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The Barbecue Company

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3807 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria, CA 93013
805 684 2209
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating

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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
They're back! Beloved family restaurant returns even better.

Been here several times since they've relocated and reoppened and have always eaten outside - with friends, family and dog. Same menu with a few additions, like grilled vegetables with garlic and olive oil. BUT everything is better, or as one friend summarised, it's "more sophisticated." Best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
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Santa Barbara CA
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Santa Barbara CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Been here several times since they've relocated and reoppened and have always eaten outside - with friends, family and dog. Same menu with a few additions, like grilled vegetables with garlic and olive oil. BUT everything is better, or as one friend summarised, it's "more sophisticated." Best marinara sauce I've ever had. Obviously freshly made semolina pasta. They've gone back... More 

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Henderson
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Recommended by the front desk clerk at the Holiday Inn Express in Carpinteria. It was excellent, but get there before 6 PM (we did!). My wife and I each ordered a dinner with two meats and we wound up taking half of it back to the hotel with us. Not too crazy about their BBQ sauce choices...probably less than average...but... More 

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Sisters, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Let's face it, all barbecue joints are unique, that's what makes eating at them fun. Barbecue is like chilli and pizza, everyone has their own interpretation. Both my wife and I ordered the brisket. It was very good and there were six choices of barbecue sauce to choose from. The portions were large enough that we will get lunch out... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I've passed this place a hundred times and I always said some other time, well I (wife & 2 small children) finally stopped and tried it out. It's a standard mom & pop bbq restaurant with normal SoCal bbq restaurant prices. Nothing fancy, just bbq. Spent about $60 including tip for a family of four. Good service, and pretty fast... More 

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1 Thank davidgB910DR
Bakersfield, California
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

As regular visitors to the area, my wife and I had always wanted to try this place. Well, we finally did and won't be going back. My wife's Half Rack of ribs were not bad, but nothing special. My brisket was awful and not even slathering it in sauce could save it. The brisket was tough, chewy and dry. Must... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We like to stop on the way to Santa Barbara beaches and this is worth stopping for. Service is quick and and the food is even quicker. I had soup and and a tritip sandwich and was delicious. If they could put it on Garlic toast like they served my wife with her salad, it would be a homerun. My... More 

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Thank TravelerVII
Ventura
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

One burger, one pulled pork sandwich, and one half rack of ribs, 2 iced teas, and one soda $61.13 without the tip. The food was good, but nothing special. Sides could have been better. The fries were limp and the side salad was boring. I wish we had tried different sides. Won't go back again because of the price. You... More 

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Thank jackiekay
Bullhead City
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We're taking a lad trip and stopped at this little place. Ate outside and loved the atmosphere. We all thought the food was good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

The absolute best BBQ I've had in a while. I had the beef ribs...AWESOME. FLAVORFUL, MEATY, AND TENDER. My wife had the baby back ribs and they were so good I had to meet the owner. Gary is the owner and he was great. He showed me around the kitchen and told me how it was done. Very cool. I... More 

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1 Thank Kirby92646
Sacramento CA
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

If you want good BBQ at decent prices along the central coast, this is the place to go! My wife and I split the 2 meat (baby back ribs and pulled pork) combination with cold slaw and backed beans with an extra side of corn bread. The meat was good. The glaze on the ribs was clearly the best. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3807 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria, CA 93013
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carpinteria
  • Phone Number: 805 684 2209

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?