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Blackbird

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4.1
15 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian

A mainstay of the Funk Zone, Blackbird offers a beverage-forward atmosphere featuring inventive cocktails by legendary mixologist Devon Espinosa alongside a thoughtfully curated menu that pays homage to the culinary bounty of the Central Coast. Enjoy an extensive list of local wine and craft beer that highlights the terroir of the region and pairs seamlessly with our iconoclastic take on local, sustainable cuisine. With its striking brass fixtures and black box-like aesthetic, Blackbird upends the conventional upscale dining experience in Santa Barbara and offers a subtle nod to Alfred Hitchcock’s haunting, yet timeless thrillers. Here guests are offered a pulse on contemporary Santa Barbara.

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Booked 12 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Lounge

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 882-0135

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Travis Watson

  • Private party facilities

    We are available for partial and full buyouts for up to 150 guests. Please contact us at sales@hotelcalifornian.com for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Cross street

    At the intersection of State and Mason Streets.

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Public transit

    One block from the Santa Barbara Amtrak station.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

Bites

    Communal

    • Grilled Shishito Peppers$14.00

      sweet corn mousse, cured sumac, chili oil

      • Green Garbanzo Hummus$13.00

        spicy chickpeas, za'taar, cured sumac, feta, lavosh chips

        • Tuna Crudo*$16.00

          gooseberries, salsa macha, peanuts

          • Cheese and Fruit Board$19.00

            chef's selection three cheeses, pear mostarda, dried fruit, fresh berries

            • West Coast Oysters*

              horseradish compressed cucumbers, espelette, apple 8 vinegar

              • each$3.00
            • Seasonal Field Greens$13.00

              purslane, chamomile, spiced sunflower seeds, stone fruit

              Plates

              • BB Smashburger*$18.00

                smashed angus patty, american cheese, caramelized onions, little gems, tomatoes, pickle aioli, brioche bun

                • Seared Local White Sea Bass$22.00

                  braised gigante beans, manilla clams, fava beans, smoked ham hock

                  • Wagyu Hanger Steak*$24.00

                    blue cheese pommes dauphine, glazed thumbelinas, bone marrow bordelaise

                    • House Made Ricotta Gnudi$20.00

                      black garlic, squash variations, gremolata, uniquely vegetarian

                      Libations

                      • Chareau Me The Money$15.00

                        Tito's Vodka, Chareau Aloe Liquor, Basil, Mint, Lime

                        • Rum Diaries$15.00

                          Zaya 16 year Rum, Lime, Tarragon, Falernum, Green Chartreuse, Angostura Bitters, Nutmeg

                          • Tekila Mockingbird$15.00

                            Libelula Tequila, Mezcal, Chareau Aloe Liqueur, Orange Blossom Water, Honey, Cherry Juice, Muddled Jalapeno

                            • Cardinal Gin$15.00

                              Ford's Gin, Pierre Ferand Orange Curacao, Red Bell Pepper, Agave

                              • BB Whiskey Smash$15.00

                                Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Yellow Chartreuse, Lemon, Mint, Peychauds Bitters

                                • Baby It's Cold Outside (Warm)$15.00

                                  Eagle Rare Bourbon, Grand Marnier, Lemon, Clove, Cinnamon, Honey

                                  • Figgy Smalls$15.00

                                    Cognac Park, Fig, Mint, Honey, Lemon, Angostura Bitters

                                    • Ryes Up$15.00

                                      Rittenhouse Rye, Becherovka, Carpano Bianco Vermouth

                                      • Tropic Thunder$15.00

                                        Rhum Agricole, Pineapple Amaro, Licor 43, Cold Brew

                                        Beers on Draft

                                        • Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co | 101 Blonde, Buellton, CA | 4.8% | 16 IBU$8.00

                                          • Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co | Hoppy Poppy IPA, Buelton, CA | 6.5% | 65 IBU$8.00

                                            • Anchor Bewing | California Lager, San Francisco, CA | 4.9% | 19 IBU$8.00

                                              • Institution Ale Company | West Coast IPA, Camarillo, CA | 7.5% | 65 IBU$8.00

                                                • Captain Fatty's Brewery | Beach Beer Pilsner, Goleta, CA | 5.4%$8.00

                                                  • M. Special Brew Co. | Sabado Tarde Special Tangerine Ale, Goleta, CA | 5.4%$8.00

                                                    Bottled Beers

                                                    • Firestone Walker Brewing | 805 Cerveza Lager, Paso Robles, CA | 4.5% | 10 IBU$8.00

                                                      • Firestone Walker Brewing | Hoppy Poppy IPA, Buelton, CA | 6.5% | 65 IBU$8.00

                                                        • Elysian Brewing | Hazy IPA, Seattle, WA | 6.0% | 39 IBU$8.00

                                                          • Topa Topa Brewing Company | Level Line Pale Ale, Ventura, CA | 5.0% | 37 IBU$8.00

                                                            • Barrelhouse Brewing Company | Mango IPA, Paso Robles, CA | 6.2% | 50 IBU$8.00

                                                              • Peroni Nastro Azzuro | Italy | 5.1% | 24 IBU$8.00

                                                                Last updated: October 21, 2021

                                                                What 15 people are saying

                                                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                4.1
                                                                4.1 based on recent ratings
                                                                • 4Food
                                                                • 4.3Service
                                                                • 4.4Ambience
                                                                • 3.8Value

                                                                NoiseModerate

                                                                Loved For

                                                                • California Central Coast

                                                                  Romantic

                                                                • Santa Barbara

                                                                  Romantic

                                                                • Santa Barbara

                                                                  Special Occasion

                                                                • Santa Barbara

                                                                  Vibrant Bar Scene

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                                                                1. JC

                                                                  JackC

                                                                  Phoenix

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on January 16, 2022

                                                                  overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                  Food was very good. Server was a little difficult to catch, had to flag him down at the end of the night. Which I think concerned the Manager, so she came to check on us. Otherwise everything was great.

