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Scarlett Begonia

4.4
230 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch

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About

Scarlett Begonia will always strive to have interesting, thoughtful food.
Menus change weekly with an innovative fresh look at breakfast and lunch and dinner. Cocktails and appetizers begin at 4:30pm Tuesday thru Saturday nights with full dinner service from 5:30pm to 9:00pm, with breakfast and lunch running 9am-2pm Tuesday thru Sunday. It is our goal to provide Santa Barbara with a restaurant that showcases progressive modern food, using sustainable, organic, high quality ingredients coupled with innovative cooking to be one of the most food-centric restaurants around.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Organic
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Hours of operation
Breakfast & Lunch

Tuesday - Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner

Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(805) 770-2143
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
George Murkowitz
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
State Street
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Parking details
Parking is located in City Lot #5
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Great spot for dinner. Always popular for brunch or lunch, but we love having
dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

We had a lovey family celebration dinner on the patio. The staff was very acccodatong when our group size grew. The food was yummy, and the cocktails delicious (try the spring mule!)

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2017

Perfect place for an outdoor Sunday Brunch. Excellent food with very attentive service.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2017

Super great spot! Food was great and service awesome.. Went for Sunday Brunch.. For sure will go again

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Mary was our server, drink maker (BEST Moscow Mule in the world) and all around great person. We love Scarlet Begonia. Some of the food lacked flavor; milk gravy and the grits of the shrimp and grits's dish. But everything else was delicious. We do miss the Chicken Oysters.
Oh, we had the chocolate cream pie for dessert. To-die-for!!!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2017

We were there for grilled cheese night! What a great idea! Loved it!

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2017

The service was great but the food was just good. We've been there for brunch before and it was great, but we weren't in love with it was a dinner spot.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was amazing! We enjoyed our waitress who was personable and the service was prompt. The menu was interesting and seasonal and it was a very fun evening!
I would definitely visit again

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2017

Lovely outdoor seating area. Great healthy food prepared with care. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

We went for brunch for Father's Day. Our wait staff was excellent, and efficient, and pleasant. We tried several different entrees, and shared around. And the cocktails are delicious, too! Love Scarlett Begonia and recommend it highly to friends and family.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

The location of Scarlet Begonia reminded us of cozy little restaurants we have stumbled on in Italy. Like its Italian counterparts, Scarlet Begonia has a warm ambience, a creative, delicious menu selection and charming & informed wait staff. We had a delightful, scrumptious meal.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2017

What was good: The venue is beautiful. The waiter was delightful. The cheese plate and drinks were delicious.

What was not so good: It took way too long to receive items as they were ordered. The waiter did a poor job describing the daily pasta dish, which was gluten free and simply flavorless and awful. One of our guests ordered the green goddess salad, and because she is a vegetarian, gave us her shrimp, which was flavorless and rubbery. The portions were small/not very good for the price.

The intent of this restaurant is good, but execution is poor. Fewer unique/fun items prepared well and stream lined in delivery would make a big difference. You may want to consider a plat du jour of something really yummy that enables you to move a decent portion of orders quickly to make time for the rest.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2017

What a pleasant place! Hidden off the street, it is a quiet, serene oasis. Menu and food were great, as was service. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2017

We went to Scarlett Begonia for its prix fixe Easter brunch and it was delicious and fun. It had a smallish but varied buffet to supplement its entrees and bottomless mimosas, champagne, and juices. Our server was great and unfortunately I don't know her name. I always love the courtyard where we sat - it's pretty and quiet but somehow also seems lively. We'll definitely return.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2017

We had Easter brunch with 3 boys (aged 14, 12, 11) and 4 adults (parents). The menu was creative and the buffet of savory pastries was very good. The cinnamon rolls were to die for!!!! The Easter brunch was expensive at $55 pp (included champagne and juices). We picked up the tab and it was over $650!!!! WHOA!!!! Not exactly worth that kind of jack. Regardless, the food was very good and the service was outstanding. Cute little place with lovely owners and staff. Would hit it up again for dinner when in Santa Barbara.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2017

This is a very nice brunch with fresh ingredients and creative preparations. Nice patio attentive servers and a delicious fresh squeezed orange juice Mimosa. Was a bit pricey but that's just Santa Barbara overall.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2017

We went to Scarlett Begonia for Easter brunch. Everything (food, service, the ambiance and the set up.....buffet for appetizers/desserts and a la carte for the entree) was excellent. It was a bit chilly that morning, so we were concerned about being outside but they brought us blankets and turned on the heat lamps. It ended up working out perfectly. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves (2 adults and 2 children, ages 10 and 13).

