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For 2
7:00 PM
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199 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
In business for more than 20 years, Roy is a bistro-style, Americana restaurant with a frequently changing, handwritten menu. We strive to serve unpretentious cuisine of the highest quality. We use mostly certified organic produce from the local Santa Barbara Farmers Market, free range chicken and Harris Ranch hormone free beef. We bake our own bread, hand roll our pastas and make all of our desserts in house. Our ambiance is retro moderne California casual, and we have rotating art shows that run for a month and a half at a time. Live music once in a while. Full bar all the time.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly: 6:00pm - 12:00am Closed on Monday's
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Phone number
(805) 899-3458
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Roy Gandy
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Private party facilities
Private dining room for up to 20 people with no room charge.
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Private party contact
Roy Gandy: (805) 966-5636
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Cross street
State St.
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Different styles of music.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 199 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PearlF (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Local ingredients in unique and tasty combinations. Roy is consistently creative and delicious!

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Roy really knows how to cook. Hand made pasta with fillet mignon meatballs were excellent. Best pasta and meatballs you will find.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Roy never fails! The staff was very friendly and took care of us! The food was mouth watering, so good! Everything was perfect & made the best first impression for my boyfriend, this is definitely going to be out new go to spot!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

it had been years since we have been to Roy's so it was fun to return. It has a great atmosphere and though known for late night dining we were there early as we were attending a play at the New Vic following dinner. Our server was nice and allowed us to relax over wine without any pressure to order our meal. I ordered the special (prime rib) but found it not as special as hoped. It was a bit overdone (not a true medium rare as ordered) and it may have sat too long on the line, as it was not piping hot once it arrived at the table.....The pasta dish my husband ordered was really good. Hoping to come again, as we know it is a hidden gem in Santa Barbara,

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Carefully prepared food, great art, good music, great value.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Enjoyed our dinner - have been to Roy before and usually always good. We were disappointed when we checked the menu on Open Table when we made the reservation - it had very little of what was actually presented - need to update that! For was still good but not the choices we expected.

Otherwise, nice dinner experience.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Really excellent food for me and my date. Atmosphere is unique too. I’ve been when live bands were there and it was enjoyable. I suggest they use filtered drinking water instead of tap although there was a lemon slice which helps.

Lindon77 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Roy never disappoints! The food and cocktails are always good. Very romantic atmosphere!

vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

The best part is the warm honey whole wheat bread. The service was top notch! Had the seafood pasta. Food was good but not fantastic.

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent food. The Chef was on point. We had a great dinner!

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Comfortable, friendly, great and creative cuisine and presentation.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner was terrible. Our cooked carrots were raw, mashed potatoes were COLD and tasted funny. No one finished their plate. Dessert was good with a funky sauce.
Way overpriced. I had been coming for years off and on.
This makes me so sad. I loved coming here. Santa Barbara ‘s hidden gem is how I used to describe Roy’s.
I believe Roy’ regular crew was absent. Thank you.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

It is a wondereful restaurant -- I always enjoy going there.

vipYouGetOneShot (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on November 16, 2017

OpenTable pictures really over-sell Roy. It's not nearly as clean, hip or "cool" as you would be led to believe. Food is fair, but presentation is barely above a Golden Corral. Service was lousy. Quiet midweek, 6pm and only one guy was handling 6 tables plus bartending. Basically he took orders and delivered plates but never had time to check on anyone. Probably a cool spot 10 or 20 years ago but now it's just run down and struggling. I was offended by how small the salmon serving was for the price. 3oz at best. Overall a total fail with so many other better choices nearby.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

The menu was very odd and lacked variety, we walked out after a glass of wine as nothing looked very good. In addition they insisted over our objections on placing my wife and I at a very small table even though the place was nearly empty and remained so. Just a weird experience.

RitaD (London)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

We are new to SB; just visiting. We had a perfect meal here. Two main courses; one desert; a bottle of wine: a margarita and a beer = $122. The food was great. Freshly prepared and well judged. We might even go back tomorrow. Live jazz to (but not every night).

omnivore (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

We love Roy for the great atmosphere and wonderful food and often excellent art on the walls.

vipsanysidro (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

As usual the food was very good and reasonable. We always like the consistency of the quality of the food and service. Also, the prices are very fair, especially for Santa Barbara!!

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

Wonderful experience in private room for our group of 15. Roy personally called me to confirm he could reserve the room. He shops daily so menu changes daily. I had seafood pasta, (homemade) yummy broth and perfectly cooked seafood. Highly recommended.

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

I used to come to this spot 15 years ago when I was attending UCSB because it was the only late night option in town besides Denny's. Always enjoyed the food and atmosphere. I recently went back on a weekend trip down to Santa Barbara and it has definitely held up! The food remains amazing and the atmosphere is great. I would highly recommend this restaurant.