Chase Restaurant

3.8
552 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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LesleyB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great
Highly recommend waiter was awesome and funny

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pork chop and chicken parmesan were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

This place has a beautiful setting, good menu selection & ambience which tempted me to book this place for our thanksgiving dinner in Santa Barbara. We reserved the restaurant in advance but when we arrived we were told that half of the menu items weren’t available!!! How do you take reservations & not have food to serve?! It was a 8pm reservation on Thanksgiving & we couldn’t go anywhere else since most restaurants are closed. Ended up eating there only. Couldn’t pick anything that we liked. Ended up ordering what was available only. I asked the server in the beginning if I should order the Apple pie with the dinner as well in case they run out but she said it would be ok but guess what when we finished dinner that was gone too!! Pretty disappointing experience on our vacation.
We were seated outdoors & told they don’t have heaters for our table. Mind you this was a cold night. The server was pretty prompt & kept saying, “thank you for putting up with us”
Hope they do better job on their inventory & service!

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customer
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They should have closed for Thanskgiving. We waited almost 2 hours for our food. They were too understaffed to be open. Everyone was waiting a long time. The waitresses had to struggle and the manager could have helped by apologizing to people for the wait.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Very slow service (over 90 minutes to get course). Many menu items were not available. Food taste always average

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NarayanV
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Went for Thanksgiving dinner and overall was great. Would have given 5 stars for all categories. But they ran out of Veggies, Bread and Tiramisu at 5:30pm on Thanksgiving evening (11/25/2021) when every table was reserved way ahead of time.

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vipMissingSanCarlos
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Only one waitress working the entire room made service a bit slow. She was cheery and we tipped her well. Food was okay. We were hungry and not looking for anything fancy.

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Jamster
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I have been going to the Chase Restaurant for the last 40 years and I'm sad to say the quality of the food has drastically slipped. To be honest, I will not go back, there are so many other fine dining restaurants in S,B. to choose from there is no reason to return.

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GolfKitten
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Worst Italian food I have ever had. My go to food is Italian so I've had a lot over my 46 years. I was embarrassed I brought my friend here. Veal parmigiana was tough And a lot of gristle. Eggplant parmigiana inedible. Returned it for cheese ravioli that tasted like frozen from supermarket. The Italian dressing was very tasty for the dinner salad. Ambience was adorable. Fixtures were very dusty. Music was weird, easy listening but I would expect Italian music.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Wonderful food, beautiful night for outdoor dining. We had to ask for our server after sitting too long. After that, she was very conscientious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our server was pleasant but chatty with other patrons and very slow to get to us. Appetizer basically came with the meal. Food mediocre. Spent a lot for not a lot of satisfaction. Not inclined to recommend.

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DavidC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It took 35 minutes before our food orders were taken. After that, delivery was quick, the wait staff were friendly and attentive, and the food was excellent. In spite of a chilly night, the outdoor parkette heaters made for a quiet and comfortable dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and ambiance. Jorge our waiter took very good care of us. Keep up the great work Warren Butler 👍😎

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MelitaS
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The experience was exactly what we wanted from the restaurant

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vipGoodFoodAndTravelLover
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner after a performance with 14 people. Everyone was happy with the food and service.

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AdrienneO
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated my licensure

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vipTomPolanski
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Nothing like getting hassled (phone calls and emails) about missing a reservation while you’re sitting at their table (not that hard to take and verify reservations when someone shows and even says they have a reservation, a child could do it). This place has an attitude problem, in more ways than one. We’ve ignored their BS on several occasions since the food is good - including many deliveries during the pandemic figuring we’d support them as locals (even though they treat you like a tourist). They’ve mishandled our reservation before… they won’t move heaters even if you’re freezing your a** off… they won’t move tables for a party… even though every other restaurant on the planet will… then their pompous manager will tell you, “if we do that we’d have to do it all day long” - now that’s customer service and work ethic! LOL My dirty martini was clear as glass and didn’t come out until I was about done with both appetizers - can you say parched? Not at this price. While most of their new employees seem like pompous in training, our waiter and busser were real nice guys this time around, but save yourself the brain damage - head over to Arnoldi’s or one of the many other good Italian restaurants in SB that know how to treat a customer, like this regular ole’ money totin’ local, friends and family.

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ErinM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside at one of the “fire tables.” Loved it!

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WendyB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The special, halibut piccata with pesto fettucine was overcooked, and not really piccata. Only chopped garlic on top of browned halibut. The service was poor and 2 of us didn't get our glasses of wine until our salads arrived. I usually love the outdoor dining at the Chase, but the music on Thursday night was way too loud to even carry on a conversation. It was like being in a nightclub with loud dance music. That being said, the singer had a beautiful voice and the cover band was excellent, but it wasn't the kind of music one wants to listen to during dinner.

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EileenA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The food was not very good and I got the wrong meal. The halibut was way overcooked!

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KimberlyW
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good was delicious, waitstaff ( and bus staff!) we’re helpful, charming and accommodating, and the food was delicious. A bit spendy, but it was a very nice date night out!

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Great
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

MEH. Salads served on hot plates, restaurant lacks the edge it probably once had.

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vipNicG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience2

the food was really not great at all. nor was the presentation. i would not recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe and nice to have vegan options. Festive ambiance and food was very good.

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John
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and our server Jess were wonderful. I highly recommend Chase.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was fantastic

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vipTimC
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The first night of our first pandemic vacation. We’re road tripping local to our home in Southern California, having cancelled a trip to the Italian riviera, twice. It’s not a fair comparison. That said, Chase is close to terrific. Terrific is in the details, and although we were greeted and served warmly, and enjoyed pretty good food and beverages, the details were lacking. It’s not clear if that’s due to staffing in the pandemic, or resting on laurels. Our occasion was special, but Chase wasn’t. We had a great evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Food is weak point here

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LisaS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Bread was stale, calamari was terrible, slow service, dirty inside (we sat outside but went in to use RR). Would not recommend! We did let the manager know.

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drstn
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was ok, not great. Service needed work, the four dinners were all delivered to the table at different times, with the last taking about 10 minutes longer than the first. Onion soup was ok, but not as described by the server.

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MonKat
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

They have a nice expanded outdoor dining area which is great… but took a long time to get our first cocktail.. they changed their “table” bread and changed their chicken Marcella recipe and not for the better

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Hannah
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service! the music and ambiance was amazing! Our waitor was absolutely incredible and brought my friend a drink and dessert for her birthday. There was old-fashion music playing in the background and the menu options were every bit as delicious as I expected them to be. I would recommend to anyone!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The food was amateurish. Worse than something I would make at home. No presentation, and even worse taste.

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tamit
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was ok but expensive. Our waiter was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Good place to eat

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

TERRIBLE service!

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JTslo
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at a street side table so a few bikers and pedestrian were a bit annoying but otherwise the experience was wonderful.

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vipMoreover
Palm Springs
64 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
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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CathyS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great restaurant and great service. Cute outdoor patio that was on a quieter part of State Street.

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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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Chase Restaurant is rated 3.8 stars by 552 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.