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Sly's

4.7
640 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steak
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Sly’s restaurant in Carpinteria, California, features seafood, USDA prime steaks, and classic cocktails. Friendly, professional service, white tablecloth fine dining, a more casual lounge, and truly great food. Extensive list of French and Californian wines, both bottles and by the glass. Scampi, fresh Abalone, Dover Sole, Californian Sand Dabs. Nightly Blue Plate and other specials. Home-made bread and pastries. Everything from a great burger on up.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood, French
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(805) 684-6666
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
James Sly
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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.
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Private party contact
Manager: (805) 684-6666
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th Street
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Parking details
Carpinteria's only Valet Parking - Friday and Saturday 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.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 640 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
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4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

As always, a good meal in a comfortable and customer-friendly setting. Sly's is a regular on our dining list and is a reliable choice.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

We always look forward to dinner at Sly's. The quality of the food in excellent and the menu is huge. Everything we've tried is at least very good but most is outstanding. My favorite remains the bone-in rib-eye chop done 'just right'. The service is good, friendly and knowledgeable. If you haven't tried it, you should.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Always have a great meal here. Best filet in Santa Barbara, fantastic sides, great service. Seats in the front are more for fun and engaging dining, rooms in the back are much quieter and more intimate so you can choose your atmosphere. Most generous shrimp cocktail in town and superb fish. Brunch is also wonderful; you have to try the hash browns and dutch baby pancake. downright superb.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Always a great choice with an expansive menu and solid food. Nice décor, helpful staff.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Awesome dinner. Food, service and ambience top notch. Our favorite in the Santa Barbara area.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Johns 76th Birthday! Everything was over the top....superb food, beverages & outstanding service by IZZY, our excellent server! LOVE Sly’s...the best place ever for an awesome dinner...:😊 thanks so much! 👍🏻😊

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Sly’s has the best menu and the best service in the area. All the food was perfection.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Service and food were outstanding!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I think everyone would appreciate some acoustic tile in the ceilings, but otherwise, I adore this restaurant and the food never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Always great food and service, lunch or dinner

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The food was decent but for the price it was overrated. The problem not much to choose from in the area. Service was good and friendly. I have traveled and ate at some fine restaurants were the price in some cases was less for a much better meal, I was even super hungry so that’s how I know it was just average.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

This is a true gem of a restaurant. Fabulous Louie salads made with a real Louie dressing, not thousand island, like most places. The best abalone around. The daily dinner specials of the week are equally as good. The drink menu features a list of classic drinks that you don't see made in many places and made in the classic way, each dated as to when that drink first came about, from the mid 1800's to the late 1990's. When James left Lucky's in Montecito, he brought his recipes with him and along with that, lower prices. The menu is reasonably priced as well as the drinks and wine list. You don't need a brinks truck to pay the bill. Highly recommended and reservations are a must if you dine after 6:00 PM.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I like Slys. The people are nice. The food is good. Our dinner however Friday was frantic. Not relaxing and the service was unaware of themselves. Our kind waiter was literally racing around like a maniac and busy but we sat for 30-40 min before we ordered and while we tried to enjoy our time the wait staff and busboys were throwing plates to set tables, throwing silver ware into the drawers behind us and then vacuuming all around us while we ate!!!! We brought friends from out of town and I was embarrassed. We had told them how much we loved Slys. I guess my advice to the restaurant is to maybe tell your waiters and service people to be aware of how loud and intrusive they are being while customers are trying to eat. It was chaos. The dining experience was not pleasant Friday. Hopefully it will be better if we go back. It’s a good place, so we probably will try again.

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1.0Dined on April 20, 2018

The food was very good, our waitress efficient and friendly, but it was impossible to overcome the unattractive ambiance -- the decor is dated and dark, the ceilings are low, and if you are seated at the the back of the restaurant, it's impossibly claustrophobic. I would never recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

always excellent. hand crafted, unique dishes, wonderful deserts. a bit pricey but worth it.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

A meal at Sly’s is always enjoyable. The food is why we go, it is well prepared, extremely delicious and presented well by a great set of wait staff. Chef Sly and his entire kitchen staff create the impression that your meal is the only meal they are interested in making. One final note, Sly’s Bloody Mary is as good as it gets.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Sly's continues to be a favorite restaurant of ours. It's fun to drive to Carpinteria, a laid-back beach town, to eat at Sly's and walk around town before or after.

