Barbareño

4.8
818 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. Please note: All of our seating is currently outdoors. If we are booked online, please call in to make a reservation for our heated patio or to check for additional dining availability. At this time Barbareño requests a credit card number to hold reservations. For parties of 5 or less, a $15 cancellation fee will be assessed in the event of a same-day cancellation (within 24 hours of the reservation time) or a no-show. For parties of 6 or more the cancellation fee is $20 per person. Thank you for understanding.

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 818 people are saying
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TracyV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbareno is just above and beyond. The service is excellent, friendly and efficient. The food is just amazing. The flavors that are paired together leave you equally trying to guess all the ingredients and amazed by the blending of flavors. The final outcome in every dish was just fantastic. If you want a wonderful dining experience, Barbareno is it. Very safe COVID set-up and quite festive looking as well!

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MNuck
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and impeccable service! Wine list was really on point too! I would definitely recommend Barbareno for a top notch dining experience.

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MatthewS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a joint birthday with a friend. Had amazing service and an awesome experience. Food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, wine and beer. Staff were very knowledgeable and helpful with my mom’s gluten allergies. Will be back!

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vipLisa
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious. The wine delightful and the service was excellent.

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StaceyW
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Barbareno was outstanding!! The food and service were excellent and the tables were very generously spaced so we felt safe.

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Nishana
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, awesome food and very sweet staff! Great for a date night, definitely recommend.

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vipIndia
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Loved everything. Amazing food, friendly staff, nice ambience.

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Kbee
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dined here for my anniversary with my husband. Our waiter provided top knotch service. Recommended good selections in cider and provided insight into the thoughtfulness that the restaurant puts into selecting all the ingredients that go into their dishes. I ordered the Market Fish as my entree and my husband the Tri tip steak. Both dishes were outstanding. It made for a very good experience through covid. To add we were dining outside in their parking lot patio conversion and were required to wear face masks every time we interacted with the staff. They made sure we were warm with heaters as well.

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jroweho
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service from Ben, who also gave us hiking recommendations! Very safe and socially distanced setup.

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Davidsmom
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, innovative food. Don't miss the animal potatoes, panzanella, and the "honey" dessert. Fish was excellent. Service was excellent. We got there a little early and were seated well distanced from other groups. Perfect!

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BruceG
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Loved the food and the service! We stayed long and enjoyed the evening. Cushions on the chairs would have made it even more enjoyable.

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EllenK
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was seated early, as I arrived early, no waiting. The waiter made an effort to accommodate a special request. The bill was as suspected, they let's know about the extra charge for our special request. IT was quiet and lovely on the patio. The heaters kept us warm.
A varied menu that will serve a vegan and a big meat eater.

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FadiS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place! The food was fantastic, no wait to be seated and the ambiance was just marvelous. I highly recommend it

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best food and service we’ve had during our stay in Santa Barbara. The staff was amazing. The food even better. I could eat here again before we return home - it was that good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was terrific - delicious, inventive, very unique. We loved every bite.
The patio is charming and tables are positioned with lots of space between and we felt safe. It was a lovely experience and a truly great meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love love love every experience we have had at Barbareno!!! All aspects

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vipBean
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

food outstanding, staff outstanding will be going back!

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LyndaB
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor Patio was very pleasant and had excellent spacing. Food was amazing and service excellent.

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PeterD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love eating at Barbareno! There is a great story behind each dish, the food never disappoints, and the service was phenomenal. Will absolutely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding and the presentation is excellent

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NatalieF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was delicious, great selection of wines by the glass, and the service was friendly. Felt very safe and comfortable eating on the lovely patio.

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vipJamieM
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were absolutely floored by Barbareno's commitment to showing Santa Barbara as a sense of place in their menu. We started with the Eggamuffins (surprising and sublime), then moved on to the Especial. Full disclosure, I don't eat lamb, but I tried my husband's dish and just about became a convert - such bright flavors! And the miso butter glazed strip steak? Eyes rolling back your head good - a major umami bomb. But it was Clay, our server, that really enhanced the whole package. We will definitely be back the next time we're in town!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The New York strip and the chocolate dessert are life changing. The waiter was so knowledgeable and so attentive! We can’t wait to come back!

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TeresaE
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent from starter to dessert. The service was impeccable, led by Kel- she is terrific!! Will definitely return.

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Delicious
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was friendly and informative, and the food was outstanding. The Wygu Santa Maria Tri-tip was the most tender and delicious I have ever had, and don't forget the animal potatos! YUM!

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TiffanyW
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our meal here! Delicious food, adorable restaurant, will definitely be going back. Great wine selection and something on the menu for everyone.

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Kay3
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing All around! One of our favorite places in SB!

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vipLuna
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really amazing and true 'California' cuisine. Every dish we had was excellent, and the staff was extremely knowledgable and shared a lot of information about the dishes which made the experience that much better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing meal!

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ginab
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here on Sunday following a grueling day of attending to a recent and sudden death in the family. We got there deflated and exhausted, we left well fed and hopeful. It might sound corny, but the food was so good and the atmosphere so cozy that we all considered it part of the healing process. Throughout the week when people would ask how we were, we'd say Sunday was the worst- except for the meal at Barbareno. It's kinda become a joke now- a much needed laugh. This restaurant should be your go to for its warm ambiance and truly unique menu.

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JeffB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First experience for all in our party and we will definitely be back! We especially were impressed when our waiter explained the recommendation for the new normal of keeping patrons and workers safe during Covid-19 dining. We were comfortable with the new rules by wearing our mask when necessary. Food was so delicious and we can't wait to return to try other dishes.

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RuthE
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was tasty and flavorful. The menu is fairly short but inspired by local cuisine and ingredients are fresh and sourced locally. Service was prompt and attentive while not hovering. The staff exercised safe practices and social distancing procedures were in place.

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vipPamelaC
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot for dining. We started with the Especial. Grilled lamb over fermented potato flat bread. Phenomenal. Shared beef over delicious pinto beans. Lastly, carnitas filled beignets! Marvelous Santa Barbara coast organic food. It doesn't get much better than this! We were so impressed by the staff. Very personable and knowledgeable also. Barbareño is a must try.

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SusanA
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbareno is marvelous dining spot in downtown Santa Barbara. The outdoor seating is delightfully decorated with tiny white lights hanging from tree branches that surround the courtyard. Food is unusual and delicious. Pork beignets, chicken wings coated in mango sauce with a smooth banana infused sauce for dipping and a flat of pork tenderloin all were yummy but the topper was the fresh fruit on a platter with panna cotta and fresh honey comb. The staff is friendly, at your service and the experience is one you will come away from glad you found this restaurant.

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vipWarrenB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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GeoffM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here at the recommendation of a friend. We were amazed at the quality of the food. We had appetizers, entrees, and dessert. Everything was amazing and completely unique. The quality is on par with a good European restaurant. Our new favorite restaurant, we'll be back.

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tri tip was amazing, best in town for sure. Definitely coming back for round two.

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BethC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and impeccable. Food was outstanding. Highly recommend.

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MartinB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service - tables are well spaced out in the parking lot and they have tried to decorate nicely - 1 block off the main drag and worth a visit!

FAQs

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

Barbareño is rated 4.8 stars by 818 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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