About Bouchon - Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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:
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
Forest mushroom ragout - outstanding
little gem and pink lady apple salad - outstanding
fresh local sea bass, rack of lamb - outstanding
creme brûlée - you guessed it
Of the dozen or so dinner dining experiences we've had thus far, this is my choice as Santa Barbara's best restaurant.
The food is heavenly delicious. We had scallop trio for appetizer and maple-glazed duck breast for main course. Both were cooked to perfection. The service is just as it should be: very attentive yet unintrusive. My wife and I both thought that it was our best dining experience in California in 3 years that we live here.
I had high expectations and Bouchon easily past those expectations. One of the best meals I have ever had. But the experience didn't just stop with the food. It continued with the ambience and the very friendly and knowlegble non pushy wait staff. It's been two days and my girlfriend and I still find our selves talking about. If you want to splurge a bit on a high quality dinner, Bouchon in the place to go! Could not be happier with my experience!
Wonderful meal in Santa Barbara. The room is romantic, cork walls funky ceiling open kitchen. Food very good. My husband foi gras and venison. I ordered off the specials so don't know if they would be available but the crispy skin salmon with smoky lentils roasted beets and porcini was wonderful. Split dessert was plenty for two. Abe was great the wine he suggested was perfect introduced us to a great local winemaker. thanks
Our experience at Bouchon was truly incredible. It was my fiancées birthday and when we arrived the hostess said happy birthday to her as she was walking us to our table. The table was decorated with rose peddles and had a nice card from the head chef. From that point the stage was set for a very special dinner. The waiter was professional and friendly and the food was incredible. The duck is the best thing I have ever tasted. We finished the dinner with the lava cake, which was amazing, and they even put a little candle on the plate for her to blow out. Overall it was the best dining experience I have had in Santa Barbara after living there for 30 years and one of the best I have had anywhere else. Thank you!
We had the venison medallions and the pork shank...both cooked perfectly for each type of meat. The dishes were not over-salted, which is often a problem for us. Our waitperson was well informed and efficient, and recommeded wines that complimented each protein. I want to return for the duck. Order envy.
Good but not great. I had the salad Lyonaise and was greatly disappointed, it was actually a spinach salad with a poached egg. Venison was terrific but missing a sauce. My wife had the sea bass, again cooked to perfection but missing something which would make the meal great. Good selection of wines and very helpful wait staff.
Another fantastic meal at Bouchon. This time it was for a birthday. They prepared a n especially nice table with rose petals. Our meal of sea bass and duck were divine. The mushroom appetizer was wonderful. We order a great local wine and tasty dessert. Don't miss it on you trip to Santa Barbara.
Pork belly and little gem salad for starters, lamb chops done to perfection and the best bass that ever crossed a plate and disappear. Wine by the glass for the starters (local riesling) and a fine, local viognier for the fish and a local Pinot Noir for the lamb. A cheese plate with 3 fine, local cheeses and ice viognier and 20 year old port for desert, and a very drunk young couple next to us who asked how many great grand children we had (none; you have to have children first) and then tried to sneak off without paying made for amusing dinner theater. Service was excellent, helpful and not the least bit intrusive. An outstanding dining experience. Looking forward to repeating it.
Disappointed in the waitstaff. I hosted a professional dinner for 6 physicians colleagues - but the waiter humiliated me in front of my guests. Although he rapidly spurted, "if there is anything we can do for you..." and I asked if I could place a 1/2 order for anything on the menu, he took it as an opportunity to make fun of me (a lady). In his jest, at my expense, he thought he could put part of my order in the middle of the table for others. Although I never agreed, he did just that. No one sampled it. I requested the lamb be prepared medium and it was rare. He never returned to check on our orders. The cauliflower soup was watery - no taste. He knew that he would get the auto 20% gratuity since we were a table of 6. One of my colleagues offered to pay the wine tab - since he could see how poorly I was treated. Although I've eaten at Bouchon in the past - NEVER again. I made the reservation on OpenTable and paid the $600+ tab - but the food couldn't make up for the poor 'front of the house.'
I brought someone special here for his birthday and it couldn't have turned out better. The staff made an obvious, but elegant, effort to make us feel special and bring our romantic dinner to life. One of the best dining experiences I have ever had...it truly exceeded my expectations.
Service was top notch, and food was equally as good. Celebrated two seventieth birthdays, and we were treated like royalty. Take your time and savor the experience; great locals date night venue, or equally as fitting for visitors looking for one of Santa Barbara's finest. Enjoy!
The food was great although we did order an appetizer that never came-mentioned it to the waiter he apologized yet didn't offer anything. Overall a nice dinner. As an aside, the restaurant is NOT related to the Buchón in Napa and the food/service reflects that.
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