Food was ok. Limited wine list. Sad to HC closing.
After waiting about 40 minutes for our table, which was fine as the staff tried hard to make us feel at home at the bar, we had a view of the kitchen and how they prepare their food. It didn't feel like they loved cooking, or were even watching when they threw the food on the fire. But our chowder was great, a little rich, so have it with a salad. Very filling and yummy.
We were sadly disappointed with almost every aspect of our visit. We ordered a VERY expensive seafood platter and then were informed that they were out of 2 of the items. The items they did bring were unexceptional. Our food was delivered at wildly different times. There was never an apology or even a recognition from the manager over what was going on at our table even though the restaurant was not busy. I was shocked by our bill, no discount was offered and to top it off they charged us $4 for 2 slices of bread. A poor experience.
Unfortunately I took a friend there to celebrate her engagement, and the seafood triple tower we shared was not good at all. The king crab and Maine lobster had been previously frozen, the clams were sketchy. The waiter kept forgetting to bring things we asked for, such as small plates so we wouldn't have to eat over the table (!!). There wasn't enough room on our table for the tower, and he just left us with the big tower blocking our view of each other, until another waiter noticed and set up a table next to us so we would have enough room. The sauces for the seafood were only for one, so we passed them back and forth and lost track of which was for what. Our waiter must have been new, and sadly did not deserve the tip I gave him.
I had heard very good things about this restaurant prior to going, and so I would give it another chance, but I would not order seafood.
Awful, no choices on limited menu.
The service was painfully slow and we were not told before we ordered a dessert that took 14 minutes to make it after we had already been there for over 2 hours...The waiter did tell me that the restaurant does not give free birthday desserts. We were a party of 8 - I think they could have given the birthday boy his dessert on the house. We also had to ask repeatedly that the music be turned down because we could not hear the person talking next to us let along down at the end of the table. Note: we are not a group of old farts - we were celebrating a 28 year old's birthday dinner and had several generations there, all of whom thought the music was too loud to enjoy a meal at 6:30 pm.
After reading the reviews on Yelp we were worried, but WOW what a meal. The chorizo and oysters entree and the special lobster risotto were just sublime. Then the lemon dessert - one was perfect for four of us - outstanding flavor, dreamy-smooth texture. With cozy atmosphere and great service, we could not have been more pleased. A bit noisy (Friday night) but fine. Be sure to ask for their bread, which is fresh and lightly toasted, as you will want to sop up every drop of sauce. They should be more generous in offering it with both appetizer and entree - our only criticism.
We were visiting the area and hoping to have a great meal for dinner. The service from the very start was terrible. After ordering a glass of wine, I waited almost 15 minutes only for the server to tell me they were "out of wine glasses" and it was served in a martini glass. The lobster roll was just ok but Branzino whole fish was actually much better.
This was a great restaurant to visit while vacationing in Santa Barbara - service was excellent and so was the food!
Let me start by saying that the appetizers were great. Perhaps we should have stopped there. The entrees were late to arrive, I'm talking an hour from the time we sat down to eat which is unacceptable. We requested the catch of the day to be filleted, but each bite had multiple bones it. I couldn't even finish eating it. My suggestion - go for happy hour, enjoy the crab toast and call it a night.
I like the Hungry Cat. I think we caught them on a bad night. They moved our reservation because they got a party. The waitress was lovely but the burger we ordered had stale bread, barely cooked bacon and the burger itself was rare when we ordered it medium. Like I said I think I caught them on a tough night.
Very pricey. Mixed thoughts on the quality of the dips and sauces. Weird mignonette with apple cider vinegar. We had two waiters serving us and yet the sevice was uneven, overbearing at the beginning then crickets. Our clam chowder took ages to come out and it was very tasty (heavy on the alcohol though) but the bread we ordered was redolent of burnt marshmallows and tasted like nothing. All the seafood on the single tier platter was exemplary.
We were a little late for our 8:30 Saturday night reservation and were treated dismissively over the phone when we called to notify the restaurant. We got there 8 minutes late and the whole place was empty. I guess they wanted to go home early. Having said that, the waiter was outstanding and he made up for our first impression. The food was inventive, very tasty and in ample portions. The draft beer selection was weak, but we were impressed with bar/cocktails, and that they had Old Plymouth Gin for our martini's.
We ordered the Hungry Cat shellfish tower that includes caviar as an extra. Gorgeous presentation. Very fresh. Chocolate bread and butter pudding was decadent. Great waitress. Cocktails are good, but small selection. Great spot.
Unique and creative dishes that are presented beautifully!
So many disappointed reviewers made us almost second guess our reservations. So glad we didn't. The service was spot on. Kind, attentive, informative. The food was so fresh and well prepared and perfectly proportioned. We tried sea urchin for the first time, after all this is Santa Barbara for heaven's sake, the things practically live across the street! While I still prefer oysters, it had all the wonderful taste of a day at the beach. Fresh and salty. The hamachi crudo was yummy and very clever with a wasabi sauce and edamame. The market fish was a locally caught sea bass on a bed of fresh, still sweet and crunchy, corn purée. My husband ended with a lemon curd parfait that he enjoyed. The drinks, alcoholic and non went perfectly. We wanted seafood without feeling we were tourists at a beach front chain restaurant, and we got a hip, sweet place that made us want to return.
Generally excellent. Coming in on the backend of Fiesta may have explained the " off " night. Got my Hors d'oevres before my cocktail which they forgot until reminded and it was not as good as usual.
Salad was sloppily presented and frisée was falling off plate. It was a visual mess. Taste was fine. Entree was good but not exceptional as is the case usually. French press was excellent and their own cream made a big difference. Desert was good but I am not a custard fan so am not a good judge . Overall good but not up to its usual stamdard
Big disappointment....nothing like their Santa Monica location...looks like a hole in
the wall restaurant...Menu horrible...don't bother going to this location.
A frustratingly disappointing experience. Service was Santa Barbara amateur hour at its finest: one of us ordered the branzino and the waiter begrudgingly took the fish off the bones *using the knife and fork of the diner who ordered it*! What's that all about? Whatever happened to bringing another set of tools to the table to do the job?
My halibut was as well done as the grilled toast we ordered as an appetizer, and the wine-pouring experience was weak as well. We had to ask the waiter to pour, even though our glasses remained empty for several of his passes by the table.
We have always loved The Hungry Cat and Suzanne Going restaurants, but this meal was a huge loser for our party of four. And we dined during Fiesta, a time when the restaurant wasn't busy at all.
One of the best seafood meals I've ever had. Service was a little distracted but the place is comfortable and chill