The Gathering Table

4.8
882 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 882 people are saying
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KathyB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I am a local who brought up guests from LA and they loved it.

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Mich
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Awful service which was really sad since the food was fantastic. To start, almost every dish came out at once. Then at the end of the meal no one was in our area for 20 minutes so we could place our dessert order. We were sitting in 40 degree weather freezing waiting for someone to come our way so we could just close up and leave. Also it was bizarre they had a heat lamp for every table except the one we were at and said nothing to us about it despite the fact that I had my winter hat on. Just such disappointing service for the food being so wonderful.

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vipMovingvan
Salt Lake City
20 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was easily the best we had at any restaurant on this wine tasting trip. Second time at this restaurant. We tried a wide variety of menu options and all were outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

70th birthday. Menu very heavy meat, and I’m a pescatarian. The curry carrot soup was wonderful though..... and cauliflower was delicious. Just wish they had a nice mushroom dish or cheese dish.

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LynnM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was very friendly and helpful. Food was great as was the wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chefs makes the most amazing small plates/appetizers. They are even better than the mains. We love to go and share small plates.

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ANDREAR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing really enjoyed every bite second time there brought family and it was their favorite

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Impeccable food and the charming ambiance is perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant

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BruceC
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite a find, whether seated indoors or out, the ambience, food, and service were great. We had a group of 8 that were easily accommodated.

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JCdines
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Gathering Table is always excellent and Chef Budi is doing amazing food in his kitchen. Most items have an Asian nod. Nice wine list too.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Gathering Table has set up tents on their front lawn to serve patrons and keep Covid guidelines in place. We were very comfortable there and the area had a nice ambiance. They also had small heaters available if needed. Eclectic selection of foods on the menu. We had the Hamachi appetizer, the pan fried noodles and a filet mignon. The appetizer was delicious, although small in portioning, the noodles were a bit too sweet for me but had a nice flavor and the filet was done perfectly. The filet came with broccolini, which I don’t like, so requested a substitute of Brussel sprouts. The substitution did not happen and unfortunately we never saw our server again until we had finished our meal to ask about it. With that said, the service was below average. The server was very engaging and friendly but very scarce. She mentioned something about having to help with carry out orders. Overall a better than average experience and would consider dining here again.

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MicheleK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt like we were on vacation while dining at The Gathering Table. The food was delicious. Everything was so fresh and creatively prepared. Beautiful outdoor dining setting too. Can’t wait to go there again!!!

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FlorC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful presentation and flavors. Loved the grilled octopus, hamachi and Korean sliders! Can’t wait to visit again

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was so good! Perfect place for a group as there’s lots of yummy shareable items!! BEST brussel sprouts, filet and carpaccio.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

by far our favorite dinner of the weekend, the food was wonderful and our servers were outstanding, definitely made it a special experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance.

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vipMariaF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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vipShannonI
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the dining experience at The Gathering Table was wonderful.

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

Love this place! A must when visiting the area!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
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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vipGreat
San Francisco
12 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
31 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
4 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
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our favorite place for anniversaries and birthdays.

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RobertC
Central Coast
6 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.

MM
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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vipGreat
San Francisco
12 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!

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 4.8 stars by 882 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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