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
Bathroom facilities were not very nice. ...
Bathroom facilities were not very nice. Everything else was excellent.
The service and the atmosphere were fant ...
The service and the atmosphere were fantastic, as were the desserts, port and vino. My chicken was dry and my husband's sea bass was also over cooked. Otherwise, it was lovely!
This was our second time visiting Boucho ...
This was our second time visiting Bouchon. The scallop appetizer is worth every penny and our meals were delicious as well. Can't wait to go back!
We had our 45 wedding anniversary dinner ...
We had our 45 wedding anniversary dinner there!!!!!!!!
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.
Delicious and kid approved - the good is ...
Delicious and kid approved - the good is consistently flavorful and well presented. Blueberry upside down cake and ice cream are not to be missed.
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.
Probably the best French Restaurant expe ...
Probably the best French Restaurant experience I have ever had. While expensive, the quality and value were amazing. Will definitly come back again for a special occasion.
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.
We had a fabulous experience. Fabulous f ...
We had a fabulous experience. Fabulous food, great service.
The food, wine and wait staff, were amaz ...
The food, wine and wait staff, were amazing as always!!
Awesome meal. Great service. Even with t ...
Awesome meal. Great service. Even with the lofty reviews, still one our our favorite meals!
Outstanding customer service. My wife wa ...
Outstanding customer service. My wife was not happy with her entree and it was replaced (quickly) and with a smile and complete reassurance that our satisfaction with the meal was of paramount importance to them. As a bonus, our wineglasses were topped off while we waited. All of the staff was personable without being overbearing. I would eat here again. The convenience to the central part of State street is also a plus.
From start to finish, indeniably impressive. Having worked in the industry for years and lived in NYC for many moons, I have high standards. The surprise wasn't ruined, the ambience and noise level perfectly suited to environment, and the patience of our server and, impressively, the hostess, wasn't even remotely pandering or impatient. Absolutely worth it. Will go back every time I'm in the area. Thank you for reviving my faith!
Bouchon goes the extra effort to make the table look special. The mushroom ragout was amazing and everyone liked the duck--both nicely prepared and generously portioned.
It was a wonderful dining experience and ...
It was a wonderful dining experience and I can't wait to ear here again
One of the best meals of our lives!!! U ...
One of the best meals of our lives!!! Utterly fantastic in all regards including the food, the service and the ambience. Abe our waiter was fantastic. An absolute must visit for fine dining in Santa Barbara and can't recommend highly enough.
Always an outstanding experience.
The food is well crafted and delicious, with a wine list that compliments the meal. Our server, Byron, was welcoming and knowledgeable, and he enhanced the dining experience. If you are ever in Santa Barbara, this is a "Must Go To" restaurant.
best service ever!
we enjoyed a terrific meal at Bouchon. Our server, Tony, was off-the-charts excellent. He recommended beer and wine pairings to suit our tastes and our entrees -- and he was spot on in every case.
Wonderful evening out
we totally enjoyed the romantic atmosphere; knowledgeable service and perfectly prepared food. The crab cakes were the best I have ever had, the cauliflower soup very tasty and the main courses we selected were spot on excellent. would definitely return!
I came here with my husband for our one year anniversary and they had rose petals on our table and a personalized Happy Anniversary card for us. Also, the hostess, our waiter, and one other employee came up to us to wish us a happy anniversary. It was a really nice touch and made us feel really special. The food was absolutely amazing as well.
Great place to celebrate
The staff went out of there way to make our celebration dinner special Food was so fresh and delicious
Great Food & Extensive Wine List
Was only in town for a few days. We wanted to find a nice place to go for a birthday celebration on a Sat night. There are so many good looking places to eat on State street that it was difficult to choose, but we finally settled on Bouchon as the food looked interesting. Honestly, we ended up being very happy we decided on this one. The food was spot on and local, the wine list was substantial and also mostly local and the service was attentive and pleasant. We even arrived very early(about 30 mins) and they were still able to seat us right away. Not cheap, but would definitely go back if given the chance.
Excellent food and attentive waitstaff. Tables for 2 are closely spaced so conversation privacy could be an issue.
Bouchon was lovely. Our plates were full ...
