The Gathering Table

4.9
851 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Among the most exceptional and sophisticated Santa Ynez Valley restaurants is The Gathering Table. With its captivating and comfortable atmosphere, The Gathering Table is the perfect place for friends and family to come together for a warm, social dining experience celebrating the bounty of the Santa Barbara wine country – wonderful wine and delicious food!

Chef Budi Kazali artistically melds Asian and French cuisine to deliver a truly delectable and extensive menu that features seasonal, locally sourced produce, seafood, and meats.

Whether you’re reconnecting with family and friends at our communal gathering table, or with that special someone at one of our more intimate tables, you’re in for a truly remarkable dining experience.

There's something on the menu for everyone, and all the dishes are small plates and meant to be shared, so come hungry!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 851 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance.

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leeg
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! A must when visiting the area!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal after an afternoon of wine-tasting. Quiet, socially distanced, but you easily strike up conversation with your neighboring tables. Service was great, food was family-sharing style. Every dish was superb! Best meal and environment I’ve had in a very long time!

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ChrisP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff!

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vipFabulous
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While visiting Santa Ynez Valley I've been able to try several restaurants - this is my favorite. Hamachi appetizer is delicious and balanced, also had an Ahi poke special that was fantastic. The Hanger steak is on my list of all time favorite meals. Wonderful and a bit spicy when you use the sauce. Solid wine list as well. Obviously, I highly recommend The Gathering Table.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipYolandaC
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took Mom to dinner on her visit to California from Miami, and she really loved it.... we all had fondue and the Chinese chicken salad! And the lamb shank, excellent!! Don’t forget the home made ice cream!! Fabulous!

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vipGriffbag
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been visiting the Ballard Inn for dinner for many years, infrequently as we live in San Diego, but whenever we find ourselves in the vicinity. The first time was amazing and somehow it has got better and better. Food is delicious, now a great twist on traditional dishes with fantastic Korean flavors, local wines are always great and fairly priced, serving staff are so friendly. We will without doubt continue to eat here whenever the opportunity arises.

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jcdbo
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our favorite place for anniversaries and birthdays.

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RobertC
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Perfectly prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Environment was quiet, quaint and so enjoyable. Will definitely be back.

LG
vipLionelG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful place . Great food

JP
JoseP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife have dined here 3 times and the food and service never disappoints. We will be back. Hamachi, Cheese fonud and steak is a must

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viphappytoeat
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely wonderful on all counts - fabulous food and service - thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous!

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vipWeekendgetaway
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The worst service we've had on this trip. Great food but we felt unwelcome and hurried.

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sara
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, dinner at The Gathering Table was memorable and delicious. We enjoyed the variety of food offered; selections way above most restaurants with regard to flavor and creativity. Our waiter was knowledgeable and very personable. We could not have asked for more!

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vipWineLover
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Sadly, this visit wasn't as wonderful as our last. I have worked in restaurants for decades so I TOTALLY understand when it's just one of those nights. We were sat outside (obv) and were promised a heater by our helper and our server. It never came and finally when we were eating our meal the table next to us left and my boyfriend got up and turned their heater around to face us. We get it, they didn't have another heater but no one ever told us, it just seemed like they forgot. They were out of the soup we wanted (as it was a chilly evening with no heater and we wanted soup), and of course they were out of the desert I was looking forward to having...oh well. One of those nights.
The food we DID have was enjoyable, however not mind blowing.
Our server was very nice.

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MaureenM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most creative food and taste combinations I’ve tasted in a very long time! Thank you for the culinary delights.

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TomO
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to the Gathering Table to celebrate our friends birthday. Our server (Jackie) was very friendly and helped us work through the menu to select something we all could share and enjoy. We were among the first group to enjoy inside dining and the tables were socially distanced so we felt secure. Would go again.

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vipFabulous
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal in a great setting. Tried the Hamachi appetizer and the Korean-bibimbap style Hanger Steak. Awesome. Ambiance is much better in non-Covid times, but it felt safe/spacious and I'd definitely enjoy going back and trying more of the menu.

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vipOCFoodie
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inventive and delicious dishes in a quiet, idyllic town. Due to COVID, we sat outside on the veranda but managed to stay warm with the overhead heat lamps. We ordered shu mai appetizers (homemade, very tasty but the wrappers detached from the fillings), spicy roasted brussels (nicely browned and seasoned), garlicky noodles (a bit too buttery and a very small serving--not quite as good as the noodles at AnQi), hamachi collars (outstanding) and Mary's chicken with chimichurri sauce (delicious). Fine dining in Santa Ynez wine country!

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vipMariaF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service, highly recommended

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vipPMash
Las Vegas
45 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food, service, and ambiance! We look forward to our next dinner there!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BELIEVE THE REVIEWS!! Everything was fantastic.

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JudiB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had to sit outside due to COVID-19
and it was chilly, but that was the only drawback. They did provide heaters. Everything else about our dining experience was exceptional! I would definitely recommend it to everyone
and go back again.

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Elayne
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor setting at the Gathering Table is lovely. Food and service exceptional. Only quibble is that floor space heaters heat only the feet. We were cold. Overhead heaters work better for chilly Santa Ynez Valley nights.

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KrisanneC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The roasted cauliflower soup was spectacular! We have never had a bad meal at The Gathering Table.

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Sofia
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Gathering Table was the ideal spot for our date night- cozy, quaint, and accommodating with plenty of heat and social distancing. The food was unique and delicious and perfect for getting to experience many different shared flavors. Definitely will be coming back soon!

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JIMW
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE GATHERING TABLE IS AN OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT.THE FOOD AND SERVICE ARE EXCELLENT.OWNER/CHEF BUDI KAZALI PREPARES DISHES THAT ARE UNIQUE TO THIS AREA.

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BoomBoom
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Dinner was tasty. Fusion menu that was a nice change up from the other types of restaurants in Santa Ynez. Service was good. Would visit again

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CyrusP
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Service, ambience, wine list, and appetizer were all lovely. The next few dishes we had were too salty and the fish smelled “fishy”. This restaurant came highly recommended, and though we were disappointed, it was still overall fine.

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vipRosma
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have never been disappointed after about 5 visits over a few years.
Will continue to go most times we visit.

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vipSteve66
Los Angeles
123 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are a lot more options in the Wine Country than ever before, but Budi's place is arguably still the best.

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vipDiner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was phenomenal.As a vegan that is also GF, the agility to create a divine meal of veggies was extraordinary. I highly recommend.

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vipOCgal
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed dining outdoors this weekend. The staff was great and they did a nice job of providing each table with a heater. The chef created the most amazing vegan bento-style box for us and it was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute place! The food was amazing!

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vipLinda
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Everyone is outside due to pandemic. It was really cold and the gas ran out of the space heater. It took 20 minutes for staff to refill the canister and impacted the experience.

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SusanD
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was amazing. The service was amazing. The only reason I didn't give a higher rating for ambiance was that it was cold outside and the heaters were just not all that hot. So, maybe just a Covid comment. All of the food came out of the kitchen hot, dropped at the table by a staff of servers so everyone received their food at the same time. This is a great measure of service. Its hard for a restaurant to make a memorable impression during these challenging times, but the Gathering Table delivered with the most important elements.

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Mike
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. Service was great.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Gathering Table using the Order Online button. The Gathering Table also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (800) 638-2466.

The Gathering Table is rated 4.9 stars by 851 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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