Tin Roof Bistro

4.6
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$30 and under
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American
After soaking in the TRB’s Santa Barbara mission architecture, you’ll enter and be greeted by a triple arched Brunswick mahogany bar. Large bowls of colorful citrus for making cocktails sit atop a twenty-foot long bar perfect for grabbing a glass of wine or a bite to eat. As you explore further towards the display kitchen, you enter our lounge, also referred to as the wine library. Knotted wood shelves display our wines, divided up by wine region. Windows surround the North side of the dining room, allowing our guests to gaze out onto the fountain in our courtyard. I describe the décor as thoughtful and collective, creating little vignettes for dining areas. We offer two separate outdoor dining experiences: our courtyard with full service and our front porch great for appetizers, drinks and lounging.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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k
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

very nice restaurant, however, when seated inside and the restaurant is crowded, it is very noisy. The food is very good and the service was good once our server arrived. We had a 7:00pm reservation through Open Table which was not honored. We didn't get seated until 7:40pm. I think that's a first for me on Open Table. We have always been seated on time at every other restaurant that we have booked through Open Table.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food is always reliable

BF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we go here the service and food are excellent. Sitting on the patio in the evening having cocktails, appetizers and food is the way to spend the evening.

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

service was bad. Forgot our order... finally got our order.. waitor said “food was just sitting at counter...”
seriously how hard is it to make 1/2 sandwich & soup...?
waiter/waitress is lame... this is not the first time service is bad...
they really got to work on service...

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a friend for lunch. Service and food excellent. Cannot wait to visit again.

V
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is terrific for a special dinner, casual dinner, people watching, and overall has a very positive vibration.

BT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place

j
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It worked out perfectly to go straight from LAX at 3 pm for appetizers & drinks. It was not crowded and we had a large comfortable booth, great service, & it was a quiet time. The food we ordered was delicious. The shrimp appetizer was very flavorful, the fold over pizza w/ arugula was terrific. beet salad zesty & light. Margaritas had a nice kick. this was my second time dining at the restaurant. dinner can be busy and somewhat noisy when crowded.

RC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The time frame between appetizers and entre was almost 40 min . Waitress was waiting on to many tables and not appreciative of business . When we passed on desert she took 10 min to give us a check . When we went to pay it took another 10-15 min to check out . We were seated at 6:25 and did not get checked out until 8:30 .

I
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We have been here many times before but this night was not our best experience. The server seemed a bit pulled in other directions and we really didn’t see them. Out food came out wrong two different times. The steak was over cooked and the piece of salmon was extremely small. We are hoping it was a one-off and we will be back. Just maybe not soon.

BJ
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had a been a while since we'd been to Tin Roof Bistro and we were thrilled that the service and food were still amazing! Inside it's quite loud and energetic, but the outdoor patio was ideal for us to have a nice, relaxed dinner in a beautiful setting. The scallop dish (with yams and a variety of veggies) was a stand out and felt like a warm hug from the inside. We will definitely make this one of "go to" spots from now on.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went with my 80 year old in-laws so the review is based on how it worked with them. The restaurant is very loud so it is tough to hold a conversation. The waiter was very busy and made sure to tell us that when we asked for help. I had to go to an empty table to get silverware and we got one dinner fast and waited over 10min for the other 3. The only time the waiter was friendly was when he gave us the bill. The food is good but nothing special. Too bad because this used to be a great option for dinner

R
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hey, great food, great service. What else can you ask for in a restaurant!!!

CS
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A definite go to place for most occasions. Great food, service and ambience.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and good food. Celebrated a birthday and they gave us a dessert with a candle. It was lovely.

HJ
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, very friendly and happy staff. Food was fine, we had an issue with our order-seems we received someone else’s special request, but it was corrected quickly. All in all, a nice evening.

z
Orlando
22 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday dinner. Was very good

WR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The quality of the meal was fine but they forgot to prepare one of our tables entree/mains. So I would rate the service below par.

D
Cleveland
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff! Our thanks.

m
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, tasty food and fun environment. Can't go wrong.

CA
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Can always count on a good experience at Tin Roof Bistro. . .food is outstanding. Service was a bit slow mainly at the end when we were trying to pay the bill, however a new server was being trained so can understand this. We ate early so the noise level was not the usual challenge to hear the conversations. By the time we left, the level was up quite a bit. Fully appreciate the noise level is not within the restaurant's control but did want to mention this as due to past experience we don't frequent this restaurant as often as we would like.

SP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great luncheon place. Outdoor seating with plenty of shade.

NX
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My clients suggested we have lunch at the Tin Roof Bistro. The flavors of the food and presentation were outstanding, and so was the service. Highly recommend! Will return again!

AM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always enjoy our meals in the back patio. Service by Jan was excellent.

DW
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was our first time there with a family of six with a baby. We enjoyed the food and the variety. My only wish is that we were seated at a round table instead of oblong for better conversation.

KC
London
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Our waiter was MIA. The hostess recognized we were there to celebrate my wife’s birthday, but nothing was said or acknowledged by the wait staff or anyone there after. Took forever to get our meals, beverages, etc. The check was quick to come however. Disappointed. Have had four previous experiences that were great. Not this time.

SF
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always a favorite of ours. Lunch or dinner. We love the outside patio. The food and staff are both terrific.

OT
Los Angeles
459 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good for lunch but I would sit in the outside patio if you want to converse since it's very noisy inside. The food is very good and reasonably priced; the service is also very good. Nice for a group for lunch, but, again, sit outside.

S
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to bring clients or meet up with a friend. Make lunch reservations; it fills up quickly!

JC
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scott is an awesome server! We are at Tin Roof at least once a month, and our service on this occasion was beyond excellent!

JA
Los Angeles
389 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Stopped by for dinner with an out-of-town friend. When are Server found out that she was from out of town She brought us brussels sprouts that were absolutely delicious. She also brought us the recipe for them.. She was so engaging and personable. And the bus boys were also very helpful. The service is excellent and the food is very tasty.

CM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has become my ‘go to’ restaurant for any outside visitors; since I know that there’s nothing but good.

CT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at Tin roof many times, it always comes with exceptional service I was glad to have my business meeting there, my associate love the firecracker shrimp

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service was mediocre. Never got a water glass and felt little ignored.

IA
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

My second visit ➖hoping customer service from Tin Roof Servers would have improved at all.

I was so DISAPPOINTED ☹️☹️☹️ with the sever "SAMIRA" assigned to me.

I was surprised that my order "Cheeseburger" came in 15 minutes later after the next table that got seated & placed their orders "2 people" after I have already ordered my Cheeseburger!!!

Samir's never came by and asked me "How's your food, is there anything else I can get you?"☹️

I will definitely NOT GOING BACK & NOT RECOMMEND to Tin Roof at all!!!

Service at s very poor "0 rating!!!"

JA
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service were good. It's a good spot, and open later than most.

BW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gracie, at the bar, was sassy and awesome.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Saturday short rib for 2. It was amazing. Also had Brussel sprouts as an appetizer. Equally as good. Service was top notch. Enjoyed it tremendously.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice Helloween decorattion, great food.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tin Roof is consistently good. Always great for a great lunch or dinner.