About Scarlett Begonia
Scarlett Begonia will always strive to have interesting, thoughtful food.
Menus change weekly with an innovative fresh look at breakfast and lunch and dinner. Cocktails and appetizers begin at 4:30pm Tuesday thru Saturday nights with full dinner service from 5:30pm to 9:00pm, with breakfast and lunch running 9am-2pm Tuesday thru Sunday. It is our goal to provide Santa Barbara with a restaurant that showcases progressive modern food, using sustainable, organic, high quality ingredients coupled with innovative cooking to be one of the most food-centric restaurants around.
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Organic
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast & Lunch
Tuesday - Sunday: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is located in City Lot #5
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
Scarlett Begonia Ratings and Reviews
Met a friend I had not seen in many year ...
Met a friend I had not seen in many years for brunch. Lisa sat us at a lovely table and the chef sent out a nice plate to share before our fabulous brunch. Fresh tasty food, great service. Overall terrific experience!
Wouldn't go back
The hostess was snotty, rude and aggressive. She ruined the entire experience. I would not go back. Our server was lovely. Food was good but overpriced. Nice ambiance.
Our last meal in Santa Barbara, so worth the trip!
Friendly servers, great menu & wine list! I'm from the south & I'm here to tell u that was the best shrimp & grits ever!
A hidden gem
We had Easter brunch at Scarlett and it was a delightful experience. We had time to chat with the owner who is expanding the restaurant, including adding a bakery for her parents' business which will relocate from their current bakery and provides all baked goods for the restaurant and many other notable SB locations. The meal was very good, service wonderful and the crowd was a mix of couples and families and dogs. It was a special meal ($45 fixed price plus Mimosas) and the coffee cake, kale salad, steak and lamb all very good. A hidden spot for locals that is well worth finding!
The tomato soup is fantastic and new for ...
The tomato soup is fantastic and new for me! Very flavorful and a little spicy. I always love the kale ceasar salad, and it once again was delicious.
Romantic hideaway restaurant
My fiance and I ate here for the first time as a long overdue date night. We had always known about Scarlett Begonia, but hadn't had the opportunity to try it. We were glad we did. The ambiance was fantastic. We sat inside since the outdoor heaters weren't working, but it was just as cozy, quiet and romantic. We opted to share the roasted chicken entree and try multiple appetizers: scarlett bread, smoked salmon and creme fraiche toast, and the fried eggplant. Everything tasted delicious and was reasonably priced, considering Santa Barbara dining. Our bartender and server were also very nice and went out of way to make sure we enjoyed our drinks and food. We will definitely return for dinner and are looking forward to trying their brunch menu as well as their Tuesdays chef's special from the local farmers market.
Had prix fixe 3 course Valentine's Day d ...
Had prix fixe 3 course Valentine's Day dinner. First and main were delicious, presented beautifully. Desserts disappointed. All creamy confections--and they nicely brought another when we didn't like our original choices. Found out why desserts didn't live up to the dinner--they use an outside bakery because they have such a small kitchen. Staff was extremely nice about it and said they'd take our comments to the chef/owner. Beautiful courtyard patio--they did have heaters but it was too cold for us. Would recommend.
Scarlett Begonia Most Enjoyable
We had another excellent meal at Scarlett Begonia's. The perfect place in Santa Barbara for a dinner before night clubbing. We loved it!
Great spot, but...
Great location and very good food. I would like to see a larger selection, at dinner. The courtyard is charming, but the inside dining room has zero charm, life or color. How about some color on the walls, some nice art work and cover those boring tables with cloths or something!
Expensive. Small portions. Very limited ...
Expensive. Small portions. Very limited menu. Ran out of some dishes at 8PM. Average food.
Wonderful service and food
We had the Pri-Fixe menu for New Years Eve. It included wonderful, thoughtful dishes that even my kids enjoyed. I loved the spiced carrots with yogurt as an appetizer. The special duck dish was succulent. I also had the best cherry pie ever! The s'mores with key lime was a miss, but otherwise all of our food was delicious. The wait staff was very attentive. It is a small restaurant and it felt very personal.
Great coffe and food - never disappoints
This time, I had a heavenly persimmon salad. The courtyard provides great outdoor dining when the sun is straight overhead or the air temp is warm.
Best breakfast in a very long time. Come ...
Best breakfast in a very long time. Come hungry and leave with a smile on your face. We drove up from Manhattan Beach (2 hours) and were there at 9:00 am and enjoyed many different dishes. All very tasty and carefully cooked. Had a chance to say hi to the chef who appreciated our positive feedback. Highly recommend this "hidden gem".
Oh my good!
I cannot say enough!! The Scarlet Begonia was wonderful. We love finding the little restaurants that are creative, and full of flavor! This was a 10. We tried two starters, a soup, a salad and a larger entre. Everything was wonderful. The entire evening we were rewarded with new flavors, textures and outlooks on our favorite dishes. Highly recommend for any foodies out there!
Amazing food and cocktails, lovely pat ...
Amazing food and cocktails, lovely patio with heaters, and very attentive service.
The food was beyond expectation - without exception
Fabulous food on a wonderful outdoor patio
Great food at good prices. We ate late and there were only 2 other parties on the patio. So great service. Food was marvelous. I had the flat iron steak and my friend ordered the pork loin. We were told it would take 20 minutes for her entree to be cooked, and since we had ordered a bottle of wine, we asked that they bring us a side of fries so we had something in our stomachs while drinking the wine. The fries were amazing. Super hot from the fryer and a huge amount for very little money. My steak was so tasty and cooked to perfection. A huge portion so I took some home. Will go back. Loved it!
