Holdren's Steaks & Seafood

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Steakhouse
Holdren’s, located on State Street, serves up a delicious and diverse menu of seafood and steaks, where the portions are always generous and the prices always reasonable. Our surf and turf menu, including our favorite crab cakes or coconut shrimp or our USDA prime steaks that are charbroiled over a mesquite grill, is complimented by an extensive wine and beer list, a healthy assortment of premium spirits, and a selection of signature drinks. Daily lunches and dinners can be enjoyed in our cozy, and dark saloon-inspired dining room, or on our outdoor patio. The indoor dining room is adorned with brown leather booths, dark wood paneling, and funky artwork lining the exposed brick walls. Holdren’s has been voted as the best steakhouse for six times by the Santa Barbara Independent’s Reader’s Poll and by the Santa Barbara News Press’ Reader’s Choice Awards.
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, service and delicious food!!!

LM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Tender beef. Great drinks. Perfect service. All at a reasonable price!

OT
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

30th Wedding. Great night, service and food. Will visit again.

ZR
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was fantastic! Very flavorful and filling. We had the spinach artichoke dip as an appetizer and it was plenty for the three of us. The steaks were very tasty and they had a wide variety of options that was very satisfying. However, the service was less than impressive. As a younger group, it definitely seemed like the staff felt they didn’t need to take care of us as much as the older customers. It’s this kind of attitude that makes us not want to return.

SN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday event

R
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for any occasion the food is outstanding

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner with friends sitting outside in perfect SB weather.

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got the lobster and it was incredible!!

C
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Local restaurant… Great steaks salad and baked potatoes

SM
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great old style restaurant! I loved the ambiance of the place! Classic steakhouse where you could imagine the Rat Pack showing up to or big time Hollywood deals being mulled over. Parking is convenient adjacent to the restaurant. From the moment we opened the door and the amazing smells that hot us we knew we were in for a great night! The service was exceptional, with glasses being continually filled and other needs checked. The staff was very helpful with recommendations, very friendly and very professional! The food was outstanding! We both started with the lobster bisque, which was delicious. Their sourdough bread is great! We both had the caramelized Apple and candied walnut salads. Yum! Then I had the swordfish filet and mashed potatoes and my wife had the ribeye and loaded baked potato. So tasty and both prepared perfectly. We topped it of with a piece of rich chocolate cake.

MS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had three business associates in from out of town. Since they were staying close to Holdren's it seemed like the perfect choice for dinner. It did not disappoint! Food and service were excellent. One of the best steaks I've had in a long time. Cooked to perfection and super tender and flavorful. My guests really enjoyed their fish selections.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice restaurant on lower State. It is actually kind of easy to miss, but it's well decorated and clean. The food was good and was paired well with a variety of wines.

OT
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food was great quality. Presentation was outstanding.

2
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 2

Steak was good, service decent but wasn't to write home about

OT
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were greeted with a smile and seated in a quiet booth. The food was delicious and we received excellent service. Couldn't ask for a nicer evening. We were stuffed and enjoyed every bit of it.

s
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Arrived at 6 o’clock for our reservation and was seated immediately, the service was impeccable, the food was delicious and we had a great time celebrating our mothers birthday.

OT
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were good. Hoping to be seated outside but there wasn't a table for 6 on the patio. We did make our reservation last minute, but it would have been a tight squeeze regardless.
Menu Prices were fine but drink prices were high. Not unusual for this area but it does add a level of pricing for dinner.
We weren't sure which of our servers were shadowing the other but neither told us of the specials until asked, and weren't sure of the prices of those daily specials on the board above the bar.
Overall, It was a very nice evening and hated to miss the flourless cake for dessert but the group had already agreed to ice cream on our way home.

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Enjoyed everything we ordered. Nicole our server was a delight and feel we got our monies worth. Good experience.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, as always, and the perfect location was provided.

RV
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holdrens is a great place for drinks, appetizers a romantic dinner or even just a casual dinner.

J
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent spot in Santa Barbara. Cioppino was fantastic!

EB
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Disappointing

IE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food very fresh the service was amazing great atmosphere

M
Los Angeles
127 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and excellent customer service

MH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Other than a neighboring table that was extremely loud, this was a great place to eat. The waiting staff were very efficient and gracefully friendly. My steak was perfect and the mushrooms Devine! We will return, soon I hope🌸

JC
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I ordered the ribs from Holdrens and they were the best ribs I have had.

SC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Holdren's Steaks and Seafood a few times and always had a GREAT time.
Food is great and drinks and desserts are wonderful. Everyone is always so nice.
Thank you!!!

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service good. Food ok. Will not rush back

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

The waiter was very polite. The steaks were disappointed, no flavor and wrong cooked point.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Wine tasted old, our salads came out before our drinks. The waiter seemed spread thin. Food was ok.

CM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I had a lovely experience and a delicious meal. The Popcorn Halibut appetizer was scrumptious, and the warm bread very satisfying. Our steaks were delicately seasoned and cooked to perfection. We did think that the Garlic Mashed potatoes were a bit too "garlicy" for our taste. To be fair they are called "Garlic" mashed potatoes so, going into it, we knew that would be a possibility--but the dish would benefit from a bit more subtlety. This would make me reluctant to order anything on the menu that has the word "garlic" in the name (for example, Garlic Brussels Sprouts) . Apparently, according to our waiter, even the Sauteed Broccoli is prepared with garlic--so I asked that ours be prepared without--and the chef did so, beautifully. We would gladly come back for the steaks alone!

K
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun restaurant on the strip. Our waitress was diligent and polite. She made sure everything was as nice as it could be.

P
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing. We both order a filet, the quality of the meat was outstanding and cooked exactly as we asked. The wife got the twice baked and me the baked potato. Both were so good!! We were shocked once we go the bill we order drinks and appetizer along with our main entree, not overpriced at all. The value we got for the experience, food and service would blow away most places we have been!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meraviglioso ristorante americano dove si mangia una carne strepitosa! Finalmente uno dei pochi ristoranti puramente americani rimasti!, senza rivisitazioni o strane modifiche al menu!!!

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CS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Though I am vegetarian- I took my Mom to this place for a nice dinner and we both had a wonderful meal! There are lots of vegetarian options! The wait staff was super nice. We’ll definitely be back!

D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best ribeye I have ever tasted! Scallops were amazing as well. Service was excellent and very professional! Can’t find this in LA!

N
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

No, we have waited almost 2 hours on our food. Some people left because it was taking to long. Food quality was good, tasty soup, but money for value is terrible. Waiter was slow.

SD
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Birthday. My pork chop was a bit dry. Potato was delicious as was soup. They comped a lemon tart that was excellent.

R
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have frequently celebrated our wedding anniversary here. This year we dined outdoors and Olivia was our server. The steaks arrived perfectly cooked, the wine flowed and the smiles were genuine. All together an exceptional dining experience. Recommend the ribeye with blue cheese and the creamed spinach!

SS
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Lobster was over-grilled, service was so/so for example we had to ask for water twice. It took a long time to get the main courses. OK burger for our daugther on a positive note

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