Bouchon - Santa Barbara

4.7
3637 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3637 people are saying
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vipVictoriaT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best duck duo and mushroom ragout I have ever tried; outstanding service; finally, their prices are reasonable

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vipStanA
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Continues to be the best restaurant in Santa Barbara.

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TinaR
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Great service and accomodations.

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MariahW
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff, amazing ambiance, amazing food. An amazing experience overall. Cannot recommend enough.

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vipLeticiaG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner and great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a lovely evening celebrating with my husband. The butter lobster risotto was delicious and the beef waygu was tender. Our bottle of wine recommended by the server was a nice touch as well. Thank you

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vipkasia
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an absolutely fabulous experience at Bouchon, Santa Barbara. All servers were very attentive and provided that great balance between giving us our space and seeing our needs. Bravo. The food was exquisite. We've dined in many high-end restaurants all over the world and Bouchon's preparation and preparation was very, very good. We also think they've done a great job adjusting to the challenging covid times and tried to provide as much comfort as possible on a cold November night. Perhaps a couple more heaters would be useful though. We highly recommended this restaurant when you are in Santa Barbara.

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TaraB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, wonderful outdoor dining area that felt safe, grateful for the lovely wine list and delicious fresh fish dishes. We will be back soon, thank you!

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JuliaCCarver
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! We are new to SB and have heard about Bouchon from friends and neighbors. This is the best dining experience we have had since living and visiting this magical place. The food is outstanding, but that is merely a factor in this whole dining experience. The Staff was interactive, helpful and knowledgeable. Their instincts and attention is unparalleled here in this foodie town. We felt special! We felt excited and humbled by this experience. We can not wait to go back!

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CherylT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my birthday at Bouchon. Their outdoor area was warm, stylish and romantic...they definitely did a wonderful job navigating Covid restrictions. The food was excellent. The mushroom ragout was amazing, as well as the sea bass, short rib and the lemon cake dessert. Our waiter, Louie, was very courteous and attentive without being overbearing. Highly recommend Bouchon for a special occasion or any time you want a gourmet meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience and good was amazing. Thank you we will be back!

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vipdininginthecloud
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot and beautiful seeing. Food is wonderful and really well done. Will definitely come back!

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HappyChaine
Berlin
18 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Of course, we needed to sit outside (Covid). Service was knowledgable, pro-active, and courteous. The service staff knows the wine list well, of great help to us. It was a tad cold outside, but that's due to weather, and out of anyone's control. The food was very good; we had the kubocha squash, Tom's mixed greens, and mushroom ragout for appies, short rib, the duck (2 ways), and sea bass for mains. All exceptional. We had 2 bottles of wine, including a Cab Franc, which we normally love; this one was a regional bottle, and was good but different for a Cab Franc. As it was a birthday celebration for our group, we had a great time there.

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vipChicagoDiner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful table on a balcony overlooking the courtyard. Duck was fantastic. Server was very attentive and made great wine suggestions.

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vipRobcat
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dilan was a great waiter. Outstanding service and outstanding food. Made my birthday extra special.

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TylerL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience even during COVID. We were there for an anniversary and let the staff know via OpenTable. They were very friendly and accomodating. We were seated in a very comfortable outside area near a heater, which really helped as we stayed long and enjoyed the later evening hours. Our reservation was at almost 8pm and given that we much have been one of the last to be seated, we were not rushed and enjoyed our time well, as we were encouraged to by our waiter. Food was outstanding, wine was great.... Overall, very very nice evening.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The service and food was exceptional

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vipScottM
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent- back courtyard is special; hope they can keep it.

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viprobertw
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service, plus the new outdoor seating area is warm, intimate and super clean.

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EmilyM
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best experience. Our food was amazing and the waitstaff was exceedingly attentive. Buchon may have one of the best waitstaff’s I’ve ever seen.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weeding Anniversary

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PCR94301
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting outdoors was very comfortable and well separated from other tables, the restaurant has created lovely ambience. Warm, fresh bread was a great start. We ordered mixed green salad and the main dishes of duck and tuna. Presentation was artistic and food was delicious. Molten lava chocolate cake for dessert was fine. Service was outstanding. This is our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara now!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

they were so wonderful and went the extra mile for our anniversary! lots of special care and they even put rose petals on our table! the food was amazing!

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AnthonyM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO delicious! And our server, Morgan, was delightful. It was a cool night and we sort of regretted making the reservation, but later we were SO GLAD we went! The patio in back is so very lovely with a great view of the lovely moon. The food was even better than we remembered from previous visits - the mushroom ragout appetizer was so good I almost couldn't believe it! And our fish dishes - the trio of scallops - was amazing. I had the tuna and it was cooked perfectly and also just melted in your mouth. We felt totally safe - and vowed to go back more often. What a treat to keep us going during the COVID crisis. Be careful, but DO go to these wonderful local places to keep them going! You won't be sorry! Oh - and our wine was very good, too - as always! Bouchon is the BEST!

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BrittReed
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes! We come here all the time and it’s always a perfect experience - thank you Bouchon!

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KimC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Reserved through OpenTable and was greeted with a "Happy Birthday" card from the owners.

Food: Ordered the Mushroom Ragout, Duck Duo, and Sea Bass. Everything was amazing! Duck and bass were tender and full of flavor. All components of the dish came together well and was well-balanced.

Service: Dylan, our server, was amazing. He was very polite and courteous; he offered a more limited service so we enjoyed our dinner and would only check on us a handful of times.

Ambience: Nice outdoor seating. Plenty of warmers to combat the cold air of Santa Barbara.

Overall: Would definitely recommend for a nice dinner.

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GaryS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipBethJ
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my husband to bouchon for a special (COVID) birthday celebration and it did not disappoint! The weather was perfect, the outdoor patio was lovely, the service was top notch and the food was incredible! They also decorated the table with rose petals which was a nice touch. We will definitely be back!!

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Kimmee
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic and quiet evening. Our server, Dominic, was amazing. He was very welcoming and had a lot of knowledge in beer and also the menu. We cannot wait to come back again!

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SusanK
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous dining experience.. A real standout in these Covid times.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was VERY knowledgeable on the menu! Outdoor dining on the street was phenomenal! Great job!

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LeeH
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time, great food, and the ambience was perfect. Will def. go again.

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Klynn
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was great! Food was good but not spectacular. The French onion soup was the worst I have ever had, which was quite disappointing since I was really looking forward to it. The braised short rib was good but Toma’s is better. The Wagyu Rib eye was good but a little tough. Not what you would expect for Wagyu. We were celebrating an anniversary and although they had some rose petals and a card, a small dessert would have been a nicer touch.

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DanJ
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional. Each table outside had its own heater which made it very comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it as always!

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BudFood
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

AlwAys a good experience here. But....choices are now limited and most everything we’ve had already. One thing for sure the best green brûlée in California.

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MichelleA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely time in the back patio! We always visit Bouchon when in Santa Barbara. Everything great as always!

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Delemma
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This cozy restaurant has left the best impressions! Hospitable hosts, delicious dishes, beautiful presentation, wide wine list and wonderful dessert. I recommend to everyone! I would like to come back here again and again

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DeborahB
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bouchon - always have. This particular visit was especially nice as we were getting to know some people better. Our server was attentive, but not cloying. He had very good information, took good care of us. Other staff were also very attentive and responsive. The food was GREAT! We were all full and happy!

FAQs

Bouchon - Santa Barbara offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 730-1160.

Bouchon - Santa Barbara is rated 4.7 stars by 3637 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.