Barbareño

4.8
894 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 894 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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JuliaV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipCalgal
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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Christina
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First- rate.

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vipDH94114
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative menu, engaged (and engaging) staff eager to point out the new dishes since we last visited. Really an excellent restaurant.

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eatup
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food! Home baked sourdough, animal potatoes and brussel sprouts delicious. Steak serving perfect and generous, tri tip stupendous, the sea bass special underwhelmed. Super red wine selection. The dessert was out of this world. Great service. All outdoors - they have made the best of the situation. Please know you must put on your mask when wait staff appears.

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Bluntcanine
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I was disappointed in the food there. The only dish that I liked was the Santa Maria Wagyu tri-tip.
Service and ambience great

DB
vipDanB
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've had the privilege of eating in some pretty good restaurants lately throughout California. But for me, Barbareño is the standout favourite. The flavours are at once bold, but subtle and well-blended, and the service was friendly but not overbearing. On top of that, our server was extremely knowledgeable about both the food and the wine list, and helped us choose the perfect drinks to complement our meals. I really can't think of anything I'd change at all.

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DavidK
Toledo
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Epic. Life changing. A truly incredible meal. The tri tip will alter the course of history. Don’t shy from the baked California.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The food was beyond! And our server was so attentive and caring, truly a great experience overall.

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NinoshkaG
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everytime I come here I am blown away from the service to the complexities of the menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely birthday dinner for my wife here. We almost missed our reservation spot because of traffic but boy am I glad we made it. Food was lovely, service was exquisite and ambience was great!

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RyanD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service, had the tri-tip it was amazing. Great overall experience

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Scisrs
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was perfect. A little uncomfortable with the “mask” policy that everytime a team member came to your table, you had to cover your face! Not very relaxing to keep having to pay attention to their actions. Just could’ve done without that part.

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vipAdrienne
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Definitely worth checking out! Food was creative, well executed and very delicious! Service was also great! Will definitely go back next time we are in SB.

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vipCpscps
Denver
58 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

oh my god ! Food was amazing - beautiful and delicious. Service impeccable. Do not miss this restaurant.

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vipAnon
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Was disappointed with our experience. The outdoor setting was a little rustic for the cost of dining, and the patio heaters did not do enough to warm us up. We weren’t sure if our waiter was inexperienced or very nervous - he was very stilted in his delivery with long pauses. The only dish we enjoyed was the Especial appetizer which was lamb al pastor on flatbread, we finished every morsel. Our main courses were disappointing and did not live up to their description. The worst culprit was the side dish called Animal Potatoes - crushed potatoes that were almost burnt, topped with an unpleasant “house thousand island dressing”.

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vipStephanieS
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding Anniversary
Attentive, friendly and knowledgeable wait-staff
Creative, tasty food
Good value

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was to die for! Food not only looks great, it’s also full of flavor. 100% recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience overall. Amazing food and amazing service

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vipTina
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just can't say enough about the quality and uniqueness of the food here. We started with the yellowtail crudo and it was bright, fresh, with all sorts of subtle flavors complementing the fresh fish. Next we had the lavender infused ricotta ravioli with smoked broccolini, pearl onions, garlic and fennel. I could have eaten 4 more orders of it. The smoked wagyu tri tip was gloriously tender and flavorful with these cute little beans that carried the flavors through. I wish we lived closer so I could enjoy their creative cuisine weekly! And the service was fantastic, wonderfully enthusiastic people who really were proud of the food they served.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The food was lovely but the service was not. We were seated in the tent section by ourselves which was away from other diners where there were available tables. The ambience in the tent was poor compared to the other seating areas. We did not complain and figured it was something due to Covid.

While our server was attentive, we were not allowed to switch tables within the tent section, when my wife asked to because of the setting sun shining directly in her eyes. There were several tables all around us that were empty for most of our meal. The front of the house told us that it was going to be too challenging to move us. What ever happened with “the customer comes first?”. When we asked why, we were not given a real answer, and felt kind of dismissed.

