Les Marchands

4.8
127 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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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Neighborhood
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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
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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We were greeted at the door and the host called us by name and seating us and making us feel special. The food was delicious-I look forward to a menu with a few more items, maybe a chicken or fish in appetizer size. Our brunch was delightful and I recommend it highly. We went for brunch and will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

We were in town for the night and chose this place for the menu and the wine.

We were not disappointed- it was brilliant. They had a Blues nite and we were seated next to the band. It was loud and conversation was difficult so we ended up just chilling out and enjoying the music - which was perfect.

The food was unreservedly given 2 thumbs up. From the opening cheese board, to the lamb meatballs and the tagliatelle to the dessert. Everything tasted vibrant and fresh and the accompanying Provence wines were really good.

We will be back Les Marchands!!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

This is an excellent restaurant. The patio on a warm evening is intoxicating. The food is excellent and there were a lot of choices for vegetarians like myself. The wait staff was friendly and never let us want for everything. Might be the best bartenders in the city. My favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The wait staff was gracious and attentive. The food delicious and beautifully prepared .

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Always good. Sometimes very busy and can be a little loud but still fun. It was quiet on this occasion and the service was a little lax as a result, always enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food, service, atmosphere amazing. Never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

This may be be my favorite restaurant in SB. The food is the freshest and most creative without being fussy. The vibe is local and friendly but staff is professional and knowledgeable of their great wine list. However don’t miss their craft cocktails as they are also excellent. Just love love love this place! I hesitate writing a review for fear too many people may get wind of this gem.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is our second Mother’s Day at Les Merchands. The service was polite and friendly. We enjoyed our food.
The table was terrible. I was very frustrated that they would seat us on top of the waiter station. One of our guests was constantly being bumped into and they were opening drawers into his back and his chair. We felt like the waitstaff was on top of us. It was disappointing and distracting .

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Excellent food, service and ambiance. We loved it!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great ambience, very good good, wine list and service outstanding.

Both casual and elegant!

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We had a family diner here on a Saturday night, including 2 kids and a grandparent. It took us a while to figure out the menu, the staff was kind enough to explain it to us. There was not much choice for our 4 year old but he absolutely loved their fries and our 9 year old said it was the best burger he ever had. The avocado toast was superb and the lamb meatballs were delicious and plenty! We were sitting outside so we could clearly hear the live band playing next door. I didn’t mind but for my elderly mother it was a bit much, just something to keep in mind for those who are sensitive to noise. Overall a great experience.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Everything was delicious! We tried the biscuit with housemade strawberry jam, followed by avocado toast and chicken with waffle and washed it all down with a little Bliss and Bloody Mary. Very fresh food and super flavorful!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Here for brunch with a friend with major allergies & the whole staff made sure she got what she wanted. They were kind & very accommodating. Strongly recommend!

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Les M. has long been my go-to restaurant for a quick dinner with my husband or an early dinner and wine with friends. But this visit something had changed. The food was only passable, the staff was completely different (and acted uncertain), and even the wine shop seemed disorganized. A major upheaval of some kind and not for the better?

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food was overpriced and there were not a lot of gluten free options. We had the charcuterie plate which was good and I had a GF burger with no bun and fries. They had no fish on the menu which was odd. Our waiter was very nice and attentive.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Had another awesome experience at Les Marchands- a favorite for great wine selection and delicious food—great service from people who know wine and food, fun indoor/outdoor environment!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent server especially knowledgeable about the wine list. Food was very good and creative. Well return soon.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The menu is delicious and now geared for a proper dinner. Service was very good — our cocktails were a bit slow to come. The front of the house person was aware of this, and gave us a pour of sparkling wine. Liked how he was paying attention. Very pleased with service, food and ambience — will be returning to dine again soon.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Very pleasant. The menu needs explaining, but the waiter was good at that. I was at the counter, and the barman was very helpful.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Les Marchands is the best restaurant in Santa Barbara for Sunday brunch. Consistently delicious food and wine. Friendly and knowledgeable staff that deliver exceptional service. Truly a neighborhood gem.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Seated at table that was tucked next to service station so all wait staff are gathering and getting table settings literally on top of our backs. You also get to hear all staff conversations and complaints during our brunch. The food was only so-so and many of the entrees were surprizingly oily. Overall not what I was expecting based on reviews. On the positive side out server was attentive and was the best part of our experience.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Amazing food , service and trendy spot

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The food is creative and wonderful and the atmosphere was warm and charming on a rainy night. The fried chicken was wonderful

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We had a great afternoon surprising our girlfriend for her birthday!

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food and excellent wine selection. Really enjoyable patio seating, great for a date!

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