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!
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:
Beer, Farm to Table, Patio/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
Food was good, service was great. We had ...
Food was good, service was great. We had big expectations but were a bit disappointed with the value of our plates; prices are quite high for what you get. Nice staff and ambiance, the goat cheese and pecan tarte and the crème brûlée were excellent.
The best restaurant in Santa Barbara. If ...
The best restaurant in Santa Barbara. If there is a better one, we have not been there. The food is off the hook (I had the pork chop...crazy good) The atmosphere is classy without being stuffy, energetic, but not loud. Our server, Dave, was outstanding. Personable, knowledgeable, and very observant of what his patrons want. We have been twice, and will return. Also, re: $ my entree was $29, the meal was so good, I considered it a bargain.
Bouchon is a gem. Outstanding food serve ...
Bouchon is a gem. Outstanding food served with a smile. My wife and I were in Santa Barbara for a few days and were looking for a great meal. Someone at our hotel had recommended the restaurant and we were thrilled to be able to get a reservation. The atmosphere is ideal. Service was excellent and the food just exquisite! If you are ever in Santa Barbara, do your taste buds a favor and eat here!
My husband and I took a 10 day trip up t ...
My husband and I took a 10 day trip up the California Coast for our "babymoon" and this was the best meal we had. We sat outdoors on the lovely patio, and the food was fresh, locally sourced, and our server was knowledgeable about the menu and suggested some wine pairings to my husband. A very special spot!
Food was good. Washroom had no hand soa ...
Food was good.
Washroom had no hand soap, which was even more concerning since it was also used by staff (as I found their toothbrushes in the bottom drawer when looking for more soap) and the wallpaper was peeling... washrooms are a great indicator of the general health and sanitation practices of the overall operation.
Some good. Some bad. Started fantast ...
Some good. Some bad.
Started fantastic. There was a great welcome for our anniversary. We had great wines recommended from our server to compliment a wonderful 1st course.
Then it went down hill. The entrees were lacking flavor and felt uninspired. Definitely didn't feel summer seasonal. The server took the rest of the evening off. And by the time the check came, our experience had rot to the point that we were ready to leave.
Sadly fell short of expectations and reputation.
First of all, my friends had pre-ordered ...
First of all, my friends had pre-ordered a fantastic bottle of wine as a birthday gift for me and that was sitting on the table with the lovely note, so that started everything off great. I had the salad and the chicken but it is not an ordinary salad and chicken; it was superb! The chicken was moist and juicy and cooked perfectly. It was a great evening!
My wife and I have eaten at Bouchon in t ...
My wife and I have eaten at Bouchon in the past and everything was excellent.
We have not eaten there for the past 4 years due to difficulty getting reservations.
We were very disappointed - way too crowded as they have crammed in too many tables to the point it is difficult to walk between tables. Noise level uncomfortable due to overcrowding.
Felt like the waiter was rushing us in order to turn the table. The food however remained very good
If you are looking for a quiet romantic spot this is no longer the place to go
Atmosphere was great, as was the service ...
Atmosphere was great, as was the service. The problem was the food. It simply lacked flavor. My wife's cauliflower soup looked great, but it was nearly tasteless and she needed to add salt and pepper just to make it edible. I had a salad with grilled summer fruit, marcona almonds (they were delicious), burrata cheese (tasteless) and a peach vinaigrette (tasteless). My wife was so-so on her salmon entry. I ordered rack of lamb. They were beautifully cooked and could have easily erased the disappointment from the salad. But again, significantly under seasoned. The fava beans and risotto they came with were both excellent. We didn't chance dessert.
From the moment we walked in we loved th ...
From the moment we walked in we loved this place. The evening was perfect, great server and wonderful food. My husband loved the fois gras and we both enjoyed the fish. Joaquin was especially helpful in selecting wine. Just wish this was closer to where we live.
Two couples (both of whom have travel ex ...
