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3807 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria, CA 93013
805 684 2209
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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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  • 20
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  • 7
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Standard bbq fare

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2014
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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34 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Sisters, Oregon
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 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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Bakersfield, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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Ventura
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80 reviews 80 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

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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Bullhead City
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Sacramento CA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This place is worth a visit if your passing through Santa Barbara. Good service, good food and not bad prices. I had the chicken, it was very good and plenty of it. My wife had the ribs and enjoyed them too. We didn't try the starters and deserts, figured they were far to expensive really so we decided not to... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

The food was mediocre, but the variety of sauce was great. We sat outside on the patio and received good service from a young man. I ordered a standard brisket-type of sandwich and had to drown it in sauce to get any real flavor out of it. The area doesn't have a lot of BBQ options, so I will go... 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: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?