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Permanently Closed - Relais de Paris

4.2
109 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Relais de Paris is modeled after a 19th century French Brasserie to create simple traditional French dishes using the best local and organic ingredients available in the Santa Barbara area.

Our specialty is our "Sauce Originale" which has been kept a secret since its creation in 1959. In addition to our well-known and famous "steak frites," we offer a range of bistro dishes and amazing desserts that are well-suited for all tastes. Our inviting atmosphere makes Relais de Paris an ideal place to enjoy a fine meal with friends, family and colleagues in a pleasant Parisian Brasserie setting.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Friday
Lunch: 12:00pm - 4-pm
Dinner: 4pm- close

Saturday & Sunday
Brunch & Lunch 10am -4pm
Dinner: 4pm- close
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Phone number
(805) 963-6077
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Dress code
Business Casual
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4.2  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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martinp (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 31, 2016

The escargo lacked strength,suggest more garlic,and salt.

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vipOurHus (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 31, 2016

Croques Monsieur better than Paris? Oui! Highly recommend! Wonderful service from Marisa! Au revoir!

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vipNOCA (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

Sat outside and had a wonderful lunch. Great salads and service. I felt like I was in Paris if only for lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2016

Exceptional French Bistro on STATE STREET with a PATIO. Delicious food prepared with care, and skill. Superb fresh ingredients, and combinations. Beautiful French decor with bistro chairs and tables. I cannot say enough about this place. I am in sales, eating out is part of my lifestyle, this place sizzles! Every part of the meal is carefully executed, well presented, and service is ON POINT. I am happy to spend my money in this place and give such a glowing recommendation, they deserve it. Unfortunately, I have had many disappointments in Santa Barbara in the last decade. Too many restaurants with absent owners, weak managers, poor service, and irrelevant food. This place re-ignited my passion to dine in downtown SB. I tried no less than 7 dishes when I hosted this dinner. Everyone left satisfied, happy and excited to return. Well done...Well done! Viva La France.

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FrankH (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2016

The mussel entrée, with scores and scores of mussels in a really great, creamy sauce, were absolutely delicious. We took home the leftovers and they made two meals.

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wendellk (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2016

grilled asparagus, escargot were great appetizers.
entrecote beef entrée was wonderful.
service was delightful, attentive and informative.

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vipSandraT (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 8, 2016

We enjoyed a very nice lunch at Relais. My husband loved his Croque Monsieur, our friend thought the burger was excellent. My salad was good but not remarkable.

Service was very slow.

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vipCherylhawaii (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on June 8, 2016

Enjoyed the Executive Lunch outside

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 29, 2016

We really enjoyed our meal and the very friendly service. The moules frites and steak frites were both delicious. Loved the chocolate desert.

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LAartguy1 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 29, 2016

My wife loves French bistros and we have been wanting to try this charming restaurant on State Street for some time. We finally went on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and were pleasantly surprised by the dining experience. The menu is limited to staple bistro fare -- so there were no surprises -- but everything was prepared to utter perfection. My wife had Moule Frite (Mussels and Fries) which she loved. The mussels were the largest, plumpest and tastiest we've had. They had that subtle briny taste -- fresh from the sea. I had their specialty: Entrecote Steak, medium rare, and it too was close to perfection. Love their Sauce Originale. We have a new favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara and will be back!

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otsb708 (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on May 21, 2016

Perfect for an amazing date night. The service was top notch, and the food speaks for itself. It's a definite return back to spot.

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vipkatem (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

One of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara (I'm a local). While everything is good, the French fries are the best-ever, and the bouillabaisse not to be missed.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

The waiter was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

Ambiance and service was wonderful. We ordered the Crock Monsieur and It was just bad too much bread, had the crust on, the cheeses were not melted, French Fries were not seasoned.

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Magz (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

The Relais de Paris is a gem on State street. The food is delicious, the service is prompt and professional and the atmosphere is really lovely. This is real authentic French cuisine, made with high quality local ingredients. We live in LA and this restaurant compares very favorably with the best French restaurants in LA. I highly recommend it. This is our favorite place in Santa Barbara!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

Been here multiple times, and always enjoy it. The food and service are consistently excellent, and the atmosphere is very nice.

