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Goat Tree Restaurant

4.5
346 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Located at the front door of the Funk Zone and one block from the beach, Goat Tree at Hotel Californian is a gourmet café with al fresco seating offering fresh, local fare, including superb pastries and baked goods made in house daily by our Pastry Chef Ron Viloria. Our all-day brunch menu features Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Shakshuka, Baby Kale Caesar and our famed GT Smashburger. Sip on cold-pressed juices from Pressed Juicery, lattes and coffee by Caffe Luxxe or organic hot teas by Rishi. Curating seasonal picnic baskets for a day at the beach or wine tasting as well as dine in, take out or delivery for brunch and dinner, Goat Tree pleases everyone's palate. Join us on our spacious patio into the evening for a glass of wine or a cocktail and a bite. Our dinner menu includes Rigatoni Pasta, New York Steak Frites and Faroe Island Salmon among other delectable dishes. Don't let the day end without some Rori's Ice Cream or a seasonal dessert from Chef Ron.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 346 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.6
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SFmom3
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

One of our favourites

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marianab
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Nice service.

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vipMortsiram
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant and the bakery. Great menu, local ingredients, and location.

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Gabriela
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in Santa Barbara!! Service was spectaulcar. Will definitely be visiting again!

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KDLee
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First lunch at a restaurant in a year.
Could not have been nicer.

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HollyH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

There weren't enough outdoor heaters for our table to have one, that would have made the experience a little better as it was cool once the sun set.

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lovetotravel
London
14 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We were looking for a place to have dinner, during a very popular time of day. Goat Tree was available without a wait, which should have given us a pause.
Though this restaurant is situated in a corner with a great potential, especially with its huge outdoor space, everything about it was sub par. Working short staffed, with watered down paper menus, with patio heaters out of gas, it could have been a fast food destination, which was not what we had in mind. After a couple of cocktails, which were good, and one overpriced appetizer, we decided to have dinner elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

brunch was SO good!

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vipBaybee
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our waiter was not very nice! No personality! My husband was asking which 2 entree is better and he just shrugged his shoulder. I asked for Splenda for my coffee but was not given. All the waiters looks like rushing and it was not a busy day. I did not feel like dining in one of the nice hotel Californian Hotel at all. We drove from far to experience a good brunch and expecting a good service but was very disappointed.

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vipMatthewD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place to get a bite and enjoy the city.

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vipKate
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! The staff is doing a great job though thestrying times!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I absolutely loved sitting out in the courtyard. The view was outstanding and even having to be outside because of Covid the ambience was perfect. We were there for brunch so the mimosas were just right and I had the lemon ricotta pancakes which were light and fluffy.

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vipJimquick
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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KevinC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a special setting on State. Love the breakfast as well

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MoniqueS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch!!! Best lemon ricotta pancakes ever!!!

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PatriciaL
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my fave spots for breakfast in Santa Barbara. The pastries, chia pudding, and avocado toast are amazing!

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MeganQ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Good atmosphere and service (very attentive and polite).

Ate here for Valentine's Day dinner and was very underwhelmed by the meal. Ordered a Caesar Salad without croutons (gluten issue), and added salmon (an extra $10). Was the smallest piece of salmon I've ever been served at a restaurant, on top of plain lettuce with some sprinkled cheese. Would have taken a photo but phone was dead. Left super unsatisfied after about a $150 meal.

Other person ordered a steak and it was fine, but not much better than an $8 hotel steak we had the night before.

Restaurant was only about 50% capacity--seems to be much better vibe during brunch as was crowded next morning we walked by.

Wish I ate somewhere else.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was slow and wait times were terrible.

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BrettW
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

food is okay, very limited menu. They need to figure out some things beyond a pretty patio space.

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EvelyneG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great location.. right in downtown Santa Barbara-
Nice outdoor set up !
Our waitress Sophia was wonderful-
One suggestion: you should add at least 2 or 3 Vegan ( not vegetarian) but Vegan options -
Thank You !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor space and great food

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MichaelT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite and safe. Tables were over 6-feet a part. We enjoyed our 3PM dinner.

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KM1020
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Took recommendation from Hannah Ann Sluss’s Instagram account, thought it was going to be stellar, but overall not impressed. Waited 30 minutes for our drinks, and the food ended up coming out before. After we got food, waited another 10 min for us to finally get drinks. Both food and drinks were just average, nothing spectacular. Don’t waste money going here.

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Susie
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service in a lovely atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Much better than expected (hotel affiliated restaurants frequently disappoint). Very friendly service, charming dinner setting, excellent social distancing, and very good food.

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vipLuvDiningOut
Los Angeles
353 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Located in the heart of Santa Barbara's thriving dining, shopping and historic district, it offers dining indoors in a handsome, fashionable setting or in a lovely outdoor, landscaped patio, beautifully illuminated. A varied menu, we had salads, but all was superbly prepared and presented. Truly excellent service and very friendly.

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MichaelB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Salmon was very good. Grilled asparagus was awesome.

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Heba
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Food was incredible, we ordered the frittata and salmon toast. Both I’d highly recommend. Outdoor dining area had the tables distanced appropriately from each other.

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vipFoodMan
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Nice outside seating area. Decent food. Right by Hotel Californian

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TCat
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A very nice place to have brunch and dinner. Not too far of a walk down to the beach. The service was superb and the food was good. But not enough value for your money. A frittata at $15 and turkey sandwich at $16, that wasn't including a side either. But with it being Santa Barbara and the location, I guess I understood why. We really wanted to try Blackbird, but unfortunately it was still closed. The pumpkin spice and chocolate croissants were absolutely delicious with our morning coffee though! And the mango macaron was very unique and tasty.

MJ
vipMJF8
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The hip music adds to the setting that feels like you are in a tropical zone. Menu is limited and main course items were so so but the drinks and appetizers were great

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vipKristinaW
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was exceptional highly recommend chicken and waffles

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

They missed our order.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food and service was fine but we had to wait 10 minutes extra even with reservations !

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vipsdtransplantfoodie
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful courtyard, food was delicious, and service was excellent. A little expensive but expected for the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Goat Tree so much we ate there twice on our short vacation. Food, service and setting are all great

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Suzanna
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice outdoor patio near the wharf with great people watching. Food and service is great too.

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vipSunbuns
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best music EVER

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I’m not trying to be mean- I want this to be constructive.... but we were seated, given water, and then never checked on again. I stood up and flagged down a random waiter and explained that we were still waiting to be served.... he said somebody would be right over. We waited another 20 minutes before deciding to leave. It was absolutely ridiculous. I understand mistakes happen but I was disappointed because I really wanted that avocado toast.

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vipStephen
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally enjoyed it. The outside seating and atmosphere is outstanding.

FAQs

Goat Tree Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 882-0137.

Goat Tree Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 346 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.