The Gathering Table

4.9
816 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!
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KarenS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We made reservations based on friends' recommendation and we can't wait to go back. We shared a couple of apps, then our own main courses. Perfectly sized portions. Excellent. We had the octopus, pluot burrata salad. Duck for main & also the mushroom risotto with the seasonal truffles. Amazing! Thank you. It was outside & chilly even with the heaters. I would bring a blanket for your lap during the cold months.

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vipPamC
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gathering Table is a Lovely spot. The food is outta this world! The Hanger Steak Bipipmi style has so many layers of flavor. We could have eaten it 2 nights in a row. Service is super. This is a dining experience you don't want to miss!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience. The food and wine were amazing. Loved eating outside on the porch. Just beautiful. I highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Gathering Table is always excellent and a great experience. The food was perfect and honestly the atmosphere was great given current events. Cannot wait to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner and we loved the ambiance! My husband had the duck which was best he’s ever had and I had a delicious white fish. We also shared a bowl of very flavorful squash soup. Chef came by our table and wished me a happy birthday-very sweet of him.

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vipKenzieT
Palm Springs
26 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed eating out on the lawn. A cool evening, but heaters and our blankets made it comfortable. Enjoyed the food and wine choices we made. Friendly and helpful service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is just extraordinary! Chilly outside, but worth it. Bundle up and go!

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CheriH
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jared was a great server, it was a chilly evening and they accommodated us very nicely! Great wine selection and The food was amazing! Lots of delicious flavors and we look forward to dining there again. I highly recommend getting the truffle added to the risotto, its was awesome!

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LMarieD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous. I had the scallops. It's quiet and the help is attentive.

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vipRAQUELG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely setting, the food was exquisite, and the chef attentive to our request.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal as always!!

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vipzoeg
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, great setting - we can't wait to go back

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vipMichelle
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent

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SueH
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time. The restaurant was amazing such a lovely setting and attentive staff. A 5 star experience!

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Missy
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service and the atmosphere are amazing. Due to COVID restrictions we sat outside surrounded by roses. Our service was fabulous with great recommendations and the food was impeccable. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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RussL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual. Service is outstanding and the food is phenomenal.

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johns
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Many dinner choices, several with asian notes. Excellent plate presentation & flavors that work together seamlessly. Great wine list. Knowledgeable staff & outstanding service. Outside seating was pleasant & well distanced.

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vipDino
Los Angeles
185 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding even during a pandemic - dining around it’s beautiful-porch & green lawn , an outstanding literally, dinner. Octopus was the best I’ve ever tasted worldwide & the filet Mignon melts in your mouth. Excellent wine & service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed every single dish we had last night! The food, atmosphere and service were excellent! Truly the best restaurant in Santa Barbara County!

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Sunshine
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quaint outdoor dining experience. Chef came by to personally check in with patrons. Lights, flowers, romantic garden setting. Food was excellent! We will visit again when we are in the area.

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KK123
Fayetteville
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! Every dish was amazing.

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Eleanor
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were at the restaurant and the Inn for my birthday. Food was excellent. I had the duck and my husband had pork. However, we were a bit surprised that NOTHING was done to acknowledge my birthday.

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vipReyD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was exceptional. Creative and definitely tasty! Only reason not to give 5 stars across the board was that it was cold where we sat. We were outdoors (as required during Covid) on a chilly evening, but we didn't have a heater. I had a warm vest on, but was still cold, especially by the end of the meal

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Prchal
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have handled the social distancing perfect. The food in consistently delicious. I have to say the duck is so good I order it every time we go. The Hamachi, perfect. Great wine selection.
The service staff right there for your every need.
Thanks Budi!!

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vipMelN
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Overall a bad experience... mainly the service.

Indonesian owned establishment (which I support as I’m Asian) but this was an disappointment.

As for food...2 dishes were excellent (uni ceviche & octopus) and 2 below average (mushroom risotto & pan fried noodle). I’m extremely particular about my risotto, I’ve perfected mine. Their risotto was slightly over cooked & mushy, flavor was so-so & their pan fried noodle was the worst I’ve had. I think you have to be Indonesian to appreciate their noodles...I happen to dislike Indonesian flavors, I think it’s too heavy & all other Asian noodles are superior. I didn’t realize when I ordered it that it was Indonesian style... ugh!

For service, there was quite a bit of checking in the first 40 min. The chef and server checked on our first 2 dishes which were both good. Then everyone disappeared the next hour. It took 30 min from the last dish to the desert. Then another 20 to get our bill. When we complained about the slow service, it ended up turning to an issue about $10 dessert I didn’t want. If I knew that there was a$10 charge for dessert, I would have passed (didn’t want to wait in the freezing cold). We were extremely cold, they didn’t care, no heat lamp where I sat. It was my birthday dinner & I would highly suggest you do not spend any special occasions here. Since the pandemic, I notice most restaurants went above and beyond for patrons, the ownership here did not care... and it was obvious their servers did not either. I have a feeling their servers are high turnover as they are quite inexperienced for such a high end restaurant.

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MikeM
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine selection along with an outstanding meal. Pan fried noodles were delicious along with sliders! Would highly recommend for a cute date night or with friends for a quiet delicious dinner.

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vipJenniferE
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The foods are so delicious. Duck breast and steak are moist and tender, yummy!

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elliej
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! Food is inventive and there is always something
for what ever mood we are in.

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Jenji805
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great ambiance. Food was delicious but a little spicy for my taste. Dessert was delicious. They remembered the special occasion which was a nice touch. Wonderful outdoor seating under the stars

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Jojokoko
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!! Great service!! Outside dining due to Covid but it was very nice. Heaters for cool nights.

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BarryK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even with a somewhat limited main course menu, can't go wrong at the Gathering Table. Appetizers were superb (hamachi and pork & shrimp shumai) and the main course (lamp chops) was creatively prepared and delicious. Dessert (hazelnut chocolate ice cream scoops) was at the top of my list for ice cream---very creamy with a distinctive flavor. Yummy. Outdoor seating was well spaced.

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vipSidesFan
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent and imaginative.

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Britt
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance, and service! Highly recommend & will go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good we ate here for both nights of our 2 night stay in SYV. A little pricey but I’ll pay for a good meal. Get the bacon mashed potatoes. You won’t be disappointed!

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DerekR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Been there many time always a local favorite. Will continue to dine there always a treat.

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vipSusanL
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have celebrated many anniversaries and birthdays at the Gathering Table. It is a special place. Until last week, we had not been out since March. We felt comfortable with all the precautions taken and enjoyed the food, service and ambiance. The hamachi kama was exceptional! Thank you!

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JasonS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were sat on the front lawn where they have added tables due to the outdoor seating requirement. The setting was very nice, the staff was very professional, and the food was great!

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MarisolR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The hamachi, octopus and black cod were absolutely delicious. Highly recommend making a reservation here

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vipLeslieL
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our new favorite restaurant in valley. Loved eating outside in garden. Everything was delicious. We had peach and burrata salad, hamachi, fried noodles, and duck breast. Fun to share. My husband thought best dinner he had had in forever. Relaxed but special! Thank

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vipConnie
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, wonderful service, got to meet the chef. Pork belly and peach and burrata salad to start, warm bread basket -yum!!!! Entrees were hanger steak and lamb chops. Dessert -warm chocolate cake and house made ice cream. Fusion of the best flavors. Go— you will not be disappointed!!! We will be back. Thank you Chef Budi Kazali!

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The Gathering Table is rated 4.9 stars by 816 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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