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Barbareño

4.7
4.7
1190 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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Booked 16 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 963-9591

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Preston Knox

  • 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.

  • 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Main

  • Eggamuffins$12.00

    cornmeal blini, whipped seascape, speck, cured egg yolk

    • Grilled Avocado$15.00

      black garlic ponzu, yuzu mousse, fresh horseradish

      • Fairview Lettuces$16.00

        grilled peach vinaigrette, basil yogurt, stone fruits, pistachio granola

        • Panzanella*$16.00

          fennel vinaigrette, spring onions, sourdough, garlic toum, drake feta

          • Market Crudo*$18.00

            cucumber gazpacho, avocado, foamed garlic, radish, nopalitos

            • Oak Smoked Wings$18.00

              fresno chili sweet n' sour, pistachio miso, fermented honey, pickled ginger

              • Ravioli$18.00

                lavender ricotta, butternut squash, pearl onion, grilled broccolini, confit garlic

                • Especial$20.00

                  lamb al pastor, masa flatbread, shishitos, goat gouda, salsa verde

                  • Acorn Tagliatelle$26.00

                    charred oak broth, smoked vegetables, wolfe ranch mushrooms, wild herbs

                    • Local Black Cod

                      watermelon miso, cucurbits, oolong black rice, grapefruit emulsion

                      • MP
                    • Chicken & Ranch*$29.00

                      fennel-fried mary's chicken, buttermilk ranch, peas, carrot

                      • Plate of Pork$29.00

                        smoked st. louis ribs, cracked caramel, ginger-scallion slaw, crispy speck, jam

                        • Santa Maria BBQ$32.00

                          wagyu tri-tip, pinquito beans, pico de gallo, garlic butter

                          • Brandt New York Strip$45.00

                            brown butter miso, shiitake, okinawa gnocchi, solminer rubellite

                            • Barbareno Burger*$22.00

                              house bacon, smoked cheddar, avocado, pinquito miso aioli, pickles

                              • Crispy Brussel Sprouts$15.00

                                smoked bragg apple cider vinegar, fermented ojai honey, san joaquin gold

                                • Animal Potatoes*$13.00

                                  caramelized onion, special sauce, smoked fiscalini cheddar

                                  • Citrus Beets$12.00

                                    miso pesto, pistachio, drake chevre snow

                                    Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                    What 1,190 people are saying

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                                    4.7
                                    4.7 based on recent ratings
                                    • 4.7Food
                                    • 4.8Service
                                    • 4.6Ambience
                                    • 4.5Value

                                    NoiseModerate

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                                      We love the food - always great quality and perfectly prepared. We like to dine early so noise is not an issue because there isn’t much of a crowd and the service is outstanding. Parking is the only uncertainty but yesterday we found a spot in their small lot, otherwise it is street parking.

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                                      jenniferb

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                                      Dined on May 20, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience3

                                      Neighborhood was a little run down and we thought driver might have dropped us off at the wrong place. Once inside we entered an alternate universe! Food and service were amazing. The mango baked Alaska was to die for.

                                    8. NG

                                      NancyG

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                                      Dined on May 19, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      like innovative use of ingredients. Very imaginative dishes.

                                    9. m

                                      maryj

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                                      3 reviews

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                                      Dined on May 19, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      The menu was interesting and the food very good. We especially enjoyed the pork chop; it was very juicy and not dry at all.

                                    10. AG

                                      AndrewG

                                      San Francisco

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

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                                      Dined on May 16, 2022

                                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                                      Great Sunday evening. Thanks!

                                    11. OT

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                                      Dined on May 16, 2022

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                                      LoriSue

                                      Central Coast

                                      3 reviews

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                                      Dined on May 15, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Barbareño is our first stop every visit to Santa Barbara. We love the interesting and delicious seasonal cuisine. Always something new to discover.

                                    13. JK

                                      JeffreyK

                                      San Diego

                                      22 reviews

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                                      4.0

                                      22 reviews

                                      Dined on May 14, 2022

                                      overall4food5service4ambience5

                                      Took awhile to get seated initially. Especial and both main dishes were outstanding. The Chocolate dessert was delicious. Brussel Sprouts average. Overall food was quite good.

