Holdren's Steaks & Seafood

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4.6
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382 Reviews
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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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CG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

My wife and I went to this steak house as we wanted to have some good quality steak. I ordered the Holden signature steak ( the best on the menu) and ordered it medium rare. The food arrived a bit later than usual but the steak was cooked well done. The waitress even tried to tell me that the medium rare was usually only red in the middle but when we cut the meat it was again fully well done

A steak house who do not know how to do a medium rare should just close down

On a positive note the waitresses were really charming and their wine was good. The ambiance was really good too. A beautiful restaurant. Too bad they don’t know how to cook their own “SIGNATURE STEAK” 😬

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RK
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent steakhouse located on a particularly busy stretch of State Street. There’s an easy parking lot directly behind the restaurant, though.

From attentive hostess to knowledgeable, friendly wait staff to mouthwatering fare, our dinner was top notch! Not fond of the Peanut Butter Pie or Apple Crumble desserts (just too rich), but Strongly Recommend the s’mores dessert — a perfect, entertaining way to end the evening — and for $8, quite a deal!

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DC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Graduation

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CM
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The steak was outstanding. The fish was fair at best. The service was outstanding. The waitress was very nice and attentive.

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CW
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table of 12 and the service was fantastic! The drinks kept coming and the food was served hot and in a timely manner! Seriously, I can't say enough about Holdren's Steak house. A must try when visiting Santa Barbara!

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G
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Holdren's when we are in Santa Barbara. Excellent food and service! James was personable and efficient!

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Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal with excellent service.

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about Holdren’s! The atmosphere is fun, lively, not pretentious, and yet steakhouse elegant. The service is fantastic. The menu is deliciously fabulous with something for everyone and all budgets. We celebrated our son’s graduation with a party of 8. So many great and delicious menu choices. All 8 of us were scrumptiously well fed, thank you Holdren’s!

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VS
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Great wine and steak - halibut was over cooked and ruined but service was great!

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BE
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our family went to celebrate my sons 19th birthday. We went early, 4:00, to avoid the crowd. We arrived at 4, day down and got menu’s promptly and didn’t order until 4:35. There was a large table of 36 and the restaurant seemed to be understaffed for it. The waiter was pleasant but did not acknowledge the slow service and lack of attention. On the positive side, the food was great!

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VS
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Lovely outside table but no one came to wait on us until I asked if they had forgot about us. Others were seated nearby and were being served. The waitress put in the wrong item number for our dinner so my husbands correct dinner came out 45 minutes after mine so we were not able to eat together. It was a steak so should not have taken that long. We asked for water refills and didn’t get that for 1/2 hour. After asking the manager, they didn’t charge us for my husbands dinner. Which helped a little. We would rather pay and have good serve though!

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MS
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We celebrated my husband’s birthday and had the prime rib special which was outstanding! We even got a dessert on the house with a candle!

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CH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband had 9oz filet and I had the center-cut ribeye special, both delicious and recommend! We started with the prawns which were tasty too! Service spot-on, no complaints! We almost dined somewhere else and then read all the raving reviews for Holdren's and changed our reservation. We were not disappointed and neither will you be!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding and the food was very delicious

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MT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed our dinner here. The Filet Mignons were some of the best we have had anywhere and the service was great.

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LC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little spot in SB yummy food great bartenders loved it!!!

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s
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service from the minute we walked up to the hostess stand was excellent! the hostess looked at me and asked if I was who I am before I could give her my name! I had never met her before!! She immediately took us to a great booth where we were well taken care of by our server. The owner came over and said hello and briefly chatted with us. Not too long, not too short. The food was delicious!! The best deal in town are the pork chops... absolutely outstanding!! Everything was perfect! Will continue going again and again as this is one of the most consistent restaurants in Santa Barbara!

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L
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Holdren’s for an excellent and amazing dining experience. The staff is expert and professional; the ambiance is welcoming, the wine and dinner were paired perfectly. We look forward to dining at Holdren’s again and again.

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G
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, very well cooked. Excellent service in a good location.

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G
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent. The steaks were perfectly cooked and the sides very tasty. The selection of wine was excellent too. But the premises are a little bit small and the kitchen is very near so environment doesn’t feel clean. But food is very good.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great! Great service and the staffs are nice

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PV
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food, a little short on servers but it was Mother's Day. One of our favorite places

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A
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best filet mignon in town!! Staff is kind. Wine is good!! Location is ok, State st. is just not my favorite place to be.

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LS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best porterhouse steak ever!! This place is a must do while in Santa Barbara

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l
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great breakfast for Mother's Day at a 1/10th of the price of Miramar, Bacara or El Encanto. Including the Mimosa!

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D
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been to Holdren's many times. The food is well prepared, steaks are delicious, and service is top notch. The reason for only 4 stars this time is that my ribeye steak was overly gristly, so I couldn't eat quite a few bites. I usually order the New York Strip and our daughter gets the filet. I think both are better choices. Maybe I just had the ribeye on a bad night or at the end of the roast.

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t
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. Wine special was very good. Steaks were done perfectly, and everyone’s potatoes (garlic mash, baked and fries) were great. Wait staff is awesome.

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BE
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service and fantastic food. We had the sauteed shrimp and ribeye -- so good!

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EA
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Great prices. Would defenitly return.

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MS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant. The food was delicious and came out fast. The baked sea bass was very flavorful. They should put the blueberry lemon drop on the cocktail menu.

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BP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great dinner!! Our server, Zalie, was amazing!!

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R
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service
Great Filet and Pepper crusted tuna

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Easter brunch and our omelets were delicious and priced very well. We can wait to go back as Holdrens’s is one of our favorite restaurants in SB. Our waitress was superb, very friendly & gave us excellent service!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time! Have never been disappointed when dining at this GREAT establishment!

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TO
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, Awesome Servies !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KS
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, great food and service.

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VP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tables were tight and close to one another. Also our table was too small for our group. The food was good however I asked for no pink in my meat and there was pink throughout. I got the filet Mignon, my husband got the pork chop and he liked his, cooked they way he wanted and flavors were good.

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RB
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I believe the waitress made The experience perfect. Her attention to the details of our needs made the difference. I would definitely come back and or recommend holdrens to anyone.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the cocktails to the steak, everything was amazing. As a cook by trade, having worked in many different establishments and running my own kitchen now; the service was snappy and attentive while the food was executed perfectly. We will definitely return next time we are in town.

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great steaks! I highly recommend trying this Holdren's for a special date.

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