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Chase Restaurant Bar & Grill

4.4
143 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Romantic
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
The Chase Italian Restaurant, a Santa Barbara institution since 1979, is conveniently located at 1012 State Street in the Theater district and showcases a classic elegant Italian décor with an intimate interior bar and an outside patio with high top seating overlooking State Street. The Chase features the finest meat, seafood and pasta dishes, as well as traditional Italian desserts. Signature dishes include Chicken Piccata served with Fettuccini Alfredo, Eggplant Parmigiana, Veal Valle de Ostra, Penne Carbonara and many more. This warm, romantic Italian restaurant offers a global wine list boasting many Santa Barbara wines which are curated to pair with the bold, rich flavors of classic Italian fare. Custom cocktails featuring spirits blended with seasonal ingredients as well as Italian and craft beer are offered as well. There is free parking in the rear of the restaurant off Anacapa Street.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(805) 965-4351
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Carrillo St.
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Parking details
We have a public parking lot located directly behind our building just off Anacapa St.75min complimentary parking.
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Public transit
There is a downtown open air shuttle that picks up and drops off directly across the street. Which is a .25 fare. Cab fare is $10 or less from most hotels.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 143 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The service provided by Angel was excellent. He steered us in the right direction. Our shrimp pesto flatbread was very good, the two salmon dishes we ordered were outstanding as was my calamari piccata. The tiramisu was very good and the butter pecan cheesecake melted in your mouth.
The four of us had a very pleasant evening and will be back soon. We enjoyed it a lot.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We enjoyed a leisurely dinner and the wait staff was friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Service and food was excellent we were seated right away with our reservation. Had a great time and would recommend this restaurant

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

A wonderful, authentic Italian experience! Highly recommend this place to the masses!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Better than expected in a small 50’s space with red leather booths like a traditional Italian resaurant should be. We will come back

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We really enjoyed trying Chase's for the first time. We were celebrating 2 birthdays. The food was delicious and the service was great. The six of us all had different entrees and no one was disappointed. The bruschetta was very good, as was the white bean soup. The portions were large and several of us left with leftovers. We would gladly return the next time we're in the area.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Eggs Benedict sauce was so so...potatoes were awesome...fruit was mostly grapes. Cosmo was delicious. If you want breakfast, I would just do fried eggs and potatoes.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Piccata paradise! Noel the bartender was a hoot.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Chase has revamped their menu, leaning towards lighter, healthier fare, and the kitchen seems to be a lot “sharper” as a result.

Service has improved as well; our waitperson, Daniel, was attentive and not intrusive; he was was also knowledgeable about the changed menu. The grilled salmon was excellent and the spinach veal ravioli was more than one person could eat with just a bit too much pesto sauce.

All in all, it was a much better meal and Han we had anticipated.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Ate at the bar and the bar tender was very good at letting us know what he thought were the good food orders to make . He was right on. Their chicken piccata was amazing!!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great meal. The calamari piccata is the best I've had anywhere.

Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Always love the atmosphere at the Chase. Super cozy and comfortable with decent food and solid drinks.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Quintessential Italian. Happy hour bar. Great entrees.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Lots of character, downtown Santa Barbara. Well healed crowd. Good Italian. Lasagna was solid. Chicken parma was ok. Service was very slow, with the excuse that a bus boy did not show. Waiter argued with us when we took exception to her order of service... salad, then drinks, then main course within 5 mins of salad. Weird.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent food!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

One of my favorite Santa Barbara restaurants. The food never disappoints. On this trip it was a Saturday night and they were very busy and a tad short on staff. Still a great meal. Calamari Picatta is tremendous.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

I usually don’t write reviews but in this case they really deserve the kind words. We made reservations for 8 people using OpenTable and indicated it was a birthday dinner. As soon as we walked in the the hostess asked me who’s the birthday guest. We ordered appetizers and main courses, the food was exceptionally delicious. I wasn’t expecting this level of service and food from this place, but luckily I was wrong. Best experience I had in Santa Barbara in a long time. Bravo!!!

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Despite living in Santa Barbara for many years, I had never visited this restaurant. Sad that I was missing out! This is a great "special occasion" spot. Reminded me of the many old, established Italian restaurants that we favored while living in midwest/Chicago. Ambience was great. Food was fantastic. The owner checked in on us. Our only complaint was that our waitress, while competent, was curt and pretty chilly. This, of course, affected the whole experience. For such a warm and friendly spot, this was the one letdown.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2018

We are SB locals and this was our first visit. The traditional decor of the place reminds us of some of our old favorites in New York and New Jersey. Cocktails were nicely prepared and served. I had a filet mignon and my wife had the salmon. Both were excellent. The service was prompt and pleasant. We will return.

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

We ate dinner recently at Chase. Food was good, but not great. Nice Italian meal. Lots of food. Nice ambience.

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Perfect in every way!!! Recommended to us by the staff at Fess Parker and we loved it. On our anniversary get away to Santa Barbara we were looking for a warm, romantic place with great food and excellent wine list and this is it. We were seated promptly in a cozy corner booth by the friendly host. Our server Noelle, was excellent in every way. She expertly opened and served our wine and from there it just got better. The food was the best Italian we have had anywhere!! It reminded me of how my Italian grandmother made hers. We were in heaven. We will be back with our friends. Thank you for the best anniversary in years.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

The restaurant host (he MAY have been the owner) made us feel very welcome.

My only complaint would be that, for parties of 6 or more, they automatically include a 20% gratuity.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Thank you to the staff at Chase Restaurant Bar and Grill for helping make our mom's 75th birthday very special. The service, the food, the ambience....everything was perfect!!

