Holdren's Steaks & Seafood

4.5
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$31 to $50
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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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GM
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

We had a wonderful family dinner. The food was very good especially the filet medallions and sirloin steak. It was a very busy night but the service still was excellent.
The only negative is it was very noisy.

LO
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular service! Fabulous menu! Tara was "on her game," attending to the lunchtime patrons, while owner, Clay Holdren, was manning the bar. Food was wonderful, as usual, and the flavors of the sauces married well with their meats. We have a dear friend who lives in San Luis Obispo, and we rendezvous in Santa Barbara for lunch, as we live in Studio City. Holdren's is our go-to venue if a hearty lunch is on our collective palates! We will be back soon!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great the service and food.

B
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good; always consistent. This is a great classic spot in SB.

RG
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the atmosphere was lively, waitress was friendly and not overly intrusive, salad was fresh and the main coarse was cooked to perfection and so delicious! I had filet minion medallions , and husband had the pork chop, which he said was cooked just right and very tasty

S
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely booth, dinner was wonderful and the service very attentive. Will definitely go back when next in town. A definite keeper!

SS
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place ! The food is delicious

P
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience2

I made a reservation for the special occasion of V-Day eve @ 8:30 p.m. My date and I were seated at a nice booth after I gave $20.00 to the mattress d'. Our waiter, Josh, was terrific and the food, when it came, was first rate with very larges portions. But the evening went off the rails after we'd eaten about 1/3 of our entrees and SPECIFICALLY ASKED for "to go boxes." Both of us are weight conscious and at least 4 times at lunch. or dinner the previous week at The Boathouse (twice), Mesa Burger and Luckys I had taken a least half of my meals to go. The prix fixed V-Day dinner tab with wine and cocktails came to $197.38 and I was prepared to give Josh a $40.00 tip for HIS great service but when we asked for our food to go a female server named "Jim" (sp?) came to our booth and declared, "It's gone. You told us to dump it." This was a blatant lie. In fact, the only time we'd seen "Jim" was when we asked to split a glass of an Italian Red and "Jim" presented a single glass and started to pour it INTO OUR EXISTING WINE GLASSES, which still held wine. I politely asked for two new glasses and she quickly turned and said, "I'll divide this," then took off. Now, at the end of the meal, she was calling both of us liars re: the food to go. When I asked to see the Manager, the Asst. "Angela" came by, insisting, to the protests of my date and me, that we had NOT asked for the food to go. Of course, neither she nor "Jim" were present when a "bus person" took our food away and WE POINTEDLY ASKED for it to be packed up. Now "Angela" was telling a DIFFERENT STORY: our food wasn't "dumped" as "Jim" had insisted, but "given to the servers." I've been dining out at restaurants in Santa Barbara for nearly 20 years and have never been so mistreated by a server like "Jim" or an Asst. Mgr. like "Angela." I've located the owner and plan to ask him to refund one of our entreés since we effectively got just portions of the entreés we'd paid for.

S
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

After eating half of the Halibut we ordered we noticed it was raw. We notified the server and she took the portion that was uncooked and had them re cook it. That was very unusual. It also took 10 minutes to get that portion back. Weird experience.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Food was overall pretty subpar, each item underimpressed. Service was robotic, our server barely said a word to us. Ambiance is similar to a Denny’s. I just don’t understand the appeal of this place.

A
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

SC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Went on Valentine's day. Spent 175 for two no alcohol and was given canned crab on top of a fillet mignon. That's like putting earnings on a pig. Epic fail. The staff was very professional on the bright side.

DM
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous as usual! One had seafood pasta, one had salmon and the other 2 had different cuts of steaks and both were excellent. Never had anything other than a great dining experience overall there.

L
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal, service and all perfectly prepared. Excellent steaks!!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and the staff was attentive to our needs.

GC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our server was very attentive and the food was very good. It was a good experience for my son's birthday.

Gloria

N
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the meal - in our reservation I informed them that we were celebrating a birthday at my table - no cake, no acknowledgement whatsoever - disappointing.

l
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. The food was delicious. The bar was great. Service is excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful customer service on my boyfriends birthday! It was his first time here and we will be back! Thank you!

PL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We were there on new year eve.
Probably in a different condition it could be better.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food was amazing

US
New Orleans
36 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

I ordered the halibut as recommended by our server. It was supposed to have cheese and a berre Blanc sauce. It came out with a glop on top, no sauce to speak of and the outside first pieces were cold. It looked as if it was finished off in a microwave. It was among the ugliest dishes that I’ve ever seen. Then the asparagus - it came out cold. I told the server. Unfortunately, when the bill came, my husband just gave the card to her. When she came back, I asked if she took the charge for the cold asparagus off. She didn’t. Why not??? Then there was the obnoxious loudmouth man at the bar. He never shut up. At his table must have been his wife and son. He kept up with being a loudmouth and his son just laughed. It’s a tiny place and he just made a bad meal worse. I would never recommend this place.

b
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service and comfortable atmosphere.

R
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had to change the number in our party at the last minute and they were so great. The food was wonderful and the service was the BEST!!! True professionals in the food industry!!

B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recommend Holdren's to friends and acquaintances. We have been enjoying the restaurant for many years.

K
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent. 2 strangers in a new town, we found friendly service, great food and a pleasant surrounding in this quaint spot. We shared their specialty cut of beef, multiple sides, appetizers and dessert and left happy. Thank you.

G
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our meals here, and .... the service is excellent!

MS
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! You’re sure to run into locals here. The food and drinks never disappoint. Steaks are always cooked to your liking. Also, the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Very noisy, slow service and the food just barely ok

JD
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very busy for Thanksgiving but it was great. Service was good and the food was very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our Thanksgiving dinner at Holdren’s was great. The food was AMAZING! Everyone at our table loved what they ordered, and that never happens in our family. My husband, who never likes anything, loved his food. It was a miracle. The appetizers were delicious, our entrees were excellent and the desserts were out of this world. And then our waitress was the best, never an empty glass on the table. We are definitely doing this again next year.

R
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holdren's is a great place for dinner and or lunch, the food is incredible

A
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was amazing super friendly and food was delicious!

S
Los Angeles
95 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Looking for a good steak in a traditional steakhouse setting, Holdren's has the place for you. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Food delivered hot and perfectly cooked. Portion was plenty large.

G
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Holdrens just charges too much for average food. The atmosphere is fun and servers are great, but food is only okay for a little more there are better steakhouses in town.

CB
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very good! The food was exceptional. My wife had a cob salad while I had the medallions. We shared the crab cake appetizer. A good pit stop between Monterey & LA.

t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was terrific and the service was quick and friendly. We love coming here and will be back as soon as we can!

CL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have told many people that when in Santa Barbara they must go to Holdren's.

We had excellent food and service.

The only thing I didn't like was Happy Hour was only served at the outside tables and bar.
I think it should also encompass the inside table seating too.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great food

G
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We went to this restaurant based on their reviews on both OpenTable & Yelp. We went fairly early & sat outside, so I can't really say if it would have been noisy inside & later. My husband ordered the filet mignon with twice baked potato & I ordered the rib eye with a baked potato. We also each had a salad. His was the Wedge, he said it was very good. Mine was a beet salad & it was wonderful. His filet had a horseradish blue cheese crust on it & that was a good flavor choice. Mine had no crust, but it was just okay. I know rib eyes are marbled with fat & that's why I like it, but this was way too chewy. Wouldn't recommend it. The blueberry lemon drops were really yummy though. We had the mud pie for dessert & it was very good. All in all, it was a good experience for our 15th anniversary.