Bouchon - Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara ‘Wine Country Cuisine’ means we source our ingredients using an ‘as-fresh-and-as-local-as-possible’ approach, with fish from the Santa Barbara Channel and produce from the surrounding countryside. We then take into account how these flavors can be presented in concert with our local wines. I believe you’ll taste the difference and see how well they work together.
We believe Santa Barbara is producing some of the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Other locally produced varietals will surprise you with their quality, variety and approachability. Please ask your server for recommendations on how any of our 40+ wines by the glass match up with your selections. Bon Appètit!
Excellent service and great food experience
Special occasion. They called the morning of to confirm the reservation, and confirm it was a special occasion. Nice note waiting for us when we sat. We had the Italian Farmhouse Salad and the special Risotto with Parsley Coulis to start. Both were excellent. Paired with a sparkling rose, at the waiter's suggestion. It worked well together. They brought out fresh, warm French bread. Perfect. Then the entrees; I had the Pacific Salmon, while my wife had the Jidori Free-Range Chicken. I cleaned the plate. Tried not to embarrass myself. We paired dinner with wine by the glass. I had a local Pinot Noir, while my wife had a Sauvignon Blanc. Noticed some of my favorite local wines on the (very solid) wine list. Finally, we split the blackberry-lemon upside down cake for dessert. Really nice meal. Food was a 5/5. Only gave the service a 4/5, since the waiter/s, who were very polite, let the water glasses go empty too long, twice. Great food deserves great service. That said, would go back again, and likely will soon enough.
Absolutely perfect every time! Great service, great food, great wine! This is my all time favorite restaurant. Thank you for another lovely dining experience.
It's a nice enough place, clean, boisterous and very popular. Food is prepared well and plated nicely. Service is average for a restaurant at this level; our waiter talked quickly through a memorized patter and tended to appear to ask how we were doing while we had our mouths full or were in the middle of a sentence.
Food was definitely not something you will be dazzled by, though. Though the food is well made and presented, it's not a foodie joint; it's sort of what fine dining was like 20 to 25 years ago. Big portions, dim lighting, and everyone is comfortable there in Hawaii shirts.
Bottom line is, it's fine dining but it's also ho-hum and easily forgettable.
Although we arrived late, and the restaurant was very busy, the hostess accommodated our reservation seating request. Out server was very knowledgeable regarding the food and wine offerings and we went with his recommendations, which were fabulous. The owner was continually making sure we were satisfied with our choices of food/wine. He actually poured several sample selections of reds to help us with our choice that would pair well with our food. Great evening and culinary experience.
Very long wait for main dishes after appetizers. Main dishes cold so seemed like they’d been ready long before served
Incredible dining experience!
What a wonderful gem in the heart of the Theater district of Santa Barbara. Not only did the owner come greet us at our table, so did the Chef de Cuisine. Our waiter Lucas was amazing and the evening was perfect, as was our dinner. I highly recommend Bouchon. I am a local Chef and Caterer in Santa Barbara and I am quite picky!
Dining with Di Gourmet Catering
Go!......The Chef Greg,
Brings your food. A fantastic experience.
The wine pairing is terrific, the waiter knew what to recommend and how to put it all together. Don’t miss the duck
Knowledgeable, attentive wait staff, locally sourced well prepared food, and great ambience. A Santa Barbara icon.
Always a great restaurant and one of our favorites while visiting Santa Barbara.
It’s our absolute favorite dining location in Santa Barbara.
Bouchon is my favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. I visited recently to celebrate my 40th birthday and the staff made me feel special from the moment I checked in. An experience everyone must have!
Food looked great on the menu but literally everything we ordered didn't taste right. The waiter couldn't be more weird either.
Delicious food. Paired with perfect wines. Friendly, efficient service. The scallop flight was soaring. Waygu beef dishes were so fresh-tasting. Our second time there; will definitely be back.
Loved this restaurant food service was impeccable totally recommend to foodies
One can expect nothing but the best from Bouchon in Santa Barbara, the spectacular food to the attention details and vast knowledge from the staff. Just perfect!
Great meal as always. Our server was awesome!
Perfect restaurant to celebrate husband’s big birthday. Delicious food, great ambiance and perfect service. Wonderful experience overall. Chef even made me a vegan meal.
This is a small but charming restaurant. The service and food were excellent on the Tuesday night we dined there. Would easily return on a visit to Santa Barbara.
Excellent choice for everything! We got there early (6:30) and were 1 of 2 couples dining then. By 7:30 the place was packed!
This dinner was a party for my daughter's birthday. The staff were wonderful about arranging that this would be a special event for us. The food is wonderful and our server was super friendly. We were a large party with some little children. They were very accommodating and helpful
I would absolutely recommend Bouchon.
Bouchon is a truly outstanding restaurant. Amazingly, they offer a wine that was specially created for the signature dish on their menu: the duck breast. All of the dishes we ordered were expertly prepared. The service was outstanding. If you are from out of town, like us, go to Bouchon. I am sure you will be pleased.
Great food and service
25 th Anniversary
Attentive service with cheerful staff. Food was excellent with good portions. Great wine selection. Cute spot for a date or special occasion.
The food options are unique and always cooked to perfection! The service is outstanding as well, they are timely and wonderful at making recommendations. One of our favorites!
Food was amazing, everything we had was simply delicious! great service as well!
Great food. Excellent welcome for our anniversary.
Wonderful evening thru and thru. Greeted by lovely hostess in a stunning dress. Seated in patio with beautiful view of Spanish style buildings. Staff so attentive- checking to see if we needed heaters on, raising blinds once sun set, explanation and recommendations for wines spot on with generous pours. Team so attentive and professional without being annoying. Every dish perfectly prepared and so delicious. Would go again in a heart beat.
Great experience from start to finish. Attentive staff, excellent service, and delicious food. Can’t wait to come back and eat there again!
My wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary there on Thursday May 23. I had researched Santa Barbara restaurants on several sites and decided that Bouchon was the most promising. We were not disappointed at all. The service was attentive but reserved and very informed about the wine and the food. I had the duck and was very pleased with the preparation and the portion. The surprise was the vegetables accompanying the meal were extraordinary. My wife had the salmon and was very pleased with it. Desert was the Upside-down cake and it was terrific. All in all I could not have been happier.
Great staff, fantastic food!
This place is just remarkable! Try their signature duck! The lam and venison are also spectacular. As is the signature French Onion Soup!
We had a wonderful experience at Bouchon. From the front desk greeting through to the end of our meal, everything was outstanding. We ordered a bottle of champagne which was kept properly chilled and served throughout our dinner. My pork shank was exceptional, very full flavored and cooked to perfection. The dining room is beautiful and very well run by gracious and efficient staff. We will definitely dine here again.
Absolutely amazing. Enhanced our Santa Barbara experience exponentially!!