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Montecito Cafe

201 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch

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Montecito Caf� in Santa Barbara is a romantic dining experience that guests cannot stop raving over. The fine Italian fare is served in a charming dining space complete with a beautiful fountain filled with fresh floating flowers in the center of the room. Come in for a glass of wine or a cocktail before you enjoy a delicious dinner at Montecito Caf�.

The menu includes the famous goat cheese pancakes, chicken piccata, mussels and more. Diners also love the El Macho burger, made with avocado and pasilla chile as well as the filet mignon and the pasta Bolognese. Enjoy coconut cream cake with raspberry and anglaise sauce to complete your meal at Montecito Caf�.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Californian, Contemporary French
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Daily 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Daily 5:30pm-10:00pm
Bar Hours : Daily from 5:00pm-10:00pm,
Bar is Open until 11:00pm on Friday & Saturday
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Phone number
(805) 969-3392
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mark Huston
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Cross street
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Parking details
Street Parking as well as free valet parking is available
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Public transit
Olive Mill Rd Bus Stop
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Special events & promotions
We will be serving a 3 Course Dinner For New Year's Eve. Please call us for reservations at 805-969-3392
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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peater (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2016

On a bitter-sweet occasion a friend and I lunched at Montecito Café knowing it would be the last
week of its operation at the Montecito Inn.

The service was genuine and consistent.

The food was delicious, earthy but elegant. I will the vibrant coziness that MC offers.
As a treat, we met the owner Mark Huston, who took the time to talk to us about the 1980 photo on the wall featuring the staff at San Ysidro Ranch where he first worked.

We will definitely take up the opportunity to visit the two sister restaurants both Jane soon !

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2016

This restaurant is the best deal in town
Very good food and very reasonably priced
It is so sad that it will be closing in a month because the lease is not being renewed

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2016

This place has always been a special restaurant to go-Great food,fantastic service,excellent prices. Visiting friends always want to go to the Montecito Cafe when they visit the area-sometimes two or three times during their stay in Santa Barbara.

Bonnymede (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2016

Sorry it is closing, it has been a staple in the neighborhood.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2016

The Montacito Cafe is a cozy restaurant that serves delicious food. Great for a special occasion.

Konapai41 (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on September 22, 2016

My husband was disappointed that his side salad was nothing more than lettuce!

SBGolfer (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

As good as ever. We were seated immediately and at a very nice table even though it was a very busy Friday night. There is a great variety of choices; the menu's standards and the daily specials. I had the chicken piccata which was outstanding. My husband had the mussel bowl and raved about it

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

My wife's favorite. Good food, good service, excellent desserts. Eat there regularly, but great for special occasions. Closing soon - sure gonna miss it.

KU39 (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

Our lunch was a disappointment. We have been many times and had excellent food and service.
This was to celebrate one person's birthday and the other leaving for Washington DC. We wanted to go once more before the restaurant closes. Never have we had such poor service, had to ask for everything and forgot a side order of French Fries. The only thing that was the same was the wonderful coconut cake. That saved the meal.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 2016

They have the best martinis ever, especially the muddled cucumber-mint Grey Goose martini. Very good. The menu is similar to Jane in downtown Santa Barbara, since Jane seems to have the concession until the restaurant closes in November. I recommend that you enjoy the Montecito Cafe while it is there. Who knows what it will be like in the future.

marthas (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on September 8, 2016

Food is always consistently tasty, the location is perfect and with free valet, it's a deal for this area

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2016

Everything about our experience Saturday night at the Montecito Inn Restaurant was terrific. The food, ambiance, service, and noise level were all great. It was the perfect place for our party of four to go to enjoy the food, wine and each other. We ordered the steak sandwich, the chicken sandwich, and the seafood pasta special. The special was large enough for 2 of us to share with a shared Cesar salad. The broth of the pasta special was so tasty that it was hard not to finish off a loaf of the delicious bread soaked in its essence of garlic, wine, butter, parsley, and fish stock. We had so looked forward to sharing a piece of the Inn’s famous coconut cake (which we’ve enjoyed before), however, we were sated by our fantastic meals. Next time we’ll try to save space for the cake!

vipHilltopgal (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2016

The salmon on Alderwood was fabulous! The chocolate Marquis topped off the meal. Excellent dining experience!

SeanTay21 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 29, 2016

We had a wonderful dinner celebrating my wifes birthday. The food here is second to none and well priced. Great wine list and AMAZING desserts. Must try the coconut cake.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on August 22, 2016

We were celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary on the day went. The service was good, I'd say service was excellent except we had a long wait for our cocktails had to ask for bread and didn't get our waters until our meal was half over. It seemed like they were short staffed but it was a Monday so we thought we'd be fine. Otherwise our meals were excellent. Have had lunch here but never dinner and cocktails.