                                                                2. MB

                                                                  MokeB

                                                                  San Diego

                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                  Dined on January 9, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                  Limited but good menu. Excellent food and service not to mention ambiance.

                                                                3. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  New York Area

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on January 7, 2022

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Excellent cocktails and great food! Very limited menu but great ambiance.

                                                                4. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  San Diego

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  vip
                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on January 1, 2022

                                                                  overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                                  Limited New Years menu but good food.

                                                                5. P

                                                                  Patricia

                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  2.0

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  Dined on December 26, 2021

                                                                  overall2food1service5ambience3

                                                                  Our server, Jason, was great, but we went there for Xmas dinner, and its really just a bar. It had five main course and was out of one; one special. The special was good. My husband didn't like his hamburger. You would this The California Hotel would have a real, upscale restaurant. We should have checked the menu first; I just assumed, given the hotel, the restaurant would be fancy.

                                                                6. AP

                                                                  AngelaP

                                                                  Baltimore

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  Dined on December 26, 2021

                                                                  overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                                  The ambience was lovely. The food lacked a bit. We had the oysters. which my boyfriend enjoyed, The fish and chips was definitely not what we expected. It was a lovely chunk of grilled fish, with different surroundings of potatoes, which were not warm at all. perhaps placed there before the fish was beginning to cook. The fish was very nice.

                                                                7. EA

                                                                  ErinA

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on December 11, 2021

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  There's not enough words to describe how great our Blackbird experience was. I took my boyfriend here for his 22nd birthday and I couldn't have asked for a better night. Our server Anthony was amazing and extremely personable. We got the Lamb shank and Smash burger as entrees and they were both mind blowing. Definitely recommend eating here the next chance you get.

                                                                8. BB

                                                                  BarbB

                                                                  Phoenix

                                                                  9 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  9 reviews

                                                                  Dined on December 5, 2021

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Fun atmosphere and nice staff!

                                                                9. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  2.0

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  Dined on December 4, 2021

                                                                  overall2food1service4ambience3

                                                                  Cocktails were a huge miss. Food was OK but the steak portion was insanely small (about 5 oz). Not a bug or diverse selection on the menu. This place was pretty dead for a Friday night and it's clear they need someone to take over and fix the menu and drinks. Ambience and service were good.

                                                                10. PE

                                                                  PeterE

                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                  Dined on November 28, 2021

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                  Easy to change our reservations at the last minute! Friendly staff. Limited menu but what they served was very good!

                                                                11. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  Central Coast

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on November 26, 2021

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Blackbirds was a perfect evening in all respects we are definitely coming back again. What is it called when you were dining in you feel at peace? That was blackbirds for us

                                                                12. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  vip
                                                                  2.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on November 26, 2021

                                                                  overall2food2service3ambience5

                                                                  Food took FOREVER. Tiny portions, overpriced, fish dish very dry.

                                                                13. E

                                                                  Eair

                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                  31 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  31 reviews

                                                                  Dined on November 6, 2021

                                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                  Great atmosphere and service

                                                                14. JK

                                                                  JoyK

                                                                  Central Coast

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  4.0

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  Dined on October 31, 2021

                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                  so glad they're open again. Pricey, small portions. Lobster dish didn't have much lobster! Great server and ambience.

                                                                15. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on October 23, 2021

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  The hostess Sasha and waiter Anthony were phenomenal, the cuisine extraordinnary

                                                                FAQs

                                                                Blackbird is rated 4.1 stars by 15 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.

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                                                                Booked 12 times today
                                                                Google Map for Blackbird

                                                                36 State St Santa Barbara, CA 93101

                                                                • Cross street

                                                                  At the intersection of State and Mason Streets.

                                                                • Neighborhood

                                                                  Santa Barbara

                                                                • Hours of operation

                                                                  Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:15 pm

                                                                • Cuisines

                                                                  Californian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Lounge

                                                                • Dining style

                                                                  Casual Dining

                                                                • Dress code

                                                                  Smart Casual

                                                                • Parking details

                                                                  Hotel Parking

                                                                • Public transit

                                                                  One block from the Santa Barbara Amtrak station.

                                                                • Payment options

                                                                  AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                • Executive chef

                                                                  Travis Watson

                                                                • Additional

                                                                  Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                • Phone number

                                                                  (805) 882-0135

                                                                • Private party facilities

                                                                  We are available for partial and full buyouts for up to 150 guests. Please contact us at sales@hotelcalifornian.com for more information.

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