Bouchon - Santa Barbara

4.7
3922 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
We are delighted to have added additional outdoor seating but Santa Barbara nights are chilly so bring a sweater or light jacket!

Fresh, local ingredients, prepared with care. Excellent wines that reflect the quality and character of our region and work in concert with the cuisine. Warm, inviting ambiance, service at a relaxed, leisurely pace. 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. We believe you’ll taste the difference. Bon Appètit!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3922 people are saying
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4.8
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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carolo
Denver
27 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Morgan was an amazing waiter as we celebrated my husband’s birthday at Bouchon last night but the food was very disappointing.

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vipDonM
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Lucas, was amazing, professional and friendly. His food and wine recommendations were perfect and pleasing to my palate. We will return soon.

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ManiA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

we had a great dinner
their bread was wonderful
The Bistro Beef Duo was excellent, the Tartare was well balance and the bread with bone marrow was to die for
Steaks were great,
the sea bass was bland, could have done with some more flavor
My dessert Warm Blackberry Lemon upside down cake was awesome
Wait staff was very attentive
wines were excellent

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StephanieB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the better meals I’ve ever had. Was amazing from start to finish, service was fantastic too.

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GregYukari
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The pandemic has been rough on all restaurants, but as we start to open up many places are still cutting corners. Bouchon delivered our first outstanding dinner out in two years.

TJ
vipTomJ
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really outstanding food and service. Great selection of local and regional wines.

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BrunelloBoy
New England
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We have been here multiple times and generally book one night out of 3-4 here. A bit disappointed. The food was good, though not exceptional as it has been in the past. My wife asked for a smaller portion of the crab cake appetizer; they declined. While this is understandable, the dish arrived cool. My appetizer was quite good (the summer squash puree which was actually a soup) but my main was good but not great. Our server was excellent with respect to attentiveness and congeniality but his hands (specifically his nails) needed cleaning. We love this restaurant for the memorable meals it has provided through the years and so will likely give it another chance; another night like the this one and it will drop off our "must do" list. Recommending it to friends would come with reservations.

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viphenrys
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambience ( we dined outdoors). Waiter very experienced and helpful. Outdoor seating was quaint and conducive to good conversation. We were not rushed which was very nice. Would go back again.

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TraciT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, wonderful service, amazing food, attentive staff. Just superb all the way around.

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MarkB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outstanding service but was disappointed by lobster pot pie. No lobster flavor

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Dylan, guided us through a really great meal complete with an excellent wine pairing and organization of courses so we would have time to enjoy and space to do so. I love the wine suggested; he went above and beyond to help us understand the wine region near by how to visit the wine we tasted. Server was honest about what was possible Le- we wanted to eat it all, and open with guidance to maximize the experience. The food was perfect- fresh, flavorful, surprising but not overdone. If you only try one place in Santa Barbara this is the one.

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vipJuly4thfun
Houston
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food! Service was amazing. Wine list is very unique.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Dominick was excellent, personable, polite, attentive and knowledgeable of all aspects of the menu. Highly recommended.

SA
vipShaiA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Good intentions, bad execution. We didn't know that it's not part of Thomas Keller restaurants. Nto enough flavour, bad techniques, rib eye is definitely not a wagyu ribeye, probably a cheap sirloin cut.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. It was my partner’s birthday. They gave him a card and a candle on his dessert. The food was excellent. One of the best meals we have had in months! Will definitely come back when visiting Santa Barbara.

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CornellA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service, ambiance, and excellent meals. This is a must when visiting this area for a special occasion.

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vipDavidJ
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always solid. Would like to see them add specials to the menu.

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vipBessy
New England
80 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We were actually quite disappointed with our meals at Bouchon. My friend and I both had the duck, the confit was quite salty, while the breast lacked taste. The sauce was supposed to be a maple glaze, but tasted more like burnt coffee. Another friend had sea bass, which also lacked taste. The fourth guest had chicken and said it was fine.
For a restaurant which such a high rating we were rather disappointed.

