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Mon, 4/23
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Bouchon - Santa Barbara

4.6
2559 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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. 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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, French
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Hours of operation
Dinner nightly from 5:00 p.m.
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Phone number
(805) 730-1160
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Greg Murphy
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Private party facilities
Private dining in the cork room available for groups of 10 – 20 people.
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Private party contact
Manager: (805) 730-1160
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
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Parking details
Street and public lot parking available.
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Special events & promotions
HOLIDAY EVENTS: Price fixe menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Dinner, New Years Eve and Valentines Dinner
Additional
Beer, Farm to Table, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2559 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Bouchon was a wonderful surprise and experience. I had called ahead and mentioned it was my wife's birthday and they had rose petals on the table and a welcoming note awaiting our arrival. the service is professional, attentive, and helpful with food and wine choices. The food was outstanding and we enjoyed every bite.

We will be back for another special occaision

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

The server was wonderful and we liked the restaurant ambience. Very disappointed in the French Onion soup; it was very bland. We had the free range chicken, which was delicious. The entrees are limited for our tastes, so we probably won't be back. I would check the menu online to make sure it's appealing to you.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food and great service

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We typically dine here when coming into town. It's close to our house, parking is always available, the food quality is great, wine selection good, and the service is always top notch. It's a great neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Bouchon remains the best special occasion restaurant in Santa Barbara.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We went for a special date night and the decor and ambiance was very intimate. Our waiter was attentive but not too pushy, and the food was fantastic! Beautiful restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Absolutely amazing meal. Went with open mind, trusted our server and were very impressed. Thanks for accomodating the last minute addition of our daughter.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Our dinner was one of the finest dining experiences we can remember. Consider that I have been in hospitality for 30 +years. Creative menu, wonderfully executed, terrific atmosphere, great hosts, comfortable friendly, attentive service, wonderfully executed wine list and we loved the night. They’re very attentive, and genuinely concerned about your dining experience.
Can’ Say enough. To Mitchell and team, look forward to our next visit. Thanks so much

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

My husband and I were in town celebrating our 10 year anniversary. I wasn’t really expecting anything that special, just wanted to be seated at a table that was in a quiet spot. (We are usually yelling over the kids at dinner just to speak to each other). When we arrived the hostess greeted us warmly and congratulated us on our anniversary and showed us to a nicely decorated table for two with flowers and a candle and a nice card personalized and signed by all the staff (managers, executive chef etc). I’m not one to make a big deal about things... but it was actually really a pleasant surprise and very thoughtful. Btw, the cork wall was such a neat play on the whole wine cork thing and I’m sure it has some acoustic properties as well.
Our server was Louie and he was very friendly and made sure not to rush us (as I’m a pretty indecisive person!) we ended up going with the trio of scallops and it was paired with a great wine. Its nice to hear the story behind the wines and It’s also nice when a server knows which wines the patron might enjoy based on how the customer describes their tastes, so thanks Louie!
I had the wagyu ribeye and my husband had the sea bass (bless his heart, he actually wanted the lamb... but I don’t like lamb and he wanted me to try some of his dish)
My ribeye was perfect and delicious of course! The sea bass was kinda no comparison to my ribeye, it was ok... but the rib eye was great! To finish, I had the lemon blackberry upside down cake and he had the chocolate molten cake... which didn’t ooze, but still was delicious! We had such a lovely evening. I had been wanting to check it Bouchon for a while, and I’m so glad we finally had the chance to try it out. Can’t wait to visit again soon!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Bouchon Santa Barbara has become a traditional spring friend’s destination for my friends travel group. Superb food and wine, welcoming people, excellent service. Love the foodie stroll through the Santa Barbara farmer’s market and wine pairing dinner too! We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We love the restaurant and it has the best duck in town. It's always friendly and the servers
are knowledgeable.

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2.0Dined on April 12, 2018

It was our 54th anniversary . made reservations in advance. when we got there, no reservation. then they wanted to put us on a very small table in the breeze way. we ordered our food and they delivered to my wife the wrong plate. with out a word they quickly removed it. when returned the fish was cold and our food was very salty. very salty. could not taste the food. still they said nothin. we complained to the waiter, he just laughed. they put rose peddles on the table. ok I guess. all who ran the restaurant seemed cold and out of place. I hope for the restaurant this is not their way. we have owned Yost Appliance in Santa Barbara for almost 50 years. this visit was our first. we love going to local places. hope things turn out well for them.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I went to Bouchon for my 2 year anniversary and the food and the ambiance were great! We even received a personalized card for the occasion as well as rose petals on the table in celebration of us. We had the scallops and the crab cakes appetizers and both were delicious! The scallops were perfectly cooked and huge. I had the sea bass and my boyfriend ordered the wagu ribeye and we both really enjoyed our meal. For dessert we had the baked Alaska which did not disappoint. I would definitely recommend Bouchon and look forward to going back!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We were in Santa Barbara for the weekend celebrating my wife's birthday. I looked up restaurant reviews at several sites and Bouchon was on every list. Dinner was lovely, ambiance was elegant casual, food was excellent, service was attentive, wine recommendation was great. Wonderful experience. Would go again in a heartbeat.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

It was amazing! All around! Couldn’t ask for a more perfect meal. Location was great and staff was great. I’d love to go back. :-)

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Hostess was very friendly and so was waiter. Reasonable wine and food pricing. Great evening!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Great food. Great dessert - go for the lemon upside down cake.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

A fabulous meal and the service was superb!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara. We have come here for my birthday for each of the past 3 years. The food and service are outstanding.