Bouchon was lovely. Our plates were full of good flavors and the camaraderie among the guests in the dining room was wonderful. Our dinner was a little slow coming out, so we were offered an additional free pour of the wines we were drinking, by the glass). This is a gregarious restaurant with well-prepared, tasty meals. (We were charged for a bottle of wine instead of a glass of the wine, but we caught it and our server apologized.)
Fantastic, one of the best meals we have ever had
Celebrated our son's 40th birthday. Brought a magnum of French burgundy from 2003. Staff poured it perfectly after asking us if we wanted it decanted. The four of us had different dishes and all were perfect-tasty, nice presentation, perfect temperature. Portions were more than sufficient. Service was very attentive but in the background so as not to disturb our occasion. We will remember this occasion for a very long time. Reservations are a must. Prices were what one would expect for a restaurant of this caliber. Fantastic
The occasion was my husband's 89th birthday.
The service was outstanding and a Birthday Card was on the table with rose petals scattered about. The food excellent and my favorite pork chop was hands down the most delicious I have ever tasted. My husband chose Lamb chops and they were done to perfection which seems to be hard to find in the finest restaurants today. High praise for this establishment.
We had an incredible first experience a ...
We had an incredible first experience a few months ago. But, the second time around was forgettable! The chicken I ordered was very salty. There was a lack of genuine engagement from the service team.
We went to Bouchon to celebrate our anni ...
We went to Bouchon to celebrate our anniversary. Dinner was delicious, and the service was attentive. We shared a salad. I had the scallop appetizer as my entree, and my husband had the duck. We both thought the preparation was impeccable. This was a great choice for our anniversary dinner.
Great meal great service!
This is a grey choice for a special occasion. The service was excellent the mushroom appetizer was the best I have ever tried. We had the tuna and the sea bass both were well prepared. For desert we ordered the cherry compont with vanilla ice cream. It had more cherries than two of us could eat.
Consistently good food. Exclusively local wines.
The food is and ambience have a definite French influence. We have dined at Bouchon several times and the food is consistently good with sufficient choice for all tastes. The wines are all local from the Santa Barbara region. It's good the restaurant supports local vineyards but it can be a little restrictive for those who look for a more worldly choice in their wines. That said, all the wines we have tried have been good. It's wine or beer only, no cocktails. The service was excellent but this time our waiter was inattentive once we had paid. I would recommend this restaurant for those who enjoy consistently good food.
So much better
We have a Bouchon by Thomas Keller in Las Vegas however it does not compare at all to Bouchon in Santa Barbara. Chef Greg Murphy knows what he is doing. This location is so cute, the food was great and the ambiance was perfect! Loved it and whenever I'm back in SB I will definitely visit.
Totally delicious meal. Crab cakes start ...
Totally delicious meal. Crab cakes starter were brilliant followed by incredible venison cooked to perfection ! My husband's pork dinner also delicious . Molten chocolate cake was Devine . Perfect birthday celebration!
Fantastic food and service! The wine pa ...
Fantastic food and service! The wine pairing is an excellent touch. All of the dishes you prepare look spectacular.
Exceptional best describes every aspect ...
Exceptional best describes every aspect of our dining experience. Eric, the manager and Aaron our server were obviously experts in their field and particularly the nuances of Bouchon. They are number one for a reason. We had the scallop app, followed by lamb and salmon mains accompanied by recommended wine, finished with chocolate lava cake. Absolutely delicious and delightful. Highly recommended.
What a great find in the best part of Sa ...
What a great find in the best part of Santa Barbara, Downtown Santa Barbara, which is right by all of the great shopping and bars. Parking was convenient as there is a parking lot in the back. Decor was very nice and heat lamps were on for those sitting in their more spacious covered outdoor patio area, but like many of the shops and restaurants in the area, it was still a little cramped. The service was second to none and our waiter was great and was always checking to make sure we were good without being annoying. For food, the seared foie gras and mushroom ragout were both delicious. The pan seared sea bass was good but not to be mean, was something I could do from home. The rack of lamb on the the hand was so memorable and so well cooked that I had to pick up the bones with my hands to finish them off. It's a must order. Dessert was the blueberry lemon cake which tasted like a Betty Crocker blueberry muffin with McConnels Blueberry ice cream(Local ice cream shop) which wasn't bad at all but not worth the code either. Great thing about this Bouchon is that they really focused on locally sourced foods from the produce and fish to even the ice cream they use which I applaud them for.
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