                                    14. CR

                                      CarolineR

                                      San Francisco

                                      16 reviews

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                                      16 reviews

                                      Dined on May 12, 2022

                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                      Highly recommend. Fish and wings were top notch. Filet was bit bland which is why 4 starts- not 5. Server was great. Would go again.

                                    15. OT

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                                      Isra

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                                      7 reviews

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                                      7 reviews

                                      Dined on May 9, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Lovely as always! We love bringing out of town guest here!

                                    17. SB

                                      SBfoodie

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                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                      Extremely talented chef produces the most delectable flavor combinations. Nothing ordinary about Barbareno!!!

                                    18. OT

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                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

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                                      Fantastic, cutting-edge culinary creativity! Awesome service!

                                    19. A

                                      Alyvia

                                      1 review

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                                      One of the best restaurants we have ever been to, the food and ambiance were perfect.

                                    20. DV

                                      DeniseV

                                      San Francisco

                                      4 reviews

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                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                                      overall3food4service4ambience3

                                      Everyone around us got their food, deserts and check before we got our food. Our reservation was at 6pm, our food came out after 7:15. No explanation, just just quick “Oops” when I pointed it out. My wine also was served at literally half as full as my husband’s or anyone else around us. Considering all the great reviews I have seen on this place, I was remarkably underwhelmed.

                                    21. A

                                      Amanda

                                      Los Angeles

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

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                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      This was a gem of a restaurant in an unassuming mostly residential neighborhood, it was unpretentious but upscale with an inventive and tasty menu and one of the best servers I’ve ever had in the history of my 38 years eating at restaurants.

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                                      LindaS

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                                      Dined on May 6, 2022

                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                      Service was attentive, enthusiastic and informed. We enjoyed our interactions. Food was delicious, finely prepared. As fish eating vegetarians, it would be nice to have a few more non-meat, non smoky options. Then we might return more often. Also, to have a fish option that is not sweet, would be a plus. Overall, it's a top-notch restaurant.

                                    23. MS

                                      MarthaS

                                      Los Angeles

                                      9 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      9 reviews

                                      Dined on May 5, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      My husband and I were very impressed with this restaurant which opened in 2014. Being locals it was our first experience. We decided to split three small plates the beet salad, lamb flat bread, and Mongolian chicken wings. Each dish had well balanced flavors which we truly enjoyed. We will be back. Must have reservations. They have a small patio which probably would be quieter than inside.

                                    24. A

                                      patrickA

                                      Seattle

                                      6 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      6 reviews

                                      Dined on May 5, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Wonderful modern California menu featuring local products. I had the grilled avacado with black garlic ponzu, yuzu mousse and fresh horse radish to start. For the main course I ordered the Santa Maria BBQ, (I could see the grill from my seat on the patio) wagyu tri-tip, pinquito beans, pico de gallo and garlic butter. For dessert I wisely chose the Baked California, a mango, basil semifreddo (ice cream) in meringue, over a hop cake with lemon and lavender pine nuts, the layering flavors was amazing. Great nice but not stuff atmospher with attentive, efficient service. I would definitely go back!

                                    25. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

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                                      Dined on May 1, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Top-notch experience from start to finish! The hostess was very friendly and welcoming and our waitress was amazing. Being our first time to the restaurant, she explained the menu perfectly and gave some incredible recommendations. We had the Brussel sprouts and the Especial to start. Both were unreal. Then we had the Santa Maria BBQ entree which was one of the best things I’ve had in a long time. We had the Baked California to finish off for dessert. We will definitely be back. Every item was soo good. Barbareño is an amazing off the beaten path spot in SB.

                                    26. JA

                                      JonathanA

                                      Washington DC

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on April 29, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      One of the best places for a delicious meal in Santa Barbara. Everything is good! Best burger in town. ;)

                                    27. j

                                      jdfoodie

                                      San Diego

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on April 24, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Fantastic menu and wine/beer options. Our server was awesome, and the timing of our courses were all great. Awesome ambiance.

                                    28. A

                                      Anonymous

                                      New York Area

                                      24 reviews

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                                      5.0

                                      24 reviews

                                      Dined on April 22, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Food was very tasty: unique flavors even for the drinks. Very nicely presented in beautiful plates and silverware; service was excellent. We’ll go again for sure!