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dundee (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 6, 2016

We were very pleased - food and especially the service were outstanding.
Certainly would go back again when in Santa Barbara

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on April 6, 2016

Great dinner - came here two years ago on vacation and had to come again when we were back in Santa Barbara. Great French bistro feel.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

My fiancee and I went here for Valentine's Day. The weather was really nice so we decided to sit outside and watch people walking down State Street as the sun went down. The waitress was really gracious with helping us choose the wines and let us taste multiple glasses to find the right one. When the food arrived it was delicious; I tried escargot for the first time and actually loved it. Overall it was a very romantic date, but I would caution against going on Valentine's Day since you'll have to choose from the special menu with jacked-up through-the-roof prices (although this is common at a lot of high end restaurants).

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Had a very good time at Relais de Paris. Food was beautifully presented and very tasty; wonderful ambiance and service. Location is ideal (mid-State Street) for shopping, strolling and taking in other downtown Santa Barbara activities. We'll definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2016

A lovely French Bistro that I will happily return to.
We dined on a Sunday night and practically had the whole restaurant to ourselves. Our server Angel was attentive, charming, and had a nice sense of humor. It was hard to decide on our order as many entrees sounded appealing but we both ended up ordering the house specialty-- the "Formule Relais de Paris-- Entrecôte Steak." If you like beef, please order this delicious entree!

A mixed green salad comes with the entree and it was so fresh, light, and barely coated with a delicious dressing that it seemed as if they must have just picked the greens from the garden. Hard to believe a starter salad could be so tasty. The entree beef was perfectly cooked and tender. The portion looked very large but the beef is sliced very thin and I ate all of it without feeling stuffed. The "sauce originale" sounded a bit silly as Angel described it's top secret status and could only reveal a few of the ingredients when we asked him to describe the sauce. I am not a big sauce fan but it was excellent and worked so well with the beef. Flavorful with a light and smooth texture, I found myself dipping my pomme frites in the sauce as well! The sauce IS strangely addictive. The pomme frites were also addictive as they were crisply cooked to perfection. A great meal and I will dine here again on my next visit to Santa Barbara.

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SandyinSB (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2016

Well, it's the only French restaurant, but well worth visiting. I have been to France many times, and this is pretty close. Fabulous bar, nicely decorated, scrumptious food. They were in no hurry to turn the tables, so a relaxing, enjoyable evening was had by all. I'd definitely recommend it for date night.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

Delicious foods and great service. They don't have a kids menu but you can find things on the menu for ages 5 and up. We had a delightful dinner there as a family and my 6 year old loved it.

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oliopizzeria (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2016

If you are familiar with and like Relais de l'Entrecôte in Paris then you will love this restaurant. Beautiful sliced steak, or chicken, in the same sauce with a pile of frites and a simple salad to start. Just so good!!! Great ambience with French music playing. Wonderful service. Nice champagne by the glass too. Love having lunch here with my friends. Closest thing we have to Paris in SB.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2016

My third time at Relais de Paris, and it is as good as ever. Great food, lovely decor, and Angel the maitre d' is a wonderfully gracious host.

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VanF (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2016

If we hadn't eaten here before we would have left as we were the only people there. As before, the service and food were excellent. Santa Barbara' secret?

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2016

What a wonderful surprise! Fabulous relaise sauce, amazing pommes frites, great wine! We thought of our nights in Paris, just a mile or two from home. Great ambience, too!

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Perfect (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

The hostess and our server were both phenomenal--very pleasant and helpful! The food was amazing, service was amazing and overall experience was amazing. We will definitely be back! Thank you!

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Luv2wine (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

Great steak frites and moules frites! Attentive and thoughtful service, but not overly so. Food is delicious now, but I hear they are importing a new chef straight from Paris in January 2016 and it should be even better! Great wines, reasonably priced. Not a full bar, yet, but they told us they've applied for the permits, so that should be coming in due course.

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Racersclub (Switzerland)
1.0  Dined on December 25, 2015

On the food level, the sauce for l'entrecote was overwhelmed by cinnamon -- very strange taste with steak -- not the original steak-frites you might have had before.
When we raised our concern/opinion, we were told the sauce is imported directly from France...not sure if this is true, but if so, they don't know from the real thing.
Service was polite, but disinterested and fake -- not outright unpleasant, just not there.
Our expectations were much higher, sorry to say.

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