Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Today
Time
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 29 times today

Smithy Kitchen+Bar

4.3
113 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Californian
Perfect For:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Next door to the Granada Theatre, Smithy features celebrated local chef Lauren Herman’s deliciously fresh approach to brunch, lunch and dinner that incorporates Santa Barbara’s best local farm to table ingredients in accessible yet nuanced rustic small plate cuisine. Chef Herman's menu is complemented by Pastry Chef Christina Olufson’s extraordinary desserts. Come for a leisurely Sunday brunch, a quick lunch, 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Californian, Mediterranean
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Sun: 5:00pm – Close

Brunch
Sun: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Lunch
Mon–Fri: 11:30am – 2:30pm

Happy Hour
Daily: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(805) 845-7112
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Chef Lauren Herman
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
State Street
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
There is a public parking ramp next to the restaurant. The first 75 minutes are free, parking rate is $1.50 for each additional hour.
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
There is a MTD bus stop across the street from the restaurant, line 2, 20, 21
icon/ic_special_eventsCreated with Sketch.
Special events & promotions
Join us with your loved one or favorite foodie friend for our Valentine's Day three-course prix fixe dinner of culinary delights from Chef Lauren Herman. $85.00 per guest. Email alessa@somersetsb.com to reserve, space is limited.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 113 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
3.9
service
4.6
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
4.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent service. Beautiful ambience. The food is pretty good, too. Thanks...we’ll return as usual for the pretty patio.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 3 days ago

My husband and I had dinner here before the symphony on a Saturday night. It's a fun, open place with lots of light. We had wanted to sit outdoors but there were no tables available and we found the indoors really noisy. Nonetheless the food was good, on the pricier side. We enjoyed fried chicken, a kale salad, a bufala cheese salad and shrimp. All were good. Staff seemed a bit overwhelmed, although very pleasant. We'd certainly come back.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 4 days ago

The food was very tasty and the courtyard where we were seated is very pleasant on a nice evening. Inside, the restaurant got extremely noisy so being outside was a blessing. The wait staff is millennial and as such uses terms such as "I hear you" "super deal" and suggestions for food choices while accurate was done in a more casual way than I would consider professional. The waiter who took our cocktail order cashed us out before we moved to a dinner table took the cash I gave him and never returned with change...it was several dollars more than I had wanted to tip but we left it alone.

So, for anyone over 50...understand this is a younger place with different expectations but as I mentioned the food was good, the wine list good but expensive

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 5 days ago

My favorite new restaurant in Santa Barbara! I’ve been there four times and has not disappointed! Most interesting combination of flavors and textures. And the space is beautiful, open and airy. The back patio is lovely- heaters so even if it’s a cool evening it’s comfortable. It’s great for special occasions and for an every day meal because the price is reasonable for what you get.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Four of us having lunch and Food was great. Great atmosphere with a beach feel. Patio is lovely. Our server was very nice but neglected to write our order down and was working from memory. He got a few things wrong, but we didn’t want to make a fuss.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

My husband and I shared several plates, and everything was excellent, the vegetable dishes especially. The outdoor seating is beautiful. We thought the drinks were on the pricey side, but they were tasty.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

We really enjoyed the freshness, seasonality, and creativity of the menu items. We dined in the cozy courtyard which has a very casually sophisticated and romantic ambiance. The service was both friendly & helpful (good wine & food pairing suggestions)!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Four of us went for dinner on a Sunday night, and ate in the garden. The service was outstanding and the meal memorable. Delightful in every respect.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Our first time at Smithy: Delicious food and great service in a gorgeous patio setting.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The service and ambiance was great, but the food was lacking. It is very overpriced for what they call "tapas" and most of our dishes were bland and didn't taste good.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The back patio is a beautiful space. The dishes were interesting and inventive. Our server, Lindsey, was great and really helped explain the menu and the wine list. Don't miss the craft cocktails.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Was so excited to try Smithy's. Was not aware it was tapas until our server told us, I could not believe how little food we got for how expensive it was. The was mediocre at best. I will not be going back...

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Celebrated a birthday lunch here outside in the beautiful courtyard. The flatbreads were very good. Have eaten Sunday brunch here too - also very good. The menu has something for everyone. Will definitely be back.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Good food, smaller tapas style plates so you can try multiple things at one meal.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Our waiter was really lousy. The food was disappointing . The only thing we liked was the rigatoni and the dessert. We were stuck on a table in a far corner of the patio and felt very boxed in. You ruined the outdoor space by putting too many tables too close together. The noise level was very loud except for about 30 minutes when there was no one sitting next to us. I am really bummed because I loved that outdoor space when it was Somerset.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The noise level inside is very loud. Its hard to hear someone across the table. The outside patio is probably better for larger groups so you can have a conversation.

It was a busy night, we saw someone get up because there wasn't enough wait staff to service all the inside tables. Once the order was placed, food was out quickly, about 10 min.

Food was better on a previous visit. Almost all the dishes previously were great. This time of the 15 plates, only 3 were great, everything else was average which means a little over priced for the flavor/quality. The rib plate, fried chicken, and carrots with beet hummus were the best.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The back patio is absolutely beautiful! We went for Easter Brunch and the food was incredible.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Loved the Burata salad, Sunchokes, Paperdelle and Lamb Meatballs. All the dishes had layers of flavor, unique combinations of ingredients and were delicious! We’ll be back to try more dishes!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Every dish was delicious! The meat dish portions were adequate. However, they could have been a tad more generous with the veggies. $10 for a tiny bowl of potatoes did seem a bit much. We loved the sunchokes. Their kegs weren't working but the spicey margarita was amazing. The service was great which was a nice change of pace from my last visit where it was unfortunately, really bad. It was our friend’s bday and they didn’t comp his dessert even though he wasn’t able to get a beer and we ordered two desserts. Not that it’s obligatory but would have been a nice gesture. Overall, an outstanding experience, in a beautiful setting, with a few minor issues.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Best farm to table restaurant in Santa Barbara that also has amazing desserts. Go to Smithy Kitchen + Bar soon...you’ll be glad you did!

