Les Marchands

4.6
152 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Les Marchands is a European-styled restaurant and retail wine shop featuring outstanding wines from Santa Barbara County and throughout the world led by a world-class team of certified sommeliers offering an extensive wine list from the finest small producers. A full bar of handcrafted artisan spirits complements the wine program with classic stirred cocktails made in the old-school traditional way. Les Marchands' menu showcases seasonally inspired food for a dinner nightly, weekend brunch, or snack on a full selection of cheese and charcuterie beginning at 3pm. Join us for a bite to eat, a great glass of wine, a classic cocktail or artisanal beer in our romantic bar or sunny outdoor patio. Or, simply stop in to pick up your favorite bottle to stock your cellar!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Californian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Retail Shop Open Daily: 11am

Dining Daily:
Monday through Thursday:
3pm to 9pm

Friday:
3pm to 10pm

Saturday:
11am to 10pm

Sunday:
11am to 9pm

Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11am to 3pm
Le Gouter Daily: 3pm-5pm (cheese/charcuterie)
Dinner Daily: 5pm
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Phone number
(805) 284-0380
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Weston Richards
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Parking details
Street Parking is available for brunch and valet service for dinner.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 152 People Are Saying
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Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional in every way! Food, cocktails, ambiance, service (Isabelle was our server) was outstanding!

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SE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has become my favorite spot for brunch. The waffles are the best I ever had in my entire life.
The service is superb! This place makes you feel like you are at your best friend’s backyard for a Sunday brunch.

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OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was wonderful! We were really pleasantly surprised. And of course the wine list is wonderful. It was a shame the service fell considerably short. They will taste your wine here, and not even the wine director, but your server. Without consulting us they proceeded to decant our wine (which we definitely did not want them to do) and put the wine behind the bar on ice (which we definitely did not want them to do). We finally had to ask to have our wine, which only then do they taste you on. Which seems redundant seeing as they’ve already drank it. Our food unfortunately came out wrong, share plates we had ordered with dinner came out as entrees. Disappointing, especially with an expensive bottle and food that deserves better representation.

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LB
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It had been a while since we had been back. Pleased to find that my favorite go-to place was in top form. Service was flawless. Food was very good. We will be back more often.

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SB
Jackson Hole
34 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner in the Funk Zone. Intimate inside and out, excellent wine list, inventive menu.

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JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent spot! Wine was great and recommendations from the server aere spot on!

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SB
Jackson Hole
35 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Les Marchands. Great to eat outside or inside. Excellent wine list, delicious creative food, terrific service. The Lark (next door) gets all the hype, but Les Marchands is our favorite!

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MD
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Strange place! The menu is extremely odd and does not work well for a wine bar type establishment. The choices are strange because of the mix of ingredients and they just do not go well together!
As a well travelled European this place lacks something and because of that, the menu is trying far too hard to be different and as a result is confused and lacks cohesion.
I do not recommend this place at all it’s neither special or memorable.

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A
San Joaquin
19 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service. We've only had brunch here and the food is consistently good.

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p
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We wound up at Les Marchands by chance after another dinner plan imploded and we so thoroughly enjoyed our visit. What a delightful find. Our server was so helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. Everything came out of the kitchen looking a tasting divine. The Brussels sprouts were a hit as were the marinated mushrooms. The drinks were excellent and creative, the wines superb. We'll certainly be going back.

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OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very pricey. Food is certainly good and well prepared and presented nicely but not really out of this world. Wine is outrageously expensive. Cheese and charcuterie plate was quite good. Bread was bland and boring. Very beautiful spot. Billy Baldwin was at the bar reading his phone all night.

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LS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing fried chicken, excellent wine list, knowledgeable server.

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B
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience as always. My friend and I had the shakshuka, which is delicious. We only had coffee this time, but they have an excellent wine selection. I don't think I've tried the cocktails yet, but they sound good, and include a selection of original recipe historic drinks. The patio was perfect for quiet conversation.

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Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Les Marchands - it has it all - delicious, creative food, ambiance and fun! I especially like that you can share plates because it is hard to choose just one.

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L
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Our first time at Les Marchands (though we had heard good things about it in the paper and from other friends.) We enjoyed a lovely table out on the patio and were unexpectedly treated to an impromptu short set of music by Kenny Loggins (who lives in SB and sometimes does these things.) The food was uniformly delicious from the get-go: a bowl of the most wonderful Castelvetrano olives in a spicy/garlicky oil and a charcuterie platter that we all shared that was plentiful and with just the right combinations of sweet, savory, and salty notes. The skirt steak was cooked perfectly mid-rare and came enveloped in a slightly sweet, mostly savory/flavorful sauce. Wine was a little pricey, even for SB, but otherwise it was a hit. We'll be back! On a night with no live music, it would be a moderate noise level or even quiet, probably, but the music (and the music maker) made it an energetic evening.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing brunch!!!

