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Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro

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3315 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2623
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7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
There are two locations on State Street, in downtown, and upper State Street, both recommended

To me, everything is excellent and very much worth a visit to both locations. Skip Renaud's mini-bakery in Gelsons, sub-par compared to the bakery/restaurant locations.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Suzanne d
Santa Barbara, California
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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

To me, everything is excellent and very much worth a visit to both locations. Skip Renaud's mini-bakery in Gelsons, sub-par compared to the bakery/restaurant locations.

Thank Suzanne d
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Reviews lauded the chocolate croissant, the almond is just as good. Great latte also. Due to the small space, seating is at a premium. You can relax but there is some pressure to leave in a reasonable amount of time.

Thank Glenn G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Called in here for breakfast as we noticed it the night before, the croissant s were really good , my wife had the French toast ( rated as best she had ever had ) Nice place to stop and have a coffee and a chill out if your at the upper end of state street

Thank dooseyUk
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

If I never eat one more thing-the Almond Croissant will always linger in my memory and on my tastebuds. Nobody does it better! Merci!

Thank M2922DHkarenh
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

I was intrigued of the good reviews and inviting photos of the pastries of this place so I felt the need to check it out before leaving Santa Barbara and I'm glad I did. This location has a neighborhood cafe vibe. The staff was friendly. I felt a little rushed ordering because of the long line. I was looking for... More 

Thank Bing_lightbulb
Santa Barbara, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

I have been here several times for breakfast and lunch and if I close my eyes, could be eating at a cafe in Paris. The food is always consistently good!

Thank Beth B
Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

Renaud's is a very comfortable place to meet family & friends for a meal or simple pastry & coffee. I only wish I visited Santa Barbara more often!

Thank Rebecca W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

Went there for some pastries in an afternoon, a chocolate one and a strawberry one. Delicious and very affordable! Came back next morning to get some croissants and pains au chocolat before to take the road again. Warm and fluffy, excellent quality. Place was packed for breakfast, all the dishes I've seen around looked amazing!

Thank Michael C
Parkland, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

We recently visited Renaud's while on a tasting tour. They set up a small table outside with information and macarons for tasting. We were given a brief and very upbeat and friendly presentation of Renaud's, as well as 2 samples per person of macarons. The personality of the hostess far out-weighed the taste of the macarons. We believe they were... More 

Thank Lynn F
Santa Barbara, California
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24 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

I have eaten here many times and the Almond Croissant is best thing on the menu. However, Renaud is rarely there, sites are understaffed and cooks are amateurs. Understaffing causes long lines, dirty outside areas and sometimes sullen staff. This is the place for coffee and a croissant but certainly not breakfast or much else. Renaud needs to invite his... More 

Thank Fred M

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3315 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2623
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-569-2400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: French
Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm

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