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About Bouchon - Santa Barbara
Fresh, local ingredients, prepared with care. Excellent wines that reflect the quality and character of our region and work in concert with the cuisine. Warm, inviting ambiance, service at a relaxed, leisurely pace.
Santa Barbara ‘Wine Country Cuisine’ means we source our ingredients using an ‘as-fresh-and-as-local-as-possible’ approach, with fish from the Santa Barbara Channel and produce from the surrounding countryside. We then take into account how these flavors can be presented in concert with our local wines. I believe you’ll taste the difference and see how well they work together.
We believe Santa Barbara is producing some of the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Other locally produced varietals will surprise you with their quality, variety and approachability. Please ask your server for recommendations on how any of our 40+ wines by the glass match up with your selections. Bon Appètit!
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Hours of Operation:
Dinner nightly from 5:00 p.m.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Street and public lot parking available.
Private Party Facilities:
Private dining in the cork room available for groups of 10 – 20 people.
Private Party Contact:
Manager: (805) 730-1160
Beer, Farm to Table, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
HOLIDAY EVENTS: Price fixe menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Dinner, New Years Eve and Valentines Dinner
Bouchon - Santa Barbara Ratings and Reviews
We Ate at Bouchons 3 years go, it was an Amazing dinner. So amazing that we ate there 2 times during our last stay at Santa Barbara. We have since recommended Bouchons to our friends several times who travel through Santa Barbara. 3 years later we have returned to Bouchons, and were sadly disappointed with the overall experience. Service, food, and overall experience was fair. Not terribly bad but not exceptional either and we were expecting exceptional. I don't think we will be returning to Bouchon on our next Santa Barbara stay.
I had always wanted to eat at Bouchon. It is a great name in Santa Barbara. Two of us went and enjoyed the marrow appetizer and the Foix Gras. We then went on to the Pork Shank and the Venison. All extremely good, extremely filling and flavorful. Being that it was a warm day I would have loved to have had the choice of a lighter special of the day. With the skill of the kitchen staff I am sure they could come up with something daily that would wow even the most picky palates.
Thanks to the owners for having such a great place and excellent staff.
My wife and I enjoyed sharing the generous heirloom tomato salad served with feta cheese smeared on toasted bread and drizzled with a balsamic reduction. The grilled lamb chops were the best I've ever had. We finished off the meal with a cheese platter of three different cheeses that we chose from a list of nine. Outstanding food and I was introduced to a very outstanding local red wine as well.
Amazing food, great service, ambiance is wonderful, however, their approach to cooling the restaurant undermined what should have been an otherwise exceptional experience which is why I am leaving a lower score for the review. We had a 5.45pm reservation. They opened the covered front of the restaurant to let air flow in however, it was a hot day and their failing to have air conditioned the restaurant properly and then having hot air blow in, undermined the experience. You shouldn't have to sweat through a meal at this price point - keep in mind you are also eating warm/hot food as well. I called and spoke to the manager who apologized and understand and was generally nice, expressing that he hoped we would give them another try. He stopped short of extending an offer to do something nice for us the next time if we came back- a comp on a glass of wine, free dessert, whatever, to actually do right. We took the time to call and share feedback- 2 other tables had the same complaint they discussed among themselves even as there would not be a way to cool the place in time for any of our meals that night nor any place in the restaurant where it would not also be uncomfortably hot. Hospitality means doing right by customers and the manager, while appreciative and nice, did not do right by us by having the restaurant properly cooled nor in giving us a reason to return.
Really enjoyed this evening meal here. The food was very good, and the menu was a nice mix of varied (mostly local) ingredients. Only beer and wine however, but both seemed to be a nice mixture of varied wines and beers each of which might compliment the meal.
