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“Fantastic Taste of Santa Barbara”
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Ranked #8 of 585 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$30
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Description: Conveniently located in downtown Santa Barbara, Barbareño seeks to embody California's Central Coast. Serving regionally inspired cuisine, fine California wines, and locally crafted beers in a rustic yet modern environment, we seek to celebrate our home through our service to our guests.
Reviewed January 16, 2018

I'm a SB local and have tried much of the food in the city. This place is phenomenal. Very unique and has a "farm to table" type menu in which they use seasonal ingredients and create dishes inspired by the local climate. My boyfriend and I both enjoyed this restaurant more than Bouchon and other high end establishments in Santa Barbara. Why you may be asking? It is just different. I haven't had any food like it. Contemporary take on smokey and bold flavors. Mexican vibes, but not traditional Mexican food. I would recommend the ash smoked eggplant as a side and the grilled avocado was a nice way to start the meal. The Oak Tagliatelle is a highly interesting and excellent pasta dish made with acorns which is a native ingredient in the central coast landscape. Their beer list is very unique as well with craft beers from all over the state that pair exceptionally with the cuisine. They're wine list has an emphasis on local wines from the central California coast which is nice as well. If you can make it, I highly suggest you go.

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Thank Lindsey T
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Reviewed November 11, 2017 via mobile

Great place in residential sort of neighborhood. Food was fabulous! Friend and I shared the Brussels sprouts and a burger. The taters with the burger were as fantastic as the rest — irresistible, and I dont go for fries. These were way better. Not inexpensive, but if you are a bit of a foodie, this is a place to try.

Thank RiverReader
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Reviewed November 3, 2017

We were in Santa Barbara for one night only and sought out good, modern food. The food is amazing with a thoughtful menu of sophisticated, yet simple, food. Our waiter Eric was a great help in assisting us to choose dishes which showcased the menu and allowed us to try a couple of signature dishes.

This place is a gem.

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Thank Jack G
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Reviewed October 11, 2017

We've been to this lovely restaurant twice. We love their mission to offer a high-end, local, creative, yet relaxed dining experience. Please keep experimenting and surprising us. We hope others feel the same. Prices are very fair for what you get. Highly recommended.

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Thank MarkusWWW
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Reviewed October 6, 2017

I used to be a big fan of Barbareno. But then they sold it and a new chef took over.
I have been there three times now, to check out what's happening. Unfortunately, things have been going downhill for the quality of the food at dinner.

Today, a friend and I went for the new lunch they are doing at Barbareno. It's a small menu, but we knew that. We both ordered the 'fried chicken'. Neither of us wanted a sandwich (with all the bread), so we ordered what was called 'fried chicken'. Consider our surprise when the dishes arrived and they were sandwiches!!!

Anyway, we both gamely tucked into the sandwich, only to have it fall apart in our hands. The reason for this was that the chicken was heavily breaded and waaaaayyyy overcooked! No way you could bite through it in a sandwich. So, we tried to just eat it with the coleslaw that rather than with the bread, too. Coleslaw really good, as were the pickles. The chicken was horribly overcooked - and I mean horribly overcooked. It was so dry it wouldn't have even made a good frisbee.

I am afraid I won't be going back to Barbareno. It was such a fantastic restaurant before, but now there is no attention to the quality of the food. Pity.

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Thank TravelTheWorld_048
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