Two couples (both of whom have travel extensively in this country Europe and elsewhere) get-together for several days of gourmet dining in Santa Barbara. This was our third dinner and by far the best. Everyone loved their choices and would gladly have gone back a second night as there were other menu choices each of us would have liked to try. Many of the menu items were somewhat unusual. The wine list, while overly oriented towards the local areas wines and overly young, included many choices within these limitations at good prices. Service was prompt and attentive. We were very happy.
Our second visit to Bouchon was equally ...
Our second visit to Bouchon was equally as outstanding as our first.
What we ordered: Crab Cakes - heavy on the crab, good crunch on the outside, lovely sauce
Organic Mixed Greens Salad - delicious salad - you rarely see Burrata in a salad and the Marcona Almonds added a great flavor
Rack of Lamb - cooked to perfection, yum!
Herbes de Provence crusted Ahi - I loved this dish. There were so many great flavors on one plate - sweet (sauce) - savory, (the ahi), salty (Olives), tart - (tomatoes) - simply delicious!
Expensive but so worth it - the service is great, the decor charming and the experience was just excellent overall.
Very nice and knowledgeable staff. Was t ...
Very nice and knowledgeable staff. Was there with my girlfriend for a special occasion dinner and were well taken care of. Sommelier went beyond to give us info and hints about visiting the wine country. Good was delicious, we had the scallop trio and sweet foie gras. Outside seating is very romantic. Would definitely return when back in town. Thanks to the team.
Gave it just the 4 stars for 'overall' e ...
Gave it just the 4 stars for 'overall' experience as the atmosphere is a bit outdated and rustic. However, the food was incredible and service was spot on. I would recommend and definitely return when I'm in the area.
Want to feel special? Enjoy superb cuisi ...
Want to feel special? Enjoy superb cuisine and wine? Think Bouchon! Bouchon est magnifique! We enjoyed a special dinner for our 57th anniversary and were attended to with the utmost professionalism and caring. We have been here before and return regularly for those "special occasions" when we desire cuisine with class. Our waiter, Joaquin, was absolutely the best! His sensitivity to our wine desire provided us an excellent choice. His recommendations of menu choices and attention to us throughout the entire meal was superb! Throughout the evening, as he always does for his patrons, the proprietor showed us his special courtesy and attention making certain we were completely satisfied.
The food and staff at Bouchon were great ...
The food and staff at Bouchon were great. Me and my wife went there for our 1st wedding anniversary and we were treated to a wonderful evening. The staff and management went out of their way to congratulate us on our special occasion, and the food was beautifully prepared and delicious.
My wife and I came to Bouchon for our we ...
My wife and I came to Bouchon for our wedding anniversary. We wanted very much to like the place, and it was good. But for the price and after reading so many very favorable reviews, we thought it should have been better.
The table itself was very nicely decorated with fresh rose petals, and we received a personalized card of congratulations. The presentation of the dishes was very good, in the case of the scallops even beautiful.
But the food itself was, at best, just a little better than average. We shared the scallops, very delicious in themselves, but prepared with sauces and greens that did little to enhance them. I ate the "savory" foie gras, and it was sorely disappointing, with not much more flavor than is offered by the oil in which it was allegedly seared. We also had the duck breast, which was recommended by the waiter as one of the signature dishes, and it, too, was not above average, the skin not crispy, the flesh not especially succulent.
The service was good but, again, not excellent. I was unpleasantly surprised to see the wine served in smallish and ill-shaped glasses, especially as Bouchon is famed for its wine list. Our waiter was eager to please, but his knowledge of the food and wine contributed little to our pleasure.
I should say that my wife and I have enjoyed meals in some of the best restaurants in San Francisco, including Chez Panisse, Fleur de Lys, and Boulevard, so maybe our standards are inappropriate.
Bouchon consistently delivers fine dinin ...
Bouchon consistently delivers fine dining and great service. They are constantly mixing up their menu with new selections and ideas, and even regular selections like the scallop trio undergo changes to explore and enjoy. (That trio makes an excellent entree, by the way.) Management and staff always bend over backwards to ensure an enjoyable experience. Highly-recommended.
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