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Goat Tree Restaurant

4.4
368 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 368 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SheilaB
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and the service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine selection was good, and I had a quality Pinot Noir with dinner. The dinner menu was somewhat limited, but I felt this helped the restaurant to concentrate on producing quality, tasty dishes rather than catering to every taste. That was certainly true with my burger, which was well cooked and seasoned properly. I had grilled asparagus as a side, and this was also well prepared. Eating outside provided a beautiful view of this area of Santa Barbara. Would definitely recommend and eat there again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Second time here within 4 weeks. Great food overall and relaxed atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was good and the patio is beautiful. The overall experience was a bit disappointing. We made a reservation for 8pm as that was an option when making the reservation. Fortunately we arrived a few minutes early as we were promptly told the kitchen closes at 8pm. We were rushed to put our order in so we could have our dinner. The staff, while friendly enough, seemed a bit lost as to what to do with us. We felt like an afterthought.

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vipLovely
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We spent 3 nights in Santa Barbara and visited Goat Tree 4 times! Such a lovely spot for coffee, lunch and even dinner. And, the people-watching is tops!

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jg4x
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First class!

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vipSmash
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely brunch! The Pan Au Chocolat was Devine! The shakshuka and egg white frittata were great. Strong coffee too!

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JenniferK
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent very fresh food. Limited menu. Service was slow. The ambiance was delightful.

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JaneG
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was attentive and courteous. The avocado toast was really delicious and the monte crist sandwich the best my husband had ever eaten!

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vipAlexanderP
Palm Springs
57 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent brunch spot!! The best breakfast we’ve had out in awhile.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service was incredibly slow and spotty. It took forever to get our food and they brought our salad along with our entrée. They never cleared our plates or offered more water. I had to ask repeatedly to have the heater turned on and to get a glass of wine. Our server was incredibly sweet, but absent and seemed overwhelmed.Salmon was delicious. The dressing on the wedge salad was not very good. Pretty atmosphere.

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vipbigeater
Central Coast
38 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I really like the spacious dining under the trees with the little whit picket fence all around. My sweet server looked after me when my friend never showed up. She was so kind and concerned over my anxiety which I thought most unusual. My only drawback was the simplicity of the very small menu, but that won’t keep me from coming back soon!

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vipnancya
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside on the patio twice - both dinner and lunch. Our favorite dish is an arugula salad with candied nuts and goat cheese. It was so delicious we had it for both meals! In addition, the Shakshuka is excellent. It has more of a cumin flavor than others we have had and was nicely spiced with a crunch that we think is chickpeas. It's a great place to try this dish if you have never had it. The NY steak was very good. We were pleased with both meals.

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MarcH
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

There is a very very limited menu offering very few dining options

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SFmom3
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

One of our favourites

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marianab
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
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
San Diego
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
5 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
2 reviews
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
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

brunch was SO good!

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vipBaybee
Los Angeles
37 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
3 reviews
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
11 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
10 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
New England
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
4 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
361 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.

FAQs

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

Goat Tree Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 368 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.