The food at Sly's is always fresh and flavorful. We especially love the seafood: abalone, scallops, sand dabs, and more. The potato skins are crispy, and the cocktails are the real thing. The menu is large and diverse.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Sly's never disappoints. We have been dining here for years, and have yet to have a bad meal. Although the menu is a bit pricey, the quality is worth every penny. There are hidden gems all over the menu (Cuban Chicken, Chili, and the mussels just to name a few) and some delicious lower priced options as well. It is the perfect place for a special night out or a quick lunch by the beach. With an extensive wine list combined with Sly's attentive and knowledgeable staff, each meal here is sure to be a highlight of your night out in Carpinteria.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Great food. Great service. Everything was exceptional.
Cheese cake was not great weird texture week on flavor..... Apple crisp was to die for

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We went to Sly’s for our anniversary. We had seen it on a trip to Esau’s in Carpinteria. There are not any great steakhouses in Ventura, so our 15 min drive was no big deal. Our meal (porterhouse for 2 served Peter Luger style, half & half, Brussels sprouts) was sublime. The service was great, the owner toured the tables and we will be back. Pricey, to be sure, but I’d put it up there with The Palm for sheer steakhouse excellence.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Superb steak; very fresh fish; ice martinis; good local wine selection. This is a pricey restaurant for the area, but worth it.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Always excellent!! Food, service and atmosphere! And always consistently great!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Sly's is always Dependable! We can count on having excellent food, superb service, and a quiet corner all to ourselves! This latest visit was before a concert, and the timing as always, was perfect. As a surprise bonus, my husband was Stoked to finally eat a Peter Luger steak! Wow!!
I was secretly pleased that the Nantucket Bay Scallops were on the Specials, just like last year at this time...a bonus for me!
Our server, Izzy is just The Best! We're always so well taken care of, we feel Pampered & Special. The food is always the finest quality, and we've never been disappointed with anything! Wish we were richer...we'd be here weekly! See ya soon! XOXO

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Delicious food, wonderful service

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

One of my favorites. Something for everyone. Great cocktails too!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Loved the Race Car Theme....Big Fan
Waitress Angela was a delight!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great! We love sitting at the bar

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The restaurant has a good vibe, is unpretentious, and the service is great. However, the food was fairly average, particularly because the prices are on the high end. Also, the noise level in the back part of the restaurant makes it hard to enjoy a good conversation.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Sly’s never disappoints. The menu is old school, but in the best possible way. Seafood - check. Steaks - check. Pasta dishes - check. Hamburgers - check. A bar that knocks it out of the park - check. And don’t get me started on the onion rings!

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Sly's is dependable for good service - you can dine in the bar (which is fun - and there's a great happy hour 4- 6 weeknights) or dine on white table clothes in the back rooms where you can actually hear your dining companions and great black and white photos by Jesse Alexander line the brick walls. Sly's can be pricey (sides are separate) so bring you gold AMEX card. Hoping they start serving lunch again - brunch on the weekends is great. Love their onion rings, potato skins with side of sour cream and the carbonara is to die for - heavy on steaks - some seafood - sand dabs are lovely Sly can go heavy on the butter, but you can request "light on the butter"... Save room for desserts!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Sly's is delicious! Great steakhouse with tons of options. The service is outstanding! 5 star restaurant without the stuffy atmosphere!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Always great steaks. Service usually good and ambiance just OK.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The entire meal was amazing. I can’t wait to go back for more.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Luncheon was delicious, and it arrived nicely . The wait staff were extremely pleasant and did their job well and unobtrusively.
My luncheon plate looked very attractive.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Awesome as always. Loved my GREEK salad with warm feta.

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3.0Dined on February 6, 2018

The high-priced steaks were not very flavorful and were not cooked to my wife’s and my order.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

We love Sly’s

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

I just love this place. an amazing expansive and delicious menu. never disappointed

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

This has become one of our favorite restaurants in all California. Reliably extremely great food, combined with warm, friendly staff and a comfortable atmosphere. Whether just the two of us or our extended family, when we want an excellent meal, we’ll drive the 35 miles up the coast to Sly’s.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

What a special meal! We felt so comfortable and the menu for the night was a special salute to Julia Childs including crepes Suzette for dessert! Wow!!! Love this place!

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