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
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.
This was my second time there. We absolu ...
This was my second time there. We absolutely loved it the first time but this time it wasn't very good. The food was sub-par no real great flavor to either dish. Had the venison medallions and we had the sea bass. Was disappointed to see some reviews after our visit that seem to be saying the same thing. Also the corkage fee was to high.
Bouchon in Santa Barbara is an amazing r ...
Bouchon in Santa Barbara is an amazing restaurant. I originally booked thinking it was part of the Thomas Keller group, but it is not. It is a local gem. The service was impeccable. All the ingredients for the dishes are sourced locally, and the chef has an amazing palate. We ordered the trio of scallops, and each one was uniquely delicious. We also had the sea bass and pork chop. Both were amazing, perfectly seasoned, and beautiful to the eye. Desert was a chocolate lava cake with locally made ice cream (McConnell's). Perfectly gooey, chocolaty, and sinful. Perfect meal!
Our experience at Bouchon was absolutely ...
Our experience at Bouchon was absolutely amazing! The service was prompt, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive without feeling overbearing. The menu, while not big, covered all bases. We started with the soup special and goat cheese tart which were both great, then had the duck and chicken entrees, both savory and presented well. We were so full we skipped dessert, however we did indulge in a dessert beer to share which was a perfect finish to our meal! If you are in Santa Barbara, bouchon is a MUST!!
By far, Bouchon is the best place I have ...
By far, Bouchon is the best place I have eaten in Santa Barbara. While it is expensive it is not as pricey as I expected. I had the venison cooked rare and shared an heirloom tomato salad with friends. The waiter was extremely helpful for helping with decisions and wine pairing. The place is small and cosy with some interesting design choices (I think the walls were covered in cork wood). Overall great experience for a once a year type event.
My wife and I were staying overnight in ...
My wife and I were staying overnight in Santa Barbara for her birthday and we picked Bouchon for dinner as it was near our hotel and well recommended. The food was excellent with the deserts we both had being outstanding. Although it has a French food feel, the portions were very substantial. A very enjoyable dining experience.
Bouchon was a wonderful choice for our a ...
Bouchon was a wonderful choice for our anniversary dinner. They called to confirm the reservation and upon finding out that we would be celebrating with them, made sure all of the details were perfect. Rose petals were waiting at our table along with a note congratulating us on our anniversary. Our server was also fantastic. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the wines and the food, helping us to make selections that we were thrilled with. Finally, the food is fantastic. You certainly don't need to be a foodie to appreciate their offerings but the menu would also please a selective crowd. We will return when visiting Santa Barbara again!
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.
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