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Courthouse Tavern, Santa Barbara, CA

Courthouse Tavern

3.8
3.8
11 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Courthouse Tavern would like to invite you to eat a great meal while enjoying one of the most iconic site in Santa Barbara.

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Booked 1 time today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Cocktail Bar, Burgers

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 770-7077

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

Menu

Appetizers

  • Fried Calamari$13.95

    served with a Sriracha aioli, blackened tomato sauce and julienned veggies

    • Artichoke & Spinach Dip$12.50

      artichoke, three cheeses, spinach, onions, with carrots celery & crostini

      • Tavern Chicken Wings$13.00

        Buffalo or BBQ served with carrots, celery sticks and ranch dressing

        • Spicy Tuna Tartare$13.95

          with avocado, seaweed, cucumber, spicy sauce and wonton chips

          • Fresh Steamed Mussels$15.00

            with a white wine lemon, garlic broth

            • Brussel Sprouts$11.50

              bacon bits, toasted almonds, balsamic reduction and honey

              • Cauliflower Wings$9.95

                tossed in a garlic buffalo sauce, green onions & ranch dressing

                • Creole Ahi Fish Tacos$11.95

                  with a creole slaw, avocado, chili sauce, fruit salsa and water melon radish

                  Burgers & Sandwiches

                  Burger, meat mix – chuck, short ribs, brisket. Burgers will be served on a buttered brioche bun. Sandwiches will be served with option of french fires or salad

                  • Turkey Burger$13.95

                    lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles, jack cheese and mayonnaise

                    • BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

                      with slow braised pork, cole slaw, red pickle onions, chipotle aioli on brioche with french fries

                      • Bacon BBQ Burger$14.50

                        bacon, bbq sauce, crispy onions, lettuce, tomato, Mayonnaise & cheddar

                        • Teriyaki Burger$14.00

                          grilled pineapple, teriyaki sauce, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise

                          • Blue Cheese Steak$14.95

                            blue cheese, balsamic onions, lettuce, tomato, horseradish cream on a roll

                            • Teriyaki Salmon Sandwich$14.95

                              avocado, lettuce, tomato, red onions and a spicy mayonnaise on a telera roll

                              • Classic Burger$14.00

                                avocado, lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles, jack cheese and mayonnaise

                                • Tavern Turkey Club$13.95

                                  with roasted turkey, lettuce, tomato, avocado, cheddar and mayonnaise on white bread

                                  • Tavern Corned Beef$13.50

                                    sliced corn beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, thousand island on rye bread

                                    • Fig Prosciutto Sandwich$13.50

                                      fried prosciutto, fig marmalade, swiss cheese, arugula on wheat bread

                                      • Beyond Beef Burger$13.50

                                        tomato, avocado, lettuce, red onions, pickles, swiss cheese and mayonnaise

                                        Wraps

                                        • Grilled Garlic Steak$15.95

                                          grilled steak, tomato, lettuce, avocado, cheddar cheese, red onions and a chipotle mayonnaise

                                          • Grilled Chicken Caesar$13.50

                                            grilled chicken, romaine, tomato, croutons, parmesan cheese and creamy Caeser dressing

                                            • Teriyaki Sesame Shrimp$16.95

                                              grilled shrimp, tropical fruit salsa, tomato, pickled red onions, lettuce, red pepper & a sesame dressing

                                              Salads

                                              • Blackened Ahi Tuna$16.95

                                                spring mix with wonton strips, mandarin oranges, avocado, red onions, tomato, sesame ginger dressing

                                                • BBQ Grilled Chicken$15.50

                                                  grilled chicken, crispy strips, roasted corn, black beans tomato, cheese blend & cilantro ranch dressing

                                                  • Classic Cobb$14.95

                                                    crispy romaine, grilled chicken, bacon, avocado, egg, tomato, blue cheese, ranch dressing

                                                    • Chimi Churry Steak$16.95

                                                      grilled steak, salad mix, red onion, gorgonzola, tomato, arugula, tomato, walnuts, roasted peppers with a balsamic dressing

                                                      • Classic Caesar$14.00

                                                        crispy romaine, garlic croutons, parmesan cheese, tomato and a creamy Caesar dressing

                                                        • Grilled Salmon$16.50

                                                          mixed lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onions, carrots, cheese blend with a choice of dressing

