Louie's California Bistro
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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.
Food was delicious, somewhat cold in restaurant. Asked them to close the door to the outside but they wouldn’t 😞!
Good food. Server was inexperienced but pleasant.
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.
Charming spot with a nice menu & experienced wait people.
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.
Excellent food. Great service. Wonderful atmosphere.
A great place for a nice and beautiful dinner. Definitely recommend for a celebratory evening :)
Surprisingly pleasant and wonderful place. Food is great 😊
Fantastic all around...service, food, ambiance. Great romantic spot!
great service, great food, nice place! Love love the hotel attached too!
Exceptional service and setting. Very nice family dinner!
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.
Food was great!
It was wonderful being there to celebrate my birthday in the familiar surroundings.
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!!
Awesome service, food, and location.
Please eat here.
Wonderful old charm restaurant with yummy food and drinks.
Always Go to Louise's for a special treat and they never dissapoint.
Always enjoy going to Louie's .. great food and service!!!
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.
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.
We had a nice intimate dinner. Food was good and the service was great!! Very nice and quiet place.
Outstanding food, impeccable service, great ambiance. You can't go wrong with Louie's!
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.
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.
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.
Really a hidden Gem - Selfishly, we would hope for it to stay that way.
Wonderful, swift service. Love how quiet it is and that they play mellow, instrumental music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wish they had a full bar
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.
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.
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.
Everything was lovely. Grilled meatloaf interesting but pretty dry. Will be back bc all else was perfect!
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.
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.