Immediately after that exchange my kids asked for more bread and the server told us that each table only gets one slice per diner but she’ll go back to the kitchen and ask if she can get more. She came back and said unfortunately we can’t give you any more bread but we do have some rejects that we can give you. She actually used the word rejects! She came back to the table with four badly burned end pieces.

The server did not give us a kids menu (yet a different server referenced one). The kids ordered their entrées plain with the sauce on the side. The waiter said that’s fine and then when the dishes were served they were sauced and the kids did not like them. When I told the server (different than our main server) that we asked for sauce on the side she said that’s not what was ordered and didn’t offer to bring back the correct order.

We decided to skip dessert and get out of there. We still provided a 15% tip because many of the bad decisions at Barbareno were not our main server’s.

It does make me wonder if booking with OpenTable gives you “third class status”, versus booking as a local.

And as good as the food was we are definitely not going to return based on our poor experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Everything was perfect

JP
JosieP
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit this evening. We enjoyed the Especial. Lamb al Pastor.
The Santa Maria BBQ Wagyu tri tip was the best I've had, amazingly tender and great smoke flavor. Loved the brussel sprouts, crispy and nicely seasoned.
Very decent wine list focused on Central coast.
Wish I had room for dessert.

PC
vipPamelaC
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time we have eaten at Barbareño. Both times fabulous. But...beyond description the fennel fried chicken. Crispy and so moist inside and not greasy. Dessert, there are some choices of chocolate. Provided by Michael Orlando chocolatier, 5 star in Santa Barbara. The service both times was the very best. Servers are knowledgeable and friendly and are such bright individuals who are interesting to talk to. Don't miss Barbareño!

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vipMark
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

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Antiie
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Loved their outdoor dining setup with a lovely and relaxed garden atmosphere. Highest grades for the ambience! Food was overall good but not everything on the menu blew us away, e.g. the grilled avocado was a bit of a letdown and the amaro way too sweet. Some flavours were very "peculiar" and dominant. The vegetarian acorn tagliatelle, however, was simply amazing ❤️ And their bread is stellar - a shame that they are rationing it 😆

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our fifth anniversary at Barbareño. The food was phenomenal as well as the wait staff. They really took care of us. I would highly recommend.

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vipGinger
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing as always! Nahtassha and Team always make us feel incredibly special ... they are extremely attentive and knowledgeable about the menu as well. The depth of flavors in the food and attention to detail is incredible!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Aggressive mask policies for outdoor dining. Would like you to wear the mask every time someone approaches the table. Awkward. Food was really good. So good it gave my wife a hang over & we don’t drink

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NishaV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a great indoor patio. Very dog friendly and the server even brought our dog water!

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DerekM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dining experience. A bargain for how incredible the food was.

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vipjulieb
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful and delicious original food. Loved the avocado appetizer, miso cod,Tri tip, best potatoes ever, fresh baked sour dough & chocolate dessert. The chef is truly creative and knows how to spice, but not overdue it. Excellent service! We look forward to returning!

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Claudiav
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was delicious. I really like how they explained each plate when they delivered it. Our waitress was amazing and explained and asked how our food was. They really made our 20 year anniversary very memorable and a great experience. I am definitely coming back! We had the fried ranch Chicken, crudo, grilled avocado and wings. All so good! I will make the drive from LA to this place just so I can try their season food and for the great service

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JosephG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and lovely atmosphere. The grilled avocado was beyond any expectations

SA
vipSarahA
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was AMAZING!!! What a wonderful dinner and experience. The crudo and grilled avocado were delicious. The chocolate 5 ways dessert was phenomenal. Everything was thoughtfully created. The atmosphere is cute and cozy. I celebrated a special event here and it felt very special indeed. Highly recommend!

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AlexB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Incredibly disappointed. Used to be amazing, took a big drop post COVID. Will not be returning

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GeoffM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as usual. Always unique entrées and amazing desserts. The desserts are also unique and a must have when at Barbareno.

FAQs

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

Barbareño is rated 4.8 stars by 894 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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