                                                          Entrees

                                                          • Cajun Blackened Salmon$17.50

                                                            garlic vegetables, steamed rice, tropical fruit salsa and a chipotle aioli

                                                            • New York Steak

                                                              served with grilled asparagus, mashed potatoes and a mushroom bordelaise sauce

                                                              • Grilled Pork Chop$23.95

                                                                with cinnamon apples, seasonal vegetables & mashed potatoes

                                                                • Almond Crusted Cod$16.50

                                                                  almond crusted cod fish served with garlic brussels sprouts and steamed rice

                                                                  • Chicken Marsala$16.95

                                                                    sautéed with marsala wine and mushrooms served with arugula salad & fettuccine pasta

                                                                    • Chicken Piccata$17.50

                                                                      sautéed in a wine, lemon caper sauce served with Alfredo pasta & seasonal vegetables

                                                                      Pastas

                                                                      • Spinach Shrimp Ravioli$18.50

                                                                        with tomatoes, spinach, bell peppers, green onions and a pesto cream sauce

                                                                        • Alfredo Chicken Fettuccine$16.50

                                                                          with mushrooms, broccoli, Alfredo sauce and Parmesan cheese

                                                                          • Jambalaya Pasta$18.95

                                                                            with shrimp, chicken, Andouille sausage, penne pasta and cajun tomato sauce

                                                                            Sides

                                                                            • Truffle Fries$7.50

                                                                              • Sweet Potato Fries$5.50

                                                                                • Regular Fries$5.50

                                                                                  Deserts

                                                                                  • Double Chocolate Cake$6.50

                                                                                    • Kahlua Tiramisu$6.50

                                                                                      • Apple Bread Pudding$6.50

                                                                                        Beverages

                                                                                        • Coffee$2.50

                                                                                          • Ice / Hot Tea$3.99

                                                                                            • Juice$3.99

                                                                                              • Soda$3.99

                                                                                                • Milk$5.99

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                                                                                                    Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                                                                    What 11 people are saying

                                                                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                                                                    3.8
                                                                                                    3.8 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                    • 3.7Food
                                                                                                    • 4.2Service
                                                                                                    • 4.1Ambience
                                                                                                    • 4.1Value

                                                                                                    NoiseModerate

                                                                                                    Loved For

                                                                                                    • California Central Coast

                                                                                                      Hot Spot

                                                                                                    • California Central Coast

                                                                                                      Great for Lunch

                                                                                                    • California Central Coast

                                                                                                      Neighborhood Gem

                                                                                                    • California Central Coast

                                                                                                      Outdoor Dining

                                                                                                    • California Central Coast

                                                                                                      Vibrant Bar Scene

                                                                                                    • Santa Barbara

                                                                                                      Good for Groups

                                                                                                    • Santa Barbara

                                                                                                      Healthy

                                                                                                    • Santa Barbara

                                                                                                      Hot Spot

                                                                                                    • Santa Barbara

                                                                                                      Great for Lunch

                                                                                                    • Santa Barbara

                                                                                                      Neighborhood Gem

                                                                                                    • Santa Barbara

                                                                                                      Outdoor Dining

                                                                                                    • Santa Barbara

                                                                                                      Scenic View

                                                                                                    • Santa Barbara

                                                                                                      Vibrant Bar Scene

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                                                                                                    1. DT

                                                                                                      DavidT

                                                                                                      Memphis/West TN

                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                      2.0

                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                                                      overall2food2service5ambience5

                                                                                                      There was no chef and no bartender so some items on the menu we’re unavailable. We later learned from friends who went a week or two ago they had the same experience. The server was delightful but had the full responsibility for all patrons when we were there.

                                                                                                    2. c

                                                                                                      cindy805

                                                                                                      Los Angeles

                                                                                                      27 reviews

                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                      27 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                      Lovely view of the courthouse. Great waitress/ server. Bartender is a comedian. Food is delicious. They had my favorite syrah. Would go again for fiesta or when going to the Bowl.

                                                                                                    3. K

                                                                                                      Kris

                                                                                                      Baja California

                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      Perfect view of beautiful Courthouse lit up for the evening from the upper deck tables tasting the most delicious Sauv. Blanc I've ever had. Quite reasonable prices. As a connoisseur of Brussels sprouts, theirs were the best, hands down.

