Permanently Closed - Les Marchands

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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!
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4.7based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.6
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4.6
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RogerB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Decor is lovely and hip, but the overall restaurant experience was disappointing. The service was spotty at best, even though very friendly. While we were waiting we were asked by waitress if we would like some bread and butter, which we accepted, but realized once we received the bill there was an $8 charge. It would have been good to have been told this ahead of time. The steak was cold upon arrival, and we had to ask for steak knife and ketchup three times, before they were delivered. Shrimp and scallop dish was not flavorful.

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vipBKBK
Seattle
50 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Saturday night and too many bridal parties in town! Drowned us out completely!! Soo sad, and not really the restaurants fault but a big bite out of the event. Service was quick and hurried and I felt a tad unwelcome but guess the staff was overwhelmed. Food was good but not spectacular. Brussels sprouts were fantastic if you like sweet maple syrup. A tad overdone there. Charcuterie board was nicely appointed and the small was large enough. Would go back to try the fried chix. Looked fantastic. Portions are large shareable events!

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vipFasteddie1
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The Mgr was extremely nice and knowledgeable. Small pours on the white wine. The Brussel Sprouts were too sweet for a veggie. We will try it again.

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Ellezabella
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

First tried this place for their chef’s multi course seafood dinner. It was fantastic from service, cocktails, creative food - just amazing. Recently took my monthly food group there for what I hoped would be a real treat. Unfortunately our server seemed preoccupied- never checking on how our drinks were for starters. I ordered a dirty martini. Upon delivery, it seemed the olive juice had been left out. I had to wait at least 5 minutes before I could get her attention while friends looked on feeling guilty for enjoying their drinks. When she brought it back the second time, she didn’t wait to see if it was ok (it wasn’t) and I had to catch her attention once again delaying my ability to relax. It went on far longer than service should take at a fine restaurant like this.
Most of us ordered salads and sides to share. The arugula and pear salads were yummy, and huge. As we had asked many questions about sharing and such, we all felt it would have been helpful to know ahead of time. Our server never connected with us and I left feeling much less enthusiastic about the experience the second time around.

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vipfirsttimer
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Inventive dishes that still feel like comfort food. I didn't have a chance to do the wine tasting, so allow time for this when you visit!

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KeriS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Came here for a New Years Day Brunch, was a bit hard to find, but in a really cute, happening, location. I made a reservation for a high top table at 1pm, which seemed reasonable, and was on time, only to find that the high top tables were full. Was told that a table would be available within "10 minutes" but my husband and I noticed everyone at the hightops had just been seated. The service was incredibly slow. Sat at the bar at first (bartender was fast) but when we got to our table, we waited 15 min for our waitress to show up, and had to ask one of the busser's if we could get some water (after asking our waitress). I got a delicious egg sandwich, but my husband was disappointed in the poutin fries he ordered, they were supposed to have a runny egg on top but ours was served with a hard sunny side up egg. Maybe the services would be a bit better any day but New Years Day. Would give them another shot.

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vipGiggy
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fried chicken is on point. Great brunch menu. Nice staff. Egg & bacon sandi needs a bit more blue cheese.

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LGRF
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an outstanding New Year's Eve dinner at Les Marchands. Service was excellent, and each dish was outstanding. The octopus on a bed of greens was superb, as was the branzino. I look forward to our next visit there!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Wonderful food. We really enjoyed the fried chicken and brussels sprouts. That service left a little to be desired. We werent addresses by anyone, even for drinks, until our whole party was there. Then we had to hunt somebody down to place our order.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I really enjoy the ambience and the services, but I was a little through off about the price with the quantity and quality of the food .

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DavidD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Feast of the Seven Fishes. Outstanding!!! Served several days prior to Christmas.

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KRose
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband I and were celebrating our anniversary and Les Marchands was a perfect place to enjoy a wonderful dinner.

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OleE
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great foot and service, and nice selection of wine thought some of it is quite over-priced so you have to pick around to find a reasonable bottle. Also good location right in Funk Zone.

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vipCalgal
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Food flavorable with tasty sauces. Good choice of wines.

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vipLivingLargeinCalifornia
Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience1

It was a miserable experience due to the loud music from the beer garden next door.
The food was great, the service was great, the ambiance non-existent- terrible.

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vipBella
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SilviaE
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall3food5service1ambience3

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.

LB
vipLynnB
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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vipSantaBarbarafoodie
Jackson Hole
36 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JenniferG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSantaBarbarafoodie
Jackson Hole
36 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MartinD
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience1

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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Auvevy
San Joaquin
22 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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vippitapocket
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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vipMike
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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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LucasS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing fried chicken, excellent wine list, knowledgeable server.

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vipBirthday
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipApaolino
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Luv2wine
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch!!!

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Kathio
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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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vipwindance
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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TinaH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMike
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SM
vipSusanM
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

JP
JimP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

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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NancyW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SJ
ShannonJ
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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