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Holdren's Steaks & Seafood, Santa Barbara, CA
Holdren's Steaks & Seafood, Santa Barbara, CA
Holdren's Steaks & Seafood, Santa Barbara, CA
Holdren's Steaks & Seafood, Santa Barbara, CA
Holdren's Steaks & Seafood, Santa Barbara, CA

Holdren's Steaks & Seafood

4.5
4.5
867 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

10:00 PM


Booked 31 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, American, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–9:30 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

What 867 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
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Steakhouse

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for business meals

  • Santa Barbara

    Good for special occasions

867 Reviews
  1. MalibuKarina

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and 7 year old son have been to Holdren's SB several times. It's one of the best restaurants in SB that is delicious, reasonably priced and has great customer service. We celebrated my husband's birthday - he got a free flourless choco-cake (it's SO awsome). Steaks and seafood were done to perfection. My son LOVES their mac'n'cheese. Great wine selection and unique drinks. Highly recommend it.

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  2. MarkW

    Cheshire

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, great environment and staff very attentive. Highly recommend can’t wait to return

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  3. HayleyT

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food! Steak and fish were cooked perfectly! Would definitely go back! Service was great once we got it! Had to wait a while to get drinks but once our server was with us she was great!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Missed serving our appetizers completely. No offer to make up for it. Good food but expensive.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dining experience at Holdren’s. The service was excellent and the food was delicious.

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  6. RLPjr

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything about this place ! Drinks and food were great. And our server was awesome.

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  7. Chelseaboys

    Los Angeles

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Holdren’s is a great choice with excellent food, service and ambience.

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  8. Alphazulu

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After a delightful trip to San Simeon and Hearst Castle, we decided to spend the night in Santa Barbara. Recalling a great Steakhouse from my previous visits, I was drawn to Holdren's. As I explored their website, the familiar name and the photos of the place sparked a sense of nostalgia. Despite the hazy memory of our last visit in 2008, the essence of Holdren's was still vivid, making it a unique and compelling dining option. So we decided to give it a try and walked about a mile from our hotel to the restaurant. We were seated promptly, and the staff was very friendly. The waitress brought over the menus and took our drink order, a margarita. We were there early enough, so the price of $8 was a really good deal for such a tasty, well-prepared drink. Our dining experience at Holdren's was a culinary delight. We started with the buffalo cauliflower, an appetizer that was so delicious it left us craving for more. The wedge salad with its flavorful blue cheese was equally delightful. For the main course, the Rosemary blue cheese sirloin was a standout, cooked to perfection and bursting with flavor. Paired with a baked potato, it was a match made in culinary heaven. The Mesquite grilled salmon, my wife's choice, was equally delightful. And, of course, we couldn't resist ordering another round of margaritas. By the time we left, we were in high spirits, grateful for the memorable dining experience. Our dining experience at Holdren's was not just a meal but a celebration of our 42nd wedding anniversary. It was the best meal we had on our entire trip and the memories we made there will be cherished. I highly recommend Holdren's, and if I'm ever back in Santa Barbara, I surely will have dinner there again, perhaps for another special occasion.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was alright nothing over the top or special . Our waiter was very nice and friendly .

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  10. peterc

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great value and often visited. I ordered the pork chops which were sizable and eventually tasty. Chops were undercooked and had to be re charbroiled. I don’t think pork chops are a popular item. Rest of meal, artichoke, wedge, twice baked potato and hot fudge sundae were perfect. Will stick with beef next time.

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  11. NoGluten

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Holdren's Steaks & Seafood is our favorite place to eat when we visit Santa Barbara. We sit outside and watch the people walking up and down State Street.

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  12. damienm

    New York City

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Generally poor experience, how can a rib eye steak have no taste!!!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent as always. We just got unlucky because our server was not attentive. She forgot to bring our bread basket and was slow to refill our water glasses. After our meal was completed she didn’t come by to check on us and we ended up asking the hostess to get our waitress for our check. We love the food there are will of course be back!

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  14. RingLeader1

    San Francisco

    343 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    343 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Loved the Raspberry Cosmopolitan, the steaks were cooked to perfection. Enjoyed our salads and the sides, dessert, which was the chocolate peanut butter pie, YUM! We get to Santa Barbara once a year and will be back.

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  15. TimmyR

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed a traditional steak house dinner. Good drinks, fresh salads, tender flavorful beef, nice variety of sides, yummy dessert and strong coffee - definitely recommend! Vibrant location too!

