Barbareño

4.8
931 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 931 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipjudyd
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Especial was the best thing on the menu … we will be returning for this and each ordering our OWN :)

Uniquely California, uniquely natural option to finish .. the Ojai Honey something or other desert was … full pause … the best meal finisher we’ve ever had .. ever

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vipreview
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot - amazing food. Only request would be to expand wine menu beyond only natural wines.

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JonFVG
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for a truly Santa Barbara experience complete with excellent ambiance, great people, and a genuine quality food sourced locally - Barbareño is your spot.

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Nick
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ambience got the Covid + weather mark. Everything was great and you could tell they tried, but being on the covered makeshift patio with the wind the way it was definitely took away from the experience. Food and beverages were excellent and we will be back.

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VirginiaC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent local cuisine. Seasonal selection of dishes great Wonderful wine list and service. A must go to restaurant for Santa Barbara

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JeffL
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The quality of the beef could of been a lot better. The appetizers were great but the entrees and deserts really lacks.

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MelDood1
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent. Somewhat out of the ordinary. High quality and interesting dishes. GREAT service. Dinner proportions are small. Will return!

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semifinedining
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tucked in an area a stone's throw from the bustling State St, it carves its own oasis. The outdoor patio was planned very well. I got the opportunity to sit in the main area vs the tent. Our server who happened to also be the beer director was very welcoming and informative on the dining etiquette and the menu. She also checked in often akin to fine dining establishments.

We ordered the Santa Maria BBQ - pinquito beans were delicious! Animal potatoes tasted like an elevated animal fries. The panna cotta stole the show - a deconstructed elegant dessert with fresh fruit, ricotta and honeycomb drizzled with nuts. Will be back!

P.s. It looks like they change their menu frequently as ours had June atop it.

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vipLynnH
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place; put it top of your list.

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vipDoxster
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! You have to try the eggamuffins.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed! The food was amazing.
We started with the grilled avocado and the Especial, those two dishes have an immense amount of flavors, what a great experience. The black Cod,the NY steak and the animal potatoes followed the same trend , probably for the two of us the two starters and the the NY steak would’ve enough to eat . Highly recommended!

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KimBodden
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Unique dishes that have amazing flavors. all locally sourced and seasonal Each dish has a history/story behind it

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MatthewH
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding meal of creative, California-inspired dishes. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Creative and tasty menu with great wine choices. The service was outstanding. Friendly staff.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unbelievable food, a bit off the main strip but we’ll worth the trip. Beautiful vibe, friendly staff and did I mention the food? The food is absolutely incredible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing for our third time with out of town friends!

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vipNYtoLA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Barbareño is incredible! This is the second time we’ve been and, very fortunately, The second time we’ve had the pleasure of having Carli as our server. Good people come from Michigan and apparently exceptional food can certainly be found in Santa Barbara. From the wine to the wings to the atmosphere and everything in between… This is definitely a place to go for an incredible experience!

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FrankD
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Best dining experience so far in Santa Barbara.

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vipMaxH
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Renee, was the absolute best! So knowledgeable and friendly. The food was outstanding. The panzanella salad was so delicious. The Santa Maria barbecue also wonderful. The dessert of 24 Blackbirds is a must for chocolate lovers.

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TomT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife & I had eaten here couple of years ago & remembered the Tri-Tip was pretty good. We both ordered the Tri-Tip again and we weren't disappointed! The meat was almost melting in our mouths.....really good as well as the Brussel Sprouts as a side. Highly recommend Barbareno!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess and waitress were top notch!

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vipRobB
Miami
37 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute highlight of my visit to Santa Barbara. The food is exceptional. There is a story behind every item on the menu. I only wish I had more time to return consecutive evenings to enjoy every item on the menu.

The outstanding service from every member of the Barbareno team was felt throughout the evening. It's apparent that the team members feel a passion for what they do, the food they prepare and serve and the overall experience they create.

Five stars across the board. Outstanding in every way!

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SolvangGal
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time but definite;y not the last. Menu is wonderful but does require descriptions of each item for first time diners. Sooo worth it. Can't wait to return.

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RLPjr
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

It was weird to serve a salad as a ‘to share’ plate and not provide a serving spoon. I can appreciate a laid back atmosphere however letting the table next to us eat in sweat pants and gym shoes was not appealing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I truly cannot say enough good things about this place. From the food to the staff, the experience was amazing and we made another reservation to come back on the spot. Shout out to Will who was so passionate & informative about each dish!! Thank you Barbareno!

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AnneH
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Some of the most interesting flavors I’ve experienced. Presentation was fabulous and the service was outstanding!!

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Foodsmith
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a beautiful outdoor venue with wonderful service. The staff is very knowledgeable about the food and very friendly. The food was delicious! I would recommend the "Animal Potatoes" which is Barbareno's version of Animal Style Fries from In n' Out, but better!

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vipLuv2Eat
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience felt like we were invited over to our best friends’ house for dinner. Inviting from the moment we arrived and until we left. And the treasures (I mean food) that awaited us - ling cod, eggamuffins, crudo, garden lettuces, especial, brussel sprouts - were sophisticated yet playful.

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vipChio
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service in a wonderful atmosphere. I recommend this restaurant to anyone!!

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ChristianS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We found this place online and were lucky to get in on a Sunday evening late. It was one of the best experiences we have ever had for dinner. The food was outstanding and the staff extremely helpful and knowledgeable. When we travel back to Santa Barbara this will be on the top of the list for dinner.

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vipTimbo
Orange County
66 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Some of the best food in Santa Barbara and the service is exceptional. Outside only tables at the present but definitely far enough apart. Whenever we visit SB we make this must visit for dinner

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JFerg
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a nice date night here! We really enjoyed the outdoor dining with lights in the trees, lots of plants around, great heat lamps, and just a lovely setting. The service was friendly, knowledgable, and just the right amount of attentiveness.
The food was unique! Each dish contained interesting and fun components, we especially loved the crudo, the panzanella, and the potatoes. The only thing to note that surprised us was that there are no cocktails, but a great wine and beer list.

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KaHu
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife and I ….Everything about this place is just exceptional: the staff, food, wine, ambiance. Quality and the taste of the food is unbelievable….we tried Grilled Avocado ( just the most tasteful and innovative appetizer ever), BBQ stake ( melted in our mouth), and the Lamb on the flat bread ( a delicious experience)….. the wine that was recommended was a perfect match.
We will be there over and over again.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Super accommodating for families of all sizes

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JuliaV
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were exquisite. Best meal I've eaten in years.

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vipCalgal
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fresh, creative food displayed beautifully. Attentive, informed service.

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Christina
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbareño is our go-to spot for special occasions. Their food has a hint of sometime special in each and every dish. We always get so much value for our dollar and the service is unmatched.

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VanessaD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience, FOOD and drinks were amazing here. The service was excellent and HIGHLY recommend.

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Patricia
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful servers and terrific food! One of our co-guests said it was the best meal he'd had in a restaurant!

FAQs

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

Barbareño is rated 4.8 stars by 931 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.

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