Smithy Kitchen+Bar

4.4
294 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Californian
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.
What 294 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
P
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

Report
Helpful
LL
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
AF
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
JT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
JM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

Report
Helpful
AM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 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.

Report
Helpful
C
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
TP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 3, 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.

Report
Helpful
r
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 3, 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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 2, 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!

Report
Helpful
W
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on January 27, 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.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Nice patio

Report
Helpful
RS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 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.

Report
Helpful
A
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on January 25, 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.

Report
Helpful
j
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 25, 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!

Report
Helpful
N
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 23, 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.

Report
Helpful
K
1 review
Dined on January 21, 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!

Report
Helpful
MD
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Although the food is very tasty, the portion is super small. 3 scallops and risotto for over $23? And no bread first? My boyfriend paid around $28 for Cioppino that was really a bowl of like 6 clams. We had to go across the street after dinner to Benchmark and get him some more food. My glass of wine was $15, which I though was kind of pricey considering i'd never even heard of it before.

Don't get me wrong, i can afford this, but is the value there? I'm not so sure. The only saving grace was our server, she was really nice, very attentive.

Report
Helpful
f
Atlantic City
33 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Can’t recommend the pizza. Service was eh. Salad and dessert courses were decent but ratios of the components of the dishes were off.

Report
Helpful
I
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed the food and ambiance but the noise level was very high even though there were not many guests at the time there. So a more intimate conversation was not possible which was a pity. We still enjoyed the dinner though. The dishes were all really good and very delicious.

Report
Helpful
C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic spot! We loved sitting out back in the outdoor patio. Very cozy and romantic to be sure. The food was also first rate! Service was exceptional! We’ll be back soon!

Report
Helpful
SB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

It was super cold inside. It also took a long time for drink orders. I cant believe I paid over $20 for pasta bolognese. It was nothing special. My wifes salmon was over cooked with super salty lentils and bland sauce. Dissapointed.

Report
Helpful
AW
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Our server was truly terrible. He left mid meal and never came back amongst other issues. Also the bus boy drank someone’s water after they left - not kidding

Report
Helpful
JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very accomidating restaurant and the food is excellent. The shrimp and mushroom pasta is fabulous.

Report
Helpful
OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT. Highly recommend!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

My only complaint is the potion size of my main course. I ordered scallops and only received 2 scallops on my plate. That is an appetizer portion to me. After spending $165 on dinner I would expect at least 4-5 scallops on my plate. This is my 4th visit there and am unsure if I’ll ever return for dinner. The other food was very good and they had excellent cocktails and service.

Report
Helpful
MR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

On NYE we had dinner with friends at Smithy's prior to attending the SB Symphony's fabulous Motown musical performance! We all (4) thoroughly enjoyed our dinners and cocktails. We will definitely be back!!! Shout out to Kira for being such a personable and gracious host :-)

Report
Helpful
D
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time we’ve been here. Always good. And the menu is seasonal and local so it changes, which is a great reason to go back again and again. The outdoor patio is lovely and feels like somewhere in Europe. And you can actually have a conversation without the music or noise level being loud like at some other places. A find!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!

Report
Helpful
C
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, out waiter Sefan (Stephan) was awesome. Attentive but not intrusive.
Hard to see the restaurant from street level but the have a great outdoor dining area.
Overall a great 1st time there, would go back in a heartbeat.

Report
Helpful
a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The service was terrible especially given that we were the ONLY diners in the entire front room.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful dining experience and the flavors were incredible.

Report
Helpful
DH
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our meal was fantastic! Everything tasted great and we were happy with our table in the corner. Stay consistent with the great food and menu! Loved it!

Report
Helpful
i
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Great for sharing. Lovely garden. Our favorite place in downtown Santa Barbara.

Report
Helpful
BF
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived Sunday at 4:15 pm and had the run of the house. Chose to sit under the heaters and lighted olive trees on the stunningly beautiful back patio. Kitchen opens at 5, but bar opens at 4. Excellent cocktail, wine and beer menu. Their version of Paloma cocktail is terrific, btw! Burrata, Brussel Sprouts, and corn were all enjoyed by our party of four. Entrees of cioppino, burger, scallops, and bolognese were all PERFECT! Dessert was chocolate cake with port. This restaurant has perfect ambience, perfect food and drinks, and impeccable wait staff. You are not making a mistake by choosing this establishment for a memorable evening meal in Santa Barbara. Thank you everyone at Smithys for a wonderful early evening!

Report
Helpful
OT
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday brunch. It was quiet, other than the lively music playing which we enjoyed. The food was wonderful and satisfying. The menu had a nice variety of options for any palate, and the service was unobtrusive yet attentive. We liked it!

Report
Helpful
NJ
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

So bummed, we’ve been to this restaurant in the past and it was delicious. This last time, it was just ok. We brought some guests who travel the world and know good food, and they were equally not impressed. Maybe a new chef??

Report
Helpful
MB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute gem. Stunning service, as well. One of our SB staples.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
8