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The Habit Burger Grill

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5735 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-3420
805-964-0366
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout

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  • 63
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Still the best burgers on the planet

This funky little place is home base of the Habit chain, and still produces the best burgers compared with other outlets in Santa Barbara on State and Milpas Streets. We always have their doublecheese with fries. Juicy, fresh, tasty, excellent!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Appleman2309
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Geneva, New York
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Geneva, New York
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This funky little place is home base of the Habit chain, and still produces the best burgers compared with other outlets in Santa Barbara on State and Milpas Streets. We always have their doublecheese with fries. Juicy, fresh, tasty, excellent!

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Thank Appleman2309
San Antonio, Texas
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place has a lot of chatter since they have now opened several other locations. I would not say they are anything special, but maybe because they are local they have a good following.

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Thank Lonnie1957
Santa Barbara, California
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81 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

This place is a go-to if you are in Santa Barbara. Wait... Wifey just informed me that they are all over California now.. Well it is a damn good burger. Their Chicken teriyaki sandwich is also incredible! Make sure you eat the burger with some of their pepperoncinis that they put on the side!

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Thank Dutchman101
Port Townsend, WA
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69 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Fun, busy atmosphere. Always a good sign. Had the bacon cheeseburger and fries. Burger had nice distinctive flavors, fries were dry and needed much ketchup to moisten. Glad we shared the fry order rather than each having our own. I'd return and try onion rings next time.

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Thank flaymingyon
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

I went because of the reviews and almost left when I saw the place. Glad I didn't. Great burger! The only improvement would be if they had beer.

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Thank Rob M
Manila, Philippines
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Over the past few years, The Habit has become one of the nation's fastest growing food franchises. The hamburgers are char grilled and delicious. The menu is incredibly varied for a burger place, offering a variety of fresh food options including sandwiches and salads. But it all started at The Habit in Goleta. The place is tiny, an old school... More 

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Thank Sam M
Eugene, Oregon
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

Busy busy, but I always equate that to good food. Wait was short, and food tasty. Had burger and onion rings. Wish I had room for a yummy looking shake. A must go to when in Goleta CA

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Thank Brassaaylinda
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

One of the best burgers you'll ever eat! Rustic and original - this historical Goleta Burger spot is in the heart of Old Town and has out door seating only. It's worth the wait and the burgers are juicy and made with fresh ingredients. If you don't like red meat, they make the best Turkey Burger I've ever had, on... More 

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Thank maryanns514
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

When we moved to Santa Barbara 24 years ago, we were told this was the best burger in town. All these years later it is still the place. Their Santa Barbara Cobb salad is excellent too with their tangy balsamic house dressing and their chicken club on sourdough is a delicious substantial sandwich.

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Thank Ann C
Reno, Nevada
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

They have grown from a local spot to a chain with world wide ambitions. I like the chili burger. They have great fish sandwich too

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Thank Rob A

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5735 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117-3420
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Goleta
  • Phone Number: 805-964-0366

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?