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, 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
I entertained two friends from abroad wh ...
I entertained two friends from abroad who wanted to dine on French food, and Bouchon
was recommended. -We walked in to a petite room with beautiful decor one might find in a small village in France. The restaurant lived up to expectations, the friendly staff were totally accommodating to non-English patrons who felt very comfortable. My two guests had the incredible Wagyu beef ribeye - I had the scrumptious maple-glazed duck over succotash which I would highly recommend. Great varied appetizers and desserts, and of course a great wine list
representing local wineries.
We went for our anniversary and the food ...
We went for our anniversary and the food was good and the service was excellent. They had a large variety of wine both locally and out of state selection. The server was helpful explaining the different types of wine and pairing with food selection.
We had high hopes after reading reviews, ...
We had high hopes after reading reviews, but came away quite disappointed. The chicken was so dried out, it was inedible, and the server simply removed the plates, without even commenting on the fact that it had hardly been touched. Needless to say, we won't be back.
Very nice modern French style. The servi ...
Very nice modern French style. The service was excellent. Our server had spot-on wine suggestions and was knowledgeable about wines. He was more concerned about what was right for us than about what added to the bottom line. That's as it should be at a fine-dining restaurant.
We had a wonderful time at Bouchon with ...
We had a wonderful time at Bouchon with excellent food and attentive service. This was our second time there -- first time was without a child, and second time was with our 2-year-old. I wasn't sure if Bouchon would be okay with kids, but they were so kind and welcoming to her. They made her a simple pasta dish. Our server, Joaquin (sp?), was so accomondating and gracious. My husband had the lamb dish (looked delicious), and I had the chicken dish which was similarly delicious. It's as good as the first time we were there a few years ago. I would definitely return if I'm back in Santa Barbara again.
My husband took me here for my birthday. ...
My husband took me here for my birthday. When we arrived I was greeted with "happy birthday" and shown to our special table which was covered in red rose petals. From check-in thru dessert service was exceptional. This is my new special occasion restaurant. We don't live in Santa Barbara but would make the trip to dine here.
I have long wanted to try Bouchon and we ...
I have long wanted to try Bouchon and we were so pleased! The food - to die for... the ambiance and service - amazing. This gem of a restaurant plated some of the most delectable food we've had in a long time. Delicate foie gras and lightly grilled scallops for appetizers. Succulent rack of lamb, mushroom crusted venison, flavorful sea bass, tender duck breast, and homey roast chicken were all over our table. Service was more than attentive. You won't be disappointed reserving a dinner spot here. SO Special.
After the theater (6:30 pm reservation) ...
After the theater (6:30 pm reservation) on a Sunday, the front courtyard was quiet, comfortable and warm (overhead heaters available, if needed).
The food was high-quality and reasonably priced for the amount. I tried the venison for the first time, and not being a big meat eater, I still enjoyed it.
The service was attentive and knowledgeable.
The only negative would be the "weekend" corkage fee was $10 higher than I was told on the phone. But, their wines are more pricey than most, so better to take what you prefer.
First the food: my wife's sea bass was e ...
First the food: my wife's sea bass was excellent; my rack of lamb, though ordered medium to well was delivered rare (nearly raw). So I would rate this poor to unacceptable in a supposedly quality restaurant. I left three quarters on the plate and told the waiter to take it away.
The noise level was high but that was expected since the tables are very close together and situated in a narrow room. However the truly disappointing thing was a loud discussion between the manager and some of the wait staff with a friend of theirs on what the best beer bar was and where it way. The discussion was so loud in the small space that I couldn't hear my wife from across the table. Very unprofessional and very disappointing.
Celebrated my husband's 50th birthday wi ...
Celebrated my husband's 50th birthday with the family. Our table had rose petals and a special card to wish my husband a happy birthday. Such a nice way to start dinner. Gave him a free taste of an appetizer because he didn't ordered one. Food by far was the best we ever tasted in Santa Barbara. Our dinner was absolutely delicious and the desserts was amazing. We drove down 4 1/2 hours not to only celebrate my husband's birthday dinner but also visited my son who attends UCSB. I can't wait to come back and dine at Bouchon!
I was really disappointed with the food ...
I was really disappointed with the food here. I expected spectacular food given the 5 star reviews. The restaurant overall is divine, the wait staff and ambiance are fantastic - although I had to go outside to the patio so I could read the menu - then they offered me a flashlight. But the food was - well - I guess French. We both ordered the rib-eye medium rare and it came to us room temp. I had the waiter bring it to the kitchen to get piping hot and it still came back almost cold. That's not how you serve a rib eye! And they butterflied it and it looked like ahi tuna, very rare and no marbling to boot - maybe it is a French way of prep - but not to my liking. I was bringing my friend for her birthday and I dropped $280 on two rib-eyes, a bottle of wine, an appetizer and dessert. Not worth it at all - all our plates went back with food on them - bleh - not impressed at all. But those are my taste buds.
I've been here four times now. They real ...
I've been here four times now. They really give you what you pay for. I'm always satisfied with my experience here. Every time I think about trying a new place for a special occasion, I think to my self "why would I go anywhere else?". You can always guarantee excellent service, food, and ambiance. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone who wants the Santa Barbara wine and cuisine experience. Very proud to have this restaurant here in Santa Barbara, CA. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to Bouchon!
I heard it was the best food in town but ...
I heard it was the best food in town but was sadly disappointed. The entrees were uninspired for French fair and one of the waiters was a bit rude. Just not what you expect when you plan on spending a nice evening out.
The food and service were excellent. I h ...
The food and service were excellent. I had the duck and my boyfriend had the steak, which were both very good. It was a special occasion so they laid out rose petals on our table and brought our dessert with a candle.
First time to visit - staff attentive an ...
First time to visit - staff attentive and knowledgable and helpful in making suggestions. We really enjoy the food the reason for going- at the end of the lovely meal met the chef which was a bonus. This restaurant is a must
Once or twice a year we drive to Bouchon ...
Once or twice a year we drive to Bouchon for dinner. The outdoor patio is quaint, relaxing and romantic vibe. Inside tables also have a offer simple romantic atmosphere as well. The proprietor and staff are always friendly, gracious and extremely helpful. The wine list has excellent variety of reasonably priced wine options - and we feel there is definitely something delicious for every taste and budget. The menu is special, so many appetizer and entree choices that it generally is hard for us to choose - we often ask our waiter for suggestions. Honestly, in all the years coming here - we have never ever been disappointed. The Chef creates incredible flavors that pair well, each plate is presented beautifully. The only problem we have at Bouchon is that after the appetizer, entree and wine - we are usually to full to enjoy one of the many dessert or cheese plates available. I swear someday we are driving up to Bouchon for appetizers, wine, cheese course and dessert -- and do our best to ignore the entree lis, because if we look - temptation will overtake and lamb chops will be shared too!!!! Really, this is a special place - relaxing and uber delicious.
It was the last night of a week's vacati ...
It was the last night of a week's vacation in Santa Barbara so we celebrated at Bouchon. The waiter made a number of recommendations and helped us navigate the wine list. Plus it was great to see the owner was running the line. B the way the food was tremendous.
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