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Holdren's Steaks & Seafood

4.5
4.5
526 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood, 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 bacon wrapped stuffed shrimp or our USDA prime steaks that are charbroiled over a mesquite grill, is complimented by an extensive wine list, a healthy assortment of premium spirits, and a selection of signature drinks. Daily meals 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 multiple 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, American, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 965-3363

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Let us cater your next special event. Contact angela@holdrens.com

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Cross street

    Haley

  • Parking details

    Public lot directly behind restaurant

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 526 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Steakhouse

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for Groups

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for Lunch

  • Santa Barbara

    Notable Wine List

  • Santa Barbara

    Outdoor Dining

  • Santa Barbara

    Romantic

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  1. BG

    BillG

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great spirits and steaks The homemade steak sauce was fantastic
  2. DW

    DeniseW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    The restaurant is lovely, great ambiance. The food was delicious, no complaints there. What was absolutely horrible was the service - specifically our waiter, James. I should note the restaurant was about half-full. Also, my friend said at least twice that it was my birthday dinner - to the hostess who sat us and then to James, the waiter. James didn't start out badly, he was friendly and gave good feedback on the menu. Our starter came out almost immediately after we ordered it (before we even got our cocktails!) - and it was amazing (the shrimp in the amazing sauce). My friend and I were having a great time and we had waited to order our entrées, not being in a rush (it was before 9pm at that point). We ordered them when the starter arrived, both of our orders having a salad first, followed by the main course with a glass of wine. This is where the horrible service began. The salads came out while we still had the shrimp appetizers on the table (we hadn't yet finished as it had only been a few minutes). Then, the main courses interrupted our salads. The server brought them in hand to our table and stood there, unable to set them down because we still had our salads. We weren't asked if we wanted the kitchen to keep them warm, there was no apology for the rush, nothing. We looked at each other and moved our salad plates to the sides ourselves, feeling rather awkward by the pressure to do so. We had just started the salads a few minutes before! The wine - to go with our entrees - came a few minutes later. Great timing... Again, the food was good, but why the rush? We were served our entire three-courses in less than 40 minutes! So much for a leisurely, enjoyable dinner We felt very rushed and when we told our waiter, her made a lame excuse that the kitchen had a manager back on the cooking line and that everything needed to be quick... this is a steakhouse, not Denny's! Also- no birthday acknowledgement at the end... even though I told them. I won't be back!
  3. F

    Foodforthought

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Overall the food was ok, our steaks were not cooked to order. The service was very good, I just think there are better options in town.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    For a steakhouse, they really don't know how to cook a proper steak. I ordered a ribeye medium rare, it came out medium well, barely had any pink in the center. I normally don't send food back, but thinking for a $40+ piece of meat, I should have it the right way. The second time, came out straight rare, barely cooked, dark red in the center and fat not even rendered. Very disappointed. Didn't bother sending it back again as I was very hungry. Couldn't even finish half of it. Wife's crab cake benedict had eggshells inside. The only good part was the kids meals. My kids liked their Mac & Cheese and grilled cheese. For a steakhouse that's pretty pathetic.
  5. JA

    JayaA

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was good Food was scrumptious and very filling. My family and I enjoyed dining here Will definitely return to here for dinner on our next trip to Santa Barbara
  6. s

    slwdcw

    Los Angeles

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered an appetizer based on our server’s recommendation. That and everything else was superb. The entrees come with soup or salad and a side, which makes the prices most reasonable. The atmosphere is quiet, which works great for a good meal after a hectic day.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went for daughters college graduation. Everyone in our party was happy with their food and the quick service . Prices were reasonable for a steakhouse. My daughter was dressed in her graduation attire and not one person from the staff acknowledged it which was a little disappointing. They did not provide her with any sort of special occasion dessert which I was surprised since when I reserved the table on the Open Table Ap it asked if it was for a special occasion. Staff was good but not the friendliest or very welcoming and that was probably the only downside.
  8. MR

    MaryR

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation
  9. SH

    SharonH

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. My husband is not a big steak eater but he ate his entire rosemary blue cheese sirloin. “Chicken noodle soup” was not as expected more like minestrone.
  10. G

    Gary

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It was great
  11. h

    huskiefan

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Seemed rushed In the beginning. We had a winter and training, and he did a great job. The food was very good, the atmosphere was excellent as we sat outside.
  12. e

    elmag

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Muy buen servicio, la comida excepcional, la carne 100 por ciento calidad, lo recomiendo ampliamente.
  13. GB

    GordonB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time at Holdren's. The wine list is extensive; the food was excellent; the service was professional and personable. Pricey, but not out of line for a steak and seafood restaurant. They also went out of their way to make our special occasion (anniversary) special. Highly recommended.
  14. RW