If you want to pay extra to see, be seen, and practice your air kisses then this may be your destination. If you were thinking of paying extra in expectation of inspired and creative food bursting with taste bud rewards, then maybe not so much. The trio of scallops was visually impressive and they were cooked exactly right, but the taste unrewarding in each case. The stuffed peppers were a delight to see and also provided a rich blend of flavors. The Salad 'Lyonnaise' was so overly wilted & mushy and dripping with dressing that it was sent back. This quite obviously resulted in some sort of "trouble at table 3" buzz. The sea bass was over cooked and bland with forgettable sides. The duck was amazingly over cooked and the thy portion was so tough and dried out as to be almost jerky like. It's just not that hard to get premium food in Santa Barbara. We wasted our time on this place.
Overall, We enjoyed Bouchon. They were out of one of the wines we selected and an alternate was offered. It was a nice acceptable alternative. Our first course was incorrect. The staff handled very quickly and the correct order was sent from the kitchen. However when the check arrived we were charged for both. After I pointed out the error, it was corrected. Overall the services errors did not impact our experience, but we were disappointed that the staff was not more apologetic nor did they offer a gift from the house for the errors of the evening.
Celebrating a birthday and move to California. Staff went out of their way to help celebrate; flowers in the table, greeting card for the celebrant and a candle in the desert. Food was locally sourced and fresh, although the duck leg and rack of lamb meats were a little tough.
We "do" Bouchon for special occasions and this was the first time the restaurant was NOT excellent. I ordered rack of lamb and it was tough and grizzly. On many prior occasions the entree had been excellent. Do not know the lamb supplier but they would have been better off at Trader Joe's or Costco.
Dinner at bouchon is a beautiful experience - you'd never know you were a mere block away from busy State Street, the lighting is low and warm, and the food, despite seeming like standard fancy restaurant fare, is genuinely amazing.
When making reservations, I apparently noted that dinner would be in celebration of a one-year anniversary with the boyfriend. When we got to the restaurant, we were greeted by name and shown to a table covered with rose petals and bearing a card signed by the management team. I was over the moon then, and I still am now. If you have the opportunity to let bouchon know that you're celebrating something, they will make it worth your while!
Growing up in California, you get used to seeing the same handful of menu options nearly everywhere you go, and bouchon definitely has the same ones. But I've never had such incredible steak with broccoli/cauliflower/mashed potatoes, and both the boyfriend and I agree that the blueberry lemon cake will be in the Top Five Desserts we've ever had in our lives, ever.
Santa Barbara does not lack for excellent dinner places, but bouchon should definitely top the list! :)
We just went to Bouchon on our get away weekend to Santa Barbara. What a special find! We loved the atmosphere, service, and food. Our waiter was very attentive and he made our evening very enjoyable. The owner made sure he went by each table to enquire about the dining experience. I would come back to this restaurant in a heart beat and I will recommend it to our friends.
This was our second visit, this time to celebrate a birthday. Bouchon decorated the table with rose petals and a personalized greeting card. The staff are friendly yet thoroughly professional. The food superb. Lovely ambiance. Even the table settings are lovely. Bouchon is a true gem.
They treated us as if they were really too busy for us, and didn't want to give us a good table. We got a table in the middle of the room that was too busy for us and they ran around on both sides of us and got in the way. We made it very clear what kind of table we wanted, but they acted as if they didn't understand.
Bouchon has been consistently delicious every time I've been there! The service is excellent and you can tell that the waiters are familiar with the food they're serving and proud of it. They also give on-point wine recommendations, whether everyone at the table is having their own glass or sharing a bottle. Make sure to get the crab cakes with the wine pairing! My entree (venison) was wonderful, but the crab cakes steal the show every time! The prices may seem intimidating, but I promise that it's worth every penny for the taste and experience.
Bouchon was lovely night out. The menu, food and service are reliably creative, fresh and exceptional. Our favorite surprises were the potato leek soup, heirloom tomato salad, duck main course and the cheese plate. I ordered the sea bass and while the fish was perfect it seemed the potato cubes weren't fresh cooked, but tasted reheated, and I didn't expect Bouchon standards to use reheated potato. This was our second visit.
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