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About Sly's

Sly’s offers a wide selection of fishes, seafood, aged hand-cut USDA prime steaks and local vegetables. Live lobster, oysters and shellfish share the limelight with Dover sole, sand dabs and abalone. Sly’s is more than just a little of Chef James Sly’s 40 years of experience in kitchens around the world. Sly’s offers many, daily, fresh and local specials –in a historic building in one of the Central Coast’s finest restaurants. From the crusty bread and rolls, to finely crafted desserts, your food is made at Sly’s. With extensive wines by the glass, Sly’s offers an extraordinary wine list of local, California, and French wines, including a reserve list of rare and notable wines. The bar focuses on classic cocktails, fresh juices, quality liquor, homemade tonic and talented bartenders. The comfortable dining room features shiny varnished Douglas Fir, exposed yellow brick, glassed-in wine room, white tablecloths and a fine collection by world-class photographer Jesse Alexander.

686 Linden Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood, French

Hours of Operation:
Food service Sunday and Saturday: Brunch 9 am- 2 pm Sunday -Thursday; Dinner: 5 pm - 8:30 pm Friday and Saturday; Dinner: 5 pm -9:30 pm

Cross Street:
7th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 684-6666

Website:
http://slysonline.com/

Parking Details:
Carpinteria's only Valet Parking - Evenings from 5:30pm. Turn onto 7th Street off of Linden.
The bonded, insured valet will meet you along the side of Sly's yellow brick building.

Executive Chef:
James Sly

Private Party Facilities:
Small groups are welcome at Sly’s, in our Monaco Room. Planning a wedding rehearsal dinner, a special birthday, or a corporate event? Sly’s friendly, professional staff & exquisite food can make all the difference. Start your dinner with a hand-shaken cocktail from one of the Central Coast’s best bars - follow with wines selected from our extensive list of local California, and French wines at a wide range of prices (Compare and contrast, discuss among yourselves!). Follow with a dinner from Sly’s. A personalized menu can help create the best dining experience, & insure we have the fresh local specials on hand that your guests might want. From the crusty bread & rolls to finely crafted desserts, your food is made at Sly’s. Your guests will find the setting comfortable for a meeting or a celebration. Best of all? The food, the wines, the cocktails are all, well, Sly's. It doesn't get much better. Please contact us directly so that we can help you create your special event.

Private Party Contact:
Manager: (805) 684-6666

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Sly's Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (16)
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Bar Seating (12)
Authentic (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
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Fun (10)
Casual (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Healthy (5)
Romantic (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Business Meals (4)
Cozy (4)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vegan (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Everything was awesome, especially Tony, our waiter. Thanks again!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

had a very enjoyable meal........staff very friendly and helpful......nice variety of choices on the menu.....reservations suggested......food was very good.....will return when in the area

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

The waitstaff was very attentive especially John who made our anniversary dinner special.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Sly's is our special go to place. Great food, service and friendly atmosphere. Everytime!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 24, 2017

As always we had a great experience. The drinks, food & service is consistent & very, very good. There is something for everyone on the menu!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Generally speaking, we like the place, and have been there a number of times. Our less than stellar experience this time was the result of choices. The chicken pot pie was underwhelming and fairly tasteless, while the Osso Buco was quite beautifully prepared, but very skimpy, at $37.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food and service as usual. Steaks were awesome, as was the crab Louie. Attentive service, nice wine selection too

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great place. Great meal. Good value.

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food5
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

By far one of the best dining experiences I have had in a long time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Always a feel good time when I'm at Sly's! Best menu in all of Santa Barbara! Carpinteria is very fortunate.The best part is I live around the corner, which is very dangerous!

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Live Sports, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Casual, People Watching, Afternoon Tea, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Spicy, Vegan, Cozy, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fun, Great Beer, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Five star! Everything was perfect for our 11 year old granddaughter birthday!

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food in local Carpinteria. Excellent quality. Impressive for our out of town guests.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 25, 2017

An old friend was visiting from New England, and it happened to be her birthday .. we took her to Sly's to celebrate the visit, her special day, and Carpinteria. It was a perfect evening. She loved the abalone appetizers and the Sand Dabs... we thought the service was especially attentive and the food, as always, was exceptional. We love Sly's for any and all occasions .
..AND, we can walk to it!!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

My date and I were on our way back to Ventura county following a weekend in Santa Barbara and stopped at Sly's for brunch. The atmosphere in the front room is great. It looks like a real diner, but with a fabulous, real bar and a roll-up door in the front to let in the ocean air.

Do you know how contemporary bars organize the bottles to be in patterns? They'll put Grey Goose on each end of the top row and work their way inward with duplicate bottles? Not so at Sly's. It looks like the bar tender actually makes drinks versus spending time decorating. This was a really refreshing detail.

The ladies serving were efficient, friendly and polite, and just the right amount of attentive.

I will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We have been going to Sly's since the day it opened! We love having a martini and an old fashion here. Great place to linger and have a chat with my husband! Personal are wonderful. We especially like the way the staff is treated...like family!

