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San Setto, Santa Barbara, CA

San Setto

4.6
4.6
76 Reviews
$31 to $50
Sushi
An intimate lounge featuring a contemporary Japanese menu highlighting fresh sushi, saké, craft cocktails, and occidental spirits.

Locals can enjoy a 10% discount.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Parking details
    Valet also available
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 76 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for scenic views

  • Santa Barbara

    Lively

76 Reviews
  1. Cheers2me

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is outstanding, the space is beautiful with gorgeous views of the ocean and the service was wonderful! We'll return!

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  2. Tango

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The setting made our experience of this restaurant worthwhile, despite the fact that the food is not that good and way overpriced. Restaurant too noisy to have a real conversation.

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  3. LauraB

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice setting. Great service. We had spicy tuna on crisp rice and edamame for appetizers. The tuna and charred avocado roll was interesting. We also ordered sake and Sapporos. The chocolate mochi ice cream with berries and shaved chocolate was divine. The menu is limited, but perfect for a light dinner.

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  4. ELSAG

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter Omar was extremely attentive and a delight! Dinner was wonderful.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great! Some portions were small! The Rolls are amazing and large

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  6. Patrick

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food in a sensational setting. I would highly recommend any of the rolls. The Santa Barbara roll is a must!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Omar was awesome!! Bit pricy but everything was excellent.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Simon was incredible and so knowledgeable. We appreciated him as much as the food which rocked.

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  9. DarrenB

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Where are the Ritz Carlton for a four-day weekend celebrating. We were hungry and excited to try their sushi restaurant. From the start, the server was amicable at best and not able to read the table and to say slow as molasses would be an understatement. We understand we are at the resort where things are supposed to be more relaxed away from the rush of the Los Angeles that said high end service should be able to read the room know when to leave a table and go to another table at one point he was talking to a table for over 10 minutes socially enjoying a conversation with them while his others table sat in need, the sushi was decent but nothing extra ordinary, except for the spicy hamachi that was absolutely delicious would we go back there most likely not there’s better sushi restaurants in Santa Barbara that you can go to 10 minutes away. The management asked how we liked it as we left they mentioned if we would come back, we came back the following night to the Angel Oak which was a completely different experience delicious food great service that said, even though they came by the table to see how we were doing they did not offer to comp the dessert or our coffee or offer us anything from the night before. Not that we were looking for something free, but clearly they have guests that are not leaving the property so built in clientele for the restaurant. Maybe they don’t need to do such things.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Server was very nice but unfortunately the kitchen seemed to be severely understaffed. We only ordered a few things and the last roll took over 30 mins to arrive, leaving us feeling bored and frustrated. The food is ok. Perfectly basic sushi with a few fancy twists - none of which justify the prices but at a resort you tend to expect the mark ups. Wish they were thinking about Japanese cuisine more broadly - there is so much more to explore beyond sushi! Just sushi seems pretty dated and uninventive if you ask me.

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  11. LakersGirl

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! The lobster roll and the Santa Barbara roll were AMAZING! I got the apple cranberry pie with vanilla bean ice cream. OMG! The best. I want to go again. It was so good.

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  12. LindsayG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service, atmosphere and food. The cocktails and food were incredible. The price for the amount however was a bit high. Overall a great dining experience.

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  13. Lala

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding! Beautiful views of the ocean! Service backed up towards the end and we waited for our dessert for about 30 min. We are local and we plan to be back.

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  14. CF757

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    San Setto is not really its own restaurant, it’s a section set off within Angel Oak. That said, the sushi is truly outstanding, the wine list is thoughtful and extensive and service was on point. Prices as you would expect from top tier sushi in a luxury hotel.

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  15. elaineb

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed everything about this place. The food was delicious, the ambience very pleasant and the dishes creative and distinctive. We would definitely return here.

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  16. JackieL

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was absolutely incredible - obviously on the pricier side, but it was the best quality fish I'd ever had and amazing cocktails!

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  17. Estela

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    With any experience, the staff can help set how that experience will turn out. Omar was great in helping elevate our memorable experience. The food presentation was beautiful and very tasty. The view beautiful!

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  18. VirginiaG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful! Relaxing and pleasurable. Food was delicious and beautifully prepared. Our server was impeccable.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were divine. Elijah our server was so attentive, he made excellent food and sake recommendations.

