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French Press

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1101 State St, 528 Anacapa St,, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2712
805-963-2721
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6:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • 34
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  • 27
    Very good
  • 4
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  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Thumbs up - vanilla latte and soy mocha

The French Press is a short walk from the Canary Hotel. It's not the place to go if you're in a hurry, but the drinks are worth the wait and so are the pastries. Skip the big chain coffee places one day and give this local spot a try.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
NosyBell
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Antioch, California
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Antioch, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The French Press is a short walk from the Canary Hotel. It's not the place to go if you're in a hurry, but the drinks are worth the wait and so are the pastries. Skip the big chain coffee places one day and give this local spot a try.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

After three weeks visiting the U.S. from Melbourne (the self-professed coffee capital of Australia, where Australian Rules Football and coffee are the only true religions) it was great to find a place that actually knows what coffee is supposed to be like. Best coffee we've had in three weeks (though arguably that might not be saying much in the land... More 

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Toronto
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112 reviews 112 reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

Long wait as only one barista working ......and not worth the wait. Ethiopian blend for the expresso was sour not smooth and rich..... and cold to boot! Back to Peet's.

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Santa Barbara
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59 reviews 59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

To me, the best thing about the French Press Anacapa location is the outdoor patio, a great place to meet a friend for coffee and catch up. The coffee is also very good, especially the espresso drinks.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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74 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 via mobile

This is not the Starbucks experience where you grab your coffee and go. With that said, it's a fun, busy spot. The staff are excellent and the coffee is good too.

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Gardnerville, Nevada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Walked here from our hotel & the line out the door proved we were in for a great cup of coffee! They roast their own coffee & my cappuccino was awesome & pretty! I had the roasted tomato, ham & cheddar quiche. Crust was perfect & the roasting of the tomato was a great compliment to the cheddar. Highly recommend... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Went there on a friend's recommendation and were not disappointed. We love local independent cafes. French Press has delicious coffee (they roast their own) and knowledgeable baristas. We visited their State Street spot and feel sad that we didn't have a chance to visit the second location on Anacapa Street.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Probably the best coffee in Santa Barbara with friendly staff and great people watching. Bought some of there Ethiopian blend for our friends in Santa Barbara, delicious.

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Los Angeles, California
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is a great place to stop for coffee if you are enjoying State Street. It's small, but the drinks are really good. There is seating in the front if you want to people watch in State Street. There is also indoor seating as well.

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Santa Clarita, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I was looking for a more local coffee shop and this place fits the bill. The location is good and the staff is very helpful and professional. For my tastes the coffee was too strong and had a pungent vinegar-like aroma. I found it odd that I asked for a shmear with my bagel and the staff said, " we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1101 State St, 528 Anacapa St,, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2712
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: 805-963-2721

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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