Chase Restaurant

3.8
489 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Chase 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. Chase Restaurant 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.

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3.6
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Bongiovi
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Chase looks good when walking up State St. but once you are inside the "parklet" its another story. The service is slow because the kitchen is really slow. Drinks were so/so asked for a G & T, waiter had no idea what gins they had... we ordered an appetizer and after 40 + minutes the manager had to come to the table to say they were running a little behind. It was like Hells Kitchen only a few tables with food. He offered us a comp salad or Soup. Wife and I both went for soup. I chose the clam chowder which came to the table green and grainy. Waiter said they made it with Artichokes...huh? not good at all. Flatbreads finally come to the table, bottoms really burned prosciutto was tough. We ate them because we were starving. Dinner was also a waiting game. Wifes fish on a plate with pasta sauce, swimming in liquid...butter? Not great, my Veal Parm was ultra cheesy but kind of mush... Not a great "By the Glass" wine menu at all for me, especially with all the great wine country around. We skipped dessert... I wish I would have read the other reviews 1st.

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vipTennisJamie
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Just ok. Service was very good. Chicken Marsala was good but the noodles that came with it were tossed with too much butter. None needed. Hubby had ravioli - had not been completely drained with water still in the sauce. Fresh but bland.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Good was cold wine was great service very slow

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JCB1
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We had a party of 8 and were jammed into a table for 6. We arrived at noon and didn’t get our food until 1:10pm. Thai was after I had to get up and chase down the waiter to take our order. Ordered chicken oarm and received eggplant parm. Ordered regular fries and got sweet potato fries. Half of our party got cold food. Terrible experience and won’t be back. It was embarrassing that I had recommended it. UCSB graduation lunch that was spoiled.

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vipCosmo7
Los Angeles
529 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance cool and old school
Frankie gave professional and expeditious service
Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Food was good but portions were off. Restaurant had just opened about a half hour before we arrived and they were not prepared to serve. Kitchen was still trying to get it together. Despite minor set backs, food was tasty and service was great. I have a feeling dinner here is really good. Lunch got off to a rocky start but ended well. My only negative would be the bread they serve is cold. Warming the bread would have elevated the experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Took too long to get service. Food was cold and my date found a piece of plastic in her salad.

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SkinnyT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent outdoor eating space with nice heaters for chilly evenings. Good Italian food. And cocktails.

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Happy
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely evening outdoor dining, only negative was heater was not available for us when it got cool in the evening

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

First positive. The setting outside on State Street is delightful. Music, twinkling party lights. But the service is abysmal. The server brought the wrong cocktails. The wait between being seated and ordering was unacceptably delayed. Similarly we waited and waited for our dinners. After 9 pm came and went without dinner, we settled our bill for drinks and left without eating dinner. Disappointing to say the least.

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KarlW
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was nice weather for Al fresco dining. Observing the people walking around. Also, a live band playing outdoors just a few stores away that was refreshing. Have some food a little wine as enjoy.

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vipkadidiac
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The outside seating at this place is actually very nice. However, I was on a business trip and therefore by myself. I enjoy sitting outside, enjoying good food on a nice evening and just observing or enjoying the view. I had specifically requested high top seating if available. I do understand the host not wanting to place me at a 7-top (even though my they never filled up the entire time I was there), but to put me in a corner (i.e. the equivalent of next to the bathroom) simply because I am a party of one is not my expectation of good customer service. The food was good and the service after that was good as well.

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vipElizabethA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome! Our waiter was so efficient and friendly as well as the whole staff!

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vipPhilip
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Service was nice. Good horrible. None of us could even eat it. Value nonexistent. $100.00 per person including one bottle of wine. Will never go back.

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JohnY
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Service was good, food average. We were seated indoors upon request with no problem.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Horrible food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience for a first date. Loved the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

With the reservations, we were seated right away. Drinks and bread bowl were brought out in ample time. However, entrees took about an hour to come out from when we ordered and in between that time our server came to check on the table only once. Food was fair and our server was very nice. Nice atmosphere to people watch. I would come again but I cannot say that Chase Restaurant will be at the top of my list.

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Yaaaaaaay
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! The food was amazing! We'll definitely be back!

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GloriaH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was okay. Alfredo sauce was separating. Drinks were good.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

A little tough with the toad closed in front and my mother needing to use a walker. They list it as ADA compliant but the handicap access all has stairs. I have no idea what disabled driver would do.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

If you are looking for bad service this is the place

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great crew!

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MichaelO
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The service was slow; it took us over two hours to finish dinner because of the wait between courses.

The outdoor setting was chilly. They definitely need more heat equipment on a cool Santa Barbara evening.

The food was okay, not outstanding. We both had the snapper piccata, which was a bit soupy, not the way we remember it. My Caesar salad was made with mayonnaise and seemed rather routine, or maybe sub-routine.

The Chase seems to be coasting on its older reputation and is just skating along.

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viphappydiner
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A Santa Barbara institution that is sadly past its prime. It was a poor start when they brought a bread basket of grocery store French bread. The mussels were very good, but the rest of the meal was disappointing. Service from the bar was extremely slow.
Too many good places in Santa Barbara to waste a dining experience here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super great experience with good ambiance and great food with friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Birthday dinner. Thanks!

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stephaniec
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Been to the Chase many times over the years, the first being our first date over 40 years ago. If not for the nostalgia and location we may not enjoy it so much. Our servers were great but the food is only OK. We really want to love this spot but just don’t.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Beautiful setting and great food but we were seated at a table that had not been assigned to a food server. We sat for a long time before flagging someone to take our order and then waited another 30 minutes for our food. It was a special occasion so it was just disappointing. Others were served quickly so our experience may not be typical.

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SeannahR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for the evening and were looking for a restaurant close to our hotel that had a solid menu, great cocktails and ambiance. Chase delivered!! We were able to sit inside and out server Sean was fantastic. We had the lasagna, chicken parmigiana and the Carbonara. All were delicious without overdoing it. Great value as well. We will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The food was terrible and it took way too long to arrive!

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LisaD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and vibe...our favorite restaurant in SB.

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Willy
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

food wonderful, music fabulous...made our evening!!! Sat outside....perfect

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

My friends b-day my

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Rickswim
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Veal was good. Service was fine. Server wanted to give us a check before asking if we wanted dessert which we did. Caesar was excellent.Penne Carbona only mediocre. Over meal was fine.

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vipMaryS
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Vacation dinner recommended by online options.
Outdoors and comfortable. Generous Servings.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

tres bon restaurant

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vipScottD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Terrific local favorite, great pastas and appetizers.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and great service. I will definitely come back.

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vipFrenchrunner
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice location, kid friendly, food is OK but nothing special.

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Chase Restaurant is rated 3.8 stars by 489 OpenTable diners.

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