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Barbareño, Santa Barbara, CA
Barbareño, Santa Barbara, CA
Barbareño, Santa Barbara, CA
Barbareño, Santa Barbara, CA
Barbareño, Santa Barbara, CA
Award-winning

Barbareño

4.8
4.8
1716 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (805) 963-9591
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Julian Martinez
  • Catering
    Please contact us at info@barbareno.com for more information on our catering options.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer both the our patio area and inside dining room as private options.
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Cross street
    De La Vina Street
  • Parking details
    We have a small lot in front of the restaurant, street parking, and the Paseo Nuevo parking structure located just a block away.
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,716 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Innovative

  • California Central Coast

    Californian

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Overall

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Food

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Service

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Value

  • Santa Barbara

    Innovative

  • Santa Barbara

    Neighborhood gem

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for fine wines

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Barbara

    Romantic

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for special occasions

1,716 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, beautiful ambience, fantastic service.

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  2. ChristinaC

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s was our first time here and we loved it! Everything was very good. The food was delicious and the staff was super friendly. We‘ve been there with our dog and the patio is really nice. The restaurant has a great atmosphere. We will come back for sure.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was really delicious and the staff was very considerate and professional. Both main courses and deserts were great. There is also a good selection of wines, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a calm creative and delightful experience. Food, wine our darling server and the kind manner in which we felt cared for . A special evening.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands down the best food in Santa Barbara. We wish we were staying in town longer and we would eat there again!!!!!

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  6. SEP123

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding experience! We enjoyed the cod and pork!

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  7. shephart

    Denver

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good service wonderful seasonal food. Black cod was spot on.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wè had an amazing evening. Delicious food with tastefull wines

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  9. None

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an excellent restaurant where the food is outstanding

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  10. CharithW

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nothing special about the food or quality. I had high expectations given the reviews and accolades. This is well below that level.

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  11. akr1

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly exceptional food - epitomizes the CA central coast. We had 10 items ( including 2 desserts) for our party of 4 and each and every he was nothing short of superb. Sublime, friendly and highly attentive service. Strongly recommended.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great birthday dinner venue! We loved the food, sparkling Albariño and the ambiance.

    1 person found this helpful

  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Barbareño has an excellent staff. The food is thoughtful and tasty. The portions however are small for the price point and are apt to leave one hungry.

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  14. EDKF

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was amazing. The freshness, the flavors were all in perfect harmony. Truly our favorite meal during our one week stay in Santa Barbara. Definitely a meal we will never forget. Thank u!

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  15. ConnieR

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful and creative meal! We had the Tomato Tartare, black cod, BBQ and Panna cotta and every dish was excellent.

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  16. KurtB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. We had the Cesar salad and BBQ plate.

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  17. ChrisG

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was absolutely amazing. I need to come back to try the other items on the menu.

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  18. Mmmckm

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had another lovely dining experience at Barbarino. The service and the food never disappoint! Highly recommend

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  19. SimonB

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and great service. This was our first visit but we will be back.

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  20. nicold

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic!! the best meal we have eaten in Santa Barbarain a very long time. We are already going back next week. The service was top-notch too. She went over everything about the restaurant and menu and could not have been more attentive.

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  21. Todd

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything about our visit. The food was some of the best we have ever experienced. Highly recommended!

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  22. VanessaS

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    5 stars is absolutely it enough! This place is outstanding! My husband and I have dined all over the world, consider ourselves foodies - Barbareno is one of the top 3 meals and dining experiences we have ever had. The service is unparalleled. They had the outdoor heater on by our table before we got there. Throughout the meal at all the appropriate moments, staff was checking on us, pouring water, asking if we needed anything. And the food. I don’t think I’ve tasted such sophisticated, balanced and unique flavors ever. Even the table bread was absolutely delicious! The Uni Caesar Salad was divine, the halibut crudo not to be missed. Everything was cooked to perfection - fish was like buttery silk, tri tip was so tender. We live a 7 hour drive from Santa Barbara and if we ever come back there is no doubt we will be dining here at least once.

