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Barbareño, Santa Barbara, CA
Barbareño, Santa Barbara, CA
Barbareño, Santa Barbara, CA
Barbareño, Santa Barbara, CA
Barbareño, Santa Barbara, CA
Award-winning

Barbareño

4.8
4.8
1697 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (805) 963-9591
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Julian Martinez
  • Catering
    Please contact us at info@barbareno.com for more information on our catering options.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer both the our patio area and inside dining room as private options.
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Cross street
    De La Vina Street
  • Parking details
    We have a small lot in front of the restaurant, street parking, and the Paseo Nuevo parking structure located just a block away.
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,697 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Best Overall

  • California Central Coast

    Best Service

  • California Central Coast

    Best Value

  • California Central Coast

    Innovative

  • California Central Coast

    Californian

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Overall

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Food

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Service

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Value

  • Santa Barbara

    Innovative

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for fine wines

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Barbara

    Romantic

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for special occasions

  • Santa Barbara

    Most Booked

1,697 Reviews
  1. nicold

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic!! the best meal we have eaten in Santa Barbarain a very long time. We are already going back next week. The service was top-notch too. She went over everything about the restaurant and menu and could not have been more attentive.

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  2. Todd

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything about our visit. The food was some of the best we have ever experienced. Highly recommended!

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  3. VanessaS

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    5 stars is absolutely it enough! This place is outstanding! My husband and I have dined all over the world, consider ourselves foodies - Barbareno is one of the top 3 meals and dining experiences we have ever had. The service is unparalleled. They had the outdoor heater on by our table before we got there. Throughout the meal at all the appropriate moments, staff was checking on us, pouring water, asking if we needed anything. And the food. I don’t think I’ve tasted such sophisticated, balanced and unique flavors ever. Even the table bread was absolutely delicious! The Uni Caesar Salad was divine, the halibut crudo not to be missed. Everything was cooked to perfection - fish was like buttery silk, tri tip was so tender. We live a 7 hour drive from Santa Barbara and if we ever come back there is no doubt we will be dining here at least once.

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  4. MichaelJ

    New York City

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food well prepared and we had the BBQ and the fish Excellent choices. Appetizers were the salad,avocado and mussels and all were tasty and just plain good. We also had the semi credo and the s’mores for dessert. We went home happy. It was a good choice for us. It was myself and my two brothers and we have dined in many restaurants over the years and we liked the whole setup. We dined on the patio and we were comfortable. Would highly recommend the restaurant. Will be back.

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  5. WilliamK

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    If you like mussels, take a pass here. Broth is uneventful (no garlic detected) and bread, although toasted, was quite soggy. Wine selection was substandard for CA (not to mention overpriced). Also, don't order the sparking wine, not because the wine was bad, but no fluted stemware available.

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  6. LesheenaL

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best dining experience in Santa Barbara we have had in years. We were happy with every recommendation from our server. The Santa Maria tri tip was spectacular. We can’t wait to go back. We recommended Barbareno to all of our friends and clients.

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  7. VictorB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Execution and service was spot on. The Lamb flatbread was the star of the show.

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  8. Jimmy

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious!!! Really enjoyed this unique and spectacular meal

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here and our server was great. He explained the menu in full details and recommend us some great starter. We like our pork chop and New York strip very much. Overall a great experience and would definitely come back.

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  10. JenniferG

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best time last night! The food, service, and ambience was fantastic! We can’t wait to go back in the near future. Highly recommend!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter, Colin made our experience so memorable. We had high expectations for this restaurant based on recommendations of friends and everything was better than we imagined. Colin gave us excellent advice on our wine selection based on our chosen meals. Every dish was delicate and unique. We will definitely go back again

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  12. JamesP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We are there for Valentines Day. They were offering a four course dinner for $95 per person. My wife and I were not Imagine pressed by the food. The spaghetti fritter was very dense and dry. The short rib was overcooked. Not a very good Valentines Day experience.

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  13. Cameron

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a Valentine’s Day prepared limited meal. Way too salty and servers had no idea on flavors(were not given tasters of food). So they didn’t face input on the meal. Salty to the point where I couldn’t taste the next meal. Sent back a few less than half eaten plates.

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  14. BakerG

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great creative tasty food with friendly knowledgeable service. Sat outside with good heaters. One of the best meals I have had in a long time. So good!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alvaro was an amazing server. Food was delicious and service is impeccable. Thank you guys very much!