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K
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have eaten at Les Marchands a few times now and it has quickly become our favorite place for brunch in SB. Amazing biscuits & waffle BLT! My only wish was that there was a bit more seating on patio for those of us that dine with our puppies.

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w
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Les Marchands is an outstanding gem set in the middle of the funk zone. The food is creative and delicious. DIshes are not overdone and reliable. One of our new favorite restaurants!!!!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great find! We were looking for something different with lighter fare and found le marchands within walking distance from our hotel. The arugula salad was a very memorable dish, as were the squash blossoms.

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TH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and brother-in-law really enjoyed this place when we took them this past Sunday. Would recommend it!

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OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch but overpriced. Biscuits were delicious and Pimms Cup was tasty.

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SM
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We hadn't been back to Les Marchands in years, and what an elevation in the eating experience has happened in those intervening years. The setting outside is lovely on a beautiful Santa Barbara evening, but it was outshone by the food and drink. Wise and tasty selections on the wine menu enhanced our choices for dinner, which were: zucchini flowers stuffed with housemade Boursin (unbelievably delish!), an olive and cheese nibbler (the best olives ever!), and the lamb meatballs (perfectly spiced!). Please don't think the inclusion of exclamation points are the result of immature exaggeration. The food here deserves each and every one. Though I did think the meatballs were a little dense and prefer my lamb (like my hamburgers) with a higher fat count for both moisture and tenderness. But nothing could diminish the gustatory high from the sauce. Our wait person was personable and responsive as we shared our love of tapas in northern Spain. The only problem I foresee with Les Marchands is returning and not ordering exactly we had in this meal.

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JP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was very good and inventive, although the menu is fairly limited. Service was friendly but very slow. Biggest negative: a 4 ounce poor of Rose from a $24 (retail) bottle was $18.

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NW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stylish and fun vibe with fab food and wine...

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SJ
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bruna was amazing! Chef Weston does a beautiful job! Everything on the menu is delicious. So tasty!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! We ordered many small plates and drinks and did not get a main.

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MA
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited on Opening Night and expected it to be good, but maybe a bit chaotic. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the service and general attention to detail was outstanding.

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AB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A quietly refined dining space in the middle of the Funk Zone in Santa Barbara. Interesting flavor combinations and friendly, efficient service. Outdoor dining option!

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DB
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was good. Server was not friendly. Very closely spaced tables. Hope your sitting next to nice people as you little choice but to interact with them.

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T
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great outdoor dining with a nice wine list. The food was outstanding! Will definitely come back

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KU
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered had amazing flavor combinations. Well executed dishes and the service was excellent.

We sat on the patio and the tables are very close together. So just be aware you'll hear your neighbors conversations. I didn't mind it though.

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GW
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, service and drinks. Only issue was that it was a little loud and tight.

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BS
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is over the top great and the fried chicken; worth the splurge! Great cocktails, nice patio dining

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a
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great wines from which to choose, and quiet enough to have a conversation with friends--GREAT spot!

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent surprise. We booked there by chance and discovered a (literally) hidden gem. The food is simple yet imaginative and very well prepared. Perfect for a casual meal.

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DS
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Les Marchands was fantastic! The restaurant was absolutely beautiful and the food was delicious. My husband ordered the chicken and waffles and it was so delicious! I originally ordered the shakshuka but didn’t like it. They offered me something else, no questions asked, and I chose the avocado toast. It was so light, bright and beautifully presented. What a delicious and wonderful experience!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really outstanding service - all the food was great but Matt our waiter was a new gold standard for service

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K
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We literally could not stop eating the biscuit with homemade butter and raspberry preserves. The rest of our brunch was also very tasty (we both had egg dishes). Our server was amazing...friendly & attentive. My only very minor critique is that they need a bit more patio space, as we felt like we were seated on top of our neighbors at the next table (made meal less enjoyable having to listen to the motormouth guy next to us).

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MC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Planned a day trip to Santa Barbara and searched the internet to pick a restaurant for dinner. I read so many great reviews about the Les Marchands, and was happy to know that the it lived up to our excitement and expectations! We made reservations for 5pm dinner right before the dinner crowd rush. After a day of wine tasting in the Funk Zone, we were ready to have a good meal. But everything we ate and drank surpassed "good" and was excellent! We started off with the light and refreshing Strawberry + Arugula salad with mint Pesto and Ricotta. My husband had the Moroccan Spice Lamb Meatballs which was accompanied with thick slices of toasted bread to soak up all the juice and flavors. And I had the Skirt Steak which came with fries and a salad as well. I'm so picky about meat and steak, but it was perfectly cooked at medium-well and spiced with some kind of light Chimichurri sauce. Loved everything and will take my friends with me next time!

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JW
Palm Springs
65 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for someplace new on our Annual Santa Barbara weekend, and read some OT reviews of Les Marchand; then decided to give it a try... After walking through the Lark out front, we finally found this gem (didn’t know you should take the back alley way), and were very pleasantly surprised how great it was all the way around. We will definitely be back to enjoy the great food and service again; and will probably bring our dog next time!

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