- 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
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
black garlic ponzu, yuzu mousse, fresh horseradish
Santa Maria BBQ
wagyu tri-tip, pinquito beans, pico de gallo, garlic butter
Local Black Cod
watermelon miso, cucurbits, oolong black rice, grapefruit emulsion
We loved Barbareno a very regional comfort food experience. Excellent service and delicious food.
We loved Nathaniel!
Barbareno is the most innovative restaurant I have experienced in the US. It’s not just a meal - it’s a culinary experience.
Loved food, excellent flavors and great service. Because of COVID we were sitting outside, ambiance outside not great! Traffic noise, busy street. I would definitely recommend for food, flavors were unique and delicious. I had the cod, my husband had Santa Maria BBQ with waygu beef. Appetizers were also wonderful and varied.
Very nice surprise. Excellent starter, entre and desert. Service was excellent--very attentive, made good recommendations. The outdoor seating area was very nice and comfortable. Would definitely return on another visit.
Food was heavy and too reduced/intense
Wow! I love this place. Even though we sat outside, their tent situation still had a nice ambiance with lots of plants and good soft lighting. The food here was soooo delicious. Our server was outstanding and very friendly. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants I’ve been to in Santa Barbra. Can’t wait to come back.
Everything was delightful for our dinner at Barbareno! The outdoor patio is very pretty and well shielded from the road. Service was efficient and friendly and the waiter was great about describing the entrees and the ingredients. Most importantly, the food was fantastic! We started with the grilled avocado which was a perfectly ripe avocado with some delicious, savory sauce. It was unlike anything I’d had before but absolutely delicious. We also had the Santa Maria BBQ and the fried chicken, both cooked to perfection and each with a unique and complex flavor profile. We will definitely try to visit again when we’re in Santa Barbara!
Kelly - server, is incredible! She made the whole night special
Great apps! Great server! Main dishes were over salted, we were shocked because the dish had great composition. I would give them another chance.
Comida deliciosa, personal súper amable y atentos a los detalles
Absolutely incredible! Delicious, creative food and excellent service.
Limited wine selection and the food was ok. Great waiter.
Brandt New York Trip was excellent ! Brownie was probably too dry. Overall really good experience.
Awesome setting, deliciously creative appetizers and entrees, and the most inspired yummy desert art ever!
A great night out
The servers were excellent as was the food. Ewe were. Dry comfortable there. Will go again.
Had the Santa Maria BBQ. The meat was tender and juicy and the beans, delicious !
Friendly service, really good food. Recommend the butternut squash ravioli. Great appetizer.
The Panzanella salad is always a must, and the cod dish currently on the menu is phenomenal.
Everything was amazing! We will definitely be returning.
Loved it. Really good value. Worth the drive from San Diego for sure.
Very enjoyable dining experience, loved the ambiance of the outdoor courtyard. The menu is based around fresh, locally sourced ingredient - all delicious. We enjoyed the Brussels sprouts, Wagyu try-tip and chicken and ranch. My only complaint is that we had no room to try one of their amazing dessert!
Service was 5 star.
Very nuanced flavors and friendly staff. Great wine list. Kids portions were way too big, though :/ a shame to waste food like that
A perfect place to eat in Santa Barbara, away from the crowd on State Street and with excellent food.
We enjoyed our dinner. The service was very good, and the vibe was rustic and fun. The ravioli was yummy (but small portion), and the NY strip was very tasty with an inventive presentation. Would recommend!
From the greeting to the end the evening was magical. The service was friendly, the food wonderful, the outdoor seating perfect.
Very interesting farm to table menu that changes monthly. I had the fried chicken and my husband had the steak, both were delicious. We went for it and ordered dessert which was also VERY good. We cleaned our plates and will go back when we visit SB again.
Delicious and unique dishes. They helped make a 50th birthday dinner celebration feel very special.
Great innovative and tasty food with great and friendly service.
Creative and delicious food and excellent, attentive service. Our party had the Santa Maria BBQ along with Eggamuffins, Fairview Lettuces, Crudo, Especial, Beets and Brussel Sprouts. All were outstanding and the flavors were so special. Ended with Ojai Hive & Honey and 24 Blackbirds. Both were amazing, but the honey dessert was so different, flavorful and beautifully presented! Will return when we are in the area again.
Tip - reserve to sit outside. We had requested an inside table because we weren't sure about the weather, but when we tried to change upon arrival, the outside was completely booked.
Delicious meal, enjoyed as usual 😊
Superb. Food was to die for and the service couldn’t have been better. Highly recommend
Great food, great service.
We’re foodies from NY, and this was the best food yet on our coastal CA vacation. Amazingly creative flavor combos honoring the local ingredients. Highly reccommended
If you want to try some unique foods at a special restaurant in Santa Barbara try Barbareno.
Fabulous service and fabulous food! Thank you Kelly for making our evening memorable.
The food was amazing, servers were friendly and helpful. I found the music a bit too loud (but I’m sensitive to noise). However, overall it was a very nice meal and I will definitely go back. There were many dishes I wanted to try, and since they don’t have a tasting menu, I’ll have to try them over a few meals.
Never had Wagyu tri tip.
To start with what was good, all the service people were lovely, considerate, attentive and pleasant. The food on the other hand was less than up to par. We came because the reviews were so excellent and unfortunately are leaving to write a bad review ourselves. The flavors were confused and the numbers of ingredients and flavors were excessive and not well thought out. It seems impossible to make a piece of black card badly. The black card was not good and marred by a sweet flavor, the fried chicken was overcooked and tasteless dry and tasteless. The Santa Maria barbecue barbecue was good enough, but not great. It felt like a restaurant from the 70s. Not very interesting, don’t bother.
Barbareño offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 963-9591.
Barbareño is rated 4.8 stars by 1029 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.