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  16. HelgaundHelmut

    Central Coast

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Cutler’s gin martinis— some of the best ever. My $66 lobster tail was pricey but perfect. Sadly, my wife’s steak was tough and dry, even though she ordered it medium rare. I also told them it was her birthday, but got no recognition of it. If they’re supposed to be one of the best steak houses in SB, they have some work to do. The service was really good, and the server did cut the bill for the steak in half. Thank you!

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  17. WayneC

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great traditional restaurant for dining. Wonderful ribs, steaks, and more!

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  18. DebG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We came for the "Anniversary Special" which we do every year. We ate early (5:30) so the restaurant wasn't crowded and the ambiance was quiet. The food is excellent and the service is done in a "team" approach. Very efficient and good quality.

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  19. POSH4PENNIESBAE

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service, happy hour, and ambiance! Perfect for a nice casual dinner.

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  20. RosaG

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered from the anniversary menu and they did not skimp on anything, it was so good ! I ordered the babyback ribs that were so tender!, hubby ordered the pork chop and also excellent, for dessert we shared the flourless chocolate cake with ice cream, sooo good!

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  21. Farger

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The steaks are excellent, voted best in Santa Barbara in 2022. The portions are large. The drinks are very good. The service was excellent as well.

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  22. MikeS

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service, cocktails and food were excellent. My top sirloin steak was cooked perfectly. My wife enjoyed her linguine and prawns. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Holdren’s.

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  23. Keeee

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When I say one of the best steaks I ever had , please believe me when I say that . Steak and potatoes was to die for !

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  24. MikeF

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a good time at this steak house. We will be back when in town.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience will be back again! Food was delicious and the desserts were amazing. Highly recommend.

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  26. Ninerjan

    Central Coast

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best steak in town. Sides are great. Our server was incredible.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We went to Santa Barbara looking for good stake house, saw the reviews for Holdren’s, we had the bone in and Ahi Tuna, the meat was poor quality and no flavor. The Ahi Tuna had the worse mustard taste couldn’t eat more then two bites. Wouldn’t recommend this place for food maybe drinks.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The first time I went to Holdren’s a few years ago it was fantastic. The next few times it progressively got worse. Most recently for Valentine’s Day, my girlfriend and I went for their fixed menu dinner. The food came cold. Both appetizers, and steaks were room temperature. The shrimp on the skewer were all cold. The steaks were also wildly undercooked. The baked potato was the best item mostly because it was the only warm item. To their credit the server did wave my girlfriend’s dinner but also up-charged me on desert. I likely won’t be going back

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  29. LindaW

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Husband's ribeye was a hit! The filet mignon that I ordered medium rare was raw in the center and twice baked potato was pretty bland. I would definitely eat here again though, and order meat medium or seafood.

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  30. SantaBarbaraguy

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Although not on the February special discount menu the New York steak was great. Tender, cooked exactly to specifications to give it the most flavor with the correct amount of chew. Very good cocktails, great service

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great surroundings, great service! Our favorite date night spot!

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  32. shellyc

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. Only disappoint was the difference between how the regulars and outsiders were treated. Had to ask for more water and drinks and never received the bread that we ordered meanwhile others were showered with attention and refills .

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  33. JenniferG

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, and the service was wonderful. Highly recommend the steak options.

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  34. RobertK

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful to have a great meal at a reasonable price 😀

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  35. MarkH

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived about 30 mins early and it was no problem. The service was fantastic! It was a early birthday dinner for my wife and the server was very attentive and made it a point to make the evening highly enjoyable. We came at the recommendations of a friend and it was not a disappointment. Thank you

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  36. Charliem

    Greater Boston

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great making it back to this place. Steaks are excellent and favorable. Very lively place with both tourists and locals

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  37. JeanneH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, drinks and service! What more can one ask for!

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  38. ChristopherM

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    As a local Holdren's is my "Go To" for great steaks! I don't eat much seafood so I can't comment on those options but the red meat choices are delicious. Service is usually professional-beach-town-style, so slightly on the casual side. Staff is knowledgeable about the menu items and wine list and usually very friendly. Solid wine choices as well. Very cool old Western Saloon style bar with cool leather studded booths. I dig the ambiance. Hits a sweet spot for me where it's slightly high scale but still casual enough to wear a T-shirt and jeans.

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  39. Caviargal

    Phoenix

    61 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Ordered a large ribeye to share-it had very little seasoning and no char taste. It was also rather chewy in texture. The Mac and cheese side dish was also under seasoned and the “creamed” spinach was not creamy-it sat in a puddle of milk. Overall experience was disappointing.

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  40. DreG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great steak and service. We will be back soon, thank you!

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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 867 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 31 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
    Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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