    1 person found this helpful

  23. MichaelJ

    New York City

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food well prepared and we had the BBQ and the fish Excellent choices. Appetizers were the salad,avocado and mussels and all were tasty and just plain good. We also had the semi credo and the s’mores for dessert. We went home happy. It was a good choice for us. It was myself and my two brothers and we have dined in many restaurants over the years and we liked the whole setup. We dined on the patio and we were comfortable. Would highly recommend the restaurant. Will be back.

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  24. WilliamK

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    If you like mussels, take a pass here. Broth is uneventful (no garlic detected) and bread, although toasted, was quite soggy. Wine selection was substandard for CA (not to mention overpriced). Also, don't order the sparking wine, not because the wine was bad, but no fluted stemware available.

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  25. LesheenaL

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best dining experience in Santa Barbara we have had in years. We were happy with every recommendation from our server. The Santa Maria tri tip was spectacular. We can’t wait to go back. We recommended Barbareno to all of our friends and clients.

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  26. VictorB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Execution and service was spot on. The Lamb flatbread was the star of the show.

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  27. Jimmy

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious!!! Really enjoyed this unique and spectacular meal

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here and our server was great. He explained the menu in full details and recommend us some great starter. We like our pork chop and New York strip very much. Overall a great experience and would definitely come back.

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  29. JenniferG

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best time last night! The food, service, and ambience was fantastic! We can’t wait to go back in the near future. Highly recommend!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter, Colin made our experience so memorable. We had high expectations for this restaurant based on recommendations of friends and everything was better than we imagined. Colin gave us excellent advice on our wine selection based on our chosen meals. Every dish was delicate and unique. We will definitely go back again

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  31. JamesP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We are there for Valentines Day. They were offering a four course dinner for $95 per person. My wife and I were not Imagine pressed by the food. The spaghetti fritter was very dense and dry. The short rib was overcooked. Not a very good Valentines Day experience.

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  32. Cameron

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a Valentine’s Day prepared limited meal. Way too salty and servers had no idea on flavors(were not given tasters of food). So they didn’t face input on the meal. Salty to the point where I couldn’t taste the next meal. Sent back a few less than half eaten plates.

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  33. BakerG

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great creative tasty food with friendly knowledgeable service. Sat outside with good heaters. One of the best meals I have had in a long time. So good!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alvaro was an amazing server. Food was delicious and service is impeccable. Thank you guys very much!

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  35. CatherineM

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb excellence all the way around. Delicious culinary cuisine, impeccable servers and beautiful Santa Barbara atmosphere. Our favorite restaurant since their opening 10 years ago. Cheers 🥂

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was friendly, and very professional, the food was delightfully unique and familiar at the same time, and the decor is quintessential central coast woody and casual. I want to particularly complement them on the noise level. The music was just right in that you could hear it, but it did not get in the way of conversation. Granted, we were there on a very slow evening and it might be louder when it’s more full, but I really appreciate it that aspect of the ambience, which is hard to find

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  37. chrism

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mitchell was EXCELLENT. Much appreciated. Lovely time

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  38. TravisM

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals of my life! Greta service and food.

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  39. DeAndre

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience was great. The sober-curious drinks, explanation of the concept and menu, and each course was fantastic. We can’t wait to come back and re-order a few favorites (halibut for sure) and try some new things as the seasons chance also.

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  40. EmilyJ

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As always food and service was excellent. Love how all the staff bring the courses to life with their descriptions. Can't wait for a new seasonal menu.

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FAQs

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

Barbareño is rated 4.8 stars by 1716 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Barbareño

205 W. Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    De La Vina Street
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Contemporary American, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    We have a small lot in front of the restaurant, street parking, and the Paseo Nuevo parking structure located just a block away.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Julian Martinez
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (805) 963-9591
  • Catering
    Please contact us at info@barbareno.com for more information on our catering options.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer both the our patio area and inside dining room as private options.
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