Barbareño

4.7
1075 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
  • 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
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 1075 people are saying
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KatyMcCoy
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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- .

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vipJuliaJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner I’ve had in Santa Barbara. Aside from the amazing dishes, also the best service in town. Could not recommend more!

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CarolG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable evening! Delicious food with attentive service.

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TrentH
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was fantastic food was epic. Elevated central coast classics. Sea bass was amazing! Desserts were all well received and unique! Service was excellent

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Picca
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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ROMANR
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They food presentation was excellent ! The taste was amazing and. Collin the waiter was outstanding !

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NancyB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit. We were wow'ed by the knowledgable and friendly service and creative food.

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vipRobert
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, Food and Ambiance we're all outstanding. We will be back, hopefully sooner than later!

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vipRobertM
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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vipLeslie
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb restaurant for any and all occasions- locally sourced ingredients and wonderful preparation makes all perfect

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant!

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BarbaraS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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MorganL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

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Helen
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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.

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Brian
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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AlisonD
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Bluebell
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really amazing food. Acorn tagliatelle, animal potatoes and panzenella. Highly recommend. Great service and they loved our dog. Def going back!

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JulieB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very unique but VERY delicious. All local food and drinks. Each meal is carefully crafted with special local herbs...it was very good.

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vipSteve
New Mexico
39 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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Deanie
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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LisaC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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Jacob
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

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vipCommonEater
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipJayFagnano
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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viplarpap
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

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viptree
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic experience! Local, delicious fine dining in an un-fussy atmosphere.

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vipCatherineM
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipJdobriski
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative and beautifully plated food. Amazing flavors and textures. So delicious

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MattH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJeremyH
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I’m sure it’s a great restaurant, but less than average for vegetarians. Dessert also left a bit to be desired.

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Sam2
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!! Great food and lovely patio

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice spot downtown, but off State Street, with great food of local origins.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great . Definitely going back .

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around, a total win

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food!

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vipseafoodlover
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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.....

FAQs

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.

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