Bouchon - Santa Barbara
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!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Maple-Glazed California Duck Breast & Confit of Thigh (Medium)
Succotash of sweet corn, fava beans, leeks, applewood-smoked bacon and windrose farms butternut squash, port-thyme demi-glace
Bouchon French 'French Onion' Soup
Gruyere-sourdough gratin. Suggested wine pairing: au bon climat chardonnay, santa barbara - $10
Lobster Pot Pie
Chantrelle mushrooms, fava beans, puff pastry, lobster velouté, madeira cream sauce. Suggested wine pairing: Qupé Chardonnay, Bien Nacido Reserve, Santa Maria - $13.50
The BEST Wagyu Beef I have ever had...melt in your mouth with a wonderful sauce.
Great food and setting on the patio. David was an excellent waiter!
Celebration for our honeymoon. Excellent experience!
Everything was wonderful. The food, the service, everything. We all enjoyed our evening at Bouchon. Thank you.
The onion soup tasted like water so we ended up getting a salad which was basically $22 for a couple of slices of not great tomatoes. However on the plus side the duck dish was absolutely delicious. And we really wanted dessert but they did not have the flavor of ice cream that was printed on the menu so we ended up not getting it.
Overall the food is good. It was just a bit pricey but consider it being in downtown santa barbara, it is not so bad. The duck was my favorite.
Enjoyed it very much.
Server, food and wine were outstanding, as always. But took an hour to prepare our meals and the restaurant was barely half full. too long and unusual in our experience.
Definitely one of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara
My husband and I were in SB for the weekend and went to Bouchon for our anniversary. The outside dining area was beautifully done, the ambiance was great, and service was impeccable. They decorated our table with rose petals and had a nice note from the owners wishing us a happy anniversary. We started with the trio of Sea Scallops and they were all amazing! I highly recommend this dish. For dinner, I had the Rack of Lamb and my husband had the Duck. The preparations were done beautifully, and the dishes were delicious.
I enjoyed the most amazing birthday dinner with my spouse. We were seated at an outdoor table as requested. The table was located in a very upscale parklet with Pergo-style flooring, designer drapes, and market lights. At my table, I was greeted by a handwritten birthday note surrounded by rose petals our server Dominic could not have been more helpful. Normally I don’t drink but wanted to celebrate with a glass of wine. Dominic made a recommendation and offered to have me taste it. It turned out to be too dry for my unsophisticated palate so he offered an alternative which I ordered. My spouse said the butternut squash soup (a dish that he is known for making at family gatherings) was the best he’s ever had and he loved the king salmon entree and brussel sprouts. I really liked enjoyed the Tutti Frutti Farms heirloom tomato salad and the rack of lamb was cooked to perfection. We ended our meal with the warm lemon tart accompanied by McConnell’s marionberry ice cream. It was a wonderful way to spend my birthday and I hope to dine there again. Highly recommend!
David was amazing and made a birthday even more special! Great recommendations and all around attitude! Lobster Pot Pie 🤤 We also felt so special to have Michael (the owner) stop by our table to say hello and have a wonderful chat. We hope Bouchon can keep the outside seating permanently. The Arlington added to the atmosphere and it was still quiet enough even though Victoria is a busy street. We can’t wait to come back!
Wonderful meal! My wife and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary. The food and wine were fantastic.
Nice upscale restaurant, tasty food! Good selection of Santa Barbara wines!
Food was delicious. We had the duck and sea bass. The outside seating was subpar. We ate at 4 restaurants in Santa Barbara with outdoor seating and each one had much more atmosphere, with the same type of space.
The food and service wee great.
Thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Food was excellent.
Great service and wonderful food! Very enjoyable evening.
Would be nice if they had other non alcoholic drinks choices beside just water.
I was somewhat disappointed on this trip ( my 5th) to Bouchon. The lamb was over cooked and not very flavorful. The duck was nothing special even though our waiter said it was their signature dish. Plus it was so dark inside we couldn’t see our food! Service was very good, as usual. We will try them one more time. Perhaps this was an off night.
Our server was excellent very well experience with her wine. Was able to accommodate my wife with prefect wine to drink. Thank you!
We’d canceled trips to the Italian riviera before planning a road trip in California. Sun, surf, swim. Food, wine, fun. Bouchon Santa Barbara did not disappoint. We’ve enjoyed other Thomas Keller restaurants, so we knew what to expect. It couldn’t have been a more wonderful evening. Go!
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and experience at Bouchon. The food and service were excellent. I would definitely recommend anyone that wanted a highly rated restaurant experience to dine at Bouchon while visiting Santa Barbara.
