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Goat Tree Restaurant

4.5
340 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
What 340 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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MoniqueS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
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
351 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
Chicago
1 review
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
19 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
4 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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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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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

They missed our order.

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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.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove to Santa Barbara and wanted to have lunch at Goat tree. The Avocado toast with a side of bacon was amazing! So fresh and a thick piece of bread. Very cute!

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vipJenaS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service!

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AMSS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We arrived as a couple for breakfast during the labor day weekend. The seating was prompt and the patio looked fresh. The service, however, was a bit slow, disorganized, and stretched, despite it being an averagely populated area.

We had the avocado toast, which was the highlight of the meal. Everything else - the GT burger, the berry lemonade, the mimosa, etc, were average at best. Not worth the effort or the money.

Note to self: come here for the ambience and not for the food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The service was very slow. We were lucky a waiter helped us out and took our order after 45 minutes of being seated. Overall great place with great ambiance.

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vipRegularandsteady
Los Angeles
88 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local spot

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So romantic at night and the food is absolutely delicious! We are breakfast here and came back the same night for dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor space. Loved the tree lighting, great server, food was good, their cocktail special was AWESOME

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vipJenaS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server

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Jerry
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location for people watching. Life everywhere with bustling intersection and popular ice cream shop next door.

Food was really good. We enjoyed the hummus plate, smash burger, orichette (sp?) pasta with lamb and goat cheese cake. Average pricing for a Santa Barbara (which tends to be high).

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vipGreytop
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch under the palm trees. Good food and very friendly service.

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vipLReader
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised by the location - loved the outdoors dining among the palm trees all lit up. But even more surprising was the cooking. Everything we had, from salad to main dishes were delicious. The salmon came out perfectly cooked. So was the pasta with bits of pork belly, mushrooms and some addictively concocted sauce. Service was a bit uneven since some drinks we had ordered came late, but once we did receive everything, we enjoyed a lot the cocktails, wines and non-alcoholic drinks.

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Shawn
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very professional service
Friendly staff
Superb food and fantastic choices

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vipKaitH
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with amazing patio seating overlooking State Street. Enjoyed the lemon ricotta pancakes and the lavender honey over chia seed parfait.

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SamG
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly host. Delicious food. Nice outdoor seating area

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 340 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.