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Goat Tree Restaurant

4.4
391 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 391 people are saying
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CherrylP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Casual dining outside. Near the Wharf, lots to do and see. Friendly staff. Good food at reasonable price, but somewhat limited menu.

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Hermione
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous breakfast/brunch, great service - we went back a second morning!

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Maria
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Multiple issues at this location. Service was sporadic and unresponsive. Main dish was not as listed on menu, which was later apologized for (saying the printed menus hadn’t been ordered yet!?) and hubby’s steak & frites came out cold. considering I ordered the orecchiette pasta based on waitress recommendation, you would think that it would be vocalized that the dish had changed. The menu listed ingredients that included Italian sausage, pine nuts, butternut squash, and rapini but I got only squash and rapini with the pasta, and nothing else including salt or pepper. Seems a bit steep for orecchiette $26.
To add salt to the wound, I asked for cracked pepper, to add flavor to the bland dish, 20 mins later the waitress came back to bring fresh hot fries for hubby to report back there isn’t a single pepper grinder in the restaurant?? Hmm. As a local, I will not be back. So many more places that you can spend $130 for a high quality of food with quality service.

That said, if going for a glass a wine and ambience… this is you place.

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

Wonderful location (scenic and easy parking), great service and tasty/creative menu. Highly recommend!

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vipTheMichiganGourmet
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very special outdoor restaurant. Very attentive service and great food.

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JemelethG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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vipLJSD
Orange County
126 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice casual place on lower state. Food was excellent service was excellent. Will definitely be back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute dream of a restaurant, the food and service were phenomenal. I highly recommend this location.

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Cliffy
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of towners looking for a nice breakfast to start our day. It exceeded our expectations! The outdoor patio is delightful and we felt very safe.

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vipJamesC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The food was good tasting, a nice mix of fresh ingredients. It could use a little more pop and excitement.

Service was stretched too thin and it took some effort to get attention for service. The staff seemed tired and overwhelmed, they were somewhat friendly but very short.

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Molly
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Goat Tree Cafe has a charming patio with a good blend of shade and sun. The servers are friendly and courteous, and the food is absolutely delicious! This is one of my favorite places to eat out.

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vipDrHDM
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best salmon ever and the pork belly pasta dish was on point! Hummus and pita were a great starter. Absolutely beautiful outdoor setting.

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vipSBLil
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice place, food was good and the staff were great.

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Hoped
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend! The food, the service, the vibes, all top notch. I had the smoked salmon toast and my husband had the lemon ricotta pancakes. I was sad when I got to the last bite. I will definitely return next time I’m in the area.

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vipDCTraveler
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

beautiful outdoor setting under palm trees, great food for brunch and huge portions. Great service too.

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vipLeslie
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Steak Frites and Humus, among other things. Relaxing patio dining.

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vipLeesa
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The menu sounded delicious, but execution did not match. The cappuccino was so bitter I couldn't finish it. Croissant was baked wrong, crispy outside, but must have been baked too high too quickly because the inside was not layered, just a big clump. Food was okay. Staff were attentive and nice. Probably won't return.

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MsCook
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Very poor service, very few diners and limited menu options

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vipharlemo25
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to go for lunch or Sunday brunch. there is a very nice outdoor patio and it is within easy walking distance of several hotels in the Santa Barbara State Street vicinity.

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Bend
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Great place for brunch.

Not sure why you added 20% service to our bill and still included: suggested tip 15% 20% etc. on the bill.

We almost tipped 40%

Sever was kind enough to inform us.

Please print “tip included” if you add it.

JR
JonathanR
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is good except need more cleaning of the floor

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very shortstaffed so our food took longer than we expected, but everything was delicious. We had steak frites, arugula salad, and orecchiette.

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SheilaB
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and the service was excellent!

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vipFrannieT
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

This may have been a better review, however the host greeted us with “oh good you’re my last party”. The service reflected this as no one was around to fill water ect . THEN as we were eating, SEVERAL mice ran out of the large planter in the middle of the patio. We brought this to staff attention and they didn’t seem to be surprised! Yuck!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
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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vipDelightful
San Francisco
61 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
14 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
13 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
41 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
45 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
5 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.

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 391 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.