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  16. CatherineM

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb excellence all the way around. Delicious culinary cuisine, impeccable servers and beautiful Santa Barbara atmosphere. Our favorite restaurant since their opening 10 years ago. Cheers 🥂

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was friendly, and very professional, the food was delightfully unique and familiar at the same time, and the decor is quintessential central coast woody and casual. I want to particularly complement them on the noise level. The music was just right in that you could hear it, but it did not get in the way of conversation. Granted, we were there on a very slow evening and it might be louder when it’s more full, but I really appreciate it that aspect of the ambience, which is hard to find

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  18. chrism

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mitchell was EXCELLENT. Much appreciated. Lovely time

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  19. TravisM

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals of my life! Greta service and food.

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  20. DeAndre

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience was great. The sober-curious drinks, explanation of the concept and menu, and each course was fantastic. We can’t wait to come back and re-order a few favorites (halibut for sure) and try some new things as the seasons chance also.

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  21. EmilyJ

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As always food and service was excellent. Love how all the staff bring the courses to life with their descriptions. Can't wait for a new seasonal menu.

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  22. AnnL

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the service from start to finish and the food was very good and beautifully presented. The animal potatoes were the only item that we're a bit disappointing. They just do not measure up to taste and presentation of the other items we had. We will be back and enjoyed our experience.

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  23. Babs

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Go to restaurant for great food Desserts were delicious as well

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  24. AdamS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, service, and wine list. An excellent experience from start to finish.

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  25. KatyL

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! Great wait staff. Nice setting. Maybe a little loud at times outside.

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  26. JenniferB

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Knowledgeable servers do an outstanding job describing how each dish is prepared when asked. They really know their stuff which makes me appreciate the flavorful and beautifully presented food even more.

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  27. FrequentBostonDiner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Extraordinarily informed service and many unique and delicious plates.

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  28. Lisabette

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It was our son's birthday, and he'd been going through a pretty rough year. I'd heard from friends that Barbareno was great, but even better had a menu that would cater to our weird dietary issues. I made a super early reservation to get the kid back to school to study for midterms. The service was excellent, particularly our server, Colin. He was knowledgeable and attentive. We selected a couple of appetizers, our own entrees and some sides. All that and nothing stood out, nothing wowed us. Actually a few dishes were just plain "Seriously? Should we say something?" My beautifully cooked cod had been drowned in sauces on a bed of pistachio and other... stuff... all I could taste was the stuff. My husband's ravioli tasted "leathery". Our son loved his steak which made us happy. While the desserts sounded worthy, we were over Barbareno and shant be back.

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  29. JeffA

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative dishes, using fresh local food served by a knowledgeable and fun staff. Do not miss the tri tip!

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  30. NoraSwann

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Barbareno was fantastic from beginning to end. Everyone was so welcoming and helpful and the food was absolutely incredible. They made my birthday dinner a night to remember. Thank you!

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  31. SB76

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, excellent cuisine! We’ll be back for another meal!

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  32. RhondaC

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Smallest piece of black cod I have ever been served and way over-priced. Chicken dish was dry even with sauce that was on it and sauce was not a good accompaniment for the chicken. Out of 6 people only 2 thought meal was ok. One was the burger, the other the lamb appetizer. Service was good and waitress very personable, but Would not go back

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  33. AnnieB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such friendly and welcoming staff. The food was delicious. Can’t wait to be back!

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  34. LouisT

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently one of the better restaurants in Santa Barbara. Come here for tastes of this region! Love it.

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  35. DavidP

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great environment, very bistro-style, menu eclectic, food excellent, pace of the service was perfect...and the home baked sour dough bread was off the charts yummy, chewy. This was first time there but will not be my last!!

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  36. Chio

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We always enjoy having a dinner at Barbareno restaurant. Their food is so delicious and service is so friendly and wonderful. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates delicious cuisine.

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  37. RebeccaV

    Portland

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Apps and service was amazing. Main dishes were cold overcooked and very expensive

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  38. GloriaK

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always unique and delicious food prepared perfectly. Service is excellent as always. Love this place. Wish I could eat here every day.

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  39. loril

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience, inspired menu with emphasis local sourcing

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  40. AryanZ

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! service was great and food was very good to really amazing

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Barbareño offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 963-9591.

Barbareño is rated 4.8 stars by 1697 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Barbareño

205 W. Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    De La Vina Street
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    We have a small lot in front of the restaurant, street parking, and the Paseo Nuevo parking structure located just a block away.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Julian Martinez
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (805) 963-9591
  • Catering
    Please contact us at info@barbareno.com for more information on our catering options.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer both the our patio area and inside dining room as private options.
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