Louie's California Bistro

4.6
297 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Classic California Cuisine in the Historical Upham Hotel

Experiences

  • Thanksgiving at Louie's

    $65.00 per person

    Nov 25, 2021 only

    Celebrate Thanksgiving at Louie's We will be serving a pre-fixe menu for $65 per person. Menu: |Mixed Greens with Fresh Herb Vinaigrette| or |White Bean Soup with Tomatillo| |Roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Gravy, Cranberry Relish and Garlic Chive Mashed Potatoes| or |Fresh Salmon with a Lemon Mustard and Caper Beurre Blanc and Saffron Rice| Pumpkin Cheesecake with Cinnamon Whipped Cream served with Coffee or Tea|

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 297 people are saying
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vipMarvelousmarv
Central Coast
64 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food , service and presentation. The outdoor setting was very pleasant. Bravo.

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UnaS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Louie's food was amazing, as was the staff and ambience. We will definitely be back!

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marciax3
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Louis is located in the Upham Hotel and Cottages where we were staying. Not wanting to have to go any distance for dinner, we decided to try Louis. So happy we did! Waitperson was prompt, attentive and had a good sense of humor! Service was great, food arrived quickly and was delicious from Entrees to Dessert!
Nice atmosphere, we were able to enjoy a leisurely meal without the feeling of being rushed. Louis is definitely on our list of favorites in the area!

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FredK
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely to sit outside.
Wonderful staff
Great ambiance

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vipSilvie
Orange County
66 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stayed at the Upham Hotel and had brunch here. It was perfect. We were seated on the porch on a beautiful Sunday morning. The ambiance was perfect; sunny nit too hot, the birds chirping, a calm, cool vine. The service was excellent, one is truly made to feel special. The food was wonderful. I ordered the crab and shrimp Benedict plate. My hubby ordered French Toast with a side of egg and a side of sausages. We ordered coffee, a latte, and mimosas. It was the perfect ending to our weekend getaway. We will definitely return in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance, and service!

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SheriS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This restaurant was very good but not great. Prices are reasonable, our server, Walter, was great!
If I had one complaint it would be their menu description. What the menu describes and what you get might be different.

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ChrisD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time here. God is outstanding but they need more servers.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fun, very busy, delicious food, uneven service(but that’s been a covid thing in every restaurant, and they comped some items due to an incorrect order).

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for a wedding. We stayed at the Upham Hotel and had dinner with friends here. Great experience, service and food was delicious. Highly recommend.

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Pamela
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

There is a lot of charming, vintage ambience at Louie's. We sat comfortably on the veranda and enjoyed some good wines. I gave this review 3 out of 5 stars because the meal, while good, was not great. It could have been better and we expected it to be at this restaurant and price point. We had the rack of lamb (good sauce/marinade; the lamb not quite as tender as others I've had). The accompanying curry mashed potatoes were okay but didn't quite deliver the wow factor - and the curry/potato flavor combo seemed "off". The low point was the underdone carrots grouped with other veggies. Crispy is good, nearly raw lost points. A highlight: a fun chat with the manager after dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I eat at Louie’s pretty often and the food is always 5 stars. I ordered the spaghetti and meatballs, very disappointing. Not up to the Louie’s usual perfection.

Service was outstanding, very warm and welcoming as always.

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SallyM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit and we were thrilled. The food was outstanding and our server was great. A truly lovely time. We will go back!

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SusanF
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking forward to our next time dining at Louie’s.

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Courtney
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've dining at Louie's for a number of years, for lunch and for dinner. Last night's dinner was one of the best ever. Two of us had the salmon special, and I had the swordfish. Everything was prepared and presented beautifully. Our server, Graham, was attentive without being intrusive; the manager, Shawn, checked in with us several times.

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marilynb
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We had fresh caught fish that was over cooked and the veggies were quite underdone..actually tough and hard to cut and chew. Dessert and wine up to expectations!

