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About Permanently Closed - Oveja Blanca

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Please make your reservations through The Black Sheep.

URL: https://www.opentable.com/the-black-sheep-santa-barbara

30 E. Ortega St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Latin American, Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Permanently Closed

Cross Street:
Anacapa Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 963-1012

Website:
http://www.theblacksheepsb.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking is available, or via the City Lot on Anacapa and Ortega (unfortunately we cannot validate, 75 minutes are free of charge).

Executive Chef:
Robert Perez

Private Party Facilities:
*Enjoy separate semi private dinning with 6 to 20 guest at Oveja Blanca Restaurante, where guests receive a quality dining experience.
*We offer warm, inviting service in a wonderful ambiance
*We procure the freshest ingredients at all times, and go organic whenever possible.
*For all parties of ten or more guests, the Special Event Dinner Menu is provided. A streamlined version of our dinner menu is designed to provide a restaurant-quality experience. To that end, guests do not have to “pre-order” their meal, but rather are presented with a personalized menu from which to order, with choices indicated. Please understand dishes and ingredients change.
*As a smaller, intimate restaurant a group reservation represents a substantial part of our seating. For this reason, a credit card hold is required for parties of ten or more.

Private Party Contact:
Oveja Blanca Restaurante: (805) 963-1012

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact restaurant directly for special events. Contact person is Ruben Perez

Oveja Blanca - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

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Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (62)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Special Occasion (30)
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Good for Groups (25)
Romantic (24)
Tapas (22)
Notable Wine List (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Local Ingredients (13)
Good for a Date (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Hot Spot (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Casual (6)
Authentic (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Cozy (4)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Organic (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 26, 2017

The service on our visit was mixed up and just plan weird. Our server (female) seemed confused, flakey and a bit eccentric--but not in a good way. We chose a wine, which happened to be from Mexico & her comments about the wine being "interesting" made us question our choice. She queried the chef who recommended a Kunin wine . After a period of time waiting for our wine to be delivered , our server appeared asking--again--if she could get us something to drink. We reminded her about the recommended Kunin. Since she felt the wine should "breath" she said she was giving us a "soft poor", however we each received a full pour of wine. The quality of the food was good, however the rest of our dining experience was puzzling and somewhat comical.

Tags: Tapas
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food4
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service1
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Beer was warm, mixed cocktails not that great! Food and service amazing!

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food5
ambience5
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Been there several times. Love it and will go back for sure.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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food5
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 21, 2017

I finally had the opportunity to dine at Oveja Blanca, and I'm already looking forward to coming back. Both my dining partner and I found everything we ordered to be perfectly prepared, with bright, unique flavors. The octopus carpaccio was my favorite hit of the evening, but there were no misses. Service was attentive and friendly, and the atmosphere was upscale without being stuffy.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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food5
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 15, 2017

This restaurant takes an extremely creative approach to Latin fusion cuisine.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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food5
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service4
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Great service and interesting food; will go back again

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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service5
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Innovative, clever menu with outstanding presentation

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food5
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service5
value4

vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Always great to see chef Robert and enjoy his creations. We'll be back....

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food5
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service5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

We loved the service and the food. The steak and pork tacos are excellent, the yellowtail perfectly prepared and the rice pudding super natural. Great selection of wines by the glass. We will be back to try the nachos, octopus, and tuna.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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food5
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Decided to visit on Valentines Night for the $55/person, three course dinner. Upon arriving we were immediately greeted by our server and promptly seated. We chose the bruschetta, as well as the burrata for our appetizers. Both were great, but the bone marrow bruschetta was to DIE for! I wish I had 20 more orders of it since there were only two pieces, but I'll take what I can get.

Our main courses consisted of the scallops, and the risotto. Both were equally amazing. Could not decide which I loved more.

