The Roundhouse at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

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$30 and under
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Breakfast
Offering daily breakfast delights and a hearty buffet selection.

Upscale-casual full service breakfast restaurant. The Roundhouse features an eclectic breakfast menu using locally sourced, fresh, seasonal ingredients. Centrally located near the resort lobby offering indoor seating as well as a large patio for outdoor seating with serene views of the Pacific Ocean.
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.6
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4.0
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3.7
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RH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had an Open Table reservation for December 27th, Thursday. Dressed up. Took Uber.

RESTAURANT CLOSED!!!!

CJ
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The staff was very nice but has no control over the menu or food preparation. The kitchen was very slow, which it always was. So slow, the man at a table next to us walked back there to complain. The holiday limited menu didn't have old fashioned turkey, maybe not enough interest. I ordered medium rare prime rib that was served medium almost medium well. The asparagus and hollandaise sauce covered half of the prime rib, The was no horseradish sauce or au jus, only sauce that I thought was sweet. After the slow kitchen, I wasn't going to send it back.
My wife had the fish which was also over-cooked, but the vegetable on both of our plates were excellent. $95 prime rib is in our budget, but it was not a value.
We stayed at the hotel and it is beautiful, staff gracious, and the food was excellent (moules-frites were the best I've had in along time). We'll be back next year, but we'll eat at another restaurant on Christmas night.

B
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We went to celebrate a birthday. We had reservations. About 7 or 8 tables of the maybe 20 tables in the restaurant were being used so not even half full. It took forever for someone to come and take our drink order. And it took forever for the drinks to be served. My martini glass was only half full when it was served. Did most of it spill? And the olives I requested were at the bottom of the glass - no toothpick. Had to get them out with my fingers. Salads were good. Steak and mashed potatoes came - both at room temp. Had to ask for a steak knife. Asked to have the potatoes reheated. The bowl was hot when the potatoes were returned but the potatoes were still at room temp. Didn't send semi warm steak back - thought I might not ever get it back if I did. Bouillabaisse was good but no seafood cocktail forks were available nor did they bring a bowl for the empty shells. Had to go to the bar to get the wine we ordered. It never did show up because they lost the order. The food tasted good but the service was a disaster. The servers were very nice and polite but it seems like the restaurant was very understaffed or the people were not trained to serve. The manager apologized and did comp things but this is a hotel restaurant and not at all that busy so things should have been better. The evening was very disappointing.

p
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately Reodney’s was closed. They have decreased the days they are open. HOWEVER, THEY HAD NOT NOTIFIED OPEN TABLE OF THESE CHANGES AND RESERVATIONS WERE BEING BOOKED. Very disappointing situation...

OT
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Mediocre for the price.
Good quality steak but dry.
Whole red snapper had criss cross knife cuts, maybe to make it easy to eat off the bone, in fact it made it very hard as the fish was 20 small pieces.

OT
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Name has changed, but food and service is impeccable. Everything on the menu was great, and our server helped us sort out our favorites (as well as getting every drink perfect at our table). Pork osoboco was an amazing crowd pleaser!

Can't wait to go back!

MC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We waited for 1 hour 20 min to get our food. The waiter was way too busy and overwhelmed. When he first approached our table, he was panting and out of breath. Even though this restaurant takes reservations, the management did not adequately schedule the staff to handle the crowd. Because we ate dinner on the Fourth of July, I thought perhaps some of the staff called in sick....I asked this question and was told they were fully staffed for the evening.

When we finally were served dinner it was absolutely awful....and I am not picky.....the food was literally terrible....

KS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent steak; server was new and overworked. He functioned as host, bartender and wait staff. Too many tables to provide the detailed service needed. Nervous. Did not notice the finer details such as the table was not set for the number of people in the party, nor that the meal ordered required a steak knife. Hilton management trying to cut corners by not having enough wait staff on schedule for busy holiday weekend.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Let’s start from the beginning of this 5-star experience.

We arrived a few minutes after it reservation, but were still seated very quickly, even with the restaurant being full. The only hiccup here was that the hostess seemed flustered, uncomfortable and slightly overwhelmed (while this really didn’t negatively affect our experience this visit, I felt that it should be mentioned, and it is entirely possible that the construction on the property is causing this.)

After we were seated, and waters poured, we were left to our own devices to go over the menu. Our server, Burton, stopped by to get a drink order started, and to let us know that he’d be back shortly to take our order, and even remembered we were here about 6 months ago. The attention to detail here is outstanding.

