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
Tony, our server, was one of the best I' ...
Tony, our server, was one of the best I've ever had anywhere. The food was outstanding. The ambiance was excellent for a romantic evening or dinner with friends who are looking for an upscale but friendly and down-to-earth atmosphere. I will recommend all who visit Santa Barbara to visit Bouchon.
Bouchon has earned a reputation of being ...
Bouchon has earned a reputation of being Santa Barbara's finest by a huge amount of care and attention over a very long period. So many restaurants talk about innovation on there menu,finest ingredients,comprehensive wine list etc...invariably the "talk is rarely walked"
Bouchon surpasses expectation and does so with earned excellence. The ownership/management team of Mitchell/Amy are exactly what you hope for in there commitment and knowledge, the kitchen team is brilliant and this is all represented in knowledgable,intelligent and professional wait staff.
My family and I could not recommend Bouchon any higher.
The foie gras (savory) was excellent and ...
The foie gras (savory) was excellent and the rack of Lamb was beautifully cooked to my preference. Loved the Longoria Pinot Noir , overall a great experience. We'll revisit this restaurant when we are back in Santa Barbara.
I had the venison, my wife the rack of l ...
I had the venison, my wife the rack of lamb. We shared the corn soup. All was excellent — flavorful, wonderfully done, and had great plate appeal. We were too full for dessert and we do not drink alcohol. Service was as you would hope it to be. Frankly, hard to say enough nice things about Bouchon Santa Barbara.
Our only disappointment: the OpenTable website lists "smart casual" dress, but there was a man in his late 30s wearing shorts and a sleeveless shirt. Not my definition of "smart casual."
Ordered the bacon salad which was odd to ...
Ordered the bacon salad which was odd to begin with as it had grilled peaches/bacon/mozarella variant that completely clashed. My rack of lamb was cooled well but had some type of barbecue sauce dumped on top which made it taste like cheap barbeque for $38!! I could make better at home for a lamb rack for $15. The crab cakes were excellent however and the venison was decent as well. I expected more from a top notch rated place and feel this place is getting a bit too comfortable in this tourist town. Not sure why this is rated 4.5. Service was great but I come primarily for the food and this falls way flat.
I chose this restaurant because of the g ...
I chose this restaurant because of the great reviews on Yelp. First time I disagree with all the reviews on this restaurant. My review is based on the following:
1- we were seated at a nice outside table but not seen by host until 15 mins after we were seated. No one came for us to order drinks even.
2- Our waiter finally came after 20 mins and took our order and brought drinks. He never came back because he was soo interested in serving a nearby table with a larger party of 12. We had 4 people in our party. Our meal was delivered by a manager .
3- The best thing that we ordered was the Savory Foie Gras and the molten lava cake. The corn bisque was bland and the appetizer crab cakes was ok. But the most dissapointing was the Wagyu ribeye steak. Nothing better than an average steak. That's probably why it on costs $34.
I looked forward to dining at this restaurant as a family night passing through Santa Barbara but was totally disappointed. Will NOT recommend this restaurant for future customers .
Such a great place for dinner. This is h ...
Such a great place for dinner. This is hands down my favorite place for dinner in downtown Santa Barbara. Everything we had was cooked to perfection and well seasoned. The deserts (lava cake & peach crisp) were a great way to finish off a wonderful evening. Can't say enough about the staff who was very attentive - they are all wonderful!
First time and very happy. Everything w ...
First time and very happy.
Everything was beyond excellent.
Only one comment: I had the wagyu main dish and it was overly salted. Delicious but couldn't finish.
If that's the method of prep I would recommend another dish.
My wife's salmon was exceptional.
Be back again.
One of the best meals we've had! Everyth ...
One of the best meals we've had! Everything was delicious, flavors were inventive and portions were generous. It's a beautiful, warmly lit space that was very enjoyable to dine in. Our table wasn't ready when we arrived for our reservation, but the staff was apologetic and brought us champagne while we waited. Loved everything about our experience here and would definitely return! Thanks Bouchon!
My boyfriend and I were celebrating our ...
My boyfriend and I were celebrating our anniversary and decided to spend it at Bouchon Santa Barbara. It definitely did not disappoint. Every aspect of the meal was great! We will definitely return the next time both of us are in town.
Very attentive service and nice location ...
Very attentive service and nice location. The onion soup was good though missing some salt. The goat cheese tart was really satisfying and tasteful. The tuna was nearly raw but melted in the mouth and the whole dish with cherry tomatoes and beans had a delightful mediterranean taste that made me love it. Great wine (Pinot noir) by the glass. The restaurant is quite pricey but valuable. I would definitely recommend it!