Can't believe it's our first time visiting but it's definitely on our favorites list.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Special Occasion, Organic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Authentic, Seasonal
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food5
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service5
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Waiter brought wrong dish..... and a mor expensive at that.... extra glass of wine on bill that we didn't order.... all in all an ok experience .... food pretty good

Tags: Tapas
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food3
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Yummy unusual cuisine. Love the creativity of the menu. Great wine selections.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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food5
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service4
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Wonderful experience! Quaint yet elegant atmosphere. Food was delectable. As vegetarians, we had delicious, quality food. Nachos were to DIE for — we could have ordered several more plates of them. Avocado salad was so refreshing — we savored each piece of greens! Veggie tacos were hearty and fresh. Everything was tasteful and presented artfully. Service was on point — from always getting what we needed to being very pleasant and helpful. All of the staff was lovely. Great ambiance for any occasion Santa Barbara style. You don't want to miss Oveja!

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food5
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Everything was amazing!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2016

One of my favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara. Small menu but everything is great. I am a vegetarian and there are enough wonderful items (my favorite--the purple potato tacos) to enjoy the meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Authentic
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food4
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service5
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 4, 2016

Great food, beautifully presented. Attentive service.

Tags: Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Been here 2x - and will go back. Food, service , location excellent. My only comment would be that I fend the prices a bit high for the portion sizes.

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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2016

We had been to Oveja once before this visit and had a great experience, but this time it was pretty disappointing. We're SB locals, and was just looking for a nice casual Friday night dinner. First off, Tim our server was great so our disappointment didn't have to do with service. One of our apps was the salmon tostada and the tortilla was stale, the Bocal was cold, and tortillas also stale again for the steak tacos and pork bell tacos. I will admit that they were very apologetic, but this was also after our second courses took almost an hour to arrive. There was a larger party and we felt a little forgotten. All in all, I think with Black Sheep and Oveja sharing the same kitchen our table just fell through the cracks this time. Hope it's better next time!

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food2
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 21, 2016

Great food....creative & delicious! We sat outside which could've been very enjoyable except for the fact that the numerous waitstaff used this patio to carry food to their adjoining restaurant (Black Sheep). It felt like we were dining in the middle of the 101 during RUSH HOUR!!! Not much for a relaxed dinner.

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food5
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 21, 2016

Creative Latin cuisine. Delicious tapas, great for sharing. Make sure you save room for desserts. A must try when you visit Santa Barbara.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 17, 2016

If you are really in to flavors you must eat here. Delicious combinations of ingredients make it a delightful gastronomic experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Unique Latin American food, well presented. Excellent service but food was slow coming out of the kitchen. Apparently the share a kitchen with the next door restaurant and they haven't ironed out the kinks.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 8, 2016

Truly enjoyable evening: great service and tasty food!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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vip
 (London)·Dined on August 21, 2016

Spectacular Latin fusion food in a relaxed but professional atmosphere.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 20, 2016

I was very much looking forward to dining here at Oveja Blanca as their website indicated that they served dishes that are a bit difficult to find here in Santa Barbara. For the first part of the evening we had wine and beer along with appetizers at the neighboring Black Sheep. Here we had Wild Boar Ribs and Roasted Bone Marrow along with our wine and beer. The staff was just great. We then moved over to the Oveja side of the establishment to enjoy our dinners. As our starters we had another portion of Roasted Marrow and added Octopus Carpaccio and Little Gem (Burrata, pigs ear, green mole). The four of us then moved on to larger plates including the Braised Rabbit, beef cheeks, seared Yellowtail and one of the specials for the evening. Two nice red wines from Spain then Argentina and we all left happy.

Like the Black Sheep side, our service was great, the staff throughout the restaurant were attentive without being overly visible. Chefs, owners and servers all stopped by to chat and make sure we had a great experience. Service combined with great food leads to a great overall experience. We will certainly return.

