Louie's California Bistro

4.6
281 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 281 people are saying
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Rudyq
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 a day ago
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 a day ago
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 4 days ago
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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OpenTable Diner
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
30 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
60 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
9 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

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catnet4
Central Coast
16 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal in a lovely restaurant! Delicious meatloaf, and the sesame crusted salmon’s wahsabi sauce had real horseradish., delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute historical hotel in an adorable home like upscale atmosphere. Very relaxing.

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WilliamS
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated immediately. Pleasant server/waitress. Timely but not rushed presentation of food. Good but not outstanding main course but salad excellent. Excellent value. Will definitely continue to patronize this restaurant.

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bfs208
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful, wonderful experience.

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vipDrBunny
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
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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vipRobinG
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
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
23 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
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 on July 30, 2021
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 on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Bithin
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful & elegant ambiance, delicious food, excellent service…

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vipTomJ
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
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
16 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LesL
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
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
58 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!

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 281 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.