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The wait staff was excellent and the outdoor patio very inviting. The dishes were very tiny and yet the advice was to order and share...not easy to divide when the plate is about 5"
It is a lovely location and fun atmosphere but overpriced and seemed aimed at being cutting edge rather than discerning quality. Hope they adjust either the price points of the dishes/cocktails or sizes of the portions.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

When we first ate at Somerset we really enjoyed it. Now that it is Smithy, it didn't really live up to our previous experience. Food was good, love the outdoor space, but the cocktails and table service, and presentation, just so-so. A little more fine tuning please. Thanks!

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Went for a birthday celebration, and although everyone was friendly regarding the birthday- the service was pretty poor. The waitress told us we needed to give the entire order and the chef/kitchen would send out meals as they come. We brought two bottles of wine, the $25 corkage fee was reasonable considering the stemware they served. We ordered 2 plates per person which was enough food, the waitress encouraged us to order 3 per person which would have been too much food and way too expensive even considering the recently lowered priced menu. Considering the lovely ambiance and the look and feel of the restaurant you would expect better service. The runner dropped the food and ran with zero explanation of the dish or what the components were. The end of he night was rather awkward, the waitress asked what type of drink would we have ordered had we not brought wine- almost like if she was going to bring us a round of shots since we were celebrating a birthday. We declined and then moments later a different waiter came by to get a dessert order which we gave him. Our original waitress came by with the dessert that had a candle and some other dessert that we did not order so we declined that. Really uncomfortable ending to what was supposed to be a great birthday celebration.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

This place is amazing! We have planned a friend's birthday for an evening and the food was great. We ordered seafood, chicken strips, pizza, pasta and everything was delicious. Its a great place for kids too. We had a feeling that we are having dinner in our own backyard. I would go there again

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

First time. Great meal

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We had a fantastic dinner with excellent service from Michael. We were impressed by the numerous salad and vegetable options. The burrata and brussel sprout salad was amazing and the roasted suchokes were a favorite at the table. We sampled several other courses and loved all of them. Dessert did not disappoint.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Wanted to love it, menu looks amazing, gorgeous interior and outdoor patio and the service really good! Maybe just an off night though the food was not that good, and the portions were sml relative to the pricepoints. We learned its supposed to be shared plates, but wasn't obvious on the menu, waiter had explained to us. Even w/that the portion sizes were disappointing. We're not striking this off the list, just hoping they pull it together!

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Servers all seemed to be in a terrible mood. Menu wasn’t explained so had no idea that all dishes on menu were appetizer size until I overheard another server telling a different table after we had already placed our order. Food was mediocre so maybe we got lucky that we hadn’t ordered enough!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

My husband and I had lunch on the gorgeous patio. This place is so beautiful and our food was fresh and delicious. Can’t wait to go back!!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We absolutely loved Smithy Kitchen+Bar ! It's a powerful combination of excellence - décor, service and most of all cuisine. We never saw it as Somerset, but the reincarnation into Smithy Kitchen+Bar was superbly done. The décor is nice and white, very friendly, casual and relaxed. The maître d' was charming - full of smiles, friendly and accommodating. Our server was very pleasant besides being well informed. But most of all the food...
Chef Lauren has a spectacular pedigree (from A.O.C. and Lucques in L.A.). She has brough all of that creativity and expertise with her and she is now very much at the top of her game. We started with lovely French chenin blanc and a cheese plate which featured freshly grilled bread and crackerbread (both made in house) - very nicely and thoughtfully composed with accompaniments. My wife had one of her perpetual favorites - avocado toast - which I can only comment she said was the best that she has ever had. I had a brisket hash with cipollini onions, roasted potatoes, arugula and perfectly poached eggs - phenomenal. The chef also brought with her the pastry chef from A.O.C. (Christina). The bread was nothing short of spectacular; if I told you it was even better than at A.O.C. - that's really saying something.
And that was just Sunday brunch. We can't wait to go back for dinner and dessert and sit out on the stunningly beautiful patio in the back. Truly an all-around amazing place.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Can’t wait to go back...

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It was raining so we had to be inside. Very high noise level! Small plates which were all good. Service a bit slow. Will give it another try.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Superb experience. Cannot wait to go back.
It was very busy on a friday night, recommend reservations.
Food service was a leisurely pace, allowing for a long dinner and lots of conversation.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 14, 2018

I have serving experience in

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

LOVED this restaurant. Fresh, innovative food, excellent cocktails, great service and just a cool vibe all around. On my top 3 list in Santa Barbara! Cheers and will becoming back for more!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Good venue, great server, all items ordered were excellent. I wish that sand dabs were still on the menu.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Outstanding atmosphere and service, but very small plates. Ironic, but not the place to go if you're hungry... Unless you want to purchase 3-4 small plates at full meal price. But then again, if you're dining there, your wallet probably doesn't mind.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Lovely up beat place to dine. Very friendly staff, delicious food, good prices. Wonderful for either lunch or dinner. Korean fried chicken is delicious as is everything else I have tried on the menu.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Excellent restaurant with very good attentive service. We shared four plates between the two of us, with one dessert we had plenty of food. Unusual combinations of ingredients and all very good! Beautiful atmosphere with lighted globes in the old olive trees set in stone planters. Plenty of heaters - very comfortable. Looking forward to coming again.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great service, especially b6 Grace. Food and drinks great too

Report
Helpful
1
2
3