The Gathering Table

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$31 to $50
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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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u
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I would have given a perfect score but we felt really rushed and did not have time between courses to enjoy and savor our meal. That being sad we love the food and go whenever we are in town.

l
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I would and have recommended this restaurant to many of our friends. The food is always superb, as is the service.
We recently had a "Date night" there and were thrilled with the meal. Their Hamachi was the best we have had ( and it is always what we order if it is on the menu). The fish was out of the world. The Ling cod was prepared with fresh corn and basil and served with a Beurre Blanc sauce that was so good there are no words. The wines are excellent and often are from local vineyards. The staff is excellent at recommending the best wine to go with each course. The chef is personable and often comes out to visit with diners and is always happy to discuss the food, and describe the preparations.
It is just a great, fun place to dine. A real Local Gem

G
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Found this restaurant on Open Table. We were looking for something special to celebrate our anniversary. The Gathering Place fit the bill. Our server was great and the overall service was perfect. The service staff would look over all the time, but only came over when they thought we might need something. The were not overbearing and trying too hard. The food was delicious, but the menu for full entrees was a bit limited. There were more smaller plate (tapa like) offerings.
Unfortunately, this place is a bit out of the way. It is definitely a destination. If you have the opportunity
to take the drive I would recommend it.

TB
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought the whole family to dinner this time and had the opportunity to sample many of the dishes on the menu. Oh my! Everything, right down to the shoe-string fries that came with the sliders, was perfections. My 12-year-old granddaughter tried octopus and loved it. I can't recommend this experience enough.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The hamachi was out of this world. Everything was great. The atmosphere was rustic farmhouse. Everything was reasonably priced. Would totally recommend.

BA
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food! Everything was fantastic. Very interesting mix of flavors — everything totally fresh.

j
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We love to go to the Gathering Table for family and special events. It has always great food and service.
Negatives I would note to be the "energetic" ambiance. Even though we picked a 6 pm time slot, the loud and happy friends around us made it difficult to talk during our anniversary dinner. Also a small thing but it seems the sparkling water that we were served is still water with a weak charge of CO2 that disapates too soon.

NH
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tables for 2 are too small and too close together. Limited seating options for 2 guest.

DS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gourmet dishes in an upscale farmhouse setting in the Ballard Inn. A small room so feels intimate. We had an outstanding waitress who helped with our selections.

G
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb, the flavors incredible and the presentation was beautiful. This is definitely a restaurant we will return to in the near future.

RO
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Solid menu with inspired specials.
Very good wine list with some low production gems, especially in local pinots...

D
London
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food by an inspired chef, service impeccable. Value for money with this Asian inspired menu.

KL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food- nice departure from the same old steak and potatoes.

JC
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu items were wonderful, family style so we got to try so many things. Everything was delicious. Service was amazing. Setting was so charming. We were visiting from out of town and already made my reservation for when we return in November.

TA
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate my in-laws 60th wedding anniversary. I wanted it to be special and memorable. The Gathering Table did not disappoint. The food was delicious and the entire dining experience was delightful. My husband and I are vegan, so the menu options for us were very limited. Our server suggested we allow the chef to create a dish for us. We took him up on his offer and were extremely happy with the delicious result! Later the chef came out and we were able to thank him ourselves. If you want an unforgettable dining experience, come to The Gathering Table!

MF
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, The Gathering comes highly recommended. We were small group of old Valley folks, and we truly enjoyed our evening and meal. Thanks

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Worth the money in my opinion if you are looking for a fine dining experience. Every plate is smaller portioned and the whole menu is designed for sampling. After several plates i left satisfied but not feeling stuffed or overly full like i would at many american restaurants. It was a nice change from over eating. You get all the flavor but not nearly as much guilt. Overall i would highly recommend eating here if you are looking for a fresh perspective. Dont eat here if you are looking for a quick meal. This type of dining is meant to take 2 to 3 hours to fully enjoy. Id recommend to book earlier as they have limited dining space and the later time slots are too crowded feeling for me. Thank you, it was a wonderful meal. Cant wait to eat there again.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Food, Everything we are just got better and better as it came out. The service was top and the chef even came out to speak with us. Definitely will be going back

l
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional dining experience. Budi, the owner and executive chef, is visible all night checking in with guests explaining the techniques and ingredients if requested. Very unusual sauces ,such as miso gorgonzola ,. Yes, you better believe it. ! What a creation. The atmosphere is clean with farm style decor, low lights and fresh. Energy remarkable.