Sad to report that Bouchon was a big dis ...
Sad to report that Bouchon was a big disappointment. Service was fast and food was so-so. As it was our first visit, can't tell if it was a bad night or a restaurant in decline. Time will tell. Not a place we'll keep on our list.
Bouchon is the total package. It has out ...
Bouchon is the total package. It has outstanding food, a great wine list, though we brought our own at a reasonable $25.00 corkage. Service is superb with professional and knowledgeable waiters. The seating outside is covered and the lighting and ambience perfect. Known for it's farm to table, the food was excellent. My wife had the Goat Cheese tart with was excellent and I had the Crab Cake which was also excellent--mostly because they didn't fill the cake with bread crumbs, just crab! The mail courses: Chicken was quintessentially French and made wot perfection. The pork was great, but I would have preferred it a little less done. It was a touch dry, but still very flavorful.
Our waiter was excellent and there as needed and full of information that was useful and helpful in making the right dinner decisions.
Highly recommend and rated by many as the #1 restaurant in Santa Barbara. Hard to argue with that.
Service was excellent, wine was outstand ...
Service was excellent, wine was outstanding, food was well above average but sadly not the truly five star dining i was expecting. It seemed the chef was trying too hard to make unique, unexpected dishes, perhaps trying too hard to appeal to a snobbish foodie crowd, maybe trying too hard to make a mark in an already crowded upscale restaurant market, but definitely trying too hard for something. Whatever the case, our meals were very good, just not the best I've ever had. I would recommend Bouchon to others, and I would eat there again, but I think we might sample some other place before falling back on a solid 4-star like this.
My experience with Bouchon was great! T ...
My experience with Bouchon was great! The food was amazing.....very fresh, healthy, and cooked to perfection. I had an Organic Salad with peaches that was delicious. For the main dish I had the Crispy Skin Salmon that was very delicous and cooked perfectly. The skin was very crispy and the center was tender and moist, it was delicous. There were many great options on the menu. Our server, Joaquin, was very pleasant and did a great job. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. I'm happy we found it and would visit again. Wish there more restaurants like this one.
Outstanding from beginning to end. Bouch ...
Outstanding from beginning to end. Bouchon surpassed our expectations and we are still reveling in the moment. Hostess and more Leanne, Sommelier Mitchell, Waiter Tony are all amazing. We started with the goat cheese tart and onion soup which were delicious. Entrees were the pork chop, tuna, and sea bass... The pork chop with corn bread was the standout but everyone loved their meal. I'm doing a disservice to write this in haste. We loved it all and highly recommend.
Wonderful evening! Celebrated my husban ...
Wonderful evening! Celebrated my husband's birthday - it was nice to have a birthday card on the table. We had gone wine tasting earlier in the day and weren't in the mood to drink more and the server took it all in stride. Looking forward to going back and having wine from their nice wine list.
Bouchon was absolutely splendid. My boyf ...
Bouchon was absolutely splendid. My boyfriend & I were in Santa Barbara celebrating his birthday weekend & was in need of a romantic getaway! The restaurant was everything & more. From the time we walked in to my boyfriend's celebratory dessert, we couldn't ask for anything more. The table was placed with beautiful rose petals & a beautiful birthday card placed for my boyfriend. I highly recommend Bouchon for a romantic atmosphere. Thank you again for your hospitality. Incredible!!
Hostess was gracious and lovely. Waiter ...
Hostess was gracious and lovely. Waiter was a good sport with our 11 year old's request to leave certain ingredients off the dish - claiming that it was quite the thing to 'deconstruct' dishes. We let them pair our courses with local Santa Barbara wines - best route to go. Food was delicious. Overall lovely evening.
Went here for my son's 16th birthday. T ...
Went here for my son's 16th birthday. They greeted us with rose petals and bday card on our beautifully set table. The service was amazing and they really made my son feel special (who does that for a 16 year old????).
The food was amazing. The wine choices were endless. The service was perfection.
Thank you for making my son's 16th bday dinner amazing.
I made a note in my reservation that my ...
I made a note in my reservation that my wife and I were celebrating our 10th anniversary. The restaurant contacted me the day before to ask my wife's name, and to see if there was anything they could do to make the meal more special. They picked a wonderful, quiet spot for us. When we arrived we found rose petals spread over the table, and a nice card from the manager. The attention from the hostess was excellent, and our server's wine recommendations were spot-on. The food was exquisite. My Wagyu ribeye rivaled the best steaks I've had here in Chicago, and my wife's pork chop with cornbread panzanella and grilled peaches made me consider skipping dessert in favor of a second entree.
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