This year, I tried a kubocha squash soup. It was a bit thin. The pork shank entree was excellent.

Hubby had his usual French onion soup and duck confit.

We look forward to dining here again.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Fabulous food in a lovely setting, made even better by a wonderful and knowledgeable server!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Perfect place to celebrate a significant others birthday

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Our starters were just fine. Pleasant friendly service. Great ambience. But my wife found her main course (Chicken) all to be unpleasantly salty (to our British tastes). My duck was initially very cool and far too rare. When I sent it back, it became disappointingly chewy. Now - I was very impressed with the attitude of the restaurant. They were apologetic and didn't charge me for that course - so full marks to them for service attitude. But the food was sadly a disappointment

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

We love this place and the food and the staff!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We went to Bouchon’s To celebrate a birthday! The ambience is always great. The service is special and the food is delicious. We weren’t disappointed!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We went here for our anniversary and the food and service were awesome! Dylan was the best waiter and his knowledge of wines was amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I love the host and everyone knows that the day is 3 month anniversary for my boyfriend and I. Even prepared a card for me. Thanks a lot!
The duck tastes amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Our meal was delicious! The meal started with the best bread I've eaten in years. We both enjoyed soup to start--me squash and the other guest the French onion. I'm a vegetarian and the chef made me my own plate, which was hearty and filling and fantastic. It was worlds above the afterthought veggie pasta that often comes when I ask the chef for a vegetarian plate elsewhere. I was impressed and we both thoroughly enjoyed our meals!

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Food was excellent but the service was disappointing. The server took 30 minutes to approach our table then despite the fact that we alerted the server of a performance time, we didn’t get our food in a timely manner. We were 20 minutes late to the performance. Very disappointing am unsure if I will eat there again before a performance.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Average food at high prices

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Absolutely incredible. Have nothing negative to say about this restaurant. I was beyond pleased!!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

My husband treated me to dinner at Bouchon for my birthday, and I could not have been more pleased. Top-shelf dining experience. Excellent food, attentive and knowledgeable waiter, friendly staff, and exquisite food presentation. We have dined at restaurants all over the world, and at many in Santa Barbara as well, and this met or exceeded our greatest expectations. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

We dined at Bouchon on our return from a recent trip south. We didn’t quite know what to expect, but we were pleased. It’s not in any way related to Thomas Keller’s Bouchons, but it would hold up equally well. We were greeted pleasantly and seated immediately. It was Sunday night and not busy when we first arrived; it was full by the time we left. The waiter was helpful and we dived into the menu, sampling French four onion soup, mixed green salad and salad lyonnaise for starters; the crispy skin Pacific salmon, free-range chicken, and maple glazed duck breast and confit of thigh for main courses; and the blackberry lemon upside down cake and crème brulee for dessert. The only quibble we would have with the food is that the serving size on the chicken dish was paltry, whereas the duck was enormous. The wine list focuses on Santa Barbara wine country and it is extensive. We had a fabulous 2012 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir. We enjoyed it very much and will plan to return on our next trip through Santa Barbara.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We came with a group of 6 that included a vegan, a gluten-free diner and a beer-lover. All were very happy, including those of us without special dining requirements. It was lively but not overly loud, the food was incredible, the ambiance cozy.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Delicious once again! Love the food! Would definitely recommend. We are. Vegetarian and the chef prepared two amazingly ne vegetarian dishes.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

The waiter was knowledgeable on the wine list and very good. The food was just average, nothing special for the money

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Bouchon was a little expensive, but very good. The crab cakes were perfect. My daughter's pork shank was very tasty and, as the waiter promised, fell off the bone, it was so tender. My ribeye was delicious, as was our lemon/berry cake with ice cream. We were most impressed with the friendliness and attentiveness of the staff. The opera lasted a little long so we were about 20 minutes late for our reservation, but the hostess was delightful. The wait staff was attentive but not overbearing. Overall a lovely experience.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Wonderful evening dinning here with friends. We were quite impressed with our meal and service.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

A classy, but unpretentious dining experience extraordinaire! If you want to be treated right both in service and quality cuisine, this is a great choice. Always a top-notch dining experience and this time was no exception. Good portions. Quality experience. Highest recommendation.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

My cousin and I went in to participate in Santa Barbara Restaurant Week. We had a three course tasting menu with a variety of amazing choices. The food was spectacular. Our waiter helped us find a wine that was to our taste and it was incredible. I will definitely be back for additional meals.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

My husband and I came here before the opera, and from the moment we walked in we were taken so well care of. Out server Tony was a consummate professional - excellent service, excellent timing, excellent recommendations, and attentive to every detail. He had wonderful recommendations and the food was outstanding. We had the Foxen Pinot from Sta Rita Hills and the mushroom ragout for app, duck and ribeye for dinner. No dessert, but will be back. Tony timed it so we would make the curtian call - it got a little rushed at the end, but he took great care of us. Awesome local cuisine, excellent, flavorful food that tasted outstanding, excellent wine, and the ambiance on the patio was warm, romantic and cozy. We will be back again for sure!

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