BA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to The Gathering Table. We were celebrating our 49th Wedding Anniversary. My wife and I were impressed with the ambiance of the restaurant. The food was outstanding. The servers were extremely attentive to our needs. We look forward to returning to The Gathering Table.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. Each dish was delicious. The chef was the sweetest and came to our table to discuss the meal. He clearly has a lifelong passion for his restaurant. Looking forward to returning.

EC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is always exceptional!

L
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Our dining experience was overall excellent. Food was delicious- thr the hamachi,octopus, noodles, fish- YUM Chef Budi came to our table and we discussed his menu which has a bit of Asian influence (he’s from Indonesia originally). Our server was attentive and helpful. We added two extra people at the last minute and they were able to accommodate us-a bit crowded but doable. The ONE. Negative was that another server helping the next table was LOUD and we couldn’t hear each other but could give you a complete rundown of their conversation thanks to the volume😡
Definitely recommend this restaurant but get your reservations early for optimum seating.

MW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in the area, best service in the area, best atmosphere in the area. Simple as that

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Owner great personality... busboy awasome... too bad he is off to OSU... tipped him enough for his first beer party... kitchen is a bit slow... waitress is a bit lacking x2... felt ignored and key items skipped..
Hmm, gotta work on that...

B
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful ambiance, delicious food, beautifully presented. Excellent service.

BM
San Francisco
144 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a delightful experience, once again! Delicious summer produce was featured in each of our meals, and each dish was exemplary. Budi’s Caesar Salad is a gem, always, and we love it even more now that it’s served chopped. Jasmin is a such a charming, genuine and friendly person, attentive and thoughtful; she’s certainly a treasured addition to the waitstaff. Thanks to all for a wonderful experience!

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding!

RE
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was AMAZING!! Was a little loud in the restaurant but the place is so cool and the chef does a fabulous job!!

AJ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Gathering Table. The staff is terrific, the menu is filled with food that is unique, fresh and flavorful. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and we always have a wonderful experience. We highly recommend this restaurant for a memorable dining experience.

HM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. The food was impeccable. Everything we ordered was melt in your mouth delicious. The inn is also charming and picturesque. The portions are small and meant to be shared. Order a lot to taste it all! I highly recommend.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect!

T
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed our dinner at The Gathering Table very much. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Wish we could have dined there for dinner more than once, but we were only in town for the one night. (We did have a marvelous breakfast there the next morning as part of our stay at the Ballard Inn.) I would highly recommend going if one is looking for a special evening, even if not celebrating anything in particular!

MM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hidden spot in the Valley. Food unlike any other in the area. Highly recommend.

AG
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an outstanding meal. The small plates option gives u a chance to try a variety of foods. Every single dish was spectacular. We are still talking about it 3 days later. We will most definitely return..

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ES
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Everything about our experience was fantastic...except the food, which was just "very good". By that I mean it was well prepared and tasty, but there wasn't anything we ordered that blew us away.

BM
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wow wow wow. Food was incredible. Such a diverse menu. Every single thing we ordered was outstanding. Ambiance was amazing, great local wines. Don’t miss out!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we ate was excellent. We had octopus, peach salad (special), duck, and lamb chops. This was the best meal we've had in the valley.

B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative food, great service and wonderful ambiance

u
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We did our own little tasting menu sharing lots of appetizers and splitting the sea bass. We loved the Hamachi, octopus, tomato soup, burrata and peach salad and don't even get me started on the pink salted caramel (light as a feather) desert.

Cannot wait to go back. Thank you chef!

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