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Rudyq
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place. Set in a hotel from the 1800’s it’s sooo charming. Food was fabulous. Beer and wine only.

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DaleV
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday and the server Walter brought a birthday dessert, nice touch and much appreciated.

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WilliamY
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was to celebrate a birthday and The service and meal was outstanding.
I would return for another special occasion.
Bill Young

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BobF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Great service. Nice space that has both great indoor and outdoor/porch space.

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JoJoG
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Relaxing Ambiance, clean and neat restaurant, attentive waitstaff, good quality food, good size food portions.

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KatieS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wine in a relaxed, classy environment. We only sit outside and love the porch and the homey feel.

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LoriB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out server Gerie was outstanding. The food fantastic. The ambiance sublime. Thank you for a great experience.
Love, The Bee Girls from San Diego

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Josef
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How a great time

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MariaK
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful wrap around porch affords choices for sitting outside. The Santa Barbara weather was mild and pleasant for a well paced dinner. The host and server were thoughtful, attentive and knew their menu inside and out. Enjoyable evening.

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vipeatsoutalot
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food, which used to be wonderful, has deteriorated. Chef really doesn't understand tastes. Salad dressing was boring; chicken piccata was Stouffers quality. Sad, have probably enjoyed a couple of hundred meals here over the last twenty years. But we'll wait for another change in the kitchen before returning.
Food is ordinary but service is good and ambiance is lovely indoors or out.

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KarenM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

I had a reservation for 4 at 6 pm on a quiet Wednesday! I called the evening of the reservation around 4 pm and mentioned that here were 2 special birthdays in the 4 guests! I was told yes , no problem that they would be aware and take care of it! The knew who I was upon arrival and as evening drew to desert, no candles, and no opportunity to embarrass my guests by asking and when my bill arrived , sure enough, I was charged for deserts , no mention whatsoever!
Food was mediocre! Was actually looking forward to our experience, but won’t be going back! Inexcusable!!

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catnet4
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and pleasant service! Very attractive restaurant!

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vipShelleyK
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, delicious food and warm, wonderful service.

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KathleenO
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The food and service were good, but the party of 8 next to us was so loud we couldn’t even hear each other.

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vipFoodandy
Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the top 5 restaurants in the area. Consistently good food, great location and excellent service.

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vipSBPinotFan
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

OK, I confess to feeling conflicted. Selfishly this is one of my favorite restaurants in town and we have been eating there for decades. I don't mind having easy access to it. However, the owners deserve the positive publicity and they have earned it. The porch creates a unique, almost Southern ambiance. It is laid back and unpretentious. The menu is not broad but, they are good at everything they make available including fresh salads, pasta and especially fish. Six of us ate there last night and everyone ordered the special that was swordfish over risotto and green beans. Everything was so good.

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HeatherT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming with great service. Love the the dumplings.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute restaurant! The food was delicious and the staff was excellent.

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weeshe
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the menu is tightly focused everything that comes out of the kitchen does so with great care and artistry. My husband had the cioppino and I had the catch of the day which was swordfish both prepared excellently. This is a hidden gem on a quiet street in a wonderful hotel B&B. I would encourage everybody to try Louise. Don’t forget desert!!

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Julie
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was very pleasant. Graham was our server, very kind & efficent.

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vipStevenG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Very nice except service was blase, inattentive. Went way offtrack at desert service. Overall uncaring, unfocused, not warm or inviting.

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spraygville
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, which is hard to find now-a-days.

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TylerC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

The server Graham was amazing!! The food was terrible. The portion sizes were tiny. The food was cold, and we were the only ones there. The prices were expensive. We walked in to the owner on speaker phone arguing with someone. He sat us at our table and went back and continued to argue… so, good luck. We will probably never go here again. But if you go, hopefully Graham will be there. He was a kind and fun and joked around with us!!

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VembraH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely space at the Upham Hotel. Staff was excellence. Large portions . Delicious! Highly recommend

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 4.6 stars by 297 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.