After ordering, our food appeared very fast, and was delicious. Both my boyfriend and I ordered the Ribeye, he had the garlic potatoes and Brussels sprouts, I got the gingered vegetables and garlic potatoes as well. The steaks were cooked perfectly, potatoes seasoned beautifully and the vegetables were bright and flavourful. All together, each dish created a balanced flavour profile across the board. And their signature chocolate cake... to die for.

It wasn’t nearly as loud as we thought it was going to be, as the dining room was full, the only change I would have made was raising the music volume just a hair, so that diners conversations could be obscured slightly from other tables nearby, but that’s really just nit picking on my part.

Once again, our expectations were met and exceeded by the staff here at Rodney’s, especially by our server Burton. We can’t wait to come back and dine with you again!

DP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely.

d
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience3

My rack of lamb was done perfectly. The polenta and Brussels sprouts were barely warm. The chef sent hot replacements. Salad was delicious.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Food- steak & halibut very under cooked. Halibut unedible except edges. Very pricey food not with it

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall2food4service2ambience1

They are going to renovate the restaurant and resort and it needs it desperately. It is also very difficult to find the restaurant in the large and spacious building.
The restaurant isn't very big and was not very busy on a Friday night.
The server was friendly and helpful but seemed inexperienced. For example, she didn't put our bottle of white wine on ice. She just left it half full on the table. They also were out of 2 wines specifically mentioned on the menu.
The best part of the meal was the food which is certainly a good thing. My filet was great. Cooked perfectly, medium rare and a fine cut of meat. The other people had the halibut which was good but not great. Same with the salmon. The seafood bisque was very good.
The sunset dinner special is a very good bargain, especially in Santa Barbara at $40.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Husbands birthday.

OT
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived at our reservation time of 5:00. Door was open but no one was present. Waited until 5:10 then left. Felt dated and uncared for environment.

EM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was not a good experience. They were understaffed and overbooked. We waited at least 10 minutes at the table before anyone even appeared. We were waited on by a busboy then the hostess then a wAiter who unnounced how many things The didn't have on the menu after ordering w the hostess.

S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The place was pretty empty for a Friday night. That said the service and food was excellent. Had the onion soup and a filet. Both were typical steakhouse quality, comparable to a Ruth's Chris or Mortons. Great service by the staff!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice option, if staying at Fess Parker's or any of the hotels along Cabrillo. Great to just walk for a good quality, casual dinner.

KM
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great, never seen this restaurant to busy. Food is presented well, great plating, cooked spot on and had great flavors. This is a bit of a speedy place for what you get, but it is inside the Fess Parker, not a Holiday Inn priced place. Similar feel to a Ruth Chris or Flemmings, they utilize the 1600 degree ovens for your steaks and they nail it pretty spot on!

OT
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From the wedge salad to the filet, everything was perfect! The service was top-notch and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back.

BT
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was very tasty but portions small and menu interesting but limited.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Farm to Table dining. Great service. I had the Salmon, a caprese salad and the artichoke. The ingredients were fresh and plated very well. The amount of food served was perfect.

s
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Loud hip hop. So so steak. Excellent server

D
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Average Steakhouse, had a famous LY dinner for eight adults st Rodney's. Service was very attentive, although the restaurant was almost empty, save our group. Food choices were ok, although the petite filet was truly minuscule, although flavorful. Sides were average, although the roasted potatoes in bacon fat were daily tasteless. Much better choices in Sata Barbara

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was friendly and timely, the ambiance was great, and the food was delicious! The bread pudding dessert was amazing. My wife and I dined at Rodney's for Valentines and it was a great experience. The hostess and our server were very friendly not just to us but to everyone, which I enjoyed watching.

S
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We usually go to Rodney's once a year and haven't been disappointed. This time around the menu has changed. Loved the wedge salad, the crab cakes, and the crème brûlée. Sadly, none of those items are now available. We ordered oysters to find that they were out of them at 6:30 on a Saturday night. The filet mignon was excellent as always, the lobster was cooked perfectly, and the kale and wild mushroom sides were very tasty. The big surprise was the bacon fat basted potatoes, these were amazing! The reverse root beer float was nice, but not as nice as the crème brûlée would have been. Service was ok. Servers were friendly, but seemed inexperienced. It was not very busy, but staff seemed very distracted. Overall a nice experience though.

