Barbareño

4.8
1026 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1026 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.9
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
b
ber150
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five stars!!!

AM
AnnMarieFeitt
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Loved food, excellent flavors and great service. Because of COVID we were sitting outside, ambiance outside not great! Traffic noise, busy street. I would definitely recommend for food, flavors were unique and delicious. I had the cod, my husband had Santa Maria BBQ with waygu beef. Appetizers were also wonderful and varied.

LT
LTR94556
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice surprise. Excellent starter, entre and desert. Service was excellent--very attentive, made good recommendations. The outdoor seating area was very nice and comfortable. Would definitely return on another visit.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Food was heavy and too reduced/intense

KL
KayleighL
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! I love this place. Even though we sat outside, their tent situation still had a nice ambiance with lots of plants and good soft lighting. The food here was soooo delicious. Our server was outstanding and very friendly. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants I’ve been to in Santa Barbra. Can’t wait to come back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delightful for our dinner at Barbareno! The outdoor patio is very pretty and well shielded from the road. Service was efficient and friendly and the waiter was great about describing the entrees and the ingredients. Most importantly, the food was fantastic! We started with the grilled avocado which was a perfectly ripe avocado with some delicious, savory sauce. It was unlike anything I’d had before but absolutely delicious. We also had the Santa Maria BBQ and the fried chicken, both cooked to perfection and each with a unique and complex flavor profile. We will definitely try to visit again when we’re in Santa Barbara!

PB
PaulB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Kelly - server, is incredible! She made the whole night special

S
vipStephanie1
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great apps! Great server! Main dishes were over salted, we were shocked because the dish had great composition. I would give them another chance.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Comida deliciosa, personal súper amable y atentos a los detalles

Report
SS
vipStephanieS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible! Delicious, creative food and excellent service.

H
vipHoward
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Limited wine selection and the food was ok. Great waiter.

BC
BrianC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Brandt New York Trip was excellent ! Brownie was probably too dry. Overall really good experience.

WV
WandaV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome setting, deliciously creative appetizers and entrees, and the most inspired yummy desert art ever!
A great night out

CS
CarolS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers were excellent as was the food. Ewe were. Dry comfortable there. Will go again.

MW
MikeW
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Santa Maria BBQ. The meat was tender and juicy and the beans, delicious !

PD
PaulD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly service, really good food. Recommend the butternut squash ravioli. Great appetizer.

MH
MattH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Panzanella salad is always a must, and the cod dish currently on the menu is phenomenal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! We will definitely be returning.

MR
vipMarkR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Really good value. Worth the drive from San Diego for sure.

DG
DianneG
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable dining experience, loved the ambiance of the outdoor courtyard. The menu is based around fresh, locally sourced ingredient - all delicious. We enjoyed the Brussels sprouts, Wagyu try-tip and chicken and ranch. My only complaint is that we had no room to try one of their amazing dessert!
Service was 5 star.

K
Kerae
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nuanced flavors and friendly staff. Great wine list. Kids portions were way too big, though :/ a shame to waste food like that

S
Steve300
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect place to eat in Santa Barbara, away from the crowd on State Street and with excellent food.

H
Heather
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner. The service was very good, and the vibe was rustic and fun. The ravioli was yummy (but small portion), and the NY strip was very tasty with an inventive presentation. Would recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the greeting to the end the evening was magical. The service was friendly, the food wonderful, the outdoor seating perfect.

MG
MichelleG
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very interesting farm to table menu that changes monthly. I had the fried chicken and my husband had the steak, both were delicious. We went for it and ordered dessert which was also VERY good. We cleaned our plates and will go back when we visit SB again.

DR
DeborahR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and unique dishes. They helped make a 50th birthday dinner celebration feel very special.

Z
Zohar
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great innovative and tasty food with great and friendly service.

a
avalon
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Creative and delicious food and excellent, attentive service. Our party had the Santa Maria BBQ along with Eggamuffins, Fairview Lettuces, Crudo, Especial, Beets and Brussel Sprouts. All were outstanding and the flavors were so special. Ended with Ojai Hive & Honey and 24 Blackbirds. Both were amazing, but the honey dessert was so different, flavorful and beautifully presented! Will return when we are in the area again.
Tip - reserve to sit outside. We had requested an inside table because we weren't sure about the weather, but when we tried to change upon arrival, the outside was completely booked.

N
vipNick
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious meal, enjoyed as usual 😊

J
Jillian
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb. Food was to die for and the service couldn’t have been better. Highly recommend

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.

BB
BrendanB
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re foodies from NY, and this was the best food yet on our coastal CA vacation. Amazingly creative flavor combos honoring the local ingredients. Highly reccommended

EJ
EdwardJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

If you want to try some unique foods at a special restaurant in Santa Barbara try Barbareno.

L
Linds
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and fabulous food! Thank you Kelly for making our evening memorable.

SB
SBLocal
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, servers were friendly and helpful. I found the music a bit too loud (but I’m sensitive to noise). However, overall it was a very nice meal and I will definitely go back. There were many dishes I wanted to try, and since they don’t have a tasting menu, I’ll have to try them over a few meals.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Never had Wagyu tri tip.
Amazing?

I
vipIamlaman
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

To start with what was good, all the service people were lovely, considerate, attentive and pleasant. The food on the other hand was less than up to par. We came because the reviews were so excellent and unfortunately are leaving to write a bad review ourselves. The flavors were confused and the numbers of ingredients and flavors were excessive and not well thought out. It seems impossible to make a piece of black card badly. The black card was not good and marred by a sweet flavor, the fried chicken was overcooked and tasteless dry and tasteless. The Santa Maria barbecue barbecue was good enough, but not great. It felt like a restaurant from the 70s. Not very interesting, don’t bother.

JB
JudyB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious (and creative) locally sourced food.

C
vipCalifgirl
Atlanta
40 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appetizers/small plates very yummy including the brussels, potatoes & lavender ravioli. Marinated bbq wagu tri tip the best we’ve ever eaten. Excellent!

SF
ScottF
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbareno offers an ambience and menu that is terrific and is unique compared to most other Santa Barbara restaurants. Creative menu, friendly & knowledgeable staff and curated quality wine list that is priced well.

FAQs

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

Barbareño is rated 4.8 stars by 1026 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

Tweets by Barbareño