A little hard to find
SG is tucked away in a courtyard off the street. So nice, very quiet and intimate. Loved the veg salad and pork. Wife had seafood, it was great, but I don't remember what it was. Great local SB wine selections. Silent movies on the brick wall. And something on the menu for kids too!
Nice quiet lunch place for outdoor seating
Always enjoy their food at Scarkett Begonnias and the food is always good. We've been here numerous times!!!
Good for sharing w/ friends
We had a group of 7 and ate out in the patio area. We decided to order several dishes to share with one another. We thought the food was really delicious and it was fun getting small tastes of a variety of dishes.
Don't miss Tuesday Farmers Market dinner
We sat in the charming outdoor area. Quiet and charming. The Tuesday farmers market choices were delicious and light. To Kill a Mockingbird was illuminated on the large wall. The perfect most delightful evening.
We've been here before and a big negative is the menu is very limited. We went to lunch, and I didn't want a salad . There were 3 salads, cheeseburger, and something with whole wheat tortilla, avocado , chicken , aioli. It was tasty, but fell apart bcuz they put too much aioli on the tortilla which looked homade, but VERY thin.
A very good experience
My husband hates small plate establishments...and I love them. Scarlett Begonia has both, so it works very well for us. Don't miss the ricotta pancakes with crab meat!
Once was enough
Based on the service and the tasteless salad, I will never go back.. Too bad because it's a cute restaurant.
Dinner for Four
We had dinner here on a Friday night with a reservation and were seated right on time. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable abut all the dishes and drinks on the menu. She answered all our questions and was very kind and accommodating with my father who is gluten free. The drinks were awesome, I recommend trying anything from their specialty cocktail menu! There was a lot of time between placing our food order and actually receiving the first dish, about 30 minutes or so. But all the dishes we shared family-style were delicious and well presented. We sat outside on the patio which was comfortable and very clean. Thank you, Scarlett Begonia!
Continue to enjoy the eclectic offerings at Scarlett Begonia. Same old is not available here, making it a pleasurable dining experience.
The kale Ceasar salad and the duck entree were great. Neither my daughter nor I like the cod and whipped potatoes -they seemed rather flavorless. The service was attentive and gracious even after we returned the cod.
Great food selection.
This is a great place for brunch. All of our food was cooked and prepared to our request. We sat outdoors and enjoyed it. This was our second visit to Scarlett Begonia and we would gladly return again.
Loved everything about our experience here from the staff to the food.
Grits and shrimp yum. Share the cinnamon roll. Great coffee. Lovely environment. A must eat at restaurant in Santa Barbara.
Great local small outdoors restaurant.
Good, creative, dishes. Tops were smoked mussels. Service was rough and somewhat overwhelmed the evening we were there.
A wonderful night out
We came with a large (6) group for a birthday dinner. The staff was very nice and more than accommodating! Not to mention, the food was fantastic! The squid and duck come highly recommended!
Wonderful outdoor place to being friends
We had friends who live in Ca come vist us from another town ....so we wanted to treat them to place that had an outdoor area ...this place was wonderful ..it's in an a court yard so it's nice and quite ..... Very good food and they have space heaters ....
Had reservations but still had to wait
Had reservations but still had to wait. Server was good. Priced way too high... especially drinks and kids meal. Not fit for locals on a budget.
We went for Mother's Day brunch and the food was excellent, the ambience lovely, and fine service. The problem is that they jacked up the prices at least 60%. $55 for eggs Benedict (tasted great) and a cinnamon roll?!?!?!?
Service is a FAIL; food is great
FAIL. We went on Mother's Day on a credit card reservation and table wasn't ready. Owner and hostesses were SO rude; we stayed only because it was a holiday. Food was fine, and our server did a great job keeping the wheels on the bus, but definitely don't go expecting any kind of customer service. We won't ever go back.
We had Mother's Day brunch here and regretted it! $400 for 4. The fixed menu was filled with odd pairings not suitable for kids and those looking for simple, fresh, delicious food. They were very inflexible and would not change anything! If you want to sit outside be sure to request it when you make reservation! They won't budge. They tried to squeeze our party of 5 onto a four top until we refused. Would not return or recommend to anyone.
Usually wonderful, but recently disappointing!
I am a huge fan of this wonderful little Santa Barbara gem! And I have a couple of favorites on the menu. However, my recent dining experience left much to be desired. We ordered the Kale Caesar Salad to share as a starter with entrees to follow. But within 2 minutes of setting the salad down on the table, our main courses arrived. I really hate it when this happens because you feel completely rushed and cannot slow down and enjoy the food! Not to mention that the table was tiny and the plates barely fit! The waiter was really nice and apologized, but other than that, didn't really do anything to assist, which seemed very unprofessional. Also, the salad was completely overdressed and soggy--which is exceedingly unusual and very disappointing. I still rated the experience as "good" because the restaurant is usually so wonderful and the food delicious,, but with its growing popularity, I'm now worried that the loving attention that usually goes into the food is now eroding.
We always enjoy Scarlet Begonia whether we are with our grandsons (it is their favorite spot) or with our favorite gourmand friends who love new and innovative preparations. Everything is creatively prepared and always tasty and the cocktails are especially delicious!
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