Barbareño

4.8
976 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 976 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish we ordered was as good as it gets. Bursting with layers of flavor. Appetizers - tuna crudo, maybe best wings ever (sauces out of this world), especial with lamb is delish. For dinner - ribs, wagyu tri trip. Followed by 24 blackbirds chocolate. Each bite was to be savored. And our server was awesome and delightful. Can’t recommend highly enough.

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vipBrettQ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite go-to restaurant in Santa Barbara! The santa maria bbq never disappoints.

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vipCAB67
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fantastic experience! The menu is creative and familiar all at once. There are dishes that play on fast food favorites but taste like nothing you have ever had before. The atmosphere is deceptively casual—lighthearted and relaxed—with some of the best service we have experienced anywhere. Don’t question it, just go!

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vipNikkiG
Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. Loved the setting outside. A great experience.

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Jeanluc
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Barbareño is a Santa Barbara gem. The unassuming setting is home to some seriously delicious food. My wife and I shared the Especial, which is now one of my favorite apps to-date, and each enjoyed the Wagyu Tri Tip plate. The Somme made a wonderful recommendation and then we finished the night with the “Baked California.” Everything was balanced, interesting, and hearty!

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SBtransplant
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've had. The food was farm fresh, beautiful, the ambience lovely and intimate; and the servers were consummate hosts, informative and hospitable.

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MorganL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the stars of the Santa Barbara / Montecito area. Do not walk, run to this beautiful restaurant where the food tastes simultaneously like a heartfelt gift from a friend and a work of art by a master. I am always so impressed when chefs can make vegetables shine as brightly as meats, and Barbareno definitely delivers on this. Still, get the smoked wings and Santa Maria style bbq. The salad was perfect and full of chi. The honey dessert (forgot the name) is stunning and delightful. The desserts are big, so good to share at the end. My only wish is that they would carry some Orange wine options and note which wines are natural wines. But that's a small thing. If I could give out Michelin stars, this place would be collecting!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carly was amazing!! Great food, service and loved the history of the area and traditions of the food.

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vipfoodwinedoc
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t miss the tri tip or the Especial!

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MarkM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top to bottom the food was incredible. We wanted to go back the next night to order the other half of the menu we couldn't stomach on the first go. A must stop if you are in Santa Barbara

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taylorblopez
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

friendly, relaxed vibe

nice and helpful hosts and servers, answered all of our questions and helped walked us through the menu while giving background about the dishes and cool facts about the ingredients

fast service

the especial was amazing

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RobertCarnitas77
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was incredible, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was amazing, unique and perfectly portioned. I have already recommended it to 2 friends.

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vipRichK
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rarely to you have a meal where each dish is amazing. The chef uses local ingredients like lavender and pistachios to take items like avocados, ravioli and beef to a new level. Service matches the meal.

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JAHLove
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Won't disappoint. Period. Exclamation point.

CO
COmd
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we’ve ever had. Great service. Each plate was unique and delicious.

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Jenn
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I've ever has. Would and will come back in a heartbeat.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Really great food but server sat us in a corner table with unrelenting glare from the Sun and therefore super hot and uncomfortable. There were other open tables so not sure why they couldn’t move us.

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robertd
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of SB’s best restaurants. Everything was excellent.

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scottg
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite meals of all time!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was probably one of the best natural (farm to table) dinners I had in a very long time. It was insanely delicious and Karlie and practically the whole staff tended to our needs to whole night. I was amazed by the service, history, and stories shared that night. We enjoyed everything about this place and will definitely come back again.

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MrMann
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the service to the food, everything was exquisite.

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Wendi
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fresh and delicious food that are better than many Michelin rated restaurants I've been to

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OpenTable Diner
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional. We learned about the food and got great recommendations for courses and the wine. Don’t miss the acorn tagliatelle. Unbelievable!!

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WraitH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, loved the Panna cotta dessert in particular and the way all of the dishes were plated.

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vipNancyG
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbareno was a real treat! Innovative dishes, great wine, lovely atmosphere. The black cod was to die for.

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ClassicalArch
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Service was good, as always, but the food was not up to the standards we have come to expect. The outdoor space in the parking lot was not so nice.

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MadonnaC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Avocado, TriTip and burger were fantastic. Great flavors, extremely tender meat, unusual and a really nice experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious, had the avocado appetizer, brussels, tri-tip. Tried a bite of the black cod as well. No complaints. Would recommend a reservation. We had one, saw some walk ins get turned away.

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CourtneyH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience. That black cod!!! We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food , creative , delicious and great ambiance .

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vipBrentford
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals in recent years.

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HoldenMahgroyn
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was quite lit. The tri-tip was scrumptious.

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michelles
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is an amazing, creative foodie experience. Each plate looked like a very deliberate work of art. The waitress needed to explain most of the offerings to us, because there were a lot of inventive terms, but we didn't mind, she was very fun and friendly. It honestly felt like a dining adventure, kind of a journey where we didn't exactly know what to expect. But we were so wonderfully delighted by all the sensations, I can't wait to do it again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10!!! Amazing. So glad we booked this place.

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LorettaM
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and m first great meal since 2020 - so it was a real treat. the wait staff was also attentive but not overwhelming.

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vipBillF
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seemingly, Barbareno never disappoints. Creative dishes with wonderful flavors and spot-on service. We loved the grilled avocado and the barbecued filet mignon tips.

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SophyC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for a unique, sustainable and deliciously amazing restaurant - don't miss out on Barbareno! As a non-local, this is a destination restaurant for me and worth the drive every time. All menu items are stand outs and some items come with a historical back story as a nod to the local area. All the staff are extremely attentive and amazing and the desserts are a must try! Don't miss out on the Santa Maria BBQ, Market Crudo, Oak Smoked Wings and Especial if they are on the seasonal menu. The desserts are nothing like I've ever tried, Sweet Mountain Top is a must try and Baked California's flavors will impress! Love coming to Barbareno!

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viperikat
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant! All the dishes where so balanced and gorgeous, definitely would go back!

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vipZohar
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We tried most of the items on the menu and loved them all.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly magnificent! Had the best dining experience here! Food is really delicious! Worth the price.

FAQs

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

Barbareño is rated 4.8 stars by 976 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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