DB
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Our drinks took forever... the server had to auction them off?!?!?! Handed me the wrong drink :( food wasn't hot the server didn't preset so we sat for a few waiting for knives to cut our cold food .. and when she did bring things she reached in front of us without so much as an excuse me?!?! Also auctioned off the food?! So unprofessional !! Never checked back with us, and there were 6 of us, and she brought 1 side of pots for 6 people?!?! It was 100% disappointing
Will be calling to speak with management

LL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I think the decor could be updated to match the sophisticated and tasty food that they serve.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Filet mignon WA excellent as was grilled cauliflower. Way to many kids making way to much noise without any words from their parents or from the staff. Not cool.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We loved our experience at Rodney's was lovely! The room is beautiful and we loved our table. We ordered the Burata chese and tomatoes and it was fabulous! I ordered the Squash soup and it was ok, not great, but good. My husband ordered the filet minion and potatoes and he enjoyed it greatly! The service was excellant. However, I ordered chocolate ice cream and it was full of freezer burn and was awful....Our server, of course, took it off of the bill, but really didn't give the the option of ordering anything else. My husband had the reverse root beer float and I would have love to have a scoop of the root beer ice cream.
We look forward to coming back next year perhaps.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, and the steaks were prepared exactly as ordered. Our waiter was quite attentive to our needs. We would definite return to Rodney's again.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The steak tasted great and the service was excellent. The only down side was the lighting above us was too bright.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Santa Barbara to celebrate our anniversary and thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and food at Rodney's.

IG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The place is upscale with nice atmosphere and great service. However, we were surprised to find out that the menu was completely different from What is posted on Open Table. It took away from what was expected to be a nice evening.

C
Dallas
38 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience4

If the food had not been overwhelmed by salt, it was a gorgeous combination of flavors & variety - fresh vegetables & fish artfully prepared. The oysters & Caesar salad were fabulous. The service was attentive & friendly. Just market your restaurant & go way easier on salt!

ST
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience4

My husband and I came to celebrate our 20th annv. Even made a special comment on Open Table rsvp. Rodneys did not acknowledge. No bsr tender, server did double duty, very slow and weren't that busy. Coupled with hotel sales entertaining prospects, our server spent more time catering them. Hotel staff didn't even notice we weren't being taken care of. Rodney's is not inexpensive, for the prices they charge for drinks and food, it was a horrible experience. We are locals and won't return.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience3

WE SAT DOWN AND WAITED OVER 35 MINUTES BEFORE ANYONE EVEN ASKED US WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO DRINK. THAN AFTER WE ORDERED IT TOOK ANOTHER 20 MINUTES BEFORE WE WERE ASKED BY MANAGER ABOUT DRINKS THAT STILL WERE NOT DELIVERED... THIS SHOULD GIVE YOU AN IDEA HOW BAD THE EXPERINCE AT THIS PLACE WAS... I BELIEVE IT WAS THE WORST EXPERINCE EVER! HORRIBLE SERVICE & FOOD!!

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The initial welcome, attentive service, knowledge of wines, and the food (lamb shank) were all so very good. The restaurant design was comforable, warm and inviting. We went on a weeknight evening. Great local find !

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2016
Overall4food1service4ambience4

I was very disappointed the ribeye steak was very fatty. The wedge salad was watery and the salad dressing was watery

L
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Asked one of the hotel managers for a recommendation for good seafood. He said we should try Rodney's right in the hotel and we would not be disappointed. We took his recommendation and made reservations for 7:00. My wife ordered a Cosmopolitan and asked for it not too sweet. A watered-down, void of taste drink arrived. My martini was the same. My wife ordered the halibut with spaghetti squash and kale. I ordered seafood cioppino. My wife's halibut was well done and completely dried out. The spaghetti squash was completely tasteless. My cioppino broth/sauce tasted like a can of Campbell's tomato soup. Not good. The waiter came over and took the halibut back to the kitchen and after some discussion with the staff, said they would make a new one. They did and brought it back. I'm sorry to say, but the second one was just as bad, if not worse than the first one. There is nothing worse than dry seafood. So, we sent that one back, as well. The waiter apologized, and said they would take the halibut off the check. The wait staff, although very nice, seemed inexperienced. I paid the check and left the restaurant.

My wife, in the meantime, had nothing for dinner and it was too late to go off the hotel property to look for another restaurant. She stopped by the gift shop and bought a candy bar.

This was not exactly the type of evening we had planned. And, needless to say, we will not try the restaurant again.

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