Louie's California Bistro

4.5
220 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Classic California Cuisine in the Historical Upham Hotel

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 220 people are saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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IrmaC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Louie's Bistro and the food and service were great. Our waitress was attentive, friendly and had a great sense of humor. The surroundings are beautiful. We sat on the patio and the weather was perfect.

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tmorris
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, somewhat cold in restaurant. Asked them to close the door to the outside but they wouldn’t 😞!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Server was inexperienced but pleasant.

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vipCaptainCuisine
Los Angeles
103 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I almost hate to write a great review about this place as it is really a “local” winner and I would like to keep it that way.
However, as it is a bit off the main drag, in a quiet neighborhood area, it will probably remain undiscovered, for awhile at least.
EVERYTHING these people do is done well. The menu is basic, yet with numerous special items like the Crab Meat Dumplings with Artichoke hearts or the “just like mom used to make” Meat Loaf with freshly smashed potatoes and crisply cooked carrots and squash, plus the incredible house Bananas Flambé, well, you get the idea. Reserve early as last night (Tuesday) they were full, inside and out by 6:30.

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vipdiningout
Charlotte
68 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming spot with a nice menu & experienced wait people.

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dthorpe
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very, very good food that is fairly priced. Attentive but not cloying service. Very happy atmosphere. Quiet enough to have a conversation but not staid. Highly recommended.

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vipddgallo
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great service. Wonderful atmosphere.

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JennaV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A great place for a nice and beautiful dinner. Definitely recommend for a celebratory evening :)

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JeffreyA
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprisingly pleasant and wonderful place. Food is great 😊

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KristenM
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic all around...service, food, ambiance. Great romantic spot!

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RitaT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

great service, great food, nice place! Love love the hotel attached too!

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vipPhilM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Exceptional service and setting. Very nice family dinner!

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vipmegb
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We have loved Louie's and been dining there for years. I do not know what happened this time, but it was horrid. The service was awful. My husband told the manager before we left, and he seemed not to care at all. We will be reluctant to return.

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PatM
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great!
Service excellent!
It was wonderful being there to celebrate my birthday in the familiar surroundings.

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RobertaV
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This was our 3rd time visiting Louie’s Bistro and the service and food have been great every time. My husband couldn’t stop talking about the mushroom risotto. Absolutely delicious!!

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terrel
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service, food, and location.
Please eat here.

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DMac
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful old charm restaurant with yummy food and drinks.

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BillC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Go to Louise's for a special treat and they never dissapoint.

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BuddC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy going to Louie's .. great food and service!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls Trip! Special Birthday Dinner!

The food was delicious, the setting was beautiful, the service was great. However, the ambience is very, very quiet we felt a bit out of place since we were a bit of a louder group.

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vipDonC
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only went there because it was close to where we were staying, and was very pleasantly surprised. Crab dumplings to die for! Cozy little place with great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We had a nice intimate dinner. Food was good and the service was great!! Very nice and quiet place.

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Olga
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, impeccable service, great ambiance. You can't go wrong with Louie's!

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vipDVisitor
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I used to love Louie's, but this week's dinner was a disappointment. Although the server was friendly and efficient, the host was cold. The filet tip appetizer was gristly and tough with little flavor. The crab dumplings were ok, but nothing special. The seabass was overcooked and flavorless, although the accompanying risotto wasn't bad. The bananas Louie dessert tasted like supermarket freezer puff pastry with hardly any bananas--this used to be my favorite, but this time I took one bite and shoved it aside. Way overpriced for a subpar meal.

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JudithB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to go for a wonderful meal in a quiet, comfortable atmosphere. It’s where I always take out-of-towners who aren’t interested in typical tourist restaurants.

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patF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We didn't know that Sunday was for Brunch only which mostly included egg dishes. The server asks those in the kitchen if there could be one dish not on the menu. They said "no."
The food was not great, so different from what we have experienced before. Sorry.

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vipKelley
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really a hidden Gem - Selfishly, we would hope for it to stay that way.

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JS44
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, swift service. Love how quiet it is and that they play mellow, instrumental music.

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ShirleyR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Louie's has always been a sure bet for very good food and service. Maybe it's a result of the year of being opened and closed so often, but I did not have the usual experience as in the past. Food was expensive and average.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible experience...

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MS2021
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

GREAT food. We were seated at a table with no lighting which made it very difficult to order and eat. No suggestions given or offered so it was disappointing.

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vivianl
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

They seemed to be seriuolsy understaffd, which hopefully lead to the poor service. The food was decent, but not great; overall not a place I'd recommend.

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vipFoodie
Denver
75 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely fantastic especially the filet of Sole dish. The service sort of faded after we were offered & accepted the dessert menu. But all in all, we would go back again in a heart beat.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Wish they had a full bar

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RachaelB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Louie’s was great. My sister, mother and her boyfriend and I were on a central CA coast road trip for a week (I’m from San Francisco) and this was the best meal we had a the whole time! We love old historic houses (and ghost stories) so the location was great. The salads were beautiful and tasty with perfect ratios, the entrees all tasted great (maybe needed a bit of salt), and the desserts were amazing. The banana dessert in particular was soooo yummy!! The only thing we didn’t love was the crab appetizer. It was creative, but the flavors were a little weird together. But overall great service and value. We will definitely be coming back if we’re in Santa Barbara again.

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vipCaptainCuisine
Los Angeles
103 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This continues to be one of the most consistently good restaurants in SB. A little hard to find as it is 2 blocks away from State Street and at the upper end of dining spots; but it is a favorite of many locals who don't enjoy people watching and in you face interaction. Wonderful menu and warm, personal service make this our favorite go to destination in SB.

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Jsnewsman
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Eating here is always a delightful experience, though we skipped dessert because of the loud and flirty drunken hotel guest who came into the restaurant to strike up a conversation with the maitre d. We’d expect that type of ambiance at Joe’s, just not here.

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vipChef310
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was lovely. Grilled meatloaf interesting but pretty dry. Will be back bc all else was perfect!

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vipEdie
Central Coast
82 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a lovely Easter Brunch. We ordered the Crab and shrimp Benedict, excellent, the omelet and American Breakfast. All was very tasty. We were surprised that at a12:30 reservation that there wasn’t anything in the way of a lunch item added to the menu. It was all breakfast items. Other than that, the service was extremely slow. Yet everyone was very personable. We will definitely return keeping in mind that it will be a very leisurely time.

FAQs

Louie's California Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 963-7003.

Louie's California Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 220 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.