselves immensely.

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GB
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely dinner and service was wonderful! I can't wait to go back

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DL
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Barbareno is a true neighborhood gem! We enjoyed our dinner so much. Thankfully our wonderful server was able to guide us through the menu of savory local offerings with a glass of sparkling rose. We enjoyed the grilled avocado and tuna carpaccio appetizer and shared the melt-in-your-mouth trip tip entree and brussel sprouts side dish. The date cake was a little dry, but the eucalyptus panna cotta was weirdly enjoyable! Can't wait to return!

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Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding experience at Barbareno! The food was delicious, interesting and surprising. The service was really gracious, friendly and unobtrusive. The atmosphere was lovely, almost like dining in an upscale lodge (lots of wood and soft lighting). We were there on a windy evening, so didn't sit outside, but they have a very inviting covered patio with heat lamps. We will definitely be back to this neighborhood gem!

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H
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing dinner here! The lamb flatbread and grilled avocado were delicious! Thanks to Jesse and the whole crew!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I should preface that we were visiting from up north, so totally didn't have out bearings about us, but completely unexpected given it's location. We chose to sit outside and were so pleased with how they've utilized that space - even little trees and plants used as walls to block out other guests made it seem more private. The homemade bread is delicious, as was everything else we tasted. Nice clean salads and the burger was delicious! The staff was absolutely lovely, patient, and super knowledgable about wine and the what the local area produces. I'd definitely go back in a heartbeat next time I'm in SB.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful spot with great service but food was either over seasoned or under seasoned.

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GY
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood gem. Unless you live in the ‘hood or have a friend that does you’d be hard pressed to find this restaurant 2 blocks off of State Street. Local food, quality preparation and presentation makes Barbareño worth seeking out.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambiance was great and the food was well prepared; however, it was quite expensive for the type of food and wine on the menu. The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly though I probably won’t be returning.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So perfect! Can’t believe how good the food was.

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a nice inside table and great waiter, Martin. Started with egg McMuffin. Delious. I had halibut Very fresh and fantastic. Shared with partner. Mushroom Tagliatelle. Also very good. And of course Brussels sprout dish which is reason enough to eat dinner here. Dessert was like a version of Baked Alaska but citrus made it perfect. Thank you

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Our server Emily kept disappearing on us. She didn’t ask if we wanted drinks. I had to go find her and tell her our table needed drinks. Two of us ordered hamburger and one of the potato side dishes had long hair with the food. So we sent it back.

Food was good but the server experience and the long strand of hair in the side dish will probably not make us want to go back.

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MM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing in every dining category!!!! The best dining experience I have ever had at any restaurant❤️❤️❤️

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TK
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very eclectic place with great food and great service. We particularly liked the grilled avocado appetizer. The wine list was also outstanding. We will definitely go here again the next time we come to Santa Barbara

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JN
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you! We really enjoyed the evening very much! The food, the service, the company, all were superb!!!

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LR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So glad we found this restaurant. Our meals were excellent and our waiter was thoughtful and well informed. The tri-tip was amazing and the grilled avocado was layered in flavors. I had a delicious Piedrasassi Syrah: a good recommendation from our waiter. Will definitely be back on our next trip up the coast.

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B
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an incredible place to eat - we went back two nights in a row on our trip to Santa Barbara from the UK! Wonderful food and amazing service.

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NS
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our whole experience. Food and staff could not have been better!!

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TM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. They can be subtle, playful, bold, and classic, all with impeccable quality. It's part of the reason we visit Santa Barbara, and it seems to embody what we love about that town. Let them recommend a wine pairing!

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S
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food (especially the appetizers) and service were outstanding! The restaurant itself is very charming.

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JB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time at Barbareno and it was just a delightful of an experience as the first time. It is the perfect place to go if you're visiting Santa Barbara because the cuisine is wonderfully inspired by the region. The staff is so kind and welcoming and the atmosphere is cozy but fresh in such a unique way.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Barbareno experience was outstanding! The food was exceptional, the wait staff was very knowledgeable and accommodating. The ambiance was perfect. We are looking forward to our next visit to Santa Barbara as we will most definitely dine at Barbareno again. We absolutely loved Chef Preston's creative culinary menu, tried a handful of dishes and enjoyed every single one! Cheers and much aloha! Til the next time!

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Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience last night at Barbareño! Service was excellent, as staff were knowledgeable and friendly. Don't overlook the side of brussel sprouts. You won't be disappointed.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, atmosphere, food was all unique and memorable. Great dinner and time.

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FM
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great unique and creative seasonal dishes that are full of flavor.

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TM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my wife and I 3rd time to Barbareno. Each time food was explained and wonderful. Staff has clearly been trained well not just on the menu but also on the beer and wine list. They also take axxess cards which is always a plus.

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