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Roy

4.6
203 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
State St.
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Entertainment
Different styles of music.
Additional
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 203 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The ravioli was amazing

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food was fabulous. I really enjoyed and highly recommend the chicken marsala. My sister and I split and salad and entre and we were very satisfied!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

WOW! I was initially worried when I looked at the menu and the prices. The food was simple, but spectacular. The quality of food was definitely worth the price. Fresh, clean ingredients. I had the seafood pasta, and the quality of seafood was beyond my expectations. Plus the pasta is handmade and it made all the difference. The service was also excellent. This place is not pretentious at all, and our server was both casual and friendly. Would definitely recommend this place and will be returning when I get the chance.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Us locals love Roy's! Never disappointed with the quality of the food, presentation and the service.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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,

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Comfortable, friendly, great and creative cuisine and presentation.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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).

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2017

The most difficult part is choosing what to eat! Began with the delightful Caprese Salad with huge, lovely heirloom tomato slices. The homemade pasta with filet mignon meatballs was fabulous! Altho, the Creme Brulee was nothing exciting, served plain, no frills.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2017

Excellent, liked the art show of Andy Proctor too!

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Consistently, an exceptional meal. We always enjoy this gem of a restaurant right in the heart of downtown!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Always fresh produce from our local farmers market. You can tell the difference.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2017

Great evening at n a nice environment

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2017

We love coming to Roy, its one of our favorite places to eat.

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2.0Dined on August 2, 2017

While the food was good, the atmosphere was pretty stark. And there was no one else eating at 7 PM. Maybe it gets more crowded late at night or on weekends

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

I had originally reserved a table for 8-10 people, however our number rose to 11 people. Every time I called the restaurant to change something they were very accommodating and pleasant.
They had a back room for us, however we were celebrating a birthday & we wanted to be in their main room...they made it happen. They food, as always, was good; the service exceptional. In the end they even gave us individual taps; our group eats out often, so I assured then they wood get a good tip.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2017

All menu items are home made with excellent flavors. Server was not knowledgeable about menu items, however, we were there just as the restaurant opened so he might not have had time to talk to the kitchen.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Post Solstice party.. place was packed. Servers did an amazing job of serving record breaking crowd with great live band playing. Super fun.
Food always perfect, even when slammed with customers.
Roy does a great job.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Great restaurant for hanging out with friends. We were happy to try this out upon our visit to California

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2017

Their made in house wheat bread is amazing!!! And

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2017

Very cool place. Retro interior with modern art on display. Window overlooks Carrillo Blvd. Staff are super-nice. Really good food: soup, salad, main course.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2017

We love Roy, it is always one of our favorite places in Santa Barbara for dinner. Reasonably priced food and a menu that changes regularly featuring the finest local ingredients never
disappoint.

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3.0Dined on January 17, 2017

Odd atmosphere. Late opening at 6 pm. Even then, they weren't ready to serve as the chef was still shopping at the farmers market. Food was good but overpriced.

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1.0Dined on December 31, 2016

We went for New Years as it was one of the few places we could get a reservation. We were basically forgotten once we were seated. It was so bad that a kind gentleman next to us, who was a patron, felt bad and asked us what we wanted to drink and then proceeded to get up mid meal to go to the bar to order us drinks. The food took over an hour to come out, even though it was a set menu, prime rib...a dish that should already be prepared. When I received my meal it was A - cold and B - Overcooked. It appeared that the kitchen had attempted to reheat the piece of meat by putting it on the grill...as evidenced by the grill marks on the prime rib. It wasn't good. None of it. There was live music. That was a plus. We left before midnight and rang in the new year elsewhere.

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