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

We loved the indoor, outdoors options. All the dishes we ordered was explained and was happy with all the wonderful flavors. It was a joy to have mixed music off the turntable.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Great food and great service!!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

We had a wonderful lunch there recently. We brought our dog and the staff were so friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2017

Celebrated my birthday with my out-of-town sis-in-law. Great food, service, ambience...and two mean bloody mary's!!

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2017

The dinner menu is very small. Not very many choices.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2017

Absolutely amazing lunch & great attentive service.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Love everything about this place but they do run out of food. Go early before they 're out of pretzels.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2017

Very delicious food! We did wait quite a while to be served but overall it was a good experience. The olives were AMAZING!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2017

Whenever we go to Santa Barbara, we always go to Scarlett Begonia. Their food and ambiance on the outdoor patio is superb. The restaurant is very quaint with a lot of charm

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2017

We arrived right at 9am and we felt a bit awkward like we'd beaten the staff there. Lovely, gorgeous courtyard. Food was good. I think the berry compote on the ricotta pancakes was delicious but wish there had been way more of it. Found it a bit odd that the placemats were tattered, the chair twine is coming off a number of chairs, and there was a chip in my plate. All minor details though. The courtyard is so enchanting, and the food is good enough, I would make an effort to return if back in Santa Barbara.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2017

service isn't strong for the price you pay.

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1.0Dined on February 11, 2017

We had a 7:30 pm reservation last Saturday night at Scarlet Begonia. There are maybe seven entrees on the menu. They were out of the pasta and the hamburger. No, I'm not ordering the $32 Chicken and Waffles or the $19 omelet. We went next door to the Nugget.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2017

Our favorite date night spot!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2017

I've had both breakfasts and lunches here. Quiet resonance. Elegant. Friendly. Great food and great location

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2017

A hidden gem. Beautiful outdoor patio, wonderful food, excellent service. We will be back!

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2016

The food and service were perfect . The lighting in the restaurant was cool and unfriendly . Sometimes the LED lights can be a downer.It would not stop me going back but if you want to look nice for your date then this may not be the best restaurant for you

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2016

An amazing experience. The restaurant is tucked away into a courtyard and oh so charming! Food was excellent. They even give you an amuse-bouche for breakfast and a little treat of toffee when your bill comes. Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2016

This restaurant offers good and tasting breakfast choices. Amazing cinnamon rolls (aside from great creative egg dishes👍). They are not afraid to go beyond your basic scrabbled egg dish, etc. check out their menu and see for yourself. A must try if you are only visiting Santa Barbara. Excellent quality food and taste.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2016

Food was delicious and the service was wonderful. We ordered the dirty fries, lemon ricotta pancakes, and brioche French toast. Must try them.

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4.0Dined on December 10, 2016

This was a cute place. Food was good.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2016

This was our third time to the restaurant. We love that it's tucked away on a courtyard behind all the hubbub of State Street. It feels private and special. Generally, we've enjoyed most of what we've had at this cute little find. But, our brunch got mixed reviews this time. My daughter always loves her fresh pretzel with mustard butter, and the fresh cinnamon rolls that they serve as an appetizer. We were disappointed in a new dish that was added to the menu a fried chicken sandwich. The portion was quite small ( more of an appetizer size) the chicken was chewy and not seasoned to our liking. The restaurant was very nice and quickly offered us a replacement dish. My husband had an excellent egg and cheese sandwich served on a freshly baked croissants. It was delicious! unfortunately he had the last one and I was not able to order the dish for myself! The last dish we tried was the Ricota cheese pancakes. They were just OK – a bit too dry for our taste. One of the standouts are the mocktails. We had a fabulous coconut milk lavender mint concoction, and two others. All fabulous. All in all we enjoyed our visit to the restaurant but would be careful what we order at our next visit and stick to our known favorites!

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3.0Dined on November 17, 2016

I have loved this restaurant since it opened it's patio. However, it is feeling a little shabby lately. The food is good but a little overpriced. Our waiter put our check down while we were half way through our lunch. That didn't feel right.

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2016

slow service, under staffed. medium ok food. ambience great, however, the need more "focused" staff peeps.

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