Louie's California Bistro

4.6
253 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 253 people are saying
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4.6
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDrBunny
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was traveling, decided to stop for some dinner, and chose Louie’s on a whim. The crab dumplings are delicious- the cream sauce is laced with tarragon and is a lovely compliment to the crab. I also had the catch of the day (mahi) with mushroom risotto, green beans, and a saffron cream. The fish was grilled but not “bbq” flavored, which was nice with the saffron, and the risotto was perfectly creamy, but still had that al dente bite you want. Wine list is a good length as to not be overwhelming, and my server was attentive but not smothering. I’ll definitely be back when I’m in SB!

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RobinG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The porch at Louie’s was a beautiful setting for a dimmer birthday dinner! They have a small but carefully curated lust of local wines by the glass. We had fun crafting our own little tasting of roses & chardonnays.

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vipEcpiceno
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Louie’s was busy but the service was still timely and great. As usual, the food was fantastic.

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AngelaO
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an adorable romantic little place! We loved it! Wonderful food Amd kind attentive service!

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Rich
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this treasure of a Restaurant. Thank you for the quality and service.

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Bithin
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful & elegant ambiance, delicious food, excellent service…

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vipTomJ
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and service. The dog at the next table barked several times and begged food from its owners…annoying. Dogs and fine food restaurants are not a good match….they diminish the experience of other paying customers.

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MiguelQ1
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Fantastic ambience. Highly recommended for a romantic dinner. Their Cioppinno is to die for.

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LesL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice quiet place to have dinner. Service and food was spot on.

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Zima
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We totally enjoyed our experience at Louie's, from the delightful outdoor ambience to
the food and service. The staff was responsive to our needs in every way. Our wine
and food, including dessert, were delicious. Hooray for a great experience!

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DavidS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Appetizer and wine were great. Entree came which was one of the specials, Puff pastry with chicken & rice and you wouldn't know that the same chef made this who made the appetizer. Rice was under cooked, chicken was not seasoned, puff pastry on the bottom was soggy and the small triangle on top had no flavor. 4 broccoli crowns were on the plate and were cold with no seasoning. Paid $30+ for this entree and it was definitely not worth the money. Service was mediocre at best. They were very attentive when you arrive, never came and asked if we enjoyed the appetizer and didn't clear away the dirty plates until they came to serve the entree. Our waiter never came back to see if we enjoyed any part of our meal or to take the check. There are to many good restaurants in Santa Barbara to have such a mediocre meal. Definitely will not return or recommend them to any friends!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

7/22/21

As always the fish was excellent! The Pinot Noir (Cordon) an absolute favorite. Our female server was excellent!

We will continue to dine at Louies whenever in Santa Barbara!

Thank you!

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vipFoodandy
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for outside dining.

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vipCarolynG
Western NC
22 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely porch seating for a delicious meal!

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vipLorinana
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Poconos
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience, friendly staff, some excellent dishes - a nice santa barbara evening

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing meal, the ingredients were so fresh. The rack of lamb was out of this world delicious. Ceasar salad homemade dressing worth every bite.

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BlasG
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is an excellent restaurant for it's ambience and it's historical value. The service is excellent.

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Sammamish
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible neighborhood location. Best lamb in 40 years of restaurant visiting! Outstanding overall.

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GlennJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our first time to Santa Barbara. Lovely place for a birthday celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambiance was absolutely perfect and the location itself was so super cute, cozy and well-manicured. Absolutely beautiful! The service was top notch, as well! The food, we gave 3.5 out of 5 because my daughter’s noodles were a bit bland, as well as the mahi-mahi. My son had the chicken the waiter apologized and got us fresh, clean flatware. I’d love to visit again, especially b/c of the excellent service and location.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent diner on the veranda!

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JohnV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and cozzie place. Good place for a date.

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LesAndIb
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome good and service! We tried three of the desserts and all were amazing. Highly recommend this lovely restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything about our dining experience as fabulous! The lamb was especially delicious. Thank you!

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CharlesW
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely birthday dinner with my family at Louie’s. It has an old school Santa Barbara feel and the food and drinks were fantastic. We started with the dumplings and crab cakes then I had Filet Mignon. Others had salmon, linguine & Sole. Food temperature was great which is something I expect with fine dining. The only downside is I was craving a cocktail and they are beer and wine only. Totally not a reason to not go. Have a cocktail before you go! Highly recommend.

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vipVasiliki
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a neighborhood boutique hotel. The rack of lamb special was plentiful and good. Seemed that regulars frequent.

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ACWB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite table allowed quiet conversation in despite a busy dining room. We're so happy they're open again, and hope that they will expand their hours to include weekday lunches again.

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Debbie
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father's Day Brunch. Lovely atmosphere on the porch with white tablecloths, good selection (not huge, but good variety) of brunch (mostly breakfast) options, and great service. Highly recommend!

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vipToddY
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was lovely. Her name is Katie.

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SamR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious food in a lovely and historic setting.

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CarolN
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good service and outstanding food. Outside dining is great.

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vipLingLing
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the wine selection, service and food are top notch. Such a hidden jem. We Will be back.

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IrmaC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
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 on June 11, 2021
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
105 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
71 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.

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 253 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.