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1.0Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a terrible experience! In spite of trying to get someone to wait on us, it was one-half hour before anyone came to our table. We explained we were needing to make it to the theater and needed to order. The food came late and was cold. Our drinks were never ordered, until we asked again for them. The drinks came after we had eaten our first course. After what should have been drinks or the meal “comped,” we were insultingly charged a 20% tip because their were six of us. A formerly wonderful place that has sadly gone down-hill.

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2.0Dined on December 2, 2017

I normally enjoy a meal at Chase. However, this time the service was bad, the waiter was rude, our orders were messed up, and the food was over-cooked. Unfortunately, even though I usually like Chase and love the Christmas decor, we will not be returning any time in the near future.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Great evening! Chicken Piccata was delicious.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Everything was excellent as usual. This is old school Italian and we loved it. My wife had the Chicken Parm and said it was the best she has ever had and my Shrimp Scampi was really good too. We were seated exactly on time and the server did a wonderful job of taking care of us. My checklist is this: atmosphere - cozy, inviting and romantic with great nostalgic music, service- helpful and engaging, food- the best Italian we have had, drinks- great martinis, overall- a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this place.

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2.0Dined on November 12, 2017

After many years eating at The Chase, we found food remains tasty, with some specialties and many reliable Italian staples. Especially good are White Bean appetizer, Calamari and Marinara Sauce. Service has fallen noticeably in past year - e.g., lackluster greeting and servers, no name for server, no Specials information, no offer of ground pepper, and not touching base with our party for other requests. We are disappointed!

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4.0Dined on November 2, 2017

Had dinner there the other night. Great experience

Food was excellent.

Bartender made one of the best Manhattans

He and the rest of the staff were very polished and accommodating

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Went to dinner with my wife and in-laws. The food was delicious and the service was very friendly. We were actually greeted by the owner and he graciously allowed us to taste several of his new red wines (on the house). We will definitely go back for a dinner date or a family meal. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Awesome ... We are locals and everything was wonderful just as it has been for the past 20 years. This is our go to spot in Santa Barbara and it never disappoints. The atmosphere is so comfortable and inviting, the music takes you back to the golden era and the food is always Fantastic. The best authentic Italian food in the city and the Piccata is the best anywhere. We wanted to impress our out of town guests with a restaurant that has the whole package and there was only one choice, The Chase... We are customers forever.

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1.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Food and service were terrible. Ordered a tomahawk steak and got something that looked and tasted like a poor quality porterhouse. The drinks were even bad. Ordered a bottle of Veuve Cliquot and 10 minutes later they return a day they don't have it. Extremely disappointing.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was good. I had the veal Provencial with spaghetti and marinara. When I have a Marsala, Piccata or Provencial sauce I prefer the same sauce on the pasta as on the meat instead of a fettuccini or marinara. The flavors of fettuccini and marinar do not go well with those sauces. (I am Italian and that’s how my mom and grandma used to do it so I am a little biased). The noise level was high and it was a little difficult to talk with my husband. The waiter was attentive and good.

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4.0Dined on October 11, 2017

Our server Mario was very friendly and professional and had a great sense of humor! The food itself was not that amazing. The only thing that stood out to me was my partners dish which was the salmon. It was perfectly cooked! Nice and butter and it appeared to melt in my mouth. I got the Prosciutto and Arugula flat bread had far too much garlic, no sauce, the Prosciutto was cut too thick and dry for my liking and the Arugula was just tossed on top with some shredded Parmesan. The drinks though, I will be coming back for their drinks. The Strawberry and Basil spritzer was refreshing and sweet. All in all I would come back for drinks maybe some appetizers and to sit on the small patio to watch the people of Santa Barbara walk by. Also if you get Mario as your sever you will be in good hands!

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2017

Great atmosphere, food is incredible and music is awesome. Only problem was our waitress who was slow and forgetful.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Not a very large restaurant. Nice inside "Italian" decore and sidewalk seating along State St. is great. A little noisy, but fantastic food. The best fettuccine alfredo I've had since being in Italy. Great menu selections, and wonderful desserts, too! Our waiter was very friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and made sure everything about our meal was just how we wanted. I highly recommend Chase Restaurant.

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1.0Dined on September 4, 2017

The service was unreasonably slow. It took a ridiculous amount of time (over an hour) to receive our food, and when it finally arrived, it was mediocre at best. My daughter’s order was over cooked and inedible.

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3.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Dining Room temp was soooo hot. Unbearable.

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2017

I hadn't been to The Chase is a long time as the food was somewhat of a disappointment on my last visit and the interior decor is quite dated and dark. A friend requested we go here for lunch (I had not gone for lunch before) so agreed. We sat outside, had wonderful service (our wait-person was very attentive), and we all enjoyed our lunches-salmon salad, caesar salad, and chicken fettuccine alfredo. It was relaxed and pleasant.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

It's been 15 years since we've been here; for some reason we always passed it by, perhaps because of its small footprint on the sidewalk. But the Chase name popped up in a restaurant search and we figured "Why not?" We were delighted with our experience. The decor is a little dark, but with many wall errors to increase the apparent size (I hate staring at blank wall). The end result: very warm and cozy. The service was very attentive and the meals were delicious and, important to me, served hot. The only "ding" in the stars: we were towards the back of the restaurant and closer to the kitchen with its occasionally loud crashing crockery sounds. Will add this to our roster of dinner restaurants in Santa Barbara.

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