Chase Restaurant

3.7
512 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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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMoreover
Palm Springs
62 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our favorite are the several choices of Piccata dishes, not just traditional chicken, there's shrimp, calamata also. Seafood chowder is delicious as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We got turned away when we showed up for our reservation. The server told us “sorry we are overwhelmed tonight”, laughed it off, and basically dismissed us. Very offended and disappointed given that we had a reservation for our wedding anniversary and we were on time.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This place was a bummer. Came recommended to us by a waitress at a near by wine bar for good Italian food. The food was not very good- kind of like your easy frozen Italian food from the grocery store vibe. And the biggest bummer was that the service was insanely slow. It took over an hour for our salads to come out and then even longer for our pasta dishes. My friend and I are pretty patient and enjoyed catching up in the mean time, but none of the staff came to communicate with us or apologize about why it was taking so long. And then the food unfortunately did not make up for the long waiting period. To top it all off it was way over priced for the quality of food and service we received. Major bummer!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First time giving a bad review to any restaurant! Terrible terrible service and rude staff (mike). Waited an hour for half the drinks to arrive and no food! Can’t believe they couldn’t even get French fries out to serve for one hour. We left without food! Worst restaurant ever.

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Barb
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful evening only increased by the fabulous service. This is a frequent go-to restaurant with us and many of our friends.

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MLoLo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was great!

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was AMAZING!! Food was wonderful! Lovely sitting outside too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Frankie our server was so sweet even though he was very busy. A few hiccups with the food but overall great time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

They tripled in size post pandemic however kitchen staff remained the same size. It took over 45 mins to get our dinner, and they forgot to even bring the appetizer we had ordered at the end of it all. My kids ended up going to bed hungry ( the food came so late they fell asleep), and the manager never came to check in or apologize for the long wait. Food didn’t taste bad but wasn’t the best Italian i have had either.

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vipJohnF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

After being seated it took approximately 25 minutes before anyone visited our table. Once we ordered it took another 30 minutes to get house salads which were mediocre at best; another 25 minutes to get entrees. My wife’s ravioli dish had a label like what comes off of a piece of produce. Entrees and desert were of same quality as the salads - edible but that’s it. Our waiter provided decent service and he was the best part of the evening

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HaniehM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We did indoor dining, and it was too hard to breath as the kitchen ventilation did not work apparently. We ordered two dishes: fish and pasta. The fish was uncooked, and the pasta clearly had frozen meat on top.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Service was also excellent. Very attentive staff. Made for a very nice evening out.

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SamiM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Good was bad . The waiter was very nice and apologetic

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OpenTable Diner
Tabasco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Terrible food

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vipTAS1
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pork Chop was a little over cooked. Seafood in Cioppino was as well.

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vipBruced
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

We had two dishes and here is my quick review:

The chicken Marsala was not edible. The sauces were vile.

The pork chop was dry and the baked potato was “chunky” and not tender.

If I were the chef I would be conscious about what is not eaten and returned on the plate. Then ask the customer their impression.

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vipGeneP
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Chase is a quaint restaurant located literally on the streets of Santa Barbara. The food was delicious but the service was slow due to staffing problems . Definitely not a deal breaker though.

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DaveG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great, service was a bit slow, but I understand they are just ramping back up
Would definitely recommend the Al Fresco dining on State St.!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Wine pour for a glass was insufficient when other patrons who ordered a glass received a greater portion. Our meals took 45 mins to arrive. Thankfully we weren’t very hungry otherwise we would have been more impatient to receive our dinner. The linguine with clams did not taste like how it is usually prepared at other Italian restaurants. Maybe it was done differently by the chef, that is all I can assume. It tasted sour. I took 3 bites and was very disappointed and hungry. Service was nice although a bit slow. I wish they had been a bit generous with the wine pour so maybe that would convince me to give this restaurant another try. These other reviews that say the food is great should get a taste of the linguine with clams. I’d love to hear how their taste buds react to the sour taste and rubbery clams that are hard to chew and swallow.

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vipgaryb
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Fish was not so good. The pork chop tough

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vipBruced
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Awesome food and selection. The only reason for the lower service mark was the very nice but new server. Overall it was great and looking forward to coming back.

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EricB
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would like so single out our waiter Rhonda! She was awesome her energy was top notch from start to end! Got there 15 mins before our reservation and they sat us quickly and the food came out 15 mins later! Very satisfied and guaranteeing a return in the future!

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Bongiovi
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
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 on June 11, 2021
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
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

They opened this restaurant too early. They needed to train their staff. The service was poor and the food was mediocre. Took 40 mins to just to get the drinks out and they were wrong. The waitress was really nice and apologetic but we won’t be going there anymore

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
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
547 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
32 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
10 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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Chase Restaurant is rated 3.7 stars by 512 OpenTable diners.

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