    RonaldW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the staff was prompt.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food is average. It misses flavor.
  16. RS

    RobbiS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We made reservation for two. Showed up and wete given table at entrsnce in very congested area. No wait staff approached us. Extremely noisey. We left.
  17. AR

    AndreR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The halibut and filet bites were amazing! Great drinks and atmosphere.
  18. GR

    GREGK

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second visit to Holdren’s and we were just as impressed as the first time. The food and service were outstanding. Our server Melissa was awesome and had some great recommendations (Shoestring Onions and Jalapeños) that were perfect additions to our blackened filets. One word of caution, the servings are extremely generous so be ready to walk out stuffed! We’ll be back!
  19. T

    Tanjaf

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steak was wonderful and the service was great.
  20. KG

    KatieG

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite spot to enjoy lunch and people watch on State Street! Nina is awesome!
  21. J

    Jose

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very Great steak , Sirloin didn’t have much flavor however sauce definitely helped, Next time I will go with the ribeye
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Overcrowded noisy average quality food
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was awesome
  24. RA

    RAM5

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My only complaint would be the lemon tart for dessert. It was not particularly good- a bit too sour and tart and the crust not the best. Otherwise everything else about the meal was fabulous!
  25. JP

    JenP

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing dinner. The service was stellar and the food and drinks were amazing. Everyone loved their meals and we will definitely be returning!
  26. LT

    LTfromSC

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. High recommend. Great location.
  27. DB

    DebbieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Thank you Holdern Staff, We had a beautiful Mother’s Day dinner at the restaurant. Our waitress was amazing, she was very knowledgeable of the menu, gave us suggestions & options, she was very attentive, made sure that we had everything we needed to enjoy our meal (not the hovering or annoying type). The food was Delicious too!
  28. E

    Encinoman

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Steak was ordered medium well it arrived medium rare inside tasteless with no spices on it. Salmon arrived brown outside but not cooked well inside the heat must have been too high for salmon. The bread quality for turkey melt sandwich was such a cheap quality similar to something you buy from supermarket in a bag. Overall not happy about the food quality for the high prices. We are repeat customers but this time food quality was not in par with the previous visits at all. One wonders maybe a new chef?
  29. BE

    BETHB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food at a reasonable price and a great location. It was Mothers Day so they were busy. I’m sure any other day besides Valentines it would have been 5 Stars on everything. We’ll definitely be back.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Mother’s Day and it was just amazing! We raved about every single dish through the entire meal. I can’t believe we haven’t been constantly going. We love it there!
  31. GR

    GREGP

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    the seafood pasta was literally watery, as in it was served in what looked like pasta water...absolutely disgusting.
  32. PB

    PaulB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We Had amazing service, the staff was very professional and courteous. Our food was exceptional. Everything that Holdens offers is exceptional. I would highly recommend you try Holdens if you are trying to have a nice meal or just a nice glass of vino.
  33. MK

    MalibuKarina

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was lovely, attentive and quick. Every staff member was very nice. The drink menu is out of this world and the filet mignon was reasonably priced and delicious and made exactly to my order. Make sure you try the house rosemary blue cheese sauce it's awesome! we will be back!
  34. P

    Parkers

    Central Coast

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food and service. Make reservations otherwise you might not get in.
  35. C

    Cosmo7

    Orange County

    623 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    623 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming place on lower state. Great food and excellent service. Will return once again
  36. C

    Christina711

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Treated us well! Put 5 of us in the private Red Room alcove, with our 2 year-old grand daughter. Worked out great!
  37. BD

    BermudaDuner

    Central Coast

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Finally found a classic great steakhouse in Santa Barbara! We had a lovely anniversary dinner here - welcoming hosts and servers, perfectly grilled fine quality beef, good wine list, nice variety of music.
  38. SB

    SantaBarbaraNative

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Steaks here are good but if you order fish ask for the sauce on the side or you'll never see or taste your fish. Know that substituting a more palatable vegetable for the standard mushy mix will add a disproportionately large extra cost. Wine pour was very stingy. This is a classic place I would have liked to like better.
  39. GM

    GaryM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    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.
  40. W

    Wordmere

    New Mexico

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    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!

FAQs

Holdren's Steaks & Seafood offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 965-3363.

Holdren's Steaks & Seafood is rated 4.5 stars by 526 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Holdren's Steaks & Seafood

512 State St Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Haley

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, American, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public lot directly behind restaurant

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (805) 965-3363

  • Catering

    Let us cater your next special event. Contact angela@holdrens.com

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