Beautiful restaurant, perfect waiter who knew everything about the menu. My family ad I celebrated my birthday and I am so glad we did! I was surprised that it was n’y affiliated with Thomas Keller’s BOUCHON (as I’ve been to the French Laundry) but the food quality, selection and service is quite up to Michelin star requirements! Even the locals said it was a 5 star restaurant and reservations were difficult to get. The prices are extremely fair for what you get. The dress code had most men in collared shirts and ladies in summer dresses. I would recommend to any foodie or person looking for a lovely, yet casual, relaxing 5-star worthy experience. I will definitely be back.
Made my daughter feel special for her birthday.
Excellent food and service!
Great table and service. Always a winner.
Our first trip. We were seated quickly. Service was consistently excellent. The steak tartare was superb as well as the accompanying bone marrow. The tomato appetizer also excellent. The scallops trio was very good. The lobster puff pastry was disappointing — large pieces of tough, tasteless lobster, too many potatoes, and a sauce that really didn’t mesh with the dish. Perhaps more cream, fewer potatoes, and a richer sauce? I know it wasn’t a ‘thermidor’ presentation but I was expecting a sauce inside that was creamy and tasty on its own. Dessert was very good but short of excellent. Wine choices were excellent. We will definitely return when next in Santa Barbara.
Nice restaurant but the food was average at best. These are classic dishes that we expected to all be well executed and delicious being from a Thomas Keller restaurant.
Chicken dish : tough chicken and lacked and imagination. The potatoes where fair at best . Would not recommend
Sea bass : the most successful dish and excellent flavor
Rack of lamb: medium rare as ordered but the meat was chewy and tough. My wife had this and she usually always enjoys lamb but she left half her plate
Lobster pot pie: not awesome but perfectly fine . Would say it could use a bit more stuffing
Medley of mushrooms : nice dish but clearly under salted and lacked flavor. I had the salad but was fine but uninspired. The best appetizer was the trio of tomatoes which was well designed and tasty. The desserts we had where excellent and the service was also very good. Overall a nice restaurant but would not return because of the food. Maybe there short in the kitchen possibly because I know people that have dined at bouchob in Napa and they consistently say the food is excellent.
I did not love the food. Crab cakes ok but lettuces not so much. Duck served as
part breast and leg. Did not like leg part.
Exceptionally prepared farm to table local cuisine with incredible richness and freshness. A bit pricey but great for special occasions.
Came here for a birthday dinner and was surprised by lackluster service, high wait times and unavailable items. Our waiter was rude at each interaction and forgot our requests multiple times. Unfortunately will not be returning here, especially not for a special occasion.
We celebrated our 30th anniversary at Bouchon at a lovely outdoor table. We were surprised and delighted to find our table decorated with fresh rose petals and a lovely card from the restaurant. The service was gracious and impeccable, and the food was perfectly prepared. This is the perfect place to celebrate!
Terrific- once we found it- the outside tent obscured the name but the hostess was very helpful in guiding us! Wine/ food and staff knowledge all made our experience top notch. Hope to return soon!!
Very special place to dine. Excellent food and service. All over a great evening. We look forward to a return.
A lovely evening at one of our Santa Barbara favorites to celebrate our anniversary.
All good! Dinner was wonderful. Service was great. Thanks so much!
We enjoyed this restaurant thoroughly!
The ambience, food, and service were exceptional. My husband ordered the braised short ribs and he said they were the best he had ever eaten.I had a caprese saad and the molten chocolate lava cake which were delicious as well.. The staff was attentive and the owner Mitchell was friendly and knowledgeable. We would love to visit again soon and highly recommend this restaurant to all.
A taste of Santa Barbara style and especially Santa Barbara wine.
Waitstaff were wonderful
Reservations are necessary with plenty of planning toward the future for a weekend night.
Outside seating is ok and the music was nice. Indoor seating would be preferred next time.
The atmosphere is wonderful. I love that the resteraunt gave me a nice card and put rose pedals on my table for my birthday. I had the crispy skin salmon. The salmon was moist and tender but not flavorful. The pasta w/ it was however. The weather was great! Overall a great experience!!
Ok. We have been coming to SB for years for short weekends. This time we consulted with Michelin for recommendations so we could get out of a rut. Well. This is the new favorite.
Everything was wonderful. French onion soup, scallop trio, braised short ribs, maple glazed duck and lemon cake for dessert. Best part was the trust the waiter built with us when he recommended a wine that was less $ than what we were considering. Not only was it a great pinot but he demonstrated that he listened and wasnt so focused on the $ but the right combination of pairing. Way to go Dominick.
Bouchon - Santa Barbara is rated 4.6 stars by 4002 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.