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milk & honey

4.6
312 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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Rated locally as Santa Barbara’s best appetizers for 10 years running. At milk & honey we serve an eclectic variety of Spanish and So. Cal inspired tapas, and creative hand-crafted cocktails made from quality ingredients.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday: 5p - 11p
Thursday - Saturday: 5p - 12:00a
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Phone number
(805) 275-4232
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alvaro Castellanos Rojas
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Private party facilities
We offer off site private dining for up to 125 guests.
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Private party contact
Alvaro: (805) 669-8733
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Catering
We tailor our catering to each event. Please call 805.669.8733 for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
State St
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Parking details
Paid parking in rear (free for first 75 minutes)
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Entertainment
Available for bookings
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 312 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Went for my moms birthday since I’ve been before and know they have good drinks and reasonably priced tapas. They didn’t disappoint. No wonder they are my favorite tapas bar in SB! We had the Honey Lavender Lemon Drop and the Passion Fruit Mojito and they were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

The food was good, however we enjoy a more intimate, quieter atmosphere. It was a younger, college age crowd.... larger groups and very noisy. It felt like we were having conversation in a night club while trying to enjoy dinner.

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KristaC 
3.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

We heard a lot of rave reviews about this place, but we were underwhelmed by the quality of the food. Nothing was bad, but we're not rushing back to enjoy any particular tapas or drinks. The service was pleasant. . . . I think we had high expectations for a wonderful dining experience, and were disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Perfect as usual !!! Always perfect. perfect perfect !!!

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HappyDiner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

A bit expensive given the small plate servings. Brussel sprouts were awesome! Sliders were well received. Paella was a bust -- extremely dry, lacked flavor, marginal seafood, lacked sausage even though listed on menu, no peas or diced tomatoes. -- it was essentially overcooked rice with little seasoning and a few pieces of seafood dropped on top.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Great drinks- a variety of good small plates.

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vipBrad (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

This is a fun spot with really good small plates. Servers are friendly and knowledgeable. Try the Kale chips, for sure! Duck fat carrots were mediocre. Lamburginis were moist and perfectly done. Blue Champinon was very special. Very good food at a reasonable price. Would like to see some draft beer in the menu.

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ElizabethH 
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

milk & honey offers delicious Spanish tapas like patatas bravas, prosciutto-wrapped dates, and a small paella. The wine list is modest but all excellent options - I recommend springing for one of their handcrafted cocktails! They're known for their mojitos, but everything is delicious (I've had about half their offerings).
A fun quirk is that there is one TV and it only plays classic Disney cartoons.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Was great. Get a booth if you are on a date

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vipstosh (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was very good, small plates,the gambas, the sweet potatoes fries,the sliders, all very good.
The drinks were great and reasonably priced.

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eatup (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great happy hour - especially the tacos, sweet potato fries and brussel sprouts. Go! You won't be disappointed!

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vipcedinesout (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara. Every time I go I enjoy my meal and the cocktails are amazing! This last visit we had someone who was lactose intolerant and another who had to have gluten free and we managed to find great options for all!

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lellebelle (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

The date wrapped bacon, brussel sprouts, patat bravas, lamb sliders and shrimp dish were all well sreasoned and cooked perfectly. The service was friendly and efficient but not rushed.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Food was great, service was not. Aloof servers who act like you are bothering them....
and no sparkling water, and not the first time.
Food is worth going back for.

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vipKarenM (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Perfect way to end a long week was over tapas and cocktails at Milk and Honey. We were celebrating a friends birthday and Julia, our great server, surprised the table with a lovely toast and dessert at the end. We’ll be back!

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EBean (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

The food tasted good and is nicely presented but it is over priced for just tapas/ small plates. The lack of creativity in the food does not match the price. I would not recommend this for large groups as the plates are made to share for two people. Also do not expect authentic Spanish Tapas and there wasn't really anything that stood out from the menu.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food and Great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on November 16, 2017

Good for a casual meal as a couple. Excellent food, but would be quite noisy for a
foursome or more to hear each other!

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Local (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was better than I remembered. The vegetable dishes were great. The appetizers were wonderful - so good we re-ordered. We split the main dishes among our large group and it was the perfect amount of food - had room for the desserts! Our server was great - perfect timing and accommodated our needs well.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on November 9, 2017

Great tapas and happy hour specials.

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vipYouGetOneShot (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food undeserving of the LOUSY SERVICE. Sat next to the server computer station and we were still ignored! "Booths" are atrocious so insist on a table which will have hard seats but at least it's a chair. Otherwise you are on a short bench leaning against a wall with no padding and no space. No way to have a romantic date or business conversation. Just awkward and clearly designed to make you want to leave quickly... which is exactly what we did. They're turning the tables but missing so much more revenue from people moving on to eat elsewhere. If you must go (and you've been warned), make your tip reflect the terrible service you get. Maybe they'll get the message eventually. Or train a new crew.

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vipLive4FineDining (Miami)
2.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Tasty but not exceptional. Service was just ok.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
1.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

We were seated outside as requested. Unfortunately we sat there for 15 minutes without any staff acknowledging us. We were the only ones seated in this section, and several different servers or hostesses had walked passed us. We left after 15 minutes; truly a shame. Won't be trying this resturant again.

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SBGary (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Good happy hour. Variety of food. It was noisy at Saturday happy hour.

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vipbrettfromcincy (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 3, 2017

Craving tapas and found this place - was not disappointed!! Menu is a combination of straight ahead tapas/spanish food with some local touches. Good wine list. Recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

Milk & Honey is good as usual. Host was very accommodating. I called to let her know we'd be late, and she was very nice on the phone and told us we'd be fine. Food and drinks were great. My favorite drink was definitely the Lavender Lemondrop!! It's not on the happy hour menu but I'm okay with that. We had the Brussels sprouts, tacos, dates with pigs, sweet potato fries (which was absolutely addicting!!) and all was awesome. Great service and ambiance for sure! Happy hour menu is always awesome and DEFINITELY a GREAT deal!!!

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MUXU (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

I go all the time, Julia is just an angel evertime, the staff provide an always accommodating atmosphere and positive vibes. Great food, great cocktails, what more could you ask for. Literally!!! Lol

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vip941life (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on September 7, 2017

Great service and great food with well crafted cocktails . Our first time at milk and honey and it will not be our last , great place and well recommended

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OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on September 4, 2017

Enjoyed the variety of different items and was well prepared. Great relaxing atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 28, 2017

Really good apps and drinks. Highly recommended

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