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  20. JulieL

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely meal. We had plenty of time and were not in a rush so it was great

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  21. Mango

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Despite the reservation the table wasn’t ready for 25 minutes. Waited another 25 minutes and no service. Not even a glass of water. No acknowledgment of our presence till we were walking out the door angry and hungry

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  22. LisaG

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    San Setto friendly with great dishes. The kitchen was very slow, but the food was great. Perhaps more servers could help. I recommend based on the food and ambiance.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was ok, really poor service - they made no accommodations for dietary restrictions basically pointed me to the menu of 2 options -would have expected more customization in a restaurant of this caliber. So there weren’t as many food options - they couldn’t make the cocktail drink either sigh!!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it!!! We (The Fam) eat sushi all the time and San Setto probably has the most creative and delicious rolls we’ve ever had. All the rolls we had were very unique! Great Mochi Ice Cream as well!!! Mango, Green Tea and Strawberry…strawberry is still the fav. Enjoy!!!!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a beautiful restaurant, excellent service, our waiter Jesus was very attentive. The food was so delicious, best sushi I have ever had. Highly recommend.

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  26. CynthiaB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was amazing!! Every single plate we ordered was delicious, the service not so good. We were expecting more attention to detail.

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  27. ShakiraJ

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful and our waitresses Zen was amazing too

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  28. CarlP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was slow. Cocktails were horrible. I sent my martini back, because it was not drinkable. The sushi was good, but not nearly good enough for the price. I’ve had better sushi for half the price of this restaurant. You really pay for the location and the view.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent! Beautifully curated and delicious. They were extremely attentive about allergies upon check in and remembered it was a birthday. The hostess experience was excellent and server was knowledgeable and very good. The water view outside is beautiful as well. The check service however, was very slow as it took 30 minutes as they are used to mainly room charges only rather than local area diners and my sister missed the first 30 mins of her own birthday party nearby. Local diners must know in advance that they charge $20 per car to eat! And that the SMALL still water bottles are $13 EACH. We just felt gouged and wouldn’t go back. We left very frustrated about the resort restaurant experience instead of feeling happy to have chosen San Setto for a special birthday.

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  30. JakeyK414

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    WHAT A TERRIFIC MEAL! Definitely a hidden gem of this property. Our meal was made extra special due to the attentive service from Justus who made sure we were always cared for despite a busy evening at the restaurant. The sushi was fresh and delicious - on par with other sushi spots at sister Ritz resorts. The best part? Sit outside underneath the giant heaters as you watch the waves crash into the beach below.

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  31. saral

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! Waitress Justus was fabulous!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great selection of rolls and sashimi. The sauces on the rolls and the California sashimi were fantastic.

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  33. ChrisE

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious sushi and drinks with unique flavor combinations. Loved the Santa Barbara roll the most, but the halibut sashimi was also great. Excellent service and beautiful ocean views.

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  34. arielN

    Seattle

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A really nice way to end our Santa Barbara vacation. We ordered the crab hand roll and the Santa Barbara roll. Both were excellent. But the gem was the vegetable tempura…some of the best we have ever had and not on the menu but prepared for us when we asked. Service was attentive and pleasant and view was outstanding. A great place to include on your list!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfortunately, had a very bad experience. Our server was incredibly sweet. However, the food took forever to come out. No one came to check on us, offered any sort of assistance with that, to the point where my fiancé ended up, leaving our dinner and going back to order room service to our room, because the wait was so long, and he was so frustrated, and the night was basically ruined. we had the wrong food delivered to our table. One of my items never even showed up. The waitress was kind enough to camp one round of drinks that we had had, but that was it, and no manager ever showed up at all. Not the level of service I would expect at a high end Resort, Restaurant, and not the level of service I would expect for the cost.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was good not great. We went for a late dinner and there were only 2 other people in the restaurant. The space was a little awkward and literally no vibe. Would consider going again during the day since there’s a pretty ocean view and maybe sit outside

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  37. PinotPaul

    Palm Springs

    198 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    198 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good restaurant. The octopus sunomono was amazing.

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  38. Puroticorico

    Central Coast

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff, Sofia, Erica and Justice were all fabulous!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I cannot say enough good things about the service at San Setto. Justice - our server - and the chefs went to great lengths to take care of my wife (33wks pregnant) and I, and we had an amazing experience as a result. Fish quality was easily on a par with Nobu, the plating was beautiful, and the veggie tempura they made for us on request was probably the best we’ve ever eaten. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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  40. nikkit

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and incredibly kind, helpful staff. You will not regret coming here!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

San Setto is rated 4.6 stars by 76 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for San Setto

8301 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93117

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon, Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Japanese, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet also available
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Efe Onoglu
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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