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MicheleH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We highly recommend the scallops as a starter, the duck as an entree, and the blackberry lemon upside down cake for dessert. Our waiter selected our wines for course pairings. Magnifique!

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Tlbrooks
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the service and Lobster pot pie is Amazing… And a serenade

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MelanieH
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t believe that Santa Barbara is my hometown and last night was my first time at this gem of a place. The food was amazing .... wine recommendations were perfect....service was on point....a lovely experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overrated! Average food, service and ambiance, high prices.

MF
vipMarkF
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was great. The service was attentive, but the time to get our early dinner was excruciatingly slow. We went early to be in and out and left without dessert after 2:15 hours. We would go back happily hoping that this comment has some impact on improving timeliness from the kitchen.

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DanielG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From time we arrived and seated promptly (we had a reservation) we had a very enjoyable dining experience the staff was knowledgeable and friendly and really know their cuisine which was excellent we celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary that night and it was one to remember

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ncal
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Bouchon. We have eaten there several times in the past 10 years whenever we visit the Santa Barbara area and it lived up and exceeded expectations. The waiter and sommelier were friendly and helped us pick a wonderful local Pinot Noir. The first course was Roasted Celery Root soup, and was delicious, flavored well and very nice. The second course was Chef Greg’s choice as he created a vegetarian entree for us. The grilled cauliflower and fennel on a bed of summer vegetable succotash with a balsamic reduction and green sauce was beautifully plated and perfectly cooked.
We sat outside in the covered roadside tent set up for Covid but it was very comfortable and pleasant.

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Lolo
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went for my husbands 50th and it was amazing. I ordered the sea bass and it was not as exciting as I expected so they removed the charge even though I ate it all. Really appreciate it! Will go back for sure for any occasion or none :)

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very friendly service,food delicious and the dessert excellent.

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vipSoflafoodie
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant. Food and service were outstanding

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vipCarrie
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is serving all the main dishes I love. I will definitely come back to try them all.

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AlisonU
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening could not have been better! We were greeted with a happy anniversary card and rose petals at our table from the owners and staff. The food was extraordinarily good and not overpriced. We are fairly light eaters and drinkers and did not feel the least bit pressured to order more than we did. You won't want to pass up the Crème brûlée for dessert though, no matter how full you are.
I loved our table; I guess it was the patio, not inside per se but not outside/street side. It felt appropriately special where we were, given our anniversary celebration.
Thanks Bouchon for the lovely evening!

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vipVincentP
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience over all! Bouction'S staff made our anniversary.

Thank you!!!

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Screwcap
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service team really knows the wine list and the menu. The pace of service can be a little quick. We’re hoping the extended street dining area is made permanent by the SB city council.

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JordonG
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bouchon was amazing, when we let them know we were coming for our anniversary they took it to heart. Rose petals on the table with a customized letter welcoming us. Service was great and the food was prepared promptly. Could ask for much more!

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vipHilaryb
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent wine, excellent ambiance

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BayAreaFoodie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We appreciated the restaurant accommodating my request for a quiet table & acknowledging our anniversary. Wine list is great & the food is very solid, although the lobster in the lobster pot pie was a bit overcooked & slightly rubbery. Overall, a very nice special occasion meal.

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Vivddreams
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing. We had superb service, attentive staff, and a nice table on the outside patio. The food was delicious, and perfect portion sizes. I highly recommend this place!

MJ
MaryJ
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a highlight of our trip to SB. This was for a special Birthday meal and all the details were perfect. Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our meal at Bouchon! The service was outstanding. I cannot say enough about how well taken care of while we dined there. Our server recommended perfect wine pairings for our family, even as we threw some curveballs with multiple dishes. And the food-so on point! From our first course to dessert we were wowed. Definitely get the scallop three ways for a starter. You won’t be sorry! If we are ever back in town this will be a stop for us.

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AmyH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything here was spectacular. They truly made our anniversary dinner a joy.

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vipFrankT
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really good place. Food very fresh. Our server was very knowledgeable.

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Bouchon - Santa Barbara is rated 4.7 stars by 3922 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.