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Renaud's Patisserie & Bistro

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3315 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2623
805-569-2400
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7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch

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  • 77
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Almond croissants for everyone!

Wonderful, decadent pastries to be had here. Would fly back to Santa Barbara just for one of their almond croissants. A cute little place...

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
Princey79
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Wonderful, decadent pastries to be had here. Would fly back to Santa Barbara just for one of their almond croissants. A cute little place...

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Crockett, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Went for coffee and ended up with 1 of my favorite roasters Peerless Coffee in Oakland. Wanted everything in the case but got some of the best chocolate cossiants I've ever had. The ratio of flaky to chocolate was perfect.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Bottom Line Upfront: Average coffee served out of thermos with good pastry choices. Pros: Variety of pastry. Cons: Coffee is not fresh unless you order a cappuccino or latte. Pastry ok but could be more moist. You sit in a Parking lot!?! Recommendation: Anderson's Bakery on State and Figueroa a few blocks down is much better.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Caloric, decadent, flavorful, wonderful. And a great cup of coffee to boot. Life is too short not to splurge, at least once in awhile!Go for it!

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Pasadena,Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Renaud's is a French Bakery run by an actual French Baker, and it shows! Incredible pastries and also very nice food. We went on a Sunday morning and it was busy, but service was still pretty fast. I think the almond danish is a specialty, it was the best I've ever had! Highly recommended. Maybe a little pricey , but... More 

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Santa Barbara, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We have eaten at Renaud's many times and love the pastries, the lunch, and the breakfasts. This time our entree was not up to their high standards. The Raclette sandwich was bad...there were too many potatoes, the bacon was not crispy and there was not enough of it, there was too little cheese, and the salad had no detectable dressing.... More 

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Santa Barbara, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Yummy cookies, croissants, tarts and other baked goods. Haven't had breakfast here yet but it always looks delicious. The coffee is tasty but sometimes not hot, since it's in those containers. But they will let you pour another cup if you are dissatisfied. Good service always.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We are locals and go to France regularly and treat ourselves to a croissant and perhaps an apricot brioche from Renaud’s every once in awhile. Nothing brings our memories back to France better than one of these croissants. We have only eaten in the restaurant once, they have great coffee! This place gets very busy so we normally like to... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Best almond croissant ever. Good thing I don't live in Santa Barbara or I would get fat on these things. Boys liked the chocolate croissants. Macaroons were excellent.

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Arvada, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

A good cup of coffee and a wonderful European pastry. It is a requirement on our vacation to seek out these great places and enjoy this pleasure as much as possible. Many great reviews about this place, even people at the hotel said the chocolate croissants are amazing. So off we went to find the great Renaud's. Such a disappointment,... More 

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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
Sunday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?