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Montecito Cafe

4.5
201 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch

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About

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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
OLIVE MILL ROAD
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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
Additional
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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4.3
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5.0Dined 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 !

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on September 22, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2016

One of my favorite places to dine. Quality food at a reasonable price.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2016

Montecito Cafe is an absolute gem. The food is always great and the service even better. The fact that the restaurant is always full is a testament to the quality of the establishment. We keep going back because we hear the current tenants are leaving at the end of November and we want to make the most of it while it is still in place!!

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2016

We vacation in Santa Barbra with our son &daughterin law.We look forward to eating at the cafe each year.The Staff the food&other coconut cake wonderful,

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2016

Beautiful rooming a pan pan excellent classic hotel 2 blocks from the Ocean

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2016

Food always good never disapoints. The service is excellent, the bread delicious! A real gem in Montecito. We were there for lunch with clients, they loved it.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2016

Great experience, cannot wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2016

A sin that the restaurant will be closing soon, but thankfully there are still 2 Janes to dine at. This restaurant is a fixture on our dining rota. Food is always top shelf, service impeccable--on top of things without being overbearing--and the quality to price excellent for a Montecito establishment. Always get the coconut cake for dessert. Always.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2016

Thank you for another wonderful dinner. We'll miss you!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2016

We've been going there as long as the restaurant has been open - 30+ years. It's one of our favorite local spots and we are very unhappy that this location will no longer be open come November.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2016

Fabulous meal with the best cedar-plank salmon I've ever had! It was moist, tender, and wonderful taste. Another party at our table had the filet mignon and raved at the tenderness and flavor. It melted in his mouth. Had their "special" coconut cake for dessert....to die for! One of my favorite restaurants...always especially good.

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2016

We are so sorry that Montecito Cafe will be closing in November. It is a real gem of a restaurant in Santa Barbara /Montecito.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2016

The Montecito Café has always been one of our family favorites for celebrating special occasions and we will miss them when they close later this year (2016)!

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4.0Dined on July 18, 2016

Food is well prepared and tasty. Good variety on menu. Desserts are very good. Service is exemplary. Fast and friendly.
Wine list is good.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2016

Been going here for many, many years. Will miss it very much. One of the best in town., and
definitely the best value in town.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2016

Always a favorite place. The coconut cake is the first thing that I order.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2016

Just a wonderful place to have a relaxing, quality meal. John and our server, Samora make you feel just like family. Our favorite restaurant, hands down.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2016

Comfortable, reliable, reasonable and delicious! Wish you weren't moving...

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2016

Really good service, attentive but not annoying. Unfortunately, the food did not match it. Had some mushy, bland halibut and weird potatoes. Duck was kind of dry. Overall, an average experience.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2016

IThis is my fav Montecito restaurant. Chicken Piccata is my standby, always good but save room for their signature coconut cake with anglaise sauce.

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2016

It's a wonderful, beautiful venue to share with friends and family!

My steak sandwich and shrimp bisque were mediocre at best but the service was friendly, welcoming and attentive.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2016

The quality of the food for the price has always been a major calling card, plus the usual great service. Gonna miss the Cafe when it closes in November and moves to Goleta.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2016

Wonderful place for a delicious meal at very reasonable prices for the location and level and of quality! AND there is no better coconut cake in the world.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2016

I am a local, and have been patronizing MC for years. Service and food are always excellent, therefore you can count on a solid experience when entertaining friends or business clients.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2016

Have eaten here many times. The staff and the food are always reliable, but not "foodie"
fare. The fish entrée (petrale sole) was fresh and the duck breast special was tasty.
They will close this location sometime in November. Remember they are JANE in SB and will open in Goleta

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

My wife and I are never disappointed with the service or the food. When Catherine is in charge everything is always special. Best restaurant value in Santa Barbara.

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