- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff is vaccinated
black garlic ponzu, yuzu mousse, fresh horseradish
Santa Maria BBQ
wagyu tri-tip, pinquito beans, pico de gallo, garlic butter
Crispy Brussel Sprouts
smoked bragg apple cider vinegar, fermented ojai honey, san joaquin gold
We loved this restaurant! Dishes were unique and delicious. The brussels sprouts were so tasty, although we wished that the waiter would have suggested splitting one order. The ravioli filling was delicious but the dough was a little tough but I'd order them again. Try the Especial appetizer -we loved it. Santa Maria barbecue was great but a huge order. Baked California was amazing, the meringue perfect but we wished the same freedom had been a little softer- .
Best dinner I’ve had in Santa Barbara. Aside from the amazing dishes, also the best service in town. Could not recommend more!
Enjoyable evening! Delicious food with attentive service.
Server was fantastic food was epic. Elevated central coast classics. Sea bass was amazing! Desserts were all well received and unique! Service was excellent
We had a 6:15 res but arrived early. No problem! We had 3 amazing meals and everyone from the host to the waitress had full knowledge of the menu. We had great service. Would highly recommend.
They food presentation was excellent ! The taste was amazing and. Collin the waiter was outstanding !
This was our first visit. We were wow'ed by the knowledgable and friendly service and creative food.
Service, Food and Ambiance we're all outstanding. We will be back, hopefully sooner than later!
We’ve eaten here many times. Consistently good in all phases. Great quality ingredients with lots of emphasis on local organic vegetables . They need to put the 420 baked California dessert back on the menu
A superb restaurant for any and all occasions- locally sourced ingredients and wonderful preparation makes all perfect
My favorite restaurant!
We had a fabulous meal at Barbareno! Start to finish everything was amazing. And the staff couldn’t be more attentive and knowledgeable. We were in SB doing wedding planning and are here at the recommendation of our planner. We will DEFINITELY put this on our Rec list for our wedding guests!
Barbareno is one of the top culinary stars of Santa Barbara, but it also has a special spirit of hospitality that stands out. Don't miss the Santa Maria bbq plate if your an omnivore. We also consistently love the starter salad and any and all of the beautiful desserts. The dessert wine flight is also a treat! Our server was the best, and we had such a great night celebrating here. Can't wait to return!
Amazing food and service.
It's good. Service was a little uneven, but nothing terrible. The meat entrees and salad were good. Menu is a little limited and execution is pretty good, but not great.
The tri-tip is one of my top dishes of all time. I try to go as often as the menu updates to try what's new!
Our first time here to this hidden gem ; kuddos to the chef for these amazing flavor combinations. We opted for vegan choices and were very happy with the flavors and care of the chef as well as our server. Our suggestion would be to add more because we would love to come back many times and experience the skill of the person responsible for such creations which honor local food sourcing, in season purchasing and food design reflective of our Santa Barbara region.
Really amazing food. Acorn tagliatelle, animal potatoes and panzenella. Highly recommend. Great service and they loved our dog. Def going back!
very unique but VERY delicious. All local food and drinks. Each meal is carefully crafted with special local herbs...it was very good.
Neighborhood gem. Menu changes monthly with seasonal produce. Interesting menu with tasty items. Cozy. Moderate wine list. Not overpriced by Santa Barbara standards! Had the Oprah which was fine and my wife had the Acorn dish which was very good.
The food was delicious and the staff was knowledgeable and well-trained, however, the Santa Maria BBQ, while delicious, wasn't really Santa Maria BBQ, and the serving of ravioli was really, really tiny. I would give it a five star --- except that it was so very expensive that I really just can't. I'd go back for the food once I get really, really rich. I also think there might have been one bottle of deep red wine for less than $42. But, hey, that's just me. I must add that the 'fried chicken' was not too expensive and was really moist and delicious.
It would be hard to find food in Santa Barbara more delicious than this. And the wait staff is superb. As wonderful as everything sounds on the menu, it is even better when it arrives on your plate. Can't wait to go back.
The food was very good with excellent preparation. The service was impeccable - we are very happy with our experience and will return soon.
The noise level rating is for outdoor seating, which we requested. The traffic noise is present, but totally understandable. This is a note for diners, not a complaint.
Hadn't been for a while. Sat outside and it was lovely! Beautiful lights strung through the trees. A great atmosphere to go along with the wonderful food. Two thumbs way up for the pork chop!
My second time to Barbareño. Man, the food is fabulous. Make sure you order the charred avocado. Service was lovely and not pretentious. Nice outdoor seating options for the covid conscious. Really love this restaurant.
Barbareno is a must stop when you're in Santa Barbara. Outstanding, creative menu, wonderful tag-team service by the servers, and gracious hospitality throughout, whether you're sitting inside or on the expanded patio. Start with the Eggamuffin, their riff on the Egg McMuffin (which I found out was invented at a McDonald's in Santa Barbara) and share a couple of appetizers and entrees. Can recommend the ravioli, panzanella salad, and plate of pork entree. A really great experience.
The restaurant is written up in almost every list of top restaurants in SB, so we wanted to try it. It was good. The service was excellent. Our meals were good, not outstanding for the price. It’s a really nice place with great service.
Fantastic experience! Local, delicious fine dining in an un-fussy atmosphere.
Perfect experience. Delectable fine dining at its best. All dishes are so thought out and locally sourced. Excellent service. Desserts were over the top amazing also. We can hardly wait to return.
Creative and beautifully plated food. Amazing flavors and textures. So delicious
Go to "special occasion" dinner spot for my fiance and me. Always a treat, both the food and the service. The panzanella is arguably the best salad in Santa Barbara. The house sourdough should be served by the loaf, we can never get enough <3
Fantastic journey through central coast cuisine. The grilled avocado with garlic ponzu was delicious. The warm sourdough bread and home spun butter was fantastic. Skipping through the entrees which were equally great, the 24 blackbirds chocolate dessert was some of the best chocolate we’ve had with many textures.
I’m sure it’s a great restaurant, but less than average for vegetarians. Dessert also left a bit to be desired.
Amazing experience!! Great food and lovely patio
Nice spot downtown, but off State Street, with great food of local origins.
The food and service were great . Definitely going back .
Excellent all around, a total win
We had reservation on a Friday night for 7:30. We were driving up from Orange county and the traffic was terrible. I called the restaurant to let them know the situation, they said they couldn't offer a later time since there were other reservations after us, and would only allow a 15 minute grace period.....we were 16 mins late, they did accommodate us, food and service was good, but I do have to say the restaurant was no where near packed, so they could have alleviated a lot of anxiety by just being truthful and not holding our feet to the fire to battle traffic to make the reservation......also they don't have a liquor license, and prefer you order all your food start to finish at once.....
Barbareño offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 963-9591.
Barbareño is rated 4.7 stars by 1075 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.