- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
black garlic ponzu, yuzu mousse, fresh horseradish, plate linguistics micro greens
Santa Maria BBQ
wagyu tri-tip, pinquito beans, pico de gallo, garlic butter
caramelized onion, special sauce, smoked fiscalini cheddar
We had the Oak Acorn Tagliatelle and the Tri-Tip. Wow! Both were delicious and I must say the the tri-tip was the best I’ve ever had. We will be back!
The food is innovative, prepared beautifully, and the service was excellent. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The Baked California dessert was amazing. The waitstaff proactively asked if we had any dietary restrictions (we don't, but how thoughtful)
Fantastic menu, great and knowledgable service, casual but attentive and classy. Waiter (Clay) was VERY knowledgeable about menu items and ingredients. Timed everything perfectly without rushing. This was one of those over the top experiences and worth the price. Great beer and wine selections as well.
The best food and service.
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
Amazing spot - amazing food. Only request would be to expand wine menu beyond only natural wines.
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.
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.
Excellent local cuisine. Seasonal selection of dishes great Wonderful wine list and service. A must go to restaurant for Santa Barbara
The quality of the beef could of been a lot better. The appetizers were great but the entrees and deserts really lacks.
Excellent. Somewhat out of the ordinary. High quality and interesting dishes. GREAT service. Dinner proportions are small. Will return!
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.
Fantastic place; put it top of your list.
Amazing food! You have to try the eggamuffins.
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!
Fantastic service. Unique dishes that have amazing flavors. all locally sourced and seasonal Each dish has a history/story behind it
An outstanding meal of creative, California-inspired dishes. Highly recommend!
Creative and tasty menu with great wine choices. The service was outstanding. Friendly staff.
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.
Amazing for our third time with out of town friends!
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!
Delicious food. Best dining experience so far in Santa Barbara.
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.
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!!!
Hostess and waitress were top notch!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Some of the most interesting flavors I’ve experienced. Presentation was fabulous and the service was outstanding!!
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!
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.
Delicious food, great service in a wonderful atmosphere. I recommend this restaurant to anyone!!
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.
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
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.
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.
Fantastic. Super accommodating for families of all sizes
The food and service were exquisite. Best meal I've eaten in years.
Fresh, creative food displayed beautifully. Attentive, informed service.
Barbareño offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 963-9591.
Barbareño is rated 4.8 stars by 934 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.