                                                                                                    4. s

                                                                                                      sbgal

                                                                                                      Central Coast

                                                                                                      40 reviews

                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      40 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      My ahi tuna salad was one of the best I've had. The dressing was light and very gingery. My friend's cobb salad was full of good things and we enjoyed sitting out on the patio. There were only a couple other tables occupied for lunch. I'm not sure why that location has such a hard time since it's surrounded by offices and the Courthouse. Elements and the Little Door both had wonderful food but closed. We'll just have to enjoy Courthouse Tavern while we can! I wish them luck and hope this review brings them more business.

                                                                                                    5. SB

                                                                                                      SantaBarbaraNative

                                                                                                      Central Coast

                                                                                                      10 reviews

                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                      1.0

                                                                                                      10 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                                                                      overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                                      We (party of 5) were the only ones here Saturday night on a 3-day weekend. The chef hadn’t bothered to show up for work so we were told dinner choices were limited to cold salads. We made the best of this. The waiter interrupted our meal to ask if any of us might have a spare room he could rent. All this made a pitiful impression. The menu has no culinary theme. The music is loud and random and doesn’t help set a tone. The interior is shabby. It’s a place with no plan, no sense of vision, no real commitment. With so many quality restaurants a block or two away, it’s not clear why this restaurant exists, who it aims to serve, or what it hopes to offer. Just a tax write-off maybe.

                                                                                                    6. AC

                                                                                                      AnthonyC

                                                                                                      Los Angeles

                                                                                                      17 reviews

                                                                                                      2.0

                                                                                                      17 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                                                                      overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                                                                      Went on a Saturday afternoon. There was one server for the entire restaurant so I felt bad for him. Placing an order took long. Refilling of drinks took a while. All the things that would happen if there was one server. The food was decent. Ordered hamburgers and pasta. We were looking for some hamburger joint and found this place on Open Table. I would not go back.

                                                                                                    7. RS

                                                                                                      RyanS

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                      Wonderful experience. Staff was super friendly, and professional. We can’t wait to go back. Beautiful view !

                                                                                                    8. OT

                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                      Dined on February 6, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                      All around great. Great food and excellent service. Also had nice outdoor seating.

                                                                                                    9. L

                                                                                                      Lynn

                                                                                                      Charleston

                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on February 2, 2022

                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                                                      Had a great lunch. Service was excellent!

                                                                                                    10. G

                                                                                                      Goldie

                                                                                                      Seattle

                                                                                                      26 reviews

                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                      26 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on January 19, 2022

                                                                                                      overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                                                                      I so want this restaurant to be successful! The music doesn't fit the atmosphere - maybe want to think about the ambience you want to create. Seemed like lack of help but the one person waiting on us was good. GREAT cocktails and good food at a reasonable price which in SB is rare.

                                                                                                    11. SB

                                                                                                      SB4dining

                                                                                                      Central Coast

                                                                                                      100 reviews

                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                      100 reviews

                                                                                                      Dined on January 17, 2022

                                                                                                      overall3food3service5ambience4

                                                                                                      First time here. Sadly, there was only one guy working due to a sick employee being sent home. He was working the entire front ALONE. He was working so hard to keep everyone taken care of and happy. Kudos to him for not just throwing in the towel and leaving. He was bartending, taking orders, delivering food, and bussing tables. He was awesome. He should have reached out to the owner to get help. The food was adequate, nothing to brag about. Cocktails were good. I think in the summer this will be a great place to sit outside and do appetizers and cocktails. We will try again before passing judgement. I just want to go back to see if the same guy stayed or bailed!!!!

                                                                                                    FAQs

                                                                                                    Courthouse Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 770-7077.

                                                                                                    Courthouse Tavern is rated 3.8 stars by 11 OpenTable diners.

                                                                                                    Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                                                                    Booked 1 time today
                                                                                                    Google Map for Courthouse Tavern

                                                                                                    129 E Anapamu St Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2003

                                                                                                    Dining areas

                                                                                                    Additional information

                                                                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                                                                      Santa Barbara

                                                                                                    • Hours of operation

                                                                                                      Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm

                                                                                                    • Cuisines

                                                                                                      American, Cocktail Bar, Burgers

                                                                                                    • Dining style

                                                                                                      Casual Dining

                                                                                                    • Dress code

                                                                                                      Business Casual

                                                                                                    • Parking details

                                                                                                      None

                                                                                                    • Payment options

                                                                                                      AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                    • Additional

                                                                                                      Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

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