                                    29. v

                                      vepaw00

                                      Milwaukee

                                      10 reviews

                                      vip
                                      2.0

                                      10 reviews

                                      Dined on April 22, 2022

                                      overall2food2service3ambience4

                                      We were excited to try this restaurant and were very disappointed. The burger lacked flavor and the Chicken & Ranch were cold and not cooked properly. Best way to describe restaurant is over-rated.

                                    30. TF

                                      TimF

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on April 22, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      The food here is the best I've had in Santa Barbara. All locally sourced produce and a super creative menu.

                                    31. BW

                                      BenW

                                      Central Coast

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on April 21, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                      Excellent food. Unique flavors. Definitely worth a visit if you haven't been here in a while, or if it would be for the first time.

                                    32. DH

                                      DebH

                                      Central Coast

                                      21 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      21 reviews

                                      Dined on April 21, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Colin was our server and he was helpful in describing and recommending menu items. All of the Staff was terrific. Everyone made us feel special while celebrating our wedding anniversary.

                                    33. PT

                                      PamelaT

                                      Los Angeles

                                      27 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      27 reviews

                                      Dined on April 17, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      This is a very special restaurant in a quiet corner of Santa Barbara. The food is exquisitely prepared with what's freshest at the moment. The salad is ever-changing and always inventive and delicious . The vegetable sides (charred brussel sprouts and animal potatoes) are not to be missed. Entrees are all executed to perfection. Desserts are thoughtful and beautifully presented. Service staff is happy to explain their somewhat unusual menu and offer suggestions. There is nothing to criticize here. It's a local treasure, and our go-to when friends come to town. Book early to avoid disappointment.

                                    34. CE

                                      CommonEater

                                      Los Angeles

                                      95 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      95 reviews

                                      Dined on April 10, 2022

                                      overall5food5service4ambience4

                                      Don’t sleep on the Panzanella. That’s all I’m gonna say.

                                    35. D

                                      Dubaigary

                                      New England

                                      10 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      10 reviews

                                      Dined on April 8, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience3

                                      Unbelievable food. Fish of the day was a black cod with miso and blueberry compote - spectacular! Lamb Al pastor tapa was also excellent. Unassuming place that you might walk by without giving it a second look, well off the beaten track. Wonderful, attentive yet non-intrusive service from Nathaniel. Ambiance nothing special - we ate in the Covid tent Reasonable prices for the quality.

                                    36. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      Portland

                                      6 reviews

                                      vip
                                      5.0

                                      6 reviews

                                      Dined on April 8, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Great food, good service, very fair price. Highly recommended.

                                    37. OT

                                      OpenTable Diner

                                      San Francisco

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on April 7, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Excellency all around! Delicious food, friendly + knowledgeable staff. Luckily we went on a beautiful day so ambiance was amazing. Thanks Barbareño Team!

                                    38. CC

                                      ChunshiC

                                      San Francisco

                                      2 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      2 reviews

                                      Dined on April 4, 2022

                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                      We told restaurant it was a birthday dinner for my husband but we didn’t get any acknowledgement, even not a friendly happy birthday greeting by the waiter so it’s a bit disappointing. Not sure whether we should have expected anything when opentable specifically asked for special occasion during reservation.

                                    39. HK

                                      HectorK

                                      1 review

                                      5.0

                                      1 review

                                      Dined on April 4, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      I have lived in Santa Barbara for 10 years and been to most of the restaurants in town. Barbareno is one of the best. Great food, top level service and a nice environment. A uniquely California diving experience.

                                    40. W

                                      Wendell

                                      Los Angeles

                                      7 reviews

                                      5.0

                                      7 reviews

                                      Dined on April 3, 2022

                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                      Fantastic Anniversary dinner. Lovely patio. Cole our waiter was enthusiastic and thorough and attentive. The menu is very creative, with excellent results. Very nice wine list. Great experience.

                                    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 4.7 stars by 1190 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                    Booked 16 times today
                                    Google Map for Barbareño

                                    205 W. Canon Perdido St Santa Barbara, CA 93101

                                    Dining areas

                                    Additional information

                                    • Cross street

                                      De La Vina Street

                                    • Neighborhood

                                      Santa Barbara

                                    • Hours of operation

                                      Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

                                    • 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

                                      Preston Knox

                                    • 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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