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
We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversa ...
We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary Saturday night at Bouchon, and although the place was packed, we felt like we were the only ones there. The staff is amazingly personable, knowledgeable, professional and fun! And then you get to taste the food!!! Do not pass up an opportunity to dine here when in Santa Barbara.
Bouchon is a must-eat when you are inn S ...
Bouchon is a must-eat when you are inn Santa Barbara. It is a small restaurant with a nice European type of ambience. Food was exceptionally good, and was seasonal. A terrific Rack of Lamb, which was huge in size! We always go to Bouchn when we are in Santa Barbara!
The food and service were top notch. A ...
The food and service were top notch. A group of six of us shared most of the appetizers and two bottles of Santa Barbara wine. Our server was able to recommend versatile wines to work with the variety of dishes ordered. The crab cakes were the highlight of the appetizer set. I would leave out the corn myself, but they were still quite good. I had the wagyu ribeye and it lived up to the billing of "wagyu". It was extremely tender, cooked a nice medium-rare, and very flavorful. The potato hash with grilled corn underneath was a nice accompaniment. But the little cheese cubes were the star of the side. I was surprised by the portion size; it was much more food than I expected from a California style high end restaurant. For dessert, don't miss the peach crisp with blueberry creme. Looking forward to going back to Bouchon next time I'm in SB.
We had an amazing anniversary dinner. W ...
We had an amazing anniversary dinner. When making the reservation, we told them it was our anniversary so they had a lovely little table set up for us with a nice card and flower pedals on top. Such a nice touch! More importantly, we had a super server who knew the menu well and had wonderful recommendations. I think his name is Abe...not 100% certain but anyway, he was professional and personable without being intrusive. We absolutely loved the heirloom tomatoes which we shared; plenty for 2! Also shared the savory fois gras, equally superb and I enjoyed the scallop trio as my entree while my husband devoured his rack of lamb. We were beyond stuffed but still had to finish with a unique dessert of Fig and Honey Gilette. Loved every bit of our special night. Even though we shared the salad, app and dessert, the bill after tip was close to $300 with a bottle of Roederer Brut Rose Champagne and 2 glasses of wine. So not cheap but not over the top. We felt our meal was totally worth the spurge.
In the PAST, Bouchon was my favorite res ...
In the PAST, Bouchon was my favorite restaurant anywhere. This evening was sub-par. My Venison was plain old bland, my salad Lyonaisse was vinegary. My wife's onion soup was too heavy. My friends thought I was crazy bringing them there, neither were impressed. Good thing we brought our own wines and paid the $25 a bottle corkage fee. Oh and our waiter was very loud and the restaurant was mildly chaotic.....
Wow! Our daughter suggested this restaur ...
Wow! Our daughter suggested this restaurant for our 30th wedding anniversary. From first arriving at the restaurant to leaving, everything was fantastic. The service was excellent. The recommendation wine pairings, excellent and the food was phenomenal. The next time we are in Santa Barbara, we will make sure we dine here again.
Our Waiter lacked confidence. If not dri ...
Our Waiter lacked confidence. If not drinking "the perfectly recommended wine or beer", the non-alcohol choices were very limited. Consider having an Arnold Palmer, etc. at least. Restroom required going out and next door. The surrounding decor did not reflect the image of what they suggest your food/wine experience will be.
A mixed review, and likely just a misste ...
A mixed review, and likely just a misstep that is rarely repeated. The food was very good - the onion soup, bass, and duck. All great. One entre was messed up - duck instead of bass, and a series of missteps led the one diner to get his food after the rest were almost done. But again - great ambiance, nice wine list, good food, just one misstep that was really unfortunate. To the waiter's credit, the late meal was comped - which was nice, but didn't completely make up for the awkward timing.
Had an amazing romantic time with my par ...
Had an amazing romantic time with my partner there. We ordered appetizers and entrees and asked the waiter to suggest wine choice for each dish, all 4 (2 for me and 2 for my other half) were a spot on. The sauce for Venison Medallions was disappointing (a weird mixture of tomato and rosemary taste, really missing at least salt and pepper), but all the rest of the food (including the medallions themselves) was delicious.
The service was great too. Our waiter was lovely, attentive and caring, funny and not noisy.
Would definitely come back.
I was so looking forward to dinner at Bo ...
I was so looking forward to dinner at Bouchon while visiting Santa Barbara. The experience was not good at all. The flavors the chef put together were not appetizing. My $42 ribeye was burned and cut in half. Who cuts a ribeye in half?! We ordered a few different things off the menu, appetizers, soups and dinner. It was not good. I will never eat here again, Santa Barbara has far too many excellent restaurants!
Very busy the night we visited whilst on ...
Very busy the night we visited whilst on holiday in California. Tables are close together and quite a noisy environment. Food was very good although the portion size was mixed (veering from appropriate for one person to outlandishly large).
My entree was pork which was very tasty but would easily have fed two adults not one. Service was very efficient albeit they were clearly rushed off their feet. Great wine choice suggested for my "budget" of $60-70 (pre tax/pre service charge). Overall quite an expensive meal for a not especially relaxing environment but the food and service were good.
I wouldn't say the food was good at all. ...
I wouldn't say the food was good at all. The peas in the scallop trio dish we ordered were under cooked. Scallops were ok. The purée tasted like it was over done through vitamix. Had that weird green flavor that tasted like they used vitamix in a wrong way.
The salad we ordered with pouched egg tasted like the similar salad we ordered at church and state but way worse and bland.
The blue cheese was overpowering. The crab cake tasted like cabbage cake. It may have been the chef's bad day but I would not go back again.
One thing I'd like to say was the service was exquisite and we were happy with that. Very positive and friendly waiter and enjoyed his company. Also love the atmosphere.
We dined here for an anniversary dinner. ...
We dined here for an anniversary dinner. The staff was fantastic and the food was local and delicious and the wine pairings, perfect. Flower petals on our table and a card signed by the staff was a really nice touch. We are local but I would make a long drive to eat here.
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 .
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