Good food, good drinks, good people!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I have had many meals here, and maybe it was an off night, but our two dishes were almost bad enough to send back. Instead, we will vote by not returning. My date's boullabaisse was very over cooked, tough mussels, shrimp, overdone fish, all but unedible. I had Julia Child's beef bougougnon, but no pearl onions, and dried mushrooms, but still good flavor.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 12, 2017

I've never had a bad dish at Sly's. Everything is superb -- fresh, perfectly prepared, and wonderfully presented. The biggest problem is that there are too many great-tasting things on the menu ... I can't possibly eat everything I want at any one visit (believe me, I've tried). It doesn't get any better than this.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Always excellent food with many choices. Great steaks. Very good service. Valet parking.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Good food and service. Nice atmosphere. Valet parking. Moderately expensive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Sly's never disappoints. Their bunch is one of the best. Love coming here on a Sunny Carpinteria morning

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Our entries were excellent but the bread was sub-par and my onion soup was low on flavor.
The desert menu was unappealing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Sly's is consistently good and not at all pretentious.
It is a great place to hang out with friends for a casual meal and beverages. One never feels rushed.
The food is fresh and the menu varied but not too much. Salads are really good, as are the fish and meat dishes.
We try to eat here at least once a month.

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Always a great meal. Excellent service and a lovely place.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 15, 2017

good food and service. I was there for a business meeting and this was a good choice...

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·Dined on August 14, 2017

The service was fantastic and our meals and desserts were delicious.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 14, 2017

There were three generations of us, 5 people total, and each of us had a wonderful time with great food. Always a good experience! Carpinteria's absolute best restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great food, prepared and presented well. Clam chowder was tasty but had a few too many potatoes. Lobster was very tasty. Would dine there again for a special occasion only as it is a bit pricy.

Tags: Healthy
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

This was the worst expensive meal I have ever had in my life. I wasn't expecting the Michelin 3 star treatment, but every component of our meal was far from edible. From the kids freezer burned hot dog meal that took 35 minutes to be served, the old fashioned that tasted like bitters, the chewy lobster, the kerosene flavored artichokes, the wilted wedge, the butter drenched green beans and the rubbery cod. I have never wanted to forget about spending $400 as badly as after this meal.

DO NOT GO HERE!

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 2, 2017

If you are a party of two I recommend asking for a high table across from the bar. My scallops were perfectly cooked. Don't miss the onion rings

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Go here frequently. Food is always good. Lots of choices on the menu and a nightly special too. Staff is friendly and helpful. Valet parking solves parking problems.

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 (Tulsa)·Dined on July 28, 2017

My husband and I celebrated our Wedding Anniversary while vacationing in Carp. We chose Sly's thinking it would be a great romantic date. It seemed to be the only local "posh" place to dine for a special occasion. Unfortunately, the restarurant is very loud. We couldn't even carry on a conversation. If you're into drinking with friends and don't care about the ambiance, this is probably an ok place. The food was mediocre at best for the price. My husband's Salmon was mushy and without much flavor. The shrimp scampi was bland. The bread is delicious, but so crusty and hard, it is impossible to eat it neatly(or even chew at times). My sirloin was tender, but, again, low on flavor. The sweet potato home fries were barely warm and not at all crispy. However, my warm spinach salad was very satisfying and the service was above average.
If we were paying half the price, we might have left satisfied. Overall, I'd recommend this place for drinks and apps with friends, but not much else.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Disappointing overall. Boullibaise boring. Lamb overpriced and unpleasantly gamey which they didn't seem to care about. Split a wedge salad into ridiculously small halves like iceberg lettuce was costly. Bloody Mary very good. Onion rings crispy goodness. Coconut cake excellent. Sauces and dressings good. Wouldn't go back though.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Our hosts at Sly's never cease to amaze and delight. The food, the service, the atmosphere are impeccable. It's worth a trip up the coast for dinner at this gem of a destination. One of our favorites in all the world right in our backyard.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Wife and I don't get date night often, Thursday after Tuesday Ind Day Holiday, and was perfect; got there 45 min before 830 res, we sat at bar and were inly ones at bar, rest was 50% fulk, quiet but not empty! We had first dinner out together in months, thanks Sly's!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Excellent, quaint locale for a delicious meal!! Never a disappointment!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Food was good and service very friendly. Prices per dish don't seem to be that high, except after the food arrives; portions are quite small, and thus one would need to order quite a number of courses in order to finish a meal and feel full. Thus, I wouldn't recommend it as a value for money restaurant, but a good meal nonetheless.

Tags: Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 24, 2017

My girlfriend ordered a Tom Collins and I ordered a glass of wine, both were great. We ordered shrimp scampi, grilled artichokes for appetizers and she had the sand dabs and I had the salmon for dinner- all was delicious. Atmosphere was lively but not overbearing. It was a busy Saturday night and I would recommend reservations. The long bar looked like a fun place to hang out with a friend or date, maybe next time... I loved the valet service...my car was waiting for us as we walked out!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Sly's continues to deliver expertly prepared seafood and flavorful sides. We had sand dabs, abalone, and salmon with several excellent vegetable side dishes. The cauliflower is especially tasty.

The menu is incredibly diverse with a daily comfort food special.

A packed local place -- you'll need a reservation most nights.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 19, 2017

We have eaten here many times and have had good and not so good meals. The last time we had lunch here we returned two orders of muscles (they were rancid and should not have left the kitchen). The New England clam chowder was weird (a clear liquid base with some cream sitting on top). The onions rings were great as usual.

The service is excellent. We like to eat in the bar area which is open the outside. I wish they could be more consistent and not charge so much for many times just average good.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Quick Bite, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We were in town for a Business appointment and decided to try Sly's for brunch. My husband said it's the best eggs Benedict's he's ever had ! Our server Lucy was great and the bloody Mary's were wonderful ! Definitely eating here next time we're in town .

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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