Most surprising about this place was the fact that it was not nearly as busy for a Saturday night as it should be given the quality of the experience and food. We have many diferent dining choices here in Santa Barbara and I am hoping that more prople will dine here to keep this restaurant around. They show a willingness to be daring with their preparations. We need more of that here, we have enough of the formulaic places.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 29, 2016

We were seated on the small patio parallel to the sidewalk--it's great for people-watching and there was not a lot of traffic noise. We ordered 4 different dishes (tapa-sized): beef cheek taco, scallop crudo, pickled beet salad, and ahi ceviche. Each was incredibly tasty and we felt a little guilty disturbing their artistry. We felt very "European" in that the service was attentive but not intrusive, and we could have lingered as long as we liked if we had not had to leave to attend a concert. (That being said, our reservation was for 6:00 pm and there was not a large crowd by the time we left, so there was no rushed atmosphere.) Definitely going to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on July 24, 2016

Really unique! Delicious.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Delicious food, perhaps not surprising from the well-known Black Sheep kitchen. This sister site has a nice dining room, attentive and knowledgeable staff, and good wine selection. Every bite worthy of attention as you enjoy.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 16, 2016

Met friends there for dinner. Amazing tapa style appetizers. The natillas and the tres leches cake were over the top amazing. Three hours flew by! And the staff did not rush us, service perfect. Chef even came out to the tables. Will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 10, 2016

The restaurant's decor and music has a wonderful Latin vibe to it. My husband and I sat outside, and our server let us know that he'd be happy to turn on the heater at any time if we needed it. Our server was knowledgeable about the wine list and recommended a crisp and intriguing Grenache Gris Rose from Santa Barbara County. We started our meal with an heirloom tomato salad that included a side of divine bleu cheese. My husband had the octopus carpaccio, which he said was excellent. I had the salmon tostada, which was scrumptious - the crunch of the tostada paired well with the firmness of the salmon. We shared the beef cheeks which were fork tender and flavorful with their warm spices. For dessert we tried the natillas, a sort of Spanish creme anglaise served with sugar cookies. I liked it so much the chef's father came out and told me the recipe and where to buy the lovely dessert dishes it was served in. (World Market) We can't wait to return for another delicious time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2016

Dinner at Oveja Blanca was one of the most spectacular meals I've ever had: meticulously prepared, exquisitely presented, and delicious beyond measure. Robert Perez is indeed an extraordinarily talented chef. We will definitely be back, and we've recommended it to all our friends who appreciate outstanding food. The staff is knowledgable and courteous, adding to the ambience of the evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 3, 2016

Fantastic restaurant serving Latin American styled food. The blue potato tacos, kale nachos and deep-fried frog legs are wonderful. Love the small plate concept--try as many different things as you can. And if the pork belly taco is offered as a special, get it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 2, 2016

We had an excellent experience at Oveja Blanca. Our service was first-class; the ambiance and decor was calming and beautiful; the food was exciting, and delicious. We (2 people) ordered one main dish, three small dishes, and two desserts (all amazing) - cannot wait to go back and explore more of the menu!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2016

The restaurant brings a much needed set of flavors to Santa Barbara. The blending of South American tastes with perfect techniques, local foods and modern ideas is perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Food was good but not amazing, and small plates were *just* too small for the price (6 crispy Kale leaves for $6?), making this place fall just a little short on the "ROI" scale. We enjoyed it, but wouldn't rush back

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Truly delicious. We had a great night with lots of courses and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 24, 2016

Great service, innovative and tasty food. Rueben has done a great job with this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 19, 2016

A great find in Santa Barbara. The staff was the highlight, followed by healthy, creative food. I would suggest dining on the terrace as the indoor dining space wasn't all that compelling. I would definitely go back again and recommend to others.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 18, 2016

Wow! Our meal at Oveja Blanca was superb! Our group opted for the chef's tasting menu & we were so glad we did! We were amazed at the amount of dishes the chef sent out & each one was unique & delicious. Service was excellent and we had a fantastic evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 16, 2016

This was a wonderful experience all the way around. Tried several things the waiter suggested and they were great. The rabbit and beef cheek a MUST!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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