Smithy Kitchen+Bar

4.4
315 reviews
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$30 and under
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Next door to the Granada Theatre, Smithy Kitchen + Bar features a deliciously fresh approach to dinner and Sunday brunch that incorporates Santa Barbara’s best local farm to table ingredients in accessible yet nuanced rustic small plate cuisine. Come for a leisurely Sunday brunch, dinner with friends and family, or a nighttime drink and bite to eat at the bar. Smithy’s unique aesthetic is undeniably special with Steve Hermann’s exceptional talent at play in the stunning indoor/outdoor space. The building, originally a Blacksmith shop, feels fresh, bright and modern. Exposed brick walls with white weathered board and batten walls, reclaimed table tops, and school house chairs, create a beautiful and welcoming space that is airy and open, yet intimate. With a world-class courtyard, there is no better place to dine outdoors in Santa Barbara.
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

It was just okay.

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t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

sometimes the speakers on the patio are placed to closely to the customer and tables.

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CR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience from start to finish. Our server, Stefan, was outstanding: attentive, charming, handsome, efficient. We attended an 8pm show at the Granada Theater (next door). Stefan took care of us so well, never made us feel rushed, and ensured that we got to the theater on time. The food & drinks were delicious. The ambiance and setting are beautiful. We highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be back.

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MA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to place in Santa Barbara. The area is outside and just a great spot for dinner. You will not go wrong trying out this place.

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KO
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful for our business dinner! The server was patient and very sweet the whole night!

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ST
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Bad service! Waiters confused an disorganized. Split Check had confusing tips amounting to 40% or more.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, friendly service. Very attentive. Food was delicious, and everyone wants to return again.

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r
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent for any occasion with lots of people or just a few or all alone. Great any way you want to do it.

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was medioker, however prices were top Dollars. The noise level inside the restaurant was unbearable (Too many hard services.). A conversation was impossible. We had a table reservation however we still had to wait for 15 minutes upon arrival. Overall: Not a satisfying experience.

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ST
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food and ambiance are spot on, but the service was a bit slow.

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GR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patio dining is really nice. Great food. Best scallops I’ve ever eaten

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E
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Too expensive. It was good, but not interested in the prices outside of restaurant week.

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S
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came in for restaurant week to experience the delicious food and we were not disappointed. All 7 of us order from the fixed menu offered during restaurant week as there was something for everyone. I look forward to going back and enjoying more.

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A
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We went to this restaurant to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. It’s a beautiful restaurant, very trendy. It’s very loud if you sit inside. Try to book the patio if possible. The kitchen seemed to be in a bit of a disarray. Appetizers were coming to the table for some while others were getting their entrées at the exact same time. We were all eating at different times. We had to wait quite awhile for the last person to get her food. The table next to us had the same issues. They complained. We didn’t complain because we felt sorry for our server who had to deal with the people next to us. :-( The food was tasty. I think this would be a great restaurant if they could deal with the above issues. Additional staff would certainly help.

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CN
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The meal was lovely, however we split the tab three ways at the end. They broke down the 20% tip at the bottom. Some wine was involved and we automatically included their suggested tip amount. Later that night we realized that we tipped three times the amount due. Very misleading.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Went on Friday the first day of SB Restaurant Week. It was chaos in the kitchen. They ran out of items and it took way too long to get food. The server was apologetic and we got free cocktails and a free bottle of wine. We will try again on a different night.

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a
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super delicious and great vibe. Friendly staff and a wonderful outdoor seating area

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OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Together with long time friends....fun evening by all.
Thank you

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The wait staff is so friendly, attentive and polished without feeling like a looming presence. The bolognese pasta is fabulous. It’s not on the drinks menu but the vesper martini is what keeps me coming back. Well, that and the unparalleled beauty of the back patio.

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P
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We dined on Valentine’s Day. They replaced the regular menu which is filled with nice small plates, with a more limited choice. That said, my salmon dish was delicious. But my husband had skirt steak— which did not impress.
We will return for the spectacular garden space and look forward to the regular menu.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was wonderful, the food, the ambience and decor were superior, good service

However, the noise level was too high, we could not hear each other.

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JM
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is wonderful. We plan on returning. Great service. Great food. Really terrific.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with great service. Always enjoy having dinner there.

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was closed upon arrival to our confirmed reservations. It was a let down.

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LL
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the waiter, Stefan was awesome. Love this place!

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AF
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their patio and food! Sitting by the fire on a chilly night was perfect.

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JT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun and relaxed and love the high top tables for an informal get together.

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JM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, interesting place, a bit loud near our table.

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone working at this restaurant was so kind and helpful, the food was incredible, might I say a little overpriced but it absolutely worth it. I would recommend to anyone with a little extra money and wanting a special dinner.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance. Great value for food. Excellent salmon dish.

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TP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic! Flavors that I would not make at home. That is what I go out for.
A big bummer for us was the sticky table's. It really takes away from the dinning experience. It is also loud. I highly recommend that they use table cloths. It would fix the sticky table situation and help absorb the noise. I realize it is an added expense to clean them. But probably worth it.

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r
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been many times and it's always fantastic. Our first place to take friends from out of town. Perfect in every way for any occasion.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful place. The food melts in your mouth. The service provided from the staff was great. They were caring and attentive. It was a bit noisy, but that just means everyone was having a good time.
And lastly the ambience ties it all together!

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W
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Okay, first off, it has the best patio in Santa Barbara. Our waitress was friendly, caring and got the job done. Unfortunately, the food let her down a couple of times. The bruschetta was not very good - the bread wasn't even toasted. My wife's fish came raw. The waitress got her a new one and took it off the bill - very classy. I had the shrimp and mushroom pasta which was excellent. Our lovely waitress brought us their flourless chocolate cake on the house and it was delicious. We will go back and we hope we have the same waitress.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Nice patio

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RS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food - very slow service. Waitstaff was nice but not on top of things. Seemed like bartenders were a bit overwhelmed - so waiters couldn't bring drinks in a timely manner, including a simple draft beer. Food was excellent especially burrata and plum salad. Outdoor patio is beautiful and warm.

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Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, although we ordered too much. It was nice to have for another dinner. Our waiter, Stefan, was terrific.

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j
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I was enjoying my meal and lovely service when either the owner or manager decided to sit with his open computer not far from me. Each time I turned my head the coffee shop vibe and bright screen from his computer was a buzz kill. The food was good, though the salad was not well washed. A little more care could make this a go-to spot!

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N
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was great, ambiance great, but the service was not. Waited a very long time for drinks and there were a few mistakes with the orders..... food and drinks that had to be corrected. Good news is they comped us on one of the mistakes.

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K
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Smithy Kitchen+Bar! I've never had a bad meal there and the staff is great. The food is innovative and delicious. I hope people will go there and try it out!

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