About Montecito Cafe
The Montecito Café is a family run restaurant and was established in 1986 by husband and wife team Mark and Margaret Huston. The food is simple and delicious. The Montecito Cafe has been awarded "Best Restaurant in Montecito" for the last 15 years in a row. We make all of our own soups, sauces, stocks, dressings, hamburger buns and desserts daily from scratch on the premises. We use only the freshest and highest quality ingredients and specialize in fresh fish, salads, pasta, grilled meats, burgers and sandwiches. Our desserts are excellent and we are famous for our coconut cake. We strive to provided quality service and value to our customers every day. We are located in the beautiful Montecito Inn Hotel built by Charlie Chaplin and free valet parking is available.
Californian, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Daily 5:30pm-10:00pm
Bar Hours : Daily from 5:00pm-10:00pm,
Bar is Open until 11:00pm on Friday & Saturday
OLIVE MILL ROAD
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Street Parking as well as free valet parking is available
Olive Mill Rd Bus Stop
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We will be serving a 3 Course Dinner For New Year's Eve. Please call us for reservations at 805-969-3392
Montecito Cafe Ratings and Reviews
On a bitter-sweet occasion a friend and ...
On a bitter-sweet occasion a friend and I lunched at Montecito Café knowing it would be the last
week of its operation at the Montecito Inn.
The service was genuine and consistent.
The food was delicious, earthy but elegant. I will the vibrant coziness that MC offers.
As a treat, we met the owner Mark Huston, who took the time to talk to us about the 1980 photo on the wall featuring the staff at San Ysidro Ranch where he first worked.
We will definitely take up the opportunity to visit the two sister restaurants both Jane soon !
This place has always been a special res ...
This place has always been a special restaurant to go-Great food,fantastic service,excellent prices. Visiting friends always want to go to the Montecito Cafe when they visit the area-sometimes two or three times during their stay in Santa Barbara.
As good as ever. We were seated immediat ...
As good as ever. We were seated immediately and at a very nice table even though it was a very busy Friday night. There is a great variety of choices; the menu's standards and the daily specials. I had the chicken piccata which was outstanding. My husband had the mussel bowl and raved about it
Our lunch was a disappointment. We have ...
Our lunch was a disappointment. We have been many times and had excellent food and service.
This was to celebrate one person's birthday and the other leaving for Washington DC. We wanted to go once more before the restaurant closes. Never have we had such poor service, had to ask for everything and forgot a side order of French Fries. The only thing that was the same was the wonderful coconut cake. That saved the meal.
They have the best martinis ever, especi ...
They have the best martinis ever, especially the muddled cucumber-mint Grey Goose martini. Very good. The menu is similar to Jane in downtown Santa Barbara, since Jane seems to have the concession until the restaurant closes in November. I recommend that you enjoy the Montecito Cafe while it is there. Who knows what it will be like in the future.
Everything about our experience Saturday ...
Everything about our experience Saturday night at the Montecito Inn Restaurant was terrific. The food, ambiance, service, and noise level were all great. It was the perfect place for our party of four to go to enjoy the food, wine and each other. We ordered the steak sandwich, the chicken sandwich, and the seafood pasta special. The special was large enough for 2 of us to share with a shared Cesar salad. The broth of the pasta special was so tasty that it was hard not to finish off a loaf of the delicious bread soaked in its essence of garlic, wine, butter, parsley, and fish stock. We had so looked forward to sharing a piece of the Inn’s famous coconut cake (which we’ve enjoyed before), however, we were sated by our fantastic meals. Next time we’ll try to save space for the cake!
We were celebrating our 29th wedding ann ...
We were celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary on the day went. The service was good, I'd say service was excellent except we had a long wait for our cocktails had to ask for bread and didn't get our waters until our meal was half over. It seemed like they were short staffed but it was a Monday so we thought we'd be fine. Otherwise our meals were excellent. Have had lunch here but never dinner and cocktails.
Montecito Cafe is an absolute gem. The ...
Montecito Cafe is an absolute gem. The food is always great and the service even better. The fact that the restaurant is always full is a testament to the quality of the establishment. We keep going back because we hear the current tenants are leaving at the end of November and we want to make the most of it while it is still in place!!
A sin that the restaurant will be closin ...
A sin that the restaurant will be closing soon, but thankfully there are still 2 Janes to dine at. This restaurant is a fixture on our dining rota. Food is always top shelf, service impeccable--on top of things without being overbearing--and the quality to price excellent for a Montecito establishment. Always get the coconut cake for dessert. Always.
Fabulous meal with the best cedar-plank ...
Fabulous meal with the best cedar-plank salmon I've ever had! It was moist, tender, and wonderful taste. Another party at our table had the filet mignon and raved at the tenderness and flavor. It melted in his mouth. Had their "special" coconut cake for dessert....to die for! One of my favorite restaurants...always especially good.
Go Before They Move
Have eaten here many times. The staff and the food are always reliable, but not "foodie"
fare. The fish entrée (petrale sole) was fresh and the duck breast special was tasty.
They will close this location sometime in November. Remember they are JANE in SB and will open in Goleta
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