Smithy Kitchen+Bar

4.3
330 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(805) 845-7112
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chris Vazquez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
State Street
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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.
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Public transit
There is a MTD bus stop across the street from the restaurant, line 2, 20, 21
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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LP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It's f-ing shuttered! This is the 2nd message I have sent to OpenTable with no acknowledgment that I made a dinner reservation and arrived to a construction site. Fail.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant is closed!

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e
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was very good....sides were high...
$14 for carrots??
$14 for corn?

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M
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Birthday party

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a
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Not a good evening here. Service was terrible and management didn’t seem to care. Told us they were having an off night. Food came out at all different times. One of us wasn’t even served till everyone was almost finished. Won’t be going back because it might be their “off night “.

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M
Central Coast
51 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little noisy with a newcomers club meeting or reception taking place. The outdoor courtyard was lovely and the food and service excellent.

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SR
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Very nice ambiance. Good for a romantic evening or business meeting. Great menu. Good food. Table service was slow.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. We sat outside for cocktails and a light dinner before a show at the Granada. The ambience was fantastic, the service was very friendly And prompt, and the food was delicious.

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LR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We had the meatballs, and we both felt that they were nothing special. The menu didn't seem all that interesting. On the plus side, very friendly with great service.

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DG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful patio, service and food! We love taking guest in from out of town to this local gem!

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LB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent waiter. Slightly long wait for food order to be taken, but not a major problem.

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MC
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was wonderful, always love outside in courtyard. Food and service were excellent

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MP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The California Bruschetta was excellent! But way too much pepper in Burrata salad

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DS
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful experience at Smithy. I have been there a number of times and always enjoyed a particular champagne they had on the wine list. On this visit, I was disappointed to find no champagne available; sparking wine but no champagne. Our server said, “Let me look around and see what I can find. “ She came back with a lovely bottle of champagne and our evening was off to a great start. Three delicious dishes later, shared between two of us, we were more than satisfied. Good wine, great food, and relaxing ambiance.

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S
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The decor, ambiance and outdoor patio are amazing. Food was delicious and well presented. It was a bit pricey, but what nice place isn't?

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WB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great early dining on the patio. Private setting and fabulous service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

It was just okay.

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t
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
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
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
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 on March 15, 2019
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
7 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
4 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
21 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
4 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
45 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
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LL
Dallas
25 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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